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Hoffman Flown Back to UNC

Former UNC football player Ryan Hoffman was flown to the university, on Tuesday, to undergo further evaluation. Carolina sent a private plane to bring Hoffman back from Florida. He will reportedly be going into university outpatient care. A New York Times story earlier this month brought to light that Hoffman was homeless in Lakeland, Florida. The piece said that Hoffman has struggled with cognitive issues that keep him from holding a steady job, problems that he says stems from his years playing football in the late-90’s. A second Times story alleged that Hoffman was second guessing the decision to receive...

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Gateway Village Residents Frustrated Over Late Checks

Residents at Gateway Village have been voicing frustrations over delays in receiving their utility subsidies. Gateway Village is a publicly-supported Section 8 development in Hillsborough. Residents at the apartments voiced concerns to WCHL last Friday that they had not received their utility subsidy checks, even as their bills came due or even past due. Michael Harley is a resident at Gateway Village. “The property managers have not [given] an indication to why the checks were late,” he says. “Gateway, the management, is saying that it’s fallen behind, [and they are] not showing too much regard in matter of the...

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Former UNC Football Player and Local Golf Pro Mike Rubish Passes Away

Former UNC Football player and local golf pro Mike Rubish passed away, on Sunday, at the age of 90. His family released the following statement: Mike Rubish, a former UNC football player and local golf professional, passed peacefully Sunday afternoon, March 15, 2015, at his home in Chapel Hill. Rubish, 90, was born in Weirton, West Virginia, and was the son of Johan and Anna Rubish. At age 16, Rubish joined the 7th Air Force and served in Hawaii. He was at Hickam Field on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. While there, Rubish roomed with...

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Community Rallies to Help Pittsboro Family

Community leaders in Pittsboro are rallying together to help out a family after they suffered a major loss in early March. Melody Bailey is the Head Custodian at North Chatham Elementary School and, on Tuesday March 3, her house burned down. Rex Whilloughby owns and operates a McDonalds in the area and has two children at North Chatham. He says this really hit home when he heard the news. “Melody, she’s one of those polite people that, every time you pass her in the hallways when you’re dropping kids off in the morning,” he says, “she’s always one to...

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Storrow Will Run for Chapel Hill Town Council in 2015

Chapel Hill Town Council Member Lee Storrow will run for reelection this fall. Storrow made the announcement on WCHL’s Morning News with Ron Stutts. Storrow says he doesn’t believe the job he started four years ago is done. “From some issues that I care a lot about, like getting sewer infrastructure put in place into the Rogers Road community, to some new issues that I’ve been able to tackle over the last four years, like expanding economic development opportunities and visitor promotion for Orange County and Chapel Hill,” he says, “I know there’s still more work to be done....

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Willingham Lawsuit Settled for $335K

UNC settled the lawsuit with learning specialist Mary Willingham for $335,000, WCHL has confirmed. The figure was first reported by the Raleigh News & Observer. The lawsuit settlement was reached in late February. Rick White, UNC Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs, provided the following statement upon reaching the settlement: “The University’s settlement with Mrs. Willingham resolves all of the outstanding legal issues in the case. We appreciate the efforts of the mediator to help us achieve a successful and timely conclusion to the mediation. We believe the settlement is in the best interest of the University...

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Former Tar Heels Helping Fight Childhood Cancer

Former Carolina baseball teammates are joining forces once again to fight childhood cancer. Former Tar Heel Catcher Chase Jones tells WCHL’s Blake Hodge that the fight against childhood cancer is personal for him: https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/03/16/Chase%20Jones.mp3   You can donate to help fight childhood cancer...

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Stuart Scott’s Memoir Released

A memoir recounting the life and battles of the late Stuart Scott was released on Tuesday. “Every Day I Fight” relives stories from legendary sports broadcaster and Tar Heel Stuart Scott. Scott died on January 4 of this year. He co-wrote his memoir with journalist Larry Platt, who says they finished the manuscript in the month before Scott died, following a seven-year battle with cancer. “It was early December that we completed work on the manuscript,” he says. “We worked on it for most of the last year: a lot of in-person interviews, a lot of time spent together,...

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Why Are Some Trees Being Removed on Franklin Street?

Many of our readers and listeners have been asking us about the removal of some trees on Franklin Street. So we asked Meg McGurk, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. “It’s part of the streetscape improvements on the 100 block of East Franklin Street,” she says. “And this is part of the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan that the Town of Chapel Hill adopted in 2009.” McGurk says some of these same improvements have already taken place on West Franklin Street, Rosemary Street, and some of those connecting roadways. She adds that they are working on improving many...

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UNC Grad Programs Recognized

UNC graduate programs are very well represented in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from the US News and World Report. The new honors for UNC graduate programs includes the school of medicine, public health, nursing, business, law, and education – with specialty areas recognized within each department. UNC Provost James Dean says the school is quite proud of the rankings. “We have a lot of very strong graduate programs, and they generally are recognized by the US News rankings,” he says. “But you can never take it for granted. “It’s possible that other competitors come in,...

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