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Gerald Ramoin and Jill McCullough: Hometown Heroes

Thursday’s Hometown Heroes are two big reasons why there are any Hometown Heroes.  Gerald Ramoin and Jill McCullough of Performance Auto Mall have sponsored the entire Hometown Heros program since its beginning in 2002. The Hometown Heroes program honors the works of people in our community who make this an even better place to live. Sharon Collins suggested we recognize Gerald Ramoin and Jill McCullough for all of the great work they do.  In addition to sponsoring this program, Gerald and Jill are involved in a variety of charitable causes in our community year-round. You can nominate your own Hometown Hero.  WCHL has...

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Stacy Shelp: Hometown Hero

Stacy Shelp is Wednesday’s WCHL Hometown Hero. She is the Public Information Officer for the Orange County Health Department.  Stacy’s done a fantastic job on the annual report that is just out for 2015.  The report includes some great news and some bad news, but the Health Department is working on that. The report is released virtually to be more environmentally friendly and it allows readers to take a more in-depth look at featured items. Listen to more about Stacy’s work...

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Amanda and Kevin Miller: A Pair of Hometown Heroes

Amanda and Kevin Miller are relatively new to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.  They came here from New York just a few years ago and jumped into the community with both feet. Amanda and Kevin are foster parents and have adopted two of their foster children.  They are licensed foster parents with Orange County DSS.  Both of them do a lot of marketing and recruiting to get people involved with the foster care program. Amanda has served on the Arts Commission and the Veterans Memorial Committee.  She also serves on the board at Kidzu. Kevin became active in his church...

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UNC Great Larese Dies at 77

Former UNC basketball star York Larese, a first-team All-ACC selection for three straight seasons and second-team All-American as a senior, passed away on February 6, 2016, at age 77. Larese starred on Frank McGuire’s last three Tar Heel teams from 1959-61, averaging 18 points during his varsity career and setting an ACC record by making 21 of 21 free throws against Duke in the 1959 Dixie Classic. Nicknamed “the Cobra” for his singular style of shooting free throws – he shot the ball, with no pause as soon as the official handed it to him. He was timed taking...

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Remembering Our Three Winners

We lost Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha on February 10, 2015.  Family, friends, and supporters gathered on the first anniversary of their death on the campus of UNC.  You can donate to the Our Three Winners Endowment here. Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by Blake Hodge Photo by...

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Top 11 Slogans Now Ready for Review

Orange County has an opportunity to change the “Welcome to Orange County” Interstate sign, currently placed on I-40 at mile marker 269, heading west.  The current sign is damaged and needs to be replaced.  Instead of replacing it with the exact same sign, which welcomes interstate travelers with the message, “Orange County: You’ll Be a Fan for Life, ” the Orange County Board of Commissioners asked the public to suggest other ideas for slogans. Close to 900 slogan suggestions were submitted during December and January.  After sorting out duplicates, those that were too long (longer than 6 words) or had inappropriate...

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2016 Chamber Annual Meeting

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Road Conditions on Saturday

If you don’t have to go out, don’t.   If you do have to go out, here is an idea of what to expect. Late this afternoon, we did a tour of town in a 4-wheel drive vehicle and found that most of the side streets look like Rogerson Road (above) and Burning Tree (below). We made it down Burning Tree, intending to turn onto 15-501 which we knew was clear.  But – there was a wall of snow so high we couldn’t even see 15-501! Maybe a Hummer could have made it but, we had no choice but to stop,...

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