Daniela Ocampo

Chapel Hill Tire Gives $1,000 in Car Services to 12 Days of Christmas Winners

Chapel Hill Tire is spreading holiday cheer with their 12 Days of Christmas car care giveaway of $1,000 to 12 nominated winners. Chapel Hill Tire owner Marc Pons said the company asked for nominations in November of deserving folks who could use a Christmas miracle and had over 300 nominations come in. “It was very, very hard to narrow it down to 12, but we found 12 deserving recipients, who we’re giving away $1,000 worth of car care,” said Pons. Each day Chapel Hill Tire announces the winner on their Facebook page singing the 12 Days of Christmas jingle....

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Net Neutrality Repealed, Fake Comments Allegedly Submitted: What’s Next?

The Federal Communications Commission voted last Thursday to repeal 2015 net neutrality rules, which required internet service providers, or ISP’s, to offer equal access to web content without being able to block certain websites, slow data transmission or give priority quality to higher paying customers. The decision was made despite a letter sent to the FCC from 18 attorneys general around the country, asking to delay the decision to investigate millions of apparently fake anti-net neutrality comments posted to the FCC’s public comments section. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been leading the investigation on the fake comments...

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UNC Graduate Selected for Elite Schwarzman Scholars Program

A 2015 UNC graduate who majored in health policy and management and mathematical decision sciences, Min Yang, is one of 142 recipients worldwide for the Schwarzman Scholars program. The Schwarzman Scholars program, founded by Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, is an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and given to support those accepted into the one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University, a prestigious Chinese university. “Being named a Schwarzman Scholar is an exceptional achievement and we are incredibly proud that Min will have an opportunity to pursue his master’s studies in China,” said Chancellor...

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Orange County Approves New Light Rail Station in Downtown Durham

The Orange County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the addition of a station for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project at Blackwell and Mangum Streets in Downtown Durham. The new light rail station will be located along Pettigrew Street near Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and American Tobacco campus. According to Go Triangle’s government affairs manager Matthew Clark, all expected expenses for the project are contained within the project budget, and any changes will have to be brought before the boards for Orange County, Durham County, the Durham Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization and Go...

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New Orange-Alamance Connector Route to Begin this Week

Orange County Public Transportation is adding a new route with service to Alamance County. “The Orange County Transit Plan identified a need for service to Alamance County,” Orange County Transportation Department director Theo Letman said in a release. “We are excited to bring this route on-line and provide expanded services to our residents.” The route begins on Monday, December 18, and will connect major destinations in Hillsborough, Efland and Mebane with hourly service provided in both the eastbound and westbound directions. The route will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday with a fare of $2...

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Orange County Schools Superintendent Receives National Leadership Award

Orange County Schools superintendent Todd Wirt has been awarded a Top 30 spot for this year’s John C. Maxwell Transformational Leadership Awards for his work in education. According to the organization’s website, awards are given all around the country in different categories to transformational leaders who are making a positive difference in their community, careers and daily lives. Wirt has been superintendent of Orange County Schools since July 2015 and previously worked as assistant superintendent for academics in the Wake County Public School System. Wirt also served as executive director of secondary education and high school principal in the...

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Local NAACP Holding Forum on “Tax Cut and Jobs Act”

Are you among the 400,000 North Carolinians who advocates say will lose health insurance if the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” passes? The Chapel Hill- Carrboro NAACP branch is holding an informational forum on Tuesday at the Chapel Hill Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. about the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” where you can find out. According to the branch’s president Anna Richards, the forum will have expert panelists who will bring the most up-to-date information regarding the bill as well as strategies to oppose it. “We’ve got Samuel Gunter who is the director for Public Advocacy for...

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Local Governing Bodies Swear in and Welcome Elected Members

Local governing bodies have taken recent meetings to swear in and welcome new and returning elected members. The Orange County Board of Commissioners re-elected Mark Dorosin as chair at their meeting last Monday. “Thank you all, I really appreciate that vote of confidence. I will continue to do my best and appreciate your guidance and feedback on how to do that,” said Dorosin. Vice Chair Penny Rich was also re-elected and said she hopes to continue to be a good partner to Dorosin. The Chapel Hill Town Council swore in four new members as well as re-elected Mayor Pam...

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Orange County Passes Resolution Supporting Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina

The Orange County Board of Commissioners met Monday night and voted unanimously on a resolution to support putting the option to expand Medicaid in North Carolina to low-income residents before voters across the state. The support follows a referendum that the state of Maine put on their ballot that successfully passed. According to the resolution, putting Medicaid expansion on the ballot would allow North Carolina voters to decide whether to expand health care coverage to residents who are in a coverage gap and otherwise do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act subsidies or Medicaid. The resolution states that...

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Abolition Day Kicks Off Year-Long Campaign to Commemorate Frederick Douglass

Orange County government bodies declared December 6 as Abolition Day, recognizing the anniversary of the ratification of the thirteenth amendment abolishing slavery. This day served as an opportunity for the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Planning Committee to announce several 2018 events to celebrate and commemorate the heralded abolitionist. According to head of the effort, former public defender James Williams, the events are being planned because next year is the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth. “What we hope to do, what we plan to do and what we will do, I think, is to bring to the community some exciting programs...

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