Rachel Nash

Celebrity Tar Heels Unite For Carolina Blood Drive 25th Anniversary

CHAPEL HILL – UNC will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Carolina Blood Drive on June 4. It’s goal is to collect 1,000 units of blood. The blood drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center. Patti Thorp—wife our UNC’s out-going Chancellor Holden Thorp— has been a big supporter of the blood drive. She stopped by the WCHL Studio this week to chat with Ron Stutts. Hear the full interview: Patti Thorp with Ron Stutts Part One Patti Thorp with Ron Stutts Part Two “Red Cross folks have promised us it will...

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Mike Fox: “We Have To Be Careful Not To Over-Think Things”

CHAPEL HILL – UNC’s NCAA tournament opener against Canisius  at 6 p.m. Friday is fast approaching and expectations are high for Carolina heading into post-season play. The No. 1 overall seed Tar Heels are 1-0 all-time against the Golden Griffins, with the only meeting a 10-5 Carolina win during the 1958 season. WCHL’s Ron Stutts spoke with Head Coach Mike Fox Thursday to get his take on the upcoming tournament. “We have to be careful not to over-think things or do things too differently,” Fox said. Hear the full interview: Mike Fox with Ron Stutts Part 1 Mike Fox with Ron Stutts Part 2 The Heels are the ACC regular season and tournament champions, sitting at a record of 52-8. No. 4 seed Canisius was the Metro Atlantic Athletic champions and are the 41-14 on the year. Fox says the home-field advantage will make a difference this weekend. “A high percentage of teams that play at home—that do host a regional or a super regional—those are the teams that advance,” Fox said. “It’s not a surprise. It’s familiarity—having a home crowd, and not having to travel and stay in hotels.” The tournament opener will take place at 1 p.m. with No. 2 seed Florida Atlantic (39-20) – the Sun Belt champions— meeting No. 3 seed Towson (29-28), champions of the Colonial Athletic Conference. UNC is 3-0 against Florida Atlantic...

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One Month Away From OC Landfill Shutdown

CHAPEL HILL – We are a month away from the closing of the Orange County Municipal Solid Waste Landfill—an event neighbors close to it will likely rejoice over. But closing a landfill that’s been open for about 40 years isn’t an easy task. Gayle Wilson is the Orange County Solid Waste Management Director. He’s in charge of over-seeing the process of shutting the landfill down. It’s located on the south side of Eubanks Road “I think most people who don’t think about it very much probably just assume it’s just a matter of closing a gate—but it’s much more...

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Orange County Sees Lowest Unemployment Rate In NC

RALEIGH — Orange County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state— at 5.3 percent—for the month of April. That’s a drop from March’s rate of 5.6 percent. By comparison, the rate in April of 2012 was 5.7 percent—according numbers released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Among North Carolina’s Metro areas, Durham-Chapel Hill also had the lowest rate—at 6.3 percent. State-wide, rates decreased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in April, and all 14 of the State’s metro areas experienced rate decreases as well. It’s important to note that these numbers are not seasonally adjusted. Click below to see...

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CH Historical Society Hosts One-Woman Play Set For Sunday

CHAPEL HILL -The Chapel Hill Historical Society is hosting a one-woman play this Sunday at Top of the Hill from 5 to 7 p.m. The star of the show is Barbara Bates Smith—a Southeastern Theatre Best Actress winner. Richard Ellington, president of the Chapel Hill Historical Society, says it’s their biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds will benefit the society. “They are doing a story a based on Lee Smith’s book, On Agate Hill, which is loosely based on Chapel Hill,” Ellington said. “That’s what this whole thing is about. We tried to find something that is appealing or relevant to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Community. We hope to raise funds for the programs and communities that we put on.” Smith will be accompanied by music from Jeff Sebens. They two put together the play, which is described as a tale of betrayal, passion and humor. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres and wine. Tickets will be on sale through Friday—you purchase them by going to their office at 523 E. Franklin or you can call 919-929-1793.   Reservations: $50 per person in advance ($20 tax deductible) $60 per person at the door ($30 tax deductible) $250 sponsor (reservations for two, $190 tax deductible)   Click here  for more...

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UNC Names Names New Vice Chancellor & Chief Info. Officer

CHAPEL HILL – Chris Kielt is UNC’s new vice chancellor and chief information officer. Kielt and newly appointed provost, Jim Dean, join Chancellor-Elect Carol Folt in a wave of change-ups to the chief leadership positions at Carolina. Kielt has been serving as the interim vice chancellor since last February. He’ll officially step into office July 1. Bruce Carney, out-going executive vice chancellor and provost, announced the move in a campus e-mail last week. Carney consulted with Chancellor Holden Thorp, Folt and other colleagues in recommending Kielt’s appointment. As vice chancellor, Kielt will lead the campus-wide information technology services (ITS) staff...

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