Ran Northam

Reigning National Champion Women’s Soccer Team Releases 2013 Schedule

CHAPEL HILL – The reigning national champion women’s soccer team released its 2013 schedule Thursday with new ACC opponents and 13 conference games. Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse join the ACC this summer and are featured on the Carolina women’s soccer schedule for the first time as conference foes. The season kicks off with three Nike-sponsored events at Virginia, Carolina, and Duke respectively. Just six games into the season, UNC will begin its conference schedule on the road against Virginia Tech. The early schedule is road-heavy with four of the first five ACC games away from Chapel Hill. That lends to a favorable close to the season as six of the last eight games will be at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels only graduate nine players off their roster of 33, including standout goalkeeper Adelaide Gay, midfielder Ranee Premji, and midfielder Amber Brooks. UNC Athletics...

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IFC Set To Prepare For Construction Of Community House

CARRBORO – Executive Director for the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chris Moran says a plan 27-years in the making is about to make a small step in the right direction. “We’re going to do what is considered a phase one part of the project where we will clear the land where eventual construction will take place in the second phase which will begin hopefully in the spring of 2014,” Moran says. That constructed facility will be the IFC Community House, which will be a men’s residential facility that’s currently located in the old jail. Moran says the Community House has received a lot of criticism over the years, mostly revolving around the people it will serve. “It’s the whole controversy about ‘not in my neighborhood, not next to me’,” Moran says. “Moving homeless men in a facility that would be in a new location.” He says part of that delay was fed by a lengthy legal process. “There was a lawsuit against the Town and us saying that the Town did not follow its own legal procedures correctly, and a judge said that the Town did,” Moran says. “But, there was never a mention of it in the news media anywhere when that happened, which was surprising to me.” Moran says in 2006, Congressman David Price secured $250,000 in Economic Development Incentive monies for this project, but...

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Reggie Bullock To Enter 2013 NBA Draft

CHAPEL HILL – Reggie Bullock’s basketball career as a Tar Heel has come to an end. UNC Athletics released a statement on Tuesday officially announcing that this season’s third-leading scorer has decided to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. The junior tallied 13.9 points per game in the 2012-2013 season in which North Carolina finished third in the regular season, runner up in the ACC tournament, and was knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Kansas in the Round of 32. Bullock was also looked to as an emotional leader in a year that Carolina was tagged as a “young team” without a known leader heading into the season. He and Dexter Strickland were the only players with more than two years playing experience. Bullock was projected to be chosen late in the first round or early in the second on some mock drafts. At the time of the announcement, multiple mock drafts didn’t have the guard listed. Tuesday morning before the official announcement was made, Bullock’s Twitter account (@DaBully35) was being lit up from teammates and members of the Carolina community wishing him luck in the future. Sophomore P.J. Hairston announced on Friday that he will remain at Carolina for his junior year. Sophomore James Michael McAdoo is the final player whose future as a Tar Heel is in question, as far as the 2013 NBA Draft is concerned....

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Just Steps Away, Art Chansky Recalls The Bombs At Boston Marathon

CHAPEL HILL – Many people from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County were in Boston yesterday for the 117th Boston Marathon and were greatly affected by the disaster that took place. “It was a tragedy in the sense that people died, but it was more a heartbreak, I think, for a city and so many people who put probably the better part of the year into preparing,” says Art Chansky who was just steps away from one of the bombs that exploded. Luckily he made it out safely, while others didn’t. “It was the 117th Boston Marathon. It’s the oldest marathon in the country, and it’s the crown jewel of this great city. It breaks your heart to…(he pauses)…just to know that so many people were affected by it.” Ron Stutts spoke with Art on the Monday Morning News about his experience of this great tragedy. ***Listen to the...

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Town Council Holds Public Hearing On Stormwater Management Rules Changes

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Town Council is looking for feedback Monday night on changes to the town’s stormwater management rules that could affect up to 150 homes. In response to resident complaints, the council voted last December to loosen the stormwater management controls for new single-family homes. Previously, any project that disturbed more than 5,000 square feet of land required a mitigation system such as a retention pond. But planning and installation of those ponds cost home-owners up to $30,000, an expense many told the council was a hardship. The council agreed, raising the threshold of land disturbance up to 20,000 square feet and including other mitigation options in the town ordinance. Now the council will consider lifting the requirements for homes built under the decade old rule, meaning current home-owners could fill in their retention ponds if they can demonstrate that stormwater is being managed in another manner. If the changes are approved, town staffers say they’ll waive any permitting fees involved in reviewing the new plans. The council will also consider a proposal to build a free-standing, 5,000 square foot ABC store at Chapel Hill North on Perkins Drive. The council meets at 7:00 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Town Hall....

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Carolina Community Hopeful For The Future Led By Carol Folt

CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s future rests in the hands of its first female chancellor and brings a storied career to a storied program. “I couldn’t be more excited,” Faculty Council chair Jan Boxill said.   “I think everyone in the community’s been on pins and needles now for the last six or seven months,” Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said.   “I am exceptionally proud of the person that we found,” General Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Eric Montross said.   “I’m just incredibly excited to be working with Carol,” Student Body President Christy Lambden said.   “I’m really happy for Carolina and I’m happy for Carol Folt,” UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said. Those members of the Carolina Community joined with numerous people who told Chapel Hill-Carrboro through WCHL on Friday just how excited they were to have Dr. Folt joining the Carolina Family. Hundreds of people were seen with smiles on their faces at the events on campus that ushered in the new chancellor. The last of those voices was that of current UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp who remains in office until July 1 when he takes his new position as provost at the University of Washington in St. Louis. Chancellor Thorp said he’s also very happy for himself in the culmination of this process as it shows how his...

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Carolina Football Concludes Spring Practice On Saturday

CHAPEL HILL – Spring football practice concludes on Saturday when the Tar Heels hit the field at Kenan Stadium for the 2013 Spring Game. All the talk leading up to the game has been about the new jerseys Carolina will unveil. If the new end zone paint job is any indication, there may be some kind of argyle theme incorporated. This is the second spring game for the head coach, Larry Fedora. He’s keeping the same slogan going: smart, fast, and physical. Saturday’s event is for the fans. It all kicks off at 12:45 p.m. when players will be available for autographs near gate three. Special recognitions will be made during the four-quarter, running clock scrimmage as well. During the first quarter, Giovani Bernard will be presented with the CFPA (College Football Performance) Award for top punt returner in the county. In the third quarter, Jeff Saturday will be recognized for his accomplishments during his 14-year professional career. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. Admission is free. And, if you can’t make it out to the game, all the action will be available on...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Takes Six-Game Winning Streak On the Road

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team returns to the road this weekend to take on Virginia Tech in a three-game ACC series beginning Friday evening. The Tar Heels extended their winning streak to six on Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Liberty. The Hokies are coming off the same decision, but in ten innings against Longwood. Prior to that Virginia Tech had some trouble against No. 25 N.C. State dropping all three after an 8-7, 14-inning decision opened the series. The Hokies have struggled in-conference this season as they sit 7-8, a game ahead of the Coastal Division’s last place Miami Hurricanes. The Tar Heels have held on to the ACC’s best record at 12-2 and are one game ahead of Virginia in the Coastal. Junior Kent Emanuel will get the start for Carolina on Friday; he’s 6-1 on the season with a 1.30 ERA. First pitch Friday night is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. WCHL will join the contest in progress after the WCHL Evening News with Aaron...

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No. 25 UNC Softball Blanks Elon Wednesday Night

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 25 UNCsoftball team earned its eighth-straight win Wednesday night in a shutout against Elon. The Tar Heels scored all their runs early putting up three in the first and three in the third carrying the 6-0 lead the remainder of the non-conference contest. Once again homeruns were the main source of scoring. Sophomore Amber Parrish tallied her fourth homer and batted two runs in, while senior Constance Orr hit her team-leading tenth to score three runs. Junior Lori Spingola pitched six innings and threw 11 strikeouts while only giving up four hits. Junior Sara Buchholz came in to close in the seventh to complete the shutout. With the win, Carolina improved to 32-13; Elon fell to 12-25. That game concluded a ten-game home stand for the Tar Heels who hit the road this weekend for a three-game conference series against N.C. State in Raleigh. Game one of double-header Saturday begins at 1:00 p.m. Box...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Tops Liberty With Help From Colin Moran Grand Slam

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team blew past Liberty with a grand slam by its homerun leader to take win number 31 on the season, 7-5 Wednesday night at the Bosh.The Flames are one of just a few teams to have an early lead on the Tar Heels this season, but that lead didn’t last long. The 1-1 tie after three was taken over by Carolina in the fifth when junior Colin Moran hit his team-leading eighth homerun, a grand slam that batted in freshman Landon Lassiter, junior Brian Holberton, and freshman Matt Campbell. The Tar Heels added a security run in the sixth and one in the seventh, and despite four runs by the Flames in the top of the ninth, took the 7-5 decision. With the win, North Carolina improved to 31-2; Liberty fell to 18-16. The Tar Heels return to ACC play this weekend with a three-game series against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. That contest will be joined in progress at 6:00 p.m. immediately following the WCHL Evening News with Aaron...

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