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Post Date:08/31/2017 9:01 AM
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Up Front


Monday Is a Town Holiday


Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Residential trash will not be collected (make-up day is Wednesday, Sept. 6). Chapel.Hill Transit will not operate. Chapel Hill Public Library will be open 1-5 p.m. Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services


Public Safety News

News from Other Public Agencies






Up Front




TOWNweek has been posted!





Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau



Board of Elections Panel Discussion
12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6
Chapel Hill Public Library / 100 Library Dr Chapel Hill (919) 968-2777

Learn about North Carolina's procedures for purging voter rolls, verification of voter registration, selection of early voting sites, and more. The public is invited to a panel discussion with the Board of Elections directors from Chatham, Durham and Orange Counties, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties. The discussion will be held on Wed Sept 6, 2017, in the Chapel Hill Public Library, located at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill. Come at noon with a brown-bag lunch, beverages will be provided. The 90 minute program will begin promptly at 12:30 PM, is free and open to the public.  





Welcome Back Block Party

A block party featuring food trucks and a concert is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, outside UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall.

It is open to both students and the community. The concert headlines Jojo Abot, a Ghanian rapper with musical blends of Afrobeat, Reggae and electronica.

The outdoor block party is free; tickets to the concert are $10. 

For more information, check with Carolina Performing Arts at





Deadline Extended for Public Library’s Call for Artists

The deadline for artists to submit works to the Banned Books Trading Cards Project at Chapel Hill Public Library has been extended by one week to Tuesday, Sept. 5. The extension allows families returning from vacation and students arriving on campus to take part in the project.

Now in its 5th year, the project invites local artists of all ages and stages to create small works of art that celebrate the freedom to read, raise awareness of the dangers of censorship, and promote local art. Details of the project can be found at

Artists of all ages from Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham and Alamance counties may enter any piece that is inspired by a piece of literature that has been banned or an author whose work has been challenged. All submitted works will go on display during Banned Books Week, September 24– September 30. Winners receive a cash prize. A Youth winner will also be chosen.

The size of the submission is limited to 5 inches x 7 inches, but that is one of the only restrictions.  Any medium is welcome - watercolor, mixed media, digital, pen and ink, etc. - and artists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Details and a submission form are available at





Town In News

Town in News – TIN Report – is a sampling of news media coverage about the Town of Chapel Hill compiled by the Communications and Public Affairs Department. This listing includes articles and columns that are available on the web, and may not necessarily contain all stories in the print edition of the papers or on televised broadcasts.

Links access online stories that are posted for a limited time. Some media organizations require registration or a subscription.

For information, contact us at



Upcoming town elections could improve diversity in local governance
Chapel Hill residents will head to the polls to vote in Town Council and mayoral elections Nov. 7 and choose from one of the most diverse pools of candidates in recent years.


Chapel Hill Public Library hosted panel about confederate statues and free speech
The Chapel Hill Public Library hosted a panel to discuss Silent Sam, the purpose of Confederate monuments and free speech on Wednesday night.


Mixed-use development rebranded as Blue Hill District
The northeastern edge of Chapel Hill, formerly Fordham-Ephesus District, is rebranding itself as Blue Hill District.


Town council member asks community to sponsor hateful comments in #DonateAgainstHate campaign
Chapel Hill town council member Jessica Anderson took to Facebook to express her disdain for Silent Sam after last week's protests at the monument.


Chapel Hill Mayor Participating in DACA Day of Action
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger took part in the Mayors’ National Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Day of Action on Tuesday.


Chapel Hill Police Investigating Sexual Assault Report
Chapel Hill Police are investigating a reported sexual assault.


Mebane Man Facing Attempted Murder Charge After Chapel Hill Shooting
A suspect has been charged with attempted first-degree murder connected with a shooting in Chapel Hill in May.


Area firefighters en route to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief. Who’s going?
Firefighters from Durham, Chapel Hill and other North Carolina cities are headed to areas around Houston, Texas, to help with the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.


Chapel Hill talks Confederate monuments and free speech
More than a hundred people gathered in Chapel Hill’s Public Library for a forum on confederate monuments, historical memory and free speech.


Countdown to kickoff? UNC cleans up Silent Sam protest




From Town Hall




Chapel Hill Fire Personnel Deploy to Texas

Four Chapel Hill Fire Department employees deployed to Texas Thursday morning, Aug. 31, 2017, as members of the North Carolina Task Force 8 in a partnership with the cities of Durham and Raleigh.

Task Force 8 is expected to be deployed 9-10 days. The team will assist in search and rescue efforts that continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which dropped a record 51.88 inches of rain in southeast Texas.

The Town of Chapel Hill has mutual aid agreements in place to call on if a swift-water rescue is necessary in our area while the team is deployed.





Council Business Meeting on Wednesday

The Chapel Hill Town Council returns from summer hiatus for a business meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Wednesday meetings are a new schedule for business meetings and public hearings this fall.

The full meeting agenda will be available at or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street ( Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (

View the Council meetings live on the website at – and on Chapel Hill Gov-TV ( Other ways to follow Council meetings are via live tweets (tagged #CHTC) from individuals who tweet during the meetings.

Council meeting summaries are issued from the Communications and Public Affairs Department following most business meetings. To sign up to receive these by email, please send a request to





Wireless Telecommunications Public Information Meeting

The public is invited to provide input to help guide the Wireless Master Plan and Ordinance at a public information meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Meeting Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The plan is part of the Wireless Telecommunications Initiative (WTI), a Town of Chapel Hill project that will address anticipated changes in wireless technology and the need for regulatory improvements.

Likely outcomes will be fewer large-scale towers and more street level poles in the future. Wireless communications and the associated infrastructure is essential to our community as regards basic day-to-day services, educational, public safety, entertainment, and business needs.

The public process will provide Chapel Hill the necessary road map and guidelines to manage the Town’s wireless telecommunications.

For more information, see





Mayor Hemminger Participates in DACA Day of Action

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is participating in the Mayors’ National Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Day of Action today (Tuesday, Aug. 29) to show support for the DACA program.

Organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, local leaders from across the country are speaking out in support of DACA and Dreamers.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides employment authorization and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16 and has benefitted nearly 800,000 undocumented youth since it began in 2012.

“By allowing young immigrants to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation, the DACA program is allowing these young people to remain active participants in our communities and to contribute to our local, state and national economies,” said Mayor Hemminger who believes the program serves as the foundation for sound, responsible immigrant policy.

“We urge the continuation of the DACA program to provide the necessary protections for our immigrant community until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform,” the mayor explained.

“These young people deserve a clear path toward a productive future and a chance, like other immigrants to America before them, to help lead all of us toward a brighter future.”

 More about the program:

  • 87 percent of DACA recipients are employed by American businesses and 6 percent have created their own businesses
  • 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants enrolled or immediately eligible for DACA contribute an estimated $2 billion a year in state and local taxes.

#MayorsStand4All and #DefendDACA





Town Manager Announces Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture

Town Manager Roger Stancil has announced the appointment of Susan Brown as Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture to coordinate policy and operational areas related to arts, history and culture in Chapel Hill. 

“I believe that with Susan’s leadership, we will bring together internal and external teams to bring a new level of energy and focus to the arts, history and culture of our community,” Stancil said. “With this focus, I am seeking to consider the role of the arts in all we do.”

Brown currently serves as director of the Chapel Hill Public Library and will retain this role. She will also assume responsibility for assessing and aligning Town resources related to arts and culture. This will include implementing the Cultural Arts Master Plan and working with the Town’s Cultural Arts Commission. She will also play a lead role in managing the transition of historic Town Hall into future uses as she explores “ways to learn from our past to prepare for our future,” Stancil said.

Town Manager Stancil has been refining the Town of Chapel Hill’s organizational structure to focus on key community priorities including those expressed in Chapel Hill 2020 in innovative ways. These include his recent appointment, as well as others:

  • As Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture, Susan Brown will continue the Town’s strong tradition of public art and collaborate with special events such as Festifall and other community celebrations. She will look across the organization to consider how other ongoing programs and activities are enhanced by a commitment to the arts.
  • As Executive Director for Community Safety, Chris Blue is focused on connections among code enforcement, inspections operations, Police and Fire departments, traffic engineering, and bike and pedestrian efforts.
  • As Executive Director for Housing and Community, Loryn Clark is building the connections among planning and development, housing, and community services through nonprofits. 
  • As Executive Director for Technology, Scott Clark is growing and enhancing our professional team approach to enterprise technology as a partner in how we do business. 

Brown took her first library job as an undergrad, never thinking it would turn into a career.  Twenty-five years later, she is still working in libraries and is more passionate than ever about the role they play in the life of a community.  

Brown has held a variety of positions in both academic and public libraries. In 2013, she became the director of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Before that, she worked at libraries in Kansas, Virginia, and North Carolina, including Wake County and Orange County Public Libraries.  She holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.L.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill. 





Community Information Meeting on Municipal Services Center

A community information meeting to discuss the planning of a Municipal Services Center will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Magnolia Conference Room of the Giles Horney Building, 103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

A new municipal service facility would serve several Town of Chapel Hill administrative needs which could include police, parks and recreation administration and fire. The site under consideration is on Estes Drive Extension adjacent to existing University functions and owned by UNC-Chapel Hill.

The community meeting will be an opportunity to hear the interests of the neighborhood, and share pertinent information before Council consideration. Community feedback will be included in the presentation to the Council on Sep. 27.

Meeting facilitator Andrew Sachs met with Town staff and a few neighborhood volunteers to develop the proposed community meeting agenda, which will be posted at

Sign up for Town-Gown announcements at





Curryblossom Cafe is a living-wage certified (full service) restaurant in Chapel Hill.


Labor Day Proclaimed Living Wage Day in Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill Town Council is celebrating this Labor Day – a holiday honoring workers – by proclaiming it Living Wage Day, encouraging people to show their support and appreciation for living wage certified employers.

Chapel Hill joins with Orange County Living Wage and its month-long campaign in September which honors 126 local employers who voluntarily pay a living wage.

The Town of Chapel Hill proclamation recognizes that a living wage can lift workers out of poverty and toward the middle class. The minimum wage has not increased in North Carolina beyond the federally mandated minimum of $7.25. Meanwhile, the costs of housing, food, child care, and health care have increased substantially in the eight years since the federal minimum was last raised.

Employers like the Town of Chapel Hill that pay their workers a living wage report substantially less turnover, better job performance, and higher levels of positive customer engagement.





Town-Sponsored Events




CANCELED: Tar Heel Downtown

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Tar Heel Downtown is canceled.

Safety is the top priority. The forecast for Chapel Hill shows a high probability for thunderstorms, with the possibility of severe weather at times.

There is not a makeup date for Tar Heel Downtown. We wish the Tar Heels the best for their upcoming season.





Books Sandwiched In Meeting Sept. 6

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 am. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, for a discussion of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank with a forward by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Each September Books Sandwiched In discusses a book that has been banned at some point since its creation, as was The Diary of Anne Frank.

This later edition of the beloved classic contains entries from the 25 trying months of the family in hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Anne Frank received a blank diary for her thirteenth birthday, just weeks before they went into hiding. She filled it with her personal entries of claustrophobic, quarrelsome intimacy with her parents, sister, a second family, and elderly dentist who has little tolerance for Anne’s vivacity. The diary has vivid grubby details of the wartime struggles and candid discussions of emotions familiar to teenagers. Her later entries reveal her compassion and spiritual depth. Just 15, Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. This is a moving and eloquent document of the Holocaust.

Books Sandwiched In selections for the year are chosen by the members and can be found on the Friends' web site at We hope you will join us.

For additional information, please contact: Martha Brunstein - (919-402-8964)



Who:        Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:      Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public

Where:    Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room C

When:     Wednesday, September 6 – 11:30am

Book:     The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Bantam Mass Market Paperback 1993)





Big Book Sale Sept. 8-10

Summer is almost over and there’s no better time and place to restock your personal book shelves and maybe even start your holiday shopping than the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library BIG Book Sale. The sale begins on Friday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. (members only – new members may join at the door). The sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 and will wrap up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 with a bag sale—bring your own bag and fill it for $5.

Whether you’re a fiction lover or prefer non-fiction or just like to treasure hunt for old favorites, you will want to be at the Big Book Sale. We have an abundance of science/math/medicine, US and world history, classics, performing arts and entertainment, and crafts and hobbies as well as children’s books and even more than the usual number of art books. We also have a selection of books from the William and Ida Friday collection.

Prices for children’s and mass market paperbacks start at 50 cents and most books are priced at $3 or less.

Come early and often and browse to your heart’s content. The Friends Book Store on the lower level of the Library will also be open during Big Book Sale hours with many of those books at special sale prices.

For additional information, please contact Martha Brunstein - (919-402-8964)



Who:      Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:    Big Book Sale

Where:  Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Rooms A, B, C and D

When:  September 8, 9 & 10

             Friday          3-5:30 p.m.         members only – join at the door – registration starts at 1:30 p.m.
             Saturday     10 a.m.-5 p.m.     free and open to the public
             Sunday       11 a.m.-3 p.m.     bag sale – bring your own bag - fill it for $5





Orange County’s 13th Annual Dog Swim

Orange County’s Animal Services Department will hold its annual dog swim from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the A.D. Clark Pool at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St. in Chapel Hill. Dogs can swim for $5 and people swim for free.

The annual Dog Swim gives dog owners the chance to recreate with their dogs and socialize with other residents. “Along with the fun and excitement of being able to splash in the water with your dog, it is a great opportunity for residents to become familiar with the animal service resources available here in Orange County," said Anne Nicholson, Aquatics Supervisor for the Town of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department.

This is the thirteenth year of the dog swim, which is sponsored by Orange County Animal Services and Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department. Orange County dogs can swim for $5, dogs from other counties will pay $10. People swim for free.

Please make sure that any dogs you plan on bringing are current on their vaccinations, not in season and on leash when entering the event. We look forward to seeing everyone there so please spread the word and bring friends!

The event will draw people from beyond the Triangle area to spend the afternoon recreating with their dogs. It’s a wonderful event and brings people together to celebrate the undeniable bond between dogs and people.





Chapel Hill’s Festifall Arts Festival 2017

Spend the day supporting the arts on Sunday, Oct. 1 in Downtown Chapel Hill for the 45th annual Festifall Arts Festival.

Chapel Hill’s Festifall Arts Festival provides an extraordinary opportunity for the community, art enthusiasts and artists to interact. A vibrant market of handmade artworks along with live performances presents a day of discovery for the festival’s attendees as they engage with the local art community. Historic West Franklin Street in Downtown Chapel Hill provides a beautiful backdrop to our celebration of arts and culture.

Almost 100 artists representing the finest in painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media. There’s something for everyone at Chapel Hill’s premier art event.

  • Meet the artists and be inspired.
  • Discover your new favorite downtown restaurant or food truck.
  • Dance to local music and enjoy three varied stages of entertainment at the Main Stage, Local506 Stage, and Interactive Stage.
  • Participate in interactive activities for children and adults.

Festifall is dedicated to presenting unique items that are never manufactured or mass produced.  Join us in promoting the work of many talented artists, and maybe even take home a few one-of-a-kind treasures of your own! Additionally, top artists will be selected through jury to receive $1100 in prizes and community recognition.

This is a free event for all ages! As always, the Town of Chapel Hill promotes a Bike & Pedestrian-Friendly Community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending these great events! Also, Park & Ride! A new dedicated Festifall shuttle will operate continuously every 15 minutes between park and ride lot at 725 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Rosemary Street ( two stops--Breadman’s and Mama Dip’s).

Thank you to our Official Sponsors: WCHL, Local 506, Chapel Hill Magazine and festival sponsors INDY, WUNC, N&O, Berkshire Chapel Hill, Champion Windows, Passananates, LulaRoe, All American Gutter, Mr. Roof, Grace Church, Fitch Lumber.

For more details about Festifall, visit our event website at




Town Services




Labor Day Holiday

Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day.

RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No trash collection Monday. Monday routes will be collected Wednesday, Sept. 6. Tuesday trash collection will not be affected.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING: No change in schedule.

COMMERCIAL REFUSE COLLECTION: No trash collection Monday. Monday’s trash will be collected by the end of the week.



CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will not operate.

HOUSING: Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency maintenance services, call 919-968-2855.

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY will be open 1 to 5 p.m.

PARKING SERVICES: The Parking office will be closed. On-street parking meters will be free.

PARKS AND RECREATION: The Plant Road office will be closed.

For more information on Town Holidays, visit        





Ephesus Park Tennis Courts Closed for Resurfacing

The Town of Chapel Hill is nationally regarded for its quality of life. Public parks and recreation are the gateways to a healthier, more livable community. In addition to our parks, trails, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation offers a myriad of recreation programs and cultural activities for all ages and social backgrounds.

In an effort to improve and maintain our tennis facilities, Ephesus Park tennis courts will be closed Aug. 30 through earl;y September for a resurfacing project.

Other courts available for play include:

Cedar Falls Park (6 courts)
501 Weaver Dairy Road (across from East Chapel Hill High School) 

Hargraves Center Park (4 courts)
216 N. Roberson St.

Oakwood Park (1 court)
20 Oakwood Drive

Phillips Park (4 courts)
Phillips Middle School
606 N. Estes Drive

To learn more about sponsored tennis programs with Chapel Hill parks and Recreation, BROWSE our programs and REGISTER online at








Special Event Parking Rate Available

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, is the first UNC-Chapel Hill home football game of the season.  The Town of Chapel Hill will be offering special event parking fees at specific lots and decks downtown.  Limited hourly parking will be available in the 140 West Parking Lot.  The event parking fee will be $20 and will allow visitors to park for the entire day.  On-street and off-street metered parking will be billed at the normal rate.

Lots offering this rate are:

  • 140 West Parking Deck – 201 West Rosemary Street
  • West Rosemary Lot – 104 West Rosemary Street
  • Rosemary/Columbia Lot – 100 East Rosemary Street
  • Wallace Parking Deck – 150 East Rosemary Street

For more information about event parking visit




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Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina versus California Football Game Sept. 2

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, for the North Carolina football game against California, scheduled for 12:20 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. Shuttles will begin at 9:20 a.m. from the Friday Center and Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) park and rides, and 10:50 a.m. from the Southern Village and Jones Ferry Road park and rides.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on South Road at Carmichael Auditorium and Woolen gym. The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and Kenan Stadium. The shuttles will operate for forty-five (45) minutes following the game. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip. Park and ride permits are not required during Tar Heel Express events.

For additional information on Tar Heel Express, please visit Chapel Hill Transit's website at, email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.






Tar Heel Express Service to the North Carolina versus Louisville Football Game Sept. 9

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, for the North Carolina football game against Louisville, scheduled for 12 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. Shuttles will begin at 9 a.m. from the Friday Center and Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) park and rides, and 10:30 a.m. from the Southern Village and Jones Ferry Road park and rides.

Shuttles drop off and pick up on South Road at Carmichael Auditorium and Woolen gym. The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and Kenan Stadium. The shuttles will operate for forty-five (45) minutes following the game. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip. Park and ride permits are not required during Tar Heel Express events.





Lane Closure on Eubanks Road in September

Construction of the Waste and Recycling Center on Eubanks Road will cause lane closure starting Tuesday, Sept. 5 on the portion of Eubanks Road just west of Millhouse Road and east of the Orange County Solid Waste Administration office at 1207 Eubanks Road.

Construction will last for approximately four weeks (the entire month of September) while crews widen the road and add a turn lane for the Waste and Recycling Center. The grand opening of the new Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center is projected for January 2018. 


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Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.





Public Safety News




Apply Now: Community Police Academy

The Chapel Hill Police Department will host its Community Police Academy beginning Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. We will accept applications through Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

The Community Police Academy is an action-packed, two-day event providing community members with an “inside look” at how their police department functions. The Academy is designed to increase understanding and awareness of the role of the Chapel Hill Police Department and the day-to-day life of a police officer through computer simulated “hands-on” activities and engaging discussions.

Participants will experience:

  • Exercises simulating real police scenarios (computer simulations)
  • Officer Equipment demonstrations
  • Arrest procedures
  • Use of Force discussions
  • Social/Mental Health Issues
  • Citizen Complaints/Internal Affairs
  • Police Canine (K9) Program demonstrations
  • Investigations
  • Special Emergency Response Capabilities
  • ...and more

The Community Police Academy is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.

Anyone wishing to attend the Community Police Academy must complete an application at by Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.






Police Make Arrest in Attempted Murder

Members of the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina arrested Cordell O. Baldwin of Mebane at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2017, for his involvement in a shooting which occurred in Chapel Hill on May 23, 2017.  He was located at a residence in Mebane and arrested without incident.  He is charged with one Felony count of Attempted First Degree Murder, one Felony count of Assault with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury, and one Felony count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  Baldwin is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole. For more information, visit





Chapel Hill Police Respond to Sexual Assault

At 7:32 pm, the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a report of a sexual assault that occurred in a wooded area near Drew Hill Lane.  The victim described the suspect as a dark skinned black male between the ages of 18 and 25.  His height was approximately 5’10 to 6’1 and he had a medium build.  The suspect had a box or flattop haircut with a dot pattern cut into the sides and back.  He was wearing a maroon colored t-shirt and gray jogging pants. 

If anyone has information about incident, please call either 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.  Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.





News from Other Public Agencies





News from UNC Office of the Chancellor

Dear Campus Community:

Because of serious concerns about campus safety, I have declined a request from the National Policy Institute to rent space for Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

I made this decision after consultation with UNC Police and local and state law enforcement agencies who have thoroughly assessed the risks such an event could bring to Carolina. Our basis for this decision is the safety and security of the campus community—we are not willing to risk anyone’s safety in light of these known risks.

I am deeply saddened and disturbed that the violent and virulent rhetoric being espoused by extremist groups has jeopardized the ability of campuses to promote robust dialogue and debate about important issues while ensuring public safety.

One way to counter this is to promote and encourage our campus community to engage in constructive conversation. I hope as many of you as possible will help kick off this year’s Carolina Conversations on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with a program called “The First Amendment and Free Speech at UNC.” This discussion will explore topics including what the First Amendment protects at a public university. More details are available at

Thank you for your attention to this important update.


Carol L. Folt



September Is Suicide Prevention Month

News release from Orange County

Hillsborough, NC (August 24, 2017)From 2011 to 2015 62 Orange County citizens lost their lives to suicide. In September the Orange County Health Department and Healthy Carolinians of Orange County will be hosting events to support survivors and to share how to recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide and what to do if a loved one or friend is in danger. Events include:

· September 7, 2017 #BeThe1To Kick Off Event
Whitted Human Services Building 300 West Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
8:30 to 10:30 am
This event will start with breakfast and will allow participants to hear from those who have a personal connection to suicide. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens will speak. Please register here:

· September 10, 2017 National Suicide Prevention Day of Prayer
Various churches in Orange County will have a moment of silence during church services.

· September 22, 2017 "Be the Light" Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk
UNC-Chapel Hill, “The Pit” 207 South Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
6 to 8 pm
The walk will begin at UNC’s Pit with a moment of silence. Speakers will share ways to help prevent suicide by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms. As a visual reminder of the 62 Orange County citizens who lost their lives to suicide from 2011 to 2015, 62 pairs of donated shoes will be on display. To donate shoes, contact Kiana Redd at or 919.245.2379. After the walk the shoes will be donated to the Club NOVA Thrift Shop.

· September 26, 2017 QPR: Suicide Prevention
Cardinal Innovations 201 Sage Road, Suite 100, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
10 am to noon
QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. To register:

For more information on suicide prevention and these events go to:






Compost Curious?  Visit Compost Information Day, help volunteer, and attend Fall Classes!

News Release from Orange County Solid Waste Management

The Saturday Carrboro Farmers Market hosts the only residential food waste drop-off at a Farmers Market in North Carolina.  It is a volunteer supported effort, sponsored by Orange County Solid Waste Management.  Compost monitors sign up for a 2 ½ hour shift to watch over the collection carts, make sure only the proper materials go in, and keep things moving smoothly.  An average of 60 people drop-off food waste weighing over 400 pounds each week! There will be a Compost Monitor Information Day September 9, from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm at the Carrboro Farmers Market, with a brief training starting at every half hour, at the food waste drop-off area located behind the ATM. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about outdoor composting and see a functioning worm bin ideal for indoor composting in small spaces. 

Two full-scale composting classes will be held this fall, led by Muriel Williman of Orange County Solid Waste Management.  Learn the basics of indoor composting using worms, and outdoor composting using a variety of containers and recipes.

  • Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Community Center Learning Garden, Estes Drive, Chapel Hill
  • Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative office, 1207 Eubanks Rd. Chapel Hill

These popular classes are free, no registration is necessary and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Anyone can compost in Orange County! For more information, contact Muriel Williman (919) 918-4909 or email





Volunteer for Recycling—Opportunities abound!

News release from Orange County Solid Waste Management

Orange County Solid Waste Management often hosts recycling and other waste diversion activities at large local special events. Recycling volunteers rove the event grounds distributing recycling containers, checking regularly to make sure recycling collection is maximized, sorted well, and running smoothly. Volunteers also pick up litter and otherwise keep the event looking good! These opportunities are perfect for high school students needing Service Learning hours or others who want to stay active and make a difference. Shifts vary, often you get a meal or a tshirt, and volunteering with us also makes you eligible for an account with the Local Government Federal Credit Union.  Please contact Muriel Williman at or call 919-918-4909 for details for the following events:

Hog Day in Hillsborough, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

Carrboro Music Festival, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and 1-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24

Festifall in Chapel Hill, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1

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