Tests show powder sent to campaign not harmful
According to preliminary test results from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services lab, white powder contained in a letter that arrived at John Edwardsâ€™ presidential campaign headquarters in Southern Village on March 14 was not harmful.
Edwardsâ€™ staff evacuated the building after a staff member opened the letter and white powder spilled out. The offices reopened on March 15 after preliminary tests on the powder revealed no chemical or biological agents.
The FBI is investigating the case.
Carolina North meetings slated
The university is soliciting your input on the development of Carolina North via a series of community meetings to be held the last Tuesday of each month through May. The first of these will take place Tuesday, March 27, at 3:30, in Room 2603 of the School of Governmentâ€™s Knapp-Sanders Building. That presentation will then be repeated at 5:30 the same day, same location.
University representatives will be presenting three conceptual approaches to how Carolina North might be developed. These approaches reflect the guiding principles of the Leadership Advisory Committee for Carolina North, comprised of representatives from the university and the local community, as well as an ecological assessment of the 900-plus-acre tract and sustainability strategies.
Tuesday, March 27, at 3:30 and again at 5:30, Rm. 2603 Knapp-Sanders Building. Parking is available in the NC 54 lot and the Rams Head deck, and in the School of Government deck for the 5:30 presentation only.
Mt. Carmel improvements
Mount Carmel Church Road will see several improvements over the next two years as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation 2007-2008 Secondary Roads Construction Program.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted on March 13 to approve the program, as well as the 2006-2007 program.
Under the plan, the DOT will resurface and widen the shoulders of Mount Carmel Church Road between U.S. 15-501 and the Chatham County line. In addition, Mike Mills, a division engineer with the DOT, said the department plans to improve several of the roadâ€™s intersections, including the intersection with Bennett Road.
The 2007-2008 program also includes paving 7.84 miles of rural roads, while the 2006-2007 program paves 5.14 miles of rural roads. Estimated costs for 2007-2008 total approximately $2.5 million, compared with $1.3 million for 2006-2007.
Cho chosen chair of county GOP
Chapel Hill resident Augustus Cho was recently elected chairman of the Orange County Republican Party at the county GOP convention.
Cho, who was born in Korea, is a member of the Chapel Hill Transportation Board. He has served as a Presbyterian minister as well as a teacher to American soldiers stationed in Korea. Cho also teaches tae kwon do.
Although there are twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans in the county, Cho said he is undaunted by the challenges ahead. His top priorities are fund-raising, local issues and getting more GOP candidates to run for office.
Cho also said he would like to see lower taxes and thinks government can become more fiscally responsible.
Guillory selected for Hall of Fame
On April 1, UNC journalism professor Ferrel Guillory will be inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to journalism. Those recognized must be native North Carolinians or distinctly identified with the state.
Guillory, who has taught in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 1997, worked as an associate editor and contributor to The News & Observer in Raleigh for more than 30 years. He also serves as director of the universityâ€™s Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life.
Seven other communications professionals will be inducted into the Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations halls of fame and the N.C. Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at the Carolina Inn on campus; tickets are $65 a person.
String of house fires in Carrboro
Carrboro firefighters had a busy week logging five house fire calls in a week. Since last Wednesday, March 14, crews responded to fires on N.C. 54, Jones Ferry Road, Union Grove Church Road and Broad Street.
According to a release from the fire department none of the fires were related. One was caused by a wood stove, one started in a kitchen and two were caused by electrical shorts.
Citizens appointed to boards
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen Tuesday night appointed Elizabeth Brisson to the townâ€™s Appearance Commission. The board also approved the appointment of transportation advisory board members Tom High and Heidi Perry and Chatham County resident Bob Eby to the Smith Level Road Task Force.