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Saturday February 4th

Chapel Hill


One of the buildings that was added to the site when it was repurposed as a radioactive waste decay site. Most of the radioactive waste was stored in this building. Pictured on Thursday Feb 25 2021.

Former youth prison turned radioactive waste decay site operated by UNC

The Chapel Hill Youth Development and Research Unit, now known as Chydaru, was an experimental youth prison that was later repurposed as a radioactive waste decay site. While there was never any radioactive or hazardous waste buried at the site, the facility would take short-lived radioactive waste generated at the University and store it until the waste was no longer radioactive.

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CHCCS students, teachers return to in-person instruction for the first time in a year

On Friday morning, about one hundred students returned to Frank Porter Graham Elementary School to finish out their first week of in-person instruction in a year.   The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education voted in early March to offer in-person instruction to all students beginning March 22.  Frank Porter Graham Elementary Principal Karen Galassi-Ferrer said it has been important to think creatively about safety measures, like holding lunch and breakfast outside or placing colorful tape on the ground for students to follow for social distancing. 

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The Chapel Hill Town Council will vote on a project that would redevelop the nonoperational Marathon Service Station and the Tar Heel Mobile Home Park into a new gas station, storage building, and convenience store. The Marathon Service Station is pictured on Saturday, March 6th, 2021.

Chapel Hill Town Council to vote on MLK development that could threaten mobile home park

As of Tuesday, the Chapel Hill Town Council is set to vote on the project’s rezoning proposal on March 10. Council members differ on whether they’ll approve the project. But they agree the project doesn’t align with the Town’s land use goals.   They also share the concern for the long-term security of the residents, as the developer has voiced their intention to sell the property and potentially displace the residents if the project is not approved. 

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Students rush Franklin Street for the second time following UNC win against Duke

Following UNC men's basketball defeat of Duke, fans rushed Franklin Street for the second time this year. Last month, officers took over 35 minutes to clear the intersection.  This crowd, which was substantially smaller, dispersed from the intersection for the resumption of traffic within five minutes. The crowd later regrouped for another brief period.

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Chapel Hill Town Council split over Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. redevelopment project

The project would redevelop the nonoperational Marathon Service Station and the Tar Heel Mobile Home Park by building a new gas station, convenience store and a multi-story self-storage building. Council members agreed that the project didn't align with the Town's land use goals and voiced other concerns, but their votes came down to whether or not they felt it was the best way to protect the park's residents.

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