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Cary's Thomas, Bae win Dogwood State golf titles

Two golfers from Cary won their first Carolinas Golf Association championships on Thursday, taking the overall titles at the sixth Dogwood State Junior Championship.

Will Thomas of Cary defeated Andrew Decker of Greenville on the first playoff hole for the boys title, and Sarah Bae took a three-stroke victory for the girls title at Jack Nicklaus-designed The Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs.

Harris arrives in Henderson

Former East Chapel Hill coach Darian Harris has taken over as the head coach at Northern Vance. He welcomed slightly more than 70 players to preseason drills earlier this week.
Harris, who taught business and marketing classes at East Chapel Hill High School, left last spring after some teaching positions were sliced in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro system.
He takes over in Henderson from Cedric Crudup, whose Viking teams over the last four years went 13-32 overall and 7-13 in the Carolina-Nine 3-A Conference. That includes an 8-4 record two years ago,
His new post means Harris will be back in Chapel Hill this fall. His Vikings open Carolina-Nine play Oct. 8 at Orange High and then visit Chapel Hill High School on Oct. 15.


DOT will start work on $9.6 million upgrade for Weaver Dairy Road

NCDOT is expected to award a contract this week for a three-year, $9.6 million project (see map)  to upgrade Weaver Dairy Road on the north side of Chapel Hill.

It features a new roadway that will extend Sage Road west from Old Erwin Road, connecting with Weaver Dairy near East Chapel Hill High School.  The connection to Sage will turn  Weaver Dairy Road into a direct link between N.C. 86 and to U.S. 15-501, parallelling Interstate 40.

The project runs 2.8 miles from N.C. 86 to Old Sterling Drive. Yates Construction Co. of Stokesdale is the apparent low bidder, at $9.6 million for a job DOT had estimated at $10.8 million.  Construction could begin as soon as Aug. 30, with work to be completed by June 2013.

Chapel Hill golfer wins AAU National Championship 16U title

Michael Hocker of Chapel Hill won the 16-and-Under Boys Division at the AAU National Golf Championship for Juniors held Monday through Wednesday at the Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte.

North Carolina golfers made a strong showing in a field that included golfers from throughout the eastern United States. Among them, Thomas Bonney of Pleasant Garden took overall boys honors in winning the Boys 18-and-Under Division, Sarah Almond of Albemarle ran away with the 18-and-Under Girls Division for the girls championship.

Cary makes CNN/Money Best Places To Live list

Good test scores, among other features, helped rank Cary among CNN/Money magazine's 2010 Best Places to Live in America list.

Cary ranked No. 23 on the list of 100 places that was released today and will be in the magazine's August issue. The magazine looked at figures such as median family income, job growth, school test scores and crime rates.

One drawback, the magazine noted, is that fast growth has resulted in school overcrowding in Cary.

New IFC homeless shelter by the numbers

The special-use permit application for the new IFC men's homeless shelter was released late yesterday. Here's a look at what the organization is proposing for its new facility.

The new Community House would be a two floor, 52-bed transitional housing facility with room for 17 cots on the first floor to serve as an overnight emergency shelter. The property total is 79,000 sq. feet built upon a 1.66 acre tract leased by the UNC to the Town of Chapel Hill.

Transitional housing will be able to accommodate up to 52 men, with resident dining for 28. The building will include offices, counseling and meeting areas and free medical/psychiatric clinic for residents.

The 52-bed transitional area breaks down like this:

-Two 10 bed dormitories with bunk beds for 20 residents

-Five quads to accommodate 20 residents

-Six doubles for 12 residents

Sustainability features include:

-geothermal heat pumps

-light roof color

-extended roof overhangs

"We are looking to move back to Durham."

Readers reacted strongly to Sunday’s story about businesses leaving Orange County and taking commercial tax revenue with them.

“I have seen all this happen for years,” said Durham native Aaron Thompson, who lives in Hillsborough and works at the Durham Performing Arts Center. “We are looking to move back to Durham because for a resident Orange County does not have anything here that’s worth paying the taxes that we have to pay.”

Other readers agreed the loss of commercial tax base has been an ongoing problem.

“I have lived here for 25 years and it has not changed!” one wrote in an e-mail.

All done in Greensboro

The last two Chapel Hill-area golfers playing in the CGA’s N.C. Junior Championships have bowed out of the match-play competition.
Cedar Ridge junior Casey Ward defeated Kayla Sciupider of Etowah, the medalist of stroke play, 2 & 1, in Thursday morning’s Round of 16. But Ward then fell to Madison Kennedy of Salisbury, by the same 2 & 1 score, in the afternoon's quarterfinals.
Kennedy reached the quarterfinals by defeating Northwood junior Emily Brooks, 3 & 2, in the Round of 16.


Brooks, Ward advance in N.C. Juniors

Two down, two left.
Both Casey Ward and Emily Brooks advanced in match play to today’s Round of 16 in the CGA’s N.C. Junior Championship at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro. Ward, a rising junior at Cedar Ridge, had to go to the 20th hole yesterday to knock out Stacey Adams of Asheville. Brooks, a Northwood junior, had an easier time with Alaina Yeatts of Durham, winning 5 & 4.
Chapel Hill’s Michael Hocker II downed Sam Goodnight of Lincolnton 5& 3 and went to the 18th green in the Round of 32 before losing to Miller Capps of Denver, 1 up. Chapel Hill’s Benjamin Griffin fell to Patrick Morris Hampstead, 2 up.
The Carolina Golf Association's N.C. Junior Championships for boys and girls conclude this weekend in Greensboro.
Hocker is keeping a busy schedule this week. He and Chapel Hill ninth-grader Justin Curis are both slated to tee off Saturday in the Carolinas Junior PGA Championship. That PGA Carolinas Section event plays out Saturday and Sunday at Quail Creek at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.


Juniors reach match play in Greensboro

All four golfers from Chapel Hill competing in the CGA’s N.C. Junior Championships have made it through stroke play and advanced to the match play rounds.
Benjamin Griffin fired a 1-under-par 71 in the qualifier Tuesday at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro to tie for 13th in the boys championship. Young Michael Hocker II carded a 75 to tie for 55th.
On the girls’ side, Cedar Ridge’s Casey Ward shot an 80 and Northwood’s Emily Brooks 82 to tie for 14th and 22nd, respectively.
The top 32 girls and top 63 boys advance to the match play portion of the championship at Forest Oaks.


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