Eric Hodge en Merge Turns 25 in Durham <p>It's a big year for Merge Records. The Durham-based label is celebrating its 25th birthday with a series of events, which has included concerts, limited release recordings and a 25K run.</p><p></p><p>Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance founded the label in Chapel Hill to promote their band, Superchunk. A quarter-century later, dozens of other celebrated artists have jumped on board, including the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:38:50 +0000 Eric Hodge & Rebecca Martinez 33828 at Merge Turns 25 in Durham The Voter Registration Deadline Is Fast Approaching <p>Last year the General Assembly passed new rules for North Carolina voters.&nbsp; They include shortening the time for early voting and eliminating the ability to register when casting an early ballot.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Veronica DeGraffenreid works for the <a href="">State Board of Elections</a>.&nbsp; She says the deadline to register is at the end of the week.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:25:26 +0000 Eric Hodge 33415 at The Voter Registration Deadline Is Fast Approaching Hatchell: Doctor Says She'll Be "100% Ready" For Next Year <p>Sylvia Hatchell still watches practice. The school has a satellite link that feeds to her iPad.</p><p>She still gives the post-game talks. Two minutes after the Lady Heels <a href="">beat South Carolina</a> on Sunday, she was on speaker phone in the locker room.</p><p>The player text her photos from the road. She says she works two to five hours every day, a lot of which is with Associate Head Coach Andrew Calder, who's been in charge since Hatchell took a step back the year to undergo treatment for Leukemia.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:05:11 +0000 Eric Hodge & Eric Mennel 33004 at Hatchell: Doctor Says She'll Be "100% Ready" For Next Year Gamers Who Play Together Stay Together <p></p><p>The widely held notion – that people who play computer games are loners – might not be true after all.&nbsp; A new study from North Carolina State University finds that gamers are expanding their social lives and often wind up meeting the people they compete against.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Nick Taylor is an assistant professor of Digital Media at NC State, and worked on the study.&nbsp; He says the findings were consistent regardless of the types of games being played.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:26:15 +0000 Eric Hodge 32966 at Gamers Who Play Together Stay Together Pittsboro Memorial Will Honor 9/11 First Responders <p></p><p>Pittsboro will break ground today on a memorial to 9/11 first responders.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Organizers say town and Chatham County officials will take part, along with anyone who wants to bring a shovel.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The site will feature a beam from the base of one of the twin towers that collapsed after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:03:46 +0000 Eric Hodge 32848 at Pittsboro Memorial Will Honor 9/11 First Responders 'Too Much Pork For Just One Fork' And 3 More Great SCOTS Song Titles <p>Southern Culture on the Skids are Chapel Hill's legendary "bards of downward mobility." If you have no idea what we're talking about, you're in for a treat:</p><p></p><p>Here's some of our top four favorite song/album titles:</p><ol><li>Too Much Pork For Just One Fork</li><li>Ditch Diggin'</li><li>Plastic Seat Sweat</li><li>Liquored Up and Lacquered Down</li></ol><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's what the band says about themselves: "[we've] always embodied a sleazy, raucous, good-natured, good-time take on the culture of the South."</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:04:04 +0000 Carol Jackson & Eric Hodge 32331 at 'Too Much Pork For Just One Fork' And 3 More Great SCOTS Song Titles Remembering Senator Martin Nesbitt <p></p><p>State Senator Martin Nesbitt will be laid to rest today near his hometown of Asheville.&nbsp; The Democratic leader of the Senate died last week of stomach cancer after more than three decades in the legislature. WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones and WCQS news director David Hurrand joined Eric Hodge to talk about Sen. Nesbitt's legacy.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:40:59 +0000 Eric Hodge & Jessica Jones & David Hurrand 31853 at Remembering Senator Martin Nesbitt Joshua Starmer's 'Song Of The Month' Is A Cool Collection <p></p><p><a href="">Joshua Starmer</a> is a songwriter, a singer and a cellist. He can play just about anything, we suppose. At the end of 2012, he decided to spend 2013 writing and recording a song a month.</p><p>"It almost derailed every month. The very first month was make or break it. I was working on a song I thought was really good until January 28." Then Starmer, notes, he decided that song was about the worst he'd ever heard, and he scrambled to write something else.</p><p>The result is a remarkable collection.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Carol Jackson & Eric Hodge 31688 at Joshua Starmer's 'Song Of The Month' Is A Cool Collection The Masks, The Beads, The Horns: It's Mardi Gras in Durham <p></p><p></p><p>Mardi Gras kicks off this weekend in both New Orleans .. and Durham, NC. Durham's celebration has been growing over the last couple of years. <a href="">There will be a big parade on Fat Tuesday (March 4) starting at the bronze bull on CCB Plaza at 6 p.m.</a>, followed by <a href="">eight bands performing on five stages. </a></p><p>The weekend begins though, with a celebration called "Hey Pocky Way- A Mardis Gras Primer."</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:47:44 +0000 Carol Jackson & Eric Hodge 31316 at The Masks, The Beads, The Horns: It's Mardi Gras in Durham UNC-Duke Rivalry Heats Back Up After Snow Day <p>Last week's winter storm canceled the men's basketball game between fierce rivals North Carolina and Duke.&nbsp;<br /><br />Meetings between coaches, athletic directors and the Atlantic Coast Conference resulted in the contest being rescheduled for this Thursday night in Chapel Hill.&nbsp; That means both teams will be playing four games in eight days.&nbsp;<br /><br />The Tar Heels beat Pittsburgh over the weekend while the Blue Devils got past Maryland.&nbsp; Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Sirius-XM it's a challenging week.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:48:45 +0000 Eric Hodge 30695 at UNC-Duke Rivalry Heats Back Up After Snow Day