The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 01:11 PM

A career spent educating

Occasionally, demographics combine and goals align and the magic of education overcomes a loud, unmistakable voice.
Such is the case for Stephen Halkiotis, Orange County Board of Education member, former Orange County Commissioner, former principal at Orange High School, former principal at C.W. Stanford Junior High (before it was a middle school), and lifelong, never-to-really-retire, (even though he is technically retired) mentor and educator.

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

Chapel Hill Buzz: Construction plans outlined for 123 W. Franklin

Construction on a mixed-use project in downtown Chapel Hill is set to begin in early 2015.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Local poet to join Literary Hall of Fame

Too many poets write their careful, perceptive, sensitive and wise words to be shared with only a few trusted friends.

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 01:56 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Roll cart update and holiday pickup schedules

More than 18,000 95-gallon roll carts have now been distributed for the urban weekly recycling. With a very few minor exceptions, all residences now have carts and operational modifications to the program to ensure efficiencies are ongoing. No tonnage figures are available yet to compare July 2014 to July 2013 to look for performance changes. Check here next month.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Remembering our movie with Robin Williams

When word of Robin Williams’ death spread around Chapel Hill last week, lots of people felt they had lost an important friend.

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Teaching new generation about nation's pastime

In the late 1960s our nation’s pastime added another member when the Hillsborough Youth Athletic Association was formed.

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 01:39 PM

MBA students build bikes, team spirit

The morning started with a lecture by a business school professor, as most mornings will start once the latest 282 incoming full-time MBA students begin taking classes at Carolina later this month. But the Aug. 5 orientation session at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium also included a wacky game to remember the 13 colonies, frequent shouts of “Fantastic,” assembling 30 children’s bikes and meeting the kids who will be riding them.

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 02:05 PM

United by knot and bow

At the age of 30, Jimmy Bruni, a born-and-raised Hillsborough native, thought he was being responsible when he sought a life insurance policy for himself and his wife.

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Where will they send her?

While the rest of us are worrying about the Ebola epidemic and the multiple health challenges in Africa, a Chapel Hill nurse is wondering to what dangerous area her next assignment will take her.
Anna Freeman grew up in Chapel Hill and worked at UNC Hospitals as a pediatric cardiology nurse. Since 2008 she has served with Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization.

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

A mayor’s enthusiasm

The mayor of Hillsborough doesn’t need to wear the derby hat or the off-white hat with the black stripe to be recognized as mayor of this gem of a southern town. More noticeable is his enthusiasm for leading a community of goodness.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 02:02 PM

Donation earns troop top honors

Girl Scout Troop 697 from St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill earned the Bronze Award (the highest award in Girl Scouts as a Junior) by collecting 700 DVDs and video games and donating them to UNC Children’s Hospital. The girls decided to do this collection for the Bronze Award after doing a smaller collection of art supplies earlier in the year. They learned from a hospital representative that movies and video games are highly desired by the children in UNC Hospital and their families. The girls set a goal of each collecting 100 DVDs and video games for a total of 700 – all within one month. They focused their efforts at school, church and individual neighborhoods. Two things they took away from this experience: They could all easily relate to the patients as they have all had troop members, family and friends who have been hospitalized, and they learned that no matter how difficult the task, hard work is necessary to succeed. Pictured, from left: Lillian Byrth, Emma Kang, Ella Sullivan, Ava Rao, Kate Humphreys, Hannah Ford and Emily Robers. In the back is Ken Steenson of UNC Children’s Hospital.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 01:49 PM

A Minnesotan’s pilgrimage to Chapel Hill

Why would a Minnesota woman make a pilgrimage to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to visit a memorial?
Then, why would she leave without seeing the site that drew her to the campus?

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

Style coach has found her calling

The idea of fashioning a house into a home has always been one of the great exercises in home ownership. From painting a wall to window treatment to the simple addition of an end table, candle and framed picture can express who the owners are.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Pet of the Week

Meet Toni! This adorable little pit bull mix is around 8 months old and super fun. She can jump impressive heights from a standstill position, and often does this when people walk by her kennel. But don’t let this show-off fool you -- once that kennel door opens, Toni is gentle, calm, well-mannered and walks perfectly on a leash. In addition to having a pretty awesome personality, she is also just plain cute. Come see for yourself. Visit today and get this girl outside where her real personality can shine! Meet her at Orange County Animal Services, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, or visit her and others online at

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Do they still know your name at Sutton’s?

Will John still be there when we eat at Sutton’s?
The big news on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street is the change at Sutton’s Drug Store, one of the town’s landmark businesses for as long as anybody can remember.