The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Digging their roots

There is a classic movie with a classic line about a classic game: “If you build it, he will come.” So the farmer turns a field of maize into a place to play baseball.
In 1954, along with his father, C.F. Wilkerson, Roy Wilkerson Construction Company, Inc., built roots in Orange County soil. “We were farmers and got into the construction business,” says Roy Wilkerson, leader of the 60-year-old construction business on Highway 57, north of town.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Shred A Thons, recycling roll carts and ReUse Rodeo coming up

“Earth Month,” as April has come to be known, is filled with exciting recycling opportunities in Orange County. The twice-a-year Shred A Thons will be Thursday at University Mall near old Dillard’s at Estes Drive and Willow Drive and Saturday at the recycling site behind Home Depot at Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough. Both events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are open to Orange County residents, small businesses and employees of the towns and the county.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Little Smoky

The name Little Smoky is what David Burch calls his boy, Hunter Burch. It is not as though Burch is on fire; instead, Hunter Burch is following in the grilling steps of his father as an apprentice cook.
Already known for his savory, succulent and tangy sauce, Smoky Dave’s, David Burch is watching his son grow into the world of competitive outdoor grilling and smoking.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

'How Jesus Became God'

What, actually, can we know about the resurrection?
At sunrise services and church sanctuaries today in Chapel Hill and all over the world, Christian worshippers are giving their answers to this question.
In the introduction to his new book, “How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee,” Bart Ehrman asks the same question.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 10:41 AM

More Blue Ribbon mentors needed

The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program is seeking more mentors to serve as positive adult influences and help area children achieve their full potential.
“When you become a mentor, not only do you affect the life of the child you mentor, but you also affect the lives of the children that are not even born,” said Granvel Johnson, new match support specialist for the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 01:09 PM

AKA Sorority chapter aided youth, parents though leadership workshop

A youth summit sponsored by Mu Omicron Omega Chapter was held at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill on April 12.

“Students Willing to Achieve Greatness” was a free workshop designed to equip, excite, and promote youth development and leadership. Workshop topics were designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

RUNNING MEN: Two will run 200 miles for charity

Matt Holtry and Joe Tynan both like to run. So combining running with charity was a no-brainer.

The two friends will spend a week together, April 19-26, as they run 200 miles from Oak Island to Chapel Hill, raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Foundation for the Refugee Education Trust.


Apr. 13, 2014 @ 06:59 AM

Celebrating two families and one sandwich

The bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches at Merritt’s Store on South Columbia Street have made the Merritt name famous across the South. That fame comes thanks to famous authors like Rosecrans Baldwin, who wrote in Our State magazine, “The BLT has become Merritt’s calling card -- a destination sandwich featured in magazines like National Geographic Traveler and Every Day with Rachael Ray. On a busy Saturday in the summer, Merritt’s sells up to 700 of them, with a 45-minute wait out the door.”


Apr. 12, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

Never too old, 80 year old does Tae Kwon Do

Refuse to give up.

Three days each week at United Tae Kwon Do, Mara LaBurt refuses to give up as she trains in the martial art known as a striking art that delivers the maximum force with minimal effort.
The soon to be 80-year-old was the only woman in her training class that day. And the oldest. But LaBurt didn’t let that stop her from doing the squats with weights in both hands or the mountain climbers at mid-mat that defined the workout.


Apr. 12, 2014 @ 01:01 PM

Spring Garden Tour around the corner

Nothing marks the beginning of spring like a garden tour.

The Chapel Hill Garden Club is answering the call with its biannual Spring Garden Tour on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come rain or shine, gardens throughout Chapel Hill will be on display for enthusiasts or those just wanting to enjoy the outdoors.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

Chase and capture

“I am a location photographer; I am all about the visual appeal of a setting,” said Bethany Cubino.
Her images are on display against the reclaimed and refined look of a brick-wall inside the Cup-A-Joe coffee shop in Hillsborough. At first glance, one would assume the people she has framed, are the subjects of a particular image.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

Schools to implement state-mandated program year early

Orange County Schools plans to work smarter not harder by partially implementing a state mandated program a year ahead of schedule.

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is a program that will allow students to earn credit for standard level courses without sitting through the class after showing mastery of content through two phases.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

Bid awarded for Rogers-Eubanks Community Center

The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association Community Center is finally a go.

The Orange County Commissioners unanimously awarded a $552,488 construction bid to Riggs-Harrod Builders of Durham to construct the long-awaited center.
“I think that once the dirt is moved and the concrete poured, then we will have made a definitive statement that this is going to be done,” said Commissioner Earl McKee.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

PlayMakers or Playmakers, it’s a proud history

Why aren’t the PlayMakers in the Playmaker’s Theater?

It is a question many Chapel Hill people asked the first time they learned that the PlayMaker’s Repertory Company stages its productions not in its named venue but a few blocks away in the Paul Green Theater on Country Club Road.
The modern PlayMakers Repertory Company, the successor to the Carolina Playmakers, spells its historic name with a capital “M” in the middle.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:22 PM

Painting to inspire, encourage Newtown survivors

Talking about her painting “The Flight,” local artist Rose Wenkel said, “I didn’t do it for me. I did it because it belongs there.”

The painting will be going to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where on Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman entered the school, killing 26 children and teachers before turning the gun on himself.
Wenkel didn’t go to her canvas to create something for the people of the school. It just sort of happened, with no inspiration per se but lots of feeling she said.