The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Orange County seeks changes in grading scale plans

The Orange County Board of Education passed a resolution at its Monday meeting to request that the North Carolina State Board of Education change its mind regarding the phasing in of a new 10-point grading scale.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

YULE TRADITION: Living Nativity a family matter

For some, the night was a Christmas tradition; for others, it was their first time. More than 50 people gathered in a barn last Sunday night, bundling up against the chill to see a Nativity scene and remember the birth story of Jesus.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

Introducing The Family Success Alliance

We hope that by now you’ve heard that there is increasing concern about income disparities and poverty in Orange County, and particularly about its impact on children. We all want to live in a community where every child has the opportunity to thrive in school and beyond because successful, supported children grow up to be successful and give back to their family, workplace, and community. As a physician and a lawyer, we have witnessed firsthand the challenges children and families face in Orange County as they struggle with living paycheck to paycheck.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

D.G. Martin: For whom the Hillsborough bell tolls

For some people in Hillsborough, the bell in the historic St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church rings a little more poignantly these days thanks to a chance meeting between a prominent retired businessman who lives at Governors Club, and an Orange County poet.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Vicki Wentz: Joy to the world and please pass the wassail

I love being a teacher. Well, not every second of every day, but still, I mostly love being a teacher. One of the biggest reasons is the week before Christmas break. This week, in any school, is just such a trip. All of a sudden, there is spasmodic giggling and unrest in the classroom, whining in the office, and a general who-gives-a-partridge-in-a-pear-tree attitude towards work of any kind. And, the students are almost as bad.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board adds new member

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education has appointed a new board member to serve the remainder of Mia Burroughs’ term. David Saussy will take over the seat that Burroughs left vacant when she was elected as an Orange County Commissioner.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Jason Hawkins: Fitness an integral part of healthy life

Inside the middle bay of the once-upon-a-time service station at 212 North Churton Street, between Tryon and Queen streets, Tricia Arriagada, is training a client to be more physically fit.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Community presents vision for Orange County Schools

A group of community stakeholders introduced a set of goals and expectations at Monday’s Orange County Board of Education meeting, wrapping up the first step of a process that began nearly a year ago.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

The many faces of Mr. Claus: A Ho! Ho! Ho! of a vocation

During the week, Ricky Phillips is an assistant manager at Tractor Supply Company. But on his days off, he dons a suit and becomes someone else — all to see a smile on others’ faces. And not just anyone else. He becomes Santa Claus.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 03:57 PM

Donations for needy animals always appreciated

The holiday season is an occasion to rejoice and give thanks for the many different kinds of support Orange County Animal Services receives from community residents and others.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 07:21 PM

Duke, UNC medical students hold protest die-ins

Chanting we “can’t breathe” to echo some of Eric Garner’s last words, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine students joined in protesting Wednesday the decision not to indict the officer who killed the unarmed man in a chokehold.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

The many faces of Mr. Claus: A Ho! Ho! Ho! of a vocation

During the week, Ricky Phillips is an assistant manager at Tractor Supply Company. But on his days off, he dons a suit and becomes someone else — all to see a smile on others’ faces. And not just anyone else. He becomes Santa Claus.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Police seek information about missing woman

The Chapel Hill Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing woman.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

A sheriff’s legacy

By Jason Hawkins

Special to The Chapel Hill Herald

 

HILLSBOROUGH -- For 32 years, Lindy Pendergrass was the Sheriff of Orange County. “I was sworn in in the lobby of the Chapel Hill Police Department at midnight on November 30, 1982,” said Pendergrass, days before Charles Blackwood was sworn in during a public ceremony on Monday.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Mix, They Told Me, Bour-bon-pa-pum-pum!

  Well,  it’s just a couple more weeks until Christmas in Ohio with my family, which numbers around a thousand.  I’ll get to see all of my sisters, brothers, in-laws, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and about twenty-three assorted dogs.  And, as I drive away into the Blue Ridge of Virginia and West Virginia, I can imagine you smiling, gently waving good-bye and calling warmly, “Be of good cheer -- you could still drive off a mountain!”