The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Vicki Wentz ... From mother to daughter: a good-night story

When my little girl was two-and-a-half years old, she fell in love with angels. My son was only around a year at the time, so the bedtime stories I began to tell were mainly for my daughter. I found and read to her every classic book for her age, and she loved them all, but mostly begged for angel stories, and those were hard to find. So, I made one up.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Chapel Hill kicks off budget season

This week’s regular council business meeting opened with a public hearing, during which residents were invited to comment on the upcoming budget for the town. Ken Pennoyer, business management director, gave a short overview of the budget, whose fiscal year begins July 1, and the process that will be used to create it.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Chapel Hill Buzz: Two new restaurants to open

Empanada, tequila bar to open in Carrboro ... Trolly Stop Hot Dogs to open in Chapel Hill ...


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 02:36 PM

Hillsborough Citizens Academy sign-up deadline looms

Residents interested in learning more about how the Town of Hillsborough operates or how they can influence town decisions are invited to apply to participate in the town’s first citizens academy by Monday, March 2.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 02:17 PM

Orange County Briefs: Heating assistance available

Orange County Department of Social Services is accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. ... Residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro can now register for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual leadership training and development course. ...


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

UNC art show to raise funds for Habitat

Guests at Friday's fourth annual Mixed Concrete art show can enjoy wine, purchase art and help others in their community. The show will be held at TRU Deli + Wine from 6:30 to 11 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the UNC chapter of Habitat for Humanity. ... NOTE: Event postponed because of snow. Will be rescheduled for late March.


Feb. 24, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

CHCCS: Buses not yet running, students still at school

Although Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced an early dismissal around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the buses hadn’t started rolling yet by Tuesday afternoon, leaving some worried that students would be stuck at school past the normal dismissal time.


Feb. 22, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

UNC Center for Civil Rights faces board scrutiny

The fate of UNC Chapel Hill’s poverty center may be getting the headlines now, but a long-term controversy is shaping up over the future of a legal-aid group based in the university’s law school. The same Board of Governors work group that favored closing the poverty center wants officials on the Chapel Hill campus to undertake a year-long review of the Center for Civil Rights.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 04:44 PM

PPI drugs increase intestinal damage due to NSAIDs

Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm the digestive tract. These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a mainstay of arthritis treatment.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Hillsborough to observe Civil War’s end with series of April events

Hillsborough will host a month-long commemoration in April of the end of the Civil War on the home front.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

Kidzu Teddy Bear Clinic set Feb. 28

To celebrate its vision of child-centered learning and healthy development, Kidzu will hold a free, interactive ‘healthy kids’ event Feb. 28 with community partners to ignite excitement for its expanded location at University Mall this April.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

UNC student for-profit wins $50K prize

Seal the Seasons, a for-profit social enterprise founded by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has won the $50,000 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation from the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at North Carolina State University.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

What's Happening: Orange County events Feb. 22-28

An annotated list of interesting events happening in Orange County from Feb. 22-28, prepared by the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. For more information, visit www.visitchapelhill.org.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Vicki Wentz: Stay inside or face certain death!

At 7:30 Tuesday morning, my just-turned-5 granddaughter, Gracie, called. When I answered, she said, “Gaga, it’s vewy exciting news! It’s SNOWING IN NORSE CAWOLINA! AT MY HOUSE!” (I’m not sure where my grandkids think I go when I leave Charlotte after visiting them. Chapel Hill might as well be the moon, as far as they’re concerned.) And, she was right — it was snowing at MY HOUSE, TOO!


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Compost, mulch & more

Orange County has reduced the cost of its yard waste mulch by 40 percent, from $25 per scoop (about three cubic yards) down to $15 per scoop through March 31. Mulch is available for sale at the landfill, 1514 Eubanks Road, and hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.