The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Orange County briefs: Superintendent receives honor

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Tom Forcella has been named Central Carolina Regional Superintendent of the Year.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Today’s Vicki Wentz tutorial: The world of social media

Good morning, gracious readers. Today’s tutorial will address the world of what we call “social media”, and its — some would say alarming — pervasiveness in our society. (That’s right — pretty professorial opening, huh? You know, I am not always the hilarious person you adore laughing at ... I mean with. I can be a highly intellectual individual, my friend, given to rampant ten-dollar words at the drop of a hat!)

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

Therapy dogs bring joy to RMH residents

Pia, a 5-year-old white Labrador-husky mix, can read. So says her owner, Linda Pattison. She and a 9-year-old yellow Labrador-golden retriever mix named Vinnie can perform a variety of tricks, including waving their front paws in unison. Both dogs are rescues, and both are trained as therapy dogs.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:40 PM

Hillsborough festivities highlight July 4th

The Town of Hillsborough will celebrate Independence Day downtown with its July 4th Picnic on the Square, which starts with a parade at 9 a.m. July 4.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

CAMP TIME: Ronald McDonald House visitors get taste of summer camp

Mellie White has a smile on her face as she paints a wooden door hanger, carefully dabbing pink and green spots with her paintbrush. On her wrist is a hospital bracelet, and in her nose is a tube. She receives all her nutrients through a total parenteral nutrition (TPN), a line hooked into a vein in her heart.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

UNC med school gets OK for faculty buyouts

UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine has secured permission to use buyouts over the next year to encourage some of its retirement-eligible faculty to step down.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Susie Wilde: Leyva’s ‘How I Shed My Skin’

Henry Leyva reads Jim Grimsley’s “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood” (Algonquin Books, Highbridge Audio, 6 CDs, 7 hours). Leyva’s narration is only slightly tinged with a southern accent. This flavors his storytelling as it moves fluidly through difficult material, intricate detailing, and dialogue studded with dialect.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

July 4th fireworks set at Kenan Stadium

Fireworks will echo once again at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Stadium this Independence Day. Gates open at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 4, in a town Travel & Leisure Magazine ranks as No. 10 nationally among America’s Best Towns for July Fourth Celebrations.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

Hillsborough debates Confederate signage

Before nine African-Americans were gunned down during a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, Hillsborough was having its own discussion about how to best handle the memory of the Confederacy.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Big idea got its start in a small nation

We still celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. Red, white and blue are the colors of our nation. And the idea of small town pride and small town charm is still special, even if small town is just a crossroads somewhere in America. Enter the annual Caldwell Fourth of July Parade in Caldwell, at the intersection of highway 57 and Guess Road.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:08 PM

People's Pharmacy: Do cholesterol-lowering drugs affect memory?

Q. I read that a new study on statins and short-term memory was published by JAMA Internal Medicine online on June 8, 2015. Would you address this? It seems contrary to what I have read in your column.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

Public housing residents to receive free laptops, Internet

Twenty-one people filed into a room recently at the Chapel Hill Public Library, sitting down in front of laptops that they would soon be able to take home for free. The Town of Chapel Hill last month promised them the ability to connect, announcing a partnership to provide free Internet and laptops to residents of public housing.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

GAY MARRIAGE: Durham has issued 240 same-sex marriage licenses

The Durham County Register of Deeds Office has issued 240 same-sex marriage licenses since gay marriage became legal in North Carolina last year. Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states will not affect the office’s practice. ... Also, local and regional reaction to Friday's high court ruling.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 06:01 PM

UNC Board of Governors member faces assault charge

A member of the UNC system’s Board of Governors faces a criminal charge in Wake County court that accuses him of assaulting a female. Raleigh Police Department officers arrested R. Doyle Parrish, 61, of 2609 Kingsley Road, Raleigh, on May 12.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

UNC gets federal grant for coastal work

UNC has landed a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to continue work on coastal hazard-management issues together with more than a dozen other universities.