The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 07:03 AM

Strong start with ACA in Orange County

A lack of information could lead to people being penalized for not signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

North Carolina is fifth in the country in ACA enrollment, with about half of the state’s 400,000 residents estimated needing to enroll having done so through the federal health care marketplace.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

Strategy to increase affordable housing adopted

A penny on the tax rate could help make more affordable housing available to Chapel Hill residents, according to supporters.
The Town Council heard from some constituents during the first budget hearing on the importance of affordable hosing in Chapel Hill. In December the council approved the selling of town property on Legion Road for the development of low-income housing and most recently approved an affordable rental housing strategy.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Residents to county: Trash solid waste tax idea

Orange County residents want to find other ways to encourage recycling than a one-size-fits-all solid waste tax district, based on reaction at a recent hearing.

During the first hearing on the proposed solid waste service tax district most of the residents who spoke were not in favor of the proposal that they say will unfairly tax them for services they won’t use.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

The Chapel Hill woman who goes to Full Frame all year long

In early spring every year, lots of Chapel Hill folks move over to Durham lock, stock and barrel for a few days to enjoy the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
One of them runs the show and spends most of the year commuting from her Southern Village home to work at the festival’s offices at the American Tobacco Campus.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

Restoring the light

Older residents sometimes refer to electricity as “the current” and when it is off, “the current is off.” Recently, the electricity (or current or lights or power) was off in northern Orange County and surrounding areas because of ice.
Throughout the normally quiet rural landscape, the sound of exploding transformers and snapping trees, echoed. Immediately, almost as a survivor instinct, people began phoning the power company to say they had lost power, or electricity, or current (if you are old enough to know).

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 12:54 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Composting classes, recycling district hearings coming up

Two  composting classes are being conducted by the Solid Waste Department’s Muriel Williman this week. The first is Wednesday, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Carolina Campus Community Garden, Wilson St. (off Cameron) in Chapel Hill.  Register with Paula Cook: 919-843-8524 or email The other is Saturday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Solid Waste Administrative Office, 1207 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill 27516. Classes are free. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
If you would like a composting class for your school, social group or neighborhood, contact us to set one up by emailing

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

More cuts to CHCCS in 2014-15

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will have to make more cuts next school year to address the impending shortfall of at least $3 million, according to officials.

Continued enrollment growth, increasing medical and retirement costs and exhausted reserves have the district looking for ways to maintain its programs and services without incurring more debt.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

Meeting the retirement challenge — perfectly

When I received an invitation from the UNC Medical School to a retirement celebration for Dr. Jim Bryan, I remembered how much the lead character in Allan Gurganus’ new novella, "Decoy," had reminded me of Dr. Bryan.
Both Bryan and Dr. Marion Roper, the lead fictional character in Gurganus’ story, went north to medical school after college at Davidson. Both were brilliant and could have become successful medical specialists or researchers. However, both came back to North Carolina where their careful attention to their patients earned them the devotion of the countless people they served.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Ingredients for creating a hobby

The common ingredients for a respectable and passionate hobby might contain, but are not limited to, any measurable combination of the following: impressions learned from someone special, shared experience and a sense of personal satisfaction.
Some tinker with cars. Some mess with old clocks. Somewhere, near Orange Grove Road in the Southern toes of Orange County, Tracy Worley Gould bakes cakes. “I do this as a hobby only and I give them to my family and friends,” Gould said. Gould’s hobby of baking cakes stems from a two-fold experience that she credits to her great-grandmother and grandmother.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Educators, advocates struggle with changes

Turquoise Parker’s mother inspired her to become a teacher.
“My mom is in her forty-first year in education,” said Parker, who now is a teacher assistant at Estes Hills Elementary while also working on her master’s degree in education at N.C. Central University.
“When I was younger I used to go to school with her on teacher workdays and stuff like that and it was so cool seeing her move around that school. She was a superwoman at home and a superwoman at the school and I wanted to do that.”

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

A Chapel Hill basketball team for Coach Larry Brown

Larry Brown and I were born the same year -- 1940. We have something else in common. After an absence of some years we both returned to coaching basketball last year.
He became basketball coach at Southern Methodist University after resting for a few years following a short tenure as coach of the professional Charlotte Bobcats.

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Asian fusion restaurant adding wine bar

  • Elements to add wine bar
  • Scholarship fundraiser in Hillsborough

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

One-stop voting sites selected

 The Orange County Board of Elections approved five sites for one-stop voting the 2014 primary and general elections – the Seymour Center, the board of elections office, Master’s Garden Preschool in Hillsborough, Carrboro Town Hall and the Hillel House.

The board said that it was trying to find consistent sites that could be used for elections in the future and that would allow for the same operating hours.

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 01:03 PM

Candidates for May primary set

The filing period for the May primary election has closed, with the sheriff’s race being the most crowded field. Six Democrats are vying for the position.

Larry D. Faucette, Buddy Parker, Andy Cagle, Keith Webster, David Caldwell Jr. and Charles Blackwood all are hoping to replace longtime Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass.

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 12:34 PM

The new place

It is Mardi Gras and I am sitting at the window, inhaling the nostalgia of Hillsborough’s historic flare, and the music inside La Place Louisiana Cookery is effectively creates the ambience of this new restaurant in Hillsborough.
The food here is obviously influenced by folks who know Creole and shrimp (say that while stretching out the lonely vowel in the middle) and here amongst the flare of a Southern town, Hillsborough’s newest restaurant is seasoned to feed those who crave authentic food.