The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 04:56 PM

Annual Earthskills gathering comes to Shakori Hills

At the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering, which runs through Sunday at Shakori Hills farm north of Pittsboro, visitors can learn to make fire, tan animal hides, make stone tools, learn about edible plants and other skills that were common knowledge to our ancestors.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 04:45 PM

UNC likely to draft new campus master plan

A Board of Trustees committee on Wednesday endorsed the idea of creating a new campus master plan for UNC and hiring a Baltimore architect to lead the project. The effort will be the first in about 20 years to look at all the university’s landholdings, taking in not just the main campus and the future site of the Carolina North satellite campus, but environmentally sensitive areas like the Mason Farm tract too.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

Estes Hills Elementary School celebrates ‘HBCU Week’

During her first year working at Estes Hill Elementary, Turquoise Parker noticed that in-state universities were being promoted to students. She saw signs that advertised Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University, among others. But conspicuously absent was her own alma mater, N.C. Central University, less than 10 miles from Estes Hills’ front entrance.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 06:12 PM

Vicki Wentz: Only nine weeks to bathing suit time

Aahhh ... Springtime is here. Trees are budding, flowers are popping up, birds are singing, and the grass is greening. It should be a time of happy beginnings, sweet expectations, and the bracing realization that there are only nine weeks left till we have to wear bathing suits.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Orange County Health Department workers step up

Step by step, staff members at the Orange County Health Department are inching closer to their goal of “walking” to California.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 06:36 PM

Chatham family to host 120th reunion

Descendants of Chatham County’s Williams family — the Williams Family Circle — will gather for their 120th family reunion on Mother’s Day weekend, April 8-10, as they have every year since 1895.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 04:45 PM

Vicki Wentz: When the mountain might be your best choice

I’ve been keeping something from you, dear readers. For one thing, as everyone knows, I am not one to complain about my injuries, aches and pains ... moving on ... I’ve also been trying to protect you from your inevitable dismay and aghast-ness at the latest heavy knock of fate at my door. However, I now must reveal this most recent issue because I want to send you all a further warning: Urgent care? JUST SAY NO!!

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Grave of 19th century governor’s long-lost son ID’d

For Hillsborough resident Ken Ostrand, the quest to clean up the Old Town Cemetery and catalog its inhabitants began about a year ago.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

Jason Hawkins: Planting seeds for the future

In the early 1980s, the rural landscape of New Sharon Church Road, just north of Walker Road, became a place that flowers would grow. Actually, it became the place that lots of flowers and shrubs and plants would grow, under the name Multiflora Greenhouse.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

What's Happening: Orange County events March 22-28

An annotated list of interesting events happening in Orange County from Sunday, March 22 through Saturday March 28, prepared by the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.  For more information, visit

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

Rent aid plan to help some, but problems linger

A developer that owns four apartment communities in Chapel Hill recently announced a program that it hopes will help fill a void in the area’s housing market.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

The People's Pharmacy: Statins lower testosterone and libido

Q. I recently turned 50. I’ve been taking Livalo for high cholesterol and have been experiencing symptoms like no sexual desire. In addition, I can’t sleep through the night, feel totally exhausted and have missed several days of work. My doctor prescribed AndroGel to treat low testosterone levels. Could Livalo be causing all my problems?

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 01:24 PM

Runners gather to attack rare genetic disorder

Some 80 participants at the 2nd annual Cure HHT Tem UNC 5K began March 14 as strangers but ended the race as friends connected through the Cure HHT community.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

Hillsborough construction sites robbed

The Hillsborough Police Department is seeking information regarding a series of recent break-ins and subsequent appliance thefts from new construction sites throughout Hillsborough.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:32 PM

Chapel Hill recalls its role in space race

Nearly 46 years after the astronauts on Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the state honored the program that provided the training that helped them to get there.