The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Love with help from 50,000 strangers

“What is love?” a friend asked a writer of romance novels.

 He was not satisfied with her brief response about the rush of feelings that comes with first romance and the deep feelings that sometimes follow

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Wax museum wows

Several well-known historical figures gathered at Ephesus Elementary recently. Sort of.

The third-grade wax museum at Ephesus didn’t have actual wax but it did bring together the Wright Brothers, Jesse Owens, Madame CJ Walker and others who have made a positive mark in history.
The museum was the culmination of the students’ biography unit. After learning what makes up a biography, the students had to choose a historical figure to research and pose as for the museum.

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Disaster declaration could help storm-damaged counties

Gov. Pat McCrory has asked that several counties, including Orange, be declared disasters to help offset the response and recovery costs from the most recent winter storm.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, McCrory applied for federal disaster declaration for Alamance, Person, Randolph, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Guilford and Granville Counties, in addition to Orange County, to help recoup the estimated $26.9 million in recovery and response costs to state and local governments.

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

Engineering day camp looking for students

Orange County 4-H wants to work with young engineers during spring break.

Done in collaboration with the Alamance County 4-H, TechXcite day camp is for children ages 10 through 15 who are looking to discover their inner scientist through hands-on activities.

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.