The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

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.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 02:06 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill No. 1 in N.C. in Peace Corps recruits

The Peace Corps this week announced its 2015 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. Among large universities, UNC-Chapel Hill ranks No. 15 with 39 alumni volunteering worldwide. UNC Chapel Hill moves up from last year’s ranking of No. 25.


Feb. 20, 2015 @ 04:12 PM

Orange County Schools cancel Saturday, Feb. 21 makeup day

Orange County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Saturday, February 21. The day was scheduled as a makeup day for one of the four days OCS students missed this week.

Feb. 18, 2015 @ 07:41 PM

Study claims $63.5B impact for N.C. higher ed

A study commissioned by the state’s public, private and community colleges estimates that the 110 institutions added about $63.5 billion in value to North Carolina’s economy in fiscal 2012-13.


Feb. 18, 2015 @ 05:57 PM

Weaver Street Market begins food partnership

Weaver Street Market will partner with PORCH, TABLE, Orange Congregations in Mission and Interfaith Council for Social Services in a new effort to help local hunger relief organizations feed food-insecure families.


Feb. 18, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Hillsborough recalls Revolutionary War past

The public can learn more about Hillsborough's involvement in fighting for their country’s freedom at the town’s annual Revolutionary War Living History Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

PlayMakers’ Haj headed to Minnesota

Joseph Haj, producing artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been named the next artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 04:54 PM

‘Downton Abbey’ comes to Chapel Hill

Residents at Carolina Meadows,a continuing care retirement community, are travelling back in time for a night of fun, food and the reveal of “Downton Abbey”-inspired portraits — all in support of WUNC TV’s annual fundraiser on Feb. 23.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Compost, mulch & more

In the first semester of this UNC academic year a new food scrap collection program at six UNC dormitories including Ehringhaus, Manning East, Ram Village, Hinton James, Connor, and Cobb yielded over 1,200 pounds of compostable food waste.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

People's Pharmacy: Testosterone not linked to heart attacks

I am a 54-year-old male, and I have noticed a drop-off in sexual performance and energy. I have seen commercials for products that either boost or cause your body to produce testosterone. What can you tell me about products that improve testosterone levels? Is there a downside?


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

Jason Hawkins: Sassy goodness from Two Chicks Farm

There is something sassy about spreading peppered-jelly on something you are about to eat. There is also something sassy about a farm named Two Chicks Farm. Just outside Hillsborough, Audrey Lin and Debbie Donald toil in the soil of their small farm to create truly homemade products under the label Two Chicks Farm.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Susie Wilde: Quintero’s ‘Gabi’ is beautifully written

Isabel Quintero’s “Gabi, a girl in pieces” won the William C. Morris award for best young adult debut novel (book from Cinco Puntos Press; audio from Listening Library, approximately 8 hours; ages 14 and up).


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:15 PM

Vicki Wentz: Speaking of f-f-f-frozen solid ... literally

We had a friend, Michelle, over for dinner last week. First, we had a couple of Margaritas, and later, over her second glass of wine, she told us a story about her husband’s dog, Bubba — a story she hasn’t even told her husband.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

Orange County briefs: Civic academies planned

The Chapel Hill Police Department begins accepting applications Monday, Feb. 16 for its spring Community Police Academy.