The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 06:15 PM

Appellate court upholds murder sentence

A trial judge was within his rights to sentence the suspect in a 2011 Chapel Hill murder to up to 38 years in prison, even though prosecutors had agreed the man had a “mental condition that reduced his culpability.” So ruled the N.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday, a three-judge panel upholding the 30- to 38-year prison sentence Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour gave Mario Dante Ramsey.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

UNC’s Folt announces diversity initiative

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt announced Tuesday a new initiative to continue work toward equality for all at the university, regardless of “race, culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or political belief.”

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Orange County Briefly: Local news from the area

Orange County residents can now receive training to identify and report severe weather to local weather offices.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

What's Happening: Orange County events March 15-21

“What's Happening”: An annotated list of interesting events happening in Orange County over the next week, prepared by the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.  For more information, visit

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

Chapel Hill affordable housing conversation advances

The town of Chapel Hill continued its discussions about affordable housing this week with its third session — this one focusing on what affordable housing really costs the town.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

BLITZ BUILD: Students compete in Lego battle for Habitat

Competition was fierce Tuesday as students from Orange County Schools scoured mountains of Legos for the perfect piece, quickly snapped it in place and went back to the pile for more. The Lego Blitz Build, part of a Hands for Habitat project within the school system, let students showcase their creativity while also learning more about Habitat for Humanity’s goals and standards.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Jason Hawkins: Hillsborough Running Club makes its mark

Two years ago, the streets and sidewalks of Hillsborough were formally indoctrinated with the sounds of feet running, jogging and trudging familiar hills.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Compost, mulch & more

It’s time for the Orange County Recycling Division’s spring event scheduling spectacular. Included is a list of volunteer opportunities.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Vicki Wentz: Thoughts on Lent, expressed very piously

Lent is here, my friends, and I don’t know about you, but I gave a lot of thought to what I was going to sacrifice this year, as well as to doing a little something extra each day.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 03:21 PM

Hillsborough focus of new FM station WHUP 104.7

For Bob Burtman and his cohorts, the effort to start a community radio station began more than four years ago. The group has cleared many hurdles: it’s gotten its 501c3 status, applied for and received a license and found a place for its transmitter — a town-owned water tower.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

Online magazine launches with hoops tales

March Madness is upon us, and the co-founders of a new online magazine will mark the annual rite with their inaugural story about North Carolina’s college basketball fans.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 04:57 PM

Hillsborough voted No. 3 ‘Coolest Small Town’ in U.S.

Hillsborough has been named one of America’s Coolest Small Towns 2015 by Budget Travel magazine. Hillsborough finished third nationally in towns with populations under 10,000.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 04:42 PM

Volunteers sought for childhood poverty initiative survey

The Orange County Health Department is seeking volunteers who can help gather data Saturday, March 14 for the newly launched Family Success Alliance.

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Susie Wilde: New mysteries occupy the mind

The recent snow and ice shut everything down, except my mind. I kept that active with two engrossing new mysteries.

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

LIFE SPENT GIVING: St. Thomas More teaching icon rides off on high note

Some people give throughout their life and others make a life of giving. In the music room at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, music teacher Jane Waddell gives students an opportunity to learn the finer points of music and melody.