The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Dog's case illustrates importance of rabies booster

Only halfway through the calendar year, it’s clear that 2014 will be a big year for rabies cases in Orange County.  With 15 positive cases already recorded by the end of June, the county could see nearly 30 cases before year’s end.
It’s likely that no one pays more attention to this kind of news than Susan Tice-Lewis, who learned more about rabies in 2007 than she was ready for, when her dog, Elmer Roy, came in contact with a bat at her Chapel Hill home. 

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 12:47 AM

Our connection and debt to Moonlight Graham

What is the best baseball movie of all time?

At the top of any such list, you will find two movies with close connections to Chapel Hill and Durham.
Of course, you say, “Bull Durham,” the 1988 movie set at the old Durham Bulls Park. Some of us never tire of watching Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. Others say that Durham’s downtown revival got its spark from the pride in place the movie inspired.
The other sure bet is “Field of Dreams,” which came out the year after “Bull Durham” and just celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Celebrating independence and small-town America

An airplane, flown by native son Brad Walker, begins the annual rite of passage to celebrating Independence Day in Caldwell. Here, there is a fire station, a church parking lot, an intersection, Handy Andy’s store, and one-mile of travel by whatever means to celebrate the 4th of July in Caldwell.
Located, at the intersection of Highway 57 and Guess Road, the annual Caldwell 4th of July parade is a celebration of our nation’s free personality and reflected in what is brought to the parade.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 12:48 PM

Habitat of Orange celebrates turning 30

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County recently celebrated turning 30.
The community was invited to a backyard barbecue June 21 to mark the milestone for the organization that builds homes and communities.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Couple attends Links celebration

Orange County residents and area philanthropists Tommy and Gail McNeill attended the Triangle Park Chapter of The Links' 30th anniversary celebration at Embassy Suites in Cary earlier this month. The couple said they enjoyed an elegant evening that included dinner, music and renewing old acquaintances.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 11:11 PM

Gelato case repair temporarily shuts down Yum

  • Hillsborough’s Yum temporarily closes
  • B-Side Lounge in Carrboro
  • Food truck rodeo in Pittsboro

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Distilling the local on West Franklin Street

“I knew what it was like to be a lawyer. I would always know that. But if I didn’t try another business opportunity when it came up, I would go through life wondering what I might have experienced.”

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Chapel Hill gearing up for fun-filled Fourth

Get ready to light up the sky in celebration of our country’s birthday.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

Southern uniqueness

Inside the Uniquitiques shop on East King Street, vintage and Southern charm, along with authentic creativity and boots that have tread a few miles and have hundreds more to walk or two-step or prance below a flowered summer skirt, collide.
“This is where country cowgirl feel and Southern charm and relic furniture and jewelry all meet,” said Jeannie Petterson. She is standing inside the front door of her shop and all around are bold Southern and Western colors, and her eyes really sachet when she says, “Come and see the boots.”

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 02:33 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Farm to Fork diverts 99% of event trash; blue recycling carts roll out

Last week’s annual Farm to Fork fundraiser picnic for the Breeze Farm and the Center for Environmental Farming systems to train new farmers diverted almost every bit of its waste to either recycling or composting through Orange County Solid Waste Management and Brooks Contractor. They ended up with just one bag of trash for 1,000 people. Now in the fourth year, the event organizers have waste management down to a science and almost all the farmers, chefs and attendees know the drill – don’t serve or use anything that can’t be recycled or composted and then do so. Even the wine corks and ice bags are reused or recycled!


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

A tough move brings a happy result

Who is the happiest woman in Chapel Hill these days?
Drop by the upscale woman’s fashion shop, Fine Feathers, at University Mall to see the smile on the owner’s face.
Not University Square where Betty Kenan opened Fine Feathers almost 40 years ago and where it became a destination stop for customers throughout the region. It is University Mall, where the shop relocated on April 1.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 12:31 PM

Hooves to Heels for horse lovers

In and around the Hillsborough area, horse farmers carve their niche and make a pastime part of their life and language.

For Michelle Pope, of Mebane and living in the Cedar Grove area, her appreciation for horses has not always been a lifetime pursuit. “I really only came to be around horses a few years ago, when I met my husband, and it is now the thing I love most,” Pope said.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Phillips Middle turns 50

Nothing quite compares to the sound of more than 500 screaming middle school students on their school’s birthday.

The students at Phillips Middle School proved this Tuesday as they celebrated the school’s 50th birthday.
The students filled the gym and spent some time looking back on the school they currently call home.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

Council approves budget, funds affordable housing

The Chapel Hill Town Council adopted the recommended $99.4 million budget with 1 cent on the tax rate going to affordable housing.

During its meeting last week, the council voted unanimously to approve the recommended budget as modified by town staff to address their concerns.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

From reclaimed wood to art

No matter how far North Carolinians travel, to borrow from James Taylor, “In my mind I’m going to Carolina.”
With her roots deep in Orange County soil, Kelly Champion Ooten remains connected to North Carolina, even though she now lives elsewhere. She graduated from Orange High, where her father was a teacher, in the early 1990s. Her mother was a teacher for 26 years in nearby Alamance County.