The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

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.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Mill House Properties helps build Habitat house

Chapel Hill – Mill House Properties’ employees volunteered last month with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. Armed with hammers and nails they learned about building a house from the ground up, even though many of them had only ever swung a hammer to hang a picture. By the end of the day they were all pros at driving nails. Team Mill House was happy to be small part of building this one house for Habitat in their community. Adam Jones, owner of Mill House Properties, said, “Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is a great organization whose staff and volunteers work tirelessly for the greater good of our community, we were thrilled to be out there and do a little something to help.” Pictured are (from left) Ryan Jones, Angela Huffman, Eve Greene and Adam Jones.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Rolling up our sleeves at the Dean Dome

It was a dream come true for almost any Carolina Tar Heel sports fan.
Spending an hour or two in the Dean Dome. On center court no less, looking up at five national basketball championship banners and the retired jerseys of more than 10 decades of players who built the proud tradition that made the building a national landmark.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Emerson Waldorf to add another kindergarten

Emerson Waldorf School will expand its early childhood program by adding another kindergarten class for 2014-15.

Emerson Waldorf officials explain that they are on a mission to offer their specific education to as many people as possible as soon as possible.

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

CHCCS Teacher of the Year empowers students

Kim Fearrington said that she was shaking in her boots when she was named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Teacher of the Year.

“I was honored. Just to be one of the final three was an honor,” Fearrington said. “It’s an honor to represent the district. I’m still on a high.”

May. 31, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Living her dream

In Boone Square, just south of Hillsborough, near New Millennium Fitness and the Tennis Spot, on Boone Square Street, Tara Harper sews through her days as owner of Shekinah Wear.
Here, Harper offers custom sewing, alterations, embroidery, and also teaches sewing classes from beginning to the most advanced of sewing techniques. “I sewed my first item at the age of 9,” Harper said.

May. 31, 2014 @ 12:13 PM

What will author of 'The Kite Runner' tell folks in Chapel Hill?

What will the world’s most famous Afghani tell people in Chapel Hill about his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the U.S. troop level in Afghanistan to 9,800 by the end of 2014?

The famous Afghani is Khaled Hosseini, author of the bestselling, and now classic, “The Kite Runner,” as well as “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” and his most recent, “And the Mountains Echoed.” All three are deeply entwined with the recent history of Afghanistan. For many Americans, Hosseini’s fiction has been their most reliable guide to the country’s rich and complicated heritage and its tragic disintegration in civil war and invasion.


May. 29, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Successful Shred-A-Thons; summer events coming up

The most recent Shred-A-Thons for confidential paper held April 24 and April 26 brought out 1,100 people who had over 52,000 pounds of confidential paper shredded onsite by contractor Pro-Shred. The events were sponsored by Orange County, and the Chapel Hill event was staffed by Orange County Solid Waste and the Chapel Hill Police Department. At the Hillsborough Shred-A-Thon, Orange County was assisted by the Hillsborough Police Department and volunteers Kacia Vines and Desaray Rockett from Beyond Expectations, a teen support group based in Hillsborough.   


May. 29, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

Orange County Teacher of the Year brings enthusiasm, wonder to classroom

Jeffrey Faulkner has been described as the teacher that parents should want for their children.

Faulkner’s work has not gone unnoticed. The C.W. Stanford eighth-grade teacher was recently named the Orange County Teacher of the Year by his peers.
“I was shocked,” he said of the announcement. “I thought I was going to pass out. I was very surprised.”

May. 24, 2014 @ 01:22 PM

Garden Tour donates record proceeds

The Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour brought in record proceeds to the Children’s Wonder Garden project at the N.C. Botanical Garden.
With $28,000 the tour brought in more than it has since its inception in 1996.