I can’t pass by an army surplus store without walking in and seeing what is for sale.
So it was good news for me when Barry Keith, who opened Surplus Sid’s in Carrboro in 1988, told me, “I plan to be here for a long time. Honestly, they’ll have to carry me out.”
The other day, Keith was in front of the store working on a pole decorated with a dragon, one that would break apart into two swords.
Kenyatta Clark said that Parent University has done more than help her advocate for her children. It’s also helped her give back to her community.
“I’m like a totally different person,” she said. “Parent University has taken the drama out of parenting, for my own sanity. My children know what they’re supposed to do.”
Parent University is a collaborative program within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools for parents that provides them with tools that build student success while increasing parent participation and engagement within the district and the community.
Morris Grove Elementary Principal Amy Rickard was named North Carolina’s National Distinguished Principal just months after being named Principal of the Year by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
Rickard was designated the state’s National Distinguished Principal by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association. The National Association of Elementary School Principals has been honoring principals from each state for this award for the past 31 years.
“Art helps define what makes us human, and it speaks to us in a language that transcends sound and thought, it engages our intuitive nature and speaks to our being,” said Marcia McDade, local artist whose roots are deeply embedded in northern Orange County’s clay soil.
McDade was finishing the final preparations for a posthumous organized art show, in honor of William Goodson Mangum, at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery, beginning Friday.
Central Elementary School is launching “Give Five – Read Five” to encourage students to keep reading over the summer.
Part of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction initiative of the same name, Central Elementary is seeking donations of books or money for books to help make sure their students don’t backslide over the summer break.
The recommended budget does not have any tax increases and includes employee raises but doesn’t include the Ephesus Church-Fordham Boulevard project.
Town Manager Roger Stancil presented the $57.8 million proposed budget to the board late Monday night and outlined 3 percent raises for employees ($683,000) and the restoration of the street paving fund ($578,600) among other items.
If Brooke Erceg Creery had become as successful in producing films as she is with sassing up a lemon meringue pie, with her own delicate meringue, then her display would be adorned with awards and not fresh baked-goods.
Erceg Creery is from Iowa. She studied organizational communication and psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, before locating to North Carolina in 2006. Here, she exercised her customer-oriented personality and, together with her husband, Ryan, eventually purchased the Cup-A-Joe coffee shop on King Street in Hillsborough. The shop is celebrating five years in business.
Orange County Emergency Services received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award for its treatment of severe heart attack patients.
OCES was recognized for its commitment and success in implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer from a severe heart attack known as STEMI or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction.
The Exchange Club of Hillsborough honored Sgt. Charles “Chip” White as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
“It is truly an honor to be the recipient of a community award such as this,” White said. “The Hillsborough chapter of the Exchange Club does so many great things for our community. To be acknowledged by them in this way is something I will always treasure.”
Construction will begin Monday on the Calvin Street Greenway.
The project is expected to last 75 days and will provide a safe and accessible route between Calvin Street and the Gold Park and Riverwalk trail system.
New zoning regulations were approved for parts of the Ephesus Church-Fordham Boulevard area, paving the way for future mixed-used developments that are projected to stimulate economic growth.
The 6-3 vote had Councilmen Matt Czajkowski, Jim Ward and Ed Harrison in opposition to the rest of the board members, who felt that adequate work and public input had been gathered to approve the zoning changes.
Two Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools teachers have been selected to be 2014-15 Kenan Fellows.
Kelly Sears of Smith Middle School and Allison Stewart of Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe are among the 51 public school teachers selected from across the state to lead in innovative teaching practices.
Cane Creek Baptist Church is celebrating its 225th anniversary on May 17-18 during its annual homecoming celebration.
The celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Activity Center on Orange Grove Road with self-guided tours of the local historic features. A slide show of historic community photographs will be on display in the Activity Center and a book of historical sketches will be available for purchase.
Local nonprofits honored outstanding volunteers at the Volunteer Center’s annual Key Volunteer Recognition Luncheon April 29.
Ten Key Award nominees from Orange County won the Governor’s Volunteer Service award. The Governor’s Medallion Award recognizes the “top 20” volunteers in the state. For the third year in a row Orange County boasts a Governor’s Medallion winner.
The proposed redevelopment of Glen Lennox includes language that will help keep rent affordable for some long-term residents.
In the negotiation phase for the Glen Lennox development agreement with Grubb Properties, the Chapel Hill Town Council was advised on how the developer plans to address the town’s need for affordable housing.