The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Feb. 15, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

Community Police Academy to accept applications

The Chapel Hill Police Department will begin accepting applications for its Spring Police Academy on Monday.

Set to begin April 9, the Community Police Academy is a three-day event that gives community members an inside look at how the town’s Police Department operates.

Feb. 13, 2014 @ 09:13 AM

Watching Our Wasteline: Recycling on the rise

Recycling tonnage from Orange County recycling programs including curbside, drop-off, commercial, apartments, schools and government buildings rose 21 percent to 7,690 tons in the six months from July through December 2013 compared to 6,353 tons collected during the same period in 2012. During the same period, waste disposed at convenience centers, county government buildings and county schools was up only 1 percent. Waste disposal data were not available from the towns at press time. 

The Board of Orange County Commissioners has decided to conduct public hearings March 18 and April 1 on possible creation of a recycling services tax district to fund curbside recycling in the unincorporated areas of the county (orange bins). The March 18 hearing is at Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill and April 1 at the Department of Social Services (old Walmart building) off Mayo Street in Hillsborough. Both are at 6 p.m., preceding the regular county board meetings. 


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 02:50 PM

Steps taken for Roger Road sewer project

The council unanimously approved the resolution to initiate funding for preliminary engineering and outreach efforts for the Rogers Road sewer project.
Per the approval of the resolution, the public hearing on the Rogers Road sewer project will reconvene June 16.
“(This date) forces us to keep it on the agenda and to keep us making decisions and that’s something we need to do right now,” said Councilman Lee Storrow.

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

Chapel Hill severs ties with Saratov

The town of Chapel Hill has officially severed its ties with Saratov amid heavy anti-homosexual sentiment and legislation throughout Russia.

The council unanimously agreed Monday night that the mostly inert relationship was not in the best interest or support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in the Russian city.
“This is not a situation where engagement is possible … to create change,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. “It’s to isolate. Pressure from the outside comes in different forms. 

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

Wall of Honor unveiled at Seymour Center

Local veterans will be honored six months at a time thanks to the Wall of Honor in the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center.

Unveiled on Jan. 29, the Wall of Honor is composed of a painted mural of the American flag with veteran pictures placed on top. Above the photos is “Wall of Honor.”

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

Filing begins Monday for 2014 races

Election season 2014 begins with the start of candidate filing at noon Monday.
Potential candidates will have until noon on Feb. 28 to make their intent official as they file to run for available positions available in Orange County.
“In the past, we’re normally busy that first day,” said Tracy Reams, the director of the Orange County board of elections. “That’s normally our busiest day.”

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Teen brings hard work, determination, team spirit to all she does

Sometimes great things come from having the courage to try something new.

Lucia Romano admitted that when she first got to the pool, “I was afraid I was about to fall,” but she didn’t let that keep her from getting her feet wet. By the time she was 8, Romano was competing in the Special Olympics.
Lucia joined the Carrboro High School swim team this season but has spent most of her life in the pool. Beginning with the Adaptive Aquatics program through Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation by age 6, Romano has gone on to become a strong swimmer, despite the muscle weakness that characterizes Down syndrome.

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

The art of enrichment

Whether it is through words and prose, the sanding of wood, a brushstroke of purpose, or the melody of a song that lasts generations upon generations, art, in any form, enriches.
The historic flavor of Hillsborough is a community that tastes better because of the influence of many local artists. Here, artist of all genres inject purpose and spirit and sustenance of character to a town of many characters.

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Womancraft to host grand opening

  • Womancraft to hold grand opening
  • Billsborough on the move
  • St. Patrick’s at Radius

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

A local contribution to the annals of Black History Month

“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.”
This quote from Maya Angelou helps us remember how closely connected “Black History Month” is to the history and the horrors of slavery.
A headline from The Hollywood Reporter could be read to send the same message:  “Oscar Nominations: ‘12 Years a Slave’ Remains the Film to Beat.”

Feb. 02, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

Saving the music

You have never heard of these artists, but they have been composing, writing and singing for more than 50 years. They are not forgotten. They did not come into fame and disappear in fame’s shadow. They are not stage names. They are important in folk and musical heritage and they are becoming known now, even famous, touring and composing, and, in many cases, putting out a first album, in their 60s, 70s, and 80s.
And what makes this all the more special is that all of this is from the efforts of a man and a following of believers at the office of Music Maker Foundation, it is all occurring in Hillsborough.

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 08:52 AM

ACA enrollment help available

There will be help available for those wanting to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.

The main branch of the Orange County Public Library along with the League of Women Voters of Orange-Durham-Chatham Counties and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina have come together to offer free, public enrollment sessions for the ACA.

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Lee on FMST board

Former state Sen. Howard Lee of Chapel Hill have been elected to the board of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
While serving as the state secretary of natural resources and community development in 1977, Lee proposed the creation of a statewide hiking trail that would span the mountains to the sea.

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

El Centro now on Weaver Street

In an effort to better serve clients, El Centro Hispano has a new home.

No longer in Carrboro Plaza, the Carrboro office of El Centro Hispano is now at 201 W. Weaver St.
Despite the new location’s smaller size, El Centro president and CEO Pilar Rocha-Goldberg said that it is more than adequate to serve their needs.