The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

Two Orange County projects receive grants

Two projects in Orange County have received funding because of their plans to conserve and protect water, with another two placed on a provisional funding list.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Living a dream as interior designer

A house is not a home until the home reflects the character of those living inside. This is the thread of fabric that Wendy Wilkerson, owner of Wilkerson Home Staging & Design, is using to weave into following her aspirations and talents as an interior designer.


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

Martin: Finding Chapel Hill friends in a book about Southern food

Chapel Hill’s Marcie Cohen Ferris’s new book, “The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region,” is a study of the relationship between food and the culture of the South over many centuries.

Sep. 24, 2014 @ 11:40 AM

Pink firefighters spread message of love, hope

 A brigade of pink fire engines, a pink bus and a pink police car rolled up to the doors of UNC Cancer Hospital one morning last week. Firefighters in pink uniforms and pink hats stepped down from the trucks, which were signed by cancer survivors from across the nation.

But they were more than just men wearing pink. They were volunteers dedicated to a national mission – the Pink Heals Tour, which spreads cheer to the ill and to survivors, especially to women.
“The pink isn’t for breast cancer,” said Chuck Goins, a firefighter from Winston-Salem, which has its own Pink Heals chapter, complete with a pink fire truck. “It’s about the woman. We love you before you’re sick; we’re gonna love you after you beat it.”

Sep. 24, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

Coaching Chargers

It is 4 a.m. and Aaron Carr, eighth-grade math teacher and head football coach at Stanford Middle School, is up and facing another day.
School begins at just after 8 in the morning, but Carr is ready to begin teaching, now. A product of the Orange County school system, Carr was once a student in these halls. Aside from the few years he spent in Charlotte where he attended college and taught for one year, Orange County schools have always been his home.

Sep. 24, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Residents turn out for Not So Normal 5K

Runners of all ages took the streets of Carrboro Sept. 14 as part of the Not So Normal 5K + Weekend. The inaugural event brought the community together for a weekend-long celebration of family, philanthropy and community with a little exercise thrown in. The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend raised money for nearly 30 nonprofits serving the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities through various events.


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

Nationwide platelet donor comes to Chapel Hill

For Al Whitney, the mission to donate blood and save lives has lasted nearly a lifetime.
The 77-year-old visited UNC Hospitals’ Blood Donation Center on Tuesday to donate platelets for the 750th time. It was the Ohio native’s second visit to North Carolina to donate.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 03:52 PM

Orange County marks World Rabies Day

Next Sunday marks the eighth annual World Rabies Day, a global initiative to raise awareness about rabies and support prevention of the fatal disease.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

Eating through fall

It begins with a sign at the intersection and it strengthens a sense of community. There are church bulletin announcements, fliers, and calendar notations. The phrases “harvest festival” and “fundraiser dinner” are synonymous with good, locally cooked food.


Sep. 20, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

Art, literature come together to celebrate freedom

Today, Chapel Hill Public Library is kicking off a weeklong celebration of intellectual freedom through both reading and art.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Rape survivor to discuss memoir

On Thursday evening, a New York City author will return to her hometown of Chapel Hill to share her story of survival and raise money for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

Carrboro to offer free social enterprise series

Today begins the last full week to register for a brand-new social enterprise series in Carrboro.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 12:16 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Shred A Thons coming up; more on rural roll carts

The semi-annual free Shred A Thons for confidential paper will be held Oct. 23 at University Mall in Chapel Hill and Oct. 25 at Hampton Pointe recycling site behind Home Depot in Hillsborough. Both events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Martin: Margaret Maron’s murder mystery’s tour of rural North Carolina

What is the best way to find out what the rest of North Carolina is like?
Of course, it would be best to leave Chapel Hill for a while and move to one of our state's small-town county seats, live in a house on Main Street; go to church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings; sit down in the courthouse and listen to stories of petty crimes, marital breakups, and angry disputes between neighbors over property lines or arguments between former business partners; get a part-time job in the local convenience store; volunteer at the food bank; go to the high school football games, concerts and other events; watch the holiday parades or better yet march in them; take in a couple of county board of commissioners’ meetings; and so on.

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 01:57 PM

Jay’s Chicken Shack opens doors in Hillsborough

Every town needs a local favorite where the food sticks to your ribs and legs and thighs and wings, if you have wings. Comfort food, as it is known. Home-cooking, it is sometimes called. At the intersection of Highway 86 and Highway 70, good food and comfort food and food that sticks to your ribs and legs and wings, if you have wings, is being served from a place referred to as a shack -- Jay’s Chicken Shack, to be exact.