The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

May. 03, 2014 @ 12:13 PM

Six want to be next sheriff

Tuesday’s primary election will likely determine who the next sheriff (and the first new sheriff in decades) of Orange County will be.

The six Democratic candidates – Charles Blackwood, Andy Cagle, David Caldwell Jr., Larry D. Faucette, Buddy Parker and Keith Webster -- are vying for the seat that current Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass is giving up. There are no Republican candidates running, so the candidate who emerges as the winner in the primary is virtually assured the winner in the fall’s general election.

May. 03, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

Celebrating a love of words and a first novel

In the 1990s, Alena Graedon was growing up in Durham and Chapel Hill, learning to write and think at the Carolina Friends School.

She lives in Brooklyn now. But she came back last week to visit the school, read from her debut novel, “The Word Exchange,” and to thank the school and her teachers for their guidance and inspiration.

May. 01, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Potential aldermen talk engagement, access, taxes

Three people are campaigning to finish out the Carrboro Board of Alderman term of now Mayor Lydia Lavelle.

Talal Asad, Bethany Chaney and Theresa Watson are in the race to complete the term though 2015, campaigning on several issues facing the town including affordable housing, transparency of local government and community engagement.

May. 01, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

Infrastructure, permitting and incentives on minds of commissioners

Four candidates are heading into the county commissioners’ race Tuesday but only two will emerge representing Orange County.

Challenger Bonnie Hauser and incumbent Barry Jacobs want to be Orange County commissioner at-large while incumbent Earl McKee and challenger Mark Marcoplos are vying for the District 2 seat.

May. 01, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

A café every town would want

Every small town needs a café. From here, politics are debated; the price of gas is criticized; and the daily sports news airs in the background without any sound.
For Kelly Akins, the owner of Kelsey’s Café’ & Catering, all he knows is cooking café food and providing a setting  for topics to be discussed. Born in Chapel Hill and having lived in Hillsborough most of his life, this UNC graduate with a degree in business, psychology and sociology would not now be the owner of a successful restaurant if he had he found a job in the late 1980s.

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 10:16 PM

‘Green’ home in Heritage Hills wins award

A home in the Heritage Hills neighborhood will be on display as part of the 9th Annual Green Home Tour.

Part of “Preserving Our Environmental Heritage”, the home at 415 Brandywine Road in Chapel Hill will show the public how an older home can be remodeled to make it safer and more efficient for residents and the environment.

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 09:54 PM

Mark your calendars to celebrate the twin sisters and their garden

Mark your calendar for April 20, 2015.
Chapel Hill’s favorite twin sisters are planning their 100th birthday party.
Right now, however, they are resting, recovering from the celebration of their 99th birthday a few days ago. Family and friends from all over the country gathered to bask in the glory of the generous spirit of Barbara Stiles, Bernice Wade, and their famous garden on Gimghoul Road.

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 12:34 PM

Hillsborough’s wastewater plant expanded, renovated

The ribbon was cut Wednesday for Hillsborough’s improved wastewater treatment plant.

The $19.8 million expansion and renovation project has brought the facility up to more stringent state rules and increased its capacity.
“When we talk about Hillsborough, it’s about community and our character and our heritage, the general vitality of our town,” said Mayor Tom Stevens. “Now we have the opportunity to celebrate what is so under-celebrated and that’s our basic infrastructure.

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

More discussion ahead for council on district rezoning

A decision still has not been reached on the proposed rezoning of the Ephesus Church Road-Fordham Boulevard district.

Following staff presentations and public comments Monday and Wednesday nights, only half of the council was able to weigh in on the proposed changes before having to leave the Orange County Southern Human Services Center because of time constraints.

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Digging their roots

There is a classic movie with a classic line about a classic game: “If you build it, he will come.” So the farmer turns a field of maize into a place to play baseball.
In 1954, along with his father, C.F. Wilkerson, Roy Wilkerson Construction Company, Inc., built roots in Orange County soil. “We were farmers and got into the construction business,” says Roy Wilkerson, leader of the 60-year-old construction business on Highway 57, north of town.

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Shred A Thons, recycling roll carts and ReUse Rodeo coming up

“Earth Month,” as April has come to be known, is filled with exciting recycling opportunities in Orange County. The twice-a-year Shred A Thons will be Thursday at University Mall near old Dillard’s at Estes Drive and Willow Drive and Saturday at the recycling site behind Home Depot at Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough. Both events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are open to Orange County residents, small businesses and employees of the towns and the county.

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Little Smoky

The name Little Smoky is what David Burch calls his boy, Hunter Burch. It is not as though Burch is on fire; instead, Hunter Burch is following in the grilling steps of his father as an apprentice cook.
Already known for his savory, succulent and tangy sauce, Smoky Dave’s, David Burch is watching his son grow into the world of competitive outdoor grilling and smoking.

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

'How Jesus Became God'

What, actually, can we know about the resurrection?
At sunrise services and church sanctuaries today in Chapel Hill and all over the world, Christian worshippers are giving their answers to this question.
In the introduction to his new book, “How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee,” Bart Ehrman asks the same question.

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 10:41 AM

More Blue Ribbon mentors needed

The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program is seeking more mentors to serve as positive adult influences and help area children achieve their full potential.
“When you become a mentor, not only do you affect the life of the child you mentor, but you also affect the lives of the children that are not even born,” said Granvel Johnson, new match support specialist for the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program.

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 01:09 PM

AKA Sorority chapter aided youth, parents though leadership workshop

A youth summit sponsored by Mu Omicron Omega Chapter was held at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill on April 12.

“Students Willing to Achieve Greatness” was a free workshop designed to equip, excite, and promote youth development and leadership. Workshop topics were designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades.