The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

An eye for detail, a gift for art

Where we are in life is a direct correlation to the details that sculpted us to that that point. For instance, award-winning jeweler Melissa Booth knows that her life is all about the details.

“My mother was an arts and crafts type person and my father was a master carpenter; I watched him pore over the details of furniture and cabinet making and it really did mold me to who I am today,” Booth said.

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Council agrees to get more info on Obey Creek plan

Following widespread confusion on the board’s next step in proposed Obey Creek development, the Town Council adopted revised terminology and a community suggested flow chart to clear the air.
The proposed project calls for a mixed-use development along Obey Creek across U.S. 15-501 from Southern Village. It would include an anchor retailer, housing options, hotels, office space and recreational space.

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Marcoplos seeks commissioners seat

Mark Marcoplos has announced his candidacy for the District 2 Orange County commissioner seat running against incumbent Earl McKee.
The owner of Marcoplos Construction, Marcoplos has spent more than a decade serving Orange County in various boards, including the Orange County Planning Board, the Orange County Economic Development Commission the Orange Water and Sewer Authority board of directors.

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Bridger named N.C. health director of the year

Colleen Bridger, Orange County Health director, received the N.C. Health Director of the Year Award last week.
Given by the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors, the award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in both public health and in the state as well as involvement in local community and civic activities.

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Extension agent receives service award

Deborah J. Taylor of the Orange County Cooperative Extension recently received the Service Award for 30 years of service to N.C. Cooperative Extension and to the state of North Carolina.
Taylor is a family and consumer sciences extension agent with the Orange County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. She was honored at the Cooperative Extension state conference in Raleigh. 

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

Youth topic of 4H forum

Orange County’s 4-H program is gearing up for its annual community forum.

Scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 30, the community forum will give the public the opportunity to weigh in on the needs of the youth in Orange County.

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 02:10 PM

Delta Sigma Theta sorority chapter celebrates 35 Years

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its chartering on March 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


Jan. 18, 2014 @ 01:51 PM

Zumba instructor makes fitness fun

An aerobics instructor from Colombia created the concept of combining dance and aerobics –known as Zumba -- and so goes the story that all across the nation, people are using dance to lose weight. Zumba instructor Michelle Pendergraft of Orange County knows how to dance and knows how to encourage her students to groove and sweat. “I live my life with purpose -- I love dancing, moving and losing myself in the music. I wanted to share and pass on the way I felt after every Zumba class,” Pendergraft said.

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Commissioners race taking shape

The Orange County commissioner race will have Mia Burroughs on the ballot instead of Alice Gordon along with incumbents Earl McKee and Barry Jacobs.

In a statement released earlier this month, Gordon announced that she will not seek re-election after serving for more than two decades.

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Buzz: New clothing store to open in Chapel Hill

  • Bluetique opening
  • Womancraft Handcrafted Gifts has moved

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Recycling on MLK Day, but other services limited

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday holiday on Monday, the Orange County Landfill and all related services like hazardous waste collection will be closed. The Solid Waste Convenience Centers and Administrative Office will be closed. Curbside recycling will run as usual; place bins out by 7 a.m.


Jan. 16, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Orange County is Building Futures

Orange County is going to use the Orange County Building Futures program to help its at-risk youth lead positive lives with training and continued support.

Through the Orange County Department of Social Services, Building Futures will seek to help young people between the ages of 16 and 21 get the skills they need to be successful, professionally and personally.

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

Remembering our history — birthday card and apple trees

H.G. Jones knows how to put a mark on important historical events. He spent a lifetime doing it for others, serving as curator of the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill for many years. Before that he was director of N.C. Department of Archives and History.
A recent day at Galloway Ridge in Fearrington Village marked another important event, his 90th birthday. Not content to celebrate only with his friends, he joined with two fellow Galloway residents, Lee Stillman, who also became 90 this month, and Ted Reyling, who became 95.
Their friends and families packed the largest room at Galloway Ridge.

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

Taking a look back at 2013

Two years ago when I embarked upon the dynamic idea of featuring local people and personalities and particular interests in the Hillsborough and Northern Orange area, I did so without any particular direction or set-course.
During this time, I have learned, been inspired, discovered, and in less than 1,000 words, attempted to capture the essence of a feature story.

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

St. Paul AME celebrates 150 years

“It speaks of a congregation’s perseverance, longevity in the community and most of all their faith in Christ.”

Those were the words of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Rev. Thomas Nixon on the 150th anniversary of the church this year.
In his 10th year with the historic church, Nixon also attributes the staying power of the church to a higher power.