The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:42 PM

‘Accessible’ playground would cater to all kids

In coming years, Chapel Hill could see a new playground added to the existing 10 playgrounds managed by the Parks and Recreation Department — but this one will focus on accessibility.

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Vicki Wentz: Me and the Mo'

When I met Mo’Nique (who had run her tail off on that tennis court in defiance of the heart attack that would surely have awaited, say, me) she hugged me so hard and so long that I felt I knew her intimately. Then, I realized it was one of those “we’re both famous” hugs that she wouldn’t give just anybody but me ... and my friend ... and Terry, the groundskeeper who happened to walk by with a shovel, but still, it was a great hug.

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:13 PM

PRESERVATION: Riverwalk project honored by town

The Hillsborough Historic District Commission is honoring the preservation efforts of Town of Hillsborough leaders and volunteers for their work with Riverwalk.

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Love of animals turns into a business

People sometimes need a good walk. The same can be said for dogs. Affectionately referred to as our best friends, living with a best friend is better when the best friend is allowed to stretch its paws. Enter Jodi Granata, of, Jodi’s Affordable Pet Sitting & Dog Walking service in Hillsborough.

May. 29, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

956 marijuana plants seized in Hillsborough raid

A Hillsborough man has been arrested after Orange County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant and seized over 900 marijuana plants. ... Several streets in the area of Grant Street, Pettigrew Street and Peabody Street were closed until after noon on Friday as the result of a hit and run traffic accident late Thursday.

May. 29, 2015 @ 05:12 PM

Board of Governors approves UNC presidential recruiter

UNC Board of Governors on Friday formally approved the selection of a Boston recruiter to help them find the system’s next president.

May. 29, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Realtors raise funds to aid area family

Jewel Francis has lived in Northside for more than 60 years. She lives in the home her parents owned, which was built in 1974. This fall, volunteers will pitch in to help update and renovate her home, which was selected for the annual Fix-A-Home project spearheaded by the Greater Chapel Hill Association of REALTORS.

May. 29, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

UNC presidential panel concurs on consultant

A Boston consultant who helped Duke University find its current provost and medical-affairs chancellor appears likely to lead the search for the UNC system’s next president. Members of the Board of Governors’ search committee on Thursday unanimously recommended the hiring of John Isaacson and his firm, Isaacson, Miller. The final decision is up to the full board today.

May. 28, 2015 @ 06:01 PM

UNC trustees correct ‘95-year-old mistake’

Campus building honoring Klansman William Saunders is renamed

Reversing what they characterized as a 95-year-old mistake, UNC trustees voted 10-3 on Thursday to change the name of Saunders Hall. Home nowadays to UNC’s geography and religious studies departments, the building will become “Carolina Hall” and get a historical maker explaining the background of its former namesake and why the board decided to take his name off it.

May. 27, 2015 @ 06:40 PM

UNC researchers to collaborate to pinpoint disease-causing genetic variants

Millions of genetic variants have been discovered in the last 25 years, but interpreting the clinical impact of the differences in a person’s genome remains a major bottleneck in genomic medicine. In a paper published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, a consortium including investigators from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center present ClinGen, a program launched to evaluate the clinical relevance of genetic variants for use in precision medicine and research.

May. 27, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

Old University Square to host new performing arts facility

The University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill officials on Wednesday announced plans for a performing arts and studio space as part of the redevelopment of the former University Square on West Franklin Street.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Ayr Mount celebrates 200 years with time capsule

Ayr Mount, a historic house in Hillsborough dating back to 1815, continued celebrating its bicentennial with events last week, including the burial of a time capsule.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

Orange County briefs for week of May 24-30

The North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Botanical Garden Foundation will host the fourth annual Carolina Moonlight Gala June 6.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Group takes aim at ‘racial bias’ in Orange County policing

A group of Orange County residents has sent a letter asking local officials to take steps to combat racial bias in policing.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

Kenan-Flagler study examines leadership

The importance of globally competent leaders is recognized by the vast majority of organizations, but few have a strategy to provide the training needed to compete globally, according to a study by the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Human Capital Institute.