The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Rolling up our sleeves at the Dean Dome

It was a dream come true for almost any Carolina Tar Heel sports fan.
Spending an hour or two in the Dean Dome. On center court no less, looking up at five national basketball championship banners and the retired jerseys of more than 10 decades of players who built the proud tradition that made the building a national landmark.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Emerson Waldorf to add another kindergarten

Emerson Waldorf School will expand its early childhood program by adding another kindergarten class for 2014-15.

Emerson Waldorf officials explain that they are on a mission to offer their specific education to as many people as possible as soon as possible.

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

CHCCS Teacher of the Year empowers students

Kim Fearrington said that she was shaking in her boots when she was named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Teacher of the Year.

“I was honored. Just to be one of the final three was an honor,” Fearrington said. “It’s an honor to represent the district. I’m still on a high.”

May. 31, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Living her dream

In Boone Square, just south of Hillsborough, near New Millennium Fitness and the Tennis Spot, on Boone Square Street, Tara Harper sews through her days as owner of Shekinah Wear.
Here, Harper offers custom sewing, alterations, embroidery, and also teaches sewing classes from beginning to the most advanced of sewing techniques. “I sewed my first item at the age of 9,” Harper said.

May. 31, 2014 @ 12:13 PM

What will author of 'The Kite Runner' tell folks in Chapel Hill?

What will the world’s most famous Afghani tell people in Chapel Hill about his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the U.S. troop level in Afghanistan to 9,800 by the end of 2014?

The famous Afghani is Khaled Hosseini, author of the bestselling, and now classic, “The Kite Runner,” as well as “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” and his most recent, “And the Mountains Echoed.” All three are deeply entwined with the recent history of Afghanistan. For many Americans, Hosseini’s fiction has been their most reliable guide to the country’s rich and complicated heritage and its tragic disintegration in civil war and invasion.


May. 29, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Successful Shred-A-Thons; summer events coming up

The most recent Shred-A-Thons for confidential paper held April 24 and April 26 brought out 1,100 people who had over 52,000 pounds of confidential paper shredded onsite by contractor Pro-Shred. The events were sponsored by Orange County, and the Chapel Hill event was staffed by Orange County Solid Waste and the Chapel Hill Police Department. At the Hillsborough Shred-A-Thon, Orange County was assisted by the Hillsborough Police Department and volunteers Kacia Vines and Desaray Rockett from Beyond Expectations, a teen support group based in Hillsborough.   


May. 29, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

Orange County Teacher of the Year brings enthusiasm, wonder to classroom

Jeffrey Faulkner has been described as the teacher that parents should want for their children.

Faulkner’s work has not gone unnoticed. The C.W. Stanford eighth-grade teacher was recently named the Orange County Teacher of the Year by his peers.
“I was shocked,” he said of the announcement. “I thought I was going to pass out. I was very surprised.”

May. 24, 2014 @ 01:22 PM

Garden Tour donates record proceeds

The Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour brought in record proceeds to the Children’s Wonder Garden project at the N.C. Botanical Garden.
With $28,000 the tour brought in more than it has since its inception in 1996.

May. 24, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

The ‘go-to’ store in Carrboro

I can’t pass by an army surplus store without walking in and seeing what is for sale.
So it was good news for me when Barry Keith, who opened Surplus Sid’s in Carrboro in 1988, told me, “I plan to be here for a long time. Honestly, they’ll have to carry me out.”
The other day, Keith was in front of the store working on a pole decorated with a dragon, one that would break apart into two swords.

May. 22, 2014 @ 01:31 PM

Parent University empowers parents

Kenyatta Clark said that Parent University has done more than help her advocate for her children. It’s also helped her give back to her community.

“I’m like a totally different person,” she said. “Parent University has taken the drama out of parenting, for my own sanity. My children know what they’re supposed to do.”
Parent University is a collaborative program within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools for parents that provides them with tools that build student success while increasing parent participation and engagement within the district and the community.

May. 22, 2014 @ 01:18 PM

Rickard named state's National Distinguished Principal

Morris Grove Elementary Principal Amy Rickard was named North Carolina’s National Distinguished Principal just months after being named Principal of the Year by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Rickard was designated the state’s National Distinguished Principal by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association. The National Association of Elementary School Principals has been honoring principals from each state for this award for the past 31 years.

May. 22, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

A tribute to artistic inspiration

“Art helps define what makes us human, and it speaks to us in a language that transcends sound and thought, it engages our intuitive nature and speaks to our being,” said Marcia McDade, local artist whose roots are deeply embedded in northern Orange County’s clay soil.
McDade was finishing the final preparations for a posthumous organized art show, in honor of William Goodson Mangum, at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery, beginning Friday.

May. 17, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

Give Five, Read Five at Central Elementary

Central Elementary School is launching “Give Five – Read Five” to encourage students to keep reading over the summer.

Part of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction initiative of the same name, Central Elementary is seeking donations of books or money for books to help make sure their students don’t backslide over the summer break.

May. 17, 2014 @ 01:10 PM

No tax hike in proposed Chapel Hill budget

The recommended budget does not have any tax increases and includes employee raises but doesn’t include the Ephesus Church-Fordham Boulevard project.

Town Manager Roger Stancil presented the $57.8 million proposed budget to the board late Monday night and outlined 3 percent raises for employees ($683,000) and the restoration of the street paving fund ($578,600) among other items.

May. 17, 2014 @ 12:23 PM

The secret of pie

If Brooke Erceg Creery had become as successful in producing films as she is with sassing up a lemon meringue pie, with her own delicate meringue, then her display would be adorned with awards and not fresh baked-goods.
Erceg Creery is from Iowa. She studied organizational communication and psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, before locating to North Carolina in 2006. Here, she exercised her customer-oriented personality and, together with her husband, Ryan, eventually purchased the Cup-A-Joe coffee shop on King Street in Hillsborough. The shop is celebrating five years in business.