The Chapel Hill Herald: Local

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Where will they send her?

While the rest of us are worrying about the Ebola epidemic and the multiple health challenges in Africa, a Chapel Hill nurse is wondering to what dangerous area her next assignment will take her.
Anna Freeman grew up in Chapel Hill and worked at UNC Hospitals as a pediatric cardiology nurse. Since 2008 she has served with Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization.

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

A mayor’s enthusiasm

The mayor of Hillsborough doesn’t need to wear the derby hat or the off-white hat with the black stripe to be recognized as mayor of this gem of a southern town. More noticeable is his enthusiasm for leading a community of goodness.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 02:02 PM

Donation earns troop top honors

Girl Scout Troop 697 from St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill earned the Bronze Award (the highest award in Girl Scouts as a Junior) by collecting 700 DVDs and video games and donating them to UNC Children’s Hospital. The girls decided to do this collection for the Bronze Award after doing a smaller collection of art supplies earlier in the year. They learned from a hospital representative that movies and video games are highly desired by the children in UNC Hospital and their families. The girls set a goal of each collecting 100 DVDs and video games for a total of 700 – all within one month. They focused their efforts at school, church and individual neighborhoods. Two things they took away from this experience: They could all easily relate to the patients as they have all had troop members, family and friends who have been hospitalized, and they learned that no matter how difficult the task, hard work is necessary to succeed. Pictured, from left: Lillian Byrth, Emma Kang, Ella Sullivan, Ava Rao, Kate Humphreys, Hannah Ford and Emily Robers. In the back is Ken Steenson of UNC Children’s Hospital.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 01:49 PM

A Minnesotan’s pilgrimage to Chapel Hill

Why would a Minnesota woman make a pilgrimage to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to visit a memorial?
Then, why would she leave without seeing the site that drew her to the campus?

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

Style coach has found her calling

The idea of fashioning a house into a home has always been one of the great exercises in home ownership. From painting a wall to window treatment to the simple addition of an end table, candle and framed picture can express who the owners are.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Pet of the Week

Meet Toni! This adorable little pit bull mix is around 8 months old and super fun. She can jump impressive heights from a standstill position, and often does this when people walk by her kennel. But don’t let this show-off fool you -- once that kennel door opens, Toni is gentle, calm, well-mannered and walks perfectly on a leash. In addition to having a pretty awesome personality, she is also just plain cute. Come see for yourself. Visit today and get this girl outside where her real personality can shine! Meet her at Orange County Animal Services, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, or visit her and others online at

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Do they still know your name at Sutton’s?

Will John still be there when we eat at Sutton’s?
The big news on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street is the change at Sutton’s Drug Store, one of the town’s landmark businesses for as long as anybody can remember.

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 01:34 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Roll carts now fully in use

Orange County has now distributed more than 18,000 of the new blue recycling roll carts to all single-family households within the town limits of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough and completed three full weeks of recycling using the carts.


Jul. 26, 2014 @ 01:04 PM

Get free tickets to ArtsCenter performances

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  • Children’s museum to move
  • Free health assessments
  • UPS renovates

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

Weber a year-round educator

It is just after 7 a.m. and all is quiet on the elementary campus of Hillsborough Elementary School. There is much history and transformation over the decades since the school since opened its doors. Now, as the only year-round school in the Orange County Schools district, class is about to be in session and it is the middle of July.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

Acrylic paintings on exhibit in August in Carrboro

Janet Sammons, local acrylic artist, will have an exhibit next month at the Town of Carrboro’s Town Hall and also at the Century Center that celebrates the beauty of the natural world. 

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

No, we are absolutely NOT getting a plumber!

There is one kind of husband that invariably causes a longing envy in virtually every woman on the planet.  He is not necessarily the hottest or even the cutest; he isn’t always the smartest or the funniest; he’s not automatically the tallest or the most romantic. No, this husband has something much greater, much more important than any of these virtues: This husband can actually fix stuff.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 01:34 PM

Local African-American entrepreneurs honored

Mu Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., held its sixth entrepreneurial program recognizing African-American female entrepreneurs in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. These trailblazing business women identified a need in the community and responded by establishing their respective businesses.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Another Alderman at the Old Well

Chapel Hill High School rising senior Morgan Alderman hopes the Old Well on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus will bring her luck when she applies there this fall.
According to legend, drinking from the fountain at the Old Well will bring academic success to Carolina students.

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 01:04 PM

Grow smart together

At the intersection of Orange Grove Road and Churton Street, in Hillsborough, something hopeful is growing. It is here that Chris and Julie Woerdeman, a husband-and-wife team, and business entrepreneurs, are nurturing their business, Gro-Smart, into something sustainable and people-friendly.
“We really try to know our customers on a first-name basis,” Chris Woerdeman said. They sell horse tack, feed supplies, care needs and animal feed from chickens to horses to cows to dog food to plants and gardening. “We are just a small feed store with plants and other items small farmers and homeowners need,’ Chris said.