Blog: Community News

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Campers get tips from a great one

Kids at the Hoopin' Eagles basketball camp in Durham learned from a mighty qualified instructor.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 08:35 PM



It’s the only pageant ballerina, astronaut, bee keeper, lieutenant and an old woman can take the stage and all vie for the same crown — The 2014 Beaver Queen Pageant.

With costumes donned and tails raised, the five contestants showed their best sides all to benefit the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and Beaver Lodge Local 1504 … Oh, and of course, the environment.

What started off 10 years ago has grown into family fun, even with a few innuendoes that organizers call “pure silliness.”

Lee Ann Tilley, a board member with the ECWA, has been working on the pageant for two years. She said her first time at the pageant was what sparked her interest in the organization.

“Then I learned all about the good work they were doing,” she said. “This is just such a fun day.”

Plus, Tilley gets to raise money for a cause, all while being silly.

“It’s family friendly,” she said. “But there are a lot of things that will go over the children’s head.”

It’s also a neighborhood party for those who live around Duke Park.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 04:06 PM

Ambacco incentive payments beginning to wind down

Warm up the fires at City Hall, it’s time to start burning the public’s mortgage on the American Tobacco complex. The city’s incentive-payment promises for the redevelopment of the former cigarette factory are set to start dropping off as of July 1, when its annual obligation to the project drops from $919,011 to $291,325.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Fish, Family & Fun

Annual Fishing Rodeo draws young, old alike

Eleven-year-old Samantha Andino’s been participating in the annual Fishing Rodeo for four years.

Samantha is known for her hats — ones she creates specifically for the event. This year, she sported a pink whale with ocean waves and fish pinned on. She designs them specifically for the rodeo.

Her mother, Tammy Andino, said the rodeo is an opportunity for family bonding, especially in nature.

“I love it here … and my daughter loves it out here too,” Tammy Andino said. “It’s a great opportunity to see all the families together connecting, getting down to basics, you know? Everything is so electronic these days. This is something basic and fun.”

May. 31, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Police log: Police probe overnight Durham shooting

Police said about 1:30 Saturday morning two men broke into a house on the 900 block of Washington Street and shot an individual inside. The individual was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.