News: Local

May. 26, 2015 @ 08:10 PM

Durham County manager proposes $564M budget, no tax hike

Durham County residents can rest easy knowing the proposed fiscal year 2015-16 doesn’t recommend an increase in property taxes, even though spending is projected to increase 2.46 percent. County Manager Wendell Davis on Tuesday recommended a total budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year which begins July 1 that rings in at just over $564 million.

May. 26, 2015 @ 08:12 PM


Hoping to stimulate creativity and innovation among its students, N.C. Central University has opened a new “fabrication laboratory” on campus and is trying to spread the word to potential users. Tied to a worldwide network of similar facilities organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the new lab opened at the beginning of May and includes an assortment of 3-D printing, scanning, cutting and milling machines.

May. 26, 2015 @ 06:38 PM

NCCU receives HHS grant

The N.C. Central University Department of Nursing will receive almost $1 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs assisting veterans seeking Bachelor of Nursing degrees.

May. 26, 2015 @ 06:38 PM

Candidate enters race for Chapel Hill mayor

Gary Kahn announced Tuesday his intent to run for Chapel Hill mayor in November.



May. 26, 2015 @ 05:28 PM

School board focuses on setting ‘big picture’

Near the conclusion of a four-hour long special meeting on Tuesday, the Durham school board had stitched together four broad principles it will use to guide the school district.

May. 26, 2015 @ 04:42 PM

Police log: Durham man charged in hit-and-run wreck

Investigators arrested 37-year-old Stanley Keitt Tuesday morning and charged him with felony hit-and-run, driving while his license was revoked, failure to yield right of way and driving left of center. ... Durham court clerk nabbed in parking lot ... Two Durham residents face drug trafficking, firearm charges.

May. 26, 2015 @ 12:48 PM

Rosenwald Schools conference set here June 17

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will host the 2015 National Rosenwald Schools Conference, “Sharing the Past, Shaping the Future,” June 17-20 here.

May. 26, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

Church St./N.C. 54 intersection to close permanently

Contractors with the N.C. Department of transportation will permanently close the intersection of Church Street and N.C. 54 in Durham at 6 a.m. on June 8.

May. 25, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

3 N.C. Medal of Honor recipients remembered

Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor those who gave all, Lt. Col. Larry Coleman said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2740 Memorial Day service Monday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham.

May. 25, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

Jurisdictional confusion adds to transit concerns

GoTriangle officials recently faced a crowd of homeowners in Downing Creek that wanted their concerns answered after they were told a route decision could impact their neighborhood. Downing Creek, a community just off N.C. 54 sits near the Durham-Orange county line. The route in question concerns where the proposed light rail transit would cross over Little Creek.

May. 25, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Union veteran, other Fitzgeralds remembered at Maplewood Cemetery

The late Pauli Murray recalled in her 1956 memoir, “Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family” how she observed Memorial Day, then also called Decoration Day, when Confederate flags marked the graves of Southern white men buried in the city’s Maplewood Cemetery. On the other side of a fence, Murray, then age 9, brought a United States flag to mark the grave of her grandfather, Robert G. Fitzgerald, who fought in the Union army during the Civil War.

May. 24, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

Neil Offen: It’s on my schedule (maybe)

This is a cautionary tale. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, particularly if the eggs are digitally dependent and the basket comes with a multi-language instruction manual (also, don’t do it if you have high cholesterol and your cardiologist has told you to cut down on egg baskets, but that’s a cautionary tale only for those who know how to spell angioplasty).

May. 24, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

State budget restores driver-ed funding — for now

A budget proposal from the state House restores more than $26 million to fund driver education programs throughout North Carolina. That’s good news for students, but not the end of the story for the thousands of teens across the state for whom driver education remains an uncertainty this summer.

May. 24, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

MEMORIAL DAY: Pilot, 91, flew P-38s and F-4s in two wars

Outside Dougherty’s apartment, there’s a little shelf by the door in the hallway. He has two airplane models on display — a P-38 on a stand, and an F-4 hanging above. The World War II and Vietnam aviator is part of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association of Vietnam War veterans. He remembers those he served with, those who lived and died.

May. 24, 2015 @ 07:32 PM

Police seek hit-and-run suspect in Sunday a.m. fatality

Investigators with the Durham Police Department are investigating a hit-and-run fatality that was reported early Sunday morning.