News: Local

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 07:14 PM

Local briefs, April 28

  • 10th annual “Durham High Forever” reunion Saturday
  • Handicap-accessible garden to be dedicated at Northern
  • Northgate library to present Discovery Nook event
  • Friends of Downtown Chapel Hill to meet
  • Red Cross offers summer scholarship program
  • NC Rail-Trails to host 2nd Cycle & Sip Ride


Apr. 27, 2015 @ 06:50 PM

UNC system to hold forums on president search

UNC system leaders plan to use a Web survey and four public forums around the state to gather views from faculty, students, administrators, alumni and other key groups on what they should look for in a new system president.

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 06:38 PM

Bayer celebrates bee center anniversary amid pesticide backlash

Bayer CropScience celebrated the one-year anniversary of North American Bee Care Center Monday, amid some public backlash against the company’s pesticides alleged effect on the insects.

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

Police log, April 28

Construction equipment and other items worth more than $20,000 were stolen from two vehicles, according to police reports.

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 06:18 PM

Students set up Nepal fundraiser

Four Duke University students from Nepal have set up an online fundraiser to help with relief from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook their country Saturday.

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

State House approves bill to allow EpiPens in public venues

A bill that would allow businesses that serve children to have epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) on site in the case of an emergency was approved by the State House last week.

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

Tree-trimming powers concern from some residents

A recent spate of tree trimming done by Duke Energy across Durham has residents concerned.

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 04:41 PM

DPS announces Teacher of the Year finalists

The school district has announced five finalists for the 2016 Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

The Teacher of the Year will be named at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet on May 20, where all school-based Teachers of the Year semifinalists and finalists will be honored.

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 04:31 PM

Duke hosts conference on hospital schooling

The Durham Public Schools Hospital School at Duke Hospital is hosting a national conference this week on schooling children with medical needs in hospital settings.

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Piedmont Farm Tour offers glimpse at ‘simpler’ life

Forty farms participated in the 20th Piedmont Farm Tour this weekend, farmers welcoming visitors onto their land and showcasing their diverse offerings.

Apr. 26, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Neil Offen: Striding right into trouble

My final preparations for The Great Saunter, my epic 32-mile walk around Manhattan island, which I agreed to do because I actually thought I was agreeing to The Great Flaunter, an event in which I could flaunt my knowledge of old Alfred Hitchcock movies:

Apr. 26, 2015 @ 07:37 PM

Police log: Murder investigation underway

Thomas George Docher Jr., 29, of Durham was found dead Sunday afternoon of an apparent gunshot wound on the 1800 block of Fidelity Drive.... Also, Willie Poole, 55, of Lakeland Street, has been arrested and charged with felony murder in the Jan. 6 slaying of Mark Peaks, who was found dead from gunshot wounds.

Apr. 26, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

SURRENDER: Sherman, Johnston recreate 1865 capitulation at Bennett Place

Re-enactors in the roles of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman on Sunday rode in on horseback from opposite sides of the field, mimicking what had happened exactly 150 years earlier — Johnston’s surrender of the CSA armies in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida — at a farm in Durham.

The two generals had been fighting each other for years, but had never met in person before negotiations began on April 17, 1865, said Bob McKean, a volunteer at Bennett Place’s sesquicentennial commemoration.

They both traveled by train on April 26, 1865. Johnston from Greensboro and Sherman from Raleigh. Upon arriving in what was then known as Durham Station, they needed a place to meet. They asked the Bennett family for use of their home on Hillsborough Road, sending the family of yeoman farmers to the kitchen to wait.

Apr. 26, 2015 @ 03:15 PM

NCCU athletics report due in June

A Board of Trustees working group that’s reviewing N.C. Central University’s athletics program is meeting every week and should have its report ready for the board’s June meeting, the group’s chairman says.