An audit of the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department’s books for fiscal 2011-12 has county officials questioning whether the south Durham organization has cash-flow problems.
The annual financial audit found a so-called “material weakness” in the department’s business practices, namely a shortage of cash to cover reserves for EMS, the Firefighters Relief Fund and a benevolent fund.
The audit also found that the department wasn’t holding money for the Firefighters Relief Fund – a disability and life insurance policy for firefighters – in a separate bank account as required by state law.
A six-month investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics in the town of Hillsborough has led to 11 arrests so far.
On Tuesday, police arrested 10 people on 76 charges with help from the Adult Probation Office.
It started with an idea a few years ago, got rolling with a local playwright, gained momentum with an online fundraising campaign, and came to fruition Thursday evening: “Indigo Blue,” the Walltown Children’s Theatre musical being performed this weekend at the Durham Arts Council.
State officials have agreed to a finance rollover that gives the city-chosen developer of the Rolling Hills apartment project more time to complete its 132-unit first phase.
The arrangement allows McCormack Baron Salazar, the St. Louis firm overseeing the project, to swap $1.3 million in low-income housing tax credits it received in 2011 for $1.3 million in new ones next year.
The 2011 award required McCormack Baron to complete 80 subsidized units by Dec. 31, a deadline that’s been in question for months following problems with the initial prep work on the site.
A man apparently died of multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday night in the second homicide this year in the Durham County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.
Early Wednesday accident closes Miami Boulevard
The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center now owns the Chatham County land where the organization presents the annual fall and spring festivals of music and dance. Organizers say ownership will allow the center to continue improving the site and offer more arts and cultural opportunities for the community.
On Thursday evening, 797 high school seniors will find out they are the first members of Duke University's Class of 2018.
This year, 3,180 students applied under Duke's Early Decision program, a 25 percent increase over last year and the largest number ever recorded. Those who apply via Early Decision have already selected Duke as their first-choice college, and commit to enroll at the university if they receive an offer of admission.
Swimming pools in Durham and Orange counties closed last weekend after swim team members tested positive for an intestinal disease, but the pools have reopened, and health officials said Thursday it’s safe for those not infected to return to the water.
The aisles at Los Primos Supermarket were so jammed Wednesday afternoon that shoppers were frozen in place.
No one complained.
They knew that at the end of the line, the cashier would say: “No charge!”
A fire-service merger suggested by consultants would affect only the tax districts of rural Durham County’s five main volunteer fire departments, not the nonprofit groups that run four of them, a deputy county manager says.
The nonprofits that run the Bahama, Lebanon, Parkwood and Redwood departments “would still be in existence” even if county officials follow the advice they’ve been given to create northern and southern tax districts, Deputy County Manager Lee Worsley said.
The largest office tenant in the new downtown Diamond View building, FHI 360, has moved into its new office space.
Jesus Huerta, the Riverside High School student who died Nov. 19 in the back of a Durham police officer’s patrol car, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr.
“Whether that wound was accidental or intentional is unknown at this time,” Lopez told reporters during a news conference Wednesday at police headquarters.