News: Local

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 05:41 PM

CIRQUE DU CARRBORO: Youth circus geared to benefit LGBT children

Despite the heat of the day, crowds gathered at Cirque du Carrboro at Southern Rail Saturday to support and donate to a youth circus geared towards LGBT children.

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

Railroaded? Some not sold on light rail

As Durham and Orange counties get closer and closer to having a more concrete idea of the future of mass transit here, some residents are concerned light raile might not be the right thing for the community.

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

SAME STORE, NEW SPACE: Kimbrell’s opens at former Kmart site on Avondale Drive

An iconic area furniture store celebrated its grand opening at a new location Saturday, drawing crowds and special guests. Kimbrells’s Furniture, which has been situated in downtown Durham for 83 years, celebrated its move to the former Kmart building at 2000 Avondale Drive with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Bill Bell.

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Where the sidewalks end

I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was in sixth grade. That’s pretty late for most kids. I was 11.

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

Fire damages Accent Hardwood Flooring

A Saturday morning fire damaged Accent Hardwood Flooring at 601 Foster St., officials said. No one was hurt in the downtown blaze

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Changes ahead for school board, students

The school board gets back to work Monday after a short summer break.

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

Durham to host A+ Schools conference

Education leaders, teachers, artists and administrators will gather in Durham at the Carolina Theatre from Monday through Wednesday (Aug. 3-5) to celebrate two decades of the A+ Schools Program, which uses the arts as the foundation for teaching and learning in all subjects.

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

UNC leaders interested in ‘century’ bonds

Like most large enterprises, UNC is no stranger to using long-term debt to finance construction, repairs and other major investments. But it has yet to dip a toe into a relatively new type of borrowing other top universities are using, 100-year, “century” bonds with payback periods that stretch out much longer than traditional bonds.

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Light rail: Environmental concerns abound

Months have passed since planning for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit system began, and it’s going to be years before the system will be operational, yet residents in Durham and Chapel Hill have yet to be sold on the project.

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 09:29 PM

Missing Durham woman located by police

Durham police on Friday night announced that they had located an 18-year-old Durham resident for whom they'd been searching throughout the day..

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 05:55 PM

FILLING THE BUS: Community, Rotary support back-to-school benefit drive

Numerous food trucks lined up in Research Triangle Park Friday, drawing in crowds to donate school supplies to help “fill that bus.” “The ‘fill that bus’ initiative is just a giant drive for school supplies,” said Julie Marshall, executive director for Crayons2Calculators, the organization responsible for the drive. “We’ve got a goal of $120,000 worth of supplies and with about two weeks to go I’d say we’re halfway there.”

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

Watermelon Day a sweet attraction at Museum of Life + Science

 If you’ve never seen a black bear playing with a watermelon, Monday, Aug. 3 is the day to visit the Museum of Life + Science. The museum on Murray Avenue celebrates Watermelon Day then with special animal programs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 09:39 PM

‘SENSELESS’: Vigil honors slain store clerk Amer Mahmood

Shelley Reaves was a daily customer at the Joy Mart on North Roxboro Street, just off Interstate 85. She knew the clerk usually behind the counter, Amer Mahmood, 48, a man she described as very kind. Mahmood was shot and killed during a robbery July 4. On Thursday evening, Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham held a prayer vigil in the parking lot of the store.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 06:12 PM

Police log: Thousands of dollars stolen from home

housands of dollars were reported stolen from a Shadow Hawk Drive home July 28.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

City Council may revisit ‘ghost bikes’ policy

The memorial policy adopted only a few months ago by the City of Durham could be revisited after complaints against “ghost bikes” prompted their removal from city property.