News: Local

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 08:50 PM

Judge sides with Durham, Guilford on tenure

School leaders were ecstatic Wednesday at the news that Superior Court Judge Richard Doughton has granted a preliminary injunction that, for the moment, relieves the Durham and Guilford county school districts of the burden of identifying 25 percent of their teachers to award contracts in exchange for giving up tenure or career status by June 30.
The two school districts have challenged the constitutionality of the Republican-backed legislation its supporters contend will make it easier to fire bad teachers.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 08:39 PM

Chesterfield Building owner confirms some ‘work is beginning soon’

Demolition and other work is beginning soon at the former Liggett Group cigarette factory on Main Street downtown, a spokesman for the company that owns the building confirmed Wednesday.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 07:11 PM

Local briefs, April 24

  • Durham High Forever reunion deadline Friday
  • Event to aid domestic violence victims
  • Portion of Onslow Street to close

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:41 PM

White House awareness tour kicks off at NCCU

Tony West, an associate U.S. Attorney General, on Wednesday praised N.C. Central University for leading the way on campus sexual assault prevention.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

Police log

Durham fast-food workers forced into freezer during robbery

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

DCVB celebrates 25th anniversary

Ensuring pilots announced that passengers had arrived at the Raleigh-Durham airport instead of just Raleigh was an effort by the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau to put Durham on the map and brand the city.

Under the leadership of the organization’s first full-time executive, Reyn Bowman, DCVB launched in 1989 to help market the city and draw in visitors.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Witness: Man shot 83-year-old grandfather in carjacking

A witness told a Durham County Superior Court jury Wednesday he saw a man fire two shots into an 83-year-old grandfather during a carjacking in 2010.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Witness: Man shot 83-year-old grandfather during carjacking

A witness told a Durham County Superior Court jury Wednesday he saw a man shoot an 83-year-old grandfather twice during a carjacking in 2010.
Pete Tatum was testifying in the murder trial of Robert Earl Wilkerson, 30, in the death of George Junior Pratt, who was shot on his birthday.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Durham education’s future topic of forum

The plight of teachers dominated the discussion Tuesday during a political forum for candidates seeking election to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.

Candidates for the board’s District 1, 2 and 3 seats shared opinions on a wide range of subjects, including strategies to attract good teachers, career status (also known as tenure) for teachers, neighborhood schools and whether traditional public schools and charter schools can coexist.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 10:15 PM

For Senior Games competitors, life just beginning

There’s not enough glucosamine in the world to make the knees and hips of senior citizen Vonda Feamster move like that.

Feamster did a supremely kinetic number on Tuesday during the opening ceremony for the Durham Senior Games & SilverArts Showcase, and she’d hardly caught her breath inside the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park before hopping back on stage to belly dance with some ladies who call themselves The Golden Genies.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 09:36 PM

Solar project gets board’s go-ahead

An Arizona company obtained permission from Durham’s Board of Adjustment on Tuesday to erect a solar-power array in the northern part of the county off Red Mill Road.

Sunlight Partners’ project will occupy a vacant, 50-acre parcel near Falls Lake.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Police response to fast-food protest draws fire

City officials have fielded a complaint about the way police handled a protest, this time one that targeted two fast-food restaurants in north Durham.

It took issue with the decision of officers to cite two participants in the April 3 protest for violations of the city noise ordinance, for allegedly using a bullhorn after receiving orders not to.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Health event includes food trucks, games

Durham County Department of Public Health officials will host a celebration of Public Health Month on Friday with food trucks, games and more.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building at 414 E. Main St.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Orange County has 9th rabies case in 2014

Orange County Animal Services has received its ninth positive rabies test result of the year, this time involving a raccoon, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. 

The county recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Ronald McDonald House breaks ground on expansion

Jamie Owen is from Rosman, N.C., which is about five hours from North Carolina Children’s Hospital, where her son, Lane, 16, is being treated for meningitis.

Owen said her son was hospitalized after what looked like gangrene had started to consume her son following extensive scabbing during his treatment for meningitis. She’s been living in the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill since February while Lane receives care.