News: Local

Jul. 25, 2015 @ 04:40 PM

Health officials to walk ‘Appalachian Trail’

Orange County Health Department officials have thrown down the gauntlet to their counterparts in Durham, challenging them to walk the Appalachian Trail.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

1000 & COUNTING: The People’s Pharmacy celebrates 1,000th episode

Joe and Terry Graedon will air their 1,000th radio episode on WUNC 91.5 FM Saturday, July 25, and for more than 200,000 listeners over 150 public radio stations nationwide.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 04:40 PM

Ex-Durham schools chief Becoats gets Philly post

Former Durham Public Schools superintendent Eric Becoats, who resigned from DPS in December 2013 amid a scandal over his handling of district finances, has been named the Philadelphia school district’s assistant superintendent for the Turnaround Network, a new office created to improve low-performing schools.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Mayor weighs in on housing affordability issue

The discussion on affordable housing in downtown Durham came to a head this week as Mayor Bill Bell suggested the city look into buying four units in a proposed condominium project.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 02:12 PM

Durham Center for Senior Life CANDrive

Jane Bobroff of Team Total Body Workout constructs a "W" from cans her team collected for the Durham Center for Senior Life food drive on Friday, July 24, 2015. The food collected will be distributed from the senior center's food pantry. The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

Durham Center for Senior Life CANDrive

Greg Pope of DPR Construction builds a structure out of cans collected for the Durham Center for Senior Life food drive on Friday, July 24, 2015. Twenty teams took part in the senior center's food drive and can build.The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 09:49 AM

Fire displaces 8 people

Fire damaged the roof of a house off Fayetteville Street around midnight Friday and left eight people and four dogs displaced. No injuries were reported.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 07:48 PM

State high court OKs school vouchers

The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a lower court’s decision and declared the state’s controversial “Opportunity Scholarship Program” to be constitutional. In its 4-3 decision, the court said that it was required to stay within the limits of its assigned role and make a determination only as to whether the program is constitutional while the General Assembly has the duty of determining the wisdom of such programs.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 07:28 PM

City Council takes a look at traffic stop issues

The City Council on Thursday was able to address concerns about 2014 traffic stop numbers from the Durham Police Department.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 06:57 PM

UNC: Alert message system failed after hold-ups

UNC officials are looking into what Chancellor Carol Folt termed a “completely unacceptable” failure of the system they use to warn students, faculty and staff of on-campus safety threats. The review follows a pair of armed robberies that happened on campus at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Campus police are looking for two men who were in a white, four-door sedan and used handguns to threaten their victims.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 07:53 PM

31 store workers cited in alcohol targeting sting

The Durham Police Department’s High Enforcement Abatement Team (HEAT) 2 unit and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) conducted an operation targeting alcohol sales to minors July 17. “Employees at 31 locations were cited for selling alcohol to minors,” spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. “Employees at nine of the 31 locations asked for identification but still sold the alcohol, according to officers. Two employees were cited at one location.”

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 06:30 PM

9 displaced as lightning sets house ablaze

Nine people were displaced Thursday after lightning hit their house and set it on fire, officials said. No one was hurt.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 06:16 PM

Davis, Religious Coalition seeks curb on violence

City Councilman Eddie Davis spoke to the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham on Thursday about community action following the U.S. Department of Justice’s April report on violence in Durham.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 05:46 PM

Durham workers rally behind call for $15 wage

Fast food and homecare workers gathered outside of the McDonald’s restaurant at 102 W. Morgan St. Thursday for another rally as part of the national Raise Up for $15 movement.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Another way to tell a story: Library to present Durham Comics Fest

The main events of Durham County Library’s fifth annual Durham Comics Fest happen Saturday, July 25 at Southwest. Writers and visual artists Jimmy Gownley, Nick Bertozzi, Jim Ottaviani and Malcolm Goff will be teaching workshops. Also taking place will be a comic book swap and a local artists alley.