News: Local

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 04:54 PM

Howerton elected 2nd VP of state commissioners’ group

Brenda Howerton, vice chairman of the Durham County Board of Commissioners, has been elected the second vice president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC).

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Council begins review of Bonfield report on police

Two of Durham’s big-three political groups and at least one key City Council member feel City Manager Tom Bonfield report on the Durham Police Department didn’t go far enough in restricting so-called “consent” searches.

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Court officials warn of jury scam

Durham County court officials have been informed that a Durham County resident was recently targeted in a scam involving jury duty.

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

NCCU to hold ‘Hands Up’ rally to protest Ferguson shooting

Local university students are joining “hands up, don’t shoot” demonstrations that have been staged around the country in protest of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

ArtsCenter announces staff changes

The ArtsCenter in Carrboro has announced new positions in the wake of the retirement of its executive director earlier this month.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

Rescue Mission’s giveaway prepares kids for school

When Hurricane Sandy forced Kathy McKinnon to leave her home in Newark, New Jersey, she considered where she should start a new life with her family.

She chose Durham.
“I looked on the Web and saw that Durham was one of the top six places in the nation to raise a family,” McKinnon said as she balanced a plate of hotdogs Thursday at the Durham Rescue Mission’s back-to-school giveaway.

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 11:47 AM

UNC investigating dorm break-ins

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus police are investigating two separate burglaries that happened at the same residence hall early Wednesday morning.

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 10:12 PM

Making their mark

Gerta Campen and Jessica Maldonado paint the green background to a portion of the Durham Civil Rights History Mural Project. Durham artist Franco designed this section of the mural, and the green area that Campen and Maldonado painted surrounds a raised fist at the bottom of the wall.

Campen, 96, and Maldonado, 16, are, respectively, a volunteer and a student with the Durham nonprofit organization LinkAbility, which links students to different types of community projects. When they finish this part of the mural, Janice Brahms-Butler, executive director of the organization, tells Maldonado, “You have left your mark now, here in Durham.”

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Fire displaces 6 children, 1 adult

Six children and an adult were displaced when their home caught fire Wednesday morning and destroyed several rooms, fire officials said. No one was hurt.

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Ackland, Women’s Center, Botanical Garden face new leadership

UNC-Chapel Hill officials are in the process of replacing the leaders of three campus institutions: the Ackland Art Museum, the Carolina Women’s Center and the N.C. Botanical Garden.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Bicyclists secondary in Club Blvd. plan, city official says

Accommodating bicyclists on West Club Boulevard isn’t a “primary objective” of a $350,000 traffic-calming project that will narrow five intersections in the Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood, Durham’s transportation director says.

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Committee OKs raise plan for UNC faculty, administrators

A plan to dole out a flat $5 million to the University of North Carolina system campuses for raises for faculty and administrators was approved by the Board of Governors finance committee on Wednesday.

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Johnny T-shirt to carry on in memory of owner

Although the staff at Johnny T-shirt is mourning the loss of the store’s owner, they plan to continue catering to Carolina fans just as he always did.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

DPS teacher raises money for Ferguson students

A Mangum Elementary School teacher has raised nearly $130,000 – and counting -- for the St. Louis Area Foodbank to help feed children in Ferguson, Missouri.

Schools in Ferguson did not open as scheduled Aug. 14 because of the ongoing civil unrest that began when a police officer shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Julianna Mendelsohn, a fifth-grade teacher at Mangum, had set a goal to raise $80,000 when she started the crowdfunding campaign “Feed the Students of Ferguson” on Aug. 14.