News: Local

Dec. 14, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

December graduates celebrate commencement at Carolina

Sunday afternoon saw temperatures in the low 60s and graduates joining the ranks of 2,182 students that graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 – all under a Carolina blue sky.


Dec. 14, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Whitted redevelopment concerns on table

The Whitted Junior High School redevelopment project will be among the topics discussed Monday, Dec. 15 when the school board and County Commissioners meet for their quarterly, joint worksession. The school district has pledged to partner with the city, county and a private developer to convert the old school into elder housing and a preschool, which the Durham Public Schools would operate.


Dec. 14, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

UNC senior celebrates graduation, healing

Like any college senior preparing to graduate, Katie Savage was feeling emotional Sunday, reminiscing on her time at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But unlike other college seniors, Savage’s journey on the campus began much earlier than the first day of her freshman year.


Dec. 14, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

A REVIEW: “Nutcracker’ production once again delivers seasonal delight

In its 20th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker,” the Chapel Hill-based Triangle Youth Ballet delivered a concoction of wonder and joy -- a testament to the direction and choreography of Lauren Lorentz de Haas and esprit de corps of this large cast of more than 100 performers.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 07:49 PM

School board has questions about Made in Durham

The Durham school board has asked staff members for more information before it considers a $100,000 funding request to help establish the Made in Durham initiative as a 501(3) non-profit Organization.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

NCCU adds new major

N.C. Central University will offer a new major in environment and geographic sciences beginning in the fall of 2015, the university announced.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Fire guts East Durham house; no one hurt

Fire heavily damaged a house in East Durham early Saturday, fire officials said.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

A taste of Germany in the heart of Durham

Even without snow on the ground, visitors packed Guglhupf bakery, patisserie and cafe on Saturday for the sixth annual Weihnachts Christmas Market, taking in a small piece of German tradition in the South.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

City sets up downtown holiday tree in CCB Plaza

The downtown holiday tree on the CCB Plaza has been a tradition since 2006.

It is a 45-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Sugar Mountain Nursery in Boone. Boone continues to supply the holiday tree every year.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

EAGLES FLY: 600-plus earn NCCU diplomas

More than 600 people joined the ranks of alumni from N.C. Central University Saturday morning as the school celebrated its 124 commencement ceremony on Saturday.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Durham CROP Hunger Walk holds awards event

The Durham CROP Hunger Walk brought together some of its top teams, individual walkers, sponsors, and recipient agencies to celebrate having raised $145,000 last year, all of which will go to agencies who are fighting hunger. 


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Police crack down on school zone violations

Durham police wrote 37 citations Friday as part of a “What’s the Rush?” operation focusing on school bus safety. The operation targeted speeding violations in school zones, people passing stopped school buses and seatbelt violations.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 02:59 PM

Police Log: Party chaperone recovering after drive-by shooting

A 28-year-old man was in stable condition Saturday after being shot Friday night during a party.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Do Christmas however you want

“Frosted windowpanes, candles gleaming inside, painted candy canes on the tree…” As Frank Sinatra sang it, I’m ready for all of it. The frosty windows, the candles, the painted, well, the made-in-a-factory candy canes on the tree. I’ve only just started putting candy canes on the tree even though I haven’t had a dog in 20 years. Growing up, our dog Tootsie would definitely eat candy canes or any other ornament that appeared to be food. In third grade, I made an ornament that used glue, foam, fabric and an old ice cream cone. Guess who ate the cone right off the tree? Lesson learned.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 01:51 PM

Nutcracker at Carolina Theatre at 7 tonight

Say “The Nutcracker,” and for many, the strains of this music start dancing in the head. Say Triangle Youth Ballet’s production of this ballet to Tchaikovsky’s score, and images abound for countless audience members who have attended this performance over the past 19 years.