News: Local

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 07:01 PM

Durham Library Foundation announces campaign for N.C. Collection

The Durham Library Foundation is launching a campaign to raise $25,000 to increase the endowment for the library’s North Carolina Collection, which preserves papers and other documents related to Durham history.


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

Struggle and progress

Howard Fuller, who during his days in Durham was a community organizer and founder of  Malcolm X Liberation University, came back to Durham on Sunday to discuss his new memoir “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”
In a presentation and book signing in St. Joseph’s Performance Hall at Hayti Heritage Center, Fuller recalled the importance of St. Joseph’s Church to the civil rights struggle. “The place that we’re in right here is a very important place,” Fuller told the audience. “A lot of the demonstrations we were involved in started in this church. … It always holds a special place in my heart. The same applies to Durham and North Carolina,” Fuller said.

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

McCrory touts mix of liberal arts, skills at UNC’s annual celebration

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated its 221st birthday Sunday.

But as the nation’s first public university, UNC has even more to celebrate than its own aging.
“This is a day when we celebrate the legacy of higher public education,” said Chancellor Carol Folt.

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

‘Phantom’ chandelier a pyrotechnic ton

Along with new set design is a new chandelier for this national tour of the Broadway blockbuster “The Phantom of the Opera,” at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Oct. 19.
Heather Chockley is traveling with the show and one of four stage managers. The new set design gives audiences a look at a realistic theatrical backstage, complete with the Phantom’s path to his lair and a fly floor, the narrow platforms on the side of the stage that crews use.
“It’s a new look – whiz bang,” Chockley said, to give the new generation of “Phantom” audiences more bang for their buck.

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

Program forces fire leaders to think forward

Fire Chief Dan Curia is a big believer in anticipating problems and trying to prevent them.

That’s one reason he and other leaders in the Durham Fire Department have participated in the Executive Fire Officer Program, a four-year course developed by the U.S. Fire Administration that draws people from across the United States.

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

DPS seeks grant for stop-arm cameras

The school district is in the process of applying for a $60,000 grant from State Farm to purchase and mount about 20 stop-arm cameras on Durham school buses.

Oct. 11, 2014 @ 09:22 PM

Changes come to Five Points area

By the end of next year, Kimbrell’s Furniture’s approximately 70-year legacy in downtown Durham may come to an end.

Kimbrell’s CEO Ken Thornburg said nothing is final but Kimbrell’s is “considering options” and if a buyer made an attractive offer on its building, it will move.

Oct. 11, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

Candidates address scores, sentencing as election nears

Candidates for the District 14 judge positions attended a monthly meeting with the District 3 Partners Against Crime Saturday.

All contested judicial candidates were present at the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park in Durham.  Chief District Court Judge Marcia Morey, who was not there, is unopposed in the Nov. 4 election.

Oct. 11, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

World Beer Festival offers a showcase for brewers

One who attends the World Beer Festival for the first time may want to try all of the beers available.

But that could be a daunting task.

Oct. 11, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

Durham public health officials address Ebola concerns

Officials with the Department of Public Health met with members of the West African community in Durham on Saturday to help qualm some of the fears concerning the spread of Ebola in North Carolina.

Oct. 11, 2014 @ 02:19 PM

REVIEW: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ evokes an emotional wow

Returning to the Durham Performing Arts Center five years after the last tour visit, “The Phantom of the Opera” gives audiences a reimagining of the production that has become a classic. What remains the same are the gorgeous costumes and the emotion-provokingly beautiful music. The musical continues at DPAC through Oct. 19.

Oct. 11, 2014 @ 12:16 PM

City to try fixing Long Meadow pool

City officials will do repair work aimed at putting Long Meadow Park’s swimming pool back in service next summer, even though the consultant who’s looked at it says the facility is “five years past its use-by date.”

Oct. 10, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Local briefs, Oct. 11

  • Groups partner on Ebola information session
  • Bull City Chicken Coop Tour coming up
  • City releases DPAC 2013-14 season financial results
  • Fifth Annual Campout! Carolina Jamboree this weekend
  • DPR to host Fall Festival, Hallow-Eno
  • Night fishing available at Lake Michie in November
  • Pentecostal Fellowship reunion planned
  • Hillside reunion class hosts Legacy Walk
  • Military retirees club seeking members

Oct. 10, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

For couples, the wait is over

Lindsey Kearns and Karla Gregg celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on Friday. They spent some of it at home and then went out to a nice family lunch. After lunch, they ended up at the Durham County Register of Deed’s office, hoping to be one of the first same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in Durham County.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

Therapeutic dog training program UNC PAWS launches at Pittsboro farm

As other trainers worked to teach dogs commands for “sit” and “heel” in a backyard at a therapeutic farm in Pittsboro on Thursday, Heather Nash petted a playful, energetic beagle named Rosie.

Rosie seemed to be resisting obedience training. She stopped to roll in the grass on the way to the yard and had made a play for a bag of treats that Nash was holding.