News: Local

May. 17, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

Fire destroys abandoned house

Fire destroyed an abandoned house in eastern Durham early Sunday and caused minor damage to an adjacent house, officials said. No one was hurt.


May. 16, 2015 @ 10:35 PM

City announces Memorial Day schedules

Most City of Durham government offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency city operations, will be closed on May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.


May. 16, 2015 @ 08:30 PM

Thousands on hand for Bimbé festival

The 46th annual Bimbé Festival drew thousands and culminated in a music and art fest at Rock Quarry Park Saturday. The free festival, which was blessed by outstanding weather Saturday, included musical performances from DJ Kool, Mc Lyte, Campus Hills Dance Team and Souloworks Dance Company, among other artists, winding up a series of events and gatherings that took place late in the week.


May. 16, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

FULL BLOOM: Iconic Bull City rose grower welcomes visitors

The thermometer was nearing 90 degrees Saturday but the warm weather didn’t deter area residents from coming out to Witherspoon Rose Culture’s First Bloom Festival.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:54 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: A Duke’s walk home from war

Reenactor Philip Brown is on the road now for “A Soldier’s Walk Home,” following the walk that Washington Duke took at the end of the Civil War, headed home to then-Orange County. Duke walked from New Bern to Durham, and Brown, dressed like Duke would have been, has taken to the road for a 160-mile trek on foot.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Heroes trek into Triangle for Valor Games Southeast

Wounded warriors from across the nation will compete in the Valor Games Southeast at the Smith Center, Cameron Indoor Stadium and Lake Crabtree Park Tuesday through Thursday.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Residents face infrastucture assessments

Residents in the Stone Hill Estates and Ravenstone projects in eastern Durham have been awaiting an integral part of their subdivisions for nearly a decade. Anyone driving through the subdivisions can see that something is missing — the top layer of pavement on many of the roads. Many of the water main caps and manhole covers are pockmarks on the roads. Drivers have to weave around them as to not damage their cars — some are successful, some leave their own marks on the metal coverings and roadways.


May. 15, 2015 @ 08:20 PM

None hurt in Friday evening blaze

The Durham Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 605 W. Chapel Hill St. at 5:07 p.m. Friday. A small blaze had been extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system when the first of 34 firefighters arrived on the scene. No one was hurt.


May. 15, 2015 @ 06:56 PM

PACE Academy to appeal charter revocation recommendation

PACE Academy will appeal a state panel’s recommendation to revoke the school’s charter.

Attorney Philip Adkins, who represents the school, said Friday that PACE’s board of directors decided to appeal the recommendation during a lengthy closed-door meeting.


May. 15, 2015 @ 06:51 PM

Text of PACE Academy response

Here is the full text of PACE Academy’s response to the State Board of Education Review Panel’s recommendation to revoke the public charter school’s charter.


May. 15, 2015 @ 06:23 PM

Light rail route options stir debate

Alternative route options for the Durham-Orange Light Rail and options for a rail operation and maintenance facility have been stirring debates in neighborhoods around the city.


May. 15, 2015 @ 05:08 PM

Police log: Man charged after deadly wreck

Durham man's car went off the roadway and struck a tree on the passenger side of his car Thursday. His passenger, 44-year-old Tracey Brasewell Lee, died on impact.


May. 15, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

HIGH NOTE: Durham teachers up for Grammy educator award

Judy Hilliard and two other Durham music teachers have been nominated for Grammys, but not the ones given away during the annual music awards ceremony. Hilliard, Githens Middle School Band Director Patrick Blackburn, and N.C. School of Science and Mathematics music teacher Phillip Riggs are all quarterfinalists for the Grammy Foundation’s 2016 Music Educator Award.


May. 19, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Developers unveil downtown loop report

After hosting workshops with elected officials, planners and developers in March, Cleveland and Church Partners has released a report of recommended project plans for converting the downtown loop. The developers believe the current one-way layout is strangling development potential, and the loop should be converted into a two-way traffic network.


May. 14, 2015 @ 07:02 PM

Police log, May 15

  • Police operation nets larceny suspect
  • Search locks down Durham Tech
  • Arizona man faces prison for harassing UNC student