City Council members remain divided Friday on whether they should increase spending on parks maintenance via a so-called “penny for parks” tax earmark that would raise at least $2.3 million more for it each year.
They agreed City Manager Tom Bonfield can request a 1.29-cent increase in the city’s property tax rate for fiscal 2014-15, to cover debt payments, employee salary increases and the bill for previously grant-funded police and firefighting positions.
Firefighters credit sprinklers with extinguishing an apartment fire Friday morning.
Chapel Hill firefighters were called at 9:23 a.m. to The Point apartments at 127 Edisto Court and found that the fire started in the vent hose of a clothes dryer, said Capt. Mary Blevins, assistant fire marshal for the Chapel Hill Fire Department.
The field of candidates in the Durham Public Schools District 2 school board race swelled to five by noon Friday, deadline for filing.
Meanwhile, that deadline passed without a challenger for District 4 incumbent Natalie Beyer. She runs unopposed for the seat she first won in 2010.
The Durham Public Schools Board of Education on Thursday took steps that could lead to joining lawsuits against legislation to end teacher tenure in North Carolina.
The board was unanimous in its decision authorizing Chairwoman Heidi Carter to work with the attorney for the N.C. Association of Educators and to provide an affidavit supporting the association’s lawsuit to maintain the tenure rights of teachers.
It was only three weeks into the Durham Tech culinary class and a dozen students were trying their hand at cooking, darting around steel tables and cutting boards in their rumpled chef’s whites.
Thursday night’s class lab takes the shape of an industrial kitchen at the Durham Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that helps and houses the homeless, and students search for the lost bottle of red pepper flakes or a bowl big enough for sweet potatoes.
Durham police seized more than 33 pounds of synthetic marijuana in a traffic stop this week, the largest bust of its kind for the department.
The Herald-Sun won four N.C. Press Association awards Thursday night.
IBM Corp. began layoffs in the United States on Thursday, a company spokesman confirmed in an email.
The technology company is a major employer in the Research Triangle Park, but it doesn’t break down its employee count by location.
Cricket Lane asked Leigh Williams’s fifth-grade class, “What makes you TOPPS?”
Lane is the assistant athletic director for student-athlete development at UNC Chapel Hill and part of a pilot program between the university and Northside Elementary that brings student athletes into the classroom to mentor students.
A Durham school board seat that had no takers last week now has three opponents.
Two new candidates have joined the race for District 2 of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education: Sendolo Diaminah, a community organizer with People Durham, and Terrence Scarborough, assistant director of licensure for UNC General Administration.
DSI Comedy Theater needs a new space for its performances and classes in improv, stand-up and sketch comedy after May 15, the date its lease expires in Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro.
The news that Carr Mill Mall wouldn’t renew the lease “came as a shock to Executive Producer Zach Ward and the DSI community of performers,” stated a release from the company. DSI has presented classes and guest artists in the space at the loading dock area since 2005.
A house fire in East Durham displaced five children and six adults Thursday morning and sent one person to the hospital, fire officials said.
A Durham County magistrate Thursday entered the race for a District Court judgeship held by Nancy Gordon, making it two challengers for Gordon’s seat.
Aminah Thompson, who hears cases in Durham County Civil Court, filed paperwork at the N.C. Board of Elections in Raleigh.
Early on in Munich-native Thomas Hitzlsperger’s career, he knew he wanted make it to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He had a long-term girlfriend at the time, and his teammates’ locker room conversations sometimes strayed to how they would feel if they had to change in front of a gay player.
Hitzlsperger, a former soccer midfielder for West Ham United, Everton and Aston Villa, is the first German player and the first Premier League player to reveal that he’s gay. The news spread around the world in January.