Opinion: Grit Award

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Grit Award: Willie Covington

In November 2011, the Federation of Geneological Societies gave its Archives Award to Durham County Register of Deeds Willie Covington. Noting that the county’s vital records of births, deaths and marriages were “in a state of rapid deterioration” when their oversight was transferred from the health department to the Register of Deeds office, the federation cited his leadership in “a project to ensure their long-term preservation.”


Jul. 17, 2015 @ 12:57 PM

Durham Grit Award: T.J. Breeden, Doug Hodges

T. J. Breeden and Doug Hodges are the sort of civic-minded folks any community would be lucky to have.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

Durham Grit Award: Sin Yu

Sin Yu arrived in North Carolina from South Korea in 1974 and worked in a variety of jobs.


Jul. 03, 2015 @ 12:46 PM

Durham Grit Award: John Penn

In honor of the Fourth of July, today we have a special posthumous award for an underappreciated patriot.


Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:01 PM

Grit Award: Carl Fox

For nearly three decades, Carl Fox has dedicated his life to public service.  He has been as assistant district attorney and district attorney for Orange County and now is the district court judge for Chatham and Orange counties. He’s been an active volunteer, once co-chairing the Orange County United Way campaign.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 07:55 AM

Grit Award: Eugene Brown

For 12 years, Eugene Brown has been a passionate, thoughtful and colorful member of 
the Durham City Council. He could be blunt, occasionally elliptical and always quotable, 
generally behind a wry grin and an impish sense of humor. 

May. 22, 2015 @ 11:59 PM

Durham Grit Award: Kerstin Kimel

In the nearly two decades Duke University has fielded a lacrosse team, that team has been coached by Kerstin Kimel. She has been a fierce competitor on the field, who has led the squad to be one of the nation’s elite.


May. 08, 2015 @ 02:49 PM

Grit Award: Anil Chawla

How can we not like ArchiveSocial? Its website home page features a “Freedom of Information” emblem with a thumbs-up sign.


May. 01, 2015 @ 06:11 PM

Grit Award: Nepalese students at Duke

For Duke University freshman Suman Bajgain, last Saturday could hardly have started on a worse note. In what were the pre-dawn hours in Durham, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck his native country, Nepal.


Apr. 03, 2015 @ 02:47 PM

Durham Grit Award: Tatiana Birgisson

Tatiana Birgisson just wanted to “a personal source of healthy caffeine,” she recalls.

So she started brewing highly caffeinated teas in her dorm room at Duke University.


Mar. 27, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

Grit Award: Andrew McCrae

Andrew McCrae is headed for San Antonio next month, where he’ll pick up a medallion and a $1,250 scholarship as a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 02:57 PM

Grit Award: Bettie Closs

Eleven-year-old Bettie Closs “loves to learn,” says her mother, Almaz Closs.

“We’ve always been like ‘learn, learn,’” Almaz Closs adds. “Even when they were little, we read (Bettie and her sister) every book there is.”


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 08:47 AM

Grit award: Teresa Clayton

A decade ago, a young Teresa Clayton was making a living in Florida as a body piercer, and thinking there had to be more than that in her life.


Feb. 27, 2015 @ 06:02 PM

Grit award: Chris Rosati

In late 2013, Chris Rosati of Durham lived out his dream – sort of.


Feb. 20, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

Grit Award

In the dark, in bone-chilling cold, with sleet and freeing rain pelting them, state and local road crews were out in force Monday night and Tuesday morning.