He was one of 10 men who showed remarkable courage by breaking the color barrier in the Durham Fire Department.
Velton Thompson served as a firefighter for 35 years, paving the way for others who wanted to serve. He died Monday at the age of 81. Now only two of the original 10 black firefighters in Durham remain.
A legendary voice was silenced this week when journalist Chuck Stone died in Chapel Hill at the age of 89.
Mr. Stone was a newspaper editor and columnist who was unabashed in his criticism of elected officials and a fiery advocate for civil rights. He also was a professor at UNC Chapel Hill. His guidance put many young journalists on firm footing as they entered their profession.
UNC’s women’s team is the last one standing from the Triangle. The good news doesn’t stop there for the team, though. Coach Sylvia Hatchell said Thursday she has been cleared by doctors to join her team in Nashville for the Final Four.
Durham native and 27-year-old Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Budd had a brain tumor removed in October. Deaf in one ear and with partial facial paralysis, Budd is a proud member of the Wounded Warriors Battalion West. He also recently competed in the Marine Corps Trials in archery. He told reporter Keith Upchurch that he hopes his score is among the best, which will lead to a trip to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in September.
If you are over 40, you may have lamented at some point the changes that email and texting have wrought on grammar and spelling. The shorthand brought about by technology has people now using the language previously reserved for personalized license plates, with quick notes such as, “u r rt.”
If you have any doubts about the quality of education found in Durham Public Schools, you should get to know Jeff Whitt.
The Carrington Middle School teacher recently was named the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted by the N.C. Association for the Gifted and Talented.
Leslie and Will McDow are remarkable parents who had a remarkable daughter.
Florence had a neurological disorder called autoimmune encephalitis. At 6, she lost her fight with it.
At 9, Jaeden Sharpe was a dreamer and liked the idea of making an impact on those around him. He and his brother were planning a clothing line, not to make money but to have an impact. He died a day after the first “J.J. Sharpe Impact” T-shirt was printed, shot while in the car with his mother.
Recent national news reports have detailed Utah schoolchildren’s lunches being tossed because they were behind on their payment accounts. Minnesota has, it turns out, also had some schools throwing out food instead of giving it to kids whose families are behind on the tab.
Hunger has a well-documented impact on a child’s ability to learn, and for some children, school is the only place to get a good, nutritious hot meal.
We often celebrate Durham’s rich arts culture. A snapshot of this week from our Entertainment and More section offers “Book of Mormon” coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center, an Archibald Motley exhibit at the Nasher and a film festival at Hayti. It also featured a piece by Cliff Bellamy on the Durham Family Theatre’s most recent production, “Brigid Without a Story.”
Sophie Steiner showed remarkable maturity, understanding and courage. While she was dying from cancer, she blogged, wrote poems and took photos. Her works are now on display at the Carrboro Branch Library in McDougle Middle School in an exhibit titled “Life is a Beautiful Thing: A Tribute to Sophie Steiner and Her Peers.” The exhibit contains works by her friends, as well as Sophie’s, and memories recorded by her sisters.
Durham is a place with gems we love to discover and rediscover. One of those gems is the Durham Symphony Orchestra and its conductor and music director, William Henry Curry.
Reporter Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan shared the details of the dedication and labor of love this group brings to their craft from her observations at a practice session she wrote about in Friday’s Herald-Sun. “It’s a jewel in the community,” Curry said of the symphony. We couldn’t agree more.
We are fortunate to live in an area rich with innovation and invention. Sometimes, because there are so many start-ups driven by talented, creative people, we forget the really amazing things that are happening right in front of us.
Meals on Wheels fills a tremendous need by bringing food to homebound residents. The Meals on Wheels of Durham website describes the organization’s mission as serving “the elderly, frail, disabled, convalescing and others who cannot provide proper nutrition for themselves.”
This newspaper was founded in 1889, never missing a day of publishing. We consider that some serious longevity. But J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer has us beat. The moving company began in 1882, well before there were trucks in which to move people.