Opinion: Grit Award

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Grit Award: Jason Jowers

Being an assistant principal is a tough job – especially in a high school. Those hard-working folks are often juggling instructional leadership and discipline, interacting with hundreds of energetic adolescents with their hopes, fears and challenges.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Grit Award

This time of year, a nighttime stroll along Blackwell Street becomes a feast of lights. Representatives from 54 nonprofit organizations decorated trees in Diamond View Park this week, marking the fifth annual Triangle Tree Challenge. This seasonal display has a purpose beyond mere aesthetics. The nonprofit groups will compete for prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, with the funds going to provide all kinds of charitable services. The annual challenge is yet another example of the generosity and drive that make Durham and the Triangle a special place. For their example during this season of giving, we give the organizers and participants in this year’s challenge our Grit Award.
To vote for your favorite tree, text 33733 or log on to triangletreechallenge.com.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 01:24 PM

Grit Award

Surgeon Martin Salia and physician Juli Switala are among the many who are giving of their skill to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has killed some 5,000 people in Sierra Leone and other West African countries. Salia died earlier this week because he did not get treatment early enough for the virus. He chose to return to his native country, Sierra Leone, to help those suffering, turning down easier duty that could have been more lucrative, according to news reports.

Nov. 14, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

Grit Award: Laken Tomlinson

Laken Tomlinson has got it together in a way that many people two and three times his age do not.


Nov. 07, 2014 @ 11:24 AM

Grit Award

It’s certainly not the high school learning experience we remember. There might still be books, paper, pencils and problem-solving, but now there are also 3-D printers that enable teenagers to make prosthetic hands.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 01:49 PM

Grit Award

Tonya Williams, Durham Public Schools Principal of the Year, has set the bar high. Her vision, her toughness and her compassion are all characteristics for which her colleagues singled her out.


Oct. 24, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Grit Award

When so much is going wrong in college athletics, someone like Jenna Frush is a welcome reminder of the best of what collegiate sports can – and should -- be.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

Grit Award

The North Carolina State Fair is fully underway now, to the delight of many. Visitors each year look forward to the food, rides, animals and entertainment.

Oct. 10, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Grit Award

April Parker Jones didn’t choose an easy career. But she chose one she loves. The Durham native and Hillside High alum, who also attended N.C. Central University, is now a cast member in Tyler Perry’s OWN drama “If Loving You Is Wrong.”

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 02:07 PM

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We find Jo Ann Robison inspiring. Reporter Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan featured Robison in an article Friday about Dancing with the Survivors, a benefit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 02:36 PM

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We’re lucky in this region because we have myriad good corporate citizens. Illustrative of that most recently is Biogen Idec.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

Grit Award

It sounds like the stuff once considered science-fiction. A “bionic eye” may help a Triangle man regain some of his sight.

Sep. 05, 2014 @ 02:56 PM

Grit Award

In case you missed it, American Tobacco has turned 10. Lots of events are planned around the downtown destination this weekend to celebrate its decade of rejuvenation. Jim Goodmon’s vision took a building that appeared to many to be beyond repair. With broken windows and graffiti, surrounded by concertina wire, it was a giant eyesore that offered stark contrast to the neighboring Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

Grit Award

One of the great things about being in the newspaper business is that you (and we hope our readers) learn something new every day. This past week, we discovered an art form that’s not new – just new to us. And we suspect it’s new to others in Durham.

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 03:47 PM

Grit Award

Julianna Mendelsohn deserves an extra apple on her desk when school opens on Monday, given that she’s made sure kids will have apples and more to eat. The Mangum Elementary School fifth-grade teacher saw a need in Ferguson, Missouri, and took steps to address it in spectacular fashion.