Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Senior PharmAssist Honors GlaxoSmithKline with Community Health Citizenship Award

Durham-based Senior PharmAssist celebrated its 17th anniversary by announcing an initiative to partner with more corporations in Research Triangle Park and Durham by honoring GlaxoSmithKline with the inaugural Community Health Citizenship Award.

Meals on Wheels of Durham Celebrates Improvements to Facility

The $300,000 improvements made to Meals on Wheels of Durham's 75-year-old facility located at 2522 Ross Road are complete. The program currently delivers hot meals to 300 Durham County residents every Monday through Friday.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NCCU Hires New Head Softball Coach

Theresa Stephens has been named North Carolina Central University's new head softball coach.

Longtime County Commissioner Announces Resignation

County Commissioner Becky Heron has resigned office and will step down on August 1st. Heron has served the community s a commissioner since 1982 when she was first elected.

Duke Alum Vies for Spot on Olympic Fencing Team

Duke University Alumni and three-time All-American Fencing champion, Ibtihaj Muhammad will compete at a World Cup fencing event in New York this weekend to earn points toward qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. If Muhammad qualifies, she would likely be the first practicing Muslim woman to represent the U.S. at the Olympics.

Monday, June 27, 2011

DSA Student Named Winner of Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year

Durham School of the Arts student, Theresa Meyer, has been chosen as one of the 25 winners of the Milk Processor Education Program's Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year. Picked from over 40,000 applicants, Meyer will receive a $7,500 scholarship and an opportunity to appear in the June 2011 edition of USA Today.

Rotary Club Recognizes Outstanding Rotarians of the Year

The Rotary Club of Durham recognized two individuals as Outstanding Rotarians of the Year: Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO, Shelly Green for her leadership of the club's involvement with the healthy nutrition program during Fall, 2010 at YE Smith Elementary School and a Group Study Exchange with Belgium in April and Malcolm White for his role as chair of the Million Meals food packaging project.

Miss Durham Wins Miss North Carolina Pageant

Miss Durham, Hailey Best, has won the Miss North Carolina title. Best is the first Miss Durham to become Miss North Carolina since 1986.

DEA Honors Durham Police Officer

Durham Police Investigator, Kyle D. York, was honored by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as a 2010 Outstanding Task Force Commander.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Duke's Kyrie Irving Selected as NBA No. 1 Overall Draft Pick

Freshman guard, Kyrie Irving, becomes the third NBA No. 1 overall pick produced by Duke University. Teammates, Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler were No. 21 and No. 33 respectively.

Durham Startup Wins General Electric's Ecomagination Challege

Durham-based Smart Grid startup, PlotWatt was one of five Innovation Award winners announced in GE's Ecomagination Challenge; PlotWatt was awarded a $100,000 cash prize.

Durham Public Schools Names New Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Chewning Middle School Principal, Jim Key has been named Durham Public Schools' area superintendent of high school curriculum and instruction and school management. Key has been a principal in Durham Public Schools since 1999.

Durham High Schools Make Newsweek List of America's Best High Schools

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and Durham School of the Arts ranked numbers 66 and 381 respectively on Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ollie's Bargain Outlet Now Open

Ollie's Bargain Outlet has officially opened  at 3823 Guess Road in Durham in the Willowdale Shopping Center.

NCCU To Offer First Doctoral Degree in 50 Years

Starting in Fall of 2012, North Carolina Central University will offer a Ph.D. in integrated biosciences. This marks the first doctoral program offered by NCCU since five candidates earned Ph.D.'s in education from 1955 to 1964 - one of whom, Walter M. Brown, future dean of the NCCU School of Education, was the first to be awarded a Ph.D. by a historically black college or university in the United States.

Durham County Board of Elections Director to Retire

Durham County Board of Elections Director Bob Ashe will retire effective August 1. Ashe has served since October, 2000.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Two United Methodists Congregations to Merge

The Rev. Gray Southern has announced the merger of Reconciliation United UMC and Asbury Temple UMC. The congregations will become New Creation Union Methodist Church on June 28.

Bread & Kabob Re-Opens on Main Street

After a seven year hiatus, Bread & Kabob has returned to their 1013 W. Main St. location. The existing restaurant, 1013 Grill has expanded their hours in order to serve Bread & Kabob's lunch buffet in addition to their own menu.

NCCU Hires New Head Baseball Coach

Jim Koerner has been named N.C. Central’s new head baseball coach. He brings more than 10 years of collegiate coaching experience at both the NCAA Division I and III levels to the position.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Preservation Durham Recognizes Leaders in Historic Preservation and Neighborhood Conservation

Preservation Durham bestowed awards to community members who have shown "outstanding leadership and sustained involvement in historic preservation in Durham County." Benjamin Speller, former Preservation Durham and retired dean of NCCU's School of Library and Information Sciences, received the premier Bartlett Durham Award. For a complete list of honorees click HERE.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Shodor Becomes Golden Belt's Newest Tenant

Durham nonprofit educational group, Shodor, will relocate to the Golden Belt complex in September. Shodor will occupy 8,500 square feet of office space which will be upfitted into a custom-built science education center by mid-September.

M&F Bank Honors UDI Community Development Corporation President

R. Edward "Ed" Stewart, president of UDI Community Development Corporation, was honored with the 2011 Mechanics and Farmers Bank Founders Award. The annual award recognizes individuals or entities that embody M&F's "founding principles" based on hallmark values or attributes of the men who established the bank in 1907.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reliable Cheese Opens Thursday in Downtown Durham

Reliable Cheese, a shop selling beer, wine, meat and cheese from small  producers in the United States and Europe, will officially open Thursday in downtown Durham.

Durham Spirits Company to Open June 25

Durham Spirits Company, a new space for culinary and mixology classes, will officially open June 25th from 11am-2pm; the business is located in an Old North Durham historic home.

Charlotte & Dick Levin Jewish Community Center Officially Opens

The Charlotte & Dick Levin Jewish Community Center off Cornwallis Road officially opened with Sunday's ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 35,000-square-foot facility that includes a pool and water slide, atrium, social hall, art and music rooms, gym, fitness center and more.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Durham Author Wins International Association of Culinary Professionals' Book Award

Durham author Jonathan Bloom won an International Association of Culinary Professionals' book award for his book, "American Wasteland" in the Food Matters category.

Monday, June 6, 2011

NCCU Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Lithuania

Bob Nowell, associate professor of English and mass communication at N.C. Central University, has received an award from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to teach this fall at Vilnius University in Lithuania.

Durham Executives Are Among Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Durham executives named finalists for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Carolinas are:

-- Madhu Beriwal, president & CEO of IEM, a Research Triangle Park consulting firm

-- CEO Neal Fowler and founder Joseph DeSimone of Liquidia Technologies, a Durham vaccine development company

-- W. Richard Staub III, president & CEO of Novella Clinical, a Durham contract research organization that helps pharmaceutical companies test experimental drugs

Friday, June 3, 2011

Durham Public Schools Names New Holt Elementary Principal

Star Sampson will transfer from Eastway Elementary, where she has served as principal since 2004, to Holt Elementary School, on July 1.

8th Grader Becomes First DPS Student to Compete in Scripps Spelling Bee

Jesus Ayala Lara of Chewning Middle School became the first Durham Public Schools student to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ayala Lara advanced through the third round by correctly spelling "quagmiry" and "splenetic" before being eliminated from the competition.

Seven Duke Alums To Suit Up for 2011 WNBA Season

Seven former Duke women’s basketball standouts will suit up for the 2011 WNBA season tip-off on June 3 for three different teams -- Alana Beard (Washington), Monique Currie (Washington), Jasmine Thomas (Washington), Karima Christmas (Washington), Lindsey Harding (Atlanta), Alison Bales (Atlanta) and Krystal Thomas (Seattle).

Thursday, June 2, 2011

All City Pizza to Open at Five Points in Summer 2012

Durham native, Gray Brooks is returning home to open All City Pizza at Five Points in early Summer 2012. Brooks is currently the chef at Seattle's Serious Pie.

Durham ABC General Manager Announces Retirement

After fourteen years as General Manager of the Durham County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Randy Mills will retire effective June 30.

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association Welcomes New Executive Director

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association has announced the hiring of a new Executive Director, Chris Dreps. Dreps will oversee all aspects of the organization’s management, growth, outreach, and fund-raising.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Team Dain's Place Takes First Place at Doughman

Team Dain's Place, sponsored by Dain's Place, out-competed 73 teams in this past Saturday's 2011 Doughman, Durham's triathlon and eating competition.

Trinity School of Durham Announces New Middle School Director

Dr. Mason Goss will be taking over as Director of the Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill Middle School.