Friday, October 31, 2014

DPS Names Principal of the Year

Githens Middle School Principal Tonya Williams has been named Durham Public School's Principal of the Year.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Bar Coming to Parrish St.

The Atomic Fern, a new bar and social club will open at 108 E. Parrish St. next to Monuts Donuts. There will be wine, liquor, and craft beers on tap.

Duke University Water Reclamation Pond to Open May, 2015

Construction of a water reclamation pond at Duke University will be completed by May, 2015.

Saltbox Seafood Expands with Food Truck

Saltbox Seafood Joint has launched a food truck to reach more customers with its fresh fried seafood concept.

Zift Solutions Acquires Competitor

Durham's Zift Solutions has just acquired a competitor, Massachusetts-based Marketing Advocate.

New Art Honoring Kalkhof Installed in CCB Plaza

Downtown Durham's CCB Plaza had a new piece of art installed near where the Major the Bull statue resides, honoring former Downtown Durham Inc. CEO Bill Kalkhof. The sculpture designed by Al Frega is a chalice with a cluster that depicts the city skyline.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Public art to become permanent

"Winding Out,” by Asheville sculptor Robert Winkler, has been chosen as the piece that will remain in Durham after the Bull City Sculpture Show. This piece was selected out of 12 pieces. The piece has been on display in Durham Central Park since May.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Durham Herald Sun Newspaper to Move Near Northgate Mall

After 24 years at a site on Pickett Road in Durham, the Herald-Sun is moving to the Northgate mall area by the end of year.The Herald-Sun will occupy the entire second floor and half of the third floor of a building at 1530 N. Gregson St., which also houses a BB&T bank branch.

DukeEngage Launches Four New Programs

DukeEngage, Duke University's summer abroad program will expand by adding four new programs in Turkey and Peru to the 24 existing destinations.

Fiber Internet Service Comes to Durham

Frontier will allow some Durham residents access to Fiber Internet, including the Carolina Arbors neighborhood.

Bennett Place Raises $310K to Protect Land

Bennett Place Historic Site has raised $310,000  to protect 1.9 acres adjacent to Bennett Place, including the original Hillsborough Road that Generals Johnston and Sherman traveled to negotiate an effective end to the Civil War.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

City to Build New Police HQ on East Main St.

The City of Durham will build a new police headquarters, purchasing a 4.5 acre lot and spending $5.7 million on East Main Street near the corners of South Elizabeth, Hood and Walker Streets.

New Duke Scholarship Program to Benefit NC School of Science and Mathematics

A new $1 million scholarship program at Duke University will benefit graduates of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. The scholarship fund was created with a $1 million gift from Sean Fahey, a graduate of both schools and co-founder of Claren Road Asset Management, an $8.5 billion credit hedge fund manager.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Duke Chair Elected to Institute of Medicine

Mary E. Klotman, M.D., chairwoman of the Department of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, has been elected as one of 70 new members to the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rise to open two more locations

Popular biscuit and donut shop Rise will open two more locations in neighboring communities by summer, 2015.

Burger Bach Planned for Shops at Erwin Mill

Burger Bach, a New Zealand-influenced pub and burger joint will open in early 2015 in Durham's Shops at Erwin Mill. at 737 Ninth Street. This is the third location of the Virginia-based concept.

NCCU to host health disparities conference

N.C. Central University will host a two-day conference Oct. 22-23 focusing on strategies for researching and addressing health disparities.

Honeygirl Meadery to Open October 24

Honeygirl Meadery, a Durham business owned and operated by Diane Currier, will open a tasting room and production facility October 24.

Durham's Chimerix gets approval to test drug on Ebola patients

Durham drug developer Chimerix said it has received fast-track federal approval to start testing an experimental antiviral drug on people infected with the Ebola virus disease.

City Completes Angier-Driver Streetscape Project

After months of construction, the Angier-Driver Streetscape Project is now complete. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the $4.8 million streetscape improvements on October 11.

Leigh Farm Park Opens

The City of Durham has officially opened Leigh Farm Park at 370 Leigh Rd.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Duke Makes Advising Pilot Program Permanent

All Duke University undergraduates can receive personalized advice on how to combine global, civic, and research opportunities with academic and professional goals through a new program in the Academic Advising Office that has recently been made permanent.

$15.6 Million Grants Will Study Parion's Work

Parion Sciences, a Durham company dedicated to the development of novel treatments for pulmonary and ocular diseases, announced that the National Institutes of Health has awarded up to $15.6 million over 5 years in grants for two universities to conduct research with mucolytic agents discovered by the company and to enable Investigational New Drug applications for Parion's molecules.

Duke partners with NCCU on Early Voting

Duke University is partnering with North Carolina Central University to provide students with transportation to early voting sites in an effort to get more students to the polls for midterm elections.

Robert Ingram Receives NC's Highest Civilian Honor

Robert Ingram has been awarded North Carolina's highest civilian honor for public service.

Thaumaturgy 777 has moved to Hillsborough Rd.

Conjure shop Thaumaturgy 777 has moved locations to 1618 Hillsborough Rd.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

21C Museum Hotel to Open Restaurant

The 21c Museum Hotel, which will open early next year at 111 N. Corcoran St., will have a restaurant, named the Counting House, focused on North Carolina’s seafood heritage. The restaurant will showcase a variety of rotisserie and roasting techniques in addition to fresh seafood.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kimbrell's Furniture to Move from Downtown Durham

Kimbrell's Furniture, located in Downtown Durham for more than 70 years is planning on moving its business out of downtown's Five Points.

Durham startup Sqord receives 12,000 pre-orders for new device

Durham startup Sqord has received 12,000 pre-orders for its wearable device, the $34.95 Sqord Booster, which uses activity-tracking technology similar to Fitbit or FuelBand but is aimed at kids.

CloudFactory expanding in Durham

Startup CloudFactory Group, a Hong Kong-based company is expanding its Durham sales and marketing team by 6-10 more workers after raising $3 million in funding from investors.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Duke to Begin Construction on Health and Wellness Center

Duke University will begin construction on a $30 million 70,000 square foot Student Health and Wellness Center, which will house student health center, counseling and Psychological Services, the Wellness Center and the Office of Case Management. The building is scheduled to be completed by fall, 2016 and will be located next to Penn Pavilion on the corner of Union Drive and Towerview.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NCCU to Offer Virtual Legal Education Seminars

The N.C. Central University’s School of Law will be holding a series of free seminars for N.C. residents using videoconferencing technology.

LED Lighting Illuminates Field Hockey Venue at Duke University

Duke University has installed LED lighting at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium this week, making the facility the first NCAA Division I outdoor college sports venue to be lit with LED lighting.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

American Tobacco Campus Gets Bee Display

Bee Downtown and Burt's Bees have put up a observation beehive at Burt's Bee's office at the American Tobacco Campus in Downtown Durham. The structure is six feet tall and 2 feet wide with impact-resistant safety glass that holds 15,000 bees.

Duke Grad's Energy Drink at Whole Foods

Mati Energy Drink will be on shelves at 30 Whole Foods stores in the Southeast starting next week. The company was founded by a food entrepreneur from Duke University.

Only Burger Opens American Tobacco Location

Popular burger restaurant and food truck has opened a second brick & mortar location in Downtown Durham at the American Tobacco Campus.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

21C Museum Hotel Names Executive Chef

Josh Munchel was named executive chef at Counting House restaurant in the upcoming 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham. Josh Munchel comes to Durham from Cincinnati, where he helped Metropole, the restaurant in the chain’s hotel in that city, win a place on Bon Appétit magazine’s list of Best New Restaurants 2013.

Museum of Life + Science Receives $75,000 Gift

The Museum of Life and Science has received a $75,000 gift from the Duke Energy Foundation in the Climbing Higher Campaign to build two new outdoor learning environments: Hideaway Woods and Earth Moves.

Durham-based Company Providing Ebola Treatment Drug

Durham-based Chimerix is providing its experimental antiviral drug to a Dallas patient being treated for Ebola, an emergency step authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

DePinto Named Director of Duke Parking and Transportation

Carl DePinto has been appointed the new director for parking and transportation services at Duke University.

Monday, October 6, 2014

RDU Receives Fitch Rating

Raleigh-Durham International Airport has received an AA- rating from Fitch Ratings on its revenue bonds, which indicates a stable outlook.

Argos Therapeutics to build $57M plant, hire 236

Argos Therapeutics will build a $57 million biomanufacturing plant in Durham County, and plans to hire 236 people.

Bryan Center Entrance to Close for Renovation

The Duke University Bryan student Center entrance will close for construction in the spring to install a glass facade. The building will be accessible by the University Store.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Durham Marriott Completes $2M Renovation

The Courtyard by Mariott Durham Hotel has finished a $2 million renovation, updating the 123 guest rooms with new carpet, bedding and furniture.

Developers plan neighborhood with farm

A group of Durham developers plans to build a 230-acre 140 home suburban neighborhood with a farm that is a 20 minute drive from downtown Durham.

Durham Bulls 2014 Season Sets Attendance Record

The Durham Bulls increased its attendance by 6.9 percent in the 2014 season, which was the second highest in the International League.

NC IDEA Picks 5 Durham Startups for Grants

NC IDEA has selected 5 startups from Durham among 19 startups from across North Carolina to receive grant funds.

Durham-based DPx Holdings Aquires Gallus BioPharma

Durham-based DPx Holdings has acquired Gallus BioPharma, a manufacturing company that specializes in biologics.

Fresh Market Will Hire 90 for New Durham Store

The Fresh Market grocery store that will open in the Parkway Plaza shopping center at 4215 University Drive in Durham by late 2014 will hire 90 employees to work there. An October 21 interview day has been scheduled to fill the positions.

Durham Police Officer Receives Award

Marianne Bond, an office with the Durham Police Department, has been named the North Carolina Law Enforcement Women's Association "Woman of the Year."

Duke to receive funding from Obama's BRAIN initiative

Duke University researchers will receive two grants, both for $1.4 million from President Obama's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, that will help learn more about the brain.