Meet the VOICE staff: This fall’s Durham VOICE team took its semi-annual orientation tour Saturday, Sept. 6. Posing for a group shot at the Golden Belt campus, the team includes, front row, left to right: Julie Wells, executive director of Partners for Youth Opportunity; Leah Montgomery, NCCU; Amber Wade, NCCU; Christian Frazier, PYO intern; Destiny Owens, NCCU; Samantha McCormick, UNC; Caitlin Ball, UNC; Zhai Yun Tan, UNC;  Melquan Ganzy, NCCU; Zoe Schaver, print editor, UNC; and Carlton Koonce, Teen Mentoring Coordinator, Partners for Youth Opportunity; second row: Adrienne Stephens, NCCU; Gwen Payne, PYO intern; Chloe Opper, UNC; Natasha Graham, PYO intern; Ayannah Crawley, NCCU; Tara Jeffries, UNC; Kierra Chambers, PYO intern; Jessica Coates, VOICE co-editor, UNC; Quiani Nzazi, NCCU; and Jock Lauterer, founding publisher, UNC; back row: Prof. Bruce DePyssler, founding publisher NCCU; Namdi Nguyen, NCCU; Prof. Shelvia Dancy, publisher, NCCU; Andrew Forrest, UNC; Rob Berges, UNC; Jordan Bailey, UNC; and Dylan Howett, UNC. (Staff photo by Ray Whitehouse)

New Durham VOICE staff is off and running

Our Community Our Times Our Voices That’s our motto, and we believe in it. As we begin our fifth year, the Durham VOICE re-affirms our vision statement: That great community media helps build, nurture and sustain great community. And so it follows that we think Northeast Central Durham has those qualities and that potential. We are dedicated to community-building, youth… Read more →

TROSA Graduates Put Doubts in the Past

The newest group of TROSA graduates will cross the stage Sunday, May 18, having overcome substance addiction – and the doubts of those who thought they would never make it. Some have struggled with addiction for many years. Some have faced criminal charges, joblessness and estrangement from their families. One graduate-to-be, Tanya Parks of Bryson City, remembers exactly how a… Read more →

The Reverend Michael D. Page of Antioch Baptist Church, flanked by VOICE Editor (fall 2014) Zoe Schaver, left, and VOICE co-editor (spring 2014) Zach Potter on MLK Sunday. (Staff Photo by Jock Lauterer)

Durham and “A Tale of Two Cities”

  Editor’s Note: the following is excerpted from the annual State of the County address delivered by Dr. Michael D. Page, chairman of the Durham County Board of Commissioners on March 24 . The Reverend Page is also chaplain of North Carolina Central University and senior minister of Antioch Baptist Church. 1415 Holloway St., Durham. Page is also a long-time… Read more →

Carlton Koonce Joins Partners for Youth Opportunity

Carlton Koonce Joins Partners for Youth Opportunity

(Press release from Partners for Youth Opportunities) Carlton Koonce, the current Teen Mentoring Coordinator at the Durham VOICE community newspaper, will be the new Internship and Mentor Coordinator at Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO). PYO is a youth organization being formed by the merger of YO:Durham (Year of Opportunity for Durham Teens) and Partners for Youth. Koonce will be taking… Read more →


Hillside’s William Logan named DPS Principal of the Year

  By Kristen Mayo, Jazmine Dixon and Breana Kea Hillside Chronicle Staff  Writers,  Hillside High School   Hillside Principal William Logan has been awarded the Principal of the Year award for Durham Public Schools. “I felt stunned, appreciated and grateful,” Logan said, after almost shedding tears of joy. Logan was completely surprised about receiving the award. “I hadn’t been nominated,”… Read more →

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Hillside hosts a rally for public schools

  By: the Hillside High School Chronicle staff On Monday, Nov. 4 Hillside joined many other schools in North Carolina in a “walk-in” for public education. Parents, teachers and students gathered in front of the school at 6:45 a.m. to rally for public schools. “Public education is at the root of our society’s problems, yet we still get treated like… Read more →

One teen’s concern about teen pregnancy, abortions and school

One teen’s concern about teen pregnancy, abortions and school

By Alexia Squires The Spartan Times Southern High School Teen pregnancy in the United States is common. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, three out of ten American girls will become pregnant at least once before age 20. In addition, many may have mothers who also became pregnant during teen years. Getting pregnant at an… Read more →

SMART students climb the stairs, eager to start another day of their program at Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church. (Staff photo by Riyah Exum)

Let’s get SMART

By Riyah Exum Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church is much more than just a spiritual building. Almost four years ago Orange Grove Church received a grant to start a learning program to help young children with their math, reading and other academic skills. The SMART program is a learning program at Orange Grove that meets four days a week to… Read more →

Mariiah King, Durham resident, holds her voting stickers from the past three elections she participated in. (Staff photo by Riyah Exum)

New voting laws likely to reduce voting turnout

By Riyah Exum, Municipal Elections took place on Nov. 5 for mayor and city council. Durham County Board of Elections has confirmed that William “Bill” Bell will be mayor for a third term. However, new changes to voter’s registration may impact future voters in upcoming elections. New voting residents will now be required to show a photo ID in order… Read more →