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After-school program helps kids at Shepherd’s House Church

By Yenifer Mendoza-Chicas

February 21, 2014

Dozens of children in eastern Durham head to Shepherd’s House Church, 107 N. Driver St.,  twice a week to learn about science, nutrition, and more. The church’s program meets for two hours every Tuesday and Thursday. “We have changed our focus,” said the Reverend Amanda Wilson, the program’s director. “We not only focus on homework, […]

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Woodforest Hornet Training Center at Hillside High

By Brittney Cherry

The motto of Hillside High School in Durham is “Raising the Bar,” and the school raised the bar higher Jan. 27 by launching a financial literacy training center. Woodforest Hornet Training Center offers bank accounts to Hillside staff and students (and their parents). The Center is sponsored by the school’s Business and Finance Academy, in partnership with National […]

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Northern High Spanish Honors Society tutors elementary students

By Brittany Whitaker

February 14, 2014

Being able to share a bond with others who enjoy speaking Spanish is a privilege. It is also nice to have the honor completing senior year with cords at graduation. The requirements for National Spanish Honor Society are a 3.0 GPA or higher in Spanish I and II and being able to attend all the […]

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Finding black history in the backyard

By Carlton Koonce

February 10, 2014

Here is part of my typical, highly scientific February checklist. Watch the Super Bowl, or at least some ACC basketball, with sticky, saucy hands. Check. Pick up some fancy chocolates and a fluffy bear for my Valentine’s Day. Check. Brushing up on local African-American history? That’s a lot easier than one might think. Every town […]

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Jerry Stackhouse films a commercial at Hillside

By Tatyana Hicks

February 8, 2014

Former UNC student and professional basketball player Jerry Stackhouse visited Hillside to film a commercial for the Carolina College Advising Corps last month. The Carolina College Advising Corps is a program designed to help schools with a high population of low-income minority students who usually don’t go to college.   There are at least 31 college […]

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Boys and Girls Club going high tech

By Myava Mitchell

  Hundreds of children are learning how to navigate Microsoft and research homework online, thanks to the “Club Tech” after-school program at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham. “This is tremendous in that many kids that we see still don’t have computers at home, or computers that are connected to the internet,” […]

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Angier Driver Streetscape on the move

By Yenifer Mendoza-Chicas

  When driving down Angier Avenue and Driver Street in Durham you will see construction signs and “road closed” — signs that indicate a $3.5 million street renovation project is underway. The city’s project will repave streets, as well as add benches, sidewalks and crosswalks. The project will also include handicapped accessible ramps. Construction started […]

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Faith Summit still helps fight child poverty a year later

By Lynsay Williams

February 5, 2014

A year after the Faith Summit on Child Poverty, leaders reflect on what happened in 2013 and what is planned for 2014. The summit in January 2013 drew more than double the people it was expected to, with almost 500 people registering for the program. Last year­, two organizations – End Poverty Durham and Durham’s […]

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Durham Tech food pantry feeds hundreds

By Alyssa Armstrong

What began as a small community garden, has grown to provide food for hundreds of students at Durham Technical Community College. The Campus Harvest Food pantry, modeled after similar programs at other universities, was long in the works before it opened in January 2013. The main goal of the pantry aimed to get students out […]

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Watchful eyes key to crime prevention

By Zach Potter

When Evit Blackmon, 39, moved to Durham with his wife Yolanda in 2008, he did not expect to take the reins of the neighborhood watch in his community. But two years ago, after a breaking and entering incident occurred a little too close to home, he did just that. “We’re simply homeowners that care about […]

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