Written by: Jock Lauterer

Hillside Chronicle staff writers pen “Letters to Durham”

By Jock Lauterer

April 3, 2017

Editor’s Note:  Following a recent incident near their high school, the Hillside Chronicle staffers of Hillside High School received some negative comments via social media about their school. Anonymous, of course. In response, the staff elected to write “Dear Durham” letters, aided by UNC-CH students from the Durham VOICE mentoring team which has worked with […]

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Local author and life coach speaks at Hillside

By Jock Lauterer

March 1, 2017

  By Elaijah Gibbs-Jones Hillside Chronicle Editor   In early February, a majority of Business and Finance Academy students filed into Hillside’s auditorium to receive professional advice on transitioning from high school to the real world. LaToya Rose, author of Money Matters: Life After Graduation, spoke to Business and Finance Academy (BFA) students. Rose spoke […]

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Bryanna Williams sings anthem for President Clinton

By Jock Lauterer

September 26, 2016

Bryanna Williams, who sang the national anthem for President Bill Clinton when he visited Durham on Sept. 6, talks about making vocal runs in her songs. She sang for us in Hillside High School’s choir room, which Bryanna calls her sanctuary. (Photo by Raina Matthews of Hillside High School)  

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VOICE kicks off new semester with site visit

By Jock Lauterer

September 21, 2016

The fall 2016 Durham VOICE kicked off its eighth year with its traditional Durham community orientation tour and site visit, Sat., Sept. 10. With the slogan of “Our Community. Our Times, Our Voices,” the Durham VOICE is a collaborative effort between the journalism program at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. Central University. Launched in September 2009, […]

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Six teens, five days, two papers and one island

By Jock Lauterer

September 15, 2016

  Editor’s note:  The Durham VOICE and the Durham NGO Partners for Youth Opportunity teamed up this summer with the Ocracoke Observer to bring six Durham high school student interns to the Outer Banks island to spend the better part of a week learning about island culture and documenting the stories of some of the […]

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NHS bans cell phones during classes

By Jock Lauterer

April 17, 2016

  Northern’s new cell phone policy states that, if a teacher sees a student’s phone in class, they will call the office to have an administrator come to the class to take it. The consequences for the policy are: “1st Offense: The cell phone will be confiscated until the end of the current school day […]

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Racing to recognize our armed forces

By Jock Lauterer

April 3, 2016

Back in February, the Hillside High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps hosted a 5K at the school’s track. The event was done to celebrate 100 years of JROTC. The 5K takes place annually to celebrate one more year of JROTC, and it is required that most cadets enrolled in the program participate in the […]

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VOICE wins national honor, launches new year

By Jock Lauterer

September 17, 2015

  At the Durham VOICE, we have a motto: “little i, big WE.” As a long-time journalist, I’ve won my fair share of awards and accolades. But honestly, those old plaques and trophies pale compared to the latest honor bestowed on the Durham VOICE. Earlier this fall, the Durham VOICE won second place in the […]

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Weather delays disrupt NCHSAA basketball playoffs

By Jock Lauterer

March 4, 2015

The roads were lined with walls of snow and the parking lot was relatively empty, only highlighted by a school’s activity bus and a couple large piles of snow. But on Saturday, Feb. 28 the Riverside High School girls’ basketball team took on South Central High School from Winterville, North Carolina, in the first round […]

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New Durham VOICE staff is off and running

By Jock Lauterer

September 29, 2014

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 […]

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TROSA Graduates Put Doubts in the Past

By Jock Lauterer

May 16, 2014

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 […]

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Durham and “A Tale of Two Cities”

By Jock Lauterer

April 8, 2014

  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. […]

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Carlton Koonce Joins Partners for Youth Opportunity

By Jock Lauterer

March 19, 2014

(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 […]

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Hillside’s William Logan named DPS Principal of the Year

By Jock Lauterer

November 24, 2013

  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 […]

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Hillside hosts a rally for public schools

By Jock Lauterer

November 21, 2013

  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 […]

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Matthew Hunt sets high standards as new principal of Northern

By Jock Lauterer

Northern Round Table editors-in-chief D.J. Ellis and Brooklynn Cooper sat down with their new principal, Matthew Hunt, for a Q & A session Round Table: What made you want to get into education after being a professional basketball player and a Wall Street banker?   Hunt: I didn’t feel good about any of the things […]

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

By Jock Lauterer

November 19, 2013

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 […]

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Let’s get SMART

By Jock Lauterer

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 […]

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New voting laws likely to reduce voting turnout

By Jock Lauterer

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 […]

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Durham approves urban bowhunting of deer

By Jock Lauterer

November 14, 2013

By Evey Wilson Special to the Durham VOICE The Back Story Eric Steinbicker, a dentist in Mebane, N.C. spearheaded the issue of urban bow deer hunting in Durham. “It was my idea,” Steinbicker said, “I grew up in the area and knew there were a lot of deer being killed.” As a hunter, he wants […]

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