Year: 2011

Here’s the ‘secret sauce’ for a great school

By Jock Lauterer

December 8, 2011

By Praycious Wilson-Gay Teen Editor-in-Chief the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com On December 1, 2011 parent, educators, students and community members stood before the selected member Board of Education and superintendent Dr. Becoats at Riverside High School in regards to the new student assignment and magnet proposal. For those who do not know Durham county officials have […]

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Durham muralist dreams big for Bull City

By Jock Lauterer

November 28, 2011

By Kaylee Baker UNC Latino Beat Writer The Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Editor’s note: This story is a follow up to “‘Los Amo, One Love’ mural is all about unity,” written Sept. 22, 2011, by NCCU VOICE Staff Writer Naundi Armour. Artie Barksdale opened the door to his Morrisville home in a paint-splotched sweatshirt. He nonchalantly […]

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Learning diversity through the ‘Durham Nutcracker’

By Jock Lauterer

By Olivia Barrow UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE the durhamvoice@gmail.com “No one expects much from a girl like me,” sings 11-year-old Eileena Boyce, rehearsing the opening number of the Durham Nutcracker. Eileena is one of several new faces who will be taking the stage Dec. 17 and 18 at the Holton Career and Resource […]

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Knowledge, learning sprouts from Eastway gardens

By Jock Lauterer

By Sarah Mansur UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com When Lynette Hackney first started teaching at Eastway Elementary School in 2008, she needed a new way to teach science. Hackney, who now teaches kindergarten, said she started a garden behind Eastway to teach plant concepts. In the spring of 2011, the Eastway garden attracted […]

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“Funky shoes to fill: Durham native Michael Mills pursues music career”

By Jock Lauterer

By Quinton Harper UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE durhamvoice@gmail.com Michael Jackson, the legend, died June 25, two years ago. Another Michael, Michael Mills, 25, an emerging singer and songwriter from Northeast Central Durham, aspires to fill Jackson’s shoes. Music isn’t the only thing Michael Mills has in common with Michael Jackson. Nearly 5 feet […]

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NC Pre-K: center of a political tug-of-war

By Jock Lauterer

By Jessica Seaman UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com In a large classroom filled with books, toys and art supplies, teacher DeAnne Little sits on a couch with 4-year-old  Barbara Hill reading the book, “Froggy’s  Best Babysitter.” The Durham classroom is illuminated with the color orange as the children’s artwork hangs on the wall and […]

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Local church provides more than turkey for Thanksgiving

By Jock Lauterer

By Sam Rinderman UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Every Thanksgiving, families gather for the biggest meal of the year.  Unfortunately for some, the resources for the large, late-November feast are not so easy to afford. But there is a reason they call it the season of giving.  On Saturday, Nov. 19, families in Durham […]

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SeeSaw Studio to shut its doors

By Jock Lauterer

November 27, 2011

By Taylor Rankin UNC  Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   The workroom buzzes with the whirs of sewing machines and the excited chatter of a slew of teenagers.  The group of about 20 students, ages 12 to 18, has been at school all day, and they have just finished a homework hour at SeeSaw […]

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B.A.B.Y is Building A Better You

By Jock Lauterer

by Sharif Ruebin YO:Durham Intern the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Media, music and society all have influences – some positive and some negative — on a teen girl’s life. A local program aims to have girls finish with a better sense of worth and direction while becoming role models to others in the community. Sharon […]

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‘The Wiz’ Keeps On Amazing

By Jock Lauterer

By Alexus Monds Hillside Chronicle Staff Writer Editor’s note: The following review is reprinted from the Hillside Chronicle, the school newspaper of Hillside High School. Going to see Hillside’s 2011 production of The Wiz, I found myself walking into the auditorium with literally every seat occupied. It was clear that Hillside’s theater department had a […]

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Tabb celebrates 25 years of drama at Hillside

By Jock Lauterer

By Keshaunna Green Hillside Chronicle Staff Writer Editor’s note: the following story is gratefully reprinted from the Hillside Chronicle Wendell Tabb has been teaching in the Hillside theatre department for 25 years. He has directed and developed more than 50 plays and musicals, including The Wiz, Beauty and the Beast, Dream Girls and Fame. Tabb’s […]

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Funeral home owner helps in times of need

By Jock Lauterer

By Alesha Russell NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Every kid dreams about what they would like to be when they grow up. The Rev. Franklin O. Hanes, a 60-year-old Winston-Salem native, wanted to be a policeman until the age of 13, when he discovered his love for the funeral business. “I was cutting […]

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Schewel chosen to serve Durham

By Jock Lauterer

By Jonathan Alexander NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Former Durham school board member  Steve Schewel took one of three at-large seats on the Durham City Council in the Nov. 8 election. He is the only new member of the three seats. Schewel has lived in Durham for 42 years since coming to Duke […]

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A Year to Remember

By Jock Lauterer

By Carlton Koonce Teen Mentoring Coordinator the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Well, it’s that time of year again. The time for festivals, feasts, decorations and reflections. It’s a time to pause and think about self, family and community. It’s been a while coming, but I feel this year established the VOICE as a community institution […]

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Commentary: A call against arms: Saving our youth

By Jock Lauterer

November 21, 2011

By Quinton Harper UNC Staff Writer The Durham VOICE the durhamvoice@gmail.com   Northeast Central Durham leaders speak out following shooting on Driver Street It takes a village to raise a child, but bullets tear down our youth and destroy our communities. This year alone, Durham police have reported several high-profile incidents involving “senseless” gun violence […]

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Boney James concert benefits Yo:Durham

By Jock Lauterer

November 11, 2011

By Shalayah McMillan YO:Durham Intern the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com For a teenager growing up in Northeast Central Durham, smooth jazz might not be the favored genre of music. But combine jazz with popular artists like Mario, Letoya Luckett , Heather Headley, The Isley Brothers, Donell Jones and Teena Marie — and then you might be […]

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Passion with a purpose drives women’s success

By Jock Lauterer

November 10, 2011

By Jonathan Alexander NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com “Do what you love and make a difference” summarizes the message shared at a recent luncheon for women in Durham. Charlotte McKines tells aspiring business women and current women in the workforce to strive for “passion with a purpose.” McKines shared this message on Oct. […]

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A persistent problem for NECD: absentee landlords

By Jock Lauterer

by Naundi Armour NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Northeast Central Durham is going through a restoration thanks to local government and nonprofits, but some local residents remain convinced that it will grind to a halt before achieving its potential. NECD was once a vibrant community equipped with booming neighborhood business and aesthetically pleasing […]

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Smoke is no joke

By Jock Lauterer

By Alesha Russell NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.co, Imagine being stressed out after an argument or receiving bad news. People use different vices to calm them down, but according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, 20.9 percent (approximately 1.4 million) adult North Carolina residents use smoking as a stress reliever. Over […]

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Do you know your rights?

By Jock Lauterer

By Julian Melton NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com On any given day, residents in NECD and Durham may see the flashing blue and red lights of a police car speeding to a crime scene or pulling over a motorist. A recent forum at N.C. Central University focused on helping people understand their rights […]

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