Written by: Jock Lauterer

Take your community heart wherever you go

By Jock Lauterer

December 6, 2017

  Editor’s Note: Lu Xu is a 10-year veteran Chinese broadcast journalist who, for the last two years, has been studying communications at the UNC-CH School of Media and Journalism, where she is a visiting international scholar. In her final semester at Chapel Hill, she joined the MEJO 459 “Community Journalism” class and became a […]

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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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Reid honored for work at Global Scholars Academy

By Jock Lauterer

October 29, 2013

One recent Wednesday afternoon when N.C. Central University senior quarterback Jordan Reid walked into the Global Scholars Academy, he expected to be speaking to the students on how to prevent and respond to bullying. He didn’t know a surprise celebration awaited him for being named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. To be nominated […]

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Y summer camps serve community kids

By Jock Lauterer

May 9, 2013

Are you a teen looking for some excitement over the summer? To some people, summertime is boring —  and to others it is relaxing.  But for almost everyone it’s their time to do what they want. Durham’s YMCA offers many summer activities for the young, but the most popular might be its camps. Brian Huffman […]

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Student Singers perform Evening of Entertainment

By Jock Lauterer

April 19, 2013

  The curtain rises for the opening of the show and reveals a stage filled with elementary, middle, and high school students from all around Durham. This happens yearly at the DPAC for An Evening of Entertainment (EOE), a performance headlining singing and dancing that raises money for scholarships. High school seniors performing in the […]

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Teens learn responsibility through work

By Jock Lauterer

April 1, 2013

“Some kids take things for granted,” said Patricia Muschette, a Durham parent. “They need to learn responsibility.” Muschette said this is the reason local teens need to work. Most teens try to find a part-time job for after school so they can start to earn their own money. Many teens may hate asking parents for […]

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Northern High begins honoring Teacher of the Month

By Jock Lauterer

February 20, 2013

For many years, the teachers at Northern High School have survived off of little appreciation. While an occasional free box of tissues is nice, it is not enough. The teacher of the month award has given life back to Northern’s faculty. “[The award] is fantastic because teachers have such an important job, but the best […]

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Camp fills summer with hope

By Jock Lauterer

February 19, 2013

  It can be hard to find jobs, especially summer jobs, for teens. Many store policies state they only look for workers ages 16 and up. At Urban Hope, located in the Walltown area at 1902 Perry St, there is a camp that local kids say they cannot forget. The camp focuses on a job […]

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Eight Hillside seniors sign with colleges

By Jock Lauterer

February 15, 2013

Eight members of Hillside’s Class of 2013 signed their names to the college of their choice at the school’s Signing Day Ceremony on Feb. 6. These seniors (pictured from left to right above) were Austin Weeks-University at Albany-SUNY, Que Cherry-Elizabeth City State University, Dontavious Jackson- Shaw University, Jordyn Smith-Howard University, Korrin Wiggins-Clemson University, Jaiven Knight- […]

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Seeking students to help paint a Civil Rights mural

By Jock Lauterer

Muralist Brenda Miller-Holmes is working with 30 others to paint a mural of Durham’s Civil Rights history. She is seeking 30 Durham residents to help paint the mural, and students can apply for 15 of those spots. At the interest meeting on Jan. 30, students filtered in and out asking questions and trying to figure […]

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Graduates discuss early college perspective

By Jock Lauterer

February 10, 2013

Early College High School programs have been gaining a bit of buzz lately. States from California to Texas to North Carolina have been paying attention to the concept of early college high schools, and their ability to make lasting impressions on the local communities they represent. In North Carolina, the number of early college high […]

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Tracing history’s footsteps through Freedom Riders

By Jock Lauterer

  In memory of the Civil Rights movement, YO:Durham and a couple of students recently traced the footsteps of civil rights leaders who struggled during the 1961 Freedom Rides. Just before this past holiday season, YO: Durham Internship and Mentoring coordinator Eric Olson-Getty and YO: Durham Alumna Brittany Dunn participated in the 21st Century Freedom […]

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Institute helps bridge youth digital divide

By Jock Lauterer

January 22, 2013

By Imani Burrell YO: Durham Intern the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Are you a kid who needs a computer at home or unable to get to one when needed? If so, Kramden Institute, located at 4915 Prospectus Drive, Suite-J in Durham, is a nonprofit willing to help if you’re willing to help yourself. At Kramden […]

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Whitted rescue on track

By Jock Lauterer

November 28, 2012

By Christa Watson NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Standing proud just south of the Durham Freeway in the Rolling Hills neighborhood of the historic Hayti district is a building that once-upon-a-time thrived with high school and junior high school students. For about 30 years the abandoned building on Umstead Street – built […]

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Grocery store closure hinders food access

By Jock Lauterer

November 27, 2012

By Matt Phillips NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Residents of Wellons Village are without easy pedestrian access to a grocery store after Lowes Foods at 1001 North Miami Blvd. shuttered its doors this past September. The store, formerly a key retail asset in The Village Shopping Center, closed after providing service to […]

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Art student enjoys semester at Golden Belt

By Jock Lauterer

By Trenton Little NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   N.C. Central University studio art senior Quintin Neal knows that opportunities don’t come to students frequently. He decided to take advantage of a unique opportunity he was given; take up residence in a Golden Belt art studio for the fall semester. NCCU Suntrust Endowed […]

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Working the polls: A changing world

By Jock Lauterer

By Anita Keith-Foust NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   With a quick internet search, one can see that dirty politics is no stranger to North Carolina. Pollworkers in Durham reported that the local election took on an unusual degree of shadiness in the Durham County Commissioner and Superior Court Judge races this general […]

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Bull City Urban Market plans opening for December

By Jock Lauterer

By Chris James NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Almost one year after the VOICE brought you a story about the Bull City Urban Market, the renovations are complete and the indoor market plans to open on Dec. 15. The outdoor market has been open on Saturdays for over a year, and the […]

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Parks and Recreation helps seniors ‘eat their veggies’

By Jock Lauterer

By Jorashae Graddick NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Durham seniors can get a nutritional boost through a twice-monthly program at the Holton Career and Resource Center. The Farmer’s Market holds nutritional talks and gives out food and produce. The most recent one was held on Thursday, Nov. 15 and more than 60 […]

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Golden Belt creates a welcoming space for artist

By Jock Lauterer

By Katie Godwin NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Artists from near and far are finding the Golden Belt studios to be productive, inspiring places to work Ross Ford, who moved to North Carolina in 2010 so his wife could study neurology at UNC, drives daily from Carrboro to his studio in Northeast […]

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Welcome Baby goal ‘to serve whole family’

By Jock Lauterer

November 26, 2012

By Hayley Paytes UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Evenflo convertible carseats are stacked three boxes high, and rainbow rows of baby clothes line the walls. Baby food is served up on a swivelling rack and Huggies are rubber banded in packs of six. At Welcome Baby, everything is baby – but it’s the “welcome” […]

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Many Voices: The ‘Durham Nutcracker’

By Jock Lauterer

By Carol Longoria UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Voices poured out of Walltown Children’s Theater as parents and children rushed into rehearsal.  “Let’s go through the party scene,” directed Cynthia Penn, artistic director and founder of the Walltown Children’s Theater. The voices died down as the cast scrambled into place. Since September cast […]

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Share Your Christmas: 37 Years of Christmas Cheer

By Jock Lauterer

By Dylan Campfield For the last 37 years, Share Your Christmas has been providing happy holidays for underprivileged families in the Durham area. A joint collaboration between The Volunteer Center of Durham, Durham County Department of Social Services and The Herald-Sun, the program pairs people who wish to help with a family in need over […]

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Food, Crafts and Friends, Oh My!

By Jock Lauterer

By Brianna Rolfe UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Locally grown fruits and vegetables, natural soaps and crafts lined the perimeter of The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, Nov. 17. Every Saturday at 501 Foster St. from 8 a.m. until noon, the Durham Farmer’s Market attracts a crowd of people in search of […]

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Durham encourages community innovation

By Jock Lauterer

By Jackson Foster UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE   The members of Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services are excited, according to Constance Stancil, the director. On Nov. 12 and 13, Stancil and other representatives from the Durham presented a grant proposal to the Bloomberg Foundation in New York City at an “ideas camp”. “We were […]

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Volunteering – for a greater nation

By Jock Lauterer

November 13, 2012

By Shazeeda Mohamed Teen Staff Writer Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School the Durham VOICE thedurahmvoice@gmail.com   Mohandas Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Second Chance Pet Adoptions is one animal shelter paving the way for a greater nation. […]

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Pushing forward to reach the big spot

By Jock Lauterer

By Nishun Stone YO:Durham Intern the Durham Voice thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Love is the heart of the kitchen. For me, becoming a chef is more than a dream. On both sides of my family, my mother and father, there are great cooks. Growing up around food, cooking became more than second nature to me. It became […]

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The ‘invisible’ people

By Jock Lauterer

November 7, 2012

By Hayley Paytes UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The oversized sweatshirt is faded grey with wear. The stitching on the front has started to unravel. But as Johnathon, 27, tugs it away from himself, the red script emblazoned on the front stands out just fine: “Dairy Queen,” it reads. “I work there,” Johnathon said. […]

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Stories, food, flowers mark El Dia de los Muertos

By Jock Lauterer

By Brianna Rolfe UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   People from across the community came to pay homage to their lost relatives at the South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces, SEEDS, El Dia de los Muertos celebration, held Nov. 3. SEEDS held the celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SEEDS […]

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Artist uses talent to give back to Durham

By Jock Lauterer

By Dylan Campfield UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Art can take many shapes and forms in many places, but for local artist Eleatta Diver, it found a home in Durham. “I’ve painted all my life really,” Diver says. “But since moving to North Carolina in 2003, I’ve focused my work in a […]

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