PAL is bridging Durham’s children to a brighter future

By Vanessa Luo

November 26, 2017

On a slightly chilly Saturday November morning, bearing the cold and restless with excitement, around 300 Durham elementary students gather at Holton Career and Resource Center Field. Upon their arrival, the students are handed uniforms and begin their warm-up for the long-awaited 2017 PAL (Police Athletic League)’s soccer league. PAL is a juvenile crime and […]

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Black Men Run meets new faces weekly

By Autavius Smith and Carl Smith

October 26, 2017

Casual joggers and athletes may get up in the morning to run for all intended obvious health benefits; lose weight, improve self-esteem, and prevent disease. But for North Carolina State University Economics professor Jason Coupet and a few of Durham’s running clubs, exercise is just part of the health equation for an advantageous lifestyle. A […]

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With eye on Oregon, Hillside football star out for season

By Nile Foxx

October 4, 2017

For the past three seasons, Jamal Elliott has faithfully taken to the field during nightly football practice. But last Wednesday,  he sat on the sideline and watched his teammates play. Elliott is a senior, four-star recruit running back at Hillside High School in Durham. He has verbally committed to a full scholarship to play for […]

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Kicking discipline with youth

By Nafisa Shah

May 3, 2017

  “I will make a way out of no way.” Master Derrick Richardson, 9th Dan (9th degree) black belt, has youth in his martial arts class say this often. Richardson, 55, has been teaching kids for about three years through an organization called Champions in Motion. He has appeared in international competitions, magazines like Black […]

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Tony Mangum: “I am happy that I can help’

By Amil Mangum

April 20, 2017

  If you visit the Westend Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park often, you might have noticed a polite man in a wheelchair working with kids who have various mental and physical disabilities. Maybe you have seen him outside waiting for the kids to get there. Maybe you’ve seen him wheeling around […]

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Historic Lyon Park: keeping Durham’s memories alive

By Kevin Crawford

April 19, 2017

  Durham is known for its strong Parks and Recreation Department, updated parks and equipment and active community centers, but the Lyon Park Center is proud of its historical record within the Southwest Central Durham area. “This building was built in 1930, and it was just standing for a while. It was a sore eye […]

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The Holton Center having a lasting impact

By Nicole Caporaso

April 5, 2017

Curtis, 16, and Isaiah, 14, Powell, brothers and residents of East Durham, grew up at the Holton Career and Resource Center located at 401 N. Driver St. There, Curtis and his 14-year-old brother have made friends, developed their basketball skills, attended youth camps, and most importantly, found a home away from home. Curtis is a […]

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Challenger Football: “One Big Family”

By Christian Phillips and Dillon Deaton

November 9, 2016

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the day before the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals inside Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, there were football games played on the Panthers’ practice fields that had an even greater impact on the community. Those games were a part of the season-ending tournament for the Challenger division of the […]

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Police Athletic League puts kids and cops on the field

By Brenna Elmore and Rachel Herzog

  On a chilly Saturday morning in November, two police officers cross the deserted soccer field in front of the Holton Career and Resource Center. But they’re not patrolling the area — together, they lift up a soccer goal on their shoulders and move it along the white lines painted in the grass. Soon, cars […]

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Commentary: The view from the inside

By Christian Phillips

October 5, 2016

  In 1985, a group of seven men and women formed what was then known as the National Senior Olympics Organization. After joining up with other groups who were already conducting games for seniors, the first National Senior Olympic Games were held in 1987. The inaugural games were well received with 2,500 competitors. The number […]

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Hillside's Desmond Jackson competes in Paralympic Games

By L'erin Jensen

  Hillside High senior Desmond Jackson, 17,  just returned from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he was Team USA’s youngest male competitor in track and field at the Paralympic Games. Jackson competed in the 100m and 200m sprints, as well as the long jump in the T42 category, which is for athletes with single above-the knee-amputation. […]

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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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The School of Hard Knocks rocks

By Ebony Sain

February 11, 2016

  It was a cold, rainy night when David Johnson wandered into The School of Hard Knocks. Twenty-eight-year old Johnson is a Durham resident currently staying at the Durham Rescue Mission. “I was just wandering by when I seen the lights on,” Johnson said, “It’s my first time here, but I’ll be back.” He spent […]

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Ken Browning: More than a football coach

By Jeremy Vernon

November 12, 2015

Growing up on a farm on the edge of Durham County, Ken Browning never dreamed of being a football coach. But that all changed during his senior season in 1963.

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“DONS Basketball League” teaches more than just roundball

By Evan Owens

September 18, 2015

A summer basketball league calls to mind the squeaking of sneakers, the sound of the whistle blow, and the swish of the ball going through the net. But for participants in Campaign 4 Change’s summer league, it meant much more. DONS Basketball League (DBL) provides a 12-week summer basketball league during June, July, and August, […]

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Khris Francis: Down but not out

By Jeremy Vernon

September 17, 2015

Khris Francis knew something was wrong when he planted his foot to make a cut. The then sophomore running back for the North Carolina football team had just caught the ball on a kickoff return in the second quarter against Pittsburgh, a game the Tar Heels would eventually win 40-35, and darted outside to find […]

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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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Lyon leaves message for Hillside

By Max Miceli

February 18, 2015

In the four years Justine Lyon has played basketball at Hillside High School, she has scored more than 1,000 points, captained the Lady Hornets and earned a 3-star rating from ESPN scouts—all while keeping a GPA above 4.0. Not too shabby. But after this season, Lyon will be gone and off to college. Playing her […]

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