CHAPEL HILL – On Tuesday, a McDougle Middle School teacher will allow four of her students to cut her hair—for a cause.

For the last three years, Beth Kinney has been growing her hair for Locks of Love, and this Tuesday she’s going to cut it off. All year, her students have been earning tickets for strong class performance—and this week she’ll reach into a hat and choose four students to cut the hair for her donation.

(Marit Nelson of Syd’s Hair Salon will oversee the haircut, to make sure nothing goes wrong.)

Locks of Love provides hairpieces to kids under 21 who suffer from long-term hair loss. Many of those kids are cancer patients, an experience Kinney knows first-hand: last October marked her fifth year of being breast cancer-free.


Three McDougle Middle School students are heading to Washington, DC, this month to compete in a national history competition.

Caroline Murphey, Sydney Dye and Katie McLeod recently took second place in the state in the North Carolina History Day competition. That qualified them to move on to represent the state in the national History Day competition, which takes place in Washington from June 9-13.


The Town of Hillsborough has closed Kings Highway Park, along the Eno River, to allow contractors to repair the dam at Lake Ben Johnston. Work is expected to last until November; in the meantime, Hillsborough officials are asking people not to visit the park.