Lauren Horsch

Reporter, INDY Week

Durham, North Carolina

Lauren Horsch

Writer. Editor. Pursuer of news, a good cup of coffee and a delicious craft brew. Politics junkie. AP Style fanatic. The Hold Steady fangirl.

The Durham Rescue Mission Wants to Expand. Golden Belt’s Proposed Historic Designation Might Get in the Way.

The ghosts of Durham's industrial age are alive and well in Golden Belt. The land where houses stand today was once where mill workers spent their precious leisure hours, just blocks from the busy textile mill that employed them. Golden Belt, which lies about a mile east of City Hall and is the last intact mill village in the city, isn't like the city's other historic neighborhoods.
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Durham County / News / North Carolina / politics In INDY Interview, Chelsea Clinton Says She ‘Can’t Imagine’ Why People Don’t See Her Mother Like She Does

Chelsea Clinton, days after having her ailing mom over for a quick pick-me-up in New York City, came to North Carolina to campaign in her mother’s name, and to rally the millennial voters Hillary Clinton will need to carry her over the finish line in the Tar Heel state. The latest Quinnipiac University poll found Clinton up four points over Donald Trump, with 47 percent of voters saying they’d likely vote for her.
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News / North Carolina / politics Bubba’s Still Got It: Former President Bill Clinton Talks Policy—Not Trump—During Speech in Durham

President Bill Clinton didn’t take a lot of jabs at Hillary’s opponent, but he didn’t need to—that’s what the local politicians were for (more on that later). Instead, his time at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park in Durham’s West End yesterday was spent talking about education, immigration, and everything except what he was billed to talk about—early voting and voter registration.
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Battle Over N.C. Heats Up as Obama Bashes Burr, Roasts Trump

Sitting under an unseasonably warm November sun, President Barack Obama brought his own heat to the Michael Hooker Fields at UNC-Chapel Hill. The crowd of about sixteen thousand sweated and suffered through dehydration to listen to Obama and other North Carolina-based Hillary Clinton surrogates urge students to vote.
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Three young lives were cut short Tuesday evening, all over what police believe was a dispute over a parking spot in a quiet community in Chapel Hill. The calls came in shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 10. Shots had been fired in a quiet neighborhood of Finley Forest, a condominium complex where two of the three victims lived.
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Ninth Street merchants cast eye on city parking lot

The parking situation on Ninth Street has become enough of an issue that merchants along the street are coming together to see if they can raise enough money to lease a parking lot that is operated by the city. Currently, the City of Durham leases the pay lot on Ninth Street, and like other parking areas in town, charges $1 per hour of parking.
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KEEPING FAITH: 3 years later, no answers in teen's slaying

It’s been three years. Three years since a mother hugged her daughter. Three years since a father held his daughter’s hand. Three years since Faith Hedgepeth’s family got to see her dance or hear her laugh. In three years’ time a lot changes, but one thing hasn’t — there has still not been an arrest in Faith Hedgepeth’s slaying.
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TAKING COUNT: Survey offers snapshot of homelessness in Bull City

Entering the woods across Mt. Moriah Road from Dick’s Sporting Goods there’s signs of someone living in the area — cans, bottles, other debris associated with daily life. Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to continue reading. Print subscribers have FULL digital access.
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State Board of Elections OKs re-vote of Durham County provisional ballots

The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted Tuesday to allow 892 provisional ballots cast during the March 15 primary in Durham County to be recast by mail after allegations of mishandling arose. The new totals, once collected, will then be tabulated by the state board — usurping usual county canvass jurisdiction.
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County Manager Wendell Davis gets 5-year deal amid contract confusion

The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a new employment contract for County Manager Wendell this week in closed session, after previously approving a different contract during a separate closed meeting earlier in the month. Davis, who has been the county manager since April 2014, now has a five-year employment contract, meaning he’s contractually the manager until June 30, 2021.
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‘STEPS TO NOWHERE’: Calls for action, change ring out at Fayette Place

Merrick Street saw foot traffic Wednesday evening reminiscent of the days people actually lived at Fayette Place, a former public housing complex that’s now an empty lot. For 34-year-old Tamario Howze it was a chance to remember his childhood when he used to sit under the trees that lined the Fayette Place.
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Local worries caught in Turkey

A Roanoke Rapids woman is experiencing the political unrest in Turkey, even though she remains in her home.
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Lauren Horsch

Lauren is a native of New Ulm, Minn. She began her exploits in the realm of journalism in her high school English teacher’s classroom and moved that to an internship at the local paper, The Journal. After graduating college she moved to Durham, N.C.

Once arriving in Durham she started working at The Herald-Sun. During her two-year tenure, she covered crime, city and county government and general assignment. Since August 2016 she's been the staff writer covering Durham for the INDY Week.

Prior to moving to North Carolina full time, Lauren was an intern at The Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. She also worked as a breaking news reporter at the Des Moines Register during her final year of college.

She graduated from Drake University in May 2014 with degrees in news/Internet journalism and rhetoric and communication studies. She served as the editor-in-chief of The Times-Delphic from Jan. 2012 to May 2013. Prior to that she served as the managing editor, news editor and a copy editor. She’s was part of a team that covered both of President Barack Obama’s stops in Des Moines during the 2012 Presidential Election and one that created a comprehensive look at wind energy in Iowa.

During her tenure at The Times-Delphic she spearheaded the complete redesign of the paper. A new print layout was created and a new website was started. During the 2011-12 year the paper won nine Iowa College Media Association awards under her editorship including “General Excellence” and “Best Editorial Leadership.”

Lauren’s passion revolves around politics and daily happenings.