EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Dandalia open again, energy news galore

Mar. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

After closing suddenly in January and being sold soon after, Dandalia Bakery and Coffee House reopened this week.

The new owner kept the name and many of the same menu items, and has been pushing many old favorites and new items on the store's Facebook page.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday at the bakery, located near Lee County High School at 1907 Bragg St. Then from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the business will have its grand re-opening celebration with special deals, free giveaways, face painting and a live radio broadcast.

In other news...

* At 11:45 a.m. Monday, Dianne Reid of the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation will hold a luncheon Q&A at The Flame in Sanford to discuss how projects in Chatham County — especially the Siler City mega-site and Chatham Park — will affect Lee County. The catered talk is open to the public and costs $15 for members of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and $20 for everyone else. Sign up at www.sanford-nc.com.

* It has been like Christmas all over again lately for anti-drilling activists, after the CEO of ExxonMobile, Rex Tillerson, sued another company to try to stop hydraulic fracturing operations near his Texas home. Citing "noise nuisance and traffic hazards," Tillerson and several other plaintiffs claim the nearby fracking project will harm their property values. Tillerson's attorney has said his client, who leads the world's most valuable energy company — and America's largest natural gas producer — does still support hydraulic fracturing in general. Tillerson's property is reportedly worth $5 million. Exxon paid him $40.3 million last year.

* In related news, the price of natural gas hit a five-year high in February due in part to loosened export restrictions. America's Energy Advantage, a lobbying group that wants more domestic natural gas to stay in the country, said in a press release: "Americans are getting hit in the wallets by huge price spikes and supply shortages, but it will only get worse if we send more natural gas overseas to our global competitors."

* Lee County Schools officials want a new elementary school to alleviate overcrowding. They and the Lee County Board of Commissioners (who fund school construction) have considered a design from Firstfloor K-12 Solutions, although funding is a concern. The new school, however, would be modeled on a school Firstfloor recently built in Hoke County — and which has been named the best K-12 building built in the entire U.S. in 2013 by construction magazine Energy News and Record. The magazine said the building is so efficient it sells energy back into the power grid, and that those payments could completely pay for the $16 million school within 40 years.

* In the last week, 10 new corporations formed in Lee County — Alvie Smith Gun Shop, Caring Hands Physical Therapy, Connect Counseling Services, Eco Watercourse, Frye Back Alley Cycle, La Comercial Supermarket, Leaseway Financial, Mike & Mike, Trade Fixture Installs and Winslow Enterprises — and one corporation, Old Souls Antiques, was dissolved.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or (919) 718-1217.