News: Chatham County

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee unemployment rate up from May, down from year ago

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of 100 North Carolina’s counties in June — including Lee

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

HOUSE IN THE HORSESHOE: History repeats at annual battle reenactment

When visitors congregate at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site this weekend, they'll watch a battle unfold just as it did when loyalists and revolutionaries clashed there in 1781.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC: Leadership Academy includes 'Team-Building Adventure'

Central Carolina Community College recently hosted the UNC School of Government Public Executive Leadership Academy for a one-day session at the Chatham County Campus in Pittsboro.

Jul. 15, 2015 @ 04:56 PM

Chatham joins with rescue groups to save estimated 150 animals

More than 150 animals were removed from a Chatham County property Thursday for their safety and protection, with Chatham County Animal Services requesting assistance from national and local groups for this large-scale rescue.

Jul. 11, 2015 @ 06:47 PM

Riding for Tucker

Every superhero needs a sidekick.

But on Saturday, 2-year-old Tucker Forster, also known as “Super Tucker”

Jul. 11, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Attorney: Coal ash 'not a done deal'

This week, we Take 5 with John Runkle, a Chapel Hill attorney who's worked for various environmental groups, about Lee County, coal ash and the potential environmental impact.

Jul. 06, 2015 @ 06:50 PM

Environmental groups contesting coal ash permits

Local environmental groups EnvironmentaLEE, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump filed a legal challenge today against permits issued for Duke Energy's coal ash storage sites in Lee and Chatham counties.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Social media offer risks, rewards to local businesses

While Facebook and Twitter can fuel controversies such those brewing over the Confederate Flag and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, social media also can provide opportunities to businesses not available through more traditional methods.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

City could get $13M annually

The City of Sanford could receive up to $13 million per year for the next five to seven years for the treatment of leachate from Duke Energy’s Lee and Chatham county coal ash sites.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Community college tuition could jump $128 per year

Tuition at North Carolina community colleges has traditionally been among the lowest in the Southeast.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

Stepping through time

The musket cartridges that participants at the House in the Horseshoe's first-ever Backcountry Militia Day Camp made Friday were much less lethal, and much more sugary, than those used by the men involved in the skirmish at the residence in 1781.

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee, Chatham react to Duke plans

Reactions to Duke Energy's announcement that it would excavate 12 more coal ash basins across North Carolina Tuesday morning were mixed throughout Lee and Chatham counties — the two areas most affected by Duke's plans.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Duke to excavate 12 more coal ash basins

Duke Energy wll excavate 12 more coal ash basins in North Carolina and the majority of the ash could be relocated to the coal ash sites at Colon and Brickhaven roads in Sanford and Moncure respectively.


Jun. 20, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Activists describe living near coal ash dump

“Fight with your best. Fight like it’s your last.”

Jun. 19, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC is top four in NCCCS excellence levels

Central Carolina Community College is among only four of North Carolina's 58 community colleges to have met or exceeded the excellence level in at least four areas of the 2015 Performance Measures for Student Success

Jun. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'A superb selection'

The appointment process for the Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees has changed over the past two years

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Chatham agrees to $18 million coal ash deal with Duke Energy

Under a newly approved deal, Duke Energy will pay Chatham County up to $18 million to store no more than 12 million tons of coal ash at the Brickhaven mine in Moncure. A similar agreement with Lee County contains no such cap.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CHATHAM COUNTY: Commissioners adopt budget with no property tax increase

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a $99.5 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16

Jun. 16, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

Chatham Commissioners approve pending coal ash agreement with Duke Energy

Although the state already has granted permits allowing for coal ash disposal at the Brickhaven mine in Moncure, Chatham County has reached an agreement with Duke Energy by which the county would receive $18 million for coal ash storage.

The county would receive $1.50 per ton of coal ash received by the Brickhaven site. An initial payment of $6 million must be paid within 10 days after the first coal ash is placed at the site. Subsequent payments wouldl be made annually.

Jun. 11, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

Area suspect's 'crime spree' ends in Florida

The Burlington man wanted on felony assault charges, for whom authorities were searching in Chatham County's Bonlee Carbonton Road area over the past few days, has been apprehended and taken into custody in Jacksonville, Florida, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Jun. 10, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Wanted suspect still on the run

Investigators from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office continued to look for a wanted man Tuesday in the area of Bonlee Carbonton Road.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Permits issued for Lee, Chatham coal ash sites

On Friday, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released some of the permits necessary for Duke Energy to store millions of tons of coal ash at the Colon and Brickhaven Mine sites in Lee and Chatham counties.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

State issues permits for coal ash reuse projects

State officials today issued the necessary permits and permit modification approvals that will allow coal ash reuse projects to move forward in Lee and Chatham counties.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved Green Meadow LLC’s request to modify mining permits for the Colon Mine Site in Lee County and the Brickhaven No. 2 Mine Tract “A” in Chatham County. Approved permit modifications for both locations include changing the mine reclamation method to allow coal ash as structural fill, redesigning erosion and sedimentation control measures and reducing the affected acreage.

DENR also issued permits to Green Meadow and parent company, Charah Inc., to use coal ash in the construction of structural fills at both mines as part of the mine reclamation plans. Under the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, these permits were required in addition to the modified mining permits.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Unemployment rate falls in Lee, neighboring counties

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 89 of North Carolina’s counties in April, including Lee and its neighbors

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

State to investigate Lee coal ash site amid violations

Two environmental permit violations at a proposed coal ash storage site in Chatham County have sparked further investigation into a similar site owned by the same company in Lee County.