News: Chatham County

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Former CCCC student becomes executive director of Farmer Foodshare

When Gini Bell registered for a Sustainable Energy Biofuels class at Central Carolina Community College in 2008, working with food was the farthest thing from her mind.


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

New member appointed to CCCC board

In their final meeting before the swearing in of two new members on Monday, the Lee County Board of Commissioners made one final appointment Tuesday, naming Bruce Ledford to the Central Carolina Community College’s Triangle South Workforce Development Board.


Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Coal ash commonly used in engineering projects

With Duke Energy planning to transfer up to 8 million tons of coal ash to Sanford, many Lee County residents wondered aloud at a recent board of commissioners meeting about the ways the material could be reused.


Nov. 22, 2014 @ 04:56 AM

Chatham artists' skills to shine during studio tour

The Chatham Artists Guild invites the public to an art adventure during the first two weekends of December as it presents the 22nd annual Chatham Studio Tour.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Officials: Coal ash costs will be borne by Duke Energy customers

While many Lee County residents have raised environmental and health concerns regarding Duke Energy's proposed coal ash storage site off Post Office Road, local and state officials expect that there will be financial costs associated with the project as well.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 04:53 AM

Chatham seeks input on proposed capital improvement plan

The Chatham County Manager’s Office presented a proposed seven-year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) earlier this month for 2016-22 that includes revisions to projects already in the CIP and newly funded projects, including an expansion and renovation of the animal shelter and several school projects.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:05 AM

Sanford has successfully fought waste relocation in the past

While Duke Energy’s announcement last week that Lee County could house up to 8 million tons of coal ash over the next five years came as a surprise to citizens and government officials, it is far from the first time Sanford and the surrounding areas have been targeted for waste storage.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Duke sets educational meetings on coal ash

Although no dates are set, Duke Energy plans to hold two public meetings by year’s end to try to make residents more comfortable with the utility company’s plan to store up to a combined 20 million tons of coal ash in Lee and Chatham counties.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Serving those who serve

Veterans, recruiters and representatives from 16 colleges across North Carolina packed a veterans college Fair Friday morning — focused on how best to cater to the educational needs of members of the military once they are done with their service.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

Cases of whooping cough reported in Chatham County

Over the last month, several cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been diagnosed in Chatham County, according to the Chatham County Health Department.


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Local candidates shell out thousands in bid for seats

Whether they are red or blue, candidates from both political parties rely on lots of green to finance their campaigns and win, or possibly lose, elections.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 10:46 PM

N.C. HOUSE DISTRICT 54: Reives defeats Wilkie

The acting representative of District 54 in the General Assembly will keep his seat — and have another two years to accomplish his objectives — after defeating his Republican challenger Tuesday night.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

General election results

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Oct. 26, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Jury trial measure on ballot

When voters go to the polls this election, they may see an item on the ballot they weren’t expecting — a constitutional amendment allowing a person accused of a criminal offense to waive their right to a trial by jury.


Oct. 25, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Ellmers and Aiken far apart on ideals, issues

A onetime American Idol contestant and a nurse turned congressman are opposing each other in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 seat


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

N.C. House District 54

While job creation in Lee County has been one of the most discussed issues this election cycle, state House of Representatives District 54 candidates have their own solutions for attracting new business


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Chatham Park office marks project’s first physical presence in Pittsboro

The Chatham Park project, for which 7,000 acres are designated in Pittsboro and which could bring as many as 60,000 new residents to the town of 4,000, took a major step forward Wednesday with the opening of its downtown office on Hillsboro Street.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Hopefuls spar over spending, jobs at forum

N.C. Senate District 12 and House District 54 candidates discussed the problem with the legislature’s spending — or lack of — and also touched on other contentious issues such as fracking and teacher pay at a forum Tuesday hosted by The Sanford Herald.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Locals flock to Goldston for Old Fashion Day

About 2,000 people strolled down Bellevue Avenue in Goldston Saturday to experience music, crafts, food and fun during the city's annual Old Fashion Day.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EnvironmentaLEE receives grant to test local air quality

A local environmental group will be performing baseline air quality monitoring at several sites across Lee County thanks to a $2,400 environmental testing grant from Technical Education Research Centers, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

DC gridlock key in Ellmers-Aiken debate for U.S. House seat

Conservative Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and Democratic ex-entertainer Clay Aiken on Monday each blamed the other's party for dysfunctional government, claimed that they had better ideas to solve the country's problems, and that their opponent would be little more than a tool for party bosses.


Oct. 05, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Taking out the trash

Boy Scouts, park rangers and other volunteers were hard at work cleaning up San-Lee Park Saturday morning as part of North Carolina's annual "Big Sweep" event.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Changing the rules — again

State of North Carolina attorneys, at the instruction of Gov. Pat McCrory, have petitioned U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to halt same-day registration


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Anti-radiation meds available to those within 10-mile radius of Harris plant

The potassium iodide tablets given to residents living within 10 miles of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant  in 2010 expired at the end of September, so the Lee County Health Department will be handing out free doses to anyone in the area on Oct. 11.


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford man killed in Moncure industrial accident

A Sanford man working at the Boise Cascade Wood Products plant in Moncure was killed Friday afternoon in an industrial accident, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.