News: Chatham County

Mar. 01, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Experts talk toxicity, reuses of coal ash

Q&A with Dr. Dennis Lemly and John Daniels

 

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Winter weather causes power outages in Lee, Chatham counties

Although the National Weather Service predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow and sleet Wednesday night, Lee and Chatham counties only accumulated power outages, not flurries.


Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Public hearings set for April

As Duke Energy awaits permit approval from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for its coal ash storage projects in Lee and Chatham counties, local residents are getting another opportunity to voice their concerns about the projects at public hearings in April.


Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Schools have some leeway in making up snow days

Ice and snowfall left Lee County Schools closed from Tuesday through Friday, and now administrators looking into how students will make up the time.


Feb. 20, 2015 @ 07:55 PM

U.S. charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

CCCC student farm makes top 20 list

Central Carolina Community College’s student farm on its Chatham County Campus ranks among the top 20 best college farms in America, according to Best College Reviews.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Officials oppose MEC fracking rules

Democratic lawmakers in Lee County formally expressed their dissatisfaction with the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission's proposed rules regarding hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina Wednesday


Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rates dropped in Lee, most counties in December

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in December — including Lee — increased in 28 and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, released Wednesday.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Local residents march against coal ash in Lee

Signs that read “Duke Energy is making Lee County its ashtray” and “No coal ash dumping” made their way down South Horner Boulevard in Saturday as around 20 local residents


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Marchant assesses tuition-free plan

This week, we Take 5 with Dr. T.E. “Bud” Marchant, the president of Central Carolina Community College, about President Obama’s plan to make community college tuition free to some students.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

‘Forces for Good’ CCCC events to highlight potential of area nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations typically are known for their charitable aspects, but upcoming events will emphasize their economic influence — namely creating jobs, increasing revenue and facilitating successful relationships within the community.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Under bill, county registers could opt out of performing same-sex marriages

Sen. Ronald Rabin, R-Harnett, co-sponsored a bill this week that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds without facing legal penalties.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

Reives named among Democratic committee leaders

N.C. House Democratic Leader Larry D. Hall recommended members to serve in leadership positions on committees during the 2015 legislative session, with appointments announced this week that included a local legislator.


Jan. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Spreading the word

More than 100 area residents were invited to walk in opposition to coal ash this coming weekend to raise awareness and capture the attention of state officials during the county’s second anti-coal ash meeting, hosted by EnvironmentaLee Monday night.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC GED/Adult Education grads celebrate milestone

A graduation ceremony for Central Carolina Community College's Adult High School/General Educational Development (GED) programs honored the achievements of more than 50 students, many of whom cited the importance of hard work and perseverance.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Ellmers supports abortion bill following GOP backlash

After withdrawing her co-sponsorship from a bill that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, which generated much GOP backlash, 2nd district Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-Harnett, said Thursday she would support the bill.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Duke coal ash coming to Sanford by rail

All coal ash brought to a former clay mine in Sanford would be transported by rail only, Duke Energy and Charah representatives said at a Sanford Environmental Advisory Board meeting Tuesday.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chatham commissioners hear from Duke Energy, Charah

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners asked Duke Energy and Charah representatives Tuesday about alternatives to storing millions of tons of coal ash at Chatham and Lee county clay mine sites — learning that other options are being explored as a legislative time crunch looms.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:51 PM

‘Revolutionize the world’

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

NCDOT: More than 1,600 trucks could be used in fracking operations

Lee County residents could expect to see more than 1,600 trucks for each hydraulic fracturing operation that comes to the area, which could cause extensive road and bridge damage and take weeks to repair, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Officials pursue control over fracking

The Lee and Chatham county representatives to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Legislative Goals Conference this week spearheaded an effort to make returning power to local governments when it comes to coal ash storage a priority for the N.C. General Assembly’s 2015 session.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Anson landfill listed as alternate coal ash site

While Lee County officials and residents continue to fight to keep Duke Energy from storing up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Sanford, management for the Anson County Landfill, the alternate location for the material, are hopeful Duke Energy will send some their way.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Area residents rally, brainstorm ways to fight Duke coal ash plan

Signs, stickers and a banner that read "Duke of Pollution: Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities" were among the ways anti-coal ash activists expressed their hard-line stance during a gathering Monday night, which was hosted by the local environmental group EnvironmentaLee.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 06:28 PM

Planning for the worst

Fueling up vehicles, checking chainsaws and taking stock of the city's salt and sand supplies were just some of the preparations that kept city of Sanford employees busy


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 02:09 PM

Herald seeks community nominations for awards

The Herald is soliciting nominations for two of its most prestigious honors: Citizen of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.