News: Chatham County

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chatham Sheriff's Office investigates fatal shooting

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office is looking for suspects involved in a shooting Thursday night on Pinecrest Drive in Bear Creek that left one man dead.


Mar. 19, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

COAL ASH: Controversy ensues over possible Duke Energy deal

Since Duke Energy's offer of up to $12 million for coal ash storage in Lee County was revealed this week, some residents and officials have called into question how the potential deal was formed.


Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

With delay over, Lee could see drilling by fall

With hydraulic fracturing officially legal in North Carolina, state and local officials differ on whether Lee County will see natural gas exploration in the near future — given drops in gas and oil prices.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 06:15 PM

Foul weather fails to dampen motorcycle club's fundraiser

Despite gray skies and plenty of rain, the revving of motorcycles echoed throughout downtown Sanford Saturday afternoon as nearly 50 members of America's Guardians Motorcycle Club rode in to attend the club's fundraiser for the N.C. K9 Emergency Response Team at Depot Park.


Mar. 11, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

‘Ashes, ashes, we all fall down’

About 10 local residents stood outside Gov. Pat McCrory’s office Tuesday as Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League representatives announced plans to start a radio advertising campaign


Mar. 09, 2015 @ 06:36 PM

Authorities investigating Chatham County shooting

Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday, Deputies from the Chatham County Sheriff's Office were called to the 6400 of block of NC 751 to investigate a shooting.


Mar. 05, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chatham commissioners oppose natural gas extraction

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution this week opposing the extraction of natural gas in the county.


Mar. 04, 2015 @ 12:58 PM

North Pitt ousts Lady Jets in state tourney

Undefeated North Pitt (25-0) advanced to the NCHSAA 2A quarterfinals beating Jordan-Matthews 71-54 in the third round of the state tournament Tuesday night.


Mar. 04, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Permit changes to delay hearings

Charah, the company charged with moving and storing Duke Energy’s supply of coal ash, has sought a change in one of its permit applications for the proposed Lee and Chatham 


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.