News: Chatham County

May. 17, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

‘She truly is Ms. Everything’

It has been a busy spring for Northwood High School’s visual arts teacher, Leslie Burwell.


May. 14, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes

Duke Energy has pleaded guilty in federal court to environmental crimes and has agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.


May. 10, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'The keepers of history'

Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Order of the Confederate Rose paid their respects to a Chatham County veteran, buried on Asbury Church Road, Saturday by dedicating a recently-recovered iron cross.


May. 09, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Former high school employee arrested, charged with embezzlement

The Pittsboro Police Department on Friday announced the arrest of a former Northwood High School employee on allegations of embezzlement — upwards of $80,000 — following its joint investigation with the state Bureau of Investigation.


May. 08, 2015 @ 02:46 PM

Former high school employee arrested, charged with embezzlement

The Pittsboro Police Department on Friday announced the arrest of a former Northwood High School employee on allegations of embezzlement — upwards of $80,000 — following its joint investigation with the state Bureau of Investigation.

 

May. 07, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Legislators defend support of coal ash act

Nearly six months after Duke Energy announced its plan to store up to 20 million tons of coal ash in Lee and Chatham counties, local representatives still are working to amend the law that made it possible.


May. 05, 2015 @ 09:20 PM

Environmental group files lawsuit against N.C. MEC

Unhappy that the state's Mining and Energy Commission can overturn local rules for hydraulic fracturing, an environmental group recently joined residents of Chatham, Anson and Granville counties in filing a lawsuit.


Apr. 30, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Onsite landfills won't change Duke's plans for Lee, Chatham

Duke Energy on Wednesday announced its plan to build onsite landfills at two of its North Carolina power plants, a development officials say will have no effect on phase one of its plans to store coal ash in Lee and Chatham counties.


Apr. 29, 2015 @ 06:14 PM

Group hosts fundraiser for historic bridge

Local residents can sit, eat and visit with neighbors and friends at the historic Camelback Truss Bridge Friday to help raise money to maintain and renovate the beloved Lee County landmark.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

No consensus about wastewater strategy

Members of the Sanford City Council are fiercely divided on whether refusing to treat wastewater from the site on Colon Road where Duke Energy


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Moncure man arrested for first-degree murder

A Moncure man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Goldston resident last month, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chatham 'looking at all options' in Duke talks

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will host its second and final public hearing in Pittsboro tonight, where residents will have the opportunity to comment on a number of environmental permits required for Duke Energy to store up to 20 million tons of coal ash in Lee and Chatham counties.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Local legislators introduce fracking bills

N.C. Reps. Brad Salmon and Robert Reives filed two bills this week dealing with hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina – House Bills 772 and 773 — in a bid to address two major concerns.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'Keep hope alive'

Sanford resident Dawn Crawley loves her small farm on Colon Road. She loves her ducks and her chickens and her milk goats.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Pittsboro Matters seeks injunction

Pittsboro Matters’s attorney Robert Hornik has filed a motion in Superior Court seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the construction of a Chatham Park roadway and overpass just north of the U.S. 64 bypass.


Apr. 12, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

DENR to host public hearings on coal ash

State officials will host public hearings in the coming days to get feedback on multiple environmental permits that are required for projects that would use coal ash as structural fill in two area clay mines.


Apr. 12, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

CCCC’s Students for Sustainability to host Earth Week events

The Students For Sustainability Club (S4S) at Central Carolina Community College will celebrate Earth Week with a variety of events and activities April 20-26 at the college's Chatham County Campus, 764 West St. Pittsboro.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Lee lags behind state in population growth

Lee County is trailing both the state average and neighboring counties in population growth, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

House in the Horseshoe to host ‘Afternoon Retreat’

In 1798, soon-to-be Gov. Benjamin Williams purchased the House in the Horseshoe and surrounding properties and named the plantation “Retreat.”


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Ellmers to face Duncan in 2016 GOP primary

More than a year out from the 2016 primary election, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers already has a challenger for the N.C. District 2 seat, which represents all of Lee and Moore counties and most of Chatham and Harnett counties.


Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Coal ash fight continues along Colon Road

After five years living on Colon Road, Dawn Crawley now shares her farm with donkeys, goats, horses, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs.


Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Bill would prohibit compulsory pooling

A bill filed in the N.C. House of Representatives Thursday would prohibit compulsory or forced pooling, a practice that gives the state the right to compel non-consenting landowners to allow hydraulic fracturing companies to extract oil and gas from beneath their properties.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Former Ohio resident, experts emphasize positives of coal ash

Arlen Mills lived near the Conesville power station in central Ohio for about two decades. Coal ash was reused extensively in the area, particularly in road projects, and because of his experiences, Mills says he is not concerned about Duke Energy's plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Lee County.


Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Program at Central Carolina could become state model

Central Carolina Works, a public-private initiative aimed at increasing enrollment in the state’s Career and College Promise Program, soon could be implemented statewide after a Senate Bill was filed recently at the N.C. General Assembly.


Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chatham’s emergency management director retires after 27 years

Chatham County Emergency Management Director Tony Tucker retired this month after nearly 27 years of service with the county, including leading the department since 1994.