News: Chatham County

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Gov. McCrory signs NC fracking gas drilling bill

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for gas drilling by a method called fracking in North Carolina as soon as next spring.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

McCrory says he will sign fracking bill

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will sign North Carolina's fracking legislation into law this week.


Jun. 01, 2014 @ 01:55 PM

Man shot to death at home outside of Siler City

Chatham County deputies say a man has been shot to death at a home just outside of Siler City.


Jun. 01, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: Board member looks at fracking issues

Today, in the second of two parts of an extended Take 5, we talk with Sanford native and Lee County property owner Ray Covington, who’s a member of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission (MEC)


May. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: MEC member: As fracking moves ahead, protections, education are key

Today, in the first of two parts of an extended Take 5, we talk with Sanford native and Lee County property owner Ray Covington, who’s a member of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission


May. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fracking bill heads to North Carolina governor

A bill to allow permits for fracking in North Carolina was all but a done deal Thursday as it heads to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.


May. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Like state, Lee's jobless rate on decline

The N.C. Department of Commerce's most recent unemployment figures point in mostly one direction: down — a trend that included Lee County. Figures for 99 of the state's 100 counties, announced Wednesday, dropped from March's numbers.


May. 23, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

‘Ticket to change the world’

Heads held high, walking two-by-two, Central Carolina Community College’s Class of 2014 entered the main hall of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center Thursday to the skirl of a bagpipe — a CCCC tradition.


May. 23, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Area parks are ready for holiday visitors

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, parks throughout the region are gearing up for big holiday crowds.


May. 22, 2014 @ 06:28 PM

Fracking bill OK'd by NC Senate; House next stop

Legislation that would officially end North Carolina's moratorium on fracking next summer has cleared the state Senate after some additional changes that backers say will improve safety and any potential cleanup.


May. 17, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Former Rep. McManus pleads guilty to felony tax charge

A former state representative pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of aiding and abetting the embezzlement of state property, according to the N.C. Department of Revenue.


May. 16, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

Former state Rep. McManus pleads guilty to state tax charge

Deb McManus, former N.C. District 54 representative, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of aiding and abetting the embezzlement of state property, according to the N.C. Department of Revenue. 


May. 13, 2014 @ 08:04 PM

Wreck on Route 421


May. 11, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

CARA Ride keeps growing

More than 200 people spent their Saturday mornings sweating as they pedaled up hills and around rural roads in Lee and Chatham counties. They were rewarded with food, beer and playful puppies.


May. 10, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

TAKE 5: CC Works touted as win-win-win program

This week, we Take 5 with The Herald’s 2013 Citizen of the Year, Dr. Bud Marchant, about the Central Carolina Works project. Marchant is the president of Central Carolina Community College.


May. 06, 2014 @ 10:29 PM

Reives triumphs in House 54 primary

Five months after fellow Democrats tapped Robert Reives II to represent N.C. House District 54, the local attorney secured his party's backing Tuesday night in the race to keep his spot.


May. 06, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Primary election results

N.C. Senate District 12 - Democratic Party nomination


May. 05, 2014 @ 05:25 PM

Prospects make Chatham EDC director optimistic

Chatham County's industrial base is woefully low, the county's chief economic developer said Monday — just before detailing three projects that could turn the county from a largely residential area to one of the top jobs centers in the state.


May. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Quarry proposal draws criticism at hearing

O.F. “Russ” Patterson III sat in the back of the Historic Chatham County Courthouse on Wednesday night while, for more than an hour, concerned citizens expressed fears that a quarry he has applied to mine in Goldston will harm their health and way of life.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Early voting to begin Thursday

Early voting for local primary elections begins Thursday and will last until May 3. Election Day itself is May 6.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee, Chatham rivals vie in District 54

Two local Democrats are campaigning for the N.C. House, so the winner of the May 6 primary election will go on to face Republican challenger Andy Wilkie of Goldston in the general election this November.


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Egg hunts plentiful in Central Carolina

Like foxes in a hen house, children all over will soon be descending eagerly on eggs — plastic ones filled with candy, but eggs nonetheless.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 10:14 PM

Forecast: Pollen with a chance of sniffles

Winter has nearly run its course, and while the warmer weather of spring is a welcome change for many, others dread the other season synonymous with spring: pollen season.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Fracking foes target Rabin

In one of the first local political attack ads of the election season, environmental activists have spent about $150,000 to air a commercial labeling three Republican incumbents, including Sen. Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett), as “The Fracking Crew.”


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 08:49 PM

ACLU questions sheriffs about following jail law

To ensure local jails are in compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is seeking information from several North Carolina sheriff’s offices, including Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore.