News: Chatham County

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.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

2 domestic violence deaths in 2013

While domestic violence-related homicides decreased across the state, Lee County reported two such deaths in 2013.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Festival to feature students’ artistic skills

This Thursday, teachers and children from schools in and around Siler City are inviting all fans of the arts to a festival replete with music, drama, painting and more.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Local, state politicians of both parties agree on Fort Bragg's importance

A dozen or so mayors from cities surrounding Fort Bragg visited recently to watch training exercises and interact with soldiers and civilian employees at the base. The message from base officials was clear: Bragg is an integral part of this area.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Spring brings opening of area farmers' markets

The vernal equinox has come and gone, officially signaling the start of spring. But for many, spring doesn't really begin until they can go to the farmers' market — and that day is coming soon.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Speakers talk strategy with local fracking opponents

Gathered at a Pinehurst church, dozens of anti-fracking activists from Central Carolina heard national speakers spread their environmental gospel late into Tuesday night.


Mar. 25, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

NC regulators say Duke has repaired crack in dam

North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy has repaired a crack in a dam at a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.


Mar. 21, 2014 @ 09:27 PM

Central Carolina Works receives $800,000 grant

Central Carolina Works — a Central Carolina Community College program meant to increase dual enrollment in area high schools — recently was awarded an $800,000 grant from the state for workforce development.


Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Officials say local water is safe despite coal ash concerns

While the state investigates claims Duke Energy has illegally been pumping a toxic sludge known as coal ash into the Cape Fear River near Moncure, some locals have a more pressing concern: Is tap water safe?


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Trustee do-over needed

Not even two weeks after selecting four new trustees for Central Carolina Community College, the school boards of Lee, Chatham and Harnett counties have to meet again to redo one of the appointments.


Mar. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Chatham mom demands 'Justice for Jesse'

A year and a half after Jesse Maness went missing in Siler City and was later found dead just over the Randolph County line in Bennett, his mother believes law enforcement investigators never gave proper attention to her son's case.


Mar. 11, 2014 @ 06:28 PM

Chatham Park project back on track

After rocketing from the early stages of planning to near-approval in November, only to be delayed for Pittsboro's new mayor to take office, the Chatham Park development is again inching forward.