News: Chatham County

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.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Pittsboro Matters demands stop work order on Chatham Park bypass construction

Pittsboro Matters’ attorney Robert Hornik has asked the town of Pittsboro to issue a “stop work” order for Chatham Park Investors

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