News: Chatham County

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Duke coal ash coming to Sanford by rail

All coal ash brought to a former clay mine in Sanford would be transported by rail only, Duke Energy and Charah representatives said at a Sanford Environmental Advisory Board meeting Tuesday.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chatham commissioners hear from Duke Energy, Charah

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners asked Duke Energy and Charah representatives Tuesday about alternatives to storing millions of tons of coal ash at Chatham and Lee county clay mine sites — learning that other options are being explored as a legislative time crunch looms.

Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:51 PM

‘Revolutionize the world’

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

NCDOT: More than 1,600 trucks could be used in fracking operations

Lee County residents could expect to see more than 1,600 trucks for each hydraulic fracturing operation that comes to the area, which could cause extensive road and bridge damage and take weeks to repair, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Officials pursue control over fracking

The Lee and Chatham county representatives to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Legislative Goals Conference this week spearheaded an effort to make returning power to local governments when it comes to coal ash storage a priority for the N.C. General Assembly’s 2015 session.

Jan. 14, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Anson landfill listed as alternate coal ash site

While Lee County officials and residents continue to fight to keep Duke Energy from storing up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Sanford, management for the Anson County Landfill, the alternate location for the material, are hopeful Duke Energy will send some their way.

Jan. 14, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Area residents rally, brainstorm ways to fight Duke coal ash plan

Signs, stickers and a banner that read "Duke of Pollution: Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities" were among the ways anti-coal ash activists expressed their hard-line stance during a gathering Monday night, which was hosted by the local environmental group EnvironmentaLee.

Jan. 13, 2015 @ 06:28 PM

Planning for the worst

Fueling up vehicles, checking chainsaws and taking stock of the city's salt and sand supplies were just some of the preparations that kept city of Sanford employees busy

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 02:09 PM

Herald seeks community nominations for awards

The Herald is soliciting nominations for two of its most prestigious honors: Citizen of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Take 5: Coal ash — ‘We recognize and fully appreciate local concerns’

This week, we Take 5 with Mike Hughes, Duke Energy’s vice president of Local Government and Community Relations in North Carolina

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC: President’s proposal fits with direction of college

President Barack Obama’s announcement of a plan that would make two years of community college as free and universal as high school appears to be in line with Central Carolina Community College’s Central Carolina Works program, the college announced Friday.

Jan. 08, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Chatham advises residents to take precautions for arctic weather

With record-breaking frigid air moving in and staying until the weekend, Chatham County reminds local residents to take special safety and health precautions for themselves and their pets and to protect their property — particularly water pipes. Wind chill could put the area in the zero and subzero range.

Jan. 07, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Nonprofit files suit against fracking rule-making panel

The Southern Environmental Law Center, a Chapel Hill-based nonprofit, filed a lawsuit this week against the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission claiming that the commission contains many legislative appointees and is therefore unconstitutional.

Jan. 07, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Fifteen graduate from basic law enforcement training

Fifteen individuals recently graduated from the Central Carolina Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training program. The graduation was held Dec. 18, 2014, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Jan. 04, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Lee Commissioners poised to officially oppose Duke Energy's coal ash plan

The Lee County Board of Commissioners is set to take formal action Monday against Duke Energy's plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Lee County in the coming years.

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Top stories of 2014: Coal ash

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources staff are requesting more information from Charah, the company charged with the moving and storage of Duke Energy’s supply of coal ash, before continuing the permit approval process.

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 04:54 AM

Unemployment rate decreased in Lee County in November

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 72 of North Carolina’s counties in November, including Lee, while increasing in 20 and remaining unchanged in eight, according to data released Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce — Division of Employment Security.

Dec. 29, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

Second lawsuit targets revised Chatham Park master plan

Pittsboro Matters, a grassroots nonprofit organization in Chatham County, has filed a second lawsuit against the town of Pittsboro for its approval of a revised master plan put forth by Chatham Park Investors earlier this month.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Career training lab helps with job-readiness skills

Individuals who have received notification of a layoff, currently unemployed, qualify for the Federal Earned Income Tax credit, or underemployed may qualify for free classes (fee waiver) to help with their job search and job-readiness skills.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Nonprofit files second lawsuit challenging Chatham Park approval

Pittsboro Matters, a grass roots non-profit sustainable community advocacy organization, filed a second lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Dec. 8 new master plan and rezoning for the 7,100-acre Chatham Park development.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

‘Disappointing, but not unexpected’

Members of the Lee County Board of Commissioners and the Sanford-based group EnvironmentaLee were unhappy with, but not surprised by, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision Friday to treat coal ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Chatham County Board of Commissioners: Board approves resolution opposing Duke Energy's coal ash storage plans

The N.C. Legislature may have taken away local government's control regarding Duke Energy's plans to dump up to 12 million tons of coal ash in Moncure over the next five years, but the Chatham County Board of Commissioners is far from silent on its stance on the subject.

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fighting back

Some of those who attended Duke Energy's coal ash open house on Wednesday said the event probably didn't ease tensions, but rather encouraged numerous Lee County residents to fight harder to keep coal ash away from their homes.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CHATHAM COUNTY: Eleventh person treated after cocaine use

An 11th individual was treated over the weekend after using cocaine that possibly was laced with some kind of chemical, and which caused fatalities in the Siler City and Bear Creek areas, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:09 PM

Three people are dead after using cocaine laced with chemical

Three people have died and 10 more people have been treated Saturday after using cocaine which appeared to be laced with some kind of chemical.