News: Chatham County

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rates dropped in Lee, most counties in December

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in December — including Lee — increased in 28 and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, released Wednesday.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Local residents march against coal ash in Lee

Signs that read “Duke Energy is making Lee County its ashtray” and “No coal ash dumping” made their way down South Horner Boulevard in Saturday as around 20 local residents


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Marchant assesses tuition-free plan

This week, we Take 5 with Dr. T.E. “Bud” Marchant, the president of Central Carolina Community College, about President Obama’s plan to make community college tuition free to some students.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

‘Forces for Good’ CCCC events to highlight potential of area nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations typically are known for their charitable aspects, but upcoming events will emphasize their economic influence — namely creating jobs, increasing revenue and facilitating successful relationships within the community.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Under bill, county registers could opt out of performing same-sex marriages

Sen. Ronald Rabin, R-Harnett, co-sponsored a bill this week that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds without facing legal penalties.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

Reives named among Democratic committee leaders

N.C. House Democratic Leader Larry D. Hall recommended members to serve in leadership positions on committees during the 2015 legislative session, with appointments announced this week that included a local legislator.


Jan. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Spreading the word

More than 100 area residents were invited to walk in opposition to coal ash this coming weekend to raise awareness and capture the attention of state officials during the county’s second anti-coal ash meeting, hosted by EnvironmentaLee Monday night.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC GED/Adult Education grads celebrate milestone

A graduation ceremony for Central Carolina Community College's Adult High School/General Educational Development (GED) programs honored the achievements of more than 50 students, many of whom cited the importance of hard work and perseverance.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Ellmers supports abortion bill following GOP backlash

After withdrawing her co-sponsorship from a bill that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, which generated much GOP backlash, 2nd district Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-Harnett, said Thursday she would support the bill.


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.