News: Chatham County

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.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

CCCC training, partnerships impress international visitors

Many thousand miles separate Africa and the Middle East from Central Carolina Community College, but several educational leaders from that area recently visited the college’s Lee County Campus.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:06 PM

Ready to spring ahead


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

Two removed trustees, two others, join CCCC board

Four trustees were named to the Central Carolina Community College board of trustees Thursday afternoon to fill the four seats left empty after a state law passed this summer removed the four incumbents.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

3 former CCCC presidents honored

Three former presidents of Central Carolina Community College have been inducted into The Order of The Long Leaf Pine, a prestigious award given by the governor of North Carolina.


Mar. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Organic farming: Way of life, business draw or both?

Organic farming has become all the rage in many parts of Central Carolina, although the trend seems to have skipped Lee County.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

ELECTION: Baker seeks commissioner seat

With one final announcement Friday morning, filing for political office ended with all but two local races set for competitive matches this fall.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

GOP candidate to compete for District 54 seat

A Republican challenger entered the race Monday to represent N.C. House District 54.


Feb. 19, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Ellmers makes glowing remarks at Challenge Printing

Standing in the main hall of a local manufacturing plant that faced closure last year, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-Lee County) praised workers for their diligence and support of public health Wednesday afternoon.


Feb. 19, 2014 @ 08:50 PM

Missing child found and safe in Goldston

A 3-year-old Goldston child who went missing Wednesday afternoon has been found and is unharmed, according to authorities.


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Open seats draw many

Several local election offices were forced shut due to blistering cold and ample snowfall much of this week, but hopefuls thoughout Central Carolina still managed to declare their intention to run for office.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 03:51 PM

Snow, ice cripple Lee and surrounding counties

Winter Storm Pax has wreaked havoc on Lee County and the surrounding area, leaving hazardous roads and hundreds of power outages in its wake.


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 09:03 PM

Snow, sleet and freezing rain for North Carolina

Soo Keith left work in Raleigh a little after noon thinking she would have plenty of time to get home before the worst of the snow hit.

She was wrong.


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Highway Patrol investigates Chatham County traffic fatality

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, the Highway Patrol responded to a two vehicle head-on collision on Silk Road near Romine Pike Road in Chatham County. Early indications are that this may be weather related.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

CCCC trustee ruling leaves neither side totally satisfied

The four Central Carolina Community College trustees who sued the college and the state after being forced off the board this summer by the General Assembly have had their case dismissed.


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 04:53 PM

Weather-related closings and cancellations

* Lee County Schools is closed for students and staff on Thursday.

* Central Carolina Community College will be closed Thursday.


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 02:01 PM

Chatham County urges Preparations for Wintry Weather & Revises Office Hours

Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, Chatham County is expected to be hit by varying amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain. As of Wednesday, forecasts call for the eastern half of the county to be more impacted by ice, but power outages are possible throughout the entire county.