News: Chatham County

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

In minority, Rep. McManus makes respect her mission

Her first experience as a state legislator often was infuriating, but state Rep. Deb McManus said she’s nevertheless looking forward to returning to Raleigh to work as a member of the Democratic minority.

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

MEC chair defends fracking during public policy luncheon

Natural gas drilling likely will be allowed in North Carolina by early 2015, and Jim Womack told a mix of business leaders, politicians and environmental activists Monday that the practice will be an economic boon.

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Drop reported in Central Carolina infant death rate

The statewide infant mortality rate has been climbing since it hit a record low in 2010, according to new data released Thursday. But although the state's rate has been increasing, the data shows that the rate of infant deaths in local counties generally went down.

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Anti-fracking activists make case in Raleigh

A new report, part scientific study and part policy proposal, claims that hydraulic fracturing has far too many health risks to be allowed to go on anywhere in the United States, including in North Carolina.

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Voucher meeting to look at options, opportunities

Parents of school-age children from around the area will have the chance tonight to learn more about new scholarships for their students to attend private school or get therapy for special needs.

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 09:53 PM

Spinning their Tar-Wheels

Adorned in bright green, yellow, pink, red and orange jerseys, hundreds of bicyclists pedaled through downtown Pittsboro on their statewide voyage Wednesday.

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Shutdown brings uncertainty

With the federal government now in a partial shutdown, and hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed, certain effects will be felt in Central Carolina, while the region will avoid others.

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Locals to tackle trash during N.C. Big Sweep

Volunteers across the state, including those from Central Carolina, will join efforts to clean area streets, waterways and parks this Saturday for the annual North Carolina Big Sweep.

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Locals share full spectrum of views on Obamacare

The insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, become available today, giving people who don't get health benefits from work, or who want another option, until the end of March to pick out a plan or be fined by the federal government.

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 07:31 PM

Family events abound at Pumpkin Festival

It was all about family at the annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, which continues today from noon until 5 p.m. or thereabouts.

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

For special group of sportsmen, deer season arrives early

The 56 hunters, ranging in age from 8 to 94, who've descended upon Chatham County this morning have at least one thing in common — being in a wheelchair won't keep them from doing something they love.

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 09:44 AM

CCCC pursuing funds for dual-enrollment program

If a public-private fundraising campaign goes according to plan, every traditional public high school in Lee, Chatham and Harnett counties will have a new guidance counselor next year dedicated solely to helping students take free college classes.

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Chatham Schools embark on image revamp

Chatham County Schools has a new superintendent, and now, it's also looking for a new image.

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

'Heritage' playhouse brings joy to family

"And how long did you cook the hamburger?" Kathy Wicker asked.

Sep. 20, 2013 @ 11:11 PM

Group seeking to renovate historic Camelback Bridge

Two decades after it was last painted, the historic Camelback Bridge spanning the border between Lee and Chatham counties in the Cumnock area needs a fresh coat.

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 04:02 PM

'The good, the bad, the ugly'

A de facto ban remains on hydraulic fracturing and other natural gas development in North Carolina, but all the conversation at a joint meeting of various government and business officials Wednesday morning focused on when — and not if — the controversial process gets started in Lee County.

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Rides, games, entertainment and more at fair

Musicians will figure prominently in the 63rd annual Chatham County Fair, which starts today at the fairgrounds in Pittsboro and continues through Saturday.

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

League seeks stricter rules on drilling

At a press conference Thursday, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) joined with residents of Lee, Alamance and Anson counties to call for stricter regulations related to natural gas drilling.

Sep. 11, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

Chatham County Schools district office gets "all clear"

The Chatham County Schools district office, located at 369 West St., Pittsboro, was evacuated after a package was delivered to the office this morning.

Sep. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County due for influx of BBQ, Southern cooking

Several additions are planned to the area's restaurant offerings.

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 03:52 PM

Halftime show in Pittsboro

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Speakers plead for protection during forced pooling debate

When a study group of the Mining and Energy Commission approved a policy recommendation Wednesday to continue allowing forced pooling in North Carolina, it did so unanimously.

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Study group greenlights forced pooling proposals

On Wednesday, official policy recommendations for compulsory pooling took a step toward becoming reality.

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

Father and son charged after Siler City shooting

A father and son are in custody in connection with the shooting of two people this weekend, according to authorities.

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Moore Agricultural Fair opens Tuesday

The Moore County Agricultural Fair is opening its doors for the 67th time this Tuesday.