News: Chatham County

Jan. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

STATE: N.C.'s lower unemployment rate spurs optimism locally

The unemployment rate in North Carolina remained above average last month but is dropping faster than the national rate, according to government data released Tuesday — prompting one local official to predict that the downward trend would also hold true for Lee County.


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

Schools, others take wait-and-see approach to winter weather threat

As forecasts of snow remained varied on how many inches might actually fall in the area, school districts and local governments were still waiting to announce cancellations until late Tuesday or even early this morning.


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Hazardous snow expected to linger

Area drivers are urged to exercise caution — especially during the early morning and nighttime hours — while negotiating Lee County's wintry roads.


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Three Chatham County fires displace 11

Three weekend fires in Chatham County left nearly a dozen residents without a home, according to authorities.


Jan. 27, 2014 @ 09:10 PM

Weather-related school closings

Several school systems are reporting closings due to inclement weather Tuesday. 


Jan. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Local Red Cross looking for volunteers

The local American Red Cross is in desperate need of Lee County volunteers to join its Disaster Action Team.


Jan. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC opens Career Readiness Lab at Lee County Library

Cyheem Williams is a big fan of Central Carolina Community College’s new Career Readiness Lab at Lee County’s Suzanne Reeves Library.


Jan. 25, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Reives chosen to fill House 54 seat

The N.C. House District 54 seat, which represents all of Chatham County and parts of Lee County, has been relatively devoid of political drama since December when former Rep. Deb McManus was arrested and resigned.


Jan. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CHATHAM COUNTY: Commissioner Kost ‘proud of record’ as she leaves board

Chatham County Commissioner Sally Kost will resign effective Feb. 1, she announced this week.


Jan. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hazardous weather outlook prompts delays, cancellations

Numerous area schools were delayed this morning, and other cancellations and closures were reported, in anticipation of severe winter weather that was expected to hit late Tuesday.


Jan. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

SANFORD HERALD CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: CCCC grows under Marchant

T. Eston Marchant — who's known to everyone as "Bud" — has been president of Central Carolina Community College since 2008. Developments at CCCC under his tenure, especially recent ones, have earned him The Herald's Citizen of the Year recognition.


Jan. 18, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC graduates largest Adult High School/GED class in school history

Graduation for Central Carolina Community College’s Adult High School/General Educational Development programs was a huge celebration, complete with a crowd, cheering, applause, balloons and hundreds of cameras, smartphones and iPads recording the excitement.


Jan. 17, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Wait continues in CCCC trustee case

Despite rumors to the contrary, no major updates have come for several months in the lawsuit between four Central Carolina Community College trustees and the state.


Jan. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Three Democrats make bid to replace McManus

Three people interested in being appointed to the empty N.C. House seat of former Rep. Deb McManus met Saturday to answer questions from the committee that will select her replacement.


Jan. 11, 2014 @ 06:43 PM

Storm blows through Central Carolina

Trees fell on houses, power lines blocked roadways and traffic lights were out after short-lived, but extreme, bursts of wind and rain blew through the Central Carolina area Saturday.


Jan. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Fracking debate advances

This is the last full calendar year before natural gas operations, including the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, can be made legal in North Carolina. Much will therefore be in store, and at stake, for those on either side of the drilling debate.


Jan. 08, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC program gets green light

With approval by two regional governing bodies Monday, Central Carolina Works — a Central Carolina Community College program dedicated to increasing dual-enrollment among high schools — may begin as early as this fall.


Jan. 05, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

LOOKING BACK AT 2013: Legislative action has local effects

The North Carolina General Assembly made waves in 2013.


Jan. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

LOOKING BACK AT 2013: '2013 was quite a roller coaster ride'

As 2014 continues, state and local officials will be putting some of the finishing touches on rules and regulations for hydraulic fracturing, and energy companies will likely continue leasing land at a similar or accelerated pace.


Jan. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Dems plan to pick McManus successor 'soon'

When Deb McManus resigned her seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives several weeks ago, following felony tax charges levied against her by the state, she left all of Chatham County and parts of Lee County without a state representative.


Jan. 01, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Saving lives, shaping futures

Fire Capt. Wilbert “Tramp” Dunn, was 22 years old and just out of service in Vietnam when he found the inspiration for his life’s work.


Dec. 29, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Fundraising under way for new CCCC program

Central Carolina Community College is expanding its course offerings, having recently opened a new health sciences building in Lillington and looking into new classes on operating machinery for hydraulic fracturing and other types of drilling.


Dec. 27, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Clark joins CCCC board

The Central Carolina Community College board of trustees is back to full strength, as discussions about construction needs and new academic programs loom on the horizon, with the recent appointment of Keith Clark.


Dec. 19, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

Chatham Commissioners approve updated Capital Improvements Plan

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners has approved an updated seven-year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for 2015-21 that includes a few revisions compared to last year’s version. 


Dec. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

'As green as it gets'

DIG southeast owner Jeff Gannon is looking for a greener and cleaner way to build homes in Central Carolina — and he intends to do it with dirt.