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Thursday, March 24, 2011

House committee OKs Cary, Apex deal with Chatham to nix involuntary annexation

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 2:30 PM

The deal to prevent Cary and Apex from annexing parts of Chatham County without approval from the Chatham County Board of County Commissioners is sailing through the General Assembly. Commission Chairman Brian Bock announced the agreement Feb. 21 when the commissioners approved the Western Wake Partners’ plan to run 8.1-miles of wastewater treatment pipe underground through the county from the unincorporated Wake County town of New Hill to the Cape Fear River. The partners, composed of Apex, Cary, Morrisville and RTP South, offered to take involuntary annexation off he table and to help push the legislation through this session in...

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cary Police: Devon Mitchell unarmed

Posted By on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Devon Mitchell, who held several people hostage at the Wachovia Bank in Cary last Thursday, did not have a gun, a Cary Police Department investigation has revealed. Mitchell told hostage negotiators and the hostages that he had a gun. Mitchell was shot and killed by law enforcement Thursday evening after he exited the bank with a hostage. Last Friday, the Indy called the Wake County Sheriff's Department, which reported it had not issued Mitchell a gun permit; nor was there one registered in his name. However, at the time, Cary police had not released the results of its investigation as...

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chatham residents, Wake mayors, business leaders debate pipeline

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 3:54 PM

(This story was updated Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.) MONCURE—More than two dozen people spoke before the Chatham Board of County Commissioners Monday night at a public hearing a plan to run an 8.1-mile underground pipeline from Western Wake County through Southeastern Chatham County. Western Wake Partners—the towns of Apex, Cary, Morrisville and Research Triangle Park-South—are constructing a $327 million wastewater treatment plant in unincorporated New Hill, but they need to build the pipeline to funnel treated wastewater to the Cape Fear River. About a dozen landowners would need to give up 40-foot-wide easements to bury the pipes, which are...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chatham Commissioners opt out of permit extension, Western Wake Partners easement request

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Outgoing Chatham County commissioners voted 5-0 to opt out of the state's one-year extension for all development permits. By doing so, the commission is requiring commercial and residential developers to reapply and submit to newer environmental regulations. In response to the housing market crash, the legislature passed the 2009 Permit Extension Act, which gave developers an extra year to comply with those laws. Planning Board chairman Jim Elza clarified the meaning of the one-year extension act, noting that the 2010 extension would have allowed some developments to avoid the more stringent regulations for six years. “I'm uncomfortable granting another year,”...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Hill's the Rev. James Clanton receives enviro justice award

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Jeremy M. LangeThe Rev. James Clanton All struggles have their costs, and leaders and activists often go unacknowledged for the work they do. That is why one local activist, who has received recognition for his leadership and dedication to his community, hopes that others will be inspired to remain steadfast to their causes. The Rev. James Clanton, pastor of the First Baptist Church of New Hill, was selected by the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN) as the recipient of the network's 2010 Florenza Moore Grant Community Environmental Justice Award. Clanton received the prestigious award at the NCEJN's 12th annual...

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Permit Issued for controversial Western Wake sewage plant

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

After five years of fighting the placement and construction of a wastewater treatment plant within their town's historic district, the New Hill Community has received a setback. Yesterday the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' district commander Col. Jefferson M. Ryscavage issued the Corp's Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD gives the Western Wake Partners the necessary permit to begin building their $327 million wastewater plant at Site 14. That site is located on a 237-acre parcel of farmland taken by eminent domain by the Partners for the purpose of building the 62-acre wastewater treatment plant. The location lies adjacent...

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Icarus employees receive overdue paychecks

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Icarus Studios, which laid off three-quarters of its workforce April 30, has paid the back wages of its employees. As the Indy reported two weeks ago, at the time of the layoff employees received only one-third of one paycheck and were still owed another week's pay.Several employees have contacted the Indy to say they have been paid in full.The Cary-based gaming company laid off 75 people as part of a restructuring after a large investor pulled its funding. Icarus produces the online game Fallen Earth and game engines....

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cary gaming company Icarus falls to earth

Posted By on Sun, May 2, 2010 at 9:32 AM

We can't resist the metaphor: Icarus Studios, a game development company based in Cary, flew too close to the sun, abruptly laying off 82 people Friday, just two months after launching a Beta version of its Fallen Earth game for Mac OS X. The Indy confirmed this news account with a former employee who was among those laid off. Fallen Earth, is a massively multiplayer online game that fast forwards to the year 2156 and plops players in a post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Grand Canyon (so this is what happens to Arizona after it passes its immigration bill )...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

N.C. set to treat four Haitian earthquake victims

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Four victims of the Haitian earthquake are scheduled to arrive in the Triangle this morning to receive medical attention, according to a press release sent by the N.C. Division of Emergency Management. The four, one of whom is accompanied by an uninjured child, are being transfered to North Carolina to receive treatment for burns as Florida hospitals cannot handle the massive overflow of Haitians in need of help. Three will be sent to the UNC Hospitals's Jaycee Burn Center. The other will be treated at the Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center. The patients, three men aged 24, 29 and 61...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Robinson prevails in Cary runoff

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Republican incumbent Jennifer Robinson has defeated Democratic challenger Lori Bush by 269 votes in the runoff election for Cary Town Council District A. The margin of victory is 53 percent to 46 percent, or 2,170 votes to 1,901, according to unofficial results from the Wake County Board of Elections. In the primary, Robinson won by 244 votes, but did not receive 50 percent of the vote, which gave Bush the right to call for a runoff. Some political observers speculated that Republicans might stay home since the Wake County school board race was decided in October; that could have boosted...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Possible runoff between Robinson, Bush in Cary District A

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Incumbent Jennifer Robinson squeaked by challenger Lori Bush by 247 votes, but it may not be enough to thwart a runoff. According to unofficial results from the Wake County Board of Elections, with 11 precincts reporting, Robinson received 49.47 percent of the vote, compared with 42.54 for Bush. Under election rules, the second-place finisher can ask for a runoff if the first-place finisher doesn't receive 50 percent plus 1 of the vote. According to the Bush campaign, the candidate and her advisers are considering asking for a runoff. A runoff election would be held Tuesday, Nov. 3. Robinson, a Republican,...

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In Cary, Robinson, Smith lead with most of the votes tallied

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 8:04 PM

In District A, Town Council incumbent Jennifer Robinson leads Lori Bush by 202 votes with nine of 11 precincts reporting. Cynthia Sinkez has 165 votes; Terry Thorne has 90. In Distict C, incumbent Jack Smith has an 859-vote lead over Catherine Evangelista with 80 percent of the precincts reporting....

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Complaint filed against Cary's Jennifer Robinson

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 3:47 PM

A Wake County voter has filed a complaint with the state board of elections regarding District A Cary Town Councilwoman Jennifer Robinson's campaign finance reports. Read the complaint here: In his complaint, Van W. Kloempken formerly of DavisHighHouse.org , a citizens' group supporting Lori Bush, Robinson's challenger, raises questions about Robinson's seemingly feeble campaign finances--feeble, , until after the mandatory reporting period passes. He uses the 2005 campaign as an example, when she reported that she received just $295 during the election cycle as of Sept. 1.Then after the mandatory reporting period, she raised more than $16,000. Kloempken alleges Robinson,...

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Robison, Bush get DavisandHighHouse nod in Cary

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 9:50 AM

At-large incumbent Julie Robison and District A challenger Lori Bush have received the endorsement of DavisandHighhouse.org, a Cary citizens group. Robison is running unopposed; Bush faces incumbent Republican Jennifer Robinson. The organization formed in 2007 to oppose the a dense development proposed for the intersection of Davis Drive and High House Road. DavisandHighhouse.org did not endorse in District C, which pits incumbent Jack Smith, a Republican, against Catherine Evangelista, a Democrat. Robison and Smith both were endorsed last week by the Sierra Club's Capital Area chapter. However, that group did not endorse in District A....

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Elections '09, the ultimate (sur)reality show: 'Worlds Apart' contestant among new candidates

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM

If elections are the ultimate (sur)reality show, Susana L. Dancy, who filed for Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board, is qualified to at least run for office. In Season 1 of the Fox Reality TV show, “Worlds Apart,” Dancy, her husband, Jim Rogalski, and their three children, Marshall, Taylor and Helen, “are transplanted from their pristine new home in an upscale section of Chapel Hill to live in a communal longhouse with the Tinsang family of the Iban tribe in the remote jungles of Malaysia,” the show's Web site reads. It goes on: “Emong Tinsang and his wife, Sendie, greet the...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Sandra Howell files, Donald Hughes announces, for Durham City Council; Lois Nixon to file for Wake Co. Education

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Cary resident Lois Nixon announced her campaign today for Wake County Board of Education in District 9. As of 11 a.m., Nixon had not yet filed. In a press release (DOC, 40KB), Nixon listed her experience as former director of Wake County Keep America Beautiful, and a certified environmental educator. Meanwhile, Durham Ward 2 Councilman Howard Clement has a third challenger--relative unknown Sandra Howell, who filed this morning. Also, Bull City Rising is reporting that Donald Hughes will challenge City Councilwoman Cora Cole-McFadden for Ward 1 in Durham. Hughes, a frequent speaker at city and county meetings, is the son...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day three begins for candidate filings

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Two days down, eight to go: Candidate filing for the 2009 election opened Monday, with candidates seeking the top spot as Chapel Hill mayor and duels brewing in Durham Ward 2 and on the Wake County school board. In Raleigh Council District D, incumbent Thomas Crowder is expected to run against architect Ted Van Dyk, who had not filed as of press time, but has announced he will soon. Two at-large seats are up for grabs Bill Shakespeare, Ricky Lee Sartain and Robert Claris hope to dethrone incumbents Russ Stephenson and Mary-Ann Baldwin, who plan to run as well. The board of...

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Jordan Lake protections: from 'watered down' to squeaky clean?

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Just in time for next Monday's appearance before the House Judiciary I Committee, the Bill Formerly Known as "Disapprove Jordan Lake Rules" (HB 239) has been freshly minted "Restore Water Quality in Jordan Reservoir." The original version of the bill would have done just the opposite, by rejecting the N.C. Environmental Management Commission's strategy to restore the polluted lake to federal Clean Water Act compliance. Earlier drafts of a compromise bill that the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources ironed out last week would have allowed the EMC's rules to go forward, but weakened critical pollution controls, and delayed...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Modified version of Jordan Lake compromise clears enviro committee

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 4:43 PM

A bill that would delay state-mandated efforts to clean up Jordan Lake until 2017 but preserve much of their pollution-reduction goals cleared the House Environment and Natural Resources committee today. “People upstream don’t want to do a thing. People downstream want a rule exactly the way it was,” said bill sponsor Pryor Gibson (D-Anson), after rubbing his eyes dramatically at the lectern. “As imperfect as it may be … it’s time for this bill to move forward.” The unanimous committee vote sent the compromise version of the bill to the House Judiciary 1 committee, and, presuming it passes there, eventually...

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Jordan Lake compromise scheduled for Tuesday vote

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 5:00 PM

After seeking to block a state-mandated effort to clean up Jordan Lake, a group of legislators have proposed a compromise bill that would severely limit pollution-reduction goals for the impaired drinking-water source. Introduced last week in the House Environment and Natural Resources committee, and set for a vote during Tuesday’s committee hearing at noon, the substitute bill would reduce pollution controls by more than three-quarters in the most impaired section of the lake, and delay critical protections until 2017. “These provisions are totally inadequate for the restoration of water quality. It would mean the lake would never actually be cleaned...

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Friday, February 6, 2009

State regulators approve Jordan Lake revisions

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 4:34 PM

State regulators have approved a private developer's survey that significantly re-draws the boundaries of Jordan Lake, and the protected areas that surround the drinking-water supply reservoir. In a letter to the Durham City-County Planning Department (PDF, 580 KB) dated Feb. 4, 2009, the N.C. Division of Water Quality announced that it "accepts and approves your proposed revisions to the critical and protected area boundaries around Jordan Lake." Julie Ventaloro, the state watershed program coordinator at DWQ, told the Indy that changing the maps is now "in Durham's hands." The County must conduct a public hearing, and vote to adopt the...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cary developer in Chapter 11

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 2:59 PM

We all know the real estate market is in bad shape, but this is a pretty serious indicator of how bad: MacGregor Development, which built the quintessential Cary golf-course communities of MacGregor Downs and Lochmere, is in bankruptcy, Triangle Business Journal reports. The company was founded in the 1960s and has survived one bankruptcy in the early 1990s....

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Monday, November 17, 2008

New farmers' markets for 2009

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 2:04 PM

The Triangle’s growing farm-to-table movement may sprout two new local markets next spring. Organizers for two new potential sites in Cary and Pittsboro will hold public discussions about the possibilities over the next two weeks. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., residents of the Amberly subdivision will host a meeting about establishing a farmers’ market in their neighborhood, which is on the border of Wake and Chatham counties. A survey of 300 residents resoundingly supported a new market there, organizers say. The Western Wake Farmers' Market at Amberly meeting will take place at the Residents' Club, 1075 Residents' Club Drive...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lulu founder and CEO Bob Young gets into the sports business

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:13 AM

Bob Young, founder and CEO of Lulu, the Triangle-based online self-publishing company, has emerged as a white knight for the Carolina RailHawks USL-1 soccer club in Cary. Tim Candon of WRAL.com has the scoop, by way of Triangle Offense....

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Save the earth, buy a Big Mac?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 6:30 PM

We're not sure what to make of this, but give Ric Richards some credit: He's tearing down his traditional McDonald's location on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, the one that wasn't particularly good for the earth or for the human body. In its place, he's erecting a $2 million Mickey D that may attain the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of eco-friendliness....

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