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Monday, November 24, 2014

Chatham Park back for rezoning

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

After much back and forth, Chatham Park is back again. Once again, Pittsboro town leaders will hold a public hearing tonight on the future of Chatham Park, the long-planned development in the rural county that figures to increase the county's population by a factor of twelve in the next three decades.Developers Chatham Park Investors LLC have submitted a rezoning application that would add 46 acres to the development district and make a few amendments to the park's master plan, including offering the town more strength in approving or denying future portions of the development. The rezoning comes after a group...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pittsboro makes history

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners made history Monday night. They voted 4-1 to approve Chatham Park, which, at more than 7,000 acres is believed to be the largest development plan in North Carolina history. Bett Wilson Foley was the lone dissenter. Pittsboro Mayor Bill Terry also opposed it, but he does not have a vote. The project, which will create dense residential development clustered around five “village centers” in the largely undeveloped tracts of eastern Chatham County, is expected to increase the small Chatham County town’s population from 4,000 to 60,000 people by 2050. Commissioners approved a master plan Monday...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Groups to hold several public forums on fracking this month

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The N.C. League of Conservation Voters just sent out an announcement about three upcoming meetings and public forums on the topic of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," the process of mining for natural gas. - March 14, 6 p.m., Cary (no address provided) — 'citizen activists' training by Environment NC and Public Interest Network; for info, contact jmiller@publicinterestnetwork.org - March 15, 7 p.m., Raleigh — talk on 'Facts About Fracking'; hosted by Capitol Group Sierra Club at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue; click here for more info. - March 23, 7:45 p.m., Buies Creek — “Exploration for...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hackney won't seek re-election; clears path for Insko

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

N.C. House Minority Leader Joe Hackney announced his retirement this morning, opting not to wage a re-election campaign against long-time colleague Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange. The two veteran legislators were drawn into the same district, the 56th, by the Republican-produced new maps last year. Hackney will stay in office until his tenure ends in January. Hackney has served 16 terms, 32 years, in the General Assembly representing the 54th district, which includes Orange, Chatham and Moore counties. He was elected Speaker of the House in 2007 following Jim Black’s removal. He severed as president of the National Conference of State...

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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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Monday, January 3, 2011

Chatham County Commissioners start cutting—and two people lose jobs

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 4:28 PM

In their first meeting of the year, the Republican-dominated Chatham County Commissioners today cut two positions and eliminated the Pittsboro-to-Chapel Hill bus service that began Aug. 17, 2009.During a tense and packed meeting, at which Chatham County Fire Marshal Thomas Bender turned citizens away due to fire codes, Human Relations Executive Director Esther Coleman and Sustainable Communities Director Cynthia Van Der Wiele lost their jobs. By a 3-2 vote along party lines, Chatham County Commissioners eliminated the positions. The Obesity Coordinator position was also cut, but it was vacant.Democrats Sally Kost and Mike Cross voted against cutting the positions. Republican...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

After robbery, Beggars & Choosers owner decides to close store

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 9:57 AM

By Rebekah Cowell After 32 years of business, the owner of Beggars & Choosers, Pittsboro's eclectic vintage shop has decided to take a hiatus after an Oct. 24 robbery during the town's Street Fair wiped out the store's jewelry case, cash register and ultimately owner Pam Smith's faith in her customers. “I've always loved what I do, and right now I don't,” said Smith. The final day of business is Jan. 2. The robber took Smith's gold and silver jewelry, priceless cameos, watches, amber and cash. “They had cased the store and they knew right where the valuable items were."...

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Federal stimulus dollars: Who got what in Chatham County

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 12:49 PM

ProPublica, the investigative nonprofit based in New York City, has compiled an exhaustive accounting of the federal stimulus money for every county in the U.S. Of the $7.4 billion allocated to North Carolina, Chatham County received $4.9 million in grants, loans and contracts, or an average of $79 for each of the county's 63,077 residents. Here are some of the beneficiaries. Click here for a complete list. We'll be updating other Triangle counties throughout the day. FlyLeaf Books which has opened in Chapel Hill on Airport Boulevard: $126,000 Small Business Administration loan Starrlight Mead, a honey winery opening in Saxapahaw...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In Pittsboro, Voller squeaks by; town commission contest also tight

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 10:06 PM

It's closer than most political observers imagined: Just 64 votes separated Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller from his under-the-radar challenger, Republican Bill Crawford, giving Voller the win, but hardly a commanding one, especially for a well-known incumbent. With both town precincts reporting, Voller tallied 392 votes to Crawford's 328, according to the Chatham County Board of Elections. And in the Town Commissioner's race, Pamela Baldwin won one of two seats with 461 votes. However, the second-place finish was decided by just eight votes, giving Michael Fiocco a 345-337 edge over Andrew Allden, who could ask for a recount or a runoff....

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With absentees counted, Voller leads in Pittsboro

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 9:36 PM

Absentee votes are the only ballots that have been counted in the Pittsboro mayoral and town commissioner races, but incumbent Mayor Randy Voller has a 60-39 lead with the town's two precincts yet to have reported, according to the Chatham County Board of Elections. In a three-way race for two seats on the Pittsboro Town Commission, incumbent Pamela Baldwin has 43 percent of the vote, floowed by Andrew Allden with 31 percent and Michael Fiocco with 23. 5 percent....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Voller raises $7,800 for Pittsboro mayoral race

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 4:28 PM

No major bombshells in Randy Voller's latest campaign finance report, filed Oct. 26. The mayoral incumbent collected $2,453 in the last month for a total of $7,841 for the election cycle. He has spent most of his campaign cash since  late September: $3,958 of the total $4,058. See the report here (pdf, 924 KB): vollercampaignfinance Voller's contributors include Pittsboro General Store restaurateur Vance Remick, Jill Ehrenfeld of the Bean And Barrel, who gave $100 each. Chatham Coalition vice-chair John Hammond contributed $64 in the form of an in-kind donation, while the committee to Elect Peter Rubinas ponied up $201 and change....

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Commissioners move Jordan Lake protection boundaries

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Durham's Board of County Commissioners voted 3 to 2 Monday night to move a protected area around Jordan Lake on county maps, opening the door for a dense development being drafted for 164 acres in the southwest part of the county. Commissioners Ellen Reckhow and Becky Heron cast the opposing votes. Though the vote approved just the zoning of Jordan Lake's protective buffer -- not an actual development plan -- the change cleared a major hurdle for the much-contested development, 751 Assemblage, which would contain 1,300 residences and 600,000 square feet of office and retail space. (Read more about the...

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Very unmayor-like: Crawford bows out of Pittsboro candidates' forum

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Rebekah Cowell reports that Pittsboro mayoral challenger Bill Crawford will not attend tonight's candidates' forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Crawford, who is challenging incumbent Randy Voller, informed Joyce Colaiace, president of the LWV's Chatham County Unit, by email yesterday. The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Superior Court House in Pittsboro. LWV sent its candidates' invitations more than a month ago, and received a confirmation from Crawford that he would attend. Colaiace says it is shocking to have a candidate in a two-person race withdraw shortly before a candidates' forum. “Since there are only two...

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Chatham activist Margie Ellison dies

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Long-time Chatham County progressive activist and 2006 Independent Citizen Award winner Margie Ellison died of a heart attack last night. Ellison, a Chatham native who fought tirelessly on multiple fronts advocating for populations who couldn't stand up for themselves, will be sorely missed in the grassroots citizen landscape. Read our 2006 profile here....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Higher impact fees for Chatham County residents?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Rebekah L. Cowell reports for the Indy on possible new impact fees for Chatham County residents: A big house with a lot of bedrooms could cost Chatham County residents extra money in impact fees. Last night, Chatham County residents discussed possible increased impact fees and their economic ramifications for new homeowners or homeowners adding onto their houses. Currently, every homeowner pays the county a one-time impact fee of $3,500. The money is earmarked for school construction. However, if impact fees become based on the number of bedrooms in a home—the current option being discussed—the costs could increase significantly. The fee...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Break out the jiggers in Chatham

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Chatham County voters just said yes to mixed drinks this week. With 19 percent turnout, a referendum that was the only issue in a special countywide election passed 65 percent to 35 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Chatham County Board of Election. The change, which takes effect immediately, means that restaurants and bars in Pittsboro, Siler City and throughout the county can serve hard liquor by the drink. Previously, only beer and wine were permitted. PACs led by local elected officials and supported by business groups including the chamber of commerce raised funds in support of...

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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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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bill to ban mountaintop removal coal in N.C. introduced

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for electric public utilities in North Carolina to purchase, or use, coal derived from dynamiting mountaintops in southern Appalachia. Half of the coal used to produce electricity in North Carolina is derived from the process, known as mountaintop removal, resulting in radically altered ecosystems, polluted streams and rivers, and billions of tons gallons of toxic "coal slurry," collected in artificial pools, or injected into ground soil. Other than Georgia, no other state in the U.S. uses more mountaintop removal-derived coal. "Because North Carolina burns a significant amount...

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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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