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Chatham's AAA bond rating puts county in select group[Oct. 26, 2014]
The week of October 14 brought great news for Chatham County from the two major bond rating agencies announcing upgraded bond ratings, including the highest rating of AAA from Standard and Poor's. The higher ratings mean lower interest rates for bonds on projects like the new Agriculture & Conference Center. The good news also means that Chatham is in the select company of a few much larger counties. Only eight other much larger counties in the state and 89 counties in the entire nation had earned a AAA rating from Standard and Poor's, as of 2013 Census reports.
Also: Video of AAA rating news
Chatham county's One Stop voting schedules and information[Oct. 26, 2014]
Early voting started this past Thursday, October 23 at four sites in Chatham County. The main polling place is the Board of Elections Offices at 984 Thompson Street in Pittsboro, NC. Hours of operation are between Thursday, October 23, 2014- Saturday, November 1, 2014. 7 AM-7 PM weekdays, 8 AM-6 PM Saturday, October 25, 8 AM-1 PM Saturday, November 1.
Chatham Council on Aging seeks input on issues affecting seniors[Sep. 28, 2014]
The Chatham County Council on Aging reports success in finding "A Few Good Men...and Women" to play vital roles as volunteers to advise the Council and also serve as a strong voice for Chatham seniors at the state and regional levels. This team is also seeking input from residents on issues affecting our seniors. If you have ideas that you would like to share with these advocates for older residents, please write a note to the attention of the "Chatham Advocacy for Seniors Team (CAST)" and deliver it to our Eastern or Western Chatham Senior Center.
Chatham needs volunteer members for Agriculture Advisory Committee[Sep. 5, 2014]
Chatham County is asking people interested in agricultural issues to apply for several vacancies on the Agriculture Advisory Committee. Applications to serve are due by Sept. 19, 2014, by 5 pm. The Agriculture Advisory Committee would especially like to have applicants who make the majority of their living in agriculture production, related agribusinesses and other agricultural activities. The committee advises the Board of Commissioners on agricultural issues and reviews and approves all property requesting to be part of a Voluntary Agriculture District.
Chatham County’s Streets speaks at first ever statewide conference[Sep. 5, 2014]
At the first ever statewide conference on Mental Health, Substance Use and Aging on June 20th in Winston-Salem, Dennis W. Streets, director of the Chatham County Council on Aging, served as one of the opening speakers where he discussed the importance of this often neglected area of service. At the event, Streets drew from his more than 32 years of experience in the field of aging and adult services in sharing how mental health and substance use are intertwined with other issues that affect the well-being and quality of life of older adults and their family caregivers.
Chatham correcting some tax bills with late listing penalty[Sep. 5, 2014]
Some Chatham County taxpayers who returned their property tax listing forms on time earlier this year have received an inaccurate tax bill that includes a late listing fee when it should not have had the late fee. The Tax Office is aware of the problem and will be sending corrected tax bills that remove the late listing fee.
Chatham County hosts Leadership Academy graduation for employees[Aug. 21, 2014]
On August 15, 2014, Chatham County government hosted its twelfth graduating ceremony for its Leadership Academy, an award-winning program initiated to help employees gain the skills necessary to effectively manage their jobs and prepare them for expanded responsibilities. All classes are led by county employees.
Chatham residents should verify county tax rate on vehicle registrations[Aug. 19, 2014]
Several Chatham County residents have reported receiving vehicle registration renewals from the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that incorrectly identify their county for the billing of vehicle property taxes. Cases reported thus far indicate that residents would have overpaid and another county would have received the tax revenues.
Chatham County's 2014 property tax bills to arrive in mid-August[Aug. 12, 2014]
Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2014 property tax bills to arrive in mid-August, according to Chatham County Tax Administrator Frances Wilson. The county’s tax rate remains at 62.19 cents. The deadline to pay 2014 property taxes is January 5, 2015.
Chatham's Council on Aging director receives statewide award[Aug. 12, 2014]
Chatham’s Council on Aging Director Dennis Streets reports that he is rarely taken by surprise, but he was stunned on August 5, 2014 when colleagues honored him with the statewide Margaret Hart Hardee Preeminence in Aging Award. Sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the award recognizes “an older adult whose grassroots advocacy and participation has influenced the public policy that supports, protects and empowers older adults.”
Director Leigh Anne Garrard headlines presentation on Chatham County animal services[Aug. 8, 2014]
If you missed the recent Animal Services Stakeholders Meeting, you missed a very informative event! Leigh Anne Garrard, our new Animal Services Director took a very disturbing topic for many of us - Euthanasia of Healthy, Adoptable Dogs and Cats - and presented a very engaging, informative program. As a community, we can help address animal overpopulation and reduce the need for euthanasia by promoting spay and neuter programs. Working together with our local animal welfare organizations and our Animal Services agency we can make a difference.
Darin Shamberger named Siler City Postmaster[Aug. 4, 2014]
Darin A. Shamberger was recently promoted as the official Postmaster of Siler City. Shamberger, a postal employee of more than 17 years, replaces David Albertson, who is now Postmaster of Randleman, NC. He is the first African-American Postmaster to serve this city. Shamberger began his postal career in 1997 as a part-time letter carrier in Graham, and transferred to Asheboro in 2004 as a clerk.
Chatham Council on Aging looks back to its beginnings in 1974[Aug. 4, 2014]
This year the Chatham County Council on Aging is remembering and celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Founded on July 8, 1974, as a private non-profit organization, the Council has assumed a vital role for Chatham County for the past 40 years. While its role has expanded over time, the Council’s fundamental purpose has remained the same: to promote the independence and dignity of older adults and help them remain healthy, secure and involved at home and in the community for as long as possible.
Chatham Economic Development Corporation seeks new board members[Aug. 4, 2014]
The Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) seeks applicants to serve on its Board of Directors. The EDC is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote job creation and private capital investment in Chatham County. The members of the commission will be selected for their business knowledge and interest in economic development issues.
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