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Why I won't shop at Wal-Mart
[Aug. 3, 2005] In a July 20 My View column (“Why I’ll welcome Wal-Mart”), Lola Spritzer wrote that Wal-Mart should be welcomed at the intersection of Smith Level Road and U.S. 15-501, should rumors come true, because it’s a drag for residents west of Chapel Hill to drive 30 minutes to Southpoint mall or New Hope Commons for “basic necessities other than food and drugs.” Everyone has the right to shop at Wal-Mart, but complaining about driving 30 minutes for basic necessities other than food and drugs is like a resident of Old Fort complaining about the 30-minute drive up the mountain to a favorite Asheville shop. It is illogical and selfish. If living near favorite places and saving gasoline are important, move. If moving is impossible, make fewer trips. Plan better or simply go without. By WEB RUN - Chapel Hill News
Chatham still won't give funds to JOCCAChatham still won't give funds to JOCCA
[Aug. 2, 2005] The Chatham County commissioners stood by their decision to withhold funding from the local nonprofit Joint Orange-Chatham Community Action organization Monday, despite an impassioned plea from the group. Commissioner Carl Outz said the organization, which opened its doors in 1967, was simply not responsible enough to entrust with county money. JOCCA had asked the county for $33,638 to help defray administrative costs. Chatham County has given more than $20,000 to the nonprofit each year for the last three years. The group is a cooperative effort between Chatham and Orange counties that serves low-income residents by providing job training and placement, heating and air-conditioning replacement and repair, and other assistance. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Wal-Mart foes face long odds
[Jul. 31, 2005] Clearly the opponents of a possible new Wal-Mart store at Starpoint know a “non-denial denial” when they hear one.
Wal-Mart’s spokesmen have said that “at this time” they know of “no immediate plans” by the corporate titan to drop a SuperCenter into northern Chatham County. Oh. OK, then. Never mind. By WEB RUN - Chapel Hill News
Chatham bus routes won't be publishedChatham bus routes won't be published
[Jul. 30, 2005] Pittsboro, NC - Once upon a time, the most dangerous thing kids faced on the school bus was the occasional spitball or a sore backside from a particularly bumpy stretch of country road. But in Chatham County, school officials now are wary of a far more nefarious disruption in bus service: terrorism. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Anti-Wal-mart group focuses on fundsAnti-Wal-mart group focuses on funds
[Jul. 30, 2005] Pittsboro, NC - At the first official meeting of Chatham First, the grassroots group committed to stopping Wal-Mart from putting a supercenter on a site near the Orange-Chatham border, members of the new organization collected $500. But Mark Barroso, the organizer of the anti-Wal-Mart coalition, said Friday the group could need a lot more money -- up to 50 times that amount -- to mount a successful campaign against the giant retailer. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Job seekers return as market improves
[Jul. 29, 2005] Durham, NC - Some of the numbers may be ugly, but there are good things going on in Durham's job market. In Durham, there were 877 more people with jobs in June than in May. Likewise, Orange County had 452 more residents employed in June. Chatham County also saw job growth in June with 204 more residents with jobs than in May. Person County added 126 more jobs in June.
New YMCA a good fitNew YMCA a good fit
[Jul. 29, 2005] Pittsboro, NC - The phone rang off the hook this week at the new Chatham YMCA Express. Callers wanted to know when it would open, where it was located and, most of all, whether there was a pool out back. And while swimmers looking for a cool dip may be disappointed -- no pool, not yet -- Pittsboro fitness fans and their families will have a new place to work up a sweat when the new YMCA opens at 964 East St., Suite 100 in Pittsboro Monday. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Wal-Mart: No plans for North Chatham siteWal-Mart: No plans for North Chatham site
[Jul. 27, 2005] Pittsboro, NC - They've got a name, a place to meet, guest speakers and an agenda. All that's missing for Chatham First, a local group dedicated to preventing the development of a Wal-Mart Supercenter along the Chatham/Orange County line, is proof that the giant retailer is actually coming there. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Study: Wal-Mart Supercenter to draw trafficStudy: Wal-Mart Supercenter to draw traffic
[Jul. 13, 2005] A traffic study in the hands of the N.C. Department of Transportation estimates that a planned shopping center on the northern edge of Chatham County that could house a Wal-Mart Supercenter will generate almost 21,600 car and truck trips each day. The study -- authored on behalf of the center's would-be developer, the Lee-Moore Oil Co. -- also says the soon-to-be-widened U.S 15-501 and its intersections can handle the added traffic. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Chatham pulls money for nonprofitChatham pulls money for nonprofit
[Jul. 10, 2005] Administrators from Orange and Chatham counties have drawn opposing conclusions from the same audit report about whether they should continue subsidizing a local nonprofit group. Chatham County's fiscal 2005-06 budget didn't allocate any money to the nonprofit -- Joint Orange-Chatham Community Action Inc., JOCCA for short -- because officials aren't convinced the organization is financially viable. The nonprofit had sought $33,638 from Chatham County. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
N.C. resident realizes what it means to be 'Southern'N.C. resident realizes what it means to be 'Southern'
[Jul. 7, 2005] Cecilia Budd Grimes knows what it means to be a Southerner. Grimes lives in Siler City, not far from the place where she was raised. A Duke University graduate and former teacher, Grimes says "y'all" and "bless your heart" with a sincere Southern twang, and she loves collards, Coca-Cola, barbecue and all things Southern. A lot of it, Grimes will tell you, she took for granted - as most of us Southerners do. By WEB RUN - New Bern Sun-Journal
Man faces charges in rape attemptMan faces charges in rape attempt
[Jul. 7, 2005] Chapel Hill, NC - Police charged a Chatham County man with attempted second-degree rape and sexual battery Wednesday after he allegedly attacked a woman who asked him for directions. Police charged Antonio Demetrius Burnette, 40, of 624 Hamlet Chapel Road, Pittsboro. A magistrate set his bond at $50,000, and he was being held in the Orange County Jail. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Sharing his adopted nation
[Jul. 4, 2005] Jose Cardoza's decision to become an American citizen 18 years ago came down to basic economics. Cardoza, a native of El Salvador, needed to replace his lost residency card. "The woman at the immigration office said, 'Do you know math?' I said yes," Cardoza said. "She said, 'The green card application is $125, and the citizenship application is $70.' " By WEB RUN - N&O
School chief's gators quit bitingSchool chief's gators quit biting
[Jul. 2, 2005] Larry Mabe has been superintendent of the Chatham system, which has 15 schools and 7,300 students, since 1994. He came to the district in 1974 as the principal of J.S. Waters School in Goldston. In 1979, he became the principal of Northwood High School, and in 1984, he moved to the central office. He retired after more than 30 years in the Chatham County Schools, and a decade -- sometimes marked by controversy -- as superintendent. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
A new home for HabitatA new home for Habitat
[Jul. 1, 2005] Chatham Habitat for Humanity’s Home Stores are getting a new home of their own this week. On Tuesday, the housing ministry will celebrate the grand openings of its relocated Home Store and Home Store Too. The original Home Store, which sells household goods, furniture and appliances, will move from its space at 467 West St. into a new, 7,200-square foot building just behind it. By WEB RUN - Chapel Hill News

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