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Business takes turn for worseBusiness takes turn for worse
[Jul. 1, 2005] Local business owners along the U.S. 15-501 highway from Chapel Hill to Pittsboro say the prolonged construction, now almost 18 months past its original deadline, has hit their bottom lines hard. The widening of 12.7 miles to a four-lane divided highway began in February 2001 and was supposed to be finished by December 2003. By WEB RUN - N&O
 
Tip leads to arrest of alleged molesterTip leads to arrest of alleged molester
[Jun. 30, 2005] An anonymous tip sparked a month-long investigation that led to the arrest of a 60-year-old Pittsboro man, who is charged with taking indecent liberties with young girls 19 times over the course of five decades. The Orange County Sheriff's Office has charged Larry Edward Blalock of 2076 Jones Ferry Road in Pittsboro with incidents that involved girls between the ages of 9 and 14. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Retail center planned at border of Chatham, Orange countiesRetail center planned at border of Chatham, Orange counties
[Jun. 26, 2005] A Sanford company is working with state and Chatham County regulators to prepare for the construction of a big new retail center along U.S. 15-501 at the border of Chatham and Orange counties. Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation confirmed that they've been talking with the Lee-Moore Oil Co. about driveway connections for the retail center, which would occupy a 62.9-acre tract on the east side of U.S. 15-501 in the Starpoint area. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Larry Mabe handing over reins in ChathamLarry Mabe handing over reins in Chatham
[Jun. 5, 2005] After 38 years in the business, Mabe will retire at the end of this month as superintendent of the Chatham County school system. While he has been a teacher at Hoke and Pinecrest high schools and an assistant principal at Fike High School in Wilson, Mabe has spent the bulk of his career in Chatham County. First, he was principal of J.S. Waters School from 1974-79 and of Northwood High School from 1979-84. He then became secondary supervisor for 10 years before succeeding Perry Harrison as superintendent in 1994. By WEB RUN - Sanford Herald
 
Koch likes his first visit to TriangleKoch likes his first visit to Triangle
[Jun. 2, 2005] Local residents might be seeing more of a Big Apple legend: former New York mayor Ed Koch. The loquacious politician-philosopher made his first visit to North Carolina on Saturday, talking about everything from children's literature to international politics during an appearance at the Fearrington Barn. But he swore the stop won't be his last. A lifelong bachelor, Koch, 80, spends most holidays with close friends Bruce and Mary Barron, who recently moved to the neo-rustic community in northern Chatham County. By WEB RUN - Chapel Hill News
 
Toll Brothers boosts profit 135%Toll Brothers boosts profit 135%
[Jun. 1, 2005] Toll Brothers Inc. more than doubled its second quarter profit thanks for the most part to an increase in home sale prices. Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers' net income of $170 million, or $2.01 a share, was a 135 percent increase over its profit of $72.4 million, or 89 cents a share, posted during the second quarter of 2004. The company is planning to develop 1,500 homes on a 773-acre parcel in Pittsboro. By WEB RUN - Triangle Business Journal
 
Guide is wrong on schools systemGuide is wrong on schools system
[May 4, 2005] A Triangle real estate guide's faulty listings say children living in Chatham County's most upscale subdivision attend Chapel Hill's public schools. The May issue of Triangle New Home Guide lists basic information for Governors Club, a gated community in northern Chatham County with homes selling for as much as $3 million. But although houses there sit near Chapel Hill, and even have Chapel Hill mailing addresses, they don't feed into the town's highly desired school system. Governors Club is in the Chatham County school district By WEB RUN - N&O
 
The buzz about beekeepingThe buzz about beekeeping
[May 4, 2005] Twenty white boxes dot the back yard of Michael Almond's Pittsboro home. Inside each one, thousands of honeybees scurry over combs clotted with nectar, wax and eggs. In Chatham and surrounding counties, this backyard d├ęcor is becoming more common as a growing number of people are finding there's more to bees than getting stung. This year, Chatham started a beekeeping school that drew 60 people. In all, 81 residents have applied for a new state program that offers free starter beekeeping supplies. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Chatham tax hike likelyChatham tax hike likely
[May 4, 2005] Property owners could see their tax bills rise an average of 15 percent if the Chatham County commissioners approve the budget County Manager Charlie Horne presented Monday.Though the county's budget of $54.4 million would increase 14.5 percent to $62.4 million next year, the county property tax rate would go down because of revaluation. Property values in the county have increased an average of 21 percent in the four years since the last revaluation.
Also: 2005-06 Chatham County Budget
 
CCCC moves forward with building programCCCC moves forward with building program
[May 3, 2005] Central Carolina Community College expects to break ground in the fall for its new West Harnett Center, located in the Western Harnett Industrial Park on N.C. 87. Wayne Robinson, the college's vice president for administrative services, gave an update last week on the status of all of the college's construction projects at the board of trustees' spring meeting. By WEB RUN - Sanford Herald
 
Festival will revolve around old Bynum BridgeFestival will revolve around old Bynum Bridge
[May 3, 2005] The old Bynum Bridge has been closed to cars for several years, but Saturday it will be a hub of activity during the 16th annual Haw River Festival. And Bynum Beach will be aflurry with kids' canoe rides and river monitoring. That means music, puppets, food and kids playing with chalk, paint and pH tests. By WEB RUN - N&O
 
Chatham letting in smaller projectsChatham letting in smaller projects
[May 1, 2005] Small developments, which are less scrutinized and sometimes poorly planned, are quickly seeping through the system, they say. And there's been an ongoing rush of them that, taken together, far exceed the size of the county's four largest developments. Planning board records show that the board has approved 6,500 lots in the last 25 years. Of those, about two-thirds were developments with fewer than 100 homes on several acres. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Chatham artist cuts inroads with youngsters at festivalChatham artist cuts inroads with youngsters at festival
[Apr. 30, 2005] It was difficult to tell, really, whether it was the children or the grown-ups who were having the most fun pretending to be Chatham County's famous folk artist, Clyde Jones. With pieces of plywood cut out by Jones himself, visitors at ClydeFest dabbed on thick coats of paint to recreate some of Jones' well-known fish, snake or butterfly paintings. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Population up in Chatham County, rest of TrianglePopulation up in Chatham County, rest of Triangle
[Apr. 27, 2005] The area's fastest increase is occurring in Chatham County, which the Census Bureau estimates grew by 15.6 percent in the 51 months since it last conducted a full-fledged population count. Bureau analysts think 57,023 people are now living in Chatham County, compared to the 49,329 who were living there in the spring of 2000. Chatham County gained residents from Orange, Durham and Wake counties, and saw a substantial influx of out-of-staters. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
School impact fee change catches some unawaresSchool impact fee change catches some unawares
[Apr. 19, 2005] Howard Kuster wants to place two mobile homes on his Gulf property, but he said after being surprised by a more expensive school impact fee that started Friday, he can't afford to finish the project. With a 10-day gap before the one-time fees were to increase from $1,500 to $2,900 per home, some people like Kuster say they didn't find out about the higher price until it was too late, and that the rules were confusing. Commissioners decided April 4 to raise the one-time fee for any home given a building permit starting April 15. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun

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