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Pittsboro renews development ban
[Oct. 25, 2007] The Pittsboro Town Board unanimously approved a new moratorium on subdivisions and nonresidential development Monday night. The two-year moratorium, which applies to the town and its planning area outside town limits, replaces a similar moratorium that expired last week. By WEB RUN - N&O
Erosion officer has muddy job
[Oct. 23, 2007] Every day, Jim Willis laces up his WearGuard boots, dons a white hard hat and hops in his county-issued Jeep Liberty to look for mud. More than 15,000 new homes have been approved for construction over the next decade in booming Chatham County. It's Willis' job to make sure developers are keeping their construction site dirt from spilling into the county's waterways. By WEB RUN - N&O
Pittsboro tiff is over street fair boothsPittsboro tiff is over street fair booths
[Oct. 17, 2007] A woman backing one of the mayor's challengers and working with a group to defeat the county's land transfer tax says she was denied booths at a monthly street fair because of politics. The organizer of Pittsboro's First Sunday, however, says she didn't deny the requests. A final decision on the group's request has not been made, Leslie Fesperman said, and she is not sure individual candidates can have booths at the event.
Bar suspends Chatham County attorneyBar suspends Chatham County attorney
[Sep. 25, 2007] The State Bar on Monday suspended Chatham County's new attorney, prohibiting him from practicing law. According to State Bar officials, Kevin Whiteheart failed to pay $200 in fines for not reporting his continuing legal education hours on time. An attorney who has been suspended by the State Bar may not practice law. By WEB RUN - N&O
Trash panel pushes Chatham county
[Sep. 5, 2007] Chatham County officials need to start talking trash. That's what the county's Solid Waste Advisory Committee told the Board of Commissioners. Right now Chatham has no long-term solid waste disposal plan because the county has put off the committee's recommendations for decades. Among its recommendations, McSween said, the committee says the county should consider building its own landfill. By WEB RUN - N&O
Pittsboro narrows town manager candidates to two
[Aug. 11, 2007] Pittsboro town commissioners discussed the status of the search for a new town manager during a closed session, and Mayor Randy Voller says the candidate pool is now down to two. Former Town Manager Sam Misenheimer was fired in February after he was charged with resisting arrest during a traffic stop. In light of that experience, Pittsboro hired Chapel Hill-based executive search firm Smither and Associates to screen approximately 40 applicants for the job. Appointment of a new town manager requires only a vote of commissioners and no public hearing,
Pedestrian hit by two cars dies
[Jul. 2, 2007] A Pittsboro man walking home early Sunday morning died after being struck by two passing vehicles, according to the State Highway Patrol. James William Small, 53, of Sols Place, was walking north on N.C. 87 about 12:15 a.m. when a car going in the same direction hit him, according to the State Highway Patrol. That car then hit a utility pole, and a second car driving behind it also ran into Small. By WEB RUN - N&O
Tapes of closed Chatham sessions are murkyTapes of closed Chatham sessions are murky
[Jun. 30, 2007] Taped minutes from five closed meetings the Chatham County commissioners held to discuss a development moratorium are often hard to understand, and three of the edited tapes last less than five minutes. In an interview Friday, commissioners' Chairman Carl Thompson said the board went into closed session because it was told to do so by its attorney. By WEB RUN - N&O
Crime inches up in Chatham
[Jun. 16, 2007] For just the second time in a decade, North Carolina's annual crime rate increased last year. The rise was fueled by more reports of rape, robbery and motor vehicle theft. Burglary and larceny also have increased, while numbers for murder and aggravated assault dropped, according to numbers released Thursday by state Attorney General Roy Cooper. The crime rate in Chatham rose 10.49 percent. Violent crime jumped from 183.8 per 100,000 residents to 308.7.
Chatham aid sought for Chapel Hill parkChatham aid sought for Chapel Hill park
[May 9, 2007] Orange County Commissioners asked their Chatham County counterparts to kick in money for a park planned near the county line. Moses Carey, chairman of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, said Chapel Hill's Southern Community Park -- designed with soccer fields, basketball courts, picnic shelters and other amenities -- is expected to draw plenty of residents of Chatham County, and Orange would rather not have to keep them out. "We're appealing to our Chatham County neighbors to work with us on this so we won't even be thinking about putting up any barriers," Carey said. By WEB RUN - N&O
Chatham schools stuffedChatham schools stuffed
[May 4, 2007] Chatham County's schools are growing by 110 to 120 new students a year, and, if nothing changes, high schools will be 700 students over capacity within five years, according to consultants. According to Jeff Tsai and Michael Miller of the N.C. State University's Operations Research Education Lab, the greatest growth is occurring in Pittsboro, Siler City and northeastern Chatham County By WEB RUN - N&O
Nonprofit urging public input on Jordan Lake watershedNonprofit urging public input on Jordan Lake watershed
[May 4, 2007] Local conservationists will soon start working on getting people motivated to attend public hearings on a plan devised by the state to improve the quality of the Jordan Lake watershed. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Quarry opponents buy up landQuarry opponents buy up land
[Apr. 17, 2007] Plans for a rock quarry in Chatham County's Mount Vernon Springs community may be crumbling after part of the site was sold to opponents of the project. Maryland-based ISP Minerals had plans to build a 1,076-acre quarry off Old U.S. 421 southeast of Siler City. The Siler City Board of Commissioners approved them in July. But locals unhappy with living near a quarry -- for the manufacture of roofing granules -- sued ISP, along with the town of Siler City and various Siler City officials who had a part in approving the plans. By WEB RUN - N&O
Lawyer: Sheriff not liable in deathLawyer: Sheriff not liable in death
[Apr. 17, 2007] Shennel McCrimon McKendall's family says Chatham County Sheriff Richard Webster didn't work hard enough to confiscate a gun belonging to her estranged husband or to protect her - despite deputies' promises that they would do so. In Chatham County Superior Court on Monday, Webster's attorney, Jim Secor, argued the wrongful death lawsuit filed by McKendall's family should be dismissed. Among other things, Secor said it was Randy McKendall's responsibility to turn over all weapons and ammunition after his wife secured a domestic violence protective order against him in November 2004. By WEB RUN - N&O
Second Carolina Brewery's taps will flow in AugustSecond Carolina Brewery's taps will flow in August
[Apr. 9, 2007] The Carolina Brewery -- apparently the first mini brewery in Chatham County -- is coming to town and is scheduled to open in August. The restaurant and bar will be similar to the original Chapel Hill location on West Franklin Street. The new location, on the site of the Lowe's Home Improvement store at the U.S. 15-501 and U.S. 64 intersection just north of town, will start out with the same menu and beer will be brewed on site. The new brewery will have just under 200 seats, a separate bar and restaurant, and space available for private dining, from office functions to wedding parties. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun

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