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Chatlist gives Chatham a say
[Apr. 9, 2007] Politics, flying squirrels and manure don't have much in common, unless you subscribe to the Chatham Chatlist. The daily electronic mailing list is part gossip column, part 411 and part classifieds. And Chathamites are eating it up. Nearly 2,300 people make up this virtual community -- that's almost the entire population of Pittsboro. Gene Galin, 46, is the man behind the list. He created it in 1997 as a one-page Web post, hoping neighbors would talk over it like a back fence. By WEB RUN - N&O
Morgan called to testify in suit over project
[Apr. 5, 2007] The former chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners has been called to testify in a lawsuit against the county over a shopping center he voted to approve. So Bunkey Morgan, who lost his re-election bid last year, asked the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to provide his legal representation. On Monday, board members agreed to pay for Morgan's defense. They also agreed to provide a lawyer for any past commissioner sued over county business. By WEB RUN - N&O
Chatham ponders slowdown for homesChatham ponders slowdown for homes
[Apr. 3, 2007] The Chatham County Commissioners may consider a residential development moratorium sometime in the near future as they try to respond to expected rapid growth in the eastern part of the county. The commissioners discussed the possibility at their meeting Monday morning after a presentation by Paul Black, principal planner with the Triangle J Council of Governments. According to a recent Triangle J study that looked at growth trends, census data, approved subdivisions as well as undeveloped land in eastern Chatham, 117,131 people could be living in the area by 2035. Currently, about 34,000 people live in the eastern part of the county. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Projects may go on holdProjects may go on hold
[Apr. 3, 2007] Nearly 15,000 new homes have been approved for construction in Chatham County. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners thinks that may be enough for now. Commissioners say the county may need at least a yearlong moratorium on new subdivisions. The county needs time to write ordinances covering issues such as lighting and development along its major highways, commissioners said Monday. It needs time to figure out where to get the new residents' water and where to send their treated wastewater. By WEB RUN - N&O
Chatham tax idea supported, deridedChatham tax idea supported, derided
[Mar. 30, 2007] Chatham County's state representatives support letting Chatham levy a 1 percent land transfer tax to build schools and water and sewer systems in the growing county. But an influential lobbying group, the N.C. Realtors Association, is using highway signs, TV commercials and a Web site called to fight the tax. Local groups are also forming to oppose the proposal.
Chatham jail is outdated and all but outgrown
[Mar. 22, 2007] The cell doors in the Chatham County jail are so narrow that guards have to drag sick inmates out of their cells to lay them on a stretcher. At 51 beds, the jail is so small that officers can't separate adults from juvenile inmates, and those awaiting trial from those who've been convicted. It's time, Sheriff Richard Webster told the Chatham County Board of Commissioners this week, to expand the 25-year-old jail. By WEB RUN - N&O
Citizen activists' suit opened up recordsCitizen activists' suit opened up records
[Mar. 16, 2007] Chatham County artist Gretchen Lothrop was a reluctant gadfly at first. But being denied public records repeatedly and then winning in court on behalf of openness in government has made Lothrop a proud sunshine warrior, even though she and other citizens shelled out $35,000 to get what was rightfully theirs -- and yours By WEB RUN - N&O
Chatham officials create Environmental Review BoardChatham officials create Environmental Review Board
[Feb. 26, 2007] The Chatham County Commissioners hope a newly formed Environmental Review Board will help them become more environmentally conscious and protect the county's natural resources. The board voted unanimously recently to create the review board, naming 10 voting members to the panel -- two appointees by each commissioner -- and one ex-officio member, who may be appointed when needed for specific projects. Members will serve for four-year terms. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Chatham County tries to handle rapid growthChatham County tries to handle rapid growth
[Feb. 23, 2007] The town of Pittsboro in Chatham County was founded in 1787. It's a town at the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 and N.C. Highway 15-501. It's a location that is fueling its growth for residents commuting into Raleigh, Durham and Research Triangle Park. You might not think it watching the cars circling Pittsboro's historic traffic circle, but this town is at a crossroads. By WEB RUN - NBC17
Durham woman killed in Chatham wreckDurham woman killed in Chatham wreck
[Feb. 7, 2007] A head-on collision in northern Chatham County killed a Durham woman Tuesday morning. Janie Andrews, 68, was driving a 2005 Chrysler passenger car south on Big Woods Road near Jack Bennett Road around 10:45 a.m. when a Ford pickup truck heading the opposite direction crossed into the southbound lane and struck her car. Andrews died at the scene, and another passenger, Lila Earp, 60, of Hillsborough, was injured and taken to UNC Hospitals. By WEB RUN - N&O
Growth reaches 2nd-Starbucks levelGrowth reaches 2nd-Starbucks level
[Feb. 2, 2007] It's hard to call yourself a small town when Starbucks moves in. Especially when a second one pops up across the street. That happens in New York and D.C. But Chatham County? And, yet, there are two in the Chatham Downs shopping center along U.S. 15-501 between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill. One is a stand-alone store. The other is across the parking lot inside the Harris Teeter. By WEB RUN - N&O
Chatham says 'No' to 90-home projectChatham says 'No' to 90-home project
[Jan. 17, 2007] The new Chatham County Board of Commissioners unanimously denied an application for a new subdivision Tuesday night -- something that hasn't happened in this county for years. Commissioners said the 144 acres off Lystra Road is not a suitable piece of property for the 90-home subdivision that the Dornoch Group wants to build. By WEB RUN - N&O
Dog back with family as group relentsDog back with family as group relents
[Jan. 17, 2007] A Chatham County rescue group gave Liza Terll her dog back Tuesday after the group's president said three board members had received threats. The story of Shelby riveted readers of a popular local Listserv this week. Many berated Best Buddies Companion Rescue and Adoption for not returning the dog. By WEB RUN - N&O
Chatham green task force OK'dChatham green task force OK'd
[Dec. 19, 2006] The new Chatham County Commissioners continued to flex their slow-growth muscle Monday night. First, Commissioner George Lucier proposed creating a green building task force, which the board unanimously approved during their afternoon work session. Lucier also suggested adding a section to the county's ordinance on Planning Board membership that would allow commissioners to terminate members at any time. By WEB RUN - N&O
Chatham commissioners OK Green Building Task ForceChatham commissioners OK Green Building Task Force
[Dec. 18, 2006] The Chatham County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to form a task force that will guide them in constructing environmentally friendly buildings. George Lucier, one of three new Chatham commissioners who were sworn into office on Dec. 4, made the motion to form a "Green Building Task Force" to advise the commissioners on sustainable building. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun

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