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Cary council turns duet into soloCary council turns duet into solo
[Jun. 9, 2006] The joint gathering of the Chatham County commissioners and the Cary Town Council was a little less joint than most people expected. The Cary Town Council didn't show. Members of the Cary planning staff, who did attend, said the council was in a work session that had been scheduled long ago. The missing council, however, did not stop more than 300 residents from roving the school's gym to look at large maps of the area between Chatham County's Jordan Lake and the town of Cary, which is on the other side of the Wake County line. By WEB RUN - N&O
Parent: Chatham school's locker rooms in disrepairParent: Chatham school's locker rooms in disrepair
[May 20, 2006] Students at Northwood High School avoid taking showers in the locker rooms because they are in disrepair and dirty, according to parent Meg Miller. She says the school's field house, which houses locker rooms for visiting sports teams, also needs to be remodeled. And despite Northwood's maintenance issues, Miller said, school administrators give money to the county's other two high schools for remodeling while Northwood goes without. By WEB RUN - N&O
Official responds to ACLU on prayerOfficial responds to ACLU on prayer
[Apr. 24, 2006] The chairman of the Chatham County commissioners would not say Friday whether he would comply with the ACLU's request to stop invoking Jesus Christ's name in prayers at government meetings. "[W]hen it is my turn to pray, I will use my personal judgment just like my fellow commissioners will," Bunkey Morgan wrote in a letter responding to the civil liberties group. Morgan also blamed political opponents for causing a stir over the board's sectarian prayers. By WEB RUN - N&O
Early voters get wrong ballotEarly voters get wrong ballot
[Apr. 19, 2006] When Gene Brooks went to vote Tuesday he saw a few things on the ballot that shouldn't have been there: the names of Rep. David Price and his opponents in the race for the Democratic nomination in Congressional District Four. Brooks lives in District Two, and shouldn't have been allowed to pick a nominee for the District Four race, but elections officials say a screw-up with the voting equipment caused Brooks -- and about 60 others -- to receive the wrong ballot. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Chatham will get 3rd one-stop siteChatham will get 3rd one-stop site
[Apr. 14, 2006] It took less than 10 minutes Thursday for the state Board of Elections to approve a third one-stop voting location in Chatham County. Wake and Durham counties each have only one early voting site, but state board members said they felt the population in Chatham County was so spread out that a third site was warranted. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Chatham board member is behind on taxesChatham board member is behind on taxes
[Apr. 12, 2006] Chatham County will start garnishing the stipend of a county elections board member who owes thousands of dollars in overdue taxes. Ernest H. Dark owes $3,803.51 for his 2005 property and vehicle taxes, said Vicki McConnell, the county's finance director. By WEB RUN - N&O
State permits controlled burn, despite brush-fire warningsState permits controlled burn, despite brush-fire warnings
[Mar. 16, 2006] At a time when residents across the state have been urged not to burn debris because of windy and dry conditions that could spark brush fires, the state gave a local contractor approval for a controlled burn Thursday. The controlled burn, administered by a contractor for Progress Energy, covered a little more than 200 acres on the Chatham County side of Harris Lake -- about a mile away from any residences or structures. By WEB RUN - WRAL-TV
Precinct merger seen as move to control votesPrecinct merger seen as move to control votes
[Mar. 16, 2006] A recent precinct merger has doubled the number of voters in some precincts and left some wondering if the county is intentionally trying to disenfranchise voters. Citing problems with several locations, the Board of Elections recently voted to merge eight precincts into half that number. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
School board pushes for new high schoolSchool board pushes for new high school
[Mar. 14, 2006] The Chatham County Commissioners kept quiet Monday night when members of the county's school board tried once again to convince them to fund a new high school that could cost 40 percent more than the original budget. The joint meeting of the two governing boards originally was designed so members of each panel could attempt to repair the disconnect that arose when the school board announced that a new high school planned for the northern section of the county would cost well more than planned. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Pittsboro to watch plans for 1,770 acresPittsboro to watch plans for 1,770 acres
[Feb. 10, 2006] Town officials said Thursday they would be looking carefully at the development of a recently purchased 1,770-acre tract of land just south of Pittsboro. "A development of that size is going to require quite a bit of input from all citizens, governments and stakeholders," Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller said. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
1,800 acres sold in Chatham for $17.4 million1,800 acres sold in Chatham for $17.4 million
[Feb. 9, 2006] Developers backed by SAS Institute founder Jim Goodnight have bought about 1,800 acres in eastern Chatham County from retired Superior Court Judge Wade Barber and his family. Preston Development, which built the Preston subdivision in Cary, paid $17.4 million for the land, or about $10,000 an acre, said Barber, who retired from the Orange-Chatham bench in January. By WEB RUN - N&O
Chatham group combats gang activityChatham group combats gang activity
[Feb. 9, 2006] Deputy Jynnifer Harrell can read the writing on the wall. And if the writing on the wall is gang graffiti, it's her job to be able to read it, understand what it means and then do whatever she has to do to stop gang members from writing more. Harrell is one of three deputies at the Chatham County Sheriff's Office to make up the department's gang unit. By WEB RUN - Sanford Herald
Chatham loans raise ethics questionsChatham loans raise ethics questions
[Feb. 2, 2006] A Chatham County commissioner is calling for two planning board members to resign because the chairman of the county commissioners co-signed their personal loans. Commissioner Patrick Barnes said Clyde Harris and Martin Mason cannot serve impartially if they might owe money to Bunkey Morgan. By WEB RUN - N&O
Struggling Bynum General Store to drop postal serviceStruggling Bynum General Store to drop postal service
[Jan. 31, 2006] In a time when most everything in northern Chatham County has started to grow, tucked into the curve of the Haw River is a sleepy little country store that has been left behind by the trend. Soon it may be left behind for good. Store owner, Jerry Partin, says he doesn't know if the Bynum General Store will remain open past the end of March. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
Siler City go-to person Hobbs, 81Siler City go-to person Hobbs, 81
[Jan. 30, 2006] Pemberton Hobbs was born in Wilmington and educated in Raleigh but made a name for himself guiding change in a little town, Siler City. In the past two decades, "Pem" Hobbs ran for Siler City mayor twice, helped revive the town's defunct Fourth of July parade, served on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, became the driving force behind four downtown
murals capturing the spirit of old Chatham County, and launched a Hispanic Task Force that helped public and private agencies respond to the county's rapid demographic and cultural shifts. Hobbs died Friday at the age of 81. By WEB RUN - N&O

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