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Shopping center rezoning OK'dShopping center rezoning OK'd
[Jan. 24, 2006] The Chatham County commissioners have approved a rezoning request for their largest commercial development yet on the fast-growing U.S. 15-501 corridor between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. The 500,000-square-foot Williams Corner will include about 200,000 square feet of retail space, as well as medical offices and 40 to 60 townhouses targeting established professionals and early retirees. By WEB RUN - N&O
 
Man at home with distinctive herdMan at home with distinctive herd
[Jan. 23, 2006] A sleek BMW Z-4 zoomed by. An Acura TL followed it. But it was the hum of Bob Strowd's red, double cab Ford 250 that got the attention of the Belted Galloway cows at Fearrington Village. About a dozen of the cows, whose coloring makes them resemble Oreos, ran to the fence and called out to him with deep-voiced moos. By WEB RUN - N&O
 
Efforts aim to preserve retail in PittsboroEfforts aim to preserve retail in Pittsboro
[Jan. 12, 2006] After four downtown antique shops closed in 2002, Wendy and Jacques Dufour wanted to stanch the retail bleeding. So the owners of French Connections, an eclectic shop offering French antiques and African artifacts, rented a vacant storefront two blocks down Hillsboro Street, filled it with overflow merchandise, and named it The Annex. By WEB RUN - N&O
 
Chatham eyes local landfillChatham eyes local landfill
[Jan. 9, 2006] Renewing a conversation that has been ongoing for years about the county's solid waste practices, Chatham commissioners have once again brought up the idea of a local landfill. County trash is currently shipped out to Sampson County, but commissioners -- with a nod to the county's rapidly growing population -- said last week at a summit that the idea of handling solid waste inside the county was an idea whose time may soon come. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Neighbors rally to preserve Mann's ChapelNeighbors rally to preserve Mann's Chapel
[Jan. 8, 2006] Long before the world of paved roads and subdivisions, a simple white chapel served as the gathering place for those who lived out in the country near the Chatham-Orange County line. Mann's Chapel, founded in 1888 by John Henry Mann, sits in the curve on Poythress Road off Mann's Chapel Road in northern Chatham County. By WEB RUN - Chapel Hill News
 
BOE backs touch-screen voting optionBOE backs touch-screen voting option
[Jan. 7, 2006] A unanimous vote by the Board of Elections Friday approved the purchase of 150 electronic touch-screen voting machines to stock the county's 21 precincts. The final decision on the purchase of the machines will be made by the Board of Commissioners on Jan. 17. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Chatham approves Habitat projectChatham approves Habitat project
[Jan. 5, 2006] The Chatham County Board of Commissioners gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a 60-home affordable housing neighborhood south of Pittsboro. At Commissioner Mike Cross' request, the board told Chatham County's Habitat for Humanity to start negotiating to buy the land. The money for the neighborhood -- $1.1 million -- is being paid by the developers of the Briar Chapel subdivision, located south and east of Manns Chapel Road and west of U.S. 15-501. By WEB RUN - N&O
 
Voting machine meeting turns feistyVoting machine meeting turns feisty
[Jan. 5, 2006] A public hearing to examine new voting machines turned heated Wednesday night when more than 100 Chatham County residents gathered to hear the Board of Elections describe the options. The subject of new voting technology was clearly an emotional one for many voters, with the discussion becoming so intense that members of the Board of Elections actually threatened to throw one audience member out of the room. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Chatham officials can't promise to hold taxesChatham officials can't promise to hold taxes
[Jan. 5, 2006] The Chatham County Commissioners pledged Wednesday to do their best to hold the line on property taxes in the coming year, but said they can't promise there won't be any increases. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Making Santa real sometimes difficult for momMaking Santa real sometimes difficult for mom
[Dec. 21, 2005] I had not given Santa much thought since Christmas, and I never expected on a windy, sunny day in March that my daughter would finally shake hands with the real McCoy. We were driving back from Chapel Hill and stopped at a little restaurant in Pittsboro. We weren’t that hungry and ordered some hot tea and chips and salsa. As we sat there munching the warm, salty chips, an old man with a white beard walked up. He asked my child how she was doing. With a mouth full of chips she told him all about her trip to the doctor and then counted to 100 in fives. By WEB RUN - The Pilot
 
U.S. 15-501 project finally completeU.S. 15-501 project finally complete
[Nov. 24, 2005] The Lewis family's home is right off U.S. 15-501 in northern Chatham County, and for the past four years they have been re-routed, slowed down and, at times, cut off from their daily travels. However, starting today that's all going to change. The state Department of Transportation painted the final lines, picked up the barrels and turned on the traffic lights Wednesday, finishing a four-year project that ran two years -- and several million dollars -- over budget. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
Village rejects incorporatingVillage rejects incorporating
[Nov. 16, 2005] David Monroe did not want his community to become a town. It would mean more taxes, and he was not convinced it was worth it, he said. A majority of Fearrington Village residents agreed with Monroe and rejected a measure to incorporate. But the results of the nonbinding vote show Fearrington is a village divided. Just 61 votes separated those who didn’t want Fearrington to become its own town from those who did. By WEB RUN - Chapel Hill News
 
Cary, Chatham County look to work together on planningCary, Chatham County look to work together on planning
[Nov. 15, 2005] Development, and the promise of more to come, have Cary and Chatham County leaders trying again to manage how it will happen. Cary Town Council members and Chatham County commissioners have been meeting in small groups for several weeks to discuss the issue. By WEB RUN - Cary News
 
Fearrington keeps up the fight after incorporation rejectedFearrington keeps up the fight after incorporation rejected
[Nov. 15, 2005] Even though a recent vote nixed the idea of an incorporated Fearrington Village, residents say they will still fight to keep northern Chatham County a nice place to live. When the ballots were counted late last week, it turned out that a small majority -- 53 percent -- was in favor of keeping Fearrington unincorporated. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun
 
New high school, no tax hike?New high school, no tax hike?
[Nov. 7, 2005] Chatham County officials unveiled a new capital improvements plan that will fund a new high school in the northern part of the county without, they say, raising taxes. The new plan will allow the county to build 11 public facilities -- including the school -- with the money gathered from a variety of financial mechanisms, including impact taxes, certificates of participation, a school bond and the 4-cent property tax increase voted in earlier this year. In total, the county plans to spend $133 million over the next five years, which will leave it in debt until at least 2023. By WEB RUN - Herald-Sun

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