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Can You Stand Your Ground In North Carolina?[Jul. 15, 2013]
As of December 1, 2011, citizens throughout North Carolina had the legal right to defend themselves from a threat of violence without first being required to retreat. This was the date that North Carolina's Stand Your Ground law took effect.
Kroger is buying North Carolina-based Harris Teeter[Jul. 9, 2013]
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. (NYSE: HTSI) today announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Harris Teeter for $49.38 per share in cash. There is a Harris Teeter supermarket located on 15-501 in northeast Chatham County.
Lead NC Democratic fundraiser sees no hope under Randy Voller's continued leadership[Jun. 11, 2013]
North Carolina Democratic Party first vice chair, Nina Szlosberg-Landis, announced her resignation on Monday evening. In a letter to state Democratic executive committee members, she said donors "are not comfortable" with the actions of NC Democratic Party Chairman and Pittsboro mayor Randy Voller. Szlosberg-Landis said she came to the conclusion that donor confidence could not be restored and party fundraising would continue to suffer under Voller's leadership.
Randy Voller ridiculed on "The Daily Show" by Jon Stewart[May 10, 2013]
Pittsboro mayor, NC Democratic Party Chairman and interim executive director Randy Voller was ridiculed on national television Thursday night. During the “The Daily Show”, host Jon Stewart used WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie's story about the rape comments made by Randy Voller as a chance to remind Democrats that they are “losing women.”
WCHL to launch on FM at 97.9 FM[Aug. 26, 2012]
WCHL will begin broadcasting on 97.9 FM on Tuesday, August 28th. The station commenced broadcasting in January of 1953. Over the last 60 years, WCHL has thrived at 1360 AM on the radio dial dedicated to serving the local community. The FM frequency will allow WCHL to consistently offer the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities a better listening experience and will create a new way for people to consume the local news, information and entertainment that is only available through WCHL.
Liquor sales election in Chatham causes controversy[May 2, 2009]
More than 1,400 Chatham County residents have already entered the doors at the Pittsboro Board of Elections office to take part in early voting on a county-wide referendum on mixed beverage sales. And that issue has caused a lot of controversy. If passed, it would allow Steve Cote, co-owner of the City Tap, and others to sell more than just beer and wine; he would be able to sell mixed drinks.
Churches organize in opposition to Chatham liquor law change[May 2, 2009]
With a vote on sales of liquor by the drink only days away in Chatham County, a coalition of churches has stepped forward to oppose well-organized support for the measure. The Sandy Creek Baptist Association Against LBD was formally recognized as a referendum committee on April 29, according to documents filed with the Chatham County Board of Elections on that date. The two-page filing states that the purpose of the organization is to "oppose referendum."
The land of Plenties[Apr. 9, 2009]
America looks more like Argentina circa 2001 everyday. The town of Pittsboro, North Carolina adopted its own misguided economic stimulus by deciding to revive a local currency called the Plenty next month. In tough times there often emerges a populist temptation to revert to protectionism, but local autarky? The last attempt, six years ago, to launch Plenties failed for obvious reasons. Merchants could not use Plenties to trade with outsiders and Pittsboro's 2,000-odd residents have developed tastes for goods produced outside its borders (probably even from China). So this time the local bank has agreed to exchange Plenties for American dollars (not clear if they will follow a fixed or floating exchange rate regime).
Beating the Odds: Northwood's magical run gave community something to believe in[Mar. 24, 2009]
Despite a 62-50 setback to Shelby in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A State Basketball Championship, Russ Frazier still believes his Northwood Chargers accomplished their goal. Sort of. Playing in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill with die-hard Charger fans rooting for their team the entire way, the Chargers got the entire community excited and gave those fans in attendance plenty of reason to cheer.
Chatham officials stay away from immigration policy forum[Feb. 28, 2009]
Chatham County commissioners did not attend a forum Thursday night on the county’s illegal immigration policy. Commissioners have received threats following their recent decision not to take part in a federal program to identify illegal immigrants among those charged with other crimes.
Also: WRAL-TV video
Controversy over immigration resolution[Feb. 1, 2009]
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is contracting with North Carolina sheriffs to help identify and arrest illegal immigrants. But the Chatham County Commission, including Chairman George Lucier, passed a resolution discouraging their sheriff from cooperating. "The resolution is simply our opinion, and our opinion is that local law enforcement agencies should not be involved with ICE because it's costly, ineffective -- it's voluntary," Lucier said.
Chatham County counting school bus stop violators[Mar. 6, 2008]
The state stop arm violation count is on next Wednesday, so motorists beware. Chatham County school bus drivers will be documenting the number of motorists who illegally drive past a school bus while the stop arm is deployed. This is part of a national annual event to shed light on the number of violators who put children at risk of being hit or run over as they exit the bus.
How race has changed in Chatham County[Feb. 27, 2008]
There was a time when Norma Boone would not have been welcome at Johnson's Burger Joint in Siler City. This week, the 50-year-old Jordan Mathew High School Principal entered the eatery for only the second time in her life.
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