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Video about trash at Jordan Lake is releasedVideo about trash at Jordan Lake is released
[Mar. 19, 2014] Clean Jordan Lake is a grassroots, nonprofit founded in 2009 for the purpose of removing trash from the shoreline and preventing its recurrence. We are an official partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the managing organization for the lake. So far, 3,000 volunteers have removed 8,500 bags of trash (that's about 85 tons!) and 3,400 tires (many still on rims) from 15 miles of shoreline in 90 cleanup events, large and small. By Fran DiGiano
 
Landlords, screen your rentors meticulouslyLandlords, screen your rentors meticulously
[Feb. 26, 2014] Landlords, screen your rentors meticulously. Some will stop paying rent and live for free while you process their removal or eviction. Some will damage your property willfully and try to blame you for it. Some will work a con about being short on rent, endlessly working for breaks while, sometimes, indulging in luxuries. By Tom Glendinning
 
What UNC’s Poverty Center was hidingWhat UNC’s Poverty Center was hiding
[Feb. 26, 2014] A public records request filed by the Civitas Institute confirms that the UNC Poverty Center continues to use publicly funded resources for blatantly political activities in ways that are inappropriate, violate UNC policies, and possibly illegal. Email records show that the center – formally the UNC Center for Poverty, Work, & Opportunity – hosted an invitation-only conference in November 2013 of top liberal activists and organizers. By Francis De Luca
 
The whole story about voter reforms in North CarolinaThe whole story about voter reforms in North Carolina
[Jan. 21, 2014] Much has been said and written about the election law reform legislation known as VIVA (Voter Identification Verification Act – HB 589) – but too many of the reports are misleading or just plain wrong. The legislation was passed in the 2013 legislative session and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in August. Mostly, the old guard media have focused on just three provisions of the new law — the voter ID requirement, the elimination of same day registration and the shortened early voting window. These three parts of the law are the most controversial, so focusing on them gives liberal advocacy groups a platform on which to continue their assault on the people who support election reform By Susan Myrick
 
Irony defined: NAACP bullies Voter Integrity Project for confidential recordsIrony defined: NAACP bullies Voter Integrity Project for confidential records
[Jan. 3, 2014] Christmas was postponed indefinitely last month for the Voter Integrity Project after the NAACP served an expansive subpoena for the records of VIP on Friday, December 20, 2013. “We won’t take this bullying lightly, but do marvel at their hypocrisy,” said Jay DeLancy, Chief Executive of the Voter Integrity Project-NC. “It looks like they’re employing the same tactics against us that bigoted Governors once used when trying to run the NAACP out of the South.”
 
GLAAD feeling backlash against their anti-Christian bigotryGLAAD feeling backlash against their anti-Christian bigotry
[Dec. 20, 2013] On Thursday, Bear Creek native and country music singer Charlie Daniels weighed in on the Duck Dynasty controversy. Daniels said it was a "sorry day in America" when A&E can indefinitely suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and trample on his civil rights for "expressing heartfelt religious opinions."
Also: The Robertson Family Official Statement
 
Correcting some errors in statements by SELC on Bonner BridgeCorrecting some errors in statements by SELC on Bonner Bridge
[Dec. 18, 2013] I want to correct some errors in statements made since the Bonner Bridge closure, particularly by plaintiffs’ counsel on this issue, that occasionally are reported as fact. In this case, plaintiffs’ counsel is the Southern Environmental Law Center, which represents Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association. By Jim Trogdon
 
List of NC academics who used to call themselves 'progressive' until they realized it was bad public relationsList of NC academics who used to call themselves 'progressive' until they realized it was bad public relations
[Dec. 17, 2013] Formerly known as the Scholars for a Progressive North Carolina, before they realized it was bas public relations, the progressive Scholars for North Carolina’s Future group was formed in response to what organizers described as “the destructive course pursued by the state legislature.”
 
Voter fraud? Nearly 5,000 North Carolina voters still not verified eleven months laterVoter fraud? Nearly 5,000 North Carolina voters still not verified eleven months later
[Oct. 24, 2013] The Voter Integrity Project-NC, released a report on Wednesdaysuggesting that as many as 4,857 North Carolina voters in the November 2012 election may have abused the Same-Day Registration law in order to vote illegally and 2,253 of them were in Mecklenburg County.
 
Civitas Poll: Voters back developing NC natural gas resources
[May 19, 2013] The latest Civitas Poll shows that North Carolina voters strongly favor developing the state’s natural gas resources, including offshore reserves. The poll of 500 NC registered voters had a margin of error of plus-minus 4.36 percent. “Voters want to see North Carolina develop the natural resources lying right under our feet, or just off our seacoast,” said Civitas President Francis X. De Luca. “Legislators should heed these beliefs, and pay less attention to the scare tactics often used to block energy development.”
 
Chatham County Animal Welfare Conference on June 8Chatham County Animal Welfare Conference on June 8
[May 2, 2013] On Saturday June 8, we will hold the first county wide animal welfare conference. The purpose of the summit is to bring together as many of the animal welfare groups and individuals in the county as possible to discuss strategies to reduce and ultimately eliminate animal suffering in Chatham County. In addition to inviting non-profit groups and interested citizens, members of the county health department advisory committee, animal control and others are being invited. However, it's important to note that is not an official county sponsored event. By Brian Bock
Also: Commissioner Bock Blog
 
I will do my part to protect the freedoms spelled out in the U.S. constitutionI will do my part to protect the freedoms spelled out in the U.S. constitution
[Feb. 13, 2013] There has been a lot of discussion lately in the community regarding gun and ammo sales at local retailers, specifically Wal-mart. Some have suggested that we, as a board of commissioners, should try to stop walmart from selling these items as a means of increasing public safety. By Brian Bock
Also: Commissioner Bock Blog
 
Transcript: 2012 second presidential debateTranscript: 2012 second presidential debate
[Oct. 17, 2012] President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met in Hempstead, New York Tuesday evening, October 16, for the second of three presidential debates.
 
S. T. Wooten Corporation plant history and Chatham County
[Sep. 24, 2012] The S. T. Wooten Corporation plant on Sugar Lake Road in eastern Chatham County was installed around 1974 on a lease to Lee Paving Company. There were highway projects which justified this plant, including the US Highway 64 bridges crossing Jordan Lake circa 1980. At that time, there were no houses or developments on Sugar Lake Road and Sugar Lake itself was still a stone quarry operated by American Stone. By Tom Glendinning
 
A few comments about the 2012-13 Chatham County BudgetA few comments about the 2012-13 Chatham County Budget
[Jun. 28, 2012] On June 18 we passed the FY 2012-2013 budget. I want to touch on the highlights of the budget and make a few comments in areas that might need some clarification. To see the approved budget and a more complete summary please visit the county website. When the majority took office we pledged to make spending cuts, focus our spending on core functions, and raise taxes only as a last resort. We knew that by prioritizing dwe could increase spending in core areas without additional tax burden to the citizens. I'm pleased to say that the county staff has been able to once again prepare a budget that allows us to maintain our property tax rate at 62.19 cents. By Brian Bock
Also: Commissioner Bock Blog

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