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Video 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.
Landlords, 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.
What 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.
The 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
Irony 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.”
Correcting 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.
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 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.
Also: Commissioner Bock Blog
Transcript: 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.
A 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.
Also: Commissioner Bock Blog
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