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Let's keep the county government budget in checkLet's keep the county government budget in check
[May 26, 2011] With each passing day, the debt clock in our country is increasing at a frightening rate. From our federal government down to our state and local governments, it is imperative that our government rein in it's out-of-control spending. Just as private citizens are cutting back in their own budgets, so must our government. This is why I support the five percent cut in the Chatham County budget. By Nancy Clark
 
Beer garden party fundraiser for Chatham County TogetherBeer garden party fundraiser for Chatham County Together
[May 12, 2011] I serve as a volunteer at Chatham County Together in their Graduation Project program. I get so much satisfaction from working with high school students in accomplishing a quite daunting task for them. You can see a photo of one of my students with his horse sculpture on the home page of the CCT website. Chatham County Together is a critically important resource for our communities. By Forrest Greenslade
 
Let's work together to make Chatham County government more efficient
[Apr. 10, 2011] Over the past year I have talked often about "streamlining" government. Since being sworn in as a commissioner, I've worked to transition the talk into action. As I and the other new commissioners have gone about our work, it hadn't occurred to me that there might be some confusion as to what is meant by streamlining. Recently however, a few members of CCEC and one of my fellow commissioners have expressed confusion when the topic of streamlining arises. Since I expect to be focusing on the topic over the next four years I thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know what I'm thinking when I say "streamline". By Brian Bock
 
A Bennett resident gives Mr. Logan and the Chatham School Board a piece of her mindA Bennett resident gives Mr. Logan and the Chatham School Board a piece of her mind
[Feb. 19, 2011] My name is Beth Stevens and I have been a resident of Chatham County all my life. I attended Silk Hope from kindergarten till eighth grade and then went on to Jordan Matthew high school. I can remember having a great sense of pride and community at both schools, more so at Silk Hope because I was there so long, but at Jordan-Matthews as well. I spent my high school years making many mistakes that many teens do at that age, and then went on to join the Army and served my country. By Beth Stevens
 
North Carolina begins debate over forced municipal annexationNorth Carolina begins debate over forced municipal annexation
[Feb. 18, 2011] The North Carolina Senate began hearing a historic debate on a forced municipal annexation moratorium. The new conservative-lead senate has promised a vote on this bill, a bill democrat leaders have blocked for years. By Chris Marie Farr
 
School superintendent Robert Logan's plan will ruin our community schoolsSchool superintendent Robert Logan's plan will ruin our community schools
[Jan. 30, 2011] My name is Daniel Stevens and I am currently serving as vice president of the Bennett Elementary School PTA. I have held my tongue long enough. This school board thinks that people on this side of the county are stupid and don't know what is best for our children. Disguising a hidden agenda as cost savings. Anyone with a couple of brain cells left over can add dollars and cents. Busing our kids half way across the county will increase transportation costs, not to mention the renovations of schools to make them compatible with the size of the children. So all the supposed savings will be eaten up and then some. By Daniel Stevens
 
Will Chatham County have to close a school or two?Will Chatham County have to close a school or two?
[Jan. 27, 2011] Chatham County schools are in serious trouble. And not from our school administration, but because the Federal Government's subsidies are running out, with no plan to renew. What are they thinking? And what do we expect? I'm sure Chatham County is trying to consider all of the possibilities to keep the schools open, but things, jobs and positions will have to be cut. By Karen Craig
 
Salvation Army of Chatham County counts it's blessingsSalvation Army of Chatham County counts it's blessings
[Jan. 5, 2011] The Salvation Army of Chatham County would like to thank everyone for their support during our Christmas Cheer 2010 program. In this time of economic uncertainty, it is truly a blessing to see the support from our communities in Chatham. By Jane J. Wrenn
 
New Chatham County commissioners keep their campaign promisesNew Chatham County commissioners keep their campaign promises
[Jan. 4, 2011] It is clear that with the election in November, the face of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners has changed. Despite receiving only 51 percent of the vote, the conservative majority has determined that it has a mandate and has wasted no time in pushing its agenda forward. By Evie Evans
 
Chatham County Toys for Tots campaign is under wayChatham County Toys for Tots campaign is under way
[Nov. 7, 2010] My name is Lisa Evans. I currently am the manager at Snapfitness in Pittsboro, and recently was appointed The first official Chatham County Coordinator for Toys for Tots. The campaign is on its way and I hope it will be a good one, but I need your help. The only way this can be a successful campaign is to have community involvement. By Lisa Evans
 
Final grade for the Chatham Coalition? A big fat FFinal grade for the Chatham Coalition? A big fat F
[Aug. 19, 2010] Dear Chatham citizens, and especially, John Hammond, Jan Nichols, Jefferey Starkweather, Sally Kost, and Mark Barroso. What I am about to say isn't going to be easy. I've been asking myself for days, is this the right thing to do? In the end, I believe it is. Why? Because if this county is to be led by individuals stating they will hold others accountable, then they themselves must ultimately face being held accountable. By Patrick H. Barnes, IV
 
Chatham Coalition candidates should immediately renounce the CoalitionChatham Coalition candidates should immediately renounce the Coalition
[Aug. 17, 2010] I do not think George Lucier, Tom Vanderbeck, or Carl Thompson can necessarily ask for John Hammond and Jan Nichols resignation, but the other steering committee members of the Chatham Coalition can, and should. It is not that the Coalition endorsed commissioners are actual members of the coalition. If you read commandment seven, it states only actual steering committee members can make official statements. It's a nifty little loophole, but it's done so that the Chatham Coalition can't be held accountable for what others say. Basically, you, the individual, can volunteer, and they darn sure want your money, but keep your mouth shut. By Patrick H. Barnes, IV
 
Chatham Commissioners say "drop dead" to current county employees
[Aug. 16, 2010] The commissioners and their Chatham Coalition friends keep saying the funds were not available to honor the employee pay increases promised on the PFP Agreements for the FY2008/2009 work period. Our first question should be: did the county have enough funds to meet these obligations in the recently budget process and the two prior budgets? By Bunkey Morgan
 
Success at the Chatham Social Health Council's Burrito BashSuccess at the Chatham Social Health Council's Burrito Bash
[Aug. 8, 2010] Chatham Social Health Council would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters at the Burrito Bash this past Tuesday night. It was a great turnout!
 
Current Board of Commissioners want to change rules so the land transfer tax can be imposed without voter input
[Mar. 22, 2010] Many are suffering a figurative hangover from the celebration that elected our current leadership. A growing majority realize that a mistake was made. The previous administration had been so vilified that voters overlooked flaws and swept the current leaders in. Even one-time supporters are seriously worried about the path we are on. Neither supporters nor detractors imagined that we would make such a dramatic shift to the left in such a short time. By Brian Bock

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