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Saying goodbye to the Chatham County courthouse

By Heather Johnson
Posted Friday, March 26, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Yesterday I took my 4 children to our Pittsboro Library book sale and then over to the adjacent Kiwanis children’s park. We were delighted to run into Brian Bock’s wife Jeanna at the book sale and Sue Clark, a hard working Fearrington Republican who was volunteering there. The sign advertising the sale hung from the Chatham County Courthouse.

Chatham Courthouse burning

Went over to the park with my children when we started to hear the sirens – I have never heard that many before. And my son smelled smoke. Then we saw it. We left immediately. As we drove away we saw people running toward the Town center and then saw the flames and black smoke billowing from our precious Courthouse.

The Courthouse is believed to be a total loss now. Many in our Chatham Community are heartbroken. I remember this evening my own times spent in this building – serving on a jury while pregnant with my third child, in fact all of my children have been there for many a Commissioner meeting and other important events.

Conservatives and Republicans have not been in power here, but in this Courthouse’s last years we have made a lasting impression. The Chatham Conservative Voice held a community forum there last year and the videos can be seen here.

Chatham County is really in mourning tonight. The center of our Town, County and within miles of the center-most point of our State has been lost.

 
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