Chatham County BBS

xx NC, Volvo in talks on auto plant
January 23, 2015, 04:20:25 PM by munn5

"Volvo is said to be looking at North Carolina and any incentives it might get for a plant as the Swedish car maker angles for a resurgence in the United States, according a report Wednesday in the British newspaper Financial Times....Volvo has talked with the legislatures of states including Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina about incentives that may be available for the project, the sources claimed. ...Volvos presence in North Carolina includes its Volvo Trucks North American corporate headquarters in Greensboro. It has a truck assembly plant in Dublin, Va., about two hours north of Greensboro....The state has at least three sites in various stages of readiness for an auto plant, including one near Siler City."
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xx CJ - Chatham County's elected boards to meet January 29
January 23, 2015, 09:20:56 AM by Gene Galin
Chatham County's elected boards to meet January 29

Siler City, NC On Thursday, January 29, the Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will host a joint meeting with the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, the town boards of Goldston, Pittsboro, and Siler City, and the Board of Education to discuss effective models of career and technical education.

In September, the University of North Carolinas Center for International Understanding hosted a Global Leaders to Germany program to provide North Carolina representatives an opportunity to learn first-hand about the German system of supporting manufacturing. The Institute for Emerging Issues sponsored a Chatham County team to attend: Dianne Reid, President of Chatham EDC, Renee Paschal, Assistant County Manager and Dr. Pamela Senegal, Vice President of Economic and Community Development for Central Carolina Community College.

Dianne Reid and Renee Paschal will talk about what they learned from German models of apprenticeships and dual education, and how Chatham County can implement similar strategies in local career and technical education programs.

The public event is at 7 p.m. at Bestfood Cafeteria in Siler City (220 East 11th St.). Guests are invited to arrive at 6 p.m. for a Dutch treat dinner.For more information, contact the EDC at 919-542-8274.
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xx Renee Ellmers switches to the DNC
January 22, 2015, 11:19:23 AM by Livin-in-Chatham
Well, that is the headline that I expect any day now.  She loves amnesty.  She loves big government spending.  Now she loves killing babies. The only thing left for her to do is leave her husband and marry Nancy Pelosi.
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xx The real mass transit of the future in Chatham County
January 21, 2015, 05:56:49 PM by zorro
The FOWL Randy Voller and his OWL friends tell us how the magic bus format of mass transit is an investment in the county's future.

The truth is that Randy's thinking is so last millennium.

THE REAL MASS TRANSIT OF THE FUTURE: How Automated Vehicles Will Change Lifestyles.

What will automated cars and trucks do to change society? First some uncontroversial changes:

    A big reduction in jobs driving taxis.
    A big reduction in jobs driving local delivery and long haul trucks.
    A big reduction in car accidents and deaths from car accidents.
    Greater mobility for the blind and other disabled.
    Greater fuel efficiency as cars drive themselves more optimally.
    Higher potential traffic volume on a freeway as cars do coordinated speed control and lane changes.

But what about the impacts on personal decisions on whether to live in cities, suburbs, or rural environments? That one seems a lot harder to call.

The argument for more suburban and rural living: commuting from suburb to city will become faster (faster average freeway speeds) and easier. Also commuting between suburbs (which is also quite common) will become easier as well. Why live in a city to reduce commuting time and commuting stress when you can use the commuting type to catch up on email, do video conferencing, and write documents? All else equal if commuting becomes easier people will commute longer distances.

The argument for more city living: autonomous cars will make mobility within a city cheaper, faster, and safer. Autonomous cars will reduce the need for car ownership. In a future permutation of Uber or Lyft you will be able to summon a rental autonomous vehicle, walk out your apartment, and find it waiting for you by the time you reach the street. Car ownership will become much less common and yet mobility will increase within the city. You won't need to park your car when you reach your destination because it will drive itself off to pick up another customer - just like taxis now but cheaper and with much faster service. So the high costs and hassles of car ownership will be replaced with a much more responsive transportation system within cities. Though the increase in people moving around might make traffic worse.

In both suburbs and cities I expect to see big commuter buses to be replaced by shared riding in smaller vehicles. Buses have to run less often because they are so big. Therefore people have to wait for them rather than immediately go where they want to go. An autonomous SUV going down a busy suburban or city surface road will get a signal from a central dispatching computer to pick up people who walk out from side streets and carry them in a direction that other riders in the vehicle are already going.

Ask yourself: Given autonomous vehicles would you change your mind about where you want to live? What sort of housing would you move from and to?
Randall Parker, 2015 January 18 09:40 AM 
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xx Chatham commissioners hear from Duke Energy, Charah
January 21, 2015, 02:16:53 PM by Gene Galin
Chatham commissioners hear from Duke Energy, Charah
Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM
Kathryn Trogdon


The Chatham County Board of Commissioners asked Duke Energy and Charah representatives Tuesday about alternatives to storing millions of tons of coal ash at Chatham and Lee county clay mine sites learning that other options are being explored as a legislative time crunch looms.

Addressing the board during a meeting Tuesday, Charah representatives said about 3 million tons of coal ash will come to Chatham County starting in the spring or early summer.

We understand that the issue of coal ash is one that generates a lot of questions, said Mike Hughes, Duke Energy vice president of community relations. It clearly generates a lot of emotions as well.

Prompted by questions he had received from concerned Chatham County residents, Commission Chairman Jim Crawford asked the Duke Energy and Charah representatives what alternatives existed to placing the coal ash in Chatham County and for assurances that other options had not been ruled out just because Chatham County has a convenient clay pit.

Hughes emphasized that Duke Energy has been generating coal ash for about 70 years, and because of the Coal Ash Management Act that requires Duke Energy to excavate the four highest priority sites by 2019, there was a real time constraint.

But Hughes added that Duke Energy still is looking into other possibilities for coal ash storage.

I believe that we are continuing to evaluate ... options where we have an option to continue to store the coal ash onsite at any of those facilities that the state has deemed high priority, he said.

Hughes explained that the Riverbend site had no room to continue to store coal ash, but after more room has been made at the Sutton site, it could handle the movement and storage of the existing material.

Ultimately, the plan is to store most of that ash onsite, he said. This development would not change phase one of Duke and Charahs plan, which calls for 3 million tons of coal ash to be moved to the Chatham and Lee County sites.

Hughes added that Duke Energy believed addressing the project in phases was the best way to approach the issue. He said through this method, new technologies can be evaluated as solutions as they become available.

But right now, we have to deal with a known quantity of ash with known technologies, he said.

Commissioner Karen Howard said due to the time constraint, Duke Energys motivation and focus are different than the commissioners, which means the decision to store coal ash in Chatham County may not be in the best interest of the residents.

You have a different set of priorities in dealing with this, she said. We are left with the result.

Lee and Chatham county commissioners recently agreed that Duke Energys coal ash plans were not beneficial to their respective communities passing resolutions in opposition. Lee County Commission Chairman Amy Dalrymple and County Manager John Crumpton attended Chatham countys meeting Tuesday to hear the presentation.

Unlike Lee County, Chatham County has a Duke Energy-owned power plant located in Moncure, and the commissioners said they didnt want to see coal ash from that site moved to another county any more than they want coal ash from the Riverbend and Sutton sites to be put in the Brickhaven mine.

Weve not yet submitted a plan for our Cape Fear Plant in Moncure in regard to ash disposal, Hughes said. We believe the Brickhaven Mine is an ideal and logical place for that ash to go.

The board took no action at the meeting, which was a work session, and is set to meet next on Feb. 2.

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sad NC Democrats think Randy Voller is an insane Party Pooper
January 20, 2015, 04:23:08 PM by zorro
Party Pooper
Gary Pearce posted on January 20, 2015 09:19

Theres good news and theres bad news about the true state of the N.C. Democratic Party.
The bad news is that the actual financial situation is worse than it looks. Much of the $42,700 that the party has on hand belongs to the House and Senate caucuses.
Thats also the good news, because the caucuses have made sure Chairman Randy Voller cant get to the money.
More good news: With county parties, candidate committees and super PACs, Democrats have learned to work around the Goodwin House Horrors.
Still and all, it would help to have a functioning state party, one that focuses on electing candidates instead of debating the platform on Iraq and castigating heretics to the true faith.
It would help to have one that keeps the phones and Internet working. At times during the fall campaign, both went down at party HQ. That made running campaigns a tad difficult.
Voller, who said he doesnt know what the monthly budget is, blamed others. He told Colin Campbell of the N&O: Its difficult to get some of the larger counties to want to pay their money to the sustaining fund.
Thats because they dont have any confidence in Voller. Thats why Kay Hagans campaign worked through the Wake County Democratic Party. Thats why the caucuses put their accounts off limits.
Now that Voller has scheduled the election of the next chair in his hometown of Pittsboro, theres a suspicion he wants to engineer his own reelection.
Which brings us to the definition of insanity: to keep doing the same things youve been doing and expect a different result.

Meanwhile, the campaign for chair will no doubt focus on vital issues, like whether one of the candidates is too close to turn-of-the-century (thats 1900, not 2000) Governor Charles Brantley Aycock.
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sad Randy Voller leaves NC Democratic Party with just $42,700 in the bank
January 20, 2015, 04:14:19 PM by zorro
Randy Voller leaves NC Democratic Party with just $42,700 in the bank

The N.C. Democratic Party entered 2015 with just $42,700 in the bank --- and just under $6,000 in its main account for day-to-day operations, according to financial reports filed with the state.

The reports show the state party with less money on hand than in any other reporting cycle in years. Much of the $42,700 belongs to the House and Senate caucus organizations.

The party is also nearly $130,000 in debt, although that number has been dropping. Its building fund, which covers upkeep for the party's historic headquarters in downtown Raleigh, has just $180.

The financial news comes as the party prepares to elect a new leader to replace Randy Voller, who's stepping down as chairman after being battered by scandals and infighting. It also comes after a costly 2014 election in which the party won a few judicial and county commissioner races while losing a U.S. Senate seat.

In an interview, Voller downplayed the financial numbers. "It's not a big story or a big surprise," he said, noting that party coffers are typically depleted after a major election. "We focused all of our energy trying to win that election. Now we're raising money for another election cycle."

But Voller says the fundraising needs are critical: at a minimum, the party must raise $200,000 soon to fund daily operations. Operating expenses, he said, ran about $20,000 per month when he was elected two years ago. The party has since cut costs, and Voller said he's not sure what the monthly budget is now.

"If (supporters) want to have an ongoing and strong Democratic party, people need to invest in it --- simple as that," he said.

Voller says that $200,000 would be easily raised if each county's party organization paid their dues. Based on the number of Democratic voters, recommended county contributions range from $800 for a small county to $25,000 for a large county like Mecklenburg or Wake.

"It's difficult to get some of the larger counties to want to pay their money to the sustaining fund," he said.

Both state parties saw revenues drop when the legislature eliminated the tax "checkoff" program, which allowed North Carolina taxpayers to direct $3 of their income tax payment to their favorite political party. The change left the Democratic Party with a $1.5 million shortfall.

The N.C. Republican Party ended 2014 with $151,300. That's down from $1.38 million in October, which was the height of campaign season. The Democratic Party had about half that amount, about $662,000, on the same date in October.

Hundreds of Democratic Party leaders will meet Feb. 7 to cast their votes for chair, with four candidates running. Until Friday, the meeting location was listed online as "TBD," leading some Democrats to complain they need more advance notice. Some speculated that the party was struggling to afford a large enough meeting space.

On Friday, the party announced that the meeting will be held at Northwoods High School, in Voller's hometown of Pittsboro. That's where the last meeting was held in November. "Most of you know how to get there," he said. "It's equidistant to all locations."

The best-known candidate to replace Voller is former state Rep. Patsy Keever of Asheville, who currently serves as first vice chairwoman. Reached Friday, she declined to answer questions about the party's financial health.

"Yes, we're in financial difficulties," she said. "I think when we have a change in leadership, we will be able to bring it back to where it needs to be."

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xx Our State - Visitors Find Urban Escape at Fearrington Village
January 20, 2015, 12:18:55 PM by Gene Galin
Visitors Find Urban Escape at Fearrington Village
By Mark Derewicz
Photography by Stacey Haines

Designed to exceed expectations, Fearrington Villages five-star accommodations set amid a country aesthetic promise a rejuvenating retreat only minutes from the Triangles metropolitan hub-bub.

I stumble to the kitchen for breakfast. Were out of tea and milk and just about everything else, and my son is getting a little bit antsy. Lets go to Fearrington, my wife says.

My two-year-olds eyes widen as he shouts, Fearrington cows!

He loves Fearrington Village because of the black-and-white Belted Galloways that graze along the main entrance. But my wife and I love Fearrington because its a unique getaway a European-style hamlet set among forests and farms right around the corner from our house in Chatham County. Beyond the metal silo, old milking barn, and fenced-in pastures, several specialty shops, a bookstore, restaurants, walking trails, and finely manicured gardens spread out under large oak trees.

We say hello to the belted cows and head to the Belted Goat cafe for some flaky scones and black tea. Then we make our way around a pair of lakes in Fearringtons 17-acre Camden Park before resting beneath a willow tree. Our leisurely day has begun as if we were on vacation.

Thats what Fearrington feels like a vacation, a close-to-home getaway. So much so that my wife and I decide to return for a stay at the Fearrington House Country Inn even though we live just down the road.

Small-town feel

The day of our retreat finally arrives. We check into an immaculate room and then head to dinner at the Fearrington House restaurant. Fully sated, we settle onto a bench in an intimate courtyard at dusk, sipping tea until the cows come home, literally. We look at each other, smile, and I say, So this is what a Fearrington vacation is really all about.

Fearrington Village, eight miles south of Chapel Hill and seven miles north of Pittsboro, is set on 1,400 acres, much of which had been a farm for two centuries until Jesse and Willa Fearrington sold it to Chapel Hill developer R.B. Fitch and his wife, Jenny, in 1974. Fitch had previously created two smaller residential developments in Chatham County but wanted to try something different at Fearrington.

Jenny and I, we were both products of small towns, Fitch says. And we always liked the idea of being able to walk everywhere.

As they started building homes, they began developing shops and restaurants in the town center, all the while incorporating the old farm aesthetic the old silo, white wooden fences, green pastures, Jasper the pony, and the original barn that the Fitches eventually refurbished to accommodate weddings.

In 1986, inspired by fond memories of their travels to Europe, the Fitches added the inn. No two inns were alike, he says. When wed visit, we always knew that wed be well-received, the bed would be comfortable, thered be a nice bath, good food, and the whole experience would be great.

It was Jennys idea to open the inn 13 rooms at first and surround it with lush greenery, including a special white garden, which was dedicated to Jenny after she passed away in 1995. Jenny was into cooking and decorating, flowers and gardens, all the beautiful, soft things of life, Fitch says. I used to call her a nice Martha Stewart. And it was Jenny who got me into the restaurant business.

The five-star Fearrington House restaurant is in the old Fearrington farmhouse, shaded by large oaks and partially visible from U.S. Highway 15-501. Just inside the front door theres a bar and a lounge for afternoon tea. Several dining areas wrap around a large kitchen, where Chef Colin Bedford uses the best local produce and herbs, including some from Fearringtons own greenhouse and gardens just two of the earth-friendly approaches that helped the restaurant become the Triangle regions first Certified Green Restaurant, according to the Green Restaurant Association.

At dinner, the first thing I noticed was the perfect service. I mean, perfect. Second, the food; it looked so good on the plate that I almost felt bad about eating it. Almost.

Like many gourmet restaurants, Fearrington is known for its rich and flavorful cuisine. But the menu featured several lighter options, which my pregnant wife wholeheartedly welcomed. I was particularly impressed with the lobster sausage and risotto and handmade tortellini, a treat so delectable that it wouldve made my Italian mother blush. For dessert, our waiter, Adam, did a nice trick of pouring the melted chocolate down upon the souffl from a significant height. We had to applaud.

After our culinary extravaganza, we knew exactly why OpenTable listed The Fearrington House as one of the top 50 restaurants in the United States in 2009. If you want to learn from Chef Bedford, Fearrington offers vacation packages throughout 2010 that include culinary classes.
Elegant yet cozy

Back at the inn, our second-story suite one of the original 13 drew the perfect contrast between elegant and cozy, featuring European antiques, original art, and the most comfortable couches and chairs. The newer rooms, some built just two years ago, have a slightly more modern feel. But every one of the inns 35 suites and rooms, as well as all of Fearrington, was designed with one thing in mind: To exceed expectations, Fitch says. Life is full of experiences, and we just want this one to be different. We want people to leave with pleasant memories.

The Fearrington House Country Inn is one of North Carolinas only two AAA Five Diamond and Mobile Five Star property, and it was one of the first American inns accepted into Relais & Chteaux, an exclusive association of 456 individually owned inns and restaurants around the world. Im not privy to Relais & Chteauxs exact standards or requirements, but I bet each inn has two things in common: guests should feel pampered, and they should not want for anything, not even a departure from the grounds.

Aside from several shops, the cafe, and The Fearrington Granary restaurant, which is open for lunch and Sunday brunch, guests have access to bikes and trails, bocce and tennis courts, a gym and two pools, a garden room with a fireplace and complimentary champagne and tea, all kinds of special events, and even a few waterfalls and lakes, at least one of which is good for fishing. And if all that wears you out, a massage therapist is on call to soothe away any stress.

If you want to explore beyond Fearringtons boundaries, the village is convenient to several championship golf courses, fine and casual dining, and all the arts and entertainment the Triangle has to offer. The inn has six vacation packages to choose from, including The Girlfriends Getaway, which I plan never to tell my wife about.

Or, you could do what Fitch and 1,800 others have done move there. Tired of driving from his home in Chapel Hill to his office at Fearrington, Fitch built a new house in Fearrington 20 years ago. Now he enjoys the small village life with his son, Greg, and daughter, Keebe, who also live and work here.

Not many developers live in a development theyve built, let alone never pursue another project so they can focus all their attention on a single lifes work. But then again, not many have built places like Fearrington.

Fearrington Village
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, N.C. 27312
(919) 542-2121
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xx Accident on Manns Chapel this morning
January 20, 2015, 06:50:00 AM by chathamgardener
Just after five this morning, we heard a loud boom, but couldn't figure out what had happened. Emergency crews showed up about 5:30 to investigate a single car that had left the road and ended upside down beside Wilkerson Creek -- the Mann's Crossing side of the road, for those who know the area. However, no one was found with the vehicle. Crews spent about an hour searching the woods for any victims, but did not find any that I know of.

The firetrucks and EMTs are gone now, but I think one deputy is still there. I believe two-way traffic has been restored.
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xx Our State - Siler Citys Burgermaster
January 19, 2015, 07:47:07 AM by Gene Galin
Siler Citys Burgermaster
    By Chris Gigley
    Photography by Taylor Mathis

Theyre not fancy or complicated, but for 64 years the cheeseburgers at Johnsons Drive-In have attracted a following of diners devoted to the mouthwatering creations coming off of Claxton Johnsons griddle.
Johnson's Drive-In, Siler City

Claxton Johnson pulls into the parking lot of his burger joint shortly after sunrise to meet a delivery truck.

Inside the truck are massive sides of Western grain-fed, USDA-choice beef. Johnson inspects each like a museum curator. The best quality beef is from cows that have been fed a lot of grain, says Johnson. You want to look for a nice marble in the meat. Thats where the flavor comes from.

Johnson has the weathered look of an old tobacco farmer, his face creased by time and his gait slightly stooped from decades of standing at the griddle inside Johnsons Drive-In in Siler City. Leaning in close to look for the telltale marbling, he shows why he is a culinary master known around the state.

Johnson selects his beef and has it hauled into the back room of his restaurant. There, he and his son-in-law, Daniel Routh, grind it, roll it into tennis-ball-size mounds, and pack it into tubs. One by one, the tubs are placed beside Johnson at the griddle, where he grabs several mounds at a time, drops them onto the hot, sizzling surface, and presses them into patties. He waits for the juices to bubble, then flips.

Johnson cuts thick slabs of cheese from a block of Velveeta, drops one on each patty, then tops each with a bun. When the cheese begins to melt into the meat, Johnson scoops them onto bun bottoms waiting in wax paper, ready to serve. (Story continues below video.)
See whats for lunch at Johnsons in this Our State exclusive video.

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A man with a purpose

Johnson doesnt cook all day in his restaurant. From opening at 10 a.m. until the lunch rush hits, around noon, hell let Daniel or his daughter, Carolyn Routh, handle the spatula. He works the room so well sometimes, hes been asked about getting into politics. Everyone in Siler City, after all, knows Johnson. But he always declines. Thats not who he is, he says. He uses the same explanation, in a more roundabout way, to answer the question he gets most: Why not expand the menu?

Johnson keeps his burger fixings simple. Customers can go all the way and enjoy burgers topped with Velveeta, slaw, mustard, onions, and chili. Or they can keep it simple, with just lettuce and tomato. Like the buns and meat, all of it is bought fresh that morning.

Nothing is used the next day. Johnson also serves hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches, but thats about it. And thats all there will ever be.

See that road? says Johnson, pointing at U.S. Highway 64 just beyond the restaurants front window. That was just a gravel road when my daddy opened this restaurant. There was nothing else around here for 20 miles.

Johnsons Drive-In opened in 1946. Now, U.S. Highway 64 is a four-lane highway lined with car dealerships, gas stations, and fast-food chains.

People said having all those restaurants around us should have put us out of business, Johnson says, grinning. It only increased our business. If you strive to put out a quality product, you dont have to worry about competition.

Johnson enjoys doing one thing making cheeseburgers extremely well. Many say no one does it better.

All about quality

The handful of seats in Johnsons Drive-In 12 stools at the counter and a few booths fill up long before noon. Word of the amazing burgers has traveled wide, and masses of North Carolinians for generations have made the trek to Siler City for Johnsons cheeseburgers. By 11 a.m., hungry customers are lining the back wall, waiting to order and hoping a spot will open for them. When things are busy, Johnson is all business, tending the griddle, spatula in hand. He doesnt say much, mostly because hes so maniacal about his cheeseburgers. It drives him nuts when his customers dont eat them hot.

On a recent afternoon, a friend stops in. Johnson slides into the booth for a chat then realizes hes kept his friend from eating his burger. It has only been five minutes. That burgers not fit to eat now, he says, snatching it up and handing it to Carolyn, who quickly prepares a replacement.

Freshness is also a reason Johnson has never installed a phone in his restaurant.

Do you know what would happen if I listed the number? he asks. Wed have customers calling in their orders, and by the time they came in to pick it up, their burgers would be cold.

Johnson is all about quality, which is why he likes things just the way they are.

Expand the restaurant? That would only mean more pressure to make his burgers faster, and quality would be at risk. Offer different kinds of cheese? Why, when none melts better than Velveeta? Johnson says his father once used a certain type of Borden cheese, but Borden discontinued it.

My dad shopped around for a cheese that enhanced the flavor of the burger, says Johnson. Weve been using Velveeta ever since, for 40 years.

Perhaps the one question that people ask most often, however, is why Johnson doesnt expand his hours. He has a steady stream of regulars who come in shortly after he opens to order a big cup of sweet tea, their coffee alternative.

Its really a sweet tea syrup, jokes Carolyn. True Southern tea should be sweet enough to substitute for pancake syrup if you need to.

By 2 p.m., Johnson flips the last burger and tells Carolyn or Daniel to let the latecomers know theyre out of luck. Once the meat is gone, the restaurant closes. Carolyn says it breaks her heart to see all the disappointed faces. But the next day, she sees most of them again, this time well before noon.

Live and learn.
If it aint broke

With the last few lucky customers finishing up their meals, Johnson begins to relax, once again the politician moving among his loyal following. A customer from Raleigh asks him why he doesnt take advantage of his fame, which has now gone global thanks to the Internet.

Johnson rubs his forehead and takes a quick look around his place. The wood paneling on the walls, the green leatherette stools and booths, the old pushpin-style menu board above the griddle none of it has changed over the years.

Johnson has yet to find a reason why any of it should.

Johnsons Drive-In
1520 East 11th Street
Siler City, N.C. 27344
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday Saturday
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    Tommy Holder says:   
    March 23, 2014 at 15:28   

    Best flat top cooked burger you will ever eat ! Well worth the price and the wait ! Mr. Johnson has it down to a science . Amazing to watch . If you you lucky enough to get a counter seat , entertainment is free .

    Sharron Moody says:   
    August 1, 2013 at 10:00   

    Lived in Siler City several years and loved their cheeseburgers. Best I have ever eaten!
    Kat Geitner says:   
    July 30, 2013 at 16:36   

    4 generations of my family have enjoyed Johnsons no frills, dont dare ask for a refill on drink cause theyll charge you full price! And get there early!

    Carolyn Stevens says:   
    October 9, 2010 at 18:12   

    I live in Smithfield,N.C. and have traveled Hwy 64 through Siler City for 57yrs . on the way to visit family in Concord. I usually stop by for a burger on the way. My three boys also looked forward to a Burger at Johnsons. We are in the meat business here, a family business for over 60yrs. Sons are now owners of Stevens Sausage Co. in Smithfield,N.C
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