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xx CJ - Body of missing Chatham teen Boone Cummins found in Sugar Lake
July 26, 2017, 04:56:36 PM by Gene Galin
Body of missing Chatham teen Boone Cummins found in Sugar Lake
http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/25/body-boone-cummins-found-sugar-lake/



Pittsboro, NC The body of a teen who was reported missing near Sugar Lake in Pittsboro since last Wednesday has been found. The Chatham County Sheriffs Office reported that Gabriel Boone Cummins was found dead in Sugar Lake early Tuesday morning shortly after 1 a.m. Authorities said the unofficial cause of death appears to be drowning.

Authorities had suspended their search of the lake around 2 p.m.on Friday afternoon because of plummeting water temperatures and zero visibility at 40 feet below the waters surface. The lake floor is littered with old machinery and other hazardous debris that pose safety concerns for divers.

Authorities resumed their search on Monday after the Sherills Ford Fire Department in Catawba County offered to use its remote operated vehicle. These remote controlled devices are capable of performing searches that are too dangerous for human rescuers. A search and rescue team used the robotic vehicle to recover the body of a missing 18-year-old from the Chatham County lake.

Boones body was transported to the state medical examiners office to determine an official cause of death.
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xx Burmese python found in Staley storage facility.
July 24, 2017, 04:14:05 PM by Patty52
I hope it is still too cold in the winter for Burmese pythons to get established here.

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Burmese python captured at Chatham County storage facility



A massive Burmese python got loose in a Chatham County storage facility on Saturday.

Staley, N.C. A massive Burmese python got loose in a Chatham County storage facility on Saturday.

According to officials, two animal control officers responded to the facility in Staley, and the snake was quickly captured. It was sent to CCSB Reptile Rescue and Rehab in Kernersville for examination and safekeeping.


http://www.wral.com/burmese-python-captured-at-chatham-county-storage-facility/16838583/


Here's another article & photo.



http://wncn.com/2017/07/24/python-captured-at-chatham-county-storage-facility/
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xx Missing Teen in Pittsboro ~ Family asking for help from Community
July 23, 2017, 01:41:03 PM by Wilderness Voice


WRAL News link below

http://www.wral.com/search-continues-for-man-reported-missing-near-sugar-lake/16833255/
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xx CJ - Chatham Countys 2017 tax bills mailed in mid-July
July 10, 2017, 04:33:13 PM by Gene Galin
Chatham Countys 2017 tax bills mailed in mid-July
http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/10/chatham-countys-2017-tax-bills-mailed-mid-july/

Pittsboro, NC Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2017 property tax bills any day now, according to Chatham County Tax Administrator Kep Kepley. The deadline to pay 2017 property taxes without penalty is January 5, 2018.

The 2017-18 tax rate is .6281 cents, which is slightly lower than last years rate.  The decrease is due to Commissioners lowering the rate to reflect the 2017 revaluation of all property.

County Manager Renee Paschal said that due to revaluation, the adopted tax rate approved in June will affect each property owner differently. Those who saw no change or decreases in property valuation will see a lower tax bill than last year.  However, when revaluation led to an increased property value, that property owner could have a higher tax bill than last year, even with a lower property tax rate.

Kepley said that it is important for taxpayers to carefully review their tax bills after receiving them. If they identify problems or do not receive their tax bills by August 30, contact the Tax Office as soon as possible at (919) 542-8250 or (919) 542-8260.

In some cases, taxpayers will receive one bill covering both real estate and personal property (such as a boat or mobile home), while some will receive separate bills for different types of properties. It will not include motor vehicles, which are billed by the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as part of registration renewals.

For residents living outside incorporated towns that offer municipal waste collection, the county property tax bill includes the countys annual Solid Waste Fee. The county allows an exemption from the fee when a residence is not habitable or it has been vacant for more than two years.

To be eligible for the solid waste fee exemption, taxpayers must file an application with Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling by January 5, 2018. Waste fees will not be waived if applications are received after this date. An insert in the tax bills explains the services provided for fee.

The deadline to appeal real estate property tax values has already passed, but taxpayers may appeal the value, location or taxability of personal property within thirty days of the date posted on the tax bill. Personal property includes airplanes, boats and motors, mobile homes, unlicensed vehicles, or business personal property.

It is important for people to know that deadlines to appeal real and personal property values are set by state law and are not negotiable at the county level, Kepley said.

Taxpayers are billed for any personal property they owned as of January 1, 2017. If you owned a boat on January 1 of this year and sold it the next month, you still owe the full year of personal property taxes for that boat, said Kepley.

Real estate property taxes also are billed based on January 1, 2017 ownership. However, if the property is sold a few months later, the attorney handling the closing usually requires the seller to pay a prorated share of taxes, with the buyer paying the remaining balance. We strongly encourage the seller to send the propertys 2017 tax bill to the new owners immediately to avoid problems with delinquent taxes, Kepley said.

The Tax Office offers several methods to pay taxes, including the chance to pay in installments. The public can pay taxes in partial payments by either mailing them to P.O. Box 697, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or by visiting the Tax Office in Pittsboro in the Courthouse Annex. If making a partial payment, please include your tax ID account number found on your tax bill on all payments.

It is very important for customers wishing to pay in installments to begin as soon as they receive their tax bill and not wait until December or when the bill becomes past due, said Kepley. The Tax Collectors staff will begin reviewing accounts in January and will begin enforcement procedures earlier than in the past.

For more information on tax payment options, including payment by credit card, e-check or bank draft, contact the Tax Collections Office at 919-542-8260 or visit the following website: www.chathamnc.org/index.saspx?page=479

Kepley reminds residents that, as of 2013, most motor vehicle property taxes are collected by the NC Division of Motor Vehicles when they bill for vehicle registration. There are some exceptions that are billed as personal property.
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xx CJ - Beware of credit card skimmers at the gas pump
July 10, 2017, 04:31:52 PM by Gene Galin
Beware of credit card skimmers at the gas pump
http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/08/beware-of-credit-card-skimmers/

Pittsboro, NC On July 6, two credit card skimming devices have been removed from a gas station near Jordan Lake. With the recent rash of credit card skimmers found in Chatham County, it may be a good idea for all residents to take some extra precautions when fueling up at their favorite gas station.

Skimmers are illegal card readers attached to payment terminals like gas pumps that grab data off a credit or debit cards magnetic stripe without your knowledge. Criminals sell the stolen data or use it to buy things online. You wont know your information has been stolen until you get your statement or an overdraft notice.

Skimmers are nothing new, but technology has made them smaller and harder to find. Sometimes, theyre even hidden inside a gas pump.

Here are tips to help you avoid a skimmer when you gas up:

        Make sure the gas pump panel is closed and doesnt show signs of tampering. Many stations now put security seals over the cabinet panel. This is part of a voluntary program by the industry to thwart gas pump tampering. If the pump panel is opened, the label will read void, which means the machine has been tampered with.
        Take a good look at the card reader itself. Does it look different than other readers at the station? For example, the card reader on the left has a skimmer attached; the reader on the right doesnt.
        You can try to wiggle the card reader before you put in your card. If it moves, report it to the attendant. Then use a different pump.
        If you use a debit card at the pump, run it as a credit card instead of entering a PIN. That way, the PIN is safe and the money isnt deducted immediately from your account. If thats not an option, cover your hand when entering your PIN. Scammers sometimes use tiny pinhole cameras,situated above the keypad area, to record PIN entries.
        Monitor your credit card and bank accounts regularly to spot unauthorized charges.
        If youre really concerned about skimmers, you can pay inside rather than at the pump. Another option is to use a gas pump near the front of the store. Thieves may target gas pumps that are harder for the attendant to see.

If your credit card has been compromised, report it to your bank or card issuer. Federal law limits your liability if your credit, ATM, or debit card is lost or stolen, but your liability may depend on how quickly you report the loss or theft. For more information, read Lost or Stolen Credit, ATM, and Debit Cards.Consider placing a fraud alert or a credit freeze on your credit report. This requires businesses to confirm your identity before approving applications in your name.

If you think you see a scam, talk with someone. Your story could help someone avoid that scam. Then report it to FTC.
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xx Lake Mart Cruizers.. what happened?
June 21, 2017, 09:52:30 AM by TCD
This is (was) the Mobil gas station at 64 and Farrington Rd at Wilsonville. It was open and busy one day and gone the next! (I mean literally gone... torn down)
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xx BBS Google Advertisements
June 16, 2017, 06:47:10 AM by Ice Pilot2
Can someone please tell me how to turn off the Google Ads that pop up on the top right here on the BBS?  ( and at the bottom )   Thanks so much!
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xx Driver killed in fiery fuel tanker crash in Clayton (Gaine's Oil Company)
May 22, 2017, 11:34:56 AM by ditka
"Authorities said the Gaine's Oil truck from Chatham County veered off the road and hit two culverts, which caused the tanker to overturn and catch fire."

http://www.wral.com/driver-killed-in-fiery-fuel-tanker-crash-in-clayton/16716449/


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