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Ten tax hikes that slammed middle-class families: courtesy of NC Democrats

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:01
The news that North Carolina’s state General Fund budget revenue is now predicted to come in $400 million above original estimates caused the Left to go into full spin mode. For months, liberal progressives were fretting about the end of Western Civilization as we know it due to earlier projections that revenue this year would come in below the amount used to set the budget. Somehow blind to the irony, first they were upset that revenue may be too low this year, now they are upset that revenue may be too high. We are used to the narrative coming from the Left that government never has enough money, but now that revenues are higher than expectations liberals suddenly find compassion for taxpayers.

Chatham Chamber of Commerce announces annual golf tournament winners

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 10:45
The Chatham Chamber of Commerce had its 27th Annual Golf Tournament at Siler City Country Club on May 4, 2015. A great day of golf was experienced by all involved. The Chamber is pleased to announce the tournament winners.

What does the average wedding cost? $31,213

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 21:34
The Knot, the #1 multiplatform wedding resource, in March released the results of The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study. The eighth annual comprehensive report, the largest of its kind, surveyed nearly 16,000 US brides and grooms married in 2014 to uncover the financial spending habits and trends of real weddings in America. This study includes national and regional statistics on the average cost of a wedding, how it is budgeted, the average number of wedding guests, spend per guest, wedding style trends and other key statistics related to weddings in America.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons unveil new football uniforms

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:55
Wake Forest unveiled new football uniforms today (May 5). The Demon Deacons' new Nike Football uniform design balances a similar blend of modern flare with traditional craftsmanship. The new uniform design takes cues from the school's rich history, campus architecture and the Demon Deacon mascot. The black and gold uniform features a new custom number font honoring the university's founding in 1834. The numbers feature angled notches at 18 and 34 degrees, top and bottom respectively.

Houckdesign disc golf course underway in Pittsboro

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:54
Design work has started on the new Disc Golf Course at Rock Ridge Park. This will be an 18 hole tournament level course designed by one of the premier designers in the field, John Houck of Austin Texas. Not all of the funding for construction is in place, but the plan is to have the course completed within a year provided that planned fundraising efforts are successful.

Chatham Social Health Council changes their name

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:22
After 24 years of service to Chatham and the surrounding counties, Chatham Social Health Council has updated their mission and changed their name for a third time to Wellness & Education Community Health Action Network or W.E.C.A.H.N.

Chatham County’s proposed budget holds line on tax rate

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 16:12
On May 4, 2015, the Chatham County Manager’s Office presented the Board of Commissioners with a proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 (FY16) that keeps the same property tax rate (62.19 cents ), while providing enhanced funding for several key county priorities. The proposal recommends a general fund budget of $99.45 million, up 5 percent over FY15. This is the sixth straight budget year with no property tax increase proposed by the County Manager’s Office, but four fire districts are requesting increased tax rates: North Chatham/Bells Annex, 1.5 cents; Moncure, 1.46 cents; Parkwood, 1.5 cents; and Pittsboro/Circle City, 0.67 cents.

Chatham County needs Board of Adjustment applicants from western part of the county

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 16:03
On May 18, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners will be creating a Board of Adjustment that will assume the role of hearing and deciding upon appeals and variances of county land use and development regulations. The county has received several applications, but needs some from the western part of the county. The extended deadline to apply is by 8 am on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Chatham libraries' Books on Wheels to serve homebound individuals

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 15:51
Chatham County Public Libraries is launching an outreach program called Books on Wheels to deliver books and other library materials to homebound individuals. The Books on Wheels program seeks volunteers to deliver library materials to homebound patrons.

Chatham residents can expect property appraiser visits

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:33
Chatham County property owners can expect to see property appraisers from the Tax Office and Pearson Appraisal visiting their properties over the next year to 18 months. The appraisers are visiting properties as a first step in the revaluation process, according to Tax Administrator Frances Wilson. “Revaluation will not take effect until January 1, 2017, but reappraisal is a key phase,” Wilson said. “We want people to know that appraisers are out in the field. They often will just drive by and take photographs, but sometimes they will need to go on the property to inspect or measure.”

Scandal reveals two cultures at Chapel Hill

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:15
Among the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill there are two quite different views of the university’s recent athletic/academic scandal. One powerful element of the faculty, apparently including the Faculty Athletics Committee, shares the view of the administration and trustees that the university has forthrightly addressed the misdeeds of those who created this mess and has ensured that nothing similar will happen again. As the then-chair of the faculty asserted in 2013, “we have implemented policies, procedures, and safeguards that [will allow] us to move forward in our unwavering commitment to excellence.”

Customer service is the most important aspect of the real estate business

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 14:06
Real estate brokerage firm, Chatham Homes Realty, has recently published new data in their latest case study showing that customer service is the most important aspect of the Real Estate Business. Designed specifically for Individuals and families seeking to buy or sell property for themselves or for investment purposes, this case study provides a real-world look at the challenges facing Individuals and families seeking to buy or sell property for themselves or for investment returns.

North Carolina and the U.S. – Mexico border

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 13:20
What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina? A North Carolina author delivers pages of answers in a book about his journey along the entire border from Boca Chica in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico to San Diego, California, on the Pacific Ocean.

NC Book Watch

Chatham Senior Center offers arthritis exercise program

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 17:44
Are you interested in taking control of your arthritis with exercise? The Chatham County Council on Aging seeks residents interested in the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, an eight-week program to help control arthritis symptoms.

May is older Americans month

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:02
Calling upon all of Chatham to recognize and appreciate the many contributions and sacrifices of our older citizens, the Chatham County Commissioners have proclaimed May 2015 as Older Americans Month. Each May since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the first Older Americans Month, our nation, state and local communities have used this occasion to pay special tribute to seniors.

Chatham County seeks applicants for Recreation Advisory Committee

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:41
Chatham County has two vacancies on its Recreation Advisory Committee, which advises the Board of Commissioners and staff on recreation programs and county-owned recreation and park facilities. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15, 2015, and county commissioners likely would make the appointment in June.

This week at Chatham County public libraries

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:58
Here is what is going on at the Chatham County public libraries this week.

McIntyre’s Books will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on May 2

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 14:40
Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd. From Bend to Brooklyn, book lovers should mark their calendars for this special day of literary parties. McIntyre’s Books will be celebrating the day with activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents near Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant to receive replacement KI tablets

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 20:48
The Chatham County Public Health Department will be mailing out a new supply of Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets for people within the 10-mile radius of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant within the next two weeks. This distribution is part of a shared preparedness planning effort by Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Wake counties. This supply will replace any expired KI tablets that residents may have or for residents that did not receive tablets in the last distribution.

Siler City man will use $100,000 Crossword 10X prize to pay off mortgage

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:50
Fredy Gonzalez of Siler City says he will use the $100,000 he won playing the Crossword 10X game to pay off the mortgage on his home. Gonzalez, a furniture warehouse worker, purchased the lucky $5 ticket at the Rite Stop on East 11th Street in Siler City on Friday.