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xx AR-15 rifle & body armor stolen from Chatham County sheriffs vehicle in Sanford
Yesterday at 10:45:19 AM by Gene Galin
AR-15 rifle and body armor stolen from Chatham County sheriffs vehicle parked in Sanford
by Chatham Journal February 21, 2017
Sanford, NC On February 20, the Chatham County Sheriffs Office received notification of a larceny from a law enforcement vehicle that occurred in Sanford, NC. Items stolen include an AR-15 rifle, two 30-round magazines, and body armor belonging to the Chatham County Sheriffs Office. The whereabouts of these items are unknown at this time.

The Sanford Police Department is currently leading the investigation. Anyone with knowledge of the crime, suspects, or location of the stolen items should contact the Sanford PD at 919-775-8268.

We are asking the public to call the Sanford Police Department with any information they can share regarding this case, says Chatham County Sheriffs Mike Roberson. With your help, we can locate these items and see to their safe return.
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xx N&O: Moncure Megasite could draw major manufacturer to regio
February 06, 2017, 04:18:56 PM by TCD
Nearly 15 years ago, a family trust in California purchased 1,100 acres about 25 miles southwest of Raleigh hoping to attract a company that wants to build something big on the edge of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country.

Today, the site has doubled in size to 2,285 acres and is nearly ready to be developed. The property owners and local officials hope the so-called megasite will attract an automotive, aviation or other large manufacturer to give the region, particularly Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, an economic boost.

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question Paul Cuadros can't find credible news" in Chatham County
February 02, 2017, 05:04:11 PM by Gene Galin
Paul Cuadros can't find credible news" in Chatham County

As I wrote in our recap, Reese News Lab interns are working to create sustainable media products for Chatham County this semester in partnership with UNCs new Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media. To get started, we went on a field trip to Chatham County last Friday, led by Paul Cuadros, a professor at the School of Media and Journalism and the author of A Home on the Field.

Reese News Lab decided to focus on Chatham County this semester because its a local example of what a news desert looks like in North Carolina. There are three news outlets dedicated to Chatham County, but a look into consumer surveys showed us that 43% of Chatham County residents did not find their newspapers a good source of local information. So instead of meeting with these news organizations, we decided to meet with their customersthe community members that need better information.

We had a busy day meeting with community members in Pittsboro and Siler City. Thanks to Paul and the Chatham residents who took the time out of their day to speak to us, we can now put a face to the news desert weve been reading about.

After talking to people like Greg Lewis, owner of the Pittsboro Roadhouse, and Janet Ramirez, Program Coordinator at the Hispanic Liaison, we have a better understanding of how that actually affects the people that live there. And for different people that live in Chatham County, the lack of easily accessible materials causes different problems. These range from the theoretical to the immediate.

Discussing credible news at the Pittsboro Roadhouse

Some folks, like Greg Lewis, are involved in their local communities, but worried about where to find credible news about the issues they werent involved with. For Greg, the commercial development around Pittsboro was a key concern. He worried that it was difficult to find out what was getting developedand whenimportant issues that might affect his business.

For other community members, like the two high school students we spoke to in Siler City, the issues were more immediate: What do I do when I graduate? How do I find a job or a scholarship? The students looked to mentors, like their teachers, for advice when they needed more information, but they often didnt know how to begin looking alone.

It was especially difficult for immigrant families to gather the information that they needed. Janet Ramirez noted that it took her multiple resources to get the information that she and her clients needed; her clients often werent sure where to even start.

Not only did it take work for her to gather information, but it took more work to disseminate it. We saw a continuing issue from community leadersthey had just as much trouble informing the public as the public had getting information.

On the other side of the equation, county officials like Layton Long, Public Health Director, say they have limited channels to communicate important messages through. Without a common news source among the communities in Chatham County, his department focused their communication efforts through their webpage.

Similar issues plagued community leaders like Lesley Landis and Janet Ramirez. While their focuses divergeLeslie on the board of the Chatham Arts Council, while Janet is more concerned about empowering Latinosthey both have to work around the lack of traditional media when informing their communities. And for both their organizations, social media has become a main source of communication.

Though the different communities that we met with had different needs and problems because of the news desert they lived in, each person we spoke to felt that better information would make their lives in Chatham County better. Paul Cuadros explained that he and his neighbors often found themselves left in a fog.

Our Reese News Lab interns left excited to brainstorm new products for the county. On our drive back to Chapel Hill, we couldnt stop wondering: what can we provide to Chatham residentsthat they would actually consider informative and relevant?
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xx So went to recycle today...
January 30, 2017, 06:00:33 PM by natvrabit
Who was the 'genius' that thought one little container for most all recyclables could replace/keep up with about 15 or 20 bins in exchange?  No longer accept shredded paper, which in most cases is confidential/ID type material nobody wants to turn loose down a conveyor sort belt somewhere. I was told could still shred it, bag it and put it in off to the landfill bins Angry Upon my arrival today, the new thingy was gone on a haul), which meant if I wanted to unload mostly recyclables my only option was to put it in landfill destined garbage vs. or ride my load around until the new little thingy returned.
UNACCEPTABLE 'solution'. People pay taxes, extra fees for this service and should not have to take their garbage back home until the one little 'thingy' returns! JMO. Poorly planned and not well thought out at all. JMO
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xx How much wood
January 25, 2017, 09:23:20 PM by Heffrey Larchfeather
Could a wood chuck chuck?
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xx News 8 - Chatham County man creates BBQ based in mustard
January 24, 2017, 10:23:31 AM by Gene Galin
Chatham County man creates BBQ based in mustard

CHATHAM COUNTY, N.C. --  In the rural part of Chatham County, just across the Randolph county line, you'll find a different place in the world of barbecue.

Here, Tommy Estridge, owner of Chirpy's BBQ, uses ham as his primary meat and an extra unique sauce to add a different flavor to the mix.

Most places in North Carolina use vinegar or ketchup, but Chirpy's uses mustard.

Not only is it their barbecue unique, it's tasty!
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xx CJ - Chatham Water Utilities seeks customer feedback through January 15
January 03, 2017, 09:19:59 AM by Gene Galin
Chatham Water Utilities seeks customer feedback through January 15

Pittsboro, NC Chatham County Water Utilities asks its customers to provide feedback on any interactions they have had in person at the office, by phone, by email or at their homes. We want to hear from our customers who have had both good and bad experiences with our office and county staff, said Larry Bridges, director of Water Utilities.

A brief online survey is available through Jan. 15, 2017.  You can find the survey at

We do take this feedback very seriously, said Bridges.  We have been and hope to continue making improvements to the services we provide with the help of our customers.
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xx CJ - United Way & Chatham County host nonprofit funding application workshop
January 03, 2017, 09:17:16 AM by Gene Galin
United Way & Chatham County host nonprofit funding application workshop

Pittsboro, NC Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant from Chatham County or the United Way of Chatham County should attend a workshop slated for Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 9 AM to 11AM. The workshop will cover the funding application and the 2017-18 allocations process.

Chatham County and United Way strongly recommend all human service nonprofits planning to submit a request for funding attend this workshop, which will be held in the Holmes Meeting Room of the Chatham Community Library on the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College.

To ensure that there are enough handouts and instructional materials for everyone, attendees are asked to sign up for the workshop no later than Monday, January 16, 2017 by emailing the United Way office at .

Chatham County expects to have some revisions for the 2017-18 only and will provide details at the workshop.  Workshop topics include components of the application process, criteria used to evaluate proposals and the online application process.

The application form will be accessible beginning Thursday, January 19, 2017. Last years application can be downloaded from the homepage of the application website in both Word and Adobe format at

Applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, February 28, 2017. A username and password are required to access the application website. Login information will be distributed to agencies applying for the first time during the workshop. Contact the United Way office with any questions at 919-542-1110 or
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