Chatham County Line - Where all voices are heard

October 2019

Editor's note:

Virginia J. Penley helps distribute the Chatham County Line by delivering papers to drop sites in Chatham County and Southern Orange County. In addition, Penley has been active in the Democratic Party while Johnson is a Republican running for public office and in the past has been a conservative activist. Finally, the Chatham County Line has been in contact with Faythe Canson-Clark and verified the events she outlined in her letter submitted to the Town of Pittsboro on October 26, 2009. A link to said letter has been provided.

Pittsboro Town Board Candidate Heather Johnson defamed me...
By: Virginia J. Penley

We live in strange times.

Public officials refer to "fake news" and some officials, whether they be local, state or federal, appear to operate as if they are disconnected from the people they represent.

This is exacerbated by the balkanized media landscape and unequal access to the various forms of media and social media.

I recently had my own personal experience with this phenomenon on a local Chatham County email aggregator called the "Chatham Chatlist" that is run by longtime Chathamite Gene Galin.

I posted a real letter from an African-American Chatham County resident, Faythe Canson-Clark, that is recorded in the minutes of the Town of Pittsboro from October 26, 2009. It related to a hamfisted attempt by a current and former candidate for Pittsboro Town Board, Heather Johnson, to challenge the votes of Ms. Canson Clark, her children and others in the Pittsboro election of 2009.


Municipal Elections are here!
By: Randolph Voller and Casey Mann

The Town of Cary's elections concluded on October 8th, which means that the municipal elections for the rest of Chatham County are upon us.

Cary voters re-elected Mayor Harold Weinbrecht by a landslide to his fifth term and passed a bond for transportation and a bond for park each with 80 percent of the vote.

The races in Chatham are non-partisan, which means that there is no primary and all candidates regardless of party affiliation run in one open contest. In Pittsboro, for example, the top three vote getters for Town Board will win.

Early voting for the 2019 municipal elections in Goldston, Pittsboro and Siler City will begin on Wednesday, October 16th and allow the municipal residents of these communities to vote for a Mayor as well as members of the town board, which is the governing body.


Chatham County Department Leaders Give Back on the Farm

PITTSBORO, NC – Each year, Chatham County's department leaders gather for a day of service and team-building activities as a way to give back to the community and get to know each other better. On October 15, 2019 the group provided a morning of service at the Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) Student Farm in Pittsboro.

County employees received a tour of the Student Farm, which produces organic crops. Ashley Byrd, assistant manager, said the teams of county employee volunteers worked throughout the morning to remove pepper trellising and to harvest various crops including sweet potatoes, tomatoes and peppers. The volunteers were able to enjoy the fruits of their labor by taking home a bag of produce.


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Free computer classes at Pittsboro Library
Improve your computer skills at Chatham Community Library! The library is offering a series of free computer classes in September and October. You can find a description of each class, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by visiting

Drop-in Computer Assistance: September 11, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m. (no registration required)
Computer Basics, Part 1: September 17, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Computer Basics, Part 2: September 24, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop-in Computer Assistance: October 9, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m. (no registration required)
Ancestry & FamilySearch Workshop: October 10, Thursday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Internet Basics, Part 1: October 22, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Internet Basics, Part 2: October 29, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (September 11 and October 9) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend. Register online at the address above. For more information, call 919.545.8086 or email All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.


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