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November, 2014

Fracking less than a year away

To the Editor:

July 1, 2015, is a date that will arise upon North Carolina sooner than you might think, and once it comes, it will be too late. On this day, fracking is set to begin in our backyards. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is where high-powered streams of water mixed with chemicals are shot underground to break up earth and release natural gas. Touted as the savior of our economy and energy issues, fracking is a burden on the backs of North Carolina citizens. We are a group of eighth graders from Exploris Middle School, located in downtown Raleigh. Through our recent lessons surrounding the topic of water issues, we became concerned with the possibility of fracking in North Carolina.

In 2012, North Carolina approved fracking, and began planning to drill in 14 counties: Anson, Chatham, Davie, Durham, Granville, Lee, Orange, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Rockingham, Stokes, Wake, and Yadkin. Read more...

Whooping cough strikes in Chatham

Over the last month, several cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been diagnosed in Chatham County. The majority of these cases have been among adolescents, though a few cases have been diagnosed in children under five years of age. The Chatham County Public Health Department and Chatham County Schools are working together to identify students who may have been exposed to pertussis. Read more...

Michael Yarborough Animal Services Officer wins lifetime achievement award

Chatham County Animal Services Officer Michael Yarborough has received a lifetime achievement award from the North Carolina Animal and Rabies Control Association (NCARCA). The award, which was presented to Mr. Yarborough at the association’s annual conference in October, highlighted his 20 years in the field of Animal Services.

"In these years, he has been a community staple for providing education and information to our community. He has dedicated his career to the welfare of animals and the safety of the public," said Animal Services Director Leigh Anne Garrard.

Citing the physical and emotional demands of working in animal services, Ms. Garrard added, "Michael has always done his job with a smile and kind words. Please join the Chatham County Public Health Department in recognizing Michael for his years of service."

Mr. Yarborough accepted the award in person at the conference and serves on the NCARCA’s Board of Directors.

56 Chatham Rooftops Sprout Solar Panels and Good Jobs

NC WARN’s Solarize Chatham just set a record for the most solar roofs and most kilowatts of any North Carolina Solarize program. Fifty-six homes in Chatham County are adding 315 kilowatts of solar power – and installers are adding jobs – thanks to this grassroots program and its tireless local volunteers.

Nine Solarize programs have been offered in North Carolina since mid-2013, sponsored by five different but allied organizations, all with the goal of helping homeowners go solar more inexpensively than ever. Collectively, the state’s Solarize programs have added 1.3 megawatts of new solar power on 260 roofs, reducing carbon emissions and cutting into Duke Energy’s profits. Read more...

Our newly elected or reelected officials are:

Renee Ellmers (R) -- U.S. Congress, District 2
David Price (D) -- U.S. Congress, District 4
Valerie P. Fouchee (D) -- N.C. Senate, District 23
Robert T. Reives II (D) -- N.C. House, District 54
Jim Woodall -- District Attorney, 15B
Karen Howard (D) -- Chatham County Commissioner District 1
Diana Hales (D) -- Chatham County Commissioner District 3
Jim Crawford (D) -- Chatham County Commissioner, District 4
Walter Petty (R) -- Chatham County Commissioner, District 5
Sam Cooper -- Clerk of Superior Court
Richard H. Webster, Sheriff
Del Turner -- Chatham County School Board, District 3
Jane Allen Wilson -- Chatham County School Board, District 4
Gary Leonard -- Chatham County School Board, District 5
John Glosson -- Chatham County Soil and Water Supervisor
Richard Hayes -- Chatham County Soil and Water Supervisor

Chatham Drug Free and Chatham County Public Health Department Host Meeting on Youth Drug Use
by George Greger-Holt

Chatham Drug Free, Chatham County’s alcohol and other drug prevention coalition, in partnership with the Chatham County Public Health Department hosted a community meeting to release the findings of the 2014 Youth Health Behavior Survey.

The survey was conducted as a part of the Public Health Department’s Community Health Assessment, which is completed every four years. As part of the assessment, Chatham Drug Free along with Chatham County Schools conducts a survey of all sixth through twelfth grade students. Read more

Durham to get 1Gbps fiber-to-the-premises

Frontier Communications is making its first move into the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) game by launching services for both residential and business customers in the Durham area.

The 1 Gbps speeds will be available to both residential and business customers in in Carolina Arbors, American Tobacco Campus, Durham City Center, Research Triangle Park – Park Center Development, One Park Center and Jordan at Southpoint.

North Carolina overall has been a major area of investment for Frontier. During the past few years, the service provider has invested over $80 million to upgrade and enhance the state's network. Read more

A Medium’s Visions
Tania Thomas – Author, Spiritual Medium,
Motivational Speaker, and Sometimes Comedian

TaniaThomas Within my Facebook fan page, Visions and Voices, I receive an abundance of questions from inquisitive minds regarding what I do for a living. I would like to share with you some of questions that have topped the list as the most unusual and thought provoking, and perhaps you can relate to them too.

Question: "Is the other side as blissful as they say AKA 'heaven' or is it another alternate universe similar to earth that involves struggle, hardship, and heartache etc?" – Mary Ann

Answer: So, let's first understand what "heaven" means. Heaven to your loved ones is actually being involved in your life despite not having a physical body. Where they were their happiest is where you will find they create their own version of heaven. It is really quite awesome for those who choose to fill their heaven with color, love, and beauty, and those who they had to leave behind here in this world. Read more

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    Chatham Parks & Rec upcoming events

    Chatham County Parks & Recreation Department announces upcoming events at Northwest District Park in Silk Hope and a youth wrestling program at Northwood High School. Registration is open at Or you can visit the office at 90 East Street in Pittsboro to register. Note that all programs have registration deadlines.

    Events coming to Northwest District Park, located at 2413 Woody Store Road in Silk Hope area, are summarized below:

    ZUMBA CLASSES at Northwest District Park: Starts on Monday, Dec. 1, 6 to 7 p.m. and runs through Feb. 23, 2015. The cost is $40 for five classes or $80 for ten classes.

    THIRD ANNUAL PARENTS NIGHT OUT at Northwest District Park: Slated for Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Dining Hall. This event is great for parents who need to catch up on Christmas shopping, run errands, or just have an evening alone without the kids! We will have arts and crafts, games, a movie, and much more. This event is open for children that are in grades K-8. The cost is $15 per child and $10 for each additional sibling. DEADLINE to register is Dec. 3.

    MILK & COOKIES WITH SANTA at Northwest District Park: Slated for Friday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event includes arts and crafts as well as a sing-along, and of course, Santa’s favorite snack, cookies and milk! Cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional sibling. We hope you’ve been nice this year! DEADLINE to register is Dec. 5.

    In addition to the Northwest Park events above, a YOUTH WRESTLING PROGRAM based on the high school style of wrestling will be offered for ages 5 to 14 at Northwood High School, The starting date is November 18 and will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through February. The program fee is $30 for each child residing in the county and $40 for non-resident children. DEADLINE to register is Dec. 5.

    If you have any questions about these programs, please call 919.545.8555.


    The 9th Annual Carrboro Film Festival

    The Carrboro Film Festival is November 22 & 23 at the Century Center in Carrboro. In addition to screening 46 fabulous films, the festival offers a FREE workshop on using drones in filmmaking, a FREE workshop with award-winning filmmaker Jon Kasbe, a Saturday night LIVE music performance, a FREE late night horror block, and more! Go to for a schedule and to lean more.

    25th Alternative Gift Market at United Church of Chapel Hill

    Joy & Justice, the 25th Alternative Gift Market at United Church of Chapel Hill (1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. in Chapel Hill) will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, and Sunday, November 23rd, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

    (1) A particular emphasis this year is partnering with Church World Service to reduce child labor and exploitation in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Mary Catherine Hinds, Senior Field Director for the Southeast Office of Church World Service, will speak at United Church of Chapel Hill’s 10 a.m. Adult Forum on Sunday, November 16th, one week before the Alternative Gift Market (Joy & Justice).

    As a project through Church World Service, Joy & Justice fulfills several United Nations Millennium Development Goals:
    (1) Eradicate extreme poverty;
    (2) Achieve universal primary education;
    (3) Promote gender equality and empower women;
    (4) Reduce child mortality;
    (5) Improve maternal health;
    (6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases;
    (7) Ensure environmental sustainability; and
    (8) Develop a global partnership for development.

    The Siler City Christmas Parade

    The Siler City Christmas Parade will take place in downtown Siler City on Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m. “Christmas Miracles” is the theme for this year’s parade. The parade will travel down S. Chatham, take a right onto Beaver Street to S. Birch Street, left onto W. Raleigh Street to Park Shopping Center (Maxway) and will disperse from here.

    All parade entries must come through the Chatham Chamber of Commerce office. Parade entry forms can be downloaded from the Chamber website at The forms can be emailed to you as well. For more information or for entry submission, contact the Chamber office by phone at 919.742.3333 or by email at Entries must be submitted by Monday, December 1. Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 judged floats.

    Join us for some excitement in the courtyard on Chatham Avenue:
    • Siler City Merchant Association’s annual Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m.
    • “The Hangout Worship Band” will perform onstage before and after the parade
    • (courtesy of the Siler City Merchant’s Association and the Hangout Band)
    • Santa will visit with children in the courtyard right after the parade.

    Trot along on the Reindeer Run/Walk

    The Partnership for Children is sponsoring the 10th Annual Reindeer Run/Walk on Saturday, December 13 in Pittsboro and providing financial services for this great community event. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. It is lots of fun.

    There are lots of ways to participate:

    1. You can run the 5k race; it is a sanctioned event OR you can walk the course. Individual and Team registrations are welcome.
    2. You can volunteer to help with the event; Road Elves are needed to serve as cheerleaders along the course and help with other needs as well!

    To volunteer, call Anna Stormzand at 919.845.5445 or email her at

    This year we will also have the Rudolph Family Fun Run. Rudolph will lead kids and families on a fun .75 mile run/walk around the CCCC T.H.A.N.K.S. trail, including three Reindeer Challenges. Santa will also make an appearance. To learn more, visit


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