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February 2020

The NC State NAACP filed an official complaint with the NC State Board of Elections

The NC State NAACP filed an official complaint with the NC State Board of Elections regarding voter harassment and intimidation by Neo-Confederates and members of the League of the South at the Chatham County early voting site in Pittsboro on Saturday, February 15th.

Read the complaint here


Chatham County: Two Referenda on the Ballot



Chatham County has placed two referenda on the ballot for consideration by Chatham County voters.

The first referenda is to permit the "on-premises" and "off-premises" sale of malt beverages.

The County passed liquor-by-the-drink in 2009 and previously passed the sale of unfortified wine, while Siler City passed referenda in the fall of 2019 allowing the sale of unfortified wine and malt beverages. (The Town of Pittsboro passed referenda on the sale of unfortified wine and malt beverages in the 1970's.)

Given that the only regulatory gap that remains across the County is to permit the "on-premises" and "off-premises" sale of malt beverages outside of the municipalities, it is reasonable to support the passage of this referendum to align the municipalities and the county on the sale of liquor-by-the-drink; unfortified wine; and malt beverages. Passing this referendum will close this ABC regulatory "donut hole" and create an unified regulatory ABC environment for the entire county and businesses and non-profits operating within the county.


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With such a new alignment of permitted uses across the county, businesses like a small brewery and tasting room can be built in the municipalities as well as on permitted locations in the county.

This seems like a sensible solution to a problem that should not exist in 2020.

The second referendum is a request to allow Chatham County to raise the local sales and use tax one-quarter percent (0.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use taxes.

If this referendum were passed, it would align Chatham County with the prevailing rates of Randolph, Moore, Lee and Harnett counties (7.0%) and still be lower than Wake (7.25%), Durham (7.50%) and Orange (7.50%) counties respectively.

Currently, Alamance is the only neighboring county with the same rate as Chatham (6.75%).

The rate increase would equate to one penny on every four dollars spent--so if the measure passed a $100 purchase would be increased by a quarter--which is twenty-five cents.

Further, the sales tax does not apply to unprepared food or gasoline so this tax would not increase the price at the pump nor at the grocery store.


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The Chatham County Republican Party (CCGOP) opposes this measure, while the Chatham County Democratic Party (CCDP) supports the measure.

The CCGOP's campaign is called "Vote NO!" and the party labels the effort as "another no need tax increase".

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CORA's Miles for Meals Hunger 5K will Raise Funds to End Childhood Hunger in Chatham County on March 29, 2020.

PITTSBORO, N.C. – CORA is hosting the Miles for Meals 5K run and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Sunday, March 29 at 8:00am at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. This new event will bring individuals and families together to raise awareness about the severity of childhood hunger in Chatham County and raise money to help alleviate the problem.

Speed walk, casually stroll, jog, or take a chip-timed run. Participants are encouraged to form a team, bringing together friends, family and even their dogs (the course is dog and stroller friendly!) to challenge themselves to complete the course and raise additional funds.

Participants are encouraged to register in advance to receive reduced rates, including a special rate for kids 14 and under, to encourage them to be active and to participate in their first 5K. Registration is available online through March 24th at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/milesformeals/. All proceeds will support CORA’s SNACK! program. SNACK! (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids) distributes food to more than 1,500 kids who depend on federal school meals during the school year, but who have little or no replacement for this nutrition in the summer. SNACK provides participants with enough nutritious food to ensure that they have 3 meals/ day plus snacks for each day that school is not in session during the summer. It costs CORA $150 to feed each child in the SNACK program for the entire summer.

More information about the event, including registering online, can be found at www.corafoodpantry.org. In addition, corporate sponsorships opportunities are available, please contact Rebecca Hankins at 919-491-5896 for more information.

Spring Book Sale at the Chatham Community Library is April 2, 3 & 4

The Friends of the Chatham Community Library (FotCCL) will hold its Spring Book Sale April 2, 3 and 4 at the library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Hours of the sale are Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the book sale, more than 18,000 hardbound and softbound books, audio books and more will be available for purchase, plus audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, LPs and audio books. Each sale offers a completely new assortment of titles in very good to excellent condition, and all are organized by category, subject or format.

Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking, plus volunteers to assist with carrying out and loading books.

On Thursday, the first day of the sale, purchases of $200 or more are entitled to a 20 per cent discount; on Friday, all books and materials are half price; and on Saturday, customers may fill grocery bags (or their own totes) with books and other materials for $5 each, with no limit to the number of bags they fill. Bags are available free, compliments of local food stores.

Cash, checks and all major credit cards are accepted at the FotCCL book sales.

Members of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library receive discount cards worth $3 each, including all those who join at the book sale. This discount may also be used on any day of the sale.

Regular offerings include huge assortments of general history, Civil War, World Wars I and II, biographies, classic novels, cookbooks, art books (such as antiques, architecture, film, painting, photography, etc.), philosophy, religion, humor, children’s books, reference, self-help and more.

Proceeds from the book sale are used to benefit the library for underwriting various programs; purchasing needed books, materials and equipment; and improving its technology and services.

The Chatham Community Library is located at 197 NC Highway 87 in Pittsboro, about a half mile north of US Highway 64 Business (West Street). More information about the book sale, including membership in the Friends and volunteer opportunities, may be found on the FotCCL Website at www.friendsccl.org.

Chatham County 2020 Primary Election: Guide to Early Voting

PITTSBORO, NC – The Chatham County Board of Elections Office reminds voters of important early voting information for the 2020 primary election including some polling location changes.

When can Chatham County residents participate in early voting?
One stop early voting begins February 13, 2020 and lasts through February 29, 2020.

Where can I vote early in Chatham County?
Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (New Location in lieu of the Board of Elections Office)
1192 US HWY 64 West
Business, Pittsboro, NC 27312

CCCC Health Science Building (New Location in lieu of Northeast Park)
75 Ballentrae Court, Pittsboro, NC 27312 (*See important location instructions below.)

Earl B. Fitts Community Center
111 S. Third Ave., Siler City, NC 27344
Goldston Town Hall
40 Coral Ave., Goldston, NC 27252

What are the hours of Chatham County early voting sites?
All Chatham County early voting sites are open during the following days and hours:

Thursday, Feb. 13 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 24 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

What if I missed the deadline to register to vote in Chatham County?
For Chatham County residents who missed the February 7, 2020 deadline to register to vote, they can still register at all early voting sites on the day they vote. There will be no voter registration on Election Day, March 3, 2020.

Do I need a photo ID to vote in Chatham County?
No. Chatham County voters do not need a photo ID to cast their ballot in the 2020 primary election.

For more information about the 2020 primary election and early voting, individuals can visit the Chatham County Board of Elections website at chathamnc.org/elections or call 919-545-8500.

*Special instructions to locate the new CCCC Health Science Building
The Board of Elections staff is aware that the address 75 Ballentrae Court, Pittsboro, is not in Google Maps and has attempted numerous times to add the location with no results. The Board of Elections has posted clear instructions on its website, and electronic signs will be placed on 15-501 from the north and the south near the voting site. The voting site is in the Briar Chapel development on 15-501. From the south, pass Cruizers and take the 1st left. From the north, turn right at Taylor Road at the traffic light. Voters will enter at the rear entrance of the building. Follow the "vote here" signs.

Chatham County Celebrates Seniors in February with "We Love Seniors Month"
Chatham County Marks "We Love Seniors Month" with Official Proclamation, Events, Social Media Campaign, and Art & Essay Contest

PITTSBORO, NC – "Chatham County's seniors have helped define and develop our sense of community and they remain key leaders and positive mentors," stated Chatham County Board of Commissioners Chair Karen Howard in proclaiming February 2020 "We Love Seniors Month." The Commissioners passed a supportive resolution at their January 21st meeting.

Continuing a local tradition, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, along with the Chatham County Council on Aging, are leading the call to use the spirit of Valentine’s Day in February to recognize and value the talents, resourcefulness, imagination and dedication of our growing older population.

The Chatham Council on Aging is offering multiple opportunities for the broader community to share in celebrating seniors throughout the month of February.

Chatham County youth in Kindergarten through 12th grade will be able to participate in the first ever "Chatham Loves Seniors" Art & Essay Contest for a chance to have their winning entries appear in the pages of an upcoming edition of The Chatham Senior Times, the Council’s quarterly newsletter, with a combined print and online readership of over 3000.

Chatham’s social media enthusiasts can also follow along and participate in the Council’s online hashtag #ChathamLovesSeniors via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Council invites members of the Chatham community to spread the love and help spotlight the contributions of local seniors by sharing their own #ChathamLovesSeniors posts on their favorite social media platforms throughout the month.

In addition to their many ongoing activities and services, the Chatham County Council on Aging will host a number of events that highlight, celebrate, and support local seniors in February. These include a Black History Month Celebration on February 4th, at which Commissioner Howard will serve as Master of Ceremonies. State Senator Valerie Foushee and Representative Robert Reives, II will also speak at the morning event being held at the Council's Western Center in Siler City.

On February 18th, the Council will hold its 24th Annual Healthy Heart and Body Expo. Many community organizations will participate at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center.

In addition, registration for the Chatham County Senior Games and SilverArts, will begin on February 17th. The Council on Aging, local games coordinator, was recently recognized for achieving the largest percentage growth in North Carolina among medium-sized Local Games Programs in 2019.

To follow the Chatham Council on Aging #ChathamLovesSeniors campaign on social media, visit the Council on Facebook: @ChathamCOA Twitter: @ChathamCOA and Instagram: @chathamcoa1

For more information on any of these activities, please visit the Council on Aging’s website at www.chathamcoa.org or call its Eastern Center at 919-542-4512 or its Western Center at 919-742-3975.

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