Chatham County

The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Pittsboro Approves Chatham Park Expansion

An artist's rendering of North Village, one of several small hubs planned for Chatham Park
Sasaki Associates

Host Frank Stasio talks with Pittsboro mayor Bill Terry about Chatham Park.

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners has approved a massive development plan that is expected to send the population soaring from 4,000 to nearly 70,000 over the next three decades.

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Arts & Culture
9:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Pittsboro Memorial Will Honor 9/11 First Responders

New York Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Curry calls for rescue teams at Ground Zero three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Credit Petty Officer 1st Class Preston Keres / US Navy

Pittsboro will break ground today on a memorial to 9/11 first responders. 

Organizers say town and Chatham County officials will take part, along with anyone who wants to bring a shovel. 

The site will feature a beam from the base of one of the twin towers that collapsed after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. 

Jody Allen is the president of the Chatham County First Responders Foundation Corporation.  He said the beam will point from the site in downtown Pittsboro toward ground zero in New York City.

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Development
1:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Pittsboro: Planning Consultant Says Chatham Park Plan Lacks Vision

The Chatham Park project could boost Pittsboro's population to 60,000 people
Credit Screen shot from online video / Preston Development Company

Preston Development Company has big plans for Pittsboro, but an urban planning consultant says it isn't very clear what they are.

The Chatham Park project is meant to turn thousands of acres into full neighborhoods of residences and office space just 15 miles from Chapel Hill. It could turn the town into a sizeable city. The project is controversial, and Pittsboro hired the Lawrence Group in Davidson to review its master plan.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Rural North Carolina Struggles With Internet Access

Credit Wikimedia Commons

    

A federal government report on Internet access ranked North Carolina last in the country for the rate of Internet subscription.  

Only 17 percent of North Carolina households have fixed Internet connections at a speed the FCC deems the "minimum required to engage in modern life."  Rural residents say that they have difficulty getting coverage while providers claim rural North Carolina has adequate service.

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Business & Economy
10:50 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Pittsboro Considers 7,000 Acre Multi-Use Development

The town of Pittsboro is holding public meetings to discuss a new 7,000 acre development called Chatham Park.
Credit 1nativeTexan / flickr

The town of Pittsboro is considering a new, 7,000 acre multi-use development called Chatham Park. If approved, it would be built over 30 years, and could increase Pittsboro's population to 60,000.

At public meetings on the issue, some in Pittsboro have expressed concerns about the new development and how it might change the area. Elaine Chiosso is Executive Director of the Haw River Authority, and she says the development could hurt the surrounding ecosystem.

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Business & Economy
4:38 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Duke Energy Assesses 1700-Acre Chatham Co. Tract For Business Potential

An aerial view of the site.
Credit Duke Energy

A large parcel of undeveloped land near Siler City has been chosen by Duke Energy to take part in the utility's Site Readiness Program. The utility selected a total of 17 sites in the Carolinas, ten of which are in North Carolina. Duke Energy's Jeff Brooks says the 1700-acre Chatham County tract will be assessed for its potential to lure large industry and manufacturing to the area and calls it a "win-win" for everyone.

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Law
6:10 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Chatham County Celebrates New Justice Center

Chatham County's new Justice Center is open for business.

The new justice center has four courtrooms, and significantly more office space than the previous, historic courthouse in Pittsboro. Plans to move out of that building started 13 years ago, but a fire in 2010 threatened its future. David Hughes is the Public Works Director in Chatham county. He says the 130-year-old building has been preserved.

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Politics & Government
9:33 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Chatham County Seeks Input on 9/11 Memorial

Officials in Chatham County are welcoming public input on a proposed site for a 9/11 memorial. The centerpiece will be a small part of the World Trade Center donated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Citizens can weigh in at the Board of Commissioners meeting tonight in Pittsboro. Debra Henzey is the director of communications for Chatham County. She says one possible site is in the center of town.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Southern Food Magazine Looks to NC

Short Rib Torchon with Fried Quail Egg on Milk Bread was served at The Local Palate party at Fearrington House.
Leoneda Inge

There’s a new food magazine on store shelves focusing on food culture of the South. Food from North Carolina is featured this month. 

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Education
11:30 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Chatham Schools Promote Physical Activity

Chatham County schools are trying to get kids to be more active through 'Eat Smart Move More' grants. The goal of the project is to encourage schools and teachers to integrate physical activity into the curriculum no matter what the discipline. Holly Coleman is with the Chatham County Health Department:

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