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Pittsboro, NC – Here are some of the activities taking place in Chatham County, NC the week of April 17.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet Blake Johnson from the Corps of Engineers
Southeast Chatham Citizens Advisory Council will host our regular meeting at 7 pm at the Moncure Fire Department, 2389 Old  US #1, Moncure,  NC 27559. Guest speaker will be Blake Johnson from the Corps of Engineers. All Chatham County residents are  welcome.
There are no dues or fees to participate in SCCAC, but we do  accept donations that are used to support community  programs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wake Up Wednesday!
Have you opened a new business or organization in Chatham? Are you eager to reinvigorate your business with new clients and energy? Wake Up Wednesday is for you!

Share news about your products, services, skills, or non-profit events and programs with other people who may need what you have to offer at Wake Up Wednesday on April 19 at the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro. Networking starts at 8am. The meeting begins at 8:30 and ends promptly at 9:30. Admission is $5 and includes a hot breakfast.

Professional speaker and coach Barnsley Brown of Spirited Solutions will be the featured speaker.

Senior Games Opening Ceremonies
Join the Chatham County Council on Aging for our annual Senior Games Opening Ceremonies celebration at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center (365 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro).

Join us starting at 10:30 am for SilverArts Display and awards, performing arts show, fun walk, lunch and demonstrations (bocce, cornhole, football/softball throw and horseshoes!) Special guest Louise Gooche from the NC Senior Games Board and guest speaker Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson.

For information, contact Lindsay Hickling at 919-542-4512.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Screening of “Democracy for Sale: Money in Politics and Voting Rights”

The Chatham County Democratic Party invites you to a screening of “Democracy for Sale: Money in Politics and Voting Rights” from the series America Divided, at 6:30 pm in the Holmes Room of the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro. Actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis investigates the political landscape in his home state of North Carolina and considers how it’s emblematic of the country’s deepening political divide during the 2016 campaign.

Because space is limited in the Holmes Room, please RSVP at chathamdemsnc.net/democracy_for_sale.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Northwood High School BFAA’s Spring Fling for the Gold and Green!

NHS BFAA presents the second annual Spring Fling for the Gold and Green from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Chatham County Justice Center Parking Lot, just south of the circle in Pittsboro.

Entertainment on the main stage all day. Spring Fling is a downtown street fair with crafts, food, music, dance and fun family events to support Northwood High School, our kids and our community.

Best of All – REVERSE RAFFLE for a chance to win $50,000!  Only 1500 tickets will be sold.
Tickets are $100 each. Buy one, or more or go in with a group of friends or family and split the prize!
Tickets can be purchased online at http://nhsbfaa.org/spring-fling.html using either PayPal or a credit card (there is a small service fee) or directly from NHSBFAA board members. *Winnings are subject to Federal and NC tax laws.
For more information, including a list of performers and booths or to purchase your Raffle tickets visit nhsbfaa.org/spring-fling.html

JOINT Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening for 501 Pharmacy AND Carolina Convenient Care

501 PharmacyThe public is invited to attend a joint Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Celebration for 501 Pharmacy and Carolina Convenient Care, 98 Chapelton Court, Chapel Hill.  Please join us in supporting this new business. After a 12 noon Ribbon Cutting, refreshments from Subway will be available to guests.

501 Pharmacy is a full service retail pharmacy located at the Veranda, in front of the Briar Chapel community. The pharmacy strives to offer speedy service, consultations, compounding, free delivery within the area, and serve ice cream exclusively from Maple View Farms! 501 Pharmacy is owned by Han Su.

Carolina Convenient Care was founded in January of 2017 to provide comprehensive urgent care services to the residents of the Briar Chapel community and surrounding areas of Chapel Hill, NC. They are open seven days a week and there is no appointment necessary to visit their office.

Event Date and Time: Apr 22 201712:00pm – 1:30pm
Location Name: 501 Pharmacy
Location Address: 98 Chapelton Court, Chapel Hill (Veranda area at Briar Chapel)

2017 Bynum Bridge Fest and Studio Tour

Come out to the Bynum Bridge Fest and Studio Tour from 10 am to 5 pm in Bynum, NC.

Not only will there be 32 great artists on display, but there will be outdoor fun for all ages thanks to Clapping Hands Farm and storyteller, Cynthia Raxter.

Browse the bridge, walk the mill village – we have breakfast, lunch and a sweet treat. Grab a bite from one of our food trucks, such as local favorites “Breakfast and Beyond” and “Merry Franksters”. Take a break, cool off with an Italian Ice and listen to live storytelling by Cynthia Raxter or enjoy a creative kids craft with Clapping Hands Farm.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Northwood Band Boosters 7th Annual Motors for Music Car Show

Northwood High School Marching Band logoCome out to the 7th Annual Motors for Music Car Show and support Northwood High School’s instrumental music program.

The car show will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at Alpha Install on Hillsboro Street in Pittsboro. Registration opens at 8am. Bring the whole family! There will be live music and food!

Funds from the Motors for Music Car Show go directly to support the instrumental music programs at Northwood High School. Our marching band continues to grow every year. Your support is greatly appreciated!

For information about sponsorship or donating a raffle item for car show participants, please contact William Huneycutt at *protected email*.

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It’s middle school basketball tournament week in Chatham County http://chathamjournal.com/2017/02/13/middle-school-basketball-tournament-week-chatham-county/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:41:00 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7313 Moncure, NC – This Monday kicks off the first day of the annual boys’ and girls’ middle school basketball tournament in Chatham County. This year’s tournament will conclude with a couple of championship games on Friday, February 17 at Moncure…

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Moncure, NC – This Monday kicks off the first day of the annual boys’ and girls’ middle school basketball tournament in Chatham County. This year’s tournament will conclude with a couple of championship games on Friday, February 17 at Moncure School.

The local middle school girl basketball teams will kick off the tournament on Monday, February 13 with four games at the highest seeds. Top seeded Margaret Pollard School will host No. 8 seeded Moncure at 4:15 pm. No. 2 Bonlee will play host to No, 7 Silk Hope at 4:15 pm, while No. 3 Bennett will welcomes No. 6 J.S. Waters at 5 pm. No. 4 Chatham Middle will face No. 5 Horton at 5 pm.

Winners of Monday’s games will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday, February 15 at Moncure School. Games are scheduled to start at 5 pm and 6:30 pm.

The championship game between the two finalists is set to tip-off at 5 pm on Friday, February 17 at Moncure School.

The boys’ side of the tournament will also kick off on Monday. No. 1 seeded Margaret Pollard will host No. 8 Moncure on Monday at 5:45 pm. No. 2 Chatham Middle will face off against No. 7 J.S. Waters at 5 pm. in Siler City. No. 3 Bonlee will host No. 6 Silk Hope at 5:45 pm. No. 4 Chatham Middle will play No. 5 Horton at 5 pm.

The boys’ semifinals will take place on Thursday, February 16 at Moncure School. Games are set to begin 5 pm and 6:30 pm.

The boy’s tournament championship game will take place on Friday night, February 17 at Moncure School. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:30 pm, following the conclusion of the girls’ championship game.

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Upcoming events the week of January 1, 2017 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/01/02/upcoming-events-week-january-1-2017/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:03:02 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7053 Here’s what’s coming up this week in Chatham County, NC. Dances of Universal Peace January 4, 2017, 7 – 8:30pm Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 367 Hwy 87 North, Pittsboro, NC Our theme for the January Dance will be Deep Healing. …

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Here’s what’s coming up this week in Chatham County, NC.

Dances of Universal Peace
January 4, 2017, 7 – 8:30pm
Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 367 Hwy 87 North, Pittsboro, NCDances of Universal Peace
Our theme for the January Dance will be Deep Healing.  As we move into the new and perhaps strange territory of 2017, we will focus our energies on protection, balance, clearing, and transmission of healthy divine power. We will be sending healing energy from the great World Healers of the spiritual traditions of Earth to ourselves, our friends and family, our communities, and our nation and world.  Come and join the Dance.
The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Meditations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. This taste of our true nature – as Universal Peace – opens to the possibility of a deep spiritual revolution within the person.
Willow Oak Montessori Charter School Open House
January 7, 2017 from 1 – 2:30 pm
50101 Governors Drive, Suite 170, Chapel Hill
Willow Oak Montessori Charter School, serving 1st-7th graders, is having an Open House for prospective families on Saturday, January 7 from 1-2:30 at 50101 Governors Drive, Suite 170, Chapel Hill (northeast Chatham County).
Come visit Chatham’s only Montessori charter school.
The lottery application for the 2017-18 school year is available on the school website and must be completed by noon on January 20 to be included in the lottery..

FMI: Call 919 240-7787

Willow Oak Montessori School Map
Yoga classes cancelled at Sprott Youth Center
Moncure, NC
Monday evening yoga classes will not continue at Sprott Youth Center in Moncure due to poor attendance.

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Who is running for Chatham County commissioner? http://chathamjournal.com/2016/07/30/running-chatham-county-commissioner/ Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:47:02 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6738 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – We should all know by now that two Chatham county commissioner seats are on the ballot this fall. I was curious about what public information each of the candidates has provided about their positions…

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Pittsboro, NC – We should all know by now that two Chatham county commissioner seats are on the ballot this fall. I was curious about what public information each of the candidates has provided about their positions on the issues. We should all watch for evolving positions over the next four months.

Seeking District 1 Commissioner

Karen Howard is the incumbent Democrat. Howard lives in northern Chatham County with a Chapel Hill mailing address, and is a former attorney. She ran unopposed in 2014 to fill a position vacated by Sally Kost and is now running in an opposed election.

Ms Howard has published almost no information about her positions on Chatham County. She has a Facebook page. I cannot find a reelection website for her.

Emmett (Jay) Stobbs is the Republican challenging Karen Howard. Stobbs lives in northeast Chatham County with a Durham mailing address. He is a West Point graduate and a retired Army officer and was a manager at Northrop Grumman. Stobbs has information on his Facebook page and he has a website at www.jay4chatham.com.

Seeking District 2 Commissioner

The incumbent commissioner for District 2 is Mike Cross. Cross was defeated by Mike Dasher in the Democrat primary. Cross lost the support of the Chatham Democrat Party leadership after voting against county-wide zoning which is supported by the other Democrat commissioners (Howard, Hales, and Crawford). Read about that at chathamforward.com.

Mike Dasher is the Democrat seeking the District 2 Commissioner position. He has degrees in political science and finance, and runs a business developing residential properties. Dasher  lives in Moncure. He has a Facebook page is and he has a website at mikedasher.org.

Peyton Holland is running as an Independent (placed on the ballot by petition of county voters after the Primaries). In the past Holland has voted as a Republican. Holland lives in Moncure and has a graduate degree in management from NC State. He works as the Executive Director of SkillsUSA North Carolina. He has a Facebook page and his website is ourchathamnc.com.

Personal opinion

I chuckled when I saw a post on Dashers Facebook page stating that Howard and Dasher encourage citizen participation in a government that is thoughtful, deliberative, and transparent. I have not seen those qualities displayed yet by Commissioner Howard in the discussions about county-wide zoning.

Also interesting is that Mike Dasher runs a business developing residential properties. Will that be a conflict of interest for him during zoning discussions around residential development?

Anyway, (with the exception of Karen Howard who has seems to no published political position) check out the political promises on each candidates Facebook page and website, and watch how those pledges evolve until the election. Remember to vote in November, and after the election try to hold your representatives to the commitments they make.

For more information and to see the documents I reference visit my blog at https://countrylivingpolitics.blogspot.com/

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Peyton Holland files for the Chatham County Commission election http://chathamjournal.com/2016/05/11/peyton-holland-files-county-commissioner/ Wed, 11 May 2016 16:22:23 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6258 Pittsboro, NC – Peyton Holland, a native and resident of the Moncure area, filed a petition to be placed on the ballot for Chatham County Commissioner, running against Mike Dasher, who defeated Mike Cross during the Democrat Primary. Holland is…

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Pittsboro, NC – Peyton Holland, a native and resident of the Moncure area, filed a petition to be placed on the ballot for Chatham County Commissioner, running against Mike Dasher, who defeated Mike Cross during the Democrat Primary.

Holland is a passionate and motivated professional with an extensive background working with schools, community colleges, industry, and the community. He has dedicated his life to bringing these groups together to prepare the next generation for the workforce.

“I am excited for the chance to bring my experience as Executive Director of SkillsUSA North Carolina to the Board of Commissioners. I have worked extensively in the area of workforce readiness and education.Industry is demanding general workplace skills as well as technical skills. It is crucial for us to provide balanced educational opportunities for students preparing to enter the workforce and residents who may be re-tooling their skill sets,” said Holland. “Just as important as developing our students and local workforce,we have to create jobs across the county. This will be essential to providing a future for our young people here. This is our Chatham. Taking time to work together and listen to all of our neighbors will be critical in making decisions that affect us all.”
Holland’s family has been in Chatham County for several generations. He has called Chatham County home for his entire life. Holland attended elementary and middle school in Moncure and graduated from Northwood High School. He is married to Kara who is a graduate of Chatham Central. Both of them earned undergraduate degrees from North Carolina State University, where Holland also obtained his masters.
“Chatham County has always been my home. Growing up here, I developed a love for this land. I learned the value of hard work farming with my family.  The value of education was instilled in me in the classrooms of Moncure and Northwood where Chatham County Schools transformed me as an individual. I am proud to call Chatham home,” said Holland.
Holland is required to have 1,892 signatures on a petition of registered Chatham County voters by June to be included on the November ballot as an Unaffiliated candidate. If you would like to add your name to the petition please contact Peyton at OurChathamNC.com.

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Moncure Fire Department is celebrating 50 years of community service on May 7 http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/27/moncure-fire-department-celebrating-50-years-service-moncure-community/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:49:44 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6186 Moncure, NC – Come join the Moncure Fire Department’s 50th Anniversary Open House Celebration on Saturday, May 7, from 11am – 2pm, at Moncure Station 8 at 2389 Old US 1 in Moncure, NC 27559. Activities include: Free BBQ, music by…

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Moncure, NC – Come join the Moncure Fire Department’s 50th Anniversary Open House Celebration on Saturday, May 7, from 11am – 2pm, at Moncure Station 8 at 2389 Old US 1 in Moncure, NC 27559.

Moncure fire truckActivities include: Free BBQ, music by local favorites The Swang Brothers and The Haywood Billygoats, a Shooting Sports raffle, silent auction (including an original painting donated by local artist Clyde Jones!), Bloodmobile, and other fun and exciting activities.

There will also be a free gift for all former members of the Moncure Fire Department, the Board of Directors, and the Ladies Auxiliary.

More information can be found at their website or Facebook page, or by calling the station at 919-542-4191.

Please come help us celebrate!  Everyone is welcome!

Currently, the department consists of the following:

6 Full-time staff members:Chief R. Shi

A-Shift: Capt. Chris Circle & FF Bobby Miller

B Shift : Capt. Jesse Mann & Rotating Duty-Crew FFs

C Shift: Capt. Todd Harrington & FF Scottie Swindell

Duty Crew Members: FF Ryan Arnett,  FF Chris Barrows, FF Charlie Grubbs, FFJason Marsh, FF Howard Miles, FF Lucas Perry,  FF Josh Sosdian, FF Bethany Spencer, FF Josh Strickland, FF Arliss Thrift, FF John Burnette, FF Chris Dawson

20 Volunteers:

Asst. Chiefs: David Cotten, Brian Sykes

Safety Officer: Jere Julian

Crew Leaders: Boe Goodwin, David Oldham, Ken Harris, Kelly Jones

FF John Barbour, FF Roy Brooks, FF Gerry Fiks, FF Jeff Ferguson, FF Anita Harrell-Fiks, FF DJ Maloof, FF Hal Marsh, FF Danny Oldham, FF Bret Pedigo, FF Jamison Stafford, FF Clayton Scruggs.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the fire service and live in the Moncure Fire District, please inquire about volunteer membership by calling 919-542-4191

If you would like to schedule an advance appointment to donate blood, please call Pennie at 919-770-6750.

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Zafer Estill Obituary http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/22/zafer-estill-obituary/ Sat, 23 Apr 2016 03:29:56 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6163 Moncure, NC – Tami Schwerin and Lyle Estill, of Moncure, have lost their son, Zafer, affectionately known to many as simply “Z.” Zafer was a traveler, an explorer, and an avid tennis player who loved to skateboard, hike, kayak, and…

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Moncure, NC – Tami Schwerin and Lyle Estill, of Moncure, have lost their son, Zafer, affectionately known to many as simply “Z.”

Zafer was a traveler, an explorer, and an avid tennis player who loved to skateboard, hike, kayak, and follow his favorite sports teams. Zafer loved water sports of every description, from water skiing to raft building to surfing—and everything water based in between. He was a dedicated skier, who loved back-country runs.

Zs-Memorial-Fund-cover-1024x683When not shredding powder, he studied business at University of Colorado at Boulder.

Zafer loved fashion, and fine things, and worked a wide number of jobs, from archaeological surveying to carpentry to sustain his high-flying lifestyle. He was active in business, selling his own brand of hemp t-shirts, and firewood, and investing in the stock market. Zafer was a graduate of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, where he wrestled,ran cross-country, and led the tennis team.

Zafer died peacefully in his home in Boulder, Colorado on Thursday, April 14th from heroin, four months before his twentieth birthday.

Z-siblings-AMAZINGHe is survived by his younger brother Arlo, and sisters Kaitlin and Jessalyn and brother-in-law Dan Kiesa. As siblings the four are extremely close, sharing many laughs and wild adventures together.

Zafer was the grandson of Anne and Ed Schwerin, of Raleigh, NC, and Ann and Don Estill of Guelph, Ontario. He was the nephew of Michael Schwerin, Jim, Glen and Mark Estill.

The family is devastated by Zafer’s sudden and unexpected death.

His memorial service will be held at the Plant, 220 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro, at 2:00 on Saturday, April 23 rd, with a reception to follow. Afterwards a funeral procession will lead to a graveside ceremony at 4435 Moncure Pittsboro Rd.

Zafer will be buried in the woods of Chatham County that he so loved.

Z was not a big fan of flowers, but he was actively engaged in Abundance, NC, which has established a fund in his name. Those interested in attending the service are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Zafer would appreciate anyone who would bring “their best shoe game.”

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The real story of the Mike Cross vs Jeffrey Starkweather split http://chathamjournal.com/2016/03/12/real-story-mike-cross-vs-jeffrey-starkweather-split/ Sat, 12 Mar 2016 13:22:42 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6014 By *protected email* Moncure, NC – In 2004 when Mike Cross was first running for Commissioner, I was working closely with him. Two years previously a disastrous commissioner majority had been elected with a combination of dirty tricks, out of…

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Moncure, NC – In 2004 when Mike Cross was first running for Commissioner, I was working closely with him. Two years previously a disastrous commissioner majority had been elected with a combination of dirty tricks, out of county money, and superior organization, and we were determined to fight back. So when the Chatham Coalition was formed and offered their help we gratefully accepted because we knew a strong organization was going to be required to push back against the forces that had stuck us with the previous board majority.

At first the Chatham Coalition was a truly diverse group that included a lot of different types of people from all over the county, and we all worked well together. But as time went on it narrowed to basically Jeffrey Starkweather and his group as more people became turned off by the tactics and demands for ideological purity. At that time we didn’t know what was to come and worked successfully with them for most of the 2004 Democratic primary campaign and won convincingly.

However near the end of the following general election campaign Jeff Starkweather came to Mike Cross with dirt he had dug up on Mike’s Republican opponent. I’m not going to repeat the dirt or even repeat who he was dirt digging on but he brought it to Mike and asked him what he wanted to do with the information.  Mike’s response surprised me, his answer was “forget you ever saw it!”

I’m not proud of the fact that I disagreed with Mike. I wanted to use the dirt.  But Mike stood firm, showing me for the first (but far from the last) time that he’s a leader with true integrity, much more so than I. So I reluctantly acquiesced to Mike’s wishes and never tried to use this information.

Jeff Starkweather took a different approach. Against Mike Cross’s wishes, he tried to get the dirt out there.  Quite clumsily I might add.  When Mike found out he was furious.  Furious not only that Jeffrey had ignored his wishes, but furious that people would think he was behind it, and also furious that his opponent, who Mike saw as a decent person with whom he simply disagreed on the issues, was being subjected to it.

This is the real reason for the split between Mike Cross and Jeffrey Starkweather. Jeffrey may claim that it’s for issues or ideological reasons, but that’s all a whitewash.  This is the real reason.

Judging from the latest mailing that Jeff Starkweather’s group has sent out, repeating a false and discredited claim that the GOP endorses Mike Cross, it looks like 12 years later Jeffrey is still up to his old tricks. But this time, Jeffrey appears to have finally found a candidate who is happy to accept dirty tricks on his behalf. So congratulations to Jeffrey on that.

Even if we lose I’m proud to be supporting the candidate who refuses that type of “help”.

Proudly supporting Mike Cross for 12 years.

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Chatham Commissioner Mike Cross’ environmental record on coal ash http://chathamjournal.com/2016/03/03/chatham-commissioner-mike-cross-environmental-record-coal-ash/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 21:09:28 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5930 By *protected email* This round I had promised to talk to the assertion that Mike Cross voted more with the Republicans than with Democrats. But there is a pretty good summary on that on Mike’s February 3rd post to his…

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This round I had promised to talk to the assertion that Mike Cross voted more with the Republicans than with Democrats. But there is a pretty good summary on that on Mike’s February 3rd post to his Facebook page, www.Cross4Chatham.com.

Another reason I like Mike Cross is his commitment to the environment. Some may recall that Mike Cross got his start as a Chatham County Commissioner opposing a regional waste dump in southeast Chatham. On December 5, 2014 Mike, along with the entire board of Commissioners (BOC), passed the Resolution Opposing Coal Ash Disposal in Chatham. This round, however, the NCGA effectively invalidated any County Commission in the State from having a say in the matter (I call it legislative overreach). There was nothing the County Commissioners could do to stop it. Coal ash was coming to Chatham (actually it was already here; 5.7M tons of it next to the Haw River in storage ponds).

coal ash truckWhile the coal ash was coming uninvited, it would not be coming unmonitored. It was Mike Cross and Jim Crawford that spent several months negotiating a nearly $19 million Coal Ash Agreement with Duke Energy, which the BOC approved on a 3-2 vote (Commissioners Hales and Howard voted against the funding. I am not sure why, you may need to ask them). I do know that Mike Cross and the majority of the board that voted for this agreement took some heat for their votes, under the wrongful and emotional assumption that this agreement brought coal ash to Chatham County.

Rather, this agreement provided funds to monitor Duke’s coal ash activity and make sure they are doing it safely and correctly. More importantly the agreement will make sure that the 5.7M tons currently next to the Haw River will be part of the initial cleanup. It will be sealed, leachate will be collected and cleaned at Sanford Waste Water Treatment Plant. Chatham is already independently monitoring air and water quality … including wells within a mile of the sites. Without this action by Cross, Crawford, and Petty, Chatham would be left to the inspections and reports provided by Duke Energy alone. That would be unacceptable, don’t you think?

This is leadership. This is working across different political perspectives.. This is understanding the bigger picture. This is taking action when others prefer to simply make a political statement. This is making a difference..

This is why I support Mike Cross.

Feel free to peruse Commissioner Mike Cross’s Facebook page, www.Cross4Chatham.com, and read up on Mike’s engagement on behalf of the citizens of Chatham County, http://chathamcountyline.org/pdfs/CCL.feb16.web4.pdf

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Public hearing on March 10: Removal of coal ash at Cape Fear plant http://chathamjournal.com/2016/03/01/duke-energy-plans-for-removal-of-coal-ash-at-cape-fear-plant/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:13:13 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5899 Moncure, NC – The North Carolina. DEQ ranked five basins at the Cape Fear Plant as intermediate in their proposed classifications issued December 31. N.C. DEQ will hold public hearings in each county with a coal ash facility to listen…

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Moncure, NC – The North Carolina. DEQ ranked five basins at the Cape Fear Plant as intermediate in their proposed classifications issued December 31. N.C. DEQ will hold public hearings in each county with a coal ash facility to listen to public comments on the proposed basin classifications.

Cape Fear PlantThe public hearing for Cape Fear is to be held at Central Carolina Community College, Building 2 Multipurpose Room, 764 West. St. Pittsboro NC at 6 p.m. on March 10.

N.C. General Assembly passed the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA) in 2014. According to the process outlined in the law, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed risk rankings which will ultimately determine how coal ash basins in North Carolina should be closed. Final classifications for each basin are either high, intermediate or low. The classifications outline a timeline and guidance on closure options.

With groundwater safety at the forefront, Duke Energy submitted comprehensive groundwater assessments to N.C. DEQ for each of the 14 coal plants in North Carolina. Results for Cape Fear Steam Electric Plant indicate:

  • Groundwater near ash basins is flowing away from neighbors’ properties.
  • There are no private wells in the nearby vicinity.
  •  The area where groundwater is affected is confined to Duke Energy property and is primarily near the ash basin.

Additional information on Duke Energy’s coal ash management for the Cape Fear Plant is available by clicking here 

DUKE ENERGY’S CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN FOR CAPE FEAR PLANT

December 2015:  PART 1: Duke Energy’s Corrective Action Plan filed with NC Dept. of Environmental Quality.

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