Pittsboro – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Pittsboro – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Pittsboro – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Pittsboro – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/news/pittsboro/ TV-G 63016882 Chatham County Schools announces snow make-up time http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/11/chatham-county-schools-announces-snow-make-time/ Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:25:31 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8322 Pittsboro, NC – The Early Release Day scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018, will now be a FULL student day for all schools. The 2017-2018 student calendar fulfills the state law requirement for instructional time for students using hours (1,025…

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Pittsboro, NC – The Early Release Day scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018, will now be a FULL student day for all schools. The 2017-2018 student calendar fulfills the state law requirement for instructional time for students using hours (1,025 hours minimum) versus days (185 days minimum).

Since Chatham County Schools uses the hourly option, they will reserve hours earned beyond the required 1,025 to offset potential inclement weather events that may occur later this winter. They will apply hours already built into the schedule that exceeds the minimum number required to account for the remaining instructional time missed.

Please be aware that should Chatham County Schools miss additional days due to inclement weather, it may be necessary to amend the calendar to provide the required number of instructional hours.

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Register now for the Chatham County CERT course coming in February http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/08/register-now-chatham-county-cert-course/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:47:11 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8291 Pittsboro, NC – Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) is a national program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search…

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Pittsboro, NC – Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) is a national program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:

    • Learn how to safely respond to manmade and natural hazards
    • Help organize basic disaster response
    • Promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events

To everyone who has expressed or may have interest in Chatham County CERT training – the first CERT class has been scheduled. There is no cost for the class.

The CERT class is 2 1/2 days long. Dates are:
Wed, Feb 28 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu, Mar 01 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri, Mar 02, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Location:
Chatham Co Agriculture & Conference Center
1192 US 64 W Business, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Please register at this link.

FMI: Email Terry Schmidt at *protected email*or call 919-642-3721

 

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Chatham County seeks applicants for planning board vacancy http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/06/chatham-county-seeks-applicants-planning-board-vacancy/ Sat, 06 Jan 2018 14:42:24 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8287 Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for one vacant seat on the planning board with a term ending December 31, 2020.  Interested residents should apply by 5 pm on Friday, January 22, 2018. The Planning…

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Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for one vacant seat on the planning board with a term ending December 31, 2020.  Interested residents should apply by 5 pm on Friday, January 22, 2018.

Land Use PlanThe Planning Board advises the Chatham County Board of Commissioners on planning, zoning and subdivision issues.  The vacant seat is assigned to County Commissioner District 1, which is in the northeastern part of the county. Applicants from other parts of the county may apply also.

The duties include: monitoring trends related to land use, proposing needed amendments to the land use plan; establishing development principles and guidelines; proposing ordinances for orderly development in accordance with the land use plan; determining whether proposed developments conform to the land use plan and development principles; keeping the Board of Commissioners and the public informed on planning issues and reasons for board recommendations; and conducting meetings to get public input.

The Planning Board typically meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, usually in Pittsboro.

To submit an online application to serve and to view a map of the districts of the Board of Commissioners, visit www.chathamnc.org/CommitteeAppointments . Or contact Lindsay Ray at 919-542-8200 to get a printed or emailed copy of the application form.

If you have questions about the Planning Board’s duties, contact the Planning Department at 919-542-8204.

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Chatham County Sheriff posts pictures from January 4 snow day on Facebook http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/05/chatham-county-sheriff-posts-pictures-january-4-snow-day-facebook/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:03:06 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8275 Pittsboro, NC – After a Wednesday night snowfall of one to three inches, Many roads in Chatham county were snow-covered and icy come Thursday morning. Chatham County schools and most government offices were closed. Many residents took the advice to…

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Pittsboro, NC – After a Wednesday night snowfall of one to three inches, Many roads in Chatham county were snow-covered and icy come Thursday morning. Chatham County schools and most government offices were closed. Many residents took the advice to stay home and stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Meanwhile, Chatham’s public safety agencies continued to provide critical services throughout the county. Sheriff Mike Roberson and his team of deputies were out on the hazardous roads.

The Sheriff’s department posted pictures from their day’s adventures on their Facebook page. We’ve posted a few below.

US 64 east near exit 386US 64 EastMartha's Chapel RoadChatham Street in Bennettcamelback BridgeOld Graham RoadHamlets Chapel Road

Chatham County deputies have been working diligently in the bitter cold and slippery conditions to ensure residents are receiving assistance and calls for service are being answered. The Chatham Sheriff’s Department will continue to provide updates and alerts as often as we can.

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Chatham County adverse weather update for January 5 http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/05/chatham-county-adverse-weather-update-january-5/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:34:21 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8271 Pittsboro, NC – Due to hazardous roads, all county offices, except essential services, will not open until 11 AM.  This includes county facilities, such as parks, libraries, senior centers and collection centers.  We recommend calling ahead if you need a…

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Pittsboro, NC – Due to hazardous roads, all county offices, except essential services, will not open until 11 AM.  This includes county facilities, such as parks, libraries, senior centers and collection centers.  We recommend calling ahead if you need a specific service as some offices may have limited staff.

However, please remember that sidewalks and parking areas could be hazardous, especially parks and collection centers.  All 12 Collection Centers will be opening on a delay tomorrow at 11 AM. We may close centers early tomorrow so be sure to check our website or call the center before heading out.

Senior centers are open at 11 am, but services are limited.  Also meals will not be available at the centers and home-delivered meal are cancelled.

The court sessions in Chatham County are cancelled on Friday, January 5, but the Clerk of Superior Court is opening at 11 AM. The District Attorney reports that those who had traffic court in Chatham on January 4 should report as follows:
-Last name A to M must appear on February 1, 2018
-Last name N-Z must appear on March 1, 2018

Despite the weather, the mandated deadline for 2017 property tax payments is today, January 5, 2018 at 5 pm. However, here are some options to help ease the payment situation:

1.  The Tax Office will open tomorrow by 11 AM to accept payments. You also may call them with questions at 919-542-8260.
2.   A tax payment collection box is in the parking area near the Tax Office. It is a white box with signage.
3.   Any payment mailed and postmarked January 5, 2018 will be considered paid on time.
4.  You can pay online but there is a three percent fee charged. Find your tax bill and pay at this website:
http://ustaxdata.com/nc/chatham/TaxSearch.cfm

Call the Chatham County Tax Office on a Friday after 11 AM if you need assistance at 919-542-8260.

A reminder to residents roads, bridges and highways outside the towns are maintained and treated by the NC Department of Transportation or are privately owned and maintained.  County governments do not maintain nor clear roads.  Main thoroughfares will be addressed first by DOT, so many rural roads will not be retreated for some time.

Temperatures will remain below freezing tomorrow and will plunge to around 10 degrees tonight.  This means any melting on roads will turn to ice tonight, even if you can’t see that it is there.

Chatham County will provide additional updates on the county website at www.chathamnc.org as needed. You can follow the official Chatham County government twitter account at @ChathamCountyNC.

NOTE: The Chatham Journal maintains a Chatham County News twitter account at @chathamnc. Use the hashtag #chathamnc if you would like us to be aware of your own Chathamcentric tweets.

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Kelly Slaughter’s hands-on approach a plus at Pittsboro Elementary http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/05/kelly-slaughters-hands-approach-plus-pittsboro-elementary/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 05:25:16 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8265 Pittsboro, NC — Diagnosing a problem is one thing. Kelly Slaughter’s the type of person who’ll see a need and then go ahead and meet it. “Even though she is our school treasurer, this is the second year she has…

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Pittsboro, NC — Diagnosing a problem is one thing. Kelly Slaughter’s the type of person who’ll see a need and then go ahead and meet it.

“Even though she is our school treasurer, this is the second year she has worked on a grant for our school innovation lab,” said Kristen Lane, who was the curriculum coach at Pittsboro Elementary School when she nominated Slaughter for a Chatham County Schools Employee Recognition Award. “Kelly is the definition of going above and beyond her duty!”

Slaughter accepted the award in December. When she isn’t crunching numbers as Pittsboro Elementary’s treasurer, her co-workers are liable to find her making progress toward establishing a club for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the school, Lane said.

“She has seen great success [and] the positive impact STEM has made on her own children, and she is dedicated [to] creating those opportunities for our students at [Pittsboro Elementary],” Lane said.

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Despite icy weather, Chatham County’s property tax payments are due by January 5 at 5 pm http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/04/despite-icy-weather-chatham-countys-property-tax-payments-due-january-5-5-pm/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:12:38 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8257 Pittsboro, NC – The icy weather has created an array of issues for residents and Chatham County government.  Despite the weather, the mandated deadline for 2017 property tax payments is tomorrow, January 5, 2018 at 5 pm.  However, here are some options…

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Pittsboro, NC – The icy weather has created an array of issues for residents and Chatham County government.  Despite the weather, the mandated deadline for 2017 property tax payments is tomorrowJanuary 5, 2018 at 5 pm.  However, here are some options to help ease the payment situation:

  1.  The Chatham County Tax Office will open tomorrow by 11 AM for you to make payments.  You also may call the Tax Collection Office with questions at 919-542-8260.
  2. A tax payment collection box is in the parking area near the Tax Office.  It is a white box with signage.
  3. Any payment mailed and postmarked January 5, 2018 will be considered paid on time.
  4. You can pay online but there is a three percent fee charged.  Find your tax bill and pay at this website:  http://ustaxdata.com/nc/chatham/TaxSearch.cfm

Call the Tax Office tomorrow after 11 AM if you need assistance at 919-542-8260.

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Courts order tobacco companies to run ads about their products http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/03/courts-order-tobacco-companies-run-ads-products/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:34:38 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8249 by Shannon Kincaide Godbout Pittsboro, NC – Starting November 26, 2017, the major U.S. tobacco companies began running ads in newspapers in NC and nationally telling the American people the known facts about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand…

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by Shannon Kincaide Godbout

Pittsboro, NC – Starting November 26, 2017, the major U.S. tobacco companies began running ads in newspapers in NC and nationally telling the American people the known facts about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke.

Official U.S. documents show that a federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these statements after finding the companies guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws and making misrepresentations to the public about the dangers of smoking and how some ads are marketed to children. The ads will run after 11 years of appeals by the tobacco companies, who successfully fought to remove the phrase “here is the truth” from the corrective statements, which would have implied that the industry deliberately deceived the public.

Many public health advocates in NC welcome the corrective statement ads, citing that they will focus attention on the enormous public health problem caused by tobacco use and the need for strong action to save lives. To reduce tobacco use, advocates are ready to partner with state-wide officials to address four evidence-based measures to reduce tobacco use, especially by teens:  1) raise the age of sale of tobacco products to 21; 2) adopt strengthened smoke-free laws and policies; 3) increase the price of cigarettes by at least $1.50 per pack; and 4) strengthen the funding for state and local tobacco prevention and cessation programming.

“We have seen the positive impact that our county’s tobacco-free policy has had on our staff and the public,” said Chatham County Health Director Layton Long. “Tobacco-free policies play a large part in helping people quit, and for those who have successfully quit, quitting for good. These policies set a positive example for our youth and also help reduce exposure to secondhand smoke when visitors come to our offices. We hope that these ads will serve as a reminder that tobacco and its byproducts are hazardous to our health and that we need to continue to support prevention and cessation programs.”

According to the NC Youth Tobacco Survey (2015), in NC alone, 9.3 percent of high school students still smoke and nearly 16.8% use electronic cigarettes (http://bit.ly/2CkKZ4m).  According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, tobacco use claims 14,200 NC lives and costs the state $3.81 billion in health care bills annually (http://bit.ly/2B1ieZW).

“For too many years, the public health community has known and seen the dangerous effects that tobacco has on our youth,” said Long. “We hope that these statements from the tobacco companies will send a clear message to our youth that all tobacco products, including new products like electronic cigarettes, are dangerous, addictive, and ultimately lead to disease and early death.”

In 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the major cigarette manufacturers, charging they had violated the civil provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and other laws. Tobacco company defendants in the case include Altria, its Philip Morris USA subsidiary, and R.J. Reynolds.

On Aug. 17, 2006, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler issued her verdict against the companies.

Judge Kessler ordered the tobacco companies to publish corrective statements on five topics, stating they had deliberately deceived the public:

  • the adverse health effects of smoking;
  • addictiveness of smoking and nicotine;
  • lack of significant health benefit from smoking “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light,” “mild,” and “natural” cigarettes (products that have been deceptively marketed as less harmful than regular cigarettes);
  • manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure optimum nicotine delivery; and
  • adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.

The corrective statement ads started running November 26, 2017, in print and online in about 50 newspapers specified by the court. They will also run during prime time on the major television networks for one year. The tobacco companies must also publish the corrective statements on their websites and cigarette packs; according to national networks, implementation details are still being finalized.

The corrective statement newspaper ads must run in the front section of Sunday newspapers on November 26, 2017; December 10, 2017; January 7, 2018; February 4, 2018; and March 4, 2018. In NC, corrective statements will appear in the Charlotte Observer. Per the judge’s order, corrective statements will also appear in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. The tobacco companies will pay the entire cost of running the ads.

Despite significant progress in reducing smoking, tobacco use is still the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans and costing the nation about $170 billion in health care expenses each year.

Support is available for those interested in quitting tobacco. The Chatham County Public Health Department is offering free tobacco cessation classes this January for any Chatham County resident, employee, and their family members. Participants will receive a free QuitSmart Stop Smoking Kit and two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy. These free sessions will be held from 5:30 pm-6:45 pm on January 17th, January 29th, and January 31st. There will also be an informational session held on January 10th to learn more about the QuitSmart program. All sessions will be held at the Chatham County Public Health Department in Pittsboro (80 East Street). Contact Anna Stormzand at *protected email* (919-545-8445) to reserve your spot or for more information.

QuitlineNC is also a free cessation resource and is available 24 hours a day to assist individuals quitting tobacco. Call toll-free 1 800-QUIT-NOW or visit www.quitlinenc.org.

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Special thanks to Donna and her team at Bella Donna’s restaurant for amazing experience http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/02/special-thanks-donna-team-bella-donnas-restaurant-amazing-experience/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:11:41 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8242 by*protected email* Pittsboro, NC – I was coming up on my 15th wedding anniversary. Because it’s one of those milestone years I thought it should be more special than simply bringing home some flowers after my day at work. While…

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Pittsboro, NC – I was coming up on my 15th wedding anniversary. Because it’s one of those milestone years I thought it should be more special than simply bringing home some flowers after my day at work. While I was vetting some ideas I thought about the things my wife would like, and one of the things that she absolutely loves is great Italian food. But we eat Italian all the time, I wanted it to be a bit of an event to cap off a bunch of other stuff I was planning for the day. I then had an idea and I called Donna at Bella Donna’s to see if we could pull it off. I honestly thought she was going to tell me to go take a long walk off a short pier. My idea was simple, a table in the kitchen like I had seen at really high-end places in Miami and New York but but one that neither myself nor my wife had ever experienced.

Donna knew exactly what I was talking about, she called it a chef’s table. Without batting an eye she said she’d do it.  After confirming the day and time I left the rest of it up to her as I had a ton of other things I had planned that I needed to work through.

Donna did not disappoint! When we walked in in the corner of her kitchen was one of the dining room tables perfectly set up for a meal for two. Perched above the table on a shelf that probably holds dishes or some other kitchen supplies, she had set up a little speaker playing Italian music. The table was set up theater style with both of us facing the same direction looking out at the stove and pasta preparation areas.

The food was great as it always is at Bella Donna’s. What I had never known before was how much work and care goes into every meal. Every single strand of pasta for every plate is hand-spun fresh. I know, we were sitting right by the machine and it got used often.  There were constant checks by Donna over the quality of the food as it was being cooked.  In addition to our meal she brought samples of the different things that were on the menu for the evening. Some like the calamari that reminded me of my dad were  emotionally impactful beyond their great taste!

I don’t know if this is going to become a regular offering at Bella Donna’s, but I can say that the experience was one we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

If there is any regret to the evening, it’s that because it was the first time, Donna was on her best behavior. That means I got a lot less shouting in the kitchen than I thought I would. Who knows, maybe Donna will feel comfortable enough with customers in the kitchen that by my 20th that she’ll really let loose when the pasta primavera isn’t prepared just right! 🙂

Bella Donna Italian Restaurant

Address: 440 East St, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Phone: +1-919-545-0900

Hours: 11:00am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm

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The burning bowl http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/02/the-burning-bowl/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:14:09 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8239 by *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – Something new to me. I was invited to a ‘burning bowl’ yesterday, New Year’s Eve. I had never heard of this before. There is a big open pit, bowl, area with a blazing fire…

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Pittsboro, NC – Something new to me. I was invited to a ‘burning bowl’ yesterday, New Year’s Eve. I had never heard of this before. There is a big open pit, bowl, area with a blazing fire – outdoors. Those gathered around write on a piece of paper some problem, situation, etc, that they would like to banish from their mind for the coming new year. Things you just want to go away. You toss that piece of paper in the fire and it is consumed. It does something mentally.

I really got into it. Early in the morning, long before the event, I cut apart a big advertising paper i had found in the mail box. Strips about 3″ by 8″- With a big broad point black marking pen I lavishly wrote on those papers things that i wanted to disappear, banish or fade away. Out of my mind. Can’t be bothered with that mental baggage any more.

The words came quickly. An unsteady hand scrolled “War,” “Sore Arm,” “Leg Pain,” “Car Problems,” “Computer Problems,” “Poor internet service,” “Expensive internet service,” “Drought,” “Cold Weather,” “Climate Change,” “Bullying,” “Terrorism,” “Racial and Religious Bias,” “Murder.,” There were other I didn’t read aloud, more personal, that I just tossed into the flames. But I knew and kept the faith.

I read many of mine aloud as I made a ball out of each long piece of paper. Tossing it in the fire was a release. Many approval comments from those gathered around. Don’t know why, but I had more to burn than anyone else. There were other I didn’t read aloud, more personal, that I just tossed into the flames. But I knew.

This year is gonna be a better year; you better know it.

NOTE: Don’t try this at home unless you have a fire extinguisher and a proper burning bowl and someone with you in case of an emergency.

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