Month: December 2013

Christmas Eve service at Chatham County courthouse

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a Christmas Eve service in the historic but newly renovated courthouse? The Church of the Holy Trinity, Chatham invites Chatham County folks and their families to the courthouse on the traffic circle of …

Sandra Sublett honored on retirement as Chatham’s clerk to the board

As Clerk to Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners for nearly 20 years, Sandra B. Sublett made friends with nearly everyone who crossed her path. Her enthusiasm and optimism proved to be valuable assets for a job that can be very challenging. The Board of Commissioners honored Sublett with the adoption of a resolution during its meeting on Dec. 16, 2013 in the Historic County Courthouse. During the presentation, she received a standing ovation from all attendees.

ShopSmart’s best shopping tips of the year

Shopping smart doesn’t mean cheaping out on all purchases – it’s about knowing where and when to shop, what to buy and what to skip, and making a plan before buying. The January 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights dozens of the best shopping strategies from the past year and warns against ten shopping don’ts.

New books for Christmas giving and viewing

Are you missing the right gifts for some important people on your shopping list? There is help from some of the best and most popular North Carolina-connected storytellers, whose new books might be lifesavers for you. And your gift recipient can watch the author talk about the book in the next few weeks on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m.

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ShopSmart’s best & worst products of the year

Not every product lives up to its claims, and others sometimes exceeds expectations. The January 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, spotlights dozens of products in six categories – cleaning and home improvement, food and wine, cooking and food prep, electronics, everyday products, and cars – that stood out in tests and identifies fifteen that weren’t up to par.

Correcting some errors in statements by SELC on Bonner Bridge

I want to correct some errors in statements made since the Bonner Bridge closure, particularly by plaintiffs’ counsel on this issue, that occasionally are reported as fact. In this case, plaintiffs’ counsel is the Southern Environmental Law Center, which represents Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association.

Academics’ call for secrecy would undermine democracy in North Carolina

Civitas Institute President Francis X. De Luca has released the following statement in response to the “open letter” sent to Gov. Pat McCrory and state budget director Art Pope. The letter is signed by nearly 300 academics and criticizes a basic public records request made by the Civitas Institute of a public employee.