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xx Christmas Eve at Historic Chatham Courthouse
Today at 10:24:24 AM by EastStone
Church of the Holy Trinity is holding its annual Christmas Eve service at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse. This year we are offering our community here in Chatham a Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols service.

In 1918, Eric Milner-White, the Dean of Kings College in Cambridge, England, designed a Christmas Eve service incorporating traditional Christmas carols and hymns, with a fixed liturgy of nine scripture lessons to be read aloud. His was an adaptation of an order he discovered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, 38 years prior.

We will be bringing this liturgy to our community here. Members of Holy Trinity will be reading the scripture lessons and our incredibly gifted musicians will be leading our musical worship. Join us for this beautiful service at 6 PM on Christmas Eve, December 24, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and proclaim the Light has come into the darkness. 

Please invite your friends and neighbors to come and then join us on Christmas morning at 9 AM for Christmas Day Eucharist service at Evergreen United Methodist Church.

See you at the courthouse on Christmas Eve,
Donna Moss
Holy Trinity Chatham
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xx Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at New Salem
December 15, 2014, 01:11:44 PM by New Salem Baptist Church
Please come out and join us for our annual Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Wednesday, December 24th at  6:00 pm!

New Salem Church
5030 Old Graham Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-4832

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xx Pittsboro Matters claims Chatham Park doesn't care what citizens want
December 13, 2014, 11:11:42 PM by Gene Galin
From the Chatham Chatlist -

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:41:32 -0500
From: Pittsboro Matters
Subject: Why Chatham Park doesn't care what citizens want... Money

If you attended the Public Hearing on Monday night, you got to hear Mike Watkins' powerful words to the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners in person. It resulted in resounding applause and cheers from the audience. We wanted to share it here for those who missed it, or just wanted to read again. You can also read this on our website, along with more information about Monday nights hearing and the new Master Plan. http://www.pittsboromatters.org

With his permission:

Let say you buy an acre of land for 10-12 thousand dollars. Then you have it rezoned to be more developer friendly. That acre is now worth a little more -- maybe even twice what you paid for it.

But... spend another 15 or 20 thousand to put in water, sewer and a road. Doesn't take long. What's that acre worth now? By Briar Chapel standards, anywhere from 100 to 270 thousand -- and we haven't built a home, office block, or even a hospital.

Now apply the same principle to over 7,000 acres. That is a truly awesome profit model -- a model tried and tested over time by Preston Development.

In 2007, when Preston took control of the planned River Oaks community from Toll Brothers, the Triangle Business Journal commented "Preston usually builds water and sewer infrastructure and roads and then sells the parcels to other commercial and residential builders."

Making profit's good but not when what remains behind is not the promised coordinated, master planned community of exceptional design and innovation but, thanks to a PDD rezoning, an almost entirely deregulated developer free-for-all across 27 different sites -- each one going to the highest bidder.

Ask yourself...
Why is the Master plan so vague with zero citizen input?
Why wave every major decision down to the Site Plan Level?
Why is their population growth projection 3 times higher than others?
Why insist on an initial 2 years of virtually unconstrained development?

Perhaps to put just enough infrastructure in place to maximize both acreage and appeal for those prospective bidders?

Will these bidders set aside large, contiguous spaces as natural conservation areas? At $100K/acre?

Are the new owners going to give up space for schools or an inch they don't have to for stream buffers?

Are storm-water and erosion measures or transition boundary setbacks going to be any better than the absolute minimum required?

At $100 thousand an acre? I would imagine not! That's why they have to be locked in to the PDD Master Plan.

Does this version fix that?  ...Sorry, no!

A new, final paragraph of the plan explicitly paves the way to sell us out by adding... "As used herein, the word "Applicant" includes Chatham Park Investors LLC and its successors and assigns, including successor owners of Chatham Park PDD or applicable portions thereof."

Commissioners --please rethink the Chatham Park PDD. Despite what they may have threatened, they're not going anywhere until that fabulous profit model starts to kick in. Then... they may well be harder to find!
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xx PBO BOC meeting December 8, 2014
December 10, 2014, 11:23:11 AM by Jack Stevens
Video of the regular meeting.


7:00 PM
Call to order - Mayor Terry
Invocation Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance
Mayor Terry will present the agenda to be set (A mo
tion will be made to either approve the
agenda as proposed or a motion will be made to modi
fy the agenda).
Mayor Terry will ask for a call for action on the c
onsent agenda.
(A motion will be made to
either approve the consent agenda as proposed or a
motion will be made to modify the
consent agenda).
The Board of Commissioners uses a Consent Agenda to
act on non-controversial and routine
items quickly. The Consent Agenda is acted upon by
one motion and vote of the Board. Items
may be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed o
n the Regular Agenda at the request of a
Board member or citizen. The Consent Agenda contai
ns the following items:
Approve minutes of the November 24, 2014 regular me
Action recommended: Approve the minutes.
Approve FY 2015-2016 Budget Calendar.
Action recommended: Review and Approve FY 2015-2016
Budget Calendar.
End of consent agenda.
Citizens Matters
Audit Presentation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. (Nan
cy Emslie; Jay Sharpe)
Action recommended
Receive the presentation and discussion as appropri
Rezoning Request Pittsboro Ford Rezoning. (REZ-20
14-03) (Stuart Bass)
Action recommended: Approve the Ordinance to Rezon
e or Approve the Resolution to
Rezoning Request Chatham Park PDD Rezoning (REZ-2
014-02) (Stuart Bass)
Action recommended: Approve the Resolution to Rezo
ne or Approve the Resolution to
Jordan Lake Partnership, Update (Fred Royal)
Action recommended: Receive the presentation and di
scussion as appropriate.
Appoint a member to serve on the NC Certified Retir
ement Community Committee.
Action recommended: Discuss and appoint a committee
Managers Update on Capital Projects
Action recommended: Receive the update
Mayor Updates



Solid Waste

Fairground Association

Commissioner Concerns
Memo from Finance Director re: Water and Sewer Anal
ysis Update
News Release from Duke Energy re: Community Informa
tion Event about Coal Ash
Management in Lee and Chatham County
2015 North Carolina Development Tier Designations
Memo from Town Manager re: Statewide Transportation
Improvement Program (STIP)
and Future US 15-501 Construction
Memo from Clarion Associates, LLC: Status of Pitts
boro Unified Development
Ordinance Project
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xx Southwest Chatham meeting with Randolph Telephone /FTTH/Monday,Dec.8
December 06, 2014, 07:41:16 PM by eagle
 Randolph Telephone will be holding another community meeting Monday, Dec. 8th at 6:30 P.M., at Tyson Creek Baptist Church Family Life Center. This meeting will update on work already begun and a more aggressive timeline for installation of fiber internet services(also phone and TV) in Southwestern Chatham. If you have not turned in your application, you may bring it to the meeting or pick up an application there.  If you cannot make the meeting and still want to connect just give them a call for an information packet.   Telephone 336-879-7964 or email sgee@rtmc.net  So looking forward to this upgrade!  Smiley 
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xx 3 dead and 6 hospitalized in Siler City~Siler City man charged in connection
December 06, 2014, 06:11:30 PM by Wilderness Voice
The Chatham County Sheriff's Office says three people are dead and six more are hospitalized after apparently ingesting cocaine mixed with a powerful pain killer.

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xx Drilling near Cole Park
December 04, 2014, 10:18:09 AM by kimmimom
Anyone know what is going on near Cole Park?   They have what looks like to be a drill digging at the corner by Subway and my husband said they did the corner by CVS too.  Is it in preparation for the "remodel" of Cole Park?
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xx Chatham County Commissioners select new Chair
December 02, 2014, 10:46:39 AM by rezident
Looks like Jim Crawford was selected as Chair and Mike Cross and Vice Chair.  I was less than impressed by Jim and thought Mike would have made a better chair.

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xx Crews to break ground on Chatham Park amid expansion request, lawsuit
December 02, 2014, 08:20:46 AM by Silk_Hope

Bring it on!!! Chatham needs the jobs and tax base.
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xx Siler City Christmas Parade on December 4 at 7 p.m.
December 02, 2014, 06:43:56 AM by Gene Galin
Siler City Christmas Parade

Join us in downtown Siler City on December 4 at 7:00 p.m. for the Siler City Christmas Parade.  This is always a favorite event for locals and people in surrounding counties. This year's parade theme is "Christmas Miracles."

In the courtyard on Chatham Avenue....

    The "Hangout Worship Band" will perform live onstage, before and after the parade. The Siler City Merchant's Association will have their annual Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Santa will visit with children in the courtyard right after the parade.
All parade entries must come through the Chatham Chamber of Commerce office. You can contact the Chamber office by phone at 919.742.3333 or email at info@ccucc.net.  The Chamber office is located at 531 E. Third Street, Siler City.  An Entry Form, signed Parade Guidelines and Waiver of Liabilty/Covenant Not to Sue Agreement must be submitted before a parade entry is accepted.  There is a $10 Entry Fee.

If you come by the Chamber office to submit a parade entry and the office is closed, please drop your Entry Form along with your Waiver of Liability/Covenant Not to sue Agreement and entry fee in the silver and black mailbox beside the Chamber office door.  Please review the Parade Guidelines and lineup instructions thoroughly before submitting your entry.  Floats will be judged and cash prizes will be given to the top 3 floats.

Download Parade Entry documentation at http://www.ccucc.net/sites/default/files/SCChristmasParadeEntryFormsInformation2014.pdf

Sponsoring this year's parade are:

    Acme McCrary
    Chatham Hospital
    Atwater Law Firm
    Community Home Care & Hospice
    BB&T - Siler City
    Community One Bank
    Bish Enterprises
    Harris Realty & Auction
    McDonalds - Siler City
    Brookwood Farms
    Sherry Allen, Realty World Chatham Properties
    Carolina Farm Credit - Vickie Bigham      
    Siler City Center
    Carolina Stockyards
    Tysor Veterinary Clinic
    Central Carolina Community College
    United Country/Rogers Auctioneers

We look forward to celebrating Christmas with you through the Siler City Christmas Parade.

Event Date and Time: Dec 4 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location Name: Downtown Siler City
Location Address: The parade will follow the usual route down S. Chatham, right onto Beaver Street to S. Birch Street, left onto W. Raleigh Street to Park Shopping Center (Maxway) and will disperse from here.
Admission Fee: No cost to attend. Entrants pay an entry fee.
Other Fee: $10 Per Parade Entry
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