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xx Vote in this years Best Of Chatham County survey
Yesterday at 02:19:48 AM by Gene Galin
Vote in this years Best Of Chatham County survey

The popular Best of Chatham County has returned!

You can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015bestofchatham

Folks are welcome to share the survey URL and encourage their family, friends and neighbors to vote for their Best of Chatham.

The survey runs through November 10, 2015.

Theres about 80 categories. You do NOT have to make a choice in each category. Please go through and chose those that you are knowledgeable about. You will be able to go back and forth within the survey before submitting.

This year the results of the Chatham Chatlist Best of Chatham County survey will appear online on the Chatham Journal newspaper web site at http://www.chathamjournal.com. Well also appear in print issue of the Chatham Magazine.

The purpose of the Best of Chatham County has always been to help promote local commerce inside Chatham County. Because of that only Chatham County based selections will be included in the final tabulations.
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xx How is CCCC prepared to handle a situation like the one in Oregon?
October 02, 2015, 09:28:41 AM by Sam-I-Am
Luckily the Pittsboro campus of CCCC is a short distance away from the Sheriff's department, but the question still remains - How is CCCC prepared to handle a situation like the one in Oregon?

Is CCCC is "gun-free" zone?

A former president of the college said that it has only one unarmed security officer and that the community decided against armed guards last year. I suspect this is going to start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare themselves for events like this, Joe Olson told CBS.

In a national address, Obama lamented that mass shootings have become routine in America.

I hope and pray that I dont have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances, he said. But based on my experience as president, I cant guarantee that, and thats terrible to say, and it can change.

BTW, did he come out to console the family of the woman in San Francisco who was shot and killed by an illegal alien?
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xx Oakley A. Bennett BOC Candidate
October 01, 2015, 02:01:48 PM by OA Bennett
Oakley A. Bennett Candidate For Town Commissioner

I spent 20 years in the US Army and am a decorated Vietnam War veteran. Currently I am employed as a nuclear medicine technologist at Wake Med hospital in Cary. I was president of the Chatham Forest Homeowners Association for two years and was instrumental in working with the Town Board to get Springdale Drive opened, ending a 10-year impasse. I am currently serving on the town planning board, and have lived in Pittsboro for 16 years.

Politically I am unaffiliated with either party and have no agenda related to any special interest groups. My vision is to continue to improve the quality of life for the people of Pittsboro and the ETJ. Insuring our Downtown remains viable, updating the infrastructure as the town budget permits. I would like to Increase the parking in town by either leasing or buying the old Piggly Wiggly building. Among my main concerns are our ageing water treatment and waste water treatment plant.

 Chatham Parks is going to have a big impact on our ability to supply water and sewer as well as the environmental impact. Please visit the Town's web site BOC 2015, Sept 17, Utilities Workshop and Sept 28 minutes for more information.  I welcome change and growth as I was here when Mays Farm (Potter stone village) and Powells place were just fields; we had a Hardware store and Sears. The BOC cant do anything without working together. Do not let a special interest group divide our board.   Vote for progress
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xx Top Five Causes of Death in a Golf Cart Accident
October 01, 2015, 09:26:47 AM by zorro
Since the Pittsboro City commissioners have designed to make driving golf carts in town legal, be on the lookout for

Top Five Causes of Death in a Golf Cart Accident

1.)    Concussions

2.)    Neck injuries

3.)    Spinal injuries

4.)    Damaged wind pipes and asphyxiation

5.)    Crushing injuries
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xx Casey Mann and Randy Voller put lives at risk
September 30, 2015, 10:16:32 AM by zorro
Casey Mann and Randy Voller put lives at risk

Looks like Casey Mann is so proud of the fact that the proposal prepared for her by Randy Voller that he had her present to the Pittsboro Town council was approved.


If we can save just one life it's worth retracting this seriously flawed ordinance.

Casey goes on to say that this will bring in new business - yep, attornies looking to handle golf cart traffic infractions - https://www.google.com/search?q=golf+cart+accident+attorneys

From this morning's Chatlist -

Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:45:45 -0400
From: Casey Mann
Subject: RE: Golf Cart Ordinance

Local government works!

I personally brought a sample golf cart ordinance to the Town Board in May and raised the issue to the board that evening.

The Town Board, Chief of Police and staff gave it a thorough four month review and I am happy to report that as of September 28, 2015, the Town of Pittsboro has a well conceived ordinance that will allow golf carts to be driven on the Town's streets.

I appreciate the work of the staff, the Chief of Police, and the Town Board and I look forward to seeing folks use golf carts around town and local businesses crop up who can support the use of golf carts in town.

Go Pittsboro!

Casey Marie Mann
Candidate for Pittsboro Town Board

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xx Governors Club settles a lawsuit over a 6-year-olds death
September 30, 2015, 09:32:04 AM by Gene Galin
A posh gated community in Chatham County settles a lawsuit over a 6-year-olds death
by David Kroll
Read the entire article at http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-posh-gated-community-in-chatham-county-settles-a-lawsuit-over-a-6-year-olds-death/Content?oid=4776179

Summer couldn't come fast enough for Boston-area families in 2013. Three months removed from the Marathon bombings, people were eager to distance themselves from the assault on their city. The Browns were no different.

In mid-July, Jeff Brown, his wife, Carolynne, and their 6-year-old son, Grant, came to North Carolina to visit Carolynne's parents at their home in Governors Club, Chapel Hill's posh 1,600-acre gated golf community just over the Chatham County border, known in tabloids as the place where John Edwards' pregnant girlfriend, Rielle Hunter, holed up before the 2008 presidential election.

Jeff Brown, a Harvard psychologist and author who serves on Runner's World magazine's scientific advisory board, especially needed the escape. He had been in Medical Tent A, 100 yards from the finish line, when the backpack bomb went off.

Jeff's son had inherited his father's love for running, doing his first 5K at age 5. He was an active, energetic boy, and the Governors Club's golf and tennis day camp seemed to suit him well.

On the first day of camp, July 22, 2013, Carolynne Brown checked Grant in at the registration table. She advised counselors that the boy's energy belied the fact that he had not yet learned to swim, according to court records.

But records also indicate that warning never made its way to the lifeguard on duty, becauseas a counselor later said under oaththere was no policy on what counselors should do with such information.

Had word reached the lifeguard, the day might have turned out much differently.

Sometime during a pool relay race, two swimmers found Grant unresponsive at the bottom of the club pool. Carolynne, who had been exercising in the nearby wellness center, was called to the pool and found Grant being unsuccessfully resuscitated. He died the next day.

In a deposition, the lifeguard said that had she known he could not swim, she would have made sure Grant stayed in the shallow end. Instead, surveillance video showed the 47-inch-tall boy struggling for a minute, then going under in 55-inch-deep water, where he remained for three minutes before the attempted rescue.

In the two years since, few details on the incident have been made public. News coverage at the time was limited to two short blurbs on local TV news websites. WRAL reported on the boy's critical-condition status but never followed with news of his death. WTVD reported the boy's death four days later, noting only that the incident occurred "at a pool," with no mention of Governors Club.

What's known comes only from court documents included in a civil suit the family settled with Governors Club this past weekend for an undisclosed amount. In that lawsuit, the Brown family claimed that club management was negligent and failed to warn them of "the dangerous condition and inadequate supervision occurring at the summer camp."

Jury selection was set to begin Tuesday.

Only one lifeguard was on duty during the incident: a 22-year-old collegiate swimmer with lifeguard and swim-instructor certifications. Even with a surveillance video, witnesses and video experts could only estimate the number of bathers at somewhere between 30 and 60. While requirements vary, the American Lifeguard Association and the American Red Cross recommend two lifeguards at any site, not just for diverse vantage points and periodic rotation but also for handling injuries requiring a backboard. At minimum, the ALA recommends another lifeguard for each 25 swimmers.

At the hearing, which ran less than 90 minutes, Campbell argued that the club was not negligent because it met the standards for a community pool.

He also argued that, given the way the pool was permitted, Governors Club didn't legally need a lifeguard in the first place; rather, that was a courtesy to community members. Moreover, he noted that Governors Club is not a North Carolina-certified child care facility and is therefore exempt from water-safety requirements.

This article appeared in print with the headline "A tragedy of errors"

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xx Prepare for significant flooding and possible power outages!
September 30, 2015, 06:01:12 AM by chathamgardener
The forecast is looking quite ominous, folks. It's not Joaquin that will cause our problems, but that storm may increase the winds just enough to topple trees with root systems weakened by thoroughly saturated soils. If the forecasts verify, we will have more rain that we got with Hurricane Fran -- for those who don't remember, that was just over 5 inches in about 2 days.

Plan accordingly.
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xx Does Virginia Penley = freewill?
September 29, 2015, 07:42:48 PM by Heffrey Larchfeather
That would sure be ironic. It would be like Casey Mann going by "Independent Woman". 
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xx Siler City named Small Town of the Year
September 29, 2015, 01:26:44 PM by Tina
Siler City has been named Small Town of the Year by the NC Rural Assembly for participation in the STEP Program.


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xx Siler City's Deb McManus, convicted of embezzlement, pops up in Lincoln County
September 29, 2015, 12:31:36 PM by Gene Galin
Former Chatham County Democratic legislator, convicted of embezzlement, Deb McManus pops up at meeting for Rep. McHenry's opponent
Read the entire article at http://www.lincolntimesnews.com/2015/09/28/mchenry-challenger-woos-local-voters/

It was clear as Andy Millard walked into Lincoln Countys Democratic headquarters Friday evening that the elements hadnt derailed his plans.

The precipitation that had fallen most of the day was present in Millards drenched raincoat. It was the fifth-day of a 30-day Tour the Tenth journey, and weather wasnt permitted to postpone any of the trip. The former teacher and assistant principal is biking, running and walking the 350 miles that comprise the states 10th Congressional District in an effort to introduce himself to as many potential voters as possible.

Thus far, Millard is the only Democrat in the race to unseat sixth-term Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry.

I do not know (Millard) at all, Deb McManus said. Education is the number one interest for me. Its always been a primary issue. I would like to know that thats as important to him as it is to me. After that, I feel like we need somebody who is willing to listen to his constituency and Im hoping that hes that kind of person.

McManus, a Lincoln County resident since March, said it was unlikely shed vote for McHenry regardless. No stranger to politics herself, McManus served for nearly a decade on the Chatham County school board. She was a Democrat state representative for nearly a year in 2013 but resigned that post after being charged with, and ultimately admitting guilt to, embezzling state money related to more than $40,000 in state individual income tax owed by employees at her husbands medical practice, where she also worked.

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