Chatham County BBS

xx Country Arms Gun & Ammo Store opens in Siler City, NC
Today at 06:35:47 AM by Gene Galin
Country Arms Gun & Ammo Store opens in Siler City, NC

Country arms, LLC is family owned business, established in 2014. Located in Siler City, NC. We strive to give our firearm friendly community a place to get all your firearm needs. We carry most of your favorite brands, such as Glock, Berretta, Browning, Benilli, Sig Sauer and much more! We have 10 years experience in gun-smithing so don't hesitate to swing by when you have any issues with your firearm. We also manufacture AR's and have reinvented the AR with using only the highest quality materials and coatings, such as Calico Coatings, DLC (Diamond Like Coating) on our 42 position, fully adjustable gas piston system and bolt carrier group.

Their grand opening is this Saturday, July 26. Ribbon cutting ceremony is at 12 noon.

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Video clip with owner, Erik Anderson.
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xx Randy, Graybeal and Starkweather
Yesterday at 07:22:30 PM by chathambooks
Every election cycle in Chatham that I can remember the public is graced with a letter from Randy Voller making an appeal to us to be civil and respectful during election season. I received the email below that was sent from John Graybeal (I'm sure I was not supposed to get it). It's interesting that Randy and Mr. Graybeal think that being a business owner or having a full time profession is a negative and should disqualify them from being commissioners. Stewart, Petty, and Bock are running their campaign based on their record not cynicism or sarcasm. In a separate email Graybeal mentions that they just need to wait for Starkweather to return (which he is soon) from CA with talking points for everyone. *sigh*
Below is the full unedited text of the email sent from Graybeal to democrats. What do you think? Clearly democrats don't appreciate this as they sent it on. It is interesting to note that Ms Sieverson's recent Chatlist post and Ms Penley's Letter to the editor this week contain exact quotes from Graybeal. According to this email I assume they are shilling for Graybeal and Voller both? I don't know but so far we haven't heard much from the candidates themselves. Perhaps Randy, Graybeal and Starkweather ought to consider that these damaging tactics are not actually helpful to their candidates. We are savvy voters in Chatham and if we don't have to wade through sneaky attack campaigns we like to make up our own minds based on facts and issues.

Heather Johnson

(I wrote this post myself)

 On Monday, July 21, 2014 10:02 PM, John Graybeal <> wrote:
Inspired by a recent conversation with Chairman Voller, I've written a short, somewhat sarcastic and, hopefully, somewhat funny proposed letter to the editor that asks why Bock/Petty/Stewart or any of them want to be commissioners anyway.

It points out Stewart's full time occupation, Petty's substantial business operations (Atlantic Power Solutions) and Bock's pizza business (apparently owning two franchises in the 5-part Amante Gourmet Pizza & Taproom business). The letter has some snide comments as asides.

Any volunteers to consider sending the letter to The Chatham Record??? (I've already sent too many to them.)

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xx Excellent Massage Therapist - Sharon Bader
July 21, 2014, 08:51:27 AM by NHSParent
Shout out to Sharon Bader - Chatham Wellness Center, EXCELLENT Masseuse.  You will love her.

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xx JIM CRAWFORD for BOC District 4
July 21, 2014, 08:31:37 AM by Muddylaces
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xx New Book on Siler City
July 20, 2014, 04:36:56 PM by Tina
Author Marian Rogers-Lindsay offers her perspective on Siler City as a part of the "Images of America" series.

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xx Man drowns in Sugar Lake at former Pittsboro quarry
July 17, 2014, 08:39:47 PM by Gene Galin
Man drowns in lake at former Pittsboro quarry

Pittsboro, N.C. A man died Wednesday night while swimming in a lake at a closed quarry in Pittsboro, authorities said.

Jarrell Octavious Thigpen, 20, was with two friends at Sugar Lake at about 6 p.m. when he went under the water and didn't resurface, authorities said.

Divers found Thigpen but were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at UNC Hospitals, authorities said.

Sugar Lake is privately owned and not open to the public, they said.
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xx VBS at New Salem Church
July 17, 2014, 10:52:29 AM by New Salem Baptist Church
Vacation Bible School at New Salem Church July 28-August 1, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

New Salem Church will be holding VBS from July 28th to August 1st, 2014,  for ages 3 years to 6th grade

This years's theme is:
Agency D3
based on 1 Peter 3:15

All are welcome to attend! 

*Dinner will be provided

New Salem Church
5030 Old Graham Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-4832
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xx what happened on 15-501
July 15, 2014, 07:48:46 PM by woodgnome
does anyone know what happened on 15-501 close to the Haw river bridge tonight?

had to take a dogleg to avoid the stop & stop traffic around 5:30 pm.


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xx Chapel Hill News article about Chatham County
July 14, 2014, 05:28:37 PM by Brian Bock

As our local government budget sessions ended, there was a lot of hand wringing in Orange County and Chapel Hill about our fiscal future.

Savings are being depleted. Education needs more funding. Capital improvements to government buildings and schools are being deferred. Property taxes are being increased with the prospect of higher rates to come.

Its beginning to look like past policies put us on an unsustainable path. We need more revenues. To that end Orange County is finally adding infrastructure to some of its economic development districts and Chapel Hill has approved redevelopment plans for Glen Lennox and the commercial areas around Eastgate.

Will that be enough? Should more be done to fund the amenities weve come to enjoy?

Chatham County may provide some clues. Four years ago an electorate seeking change swept a new majority into power in Chatham County. Change they got, with more on the way.

Jobs in the county are up 270 percent, more than making up for losses during the recession. That employment growth is a result of an almost 600 percent increase in private capital investment. In 2010, business only invested $500,000. Since then, nearly $250,000,000 has infused into the local economy. Chatham County now has a lower unemployment rate than Orange County.

More business not only means more jobs but more tax revenue. Property tax revenue is up on the new investment. Sales tax revenue has doubled, before the new Walmart has been counted. The sales tax increase alone means avoiding a 1.5 cent property tax-rate increase.

Instead, theres been no increase in property tax rates for four years, even while spending has increased. School operations not only have been fully funded, making up for state decreases, but the county commissioners actually added a teacher supplement and an innovative school bonus program. County employees have received raises, too.

Capital needs are being addressed. School renovations are underway, a new detention center is being built, as is an Agri-Conference Center. All this while maintaining a healthy county fund balance, which has helped improve the bond rating.

These are significant results over a short period of time; especially given the county was reeling from a series of devastating plant closures and the real estate market collapse. But the biggest transformations are yet to come.

Responsible local developers will build Chatham Park next to Pittsboro. This state-of-the-art mixed-use community will eventually be a new town. Near Siler City, the states first megasite has been approved. It will seek to bring an auto manufacturing plant to the area. Anyone who has been to Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., knows about the positive regional impact that will have.

According to Brian Bock, vice chairman of the Chatham Board of Commissioners, this progress was surprisingly easy to achieve. He and a new majority were elected on a focused platform: make Chatham friendly to business. Their plan was simple. First, allow the county staff to be customer focused. We wanted them to help applicants get through our regulations, instead of saying no, he explained. The resulting mood and attitude among staff changed immediately. So did the business response.

Second, they made the regulatory process more transparent and efficient, and stopped micromanaging. That eliminated uncertainty and unproductive costs. Finally, they worked with residents on a new land-use plan to guide future development. That allows them to preserve rural character (planned new development equals only 3 percent of county land), add environmental protections, and grow into a place in which people can live, work, shop and play, instead of being just a bedroom community.

Chathams shift to a more sustainable course has had quick and dramatic results. Its no secret, according to Bock: Change attitudes, set the right priorities, then get out of the way of the professional staff. Orange County and Chapel Hill should go to school on that.

Mark Zimmerman lives and owns a small business in Chapel Hill. He can be reached at
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xx Rich people who don't want a cell tower in their neighborhood
July 13, 2014, 11:09:41 PM by zorro
Found this information from the public hearing about the Farrington Road cell tower at
They only have about 115 signatures.

Got to love the following email from one Scott Whitney. Did you notice he sent it from his iPhone?
So Scott is ok with using his cell phone, but he just doesn't want a cell phone tower in his pricey neighborhood. You can't make this stuff up.

Scott's home has approximately 3,101 square feet. The property was built in 2002. It last sold in Sept 2005 for $404,000
The address is in the 27517 ZIP code in Chapel Hill, NC. The average list price for ZIP code 27517 is $526,873.

From: Scott Whitney
To: Lindsay Ray
Subject: Tower hearing...
Date: Monday, June 16, 2014 9:21:50 PM
Tower hearing comments from Scott Whitney
Thank you for the opportunity to speak.
My name is Scott Whitney, and I live and work in the communities of Governors Village.

I am a business man and my company relies technology and wireless connectivity. Like many who work
in technology, I strive to make life better, easier and more convenient, making sure not to diminish
quality of life of those who use technology.

I also understand that the builders of this tower have a responsibility to find and construct as tall a
tower that they're allowed, to as close to a densely populated areas as possible, for the largest possible
coverage footprint-- at the lowest possible cost. However, there is such a thing as too high and too
close, and too little time exploring all location options. And despite what we've heard from the attorney,
I'm not convinced that Att and its Tower development partners thoroughly explored all their possible
location options. After all, there is PLENTY of open space around our communities that could have been
considered. I'd like to request that other sites be explored further. I'd like the tower moved further
away from our homes and children so that this technology can more fully improve connectivity AND
quality of Life. Or at the very least, lower this tower so it is no longer visible from our neighborhood.
The attorney himself just said that there is not a significant difference
In coverage between 199, 150
And 125 feet.
We ask that AT&T respect the wishes of its current and Future customers.
Thank you.
Sent from my iPhone
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