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xx WNCN - Chatham Co. man's pine coffins make for greener burials
Yesterday at 09:07:23 PM by Gene Galin
Chatham Co. man's pine coffins make for greener burials
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BEAR CREEK, N.C. - It's a growing trend in the Tar Heel state: people wanting an eco-friendly burial. And a Chatham County man is helping people take their wish to go green to the grave.

At the Melleray Farmstead in Bear Creek, Don Byrne works to make pine coffins with out any power tools for those who want to keep their carbon footprint small until the very end.

"Natural green burials are growing in the state of North Carolina and all over," said Don Byrne's wife, Lakaisha. "They are embracing it again just because of its low impact on the Earth. Everything is biodegradable."

They Byrne's started Piedmont Pine Coffins in 2013. They said their "older way of living" inspired them to keep up with the old tradition that's picked up a new name.

"There's no embalming," Don Byrne said. "There's a bio degradable casket or coffin -- such as a pine coffin -- and then contact with the ground. With a green cemetery, typically you would not use a vault. The body would be refrigerated and buried quickly."

Byrne said a green burial is an option many people don't know that they have when it comes to planning a funeral.

"The biggest thing is that people come up to me and tell me they want it, but they think it's illegal. It's not true," he said

Green burials are big among some baby boomers. The Green Burial Council estimates that one-quarterof older Americans want a green burial.
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xx Drunk Driver
August 31, 2014, 11:55:46 PM by raygut3
Does anyone know the fate of the alleged drunk driver who hit and killed a jogger on White Smith Rd up by Cattail Creek.  According to news reports at the time she was returning home early (6 or 7 am) in the morning after a night of partying when she crossed the road and hit the jogger who was running off the road facing traffic. I would think she would have been tried and sentenced by now.
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xx Moncure plant with 200 workers closing
August 31, 2014, 06:48:14 PM by Gene Galin
Plant with 200 workers closing in Chatham County

MONCURE — A plant that makes industrial fibers is closing in Chatham County, leaving at least 140 people without a job.

Local media outlets report that Performance Fiber filed paperwork saying it would have mass layoffs as it closes its plant in Moncure by Oct. 27.

The company says the plant has about 200 workers, and about 60 of them will be given the chance to transfer to another plant about 90 miles away in Salisbury.

Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne says the county hopes the plant's site can be can be redeveloped into an industrial park.

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xx Northwood...wtg
August 28, 2014, 11:38:00 AM by Muddylaces
Northwood is in the top high schools in the not county!   This kind of ruins the narrative the dems want to sell about Bock, Stewart and Petty failing to support schools.
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xx Pittsboro Board of Commissioners Meeting 2014-08-25
August 26, 2014, 03:14:54 PM by Jack Stevens
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Very lightly attended.

If there were any Pittsboro Matters folks there, they did not participate in the public hearing about Chatham Park.
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xx Commissioner Bock covering for the C.A.C.
August 26, 2014, 08:00:51 AM by DC
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:14:32 -0400
 From: Brian Bock <>
 Subject: Chatham Arts Council

 There has been quite alot written in the past week or two about county funding for the Chatham Arts Council. Unfortunately, the CAC gets pulled into the controversy when individual candidates, commissioners, or residents express opinions that are considered political.

 I have had the pleasure of getting to know the executive director, Cheryl Chamblee . . . .

Generally when someone is putting words in your mouth you tell them to stop it and correct the record. If Ms. Champlee does not want to politicize the C.A.C. should should openly tell the Democrats in the country to quit doing so. Silence implies agreement.
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xx CCCC plans workforce training for Chatham-Randolph megasite
August 26, 2014, 07:00:44 AM by Gene Galin
CCCC plans workforce training for Chatham-Randolph megasite
Posted Friday, August 22, 2014

Siler City, NC - Excitement is running high at Central Carolina Community College as it works with city, county, state and industry representatives to develop a blueprint for workforce training at the Chatham-Randolph industrial manufacturing megasite.

The 1,800-acre Chatham County site, located northwest of Siler City, is ideal for an automotive assembly plant as well as original equipment manufacturers, according to Southern Business & Development magazine. It ranked the megasite as the No. 3 site in the South - and No. 1 in the state - for an auto assembly plant.

The college provides a wide variety of workforce training for businesses and industries in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, and beyond. It is already beginning to map out the skills it anticipates will be needed by auto assemblers and original equipment manufacturers. A training center at the site is under consideration.

"We are thinking through the credit and non-credit implications of the industries' arrival and, of course, what sorts of resources we'd need to be prepared," said Dr. Pamela Senegal, CCCC vice president of Economic and Community Development. "An advanced manufacturing training center at the Chatham-Randolph megasite? I like it!"

In June, the site was certified as a megasite by North Carolina's Certified Sites program, the first site in the state to receive that designation. An independent panel of economic developers, utility providers and engineers reviewed the site and found that it meets the standards for 30 criteria identified by site selection consultants for medium to large industrial projects. These include site size; utilities availability; access to highway, rail, and air transportation; environmental appropriateness; workforce availability; and other criteria.

"Now that we have site certification - which documents that the site is ready for development, the next step is to have a detailed plan to train over a thousand employees, documenting that the work force will be ready as well," said Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation. "Central Carolina Community College will be an important partner in developing this plan."

The undeveloped site, located in Chatham County with some acreage in Randolph County, has frontage on Highway 64 and is near Highway 421 and Interstate 85. It offers 5,000 feet of rail frontage and is less than 50 miles from two international airports, Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) and Piedmont-Triad International (GSO).

Duke Energy selected the site to participate in the company's 2013 Site Readiness Program, which assists communities in competing for new companies and jobs.

CCCC President Bud Marchant compared the potential economic impact of the megasite to what has happened in South Carolina with the influx of automotive assembly plants and original equipment manufacturers.

According to a report by the Moore School of Business, "The Economic Impact of South Carolina's Automotive Cluster" (University of South Carolina, 2011), "Over the last thirty years, South Carolina has developed a flourishing, globally competitive automotive and ground transportation cluster [that is] a major engine of economic growth in the state."

International automotive and transportation-related companies such as Michelin, Bosch, Daimler, Honda, BMW, and others have set up business in South Carolina. They have become part a larger network of businesses, forming a cluster that generates an economic impact of more than $27 billion to the state.

"The same can happen in North Carolina," Marchant said. "There is plenty of room for companies at the megasite and industry there will attract supplier industries and manufacturers to the state and region. The location is ideal, the opportunities are there, and CCCC is preparing to train the workforce for the well-paying jobs that will be brought to the region by industry."

Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, said that a certified megasite brings great opportunity for both economic and workforce development locally, regionally and statewide.

"Our community colleges were built on the foundation of responding to industry needs," Ralls said. "Central Carolina Community College is well-positioned to prepare for and respond to the training and education needs of any potential megasite projects."
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xx Carolina Premium Foods okayed to apply for a Townsend’s plant upfit grant
August 26, 2014, 06:59:07 AM by Gene Galin
Carolina Premium Foods okayed to apply for a Townsend’s plant upfit grant
Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

Siler City, NC— The Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) learned on August 22, 2014 that the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority in the NC Department of Commerce had approved a pre-application that authorizes Carolina Premium Foods to apply for a $750,000 grant. If successful, the grant would upfit the former Townsend processing plant in Siler City.

“This means that Town of Siler City can move forward with an application for a Community Development Block Grant once the town is satisfied that the project is ready to move forward,” said Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham EDC.

At this time, Carolina Premium Foods is still exploring the possibility of starting production at the old Townsend processing facility. The NC Rural Infrastructure Authority’s approval is just one of the several important steps that need to be completed before Carolina Premium Food can begin operations.

“The Chatham EDC has spent a significant amount of time working with the principals of this startup and we remain optimistic about the company’s prospects,” said Reid.
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xx Comments Requested by FCC on Broadband
August 25, 2014, 11:19:45 AM by eagle
TENTH BROADBAND PROGRESS NOTICE OF INQUIRYAdopted:August 1, 2014Released: August 5, 2014Comment Date:September 4, 2014 Reply Comment Date: September 19, 2014

In the above (rather lengthy) document the FCC asks for comments on many aspects of Broadband including deployment, quality, speed, adoption, affordability, accuracy of mapping of unserved areas etc.  This is an opportune time for Chatham residents, property owners, and business owners to again let the FCC know the state of broadband in our area and what our needs are.  Please note the short filing time.

One satellite user from New York has already left his comments. You can look over it at:

I don't intend myself to address all of the questions raised in the document ( I will be commenting on #33, mapping, and a few others. Note on #33 that SBI is state mapping and NTIA is the National Broadband Map), but I hope with the variety of interests and expertise in the county  and the vast audience of computer users reached by the Chatlist that we can provide the FCC with a rounded picture of the needs here, along with some ideas on what can be done to hasten further deployment of broadband here.

Comments can be made for 14-126 at this link:

Please if you will, make a comment.
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sad Chatham Arts Council has become fundraising arm of Chatham County liberals
August 23, 2014, 11:38:58 PM by zorro
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:24:29 -0400
From: Taylor Kish
Subject: Chatham Arts Council

So let's look at a local non-profit as a teach-able moment.  I realize we are looking at a cherished gem of local people who love art.  We all love art.

County taxpayer grants are one-time gifts (in a good economy).  They are NOT intended to be a permanent source of funding.

I have a problem with a Democrat candidate for County Commissioner using the Arts Council as a fundraiser to bash some existing commissioners.  That is dividing us, NOT bringing us all together.  That is spinning one fact into a story of hating Republicans to win an election.  Did the democrat candidate recommend we all contribute to the Chatham Arts Council OR election campaign?

CAC receives funding from many donors like Progress Energy.  Lots of people support the arts.  What percentage of the CAC's annual budget was affected without another grant from Chatham taxpayers?  The candidate did not say.  Should we REQUIRE ALL taxpayers to support the arts?  Sure.  Why not?  IF we have money in the budget to spare.  Like when REAL unemployment is below 5%.  And families are moving from welfare to work.  And Medicaid roles start shrinking instead of increasing.  And FEWER people are receiving Food Stamps.  Chatham County's budget is being squeezed by social welfare program increases that are mandated by state and federal law.

In reality, previous grants from Chatham taxpayers were not that much.  A good Executive Director of ANY non-profit could replace that money with other donors in no time at all.  Do you think the Arts Council is on the verge of closing down because they now lack a small taxpayer grant?

The democrat candidate was pandering as a campaign strategy and fundraising.
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