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A bill requiring voters to present identification before casting ballots in North Carolina elections is making its way through the N.C. legislature. Local officials say they’re watching the proceedings carefully. more
A “porch pirate” is one name – others include backyard bandits and lawn looters – given to the brand of thieves who take advantage of unattended packages delivered to unoccupied homes around the Christmas season. more
According to the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association in Boone, the state is seeing a limited supply of Fraser fir trees compared to years past. Fraser fir trees represent almost all of the species grown in the state. Some 1,300 growers produce them across roughly 40,000 acres in North Carolina. North Carolina produces more than 20 percent of the real Christmas trees grown in the United States. more
The closing of the Chatham’s Family Violence Rape Crisis Center in October marked the end of an era after a turbulent few years for the agency. What had started as a grassroots effort decades … more
With use of vaping products on the rise among teenagers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this month announced restrictions on sales of certain flavored e-cigarettes just as a major manufacturer … more
BY RANDALL RIGSBEENews + Record StaffChatham County’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) approved by commissioners addresses a critical need for improved emergency radio communications, among … more
Four months after announcing the retirement of its current president, Central Carolina Community College has named the five finalists vying to succeed him – two of whom have ties to … more
Spreading the brine [Photo gallery]
John Roy Coltrane, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who fought in the Pacific Theater in Midway and Iwo Jima, was buried Saturday with grains of sand from Iwo Jima under his pillow. more
A sliver of Chatham County including two large retirement communities has been deemed the census tract with the nation’s highest life expectancy. Residents of Census Tract 201.04 — … more
The CN+R Q&A DOT engineer chats brine, snow prep Justin Bullock is entering his seventh winter working for the N.C. Dept. of Transportation. He’s the county maintenance engineer for … more
The winter precipitation that fell early Sunday morning was enough to cause some major headaches for motorists. more
It started on the way to lunch one day in 6th grade. She called it the worst panic attack she’s ever had, and it was her first. “I will never forget it,” says Abigail Paige Holmes, 14, now a 9th-grader at Chatham Charter School. more
Navigating icy roads can be treacherous enough, but if you don’t winterize your car properly, you might not even make it out of your driveway. Local mechanics suggest to avoid the frustrating experience of a car that won’t start in the cold, the solutions are easy – starting with checking antifreeze, your car’s battery, tires and wiper blades. more
Chatham County and the City of Sanford have reached a unique tax-sharing agreement to augment Sanford’s construction costs of a wastewater line from Sanford to Moncure. Chatham has agreed to pay Sanford 20 percent of any additional property tax revenue generated by commercial and industrial properties served by the line for a period of 50 years, according to the agreement, which one official called “an exciting regional partnership.” more
The unique property-tax sharing agreement Chatham County signed with the City of Sanford last month, worth potentially millions of dollars in revenue, may have actually been structured differently than Chatham officials originally intended. more
Chatham voters returned Crawford and fellow Democrat commissioner Diana Hales to their positions last week with margins of about 11 percent over their respective Republican challengers Neil Lindley and Brian Bock. more
Mountaire has asked the Town of Siler City to consider permanently closing a portion of Third Street within the city limits. more
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