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Posted 6/21/19

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CCCC announces graduates

SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College had more than 550 graduates at the conclusion of the spring 2019 semester.

CCCC observed its 56th Commencement Exercises on May 13 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center in Sanford.

Graduates from nearby areas are listed below.

For information about Central Carolina Community College and its programs, visit its website, or call the college at 919-775-5401.


Courtney Bullock, Cassie Crutchfield, Logan Doss, Payton Doss, Samantha Medley, Dorena Miller, India Weddington.


Tammy Alexander, Nautica Alston, Emma Alvarez, Jeffrey Ambrister, Erick Arciniega, Allison Armstrong, Jessica Batten, Daniel Beaton, Kevin Bray, Kayla Brooks, Sean Brown, Stacey Brown, Denise Carrillo, Johnnie Cline, Eddie Collins, Brandi Collins Nunn, Christopher Cotten, Eric Cross, Amber Crotts, Sharon Crump, Edwin Cruz, Michael Cunningham, Jake Daiker, Ashley Davis, Gisselle Espinal, Loyda Estrada, Noel Fitch Mooney, Mayra Gonzalez, Natalia Gonzalez, Jennifer Greenlee, Joseph Gutierrez, David Haman, Michelle Hand, James Handley, Olivia Hankins, Justin Harper, Shelby Hatcher, Noah Hayes, Sarah Hoffman, Teddy Jacobs, Adrianna James-Rizzi, Kori Johnson, Kolt Jones, Mariann King, Levi Lantz, Britt Lehman, Dennis Leiva-Escobar, Justin Leville, Alicia Lewis, Joshua Lineberry, Jennifer Lippi, Taveca Lynch, Lindsey Maness, Brittany Marsh, Allison Martindale, Jennifer Melos, Alexander Meredith, Taylor Miller, William Mitchell, Dominick Monaco, Andy Morales Lagunes, Mark Murchison, Megan Oldham, Luke Orbich, Jose Ortiz Islas, Vida Otero, Abigail Owensby, Elaine Perry, Dannie Rangel, Zachary Rollick, Dania Rosales Santos, Amy Sanchez, Gonzalo Sanchez, Quintisha Scotton, Hannah Seitz, Ashley Smith, Kerry Smith, Nicholas Smith, Carolyn Stevens, Laura Turner, Cyndi Valencia Zagada, Crystal Vanderford, Juan Vazquez-Acosta, Jada Walden, Cameron Wiedholz, James Williams.


Brittany Adams, Ruby Aguirre, Kevin Alderson, Ashley Arnold, Taylor Austin, Bradley Baker, Cody Baker, Juanita Baldwin, Shelby Bartley, Mathew Bell, Ivy Benson, Keyandra Berryman, Diamond Bethea, Selina Boehm, Xiomara Bonilla-Vasquez, Michelle Bradian, Yushevia Brewington, Madison Bullard, Frederick Bunao, James Byrd, Donald Cabral, Tina Cameron, Frances Campbell, Alejandra Ceron, Jonathan Cochran, Mary Cochran, Jennifer Coggins, Roy Cole, Rikki Conklin, Luis Contreras, Gina Cook, Justin Cornish, Brandon Davis, Meredith Davis, Robert Davis, Lauren Deal, Vanessa Delcastillo, Amber Desvignes, Braxton Diekhoff, Autumn Dieser, Holly Dishen, Cierrea Douglas, Lucy Dubiel, Reid Elders, Robert Ellis, Amalia Esposito, Brittani Fedrick, Emmanuel Fernandez, Diana Figueroa, Corey Fox, Ana Frausto, Nikole French, Abner Galeano, Va Tonya Gardner, Daniel Gil, Fabian Gomez, Daniel Gonzalez-Fuentes, Crystal Gooding, Nicole Gray, Raven Green, Alex Guertin, Jazmine Gutierrez, Ryan Haithcock, Joshua Hale, Devon Hampton, Hunter Harrington, Rachael Hatfield, Gavyn Hatley, Baylee Heath, John Heck, Jesenia Hernandez, Karmisha Hernandez Luciano, Daisy Hernandez Turney, Rachel Higgins, Kriston Hilliard, Thomas Hincks, Anna Hoel, Brent Holder, Harold Holt, Seth Hoyle, Clarissa Hunter, Taylor Iceman, Brandon Jackson, Katelyn James, Keyaddah Jeter, Nicholas Johnson, Sandra Johnson, Jamie Jones, Quintin Jones, Sandy Jones, Vincent Jones, Candace Kent, Brittany Kersey, Morgan Key, Breanna Killinger, Shayna King, Madisyn Koneski, Anastasia Krick, Thomas Lanier, Samuel Lassiter, Myranda Lee, Yingley Lee, Destiny Leggett, Larry Lemus Ramos, Leslie Lemus Sotelo, Jessica Lessick, Paul Lindsey, Matthew Logan, Robert Logan, Diana Lopez Nicolas, Victoria Malagon, Katie Mansfield, Melissa Marcum, Denise Marquez, Martin Martinez, Peter Matthews, William Mayhew, Lori Maynor, Samuel McLeod, Kristy Mencl, Isaiah Monroe, Daniel Moore, Mien Nguyen, Jordan Norris, Cynthia Ocampo, Kenzie Oldham, Noah Page, Brooke Patterson, Ryan Patterson, Leonardo Paulino Laureano, Jeffrey Payne, Justin Pedley, Raul Pena, Christina Perez, Hailey Phillips, Patrick Pierce, Joel Reeves, Melanie Rincon, Keat Ritman, Simone Ross, Jorge Ruiz Morales, Lisa Ryan, David Schippers, Carmen Schoolcraft, Ruben Serrano, Kami Shabaz, Olivia Shaw, Justin Shrader, Mykala Simmons, Sarah Sligh, Alana Smith, Joshua Smith, Kujuan Smitherman, David Smoak, Juan Solis-Guzman, Leslie Soto, Rocio Soto, Daniel Sproul, Hayley Suddarth, Sierra Swartout, John Swatzel, Erick Terrones-Hernandez, Dylan Thomas, Erik Thomas, Noah Thomas, Samuel Truelove, Ngoc Truong, Thuy Truong, Kristopher Uy, William Vanwinkle Jr., Javier Ventura, Candelaria Vivas Rios, Justin Whitfield, Nathan Whitley, Skylar Whitton, Chas Wilder, Jean Williams, Jasmine Womack, Noemy Woodard, Isaac Yarborough, Samantha Zamudio, Matthew Zannini.


Kelsey Buckner, Chase Burnette, Darrell Burnette, Andrew Conte, Mimi Dixon, Cody Griffin, Blake Hirth, Nicholas Krenitsky, Amber Leviner, Christopher Moore, Jacob Nelsen, Christopher Oakley, Collin Perry, Christopher Pollard, Emma Stapleton, James Stewart, Darrell Wall, Leslie Weaver.


Nancy Almanza-Quiroz, Amber Berry, Dylan Prevatte, Brandy Prieto, Jessica Swartz.

For information about Central Carolina Community College and its programs, visit its website, or call the college at 919-775-5401.

NCDOT to host public meeting on proposed Hillsboro Street widening

PITTSBORO – Plans to widen a section of U.S. 15-501/Hillsboro Street on the north side of Pittsboro will be the focus of a public meeting set for next week.

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to widen approximately 1.4 miles of the road from two lanes to three with a continuous center turn lane between Launis Street and Powell Place Lane.

The plan also calls for a sidewalk on the west side of Hillsboro Street, a multi-use path on the east side, and intersection improvements at Park and Springfield drives and at Cooper’s Ridge Road.

Maps and more information on the proposed improvements can be found on the NCDOT public meeting webpage.

They will also be available for review at the informal public meeting set from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Forest Hall at the Chatham Mills facility located at 480 Hillsboro St.

NCDOT representatives will be there to discuss the project and receive feedback that will be considered as it progresses. Comments may also be submitted by phone or email by July 5.

For more information or to submit feedback, contact NCDOT project manager Jeffrey Teague at 910-773-8025 or

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Disabled people who wish to participate in this workshop should contact Diane Wilson at 919-707-6073 or to make arrangements as early as possible.

Those who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Oral history and language study project to be conducted in Chatham

This summer, Chatham County natives will be the focus of a new study by the Language and Life Program at NCSU. The research team is looking for Chatham County natives (born and raised in Chatham) who have lived in Chatham for most of their lives to interview. The interviews will be recorded and the team will conduct analyses to look at the question of how language is changing in Chatham as it becomes less rural and more urban. The study will preserve the rich language heritage of Chatham County as our language changes.

A second aim of the project is to record and preserve the interviews as oral histories — asking interviewees about growing up in Chatham and current interests. The NCSU research team will share the interviews with the Chatham County Historical Association (with permission of those interviewed). Oral histories are a great resource for saving local history, so having these stories preserved will be a very good thing for future generations of Chatham residents.

The Chatham County Historical Association will be helping the Language and Life research team publicize the project and recruit individuals willing to be interviewed. The project is looking for adults and teenagers aged 16+, all genders, all races, all walks of life. The project team is especially interested in the oportunity to interview multiple generations of the same family—so they can look at generational differences.

Interviewing has already begun and will continue this summer and into the fall.

If you sign up, interviewers will contact you to arrange a meeting time and place that is convenient for you. The interview can be conducted at your home, if you wish, or at another place with a quiet, private place where the interview can be recorded. The interview should take no more than about one hour of your time.

If you are a native of Chatham who has spent most of your life in the county and might be willing to participate in this project, those involved in the program would like to hear from you. You’ll be helping preserve Chatham’s history and language.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Walt Wolfram at or call 919/218-5374.



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