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Posted 1/31/20

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CCCC offers 8-, 12-week sessions, EMT classes, group fitness

SANFORD — It’s not too late to register for Central Carolina Community College’s 12-week session and second 8-week session.

The 12-week session begins on Feb. 11 and the second 8-week session begins March 10, with payment due at time of registration.

Interested individuals can contact the CCCC Admissions office at 919-718-7300 (Lee Main Campus), 919-545-8000 (Chatham Main Campus), and 910-814-8863 (Harnett Main Campus).

For more information on Central Carolina Community College’s 12-week and 8-week classes, including a list of class offerings, visit the website

EMT National Registry will be offered beginning in February at the new Central Carolina Community College Chatham Health Sciences Center.

This class will provide participants upon successful completion the ability to take the North Carolina State EMT Credentialing exam as well as the National Registry EMT credentialing exam. EMTs may work in various areas including EMS as part of a two-person ambulance crew, in doctors’ offices, and in hospital emergency departments.

This course begins Feb. 15 and ends in July. This course includes 272 seated-class hours and 48 hours of EMS ride-alongs. Members of Fire Rescue departments and Law Enforcement departments may have their tuition fee waived. Please contact CCCC EMS Program Director Susan Mackin at or at 910-814-8912 for further information and pre-requisites.

Group Fitness: Cardio & Strength Training will be offered beginning in February at the Chatham Health Sciences Center. 
The classes, which will be led by Instructor Jacquelyn Kelly, will meet twice a week, beginning Feb. 11 and ending May 7. One class will meet from 4 to 5 p.m., and the other class will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Cost is $71.60 per class. These classes are available for online registration in the category of Health & Medical Occupations accessed by the following link: Or, for further information, call 919-545-8044.

Landscape and green industry  conference set for Feb. 11

PITTSBORO — The N.C. Cooperative Extension will be hosting the 2020 Piedmont Green Industry and Landscape Conference beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 11 at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro. The conference provides continuing education and re-certification credits for green industry professionals, including landscapers, grounds and turf managers, and greenhouse and nursery producers.

Topics include New Plants for Exceptional Landscapes (Mark Weathington, JC Raulston Arboretum), How to Run a Landscape or Small Business in The Green Industry, Pollinators: How to Bee Active, Turf Jeopardy, and How the Agricultural Services Program Can Assist Nursery/Greenhouse Growers Recruit Labor. While the conference is intended for landscape and green industry professionals, interested homeowners are also welcome to attend. NC Landscape Contractor Licensing Board and NCDA Pesticide continuing education credits will be offered. The $15 registration fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. To learn more and to register, visit:

Potential local chapter of DAR to hold information session

The North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Revolution is interested in organizing a chapter to serve Chatham County. A DAR information session will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1 at the home of Barbara Guest, 14 Pulaski Trail, Chapel Hill, NC. All interested persons are invited to attend. Please R.S.V.P. to or 336-339-7777.

The DAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the American Revolution. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. It is nonpolitical. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world in the past three years. To learn more about today’s DAR, visit

DAR has 105 chapters and 7600 members in North Carolina. Chatham County is one of a few counties in the state with no DAR chapter.

Any woman age 18 or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove direct lineal descent from a person who served in the military or a civil capacity during the war or rendered material aid to American Independence, is eligible. DAR Volunteer Genealogists will assist prospective members with research to prove lineage. To inquire about membership in the chapter organizing in Harnett County, contact Anne Hobbs, North Carolina Society DAR Organizing Secretary, at or 704-634-1516.

Chatham Community Library celebrates League of Women Voters

The Chatham Community Library and the Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties will co-sponsor the screening of the award-winning HBO film, Iron Jawed Angels, beginning at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 13, in the Holmes Meeting Room.

The film stars Angelica Houston as League founder and suffrage champion Carrie Chapman Catt and chronicles the efforts of defiant young activists as they take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

In addition to the film, the League will celebrate its 100th anniversary (February 14) with birthday cake in honor of all that women have achieved and in honor of years of empowering voters. The League of Women Voters of the United States was founded on Valentine’s Day in 1920, six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Its principal aim was to help newly enfranchised women become politically educated, responsible voting citizens.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions about this event please contact Brenda Rogers, League of Women Voters ODC, at

Extension office holding vegetable seed starting workshops

PITTSBORO — Growing your own vegetable transplants from seed can give you a head start on the growing season and access to varieties not commonly found as transplants at garden centers.

Extension Horticulture Agent Matt Jones and the Master Gardener Volunteers of Chatham County are hosting two hands-on workshops for home and community gardeners on planting and establishing vegetables from seed. Participants will learn about seed biology, vegetable variety selection, growing media and containers, growing conditions, and diagnosing common problems. Following the lecture, participants will practice sowing, transplanting, and caring for vegetable seedlings.

The workshop costs $10 and is offered twice: from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and again from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Feb. 6. Sessions will be held at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro. For more information, including how to register, visit: or contact Matt Jones at

‘House Divided’ panel to address Civil War, Confederate symbolism

PITTSBORO — Chatham For All and Abundance NC are sponsoring “A House Divided – The Civil War Today,” which will feature a panel discussion with four national scholars discussing the truths and fallacies about the Civil War and Confederate symbolism.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Chatham County Agriculture Center in Pittsboro.

“We have an obligation to pass on accurate information to the generations that follow us,” said Del Turner, chairman of Chatham For All, “so they can use facts instead myths to form their world views.”

The scholars include:

• Dr. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William Umstead Distinguished Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill

• Dr. William Sturkey, Assoc. Professor of American History and Advisor for UNC Center for the American South.

• Dr. Thavolia Glymph, Professor of History and Law, Duke University

• Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar, Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill, who specializes in military history of the Civil War.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to Chatham For All on Facebook or contact Mark Barroso at

Woodland Stewards webinar series set for February

PITTSBORO — Managing woodlands is an important aspect to being a responsible landowner. Woodland landowners throughout the region are invited to learn how to better care for their land and grow healthy forests through a special webinar series offered by the Chatham County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension.

WHAT: Woodland Stewards Webinar Series

WHEN: Each Thursday evening in February 2020 (February 6, 13, 20, 27) 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, 1192 US Hwy 64 W. Business, Pittsboro

WHO: Chatham County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension

This webinar series is being offered free of charge, but advanced registration is required. To register, participants should contact Ginger Cunningham at 919-542-8202 or with the following information: First Name, Last Name, Email Address and Webinar Attendance Date(s): Feb. 6, 13, 20 and/or 27.

For more information regarding each webinar topic, session descriptions are below:

• February 6: 7-8:30 p.m. Woodland Management: What is Right for You and Your Woodland? Managing woodlands to grow healthy forests and produce revenue depends on making the right choices for each landowner’s location. This session will help woodland owners to understand how stand dynamics and market considerations are used in the application of management.

• February 13: 7-8:30 p.m. Understanding the Financial Aspects of Woodland Management. This session provides an overview of financial factors that affect woodland management such as when to re-plant, when to thin, when to harvest, when to use costshare programs and more.

• February 20: 7-8:30 p.m. More than Timber: Income Opportunities from Nontimber Forest Products. There are a range of possibilities to generate income from woodlands that depend on location, forest type, and more, in addition to timber management compatibility, too. In this session, participants will learn more about the opportunities to generate income from woodlands.

• February 27: 7-8:30 p.m. Your Woodland Legacy: Intact, In Forest, and In Family Ownership. Most woodland owners cite legacy as one of their main reasons for owning land, and a large majority express concern over their ability to keep the land intact. This session is designed to help landowners find the best way to pass this legacy intact to their heirs.


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