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Posted 5/15/20

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Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling main facility reopening with service changes

PITTSBORO — Due to the state’s transition into North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 1 reopening plan, the Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Main Facility re-opened Monday — but with some service changes.

“While we will be able to resume most services offered at the main facility, we have made some changes to how we provide those services in order to continue to protect our staff and the public,” said Chatham County Environmental Quality Director Kevin Lindley.

The main facility, located at 28 County Services Road, Pittsboro, resumed taking yard waste, land clearing and inert debris from residents starting Monday. The main facility can also accept tires, mixed recycling, glass recycling, scrap metal, batteries, lightbulbs, pesticide containers and styrofoam. All visitors will need to come across the scales when they enter the facility.

The lobby at the main facility will be closed until further notice. Residents who need a decal should call the main facility at (919) 542-5516 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or email Decal requests can easily be handled over the phone or email. Residents who need a decal immediately may come to the window next to the scales to be helped.

The Electronics Recycling Program will resume on Monday, May 18, at the main facility and collection centers. As a reminder, any electronics item that is larger than 25 inches or weighs more than 50 pounds must come to the main facility. Large electronics will not be accepted at the collection centers. For a list of items accepted in the Electronics Recycling, visit the following website-

All events in May were previously cancelled and will not be rescheduled in May. These events included mulch sales, Household Hazardous Waste and the Earth Day Event. Visit the following website for details on future events-

The collection centers remain open and operating with normal hours. The swaps shops will remain closed until further notice.

As this is an ever-changing situation, please check the website for any future updates.

Local volunteers to be recognized by county and state

Twelve Chatham County volunteers have been selected to receive recognition for their outstanding community service: Pam Barker, Chatham PTA Thrift Store, Jaime Detzi, Rene Higginbotham, Jazmin Mendoza-Sosa, Lindsay Shore-Wright, Ed and Becky Spence, Cliff Stickney, Burney Waring, Elizabeth Zeringue and Jack Zollinger. They were also selected to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award certificate from the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

On April 20, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners signed a resolution honoring the volunteers for their remarkable sustained commitment of time, talent and good will for the betterment of Chatham County.

Chatham residents donated 81,179 hours of volunteer service to United Way and its member agencies last year. According to the Independent Sector, the most current hourly value of volunteer time is $25.43 per hour. This means that local volunteers donated work hours valued at more than $2.6 million.

“This community activism allows Chatham human service nonprofits to provide a level of service they could not otherwise afford,” said United Way board Chairman Jim Sink.

“Volunteerism is an important part of the proud history of community service in Chatham County,” said United Way Volunteer Center Coordinator Alane Coore. “It is our honor to recognize our neighbors who truly make a difference in the lives of others.”

Since 1998, United Way has coordinated the Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Awards to recognize individuals who selflessly give their time, talent and expertise to benefit the residents of our community. Chatha.m County community members make up the local Volunteer Nomination Review Committee that reviews the nomination forms, selects the honorees and plans local recognition activities. The committee also selects Chatham County’s nominees to be considered for recognition on the state level. The United Way of Chatham County Volunteer Center coordinates this effort with the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

For more information about volunteering in Chatham County, please contact Alane Coore, United Way Volunteer Center Coordinator at 919-542-1110 or visit the United Way of Chatham County website at

United Way head resigns; interim named

The United Way of Chatham County has announced that Dina Reynolds, the executive director, resigned her position effective May 5.

“During her time with our organization, Dina oversaw positive changes to the United Way,” board Chairman Jim Sink said. “Under her leadership, our organization grew and we were able to allocate more resources to human service programs in Chatham County. We are extremely grateful for the energy, vision and heart that she dedicated to United Way and our community. We wish her the very best with her future plans and endeavors.”

The United Way of Chatham County is a non-profit focused on increasing the “financial and human resources available for providing human care services to county residents,” according to the United Way of Chatham County website. Each year, the United Way of Chatham County, in conjunction with community and business leaders, raises more than a half a million dollars that is then distributed to other Chatham County non-profits that support the most vulnerable members of the community.

Sink announced that Katie Childs, who has served with the organization for several years, will be assuming the role of interim executive director.

“We are confident that, along with Alane Coore, our staff will make this a smooth transition for our agencies, partners and donors,” Sink said.

Excellence honored at CCCC

Central Carolina Community College has recognized approximately 100 outstanding students for its Annual Academic Excellence Awards.

Instructors selected the students who were recognized for academic excellence or for overall outstanding achievement.

Academic Excellence Awards: Sarah K. Walters – Communication, Kristin Michelle Paul – Associate in Arts, Felice Kho – Associate in Arts, Miguel Olivares – Electronics Engineering Technology, April Watts – Information Technology.

Outstanding Student Awards: Baron Hoffman – Sustainability Technologies, Bella Ocampo – Spanish, Anna Marie Trotter – Associate in Science, Stephanie Diane Horne – Associate in Arts, Melanie Mather – Associate in Arts, Jaycee Kay Sansom – Associate in Science, Karen Tolentino – Medical Office Administration, Zolan Krontz – Electronics Engineering Technology, Ben Goodwin – Mechanical Engineering Technology, Stav Kafri – Computer Integrated Machining.

Excellence in Academic Assistance: Kristin Paul

Central Carolina Community College has announced its athletic award recipients for the 2019-2020 school year. The winners include:

Men’s Basketball – Josh Bell (Cougar of the Year), Jamar Butler (MVP), Tre’ Richardson (Most Improved), Jackson Reid and Camaron Womble (Coaches Award).

Men’s Cross Country – Colby Day (MVP), Collin Henderson (Most Improved), Eddy Giron (Coaches Award).

Women’s Cross Country – Anna Trotter (MVP), Madilynn Richardson (Most Improved), Nayelly Martinez (Coaches Award).

Golf – RD Langley (MVP), Lee Bass (Coaches Award).

Volleyball – Taylor Rosser (MVP), Grace McAllister (Coaches Award).

Coach of the Year – Richard Briggs (Men’s and Women’s Cross Country).

All Cougar Award (3.0 or higher GPA and participated in 75% of team activities): Lee Bass, Britney Bell, Josh Bell, Colby Day, Kristen Fletcher, Kyra Harrison, Collin Henderson, Grace McAllister, Miranda Manfredi, Nayelly Martinez, Madilynn Richardson, Taylor Rosser, Kayla Stange, Anna Trotter, Emari White.

To learn more about Central Carolina Community College, visit


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