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Posted 6/26/20

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CAC offering $10,000 to local arts organizations

PITTSBORO — The Chatham Arts Council announced the availability of its annual Grassroots Arts Grants, a program aimed to help organizations do amazing work through the arts. The CAC is now accepting online applications.

The CAC serves as the designated county partner to the North Carolina Arts Council in awarding the funds to local organizations. Cash grants range from $500 to $2,500, and are typically used for program expenses (i.e., artists’ fees, space rental) or operating expenses for arts organizations. Areas of particular interest for the CAC are local artist fees/fair payment to artists and outreach to diverse or underserved communities.

Organizations applying must:

• Have been in operation for at least one year as a 501(c)(3)

• Have an arts mission, or a program that uses the arts to help accomplish the organization’s mission;

• Be based in Chatham County, or carry out the project in Chatham County.

The CAC is offering a Zoom meeting with applicants who may have questions about the process from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on July 14. Interested persons should RSVP to Jenni Detwiler via The deadline for applications and supporting materials is July 31.

For more information on the Grassroots Arts Grants, or to apply, visit

Griffith achieves membership in Million Dollar Round Table

LIBERTY — J. B. Griffith III, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, is one of a small percentage of financial representatives worldwide to achieve membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) this year.

Founded in 1927, MDRT, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is a global, independent association of more than 49,000 of the world’s life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 countries. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.

The local Modern Woodmen office is located in Liberty. Contact Griffith at 336-622-6020 for more information about Modern Woodmen’s financial services and fraternal programs.

Gooch recognized as a high achiever for Girl Scouts

Chatham County Girl Scout Kameron Gooch was recently recognized as a High Achiever for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Girls join the ranks of the High Achievers Club when they sell 5,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies or more since participating in their first cookie season. Kameron has sold 5,516 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies during her time as a Girl Scout.

Members receive an engraved plaque, special cookie business cards and a personalized letter of recommendation from CEO, Lisa Jones.

The purpose of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is to teach girls five key skills: goal-setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics; and the High Achievers have mastered these skills like no other.

DMV waives driver road tests for Level Two Provisional Licenses

RALEIGH — With the signing of House Bill 158 by Gov. Roy Cooper, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will be temporarily waiving the requirement that young drivers seeking a Level 2 Limited Provisional License need to undergo a driving test. Those tests have been suspended since March for health safety reasons.

Drivers who are 16 or 17 years old, have held a Level 1 Limited Learner Permit at least 12 months, have completed at least 60 hours of supervised driving, including time at night and who have not had a moving violation or seat belt/cell phone violation within the last six months, qualify for the waiver. As part of the Level 1 permit process, they already passed the DMV’s written, sign and vision tests and have their driving eligibility and driver’s education certificates.

Drivers seeking the waiver must make an appointment at a driver license office at

Chatham Solidarity Fund distributes $177, 300 to local families

The Chatham Solidarity Fund has distributed $177,300 to 197 Chatham County families who did not qualify for the stimulus check. Each family received $900 by check or money order. So far, the fund has helped 818 individuals: 379 adults and 439 children. The fund has raised nearly $200,000 and is continuing to distribute money to families in need.

The Solidarity Fund was created in April to raise money for families who did not qualify for a stimulus check or unemployment benefits because of their immigration status, despite contributing federal, state, social security, and other taxes. The goal was to provide relief and ensure that no family was left behind.

The Chatham Solidarity Fund’s partner organizations are the Chatham County Partnership for Children, Chatham Habitat for Humanity, Chatham Literacy, Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE), El Futuro, El Vínculo Hispano/Hispanic Liaison and KidSCope.

For more information, contact Ilana Dubester, of the Hispanic Liaison, call 919-742-1448 or email


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