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Posted 8/7/20

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CCCC announces two scholarships

The Central Carolina Community College Continuing Education program announces two scholarships available for students:

Golden LEAF
Scholars Program

The program provides grants of up to $250, not to exceed $1,000 annually, for workforce continuing education students at Central Carolina Community College.

The scholarships help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare and other components of the total cost of attendance for 2020-2021 fall, spring and summer semesters.

Pittsboro Area Health Initiatives Scholarship

The scholarship funds cover the cost of registration for medical/healthcare career training programs for residents of Chatham County.

The Pittsboro Area Health Initiatives is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It was founded in 1978 to provide grants and scholarships to benefit the health of the residents of Chatham County.

Learn more at or contact Latoya Brower, CCCC’s Continuing Education Scholarship Coordinator, at 919-545-8033 or by email at

NCDMV expiration date extensions ended

RALEIGH — N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle customers are reminded that expiration dates that start Aug. 1 are not eligible for the five-month extension that was signed into law in May.

That law automatically extended expiration dates from March 1 through July 31. Those extra five months remain in effect for those customers. So, if your registration has a deadline of March 31, 2020, the new due date will be Aug. 31, 2020.

The credentials and other licenses and registrations that returned to their original expiration date as of Aug. 1 includes:

  • Driver license
  • Learner’s permit
  • Limited learner’s permit
  • Limited provisional license
  • Full provisional license
  • Commercial driver license
  • Commercial learner’s permit
  • Temporary driving certificate
  • Special identification card
  • Handicapped placard
  • Vehicle registration
  • Temporary vehicle registration
  • Dealer license plate
  • Transporter plate
  • Loaner/Dealer “LD” plate
  • Vehicle inspection authorization
  • Inspection station license
  • Inspection mechanic license
  • Transportation network company permit
  • Motor vehicle dealer license
  • Sales representative license
  • Manufacturer license
  • Distributor license
  • Wholesaler license
  • Driver training school license
  • Driver training school instructor license
  • Professional house-moving license

The end of the extension also means the due dates for motor vehicle taxes that are tied to vehicle registrations no longer get extended.

24 new badges for Girl Scouts

RALEIGH — North Carolina Coastal Pines and Girl Scouts of the USA has announced 24 new badges designed to help girls practice ambitious leadership in the crucial areas of automotive engineering, STEM career exploration, entrepreneurship and civics, many of which remain male-dominated.

The new Girl Scout badges include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • STEM career exploration
  • Automotive engineering
  • Civics

Changes to county’s electronics recycling program detailed

PITTSBORO — Starting this month, changes have been made to the Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling electronics recycling program.

Residents with a current collection center decal will be able to bring electronics of any size and weight from their household to the Bonlee, Cole Park and Pittsboro collection centers. The other nine collection centers will still only be able to accept televisions smaller than 25 inches and electronics weighing less than 50 pounds.

Additionally, residents without a current decal who bring electronics to the main facility for disposal will be charged for some electronics, including $5 per television, monitor, desktop computer, laptop computer, printer, scanner, copier or fax machine. There will be no charge for smaller electronics accepted in the recycling program, such as cell phones, routers, radios and hard drives.

In addition, small businesses and non-profits can also now bring electronic items to the main facility for recycling and will be charged the same rates as residents without a decal — $5 for larger items and no charge for smaller items. Electronics from large businesses will not be accepted. Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling reserves the right to determine access to the electronics recycling program.

To learn more about the electronics recycling program visit

DMV adjusts road test waiver requirements for drivers 18 and over

RALEIGH — The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is providing clarification for road test waiver requirements to help drivers better understand if they meet the criteria for issuance of a driving privilege under the recent emergency rule.

To qualify for the road test waiver, drivers 18 and older MUST have:

• Passed the N.C. Driver’s Education course consisting of 30 classroom and six “behind the wheel” hours within the previous 12 months, participated in the N.C. Graduated Licensing Program (having a Level 1 Limited Learner Permit, or a Level 2 Limited Provisional License that has not been expired for more than one year); and not have been convicted of a motor vehicle moving violation, seat belt infraction or unlawful use of a mobile phone. Details on the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications and requirements are on the NCDMV website.

• Hold a N.C. Learners Permit for at least 90 days and successfully completed a driving log (the log is available on the NCDMV website), demonstrating 60 hours of behind the wheel driving. The log must show 10 hours of the required driving occurred during nighttime hours. The log must be signed by a supervised driver with a valid license of the same class license or higher, and it must be submitted to the division at the time the driver seeks to obtain a license. The driver must not have been convicted of a motor vehicle moving violation, seat belt infraction or unlawful use of a mobile phone.

Other people 18 and older who qualify include those who:

• Previously held a North Carolina driver’s license that has not been expired more than one renewal cycle. The individual’s driving privilege must have been in good standing at the time of expiration.

• For drivers who are 18-65 years old, the driver license must not have expired more than eight years.

• For drivers who are 66 or older, the driver license must not have expired more than five years.

• Are from any other state, district or territory that has North Carolina driver license reciprocity. They must provide their most recent license and a certified five-year driving record.

These drivers must have an appointment at a license office, which can be made online on the NCDMV website. Once on the website, select “Driver License – First Time” as the type of appointment, then pick an office and select a date and time.

At the time of the appointment, drivers must present all of the required documentation for a new driver as described on the New Drivers page on the NCDMV website and the documentation that verifies eligibility of the qualifications above. Also, per Gov. Cooper’s executive order, all customers must wear a facial covering or mask, and they are also subject to pre-screening health questions.

Drivers who qualify for the waiver will be issued a license of the appropriate length for their age, either eight or five years. Waivers under this special provision do not apply to drivers who are governed by legal presence or lawful status or drivers in the medical review program.

The waivers announced July 20 are allowed under emergency administrative rules language that states “during a pandemic where an executive order is in place, the requirement of a road test may be waived if previous driver training and/or safe driving records can be established.”

This waiver process will remain in place until DMV resumes road tests, which is anticipated when the state reaches Phase 3 of its re-opening.


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