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xx hey all...railroad question
Today at 10:30:18 AM by Muddylaces
I was on the 17th green last night at chapel ridge around 7:45pm.   It was dead quiet when I heard a train whistle.   It sounded like it was going through a crossing.    The sound seemed to come from the east.   Does anyone know what line I could have been hearing?
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xx Chatham Countys Park at Briar Chapel opens for limited use on August 1
Yesterday at 09:24:35 PM by Gene Galin
Chatham Countys Park at Briar Chapel opens for limited use on August 1

Pittsboro, NC On August 1, Chatham County Parks & Recreation Department will open the new Park at Briar Chapel to the public, but residents should know that the park has limited amenities at this time. The park is on the corner of Andrews Store Road and Parker Herndon Road and the park opens at 8 am Monday to Friday, except on major holidays.

Park at Briar ChapelAn official grand opening will be held on Sept. 18, 2015, with a movie night and other activities. More information on this event will be announced in August.

We are opening to the public on August 1, but this really is a work in progress. The park currently has soft ball fields, a soccer field, a multipurpose/football field, and a building with restrooms and concessions, said Tracy Burnett, director of the countys Parks & Recreation Department. You will see some final field prep work going on, so we appreciate your patience.

Burnett said that other amenities will be added when funds are available. A next phase would include a picnic shelter, playground, walking trail and lighting for two ball fields and dugouts.

Residents can begin making reservations for the park starting Sept. 19. Existing organized sports providers and the schools that already have an agreement in place to use the park will continue to use the park, but other group and individual agreements will not be considered until Sept. 19.

Park visitors can use the existing completed facilities after August 1 as long as the facilities are not rented out. If a facility is reserved, signage is posted at that field. To access online park reservations, visit http://recreation.chathamnc.org .

We know that the demand for all types of athletic fields in this part of the county is high and we will schedule as many as we can squeeze in, Burnett said. Her office has received requests from schools, youth baseball, adult softball, lacrosse, adult flag football, adult soccer and many others.

Burnett said that residents also have asked for more passive amenities like the picnic shelter, walking trails and playground.  I hope that we can continue to secure funding to add more and more things to the park that we know will be well used.
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xx WTVD11 - AC units stolen, damaged at two Chatham County churches
July 26, 2015, 07:46:09 PM by Gene Galin
AC units stolen, damaged at two Chatham County churches
Video at http://abc11.com/883678/

By Caitlin Knute
Updated 1 hr 25 mins ago
PITTSBORO, N.C. (WTVD) -- Two Chatham County churches within several miles of each other were both hit by thieves this past week. But despite their losses, church staff and members of at least one congregation aren't "losing their cool."

This weekend's services at Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Pittsboro were much hotter than usual after a disturbing discovery earlier in the week.

"Thursday morning when we came in we discovered that of our seven outside air conditioning units that we had, six had been stolen. The seventh had been damaged to where it couldn't be used," says Pastor Dan Robinson.

And a similar scene unfolded at nearby Emmaus Baptist Church, where their AC units were also vandalized. While Emmaus ended up holding their services elsewhere due to the heat, Pastor Robinson's congregation stayed put with a little help from some extra fans and open windows.

Still, it was an inconvenience that wasn't lost on the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

"Because they were taken from churches it impacts potentially hundreds of county residents, so we're taking it very seriously," says Lt. Eric Lindley with the Sheriff's Office.

As for why thieves might steal the units in the first place?

"More than likely it's the raw metal that's in it, particularly copper. It has a high resale value," Lt. Lindley explained.

So far no arrests have been made, although the sheriff's office has been stepping up patrols around other churches. And while they're asking the public to be vigilant, Pastor Robinson is asking for the thieves who hit his church to consider this message:

"We gather together to worship and celebrate God's compassion and love and a different way to live, so what I would say to those people is there is a better way to live."
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xx TBJ - How do Tarheel megasites stack up? N.C. Railroad isn't saying
July 23, 2015, 01:55:46 AM by Gene Galin
How do Tarheel megasites stack up? N.C. Railroad isn't saying

A railroad study to determine how viable North Carolinas megasites are compared to similar sites in other Southeastern states has been completed, but officials are remaining tight-lipped about the findings.

The N.C. Railroad Co. contracted with Jeannette Goldsmith, of Goldsmith Strategy in Greenville, S.C., to assess the states three most touted potential megasites, which are being assembled in hopes of landing North Carolinas first auto manufacturer.

That assessment which includes a Chatham County site owned by Tim Booras and D.H. Griffin Sr., along with a site between 12 and 15 miles away in Liberty, as well as one in Edgecombe County, near Rocky Mount has not been made available to the public or the media.

Although my request for a copy of the report was denied, some details emerged in conversations with N.C. Railroad President Scott Saylor and Dianne Reid, president of Chatham County Economic Development Corp.

Bonnie Renfro, president of Randolph County Economic Development Corp., said the study was helpful, and work already is underway to improve the site based on recommendations, but she directed specific questions about the findings to the N.C. Railroad. A call to the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, which supports Edgecombe's economic development, was not immediately returned.
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xx How they make Bar-B-Que Pork at Brookwood Farms in Siler City, NC
July 17, 2015, 03:25:35 PM by Gene Galin
How they make Bar-B-Que Pork at Brookwood Farms in Siler City, NC

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/2lZwWUBVFao&amp;rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/2lZwWUBVFao&amp;rel=0</a>

About Our Slow-Cooking Process

It starts with a commitment to preparing only the best cuts of meats. Before the slow-cooking process begins, the meats are USDA inspected and approved for processing. By 5pm each day thousands of pounds of the best pork shoulders and hams, Boston butts, pork ribs, beef brisket and chicken go into racks inside one of Brookwood Farms specially built oven pits. Charcoal is carefully added by the shovel full to assure even, slow-cooked goodness.

The slow-cooking process continues under the watchful eye of a veteran pit master until (usually around 7 am the next morning) he declares, its ready. The meats are either chopped or pulled and then Brookwood Farms proprietary sauces are added. Only Brookwood Farms delivers on its promise of real pit BBQ flavor.
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xx Chatham County businesses recognized in Chapel Hill Magazine
July 17, 2015, 03:15:11 PM by Gene Galin
Chatham businesses recognized in Chapel Hill Magazine

In the magazine's annual The Best of Issue, several Chatham County businesses earned awards including: Fig & Honey, Carolina Brewery, Phoenix Bakery, Hobbs Architects, Chatham Historical Museum, Pittsboro Roadhouse, Small Bed & Breakfast, Rosemary House Bed & Breakfast, 458 West Bed & Breakfast, Briar Chapel, Dovecote, McIntyre's Books, Fearrington House Restaurant, Spa at Fearrington, Duke Center for Living at Fearrington, Fearrington Farmers' Market, and Governors Club.
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xx CJ - Dianne Reid retiring as president of the Chatham EDC
July 17, 2015, 03:12:30 PM by Gene Galin
Dianne Reid retiring as president of the Chatham EDC

Pittsboro, NC Chatham Economic Development Corporation announced that its President Dianne Reid will retire at the end of February 2016 after more than eight years with the organization.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the EDC and the people of Chatham County, Reid said. I truly believe the county is poised for greatness and I look forward to helping ensure a seamless transition and continued successes for the County.

An Asheboro native with a long economic development career, Reid transformed the Chatham County non-profit into a collaborative and effective public-private partnership serving the county and its municipalities in business attraction, retention, and entrepreneurship.Dianne Reid

Reid received her designation as a Certified Economic Developer in 2001. She has served on boards for Research Triangle Regional Partnership, North Carolina Economic Developers Association, Triangle South Workforce Development Board, Self-Help Ventures Fund, and several Chatham County organizations.

In 2014, Triangle Business Journal recognized Reid in its annual Women in Business Awards.

The Chatham EDC will begin the search for a new president immediately. For more information about the position, contact Alyssa Byrd at abyrd@chathamedc.org or 919-542-8278.
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xx In search of the Devil's Tramping Ground
July 17, 2015, 12:33:54 AM by Gene Galin
In search of the Devil's Tramping Ground
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2015 11:45 pm
By O.C. Stonestreet

If you grew up in North Carolina, you have probably heard of the Devil's Tramping Ground. It is one of those classic Carolina conundrums, along with the Maco Light, the Hoof Prints at Bath and the Brown Mountain Lights. These are stories best shared around a crackling camp fire, told with an abundance of gestures and sound effects.

For those unfortunates not born with tar on their heels, the story goes as follows:

A well-worn "roundish" but irregular circle, ranging from 40 to 60 feet across, found in the woods of Chatham County near the Bear Creek community appears to be very old and has no reason for being. Legend has it that late at night the Devil, the Author of Evil, "The Prince of Darkness" himself, comes here to walk around and think up further means to bedevil mankind, and where his cloven hooves have trod, nothing grows. Supposedly, anything placed on the narrow dirt trail: sticks, small stones, and other debris, will be be found mysteriously kicked aside by dawn's early light. Also, animals are said to not cross the circle.

Equipped with a St. Christopher medal, a tape measure, a compass, my trusty official Cub Scout pocket knife, several cans of Cheerwine and a supply of MoonPies, retired history teacher Steve Suther of Troutman, my son Chris, my soon-to-be-16 grandson Blake and I recently set out to investigate this curious bit of Southern folklore. 

Several theories have been advanced to explain the curious circular path. Some say it is the site of an old animal-powered grist mill, the circle the result of millions of ox or mules steps. Another theory suggests that this was the site of Native American gatherings, the participants dancing around in a circle to the throbbing beat of leather-covered drums. The Ground is mentioned in a Wilmington newspaper in 1882.

A more scientific explanation is that there is something organically wrong with the soil, radiation, or that perhaps the circle is part of a salt dome or that some other mineral is either lacking or too abundant to support vegetation and that the circle shape is mere coincidence.

The Ground is 10 miles southwest of Siler City, which is just inside Chatham County. It is about 200 feet into the woods off State Road 1100 (Devils Tramping Ground Road) about a mile north of the intersection with NC 902 near Harper Cross Roads. A young lady who drove a Jeep and said her name was Lauren helped us find the place. Without her help we'd probably be still wandering the scrub oaks, pines and holly and sassafras thickets.

The circle has a diameter of about 40 feet and the path itself varies in width. It is not as distinct as I remember it from 20 years ago. There is enough litter around to re-name the place "The Devil's Dumping Ground." In the center of the circle was a pile of burnt wood from a recent campfire, the remnants topped, appropriately enough, with an empty can of Monster energy drink. We four walked around, shook our heads, took photos and left for home after about 30 minutes.

We suspect young people have been brave enough to spend the night camped near or within the circle, but whether they saw His Infernal Majesty or not, we cannot say. Sadly, the abundance of trash at the site proves that there are those who neither fear the Devil nor state anti-littering laws.

The state has erected highway signs pointing to the Tramping Ground several times, but the signs, like objects placed on the path, soon vanish, probably into collections of souvenir hunters.

We drove back through Siler City where the good people were holding a street fair. We got lunch -- $2.50 hot dogs with the trimmings -- from the local folks at the farmers' market, listened to some local musicians, looked at a few of the booths and headed back to the air-conditioned car -- God bless John Carrier.

We would have been remiss in our obligations had we not made a respectful visit to the grave of Frances E. Bavier, who is interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Siler City. Miss Bavier, you will recall, played the role of "Aunt Bee" on "The Andy Griffith Show" and continued the character into the spin-off, "Mayberry R.F.D." In 1972 the New York City-born actress retired from acting and bought a home in Siler City, where she died on Dec. 6, 1989, eight days shy of her 87th birthday. She is said to have been somewhat reclusive during her final years, probably as a result of people barging in and expecting to be served a cup of coffee and a slab of pie, as Aunt Bee might have done.

There is no direct route to get to the Tramping Ground from Statesville, but I would go east on US 64 through Mocksville and Lexington -- might as well get some barbecue while in Lexington -- on to Asheboro and on to Ramseur.

As mentioned above, the Ground is 10 miles southwest of Siler City on State Road 1100 (973 Devils Tramping Ground Road, Bear Creek) about a mile north of the intersection with NC 902 near Harper Cross Roads. In Ramseur take NC 22/42 south toward Coleridge to the intersection with NC 902. Look for State Road 1100 (973 Devils Tramping Ground Road) about a mile north of the intersection with NC 902 near Harper Cross Roads. You may want to ask for local directions. The trip is about 90 miles one way and should take about an hour and a half to get there from Statesville, depending on conditions.

On your way to the Tramping Ground or afterward on the way home, you might want to stop at the North Carolina Zoological Park ("state zoo") which is south of Asheboro.

To read more about this iconic place, I suggest the following: John Harden's "The Devil's Tramping Ground and Other North Carolina Mystery Stories," 1949; "Devil's Tramping Ground" by Kimberly Hewitt in William S. Powell's "Encyclopedia of North Carolina," 2006; Nancy and Bruce Roberts' "An Illustrated Guide to Ghosts and Mysterious Occurrences in The Old North State," 1959; or "North Carolina Legends," by Richard Walser, 1980.
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xx WTVD11- 150 animals seized at Chatham County farm
July 15, 2015, 05:51:47 PM by Gene Galin
150 animals seized at Chatham County farm

PITTSBORO, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Humane Society of the United States says 150 animals were removed from a farm property in Chatham County Wednesday.

Pictures from Chopper 11 showed workers moving small animal carriers full of dogs and cats to waiting vehicles and large animals like pigs and horses being placed on trailers.

The group said the seizures came after Chatham County deputies and animal control workers served a search warrant at the property in the 3100 block of Silk Hope Gum Spring Road in unincorporated Pittsboro.

"I am relieved that we were able to come to the aid of these animals today. We have tried to work with the owner to ensure the proper care of the animals, but we reached the point that the animals had to be removed for their well-being," said Leigh Anne Garrard, director of Chatham County Animal Services.

Officials said the many of the animals were in need of urgent veterinary care and living in unsanitary conditions.

Chatham County Animal Services said it first became concerned when it got a report that more than 100 cats and dogs were kept in a small mobile home, and that livestock on the property also lacked proper care.

RedRover, Horse Helpers of the High Country, Code 3, the Wake County Animal Shelter, the Durham County Sheriff's Office - Animal Control Division, Red Dog Farm Rescue Network, PetSmart Charities and local veterinarians also helped with the massive rescue effort.

Some of the animals were taken to local rescue groups. Others went to an emergency shelter where they will looked at by teams of veterinarians and given medical treatment. Once legal custody of the animals has been determined and they have received needed care, Chatham County said it will provide more information for potential adoptions or donations.
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xx Who will Chatham's proposed hydralic fracking ban hurt?
July 13, 2015, 12:51:00 PM by zorro
Probably not too many people, since shale in Chatham County is located in a very small section of the county near the Lee County border.

Looks like the farmers in New York who are being affected by a ban aren't too happy and are trying to find a way around the ban.

NY Farmers Look to Circumvent Fracking Ban

Late last month Governor Andrew Cuomo put a bow on a fracking ban in New York state, but that hasnt stopped some residents from exploring ways to tap the Marcellus shale bounty under their land. A group of farmers in a county just west of Binghamton submitted a proposal to frack not with water, but propane gel. The Ithaca Journal reports:

    We are outside of the states ban, Tioga Energy Partners, LLC legal counsel Adam Schultz said. The state banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but thats not what were doing...Tioga Energy Partners is the contracting company working with the Snyder Farm Group on the drilling application. []
    The Snyder group is a collection of five Tioga County farm families who have leased land for natural gas development. The group is seeking to develop a 53-acre natural gas well in Halsey Valley, which is in the Town of Barton, Tioga County about 25 miles south of Ithaca and 30 miles east of Elmira. []

    What the state studied, and eventually decided to ban, was the use of high volumes of water for fracturing purposes, Schultz said. This process that we are proposing doesnt use any water, the fracturing takes place using liquified petroleum gas.

It says something about the opportunity this group of farmers sees in shale, that theyd be willing to go to these lengths to circumvent the ban. When that ban became official, we pointed out that such a blanket approach would inevitably alienate landowners keen on reaping the economic benefits from shale production, especially in a part of the country still looking for ways to replace bygone heavy industry.
Mineral rights allow individuals to choose whether or not theyd like to live with the drawbacks that hydraulic fracturing brings with it: noise, trucks, and as with any energy source, risks. Taking that choice away seems a ham-fisted way to deal with the controversial drilling practice. And in south central NY, theres already work underway to circumvent that policy.
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