You Asked, We Answered: What’s the status of nuclear waste storage at Shearon Harris power plant? 🏭

You Asked, We Answered: What’s the status of nuclear waste storage at Shearon Harris power plant? 🏭 For this week’s Curious Chatham story, we’re heading to the power plant off of Shearon Harris Road. 

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“Connecting the curious across the county”
May 17, 2019

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Hello, Chathamites. Happy Friday! “One Chatham” community forum brings Chatham’s east and west together

For a diverse community that spans over 700 square miles, Chatham County residents seemed connected, communicative and ready to brainstorm solutions at the “One Chatham” community forum held Wednesday in Pittsboro. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues of economic development, housing and disparity across the county. The Chatham News + Record partnered with Our Chatham to host the event, and a panel of five community leaders helped facilitate the conversation: Alyssa Byrd, Tami Schwerin, Stephanie Watkins-Cruz, Paul Cuadros and Susan Levy.

Unregulated contaminants threaten Pittsboro’s water supply 🚰

Unregulated contaminants threaten Pittsboro’s water supply 🚰Pittsboro is trying to figure out the best way to cleanse its water of unregulated, potentially dangerous contaminants. View this email in your browser

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May 10, 2019

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Hello, Chathamites. Happy Friday! Unregulated contaminants threaten Pittsboro’s water supply

In addition to expanding its water supply, the town of Pittsboro is also trying to figure out the best way to cleanse it of unregulated, potentially dangerous contaminants.  
Last fall, Pittsboro hired engineering and construction firm CDM Smith to complete a public water supply and treatment expansion study.

What is Chatham County doing to stop silt pollution from construction near Fearrington? 🌊

What is Chatham County doing to stop silt pollution from construction near Fearrington? 🌊Creekwood Creek and Beechmast pond are still suffering from high turbidity and increased water flow. View this email in your browser

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May 3, 2019

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Hello, Chathamites. Happy Friday! What is Chatham County doing to stop silt pollution from construction near Fearrington? Exposed trees roots hanging over an embankment at Creekwood in Fearrington Village.

How will Northwood be affected when the new Seaforth High School opens? 📚 🎒

How will Northwood be affected when the new Seaforth High School opens? 📚 🎒Seaforth High School won’t open until fall of 2021, but here’s what you need to know for now. View this email in your browser

“Connecting the curious across the county”
April 29, 2019

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Hello, Chathamites. Happy Monday! How will Northwood be affected when the new Seaforth High School opens? Thanks to curious Chatham resident Elizabeth Sullivan, Our Chatham took a look into something that’s still early in the works: Seaforth High School.

How will Chatham County find and pay for resources for new schools?

How will Chatham County find and pay for resources for new schools?Chatham Park officials estimate that the largest mixed-use development in the state will generate 6,051 additional students in Chatham County. View this email in your browser

“Connecting the curious across the county”
April 19, 2019

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Hello, Chathamites. Happy Friday! How will Chatham County find and pay for resources for new schools? By: Brennan DohertyChatham Park officials estimate that the largest mixed-use development in the state will generate 6,051 additional students in Chatham County.

How Siler City’s Hispanic community found homes for 28 displaced families

How Siler City’s Hispanic community found homes for 28 displaced familiesWhen a million-dollar company tried to push 28 families out of their homes, Siler City nonprofit El Vínculo Hispano gave them the fuel to push back. View this email in your browser

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April 12, 2019

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Good Friday afternoon. Looks like another weekend of thunderstorms. Bust out your umbrellas, folks. ☂️⛈

How Siler City’s Hispanic community found homes for 28 displaced families

By: Brooklynn CooperWhen a million-dollar company tried to push 28 families out of their homes, Siler City nonprofit El Vínculo Hispano gave them the fuel to push back instead of sitting down.Wait, what company? Mountaire Farms, the company which recently opened a chicken processing plant off of U.S. 64. They bought the land that the trailers of Johnson’s Mobile Home Park occupied. Alright.

You Asked, We Answered: Can you examine the water quality of drinking water from Jordan Lake?

You Asked, We Answered: Can you examine the water quality of drinking water from Jordan Lake?This week, Our Chatham dives into a topic with big impact: Jordan Lake. We look at Jordan Lake’s water quality + the factors that impact the water.  

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April 5, 2019

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Good Friday afternoon. Today’s forecast is rain, rain, and more rain. Tomorrow brings warmer temperatures, with highs in the 70s, but there’s no guarantee that the sun will peak out of the clouds for the next few days. 

You Asked, We Answered: Can you examine the water quality of drinking water from Jordan Lake? 

By: Chloe Arrojado
Feeling Curious? This week, Our Chatham dives into a topic with big impact: Jordan Lake.

How Siler City Elementary helps Lantino parents connect with their children

How Siler City Elementary helps Lantino parents connect with their children“Because I said so,” is a response that many people grew up hearing from their parents. View this email in your browser

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March 29, 2019

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Good Friday afternoon. Say hello to spring, with mostly sunny skies and a high of 74 degrees. There’s a 10% chance of rain, and humidity is at 46%. How Siler City Elementary helps Lantino parents connect with their children

A Costa Rican psychologist visited Siler City Elementary School earlier this month to talk to Latin0 parents about communicating with their children.

You Asked, We Answered: How will growth impact Chatham County schools?

You Asked, We Answered: How will growth impact Chatham County schools?In recent years, Chatham County Schools has grown steadily, increasing the number of students it serves each school year from 2009-10 to this year. View this email in your browser

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March 22, 2019

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How will growth impact Chatham County schools? By: Brennan DohertyIn recent years, Chatham County Schools has grown steadily, increasing the number of students it serves each school year from 2009-10 to this year. In that period, the district’s student population has gone from 7,679 to 8,840, a 15.2 percent increase, according to data from the state Department of Public Instruction.  
However, the current period of growth is minor compared to what’s on the horizon with the building of Chatham Park. 
The largest mixed-use development in the state, Chatham Park is expected to add 60,000-plus new residents by full buildout in 40 years to Pittsboro, which had an estimated population of 4,221 in 2017. 
This sort of transformative growth will certainly impact CCS, which currently has 18 schools. 
“This is a good problem to have,” CCS Chief Operations Officer Chris D. Blice said at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Developer Pushes Back Against Narrative on Tree Coverage in Chatham Park

Developer Pushes Back Against Narrative on Tree Coverage in Chatham ParkThe Chatham Park development company is trying to even the debate with environmental groups looking to protect the tree population. View this email in your browser

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March 15, 2019

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Developer pushes back against narrative on tree coverage in Chatham Park

(From left to right) Celene Carmona and Dylan Sirry, both from Siler City, hold signs at the “Procession of Trees” event in Pittsboro Feb. 15 to protest the Chatham Park development proposal for tree coverage. Sirry studies sustainable technology at Central Carolina Community College. “They’re making it easier on themselves instead of protecting the environment, protecting the community, protecting Jordan Lake,” he said.