Horton Principal Leaving May 31

May 12, 2008
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Horton Principal Leaving May 31

Mervin Jenkins, Principal of Horton Middle School, has resigned from Chatham County Schools effective May 31. Jenkins, who is in his second year as at Horton, is leaving to take a position in Atlanta with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) as Eastern Division Assistant Director. The district hopes to name an interim principal during the

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Education expenditures in the 2008-09 Chatham County proposed budget

May 12, 2008
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The Chatham County manager’s proposed budget includes a 5.5-cent property tax rate increase to 67.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value to pay for growth. The proposed tax increase, a 9 percent jump in the tax rate, would provide 1.2 cents for school needs. The proposed 2008-09 Chatham County budget provides: * Full funding of school

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Bonnie’s Blurbs: Orchids Dead, Orchids Live

May 12, 2008
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Bonnie’s Blurbs: Orchids Dead, Orchids Live

Orchids Dead, Orchids Live …notes written the first of May. Motivation comes slowly, and then it races towards you. That’s what Spring ‘08 has been for us. First the idea that I might have two classes back to back on Wednesdays was daunting – and then the requisite number of couples did not appear for the Ballroom session. About the same time it became increasingly evident that fewer than the minimum students for the Really Simple Blogging class were interested. Both classes were cancelled. What a downer! But not for long. Life is nothing for me if not a...

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Misconceptions about Briar Chapel

May 10, 2008
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Misconceptions about Briar Chapel

The other day, I was talking with somone who wasn't all that thrilled about Briar Chapel. As I listened, it quickly became apparent that they had several misconceptions about the development, which were a result of some of the rumors that were floating around Chatham County during the planning stages.

Here are some facts I shared with them about Briar Chapel, which helped to clear up some of the confusion:
  • developers have preserved more than 50% (900 acres), including steep slopes, stream beds,...

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Thank you

May 9, 2008
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Thank you

Now that the Democratic primary is over I want to extend my sincere thanks to all who supported, worked for, and voted for me. I also would like to thank my opponents who have offered their congratulations.I am honored and gratified by your support a...

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Thank you

May 9, 2008
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Thank you

Now that the Democratic primary is over I want to extend my sincere thanks to all who supported, worked for, and voted for me. I also would like to thank my opponents who have offered their congratulations.I am honored and gratified by your support a...

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Election Results

May 8, 2008
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Election Results

The election results are in and the citizens of Chatham have spoken. I am disappointed that I will not be able to continue my service to Chatham beyond November 2008. I congratulate my opponent, Sally Kost, and wish her well in the general election in ...

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Briar Chapel Builders Announced

May 6, 2008
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Briar Chapel Builders Announced

Newland Communities has announced that they have selected four area builders to comprise the builder team for Briar Chapel, who will all be required to build sustainable, environmentally responsible homes. The builder team consists of Chatham Builder Guild, LLC; M/I Homes, Inc.; McNeill Burbank; and Vanguard Homes.

I have already met with some of these builders, and am prepared to assist you in choosing one that will best meet your needs. Please contact me today to get started.

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Senior VP of U.S. Green Building Council Visits Briar Chapel

May 5, 2008
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Senior VP of U.S. Green Building Council Visits Briar Chapel

Newland Communities hosted a pre-event opening reception for the Third Annual Green Home Tour, which occurred this past weekend.

Michelle Moore, the senior vice president of the U.S. Green Building Council, was the guest speaker and discussed Newland’s partnership as a founding sponsor of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide.

To learn more about this historic event, please refer to the press release.

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Green Home Tour Starts Tomorrow

May 2, 2008
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Green Home Tour Starts Tomorrow

I hope you'll join me on the Third Annual Green Home Tour this weekend. With 40 entries, this year's tour should be a fantastic event that you don't want to miss!

All of the homes have been entered in the green-building certification program that's run by the Green Home Builders of the Triangle. You'll see first-hand that green homes can fit a broad spectrum of aesthetic tastes and retain their curb appeal while still being more energy efficient, healthier, and environmentally responsible.

Below is a picture of the Briar Chapel Information Center, one of the...

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Campaign in full swing!

April 30, 2008
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Campaign in full swing!

Well the campaign is in full swing and we are looking forward to the May 6 primary. Please feel free to listen to my opening remarks at a recent forum held at Carolina Meadows on April 15th.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-g9ETpxqykThank you for your s...

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Campaign in full swing!

April 30, 2008
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