September 2009

The Economic Opportunity of Solid Waste

I don’t think anybody in Orange County is happy that we are planning to send our trash over the horizon to a giant landfill in some poor God-forsaken community.

I don’t think our county leadership is happy about becoming beholden to a giant waste corporation that will have us by the short hairs when they want to raise the hauling rates somewhere down the road. And you don’t have to be psychic to know that fuel costs are only going to rise.

The current plans for a transfer station harness us to an unethical and increasingly expensive boondoggle. Our best bet is to avoid getting hooked into this unpredictable system by siting our own landfill in Orange County.

First, we have to adjust our perspective and realize that solid waste represents an economic opportunity. The waste stream provides many materials that have a useful purpose. Plus we’ll save money over the long run by avoiding the inevitable price hikes from waste businesses and fuel cost escalation.

An open invitation to Orange County candidates

Last night, I sent the following e-mail to all of the declared candidates in 2009 municipal and school board races:

Hello, candidates. Congratulations on your decision to stand for election in Orange County this year!  In case you are not aware of it, I'd like to introduce you to the progressive local politics blog OrangePolitics and ask you to contribute to this online community of people interested in Orange County issues.

New city schools web site



CHCCS unveils new web presence 

Today, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools released a new district website. We wanted to familarize our staff and listserv subscribers to the new features as this site is unveiled to the public. 

The revisions were made in response to feedback we collected from staff and listserv subscribers last spring in a communications survey. The new format seeks to place dynamic content on the homepage, while seeking to preserve much of the familiar navigation of the old format.

The old webpage had categories of information listed in the middle of the page. These categories may now be found in a column on the left. The old webpage had a list of quicklinks down the lefthand column. These can now be found in a column on the righthand side of the new page, with the addition of navigation categories for reports and community links. The relocation of these items frees up the center of the page for news stories and photos.

Sierra Club Candidate Forum - Chapel Hill

Via e-mail from James Carnahan:

Chapel Hill Candidates Forum: Wed, Sept 9, 7-9pm:
Chapel Hill candidates for Mayor & Town Council
will answer questions prepared by the Orange-Chatham
Group of Sierra Club. Questions also can be submitted
from the audience. The event will be carried live on local
cable channel 18. Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Chapel Hill. For more info: 942-6114


Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 3:00pm


Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Chapel Hill

Friends of Downtown Candidate Forum

From a Downtown Partnership e-mail:

Downtown Candidate's Forum!
Thursday, September 24People on Bench
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
University Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
With the election season in full swing in Chapel Hill, many of the candidates for Mayor and Town Council have picked Downtown Chapel Hill as a key component of their campaign platforms. Join the Friends of the Downtown for a Candidate's Forum where caandidates will be discussing what they believe are the most important issues for downtown. There will be time for the audience to ask questions. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Entrance to the church is at 110 Henderson Street, through the Campus Ministry door. Parking is available in the Wallace Parking Deck on the corner of Henderson Street and Rosemary Street. For more information please contact Pat Evans at



Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 5:00am


First Presbyterian Church Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

OCDP & Colonial Heights Candidate Forum


Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 9:00am


Umstead Park, Umstead Drive, Chapel Hill

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum


Monday, October 5, 2009 - 3:00pm


Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Chapel Hill

Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum


Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 2:30pm


Hargraves Center, Robeson Street, Chapel Hill

WCHL Candidate Forum


WCHL 1360 AM

death of former State Senator Russell Walker - represented Orange 1975 to 1991

Russell Walker, who represented Orange County in the State Senate from 1975 to 1991 (when it was a two seat district of  Orange, Chatham, Moore and Randolph) passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Walker lived in Randolph County.

Funeral arrangements for former Senator Russell Walker who passed away on Wednesday are as follows:

Visitation: Saturday, September 5, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pugh Funeral Home

437 Sunset Avenue

Asheboro, NC 27204

Memorial Service: Sunday, September 6, 3:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

420 West Walker Avenue

Asheboro, NC 27204

Memorials may be made to the RCC Foundation, The Honorable Russell G. Walker, Sr. Scholarship, PO Box 1009, Asheboro, NC 27204 or to The Salvation Army, 345 N. Church Street, PO Box 1366, Asheboro, NC 27204-1366.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Ruth, at 1004 Westmont Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203.



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