Chatham County notes

August 16, 2013 

Grant to help Literacy Council

A $15,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will help the Chatham County Literacy Council provide free tutoring for people who need to improve their reading, writing and English-language skills so that they can get ahead in life.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s continuing partnership with Chatham Literacy is having a tremendous impact on the quality of life of people who live or work in our county,” said Bruce Birch, chairman of Chatham Literacy’s Board of Directors.

“During the past year, we provided 159 adults with tutoring in basic education and GED preparation, computer skills, English-language instruction and citizenship training,” he said. “This generous grant will enable us to expand our programming to more people who want to build better lives for themselves and their families.”

In Chatham County, 15 percent of adults 25 and older do not have a high school diploma and 6 percent have less than a ninth-grade education. During the last fiscal year, Chatham Literacy helped 46 adults improve their literacy level by three grade levels, 25 become U.S. citizens, 22 vote for the first time and 20 earn their GED.

The Literacy Council also partners with Central Carolina Community College to provide one-on-one tutor support for adult basic education and GED students and with the JobLink Center to provide services for its clients. Information on becoming a volunteer tutor or receiving tutoring services from CCLC is available by calling 919-742-0578 or visiting

Fine-free library week Sept. 2-7

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a “fine amnesty” week for all three branches of Chatham County Public Libraries in Pittsboro, Siler City and Goldston. The fine-free week begins Sept. 2 (Labor Day) and runs through Sept. 7.

During that time, late fees will not be charged for any past due materials returned, but that must be in good condition to qualify.

“It does not matter how many late items they return and it can be any type of item, including movies,” said Library Director Linda Clarke. “It also does not matter how late the materials are. The key factor is that it is in good enough condition to return to the library for circulation.”

An important benefit of amnesty week is to help recover items that the library does not have to repurchase, allowing the funds to be spent on new items.

Clarke said two other benefits are encouraging students to start the new school year with a clean library slate and inviting people to return to the library who have been avoiding it due to fines that have accumulated.

Take solid waste survey online

The Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling Division seeks feedback from residents concerning the division’s various recycling programs and its Collection Centers located around the county. The survey deadline is Sept. 20.

Property owners will receive a green insert in this summer’s tax bill with a link to the survey, but please note that the survey link is not correct. Instead, complete the survey at

Printed surveys also can be completed when visiting any of the 12 Collection Centers or the Main Solid Waste and Recycling Facility at 720 County Landfill Road west of Pittsboro.

Additional comments or questions about topics not addressed on the survey should be directed to Chatham County’s Waste Reduction Coordinator, Sandy Skolochenko, at 919-542-5516 or

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