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Forsyth County Appoints CFO PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 24 September 2021 17:21
Forsyth County Manager Dudley Watts announced on Thursday that Terri Goodman has been selected to serve as the County's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective Oct. 2.   
Goodman has served the county as a Deputy CFO since 2010 and has more than 32 years of service with Forsyth County in the Finance Department. Her educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University with dual majors in Business and Spanish, graduating magna cum laude.  She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University with a concentration in Accounting and Finance.  
She has been an active community member, serving as president of the West Central Community Center and has served in leadership roles with various PTAs and in her faith community at College Park Baptist Church.  
"I am very excited for the opportunity to serve as the County’s next chief financial officer.  I thank the board and the manager for entrusting me with this responsibility and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Forsyth County in this new role," said Goodman. 
Goodman will succeed Paul Fulton who has been the county’ CFO for more than 33 years and served the county for more than 47 years. Fulton will assist Goodman in special projects role during the transition through the end of December, when his retirement becomes effective.  
Fulton commented that he "couldn't be more pleased for Terri and for the County.  Her skills and knowledge of governmental finance and of the county will ensure a seamless and positive transition." 
The change in leadership comes at a time when the county is taking on the tremendous task of updating the automated systems for the local government's critical finance, human resources and business functions. The county has relied on a patchwork of legacy systems, developed in-house, and third party systems for many years.  Under Fulton's leadership the county has embarked on this challenging project that will serve the community for many years to come. 
Chatham County Issues Pfizer Booster Guidance PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 24 September 2021 16:25

As news comes from federal agencies about expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, the Chatham County Public Health Department continues to encourage more people to get their first dose as soon as possible.

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

On Friday, September 24th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommended that the following people who received their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine:

  • Those who are 65 years of age and older, and residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes; and
  • Those who are 50 to 64 years old with certain cal conditions.

In addition, the CDC said the following people may receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • Those who are 18 to 49 years old with 
  • Those 18 to 64 years old who work or live in settings that make them more likely to be exposed to COVID-19.

A few important facts 

  • Booster shots are only recommended for those who received the Pfizer vaccine. People who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines should not get a booster shot at this time.
  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was already fully approved by the FDA for all individuals aged 16 and older as a two-dose series.
  • The booster dose is the same as the approved vaccine.

“There are three key points to make based on this news,” said Chatham County Public Health Director Mike Zelek. “First, all authorized COVID-19 vaccines continue to work very well against COVID-19, particularly in preventing serious illness and death. Second, some who received the Pfizer vaccine can benefit from a booster dose. This includes those who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or are at higher risk of getting exposed to COVID-19 based on where they work or live. Third, and most importantly, our ability to end this pandemic will depend on those who are not yet vaccinated getting their first and second doses.”

The Chatham County Public Health Department continues to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at its Siler City clinic, but there are several locations in Chatham County that offer the Pfizer vaccine and are giving the booster, including:

  • Siler City Pharmacy
  • Pittsboro Pharmacy
  • 501 Pharmacy in Chapel Hill
  • Walmart in Siler City
  • CVS Pharmacy in Chapel Hill and Siler City
  • Harris Teeter in Chapel Hill
  • Walgreens in Siler City and Pittsboro
  • StarMed Healthcare in Goldston (Wednesday afternoons at Goldston Town Hall)
  • Optum Healthcare in Pittsboro (Mondays and Thursdays at the Old Agricultural Building in downtown Pittsboro)

Get Your First Vaccine Dose Now

To best protect the Chatham County community, all individuals who are eligible should get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

As of September 23rd, Chatham County saw 131 new cases and 7% of tests returning positive over the previous week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While both case numbers and test percent positivity decreased from the previous seven days, there is still high community transmission of COVID-19 in Chatham, meaning that everyone in the county should continue to wear a mask in public indoor settings.

As of Thursday, September 23rd, 55% of Chatham County residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 52% were considered fully vaccinated.

“COVID-19 is still a threat in Chatham County. Like communities across the state and country, we have had deaths during the recent surge, a stark reminder that this remains a deadly virus” added Zelek. “Our healthcare workers also continue to carry a heavy load. Let’s support them and each one another by doing the easy thing and getting a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Chatham County Celebrates Cattleā€™s Important Role in the Community PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 20 September 2021 16:28
PITTSBORO, NC— In order to celebrate Chatham County’s long history with cattle and bring greater  attention to its quality beef and dairy products, the Chatham County Agriculture Advisory Board presented the Chatham County Cattle Celebration resolution to the Chatham County Board of Commissioners on August 18, 2021. The Board subsequently adopted the resolution. 
2021 is a landmark year for cattle as it is the 500th anniversary of the arrival of cattle in North America. Recorded history places cattle on the continent as early as 1521 when the appointed viceroy of New Spain, Gregorio de Villalobos, decided to take his chances and go against a Spanish law prohibiting cattle trading in Mexico. He acquired six Spanish cows and a bull from what is known today as the Dominican Republic and brought them to Veracruz, Mexico. The opportunity and its potential for growth and profit were too good to pass up. This marked the beginning of cattle cultivation in North America.
Since then, cattle have become an integral part of American agriculture – especially in Chatham County, NC. The county’s cattle production, which ranks third in North Carolina’s total cattle population, are a major part of Chatham’s community and local economy. Around 34,000 head of cattle reside on Chatham County pastures, resulting in one cow per 2-3 people. In addition to sheer numbers, Chatham ranchers produce high-quality cattle among a diversity of breeds including Brown Swiss, Pineywoods, Texas Longhorn, Belted Galloway, Hereford, Angus, Guernsey, South Poll, and Holstein to mention a few. This variety of breeds helps preserve a diversity of genetics for future farmers and land managers. Cattle can be raised as an environmentally friendly tool for maintaining pastoral, rural landscapes, while also yielding a local source of nourishing protein. Chatham cattle farmers pride themselves in producing both high quality products that focus on animal welfare and land management.
With several century farmers in Chatham County, many farmers are multi-generational and have learned the trade from their parents who learned from their parents. This deep history and appreciation for livestock creates an unmatched passion for the industry that is represented in the products they sell and the farms they operate. Chatham’s cattle farms may not all look the same or use the same practices, but they share the common goal of promoting agriculture, producing food to feed the community’s families, and seeing their way of life pass on to future generations. 
Public surveys in Chatham County have made evident that preserving rural character is the most important goal among surveyed residents. Continued support of local farms is more important now than ever. Residents can support Chatham County farmers by buying local through the Chatham County Buy Local Guide: https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-chathamfarms
Cooper Appoints Judge For Halifax County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 03 September 2021 15:36
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Norlan Graves to serve as Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 6A, serving Halifax County. He will fill the vacant seat created by the retirement of the Honorable Alma Hinton.
“Norlan Graves brings years of legal knowledge and experience to the bench,” said Governor Cooper. “I am confident that he will serve his district with honor and fairness.”
Norlan Graves is a Special Deputy Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for Prosecutorial District 7 and Prosecutorial District 8. In addition, Graves was previously an Adjunct Professor at Halifax Community College. Graves earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his Juris Doctor at North Carolina Central University School of Law. 

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