Local Briefs

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 08:19 PM

Delays expected at Pittsboro traffic circle

PITTSBORO - A water main break at the Pittsboro downtown traffic circle was expected to cause heavy congestion during Tuesday’s evening rush hour.

The broken water main is not related to the Town of Pittsboro’s waterline replacement project, which resumed Tuesday night on U.S. 15-501 just north of the traffic circle.  Beginning at 8 p.m., that work was expected to close the roadway in both directions between Park Drive and Lindsey Street until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews planned to open one lane of traffic at 6 a.m. Wednesday to accommodate rush hour traffic, with flagmen directing vehicles through the work zone. The other lane is not expected to re-open until Wednesday afternoon.

The project area is by the Chatham Mills shopping area, and will require Chatham Mills traffic to use the Masonic Street entrance.

The U.S. 15-501 work is expected to have a significant traffic impact through Wednesday afternoon. For commuters traveling between Sanford and Chapel Hill, an alternate route is U.S. 64 Bypass. Northbound N.C. 87 drivers should remain on that highway until getting to the Bypass, then go east to get to U.S. 15-501. Southbound motorists should head west on the Bypass, and then follow N.C. 87 south to US 15-501.

ABC board to recognize employees

DURHAM - The Durham County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board will hold its first Employee Recognition Celebration today at its administrative offices.  The Board will celebrate the achievements and career milestones of its employees over the past six months. The recognitions will be held quarterly.

Michael Gillmer, retired operations manager, and John Lunsford, retired warehouse clerk, will be recognized today for their years of service and contributions to the ABC Board.  Gillmer served Durham County ABC for 28 years and Lunsford served for 15 before their retirements April 1.

Employees who have been promoted as well newly hired employees will also be recognized.  All employees will have an opportunity to celebrate their service anniversaries with the organization during the event.

Shakori Hills festival goers might have measles exposure

PITTSBORO – At least two people who attended the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival between April 19 and 21 have developed measles, according to the Chatham County Public Health Department. Authorities say they might have been contagious while camping at the event.

Measles is a highly infectious disease and anyone exposed who has not been vaccinated or who has not had measles earlier in life is a high risk for developing the disease. Contact your doctor or local health department immediately if you develop fever, cough, runny noise, watery red eyes or rash.

The best protection against measles is the two-part measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Most children get their first dose at 12 months of age. The Chatham health department is offering free MMR vaccines to residents who haven’t received it in the past. Schedule an appointment by calling, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to 919-542-8220 (Pittsboro) or 919-742-5641 (Siler City).