Gas Shortage Causing Long Lines and Angst for Motorists

The gas shortage that has been impacting much of North Carolina over the last few days has made its way into our community.

Drivers were sitting in their vehicles at stations that still had bags over the pumps at the Cruizers in Chapel Hill North on Tuesday morning. The reason they felt it was worth the wait was the large truck making a gasoline deposit.

Below is a running list of gas stations that do not have gas in our community.

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The gas shortage at BP on Martin Luther King Blvd in Chapel Hill. (Photo by Jeffrey Clayton)


  • Exxon on Main Street
  • CITGO on Main Street
  • BP at 500 Jones Ferry Road
  • Kangaroo Express on HWY 54 W


Chapel Hill:

  • Marathon on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • Petro Mart on HWY 15/501 south of Chapel Hill
  • Shell on Farrington Road
  • Speedway on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • Exxon on East Franklin Street in Village Plaza
  • Family Fare BP on Weaver Dairy Road at Sunrise
  • Kangaroo Express at Estes and Franklin


  • Shell on HWY 70 East
  • BP on HWY 86
  • Circle K on Churton Street



  • Mobil on Hillsboro Street
  • C Mini Mart on East Street
  • Cruizers on Andrews Store Road


White Cross:

  • Shell on HWY 54 W
  • Exxon at corner of HWY 54 and Hatch Road (Had small supply of premium)

Gas stations that have gas are listed below.


  •  Exxon on HWY 54, according to GasBuddy on Wednesday morning

Chapel Hill:

  • BP on Estes Drive (regular only as of Wednesday morning)
  • Cruizers at Chapel Hill North
  • Mobil at intersection of Hillsborough and Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • Run in Jim’s on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • BP at Falconbridge has regular fuel only



  • CITGO on Old HWY 86
  • Lloyd’s Quick Mart on HWY 86
  • CITGO Breene Thru on South Churton Street



  • Cruizers on Powell Place


White Cross:

  • Calvander on Dairyland Road

GasBuddy has also launched a gas availability tracker, which is based on user submissions.

If you see locations throughout the day that are not listed above but have gas or are now out of gas, please call the WCHL newsroom at (919) 967-8363 or tweet us @WCHLchapelboro.

Governor Pat McCrory has issued a state of emergency over the shortage, which was caused by a leak in a pipeline in Alabama.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking North Carolinians to report concerns over price gouging to the AG’s Office. Reports are that there are currently more than 600 reports of possible price gouging.

Local officials are urging residents to use public transit during this time. An e-mail from town manager Roger Stancil to town leadership said that the town has enough fuel to last 16-20 days during normal operations and that a gasoline delivery was received specifically for transit operations on Saturday. Stancil estimated that would last around 30 days.

The Associated Press is reporting that the pipeline company has repaired the leak and that it expects to restart the main gasoline line on Wednesday.

AK-47 and AR-15 Rifles Seized from Pittsboro Home After Drug Search

Chatham County authorities seized AR-15 and AK-47 rifles, one shotgun and over 100 rounds of ammunition from a Pittsboro residence when conducting a search earlier this month.

Christian Dominick Lenoir. Photo via Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

Christian Dominick Lenoir. Photo via Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say 27-year-old Christian Dominick Lenoir, of Old Graham Road in Pittsboro, was arrested after a search of his residence on August 14.

In addition to the firearms and ammunition, law enforcement officials say two ounces of marijuana, three scales, plastic bags and a vacuum sealer machine were all seized along with more than $2,200 in cash.

Lenoir has been charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, felony possession of a schedulve VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lenoir is due back in court on September 19.

Silver Alert Issued for Pittsboro Man

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a Pittsboro man.

Chatham County Sheriff’s Office officials are asking citizens to be on the lookout for William David Robinson, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Authorities say Robinson was last seen at 3086 Silk Hope Gum Springs Road in Pittsboro.

The 58-year-old Robinson is described as a white male estimated to be 5’ 8” weighing 175 pounds. Officials say he has short grey hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about Robinson’s whereabouts should call the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 542-2911.

Meet Pittsboro, CHCCS Candidates In Forums Thursday

Election Day is approaching! Come learn about the candidates at a pair of forums on Thursday, September 24, both hosted by the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties.

The first is for Pittsboro voters: the LWV is hosting a forum for Pittsboro mayoral and town council candidates from 6-8 pm in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building at 65 East Chatham Street. (You’l be able to register to vote at the forum too.)

The second is for Chapel Hill/Carrboro voters: a forum for CHCCS school board candidates from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

LWV Voter Services chair Krishna Mondal joined Aaron Keck on WCHL Monday to discuss the two forums.


For more information on the two forums or on the League of Women Voters, visit

New UNC Hospice Home Breaks Ground In Chatham Park

About a hundred people turned out in Pittsboro on Tuesday as officials broke ground on UNC Health Care’s new Hospice Home.

“We’re glad to be celebrating UNC Health Care’s newest opportunity to serve the people of North Carolina,” said Brian Goldstein, chief operating officer of the UNC Health Care System, as he welcomed onlookers to the site.

The hospice home is set to open in February. When it opens, Goldstein said, it will be a major addition for hospice care – Chatham County’s first inpatient hospice facility.

“In total, (it will have) 11,000 square feet,” he said, “complete with kitchen, dining room, meditation space, family visiting areas, and ten private rooms, each with an individual outdoor patio.”

Brian Goldstein speaks at the groundbreaking. (Photo by Aaron Keck.)

Brian Goldstein speaks at the groundbreaking. (Photo by Aaron Keck.)

In addition to serving as a boost for medical care, the building will also serve as a boost for the town of Pittsboro. It’s the second building to start construction in Chatham Park, Pittsboro’s new mega-development – the first, already under way, will open in December.

“We are pleased to partner with UNC Health Care,” said Chatham Park developer Tim Smith, who was on hand for the groundbreaking. “This hospice will provide end-of-life care options not previously available to local residents.”

Pittsboro town commissioner Pamela Baldwin – also present for the ceremony – agreed. “This is an honor, as well as an unparalleled privilege, to participate in the groundbreaking,” she said.

Large crowd on hand to break ground on UNC's Hospice Home. (Photo by Aaron Keck.)

Large crowd on hand to break ground on UNC’s Hospice Home. (Photo by Aaron Keck.)

The crowd spilled out beyond the tent.

The crowd spilled out beyond the tent.

Officially, the building will be named the SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care. (Jim Johnson of the SECU Foundation was on hand to provide a major donation to the project – a $1 million challenge grant.) Dr. James Bryan, the building’s namesake, has been with the UNC Department of Internal Medicine since 1964; in the 1970s he introduced the modern hospice care movement to North Carolina.

Jim Johnson reveals the $1 million grant.

Jim Johnson reveals the $1 million grant.

Jim and Betsy Bryan.

Jim and Betsy Bryan.

That movement began in England with a physician named Cicely Saunders – and an idea that began to grow in the 1940s, when she was a nurse treating a Polish refugee who was terminally ill.

“There he was, undertaking this terminal course, and they became very close,” said Bryan at Tuesday’s ceremony. “And they talked about how ideal it would be to be at a home…with a window overlooking a park, with music, with friends and with family…

“And so when he died, he left a legacy to her – and said, ‘I want you to build a window.'”

That “window” eventually became St. Christopher’s in London, which opened in 1967 as the first modern facility devoted to hospice care. Today, there are “windows” like St. Christopher’s around the world – and come February, there will be another new “window” in Chatham Park.

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UNC Hospice House Groundbreaking 9

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Artist's rendering of the future Hospice Home. (Photos by Aaron Keck.)

Artist’s rendering of the future Hospice Home. (Photos by Aaron Keck.)

Community Rallies to Help Pittsboro Family

Community leaders in Pittsboro are rallying together to help out a family after they suffered a major loss in early March.

Melody Bailey is the Head Custodian at North Chatham Elementary School and, on Tuesday March 3, her house burned down.

Rex Whilloughby owns and operates a McDonalds in the area and has two children at North Chatham. He says this really hit home when he heard the news.

“Melody, she’s one of those polite people that, every time you pass her in the hallways when you’re dropping kids off in the morning,” he says, “she’s always one to smile and speak, say ‘Hello.’”

Whilloughby says he and his wife knew they had to act when they were reading the notice about the incident from the school.

So, tonight if you are traveling through Pittsboro you can stop in the McDonald’s at 36 Lowes Drive, contribute to the cause, and help a family in need.

“From 4-8 PM, we’re going to donate 50 percent of all sales to Ms. Bailey,” Whilloughby says.

He adds if you want to donate more than that, they will also have donation boxes to collect funds for Bailey and her family.

And if you are not in the area, but would like to help, you can donate here.

Chatham Park Breaks Ground Amid Controversy

UNC Health Care broke ground Tuesday on the first project in the controversial Chatham Park development near Pittsboro.

The 25,000-square-foot medical office building will be at the intersection of U.S. 64 Bypass and U.S. 15-501.

Though construction is underway, Chatham Park is still the focus of scrutiny.

The 7,000 acre mixed-use development was approved this summer after months of contentious debate.

A coalition of Pittsboro residents immediately filed suit have the rezoning overturned, alleging town officials didn’t follow state and local zoning rules.

Chatham Park Investors, which shares management with Preston Development, filed a motion to dismiss the suit, saying members of Pittsboro Matters don’t have a legal stake in the case.

While the lawsuit plays out in court, Pittsboro Commissioners are considering a request to add 46 acres to the project’s master plan, a move that would require the re-approval of the entire development.

Even if commissioners don’t approve the new plan, the initial approval would still stand.

The full project is slated to take 30 years to build. Once complete it would increase Pittsboro’s population by 1,900 percent, growing from 3,000 to 60,000.

Lawsuit Challenges Chatham Park Project

A group of citizens has filed a lawsuit challenging Pittsboro’s approval of the Chatham Park development project.

The suit filed by members of Pittsboro Matters alleges that the Town Board violated state statutes, town zoning rules and the state constitution when it voted in June to rezone 7,000 acres on the outskirts of town.

The controversial proposal would increase Pittsboro’s population from 4,000 to nearly 60,000. Opponents say the project lacks adequate environmental protections and should incorporate more public input in the design process.

Members of Pittsboro Matters say while they are ready and willing to litigate the issue, they would also be open to negotiating with town leaders and Chatham Park investors.

You can find the full text of the complaint here.

“Small House” Comes To Chatham Habitat

Harvey Harman stands behind his students. Photo via

It’s 512 square feet in size, it costs only $36,000 to build – and Chatham Habitat for Humanity officials say it could help address the affordable-housing crunch in our area.

It’s a “small house” – and Chatham Habitat is building one this summer in Pittsboro, in partnership with Central Carolina Community College and the Small House Institute.

Chatham Habitat Construction Director Harvey Harman is leading the build: he’s teaching a class on small-house construction this summer at Central Carolina, and his students are building the house with the help of Habitat volunteers.

See pictures and read more here.

In addition to being about half the cost to build than a typical Habitat house, Harman and Chatham Habitat executive director Jerry Whortan say a cluster of “small houses” could better serve some of the people in need of affordable housing – like seniors, singles, or young couples – who aren’t really in the market for a single-family home. (They also say the house is designed to be easily expanded if necessary.)

Whortan and Harman joined Aaron Keck earlier this month on the WCHL Afternoon News.

Construction is already under way on the small house at Chatham Habitat’s campus on 467 West Street in Pittsboro. Visit for more details or to arrange a tour.

Cold Front To Bring Frozen Precipitation

National Weather Service Senior Forecaster Scott Sharp says once the cold front moves through the Triangle between 7:00 and 7:30 Monday morning, we should expect rain to switch to sleet at about midday.

WCHL’s Ron Stutts spoke with Sharp during the WCHL Monday Morning News.

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