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Home Care In Pittsboro, NC

Home Care Pittsboro, NC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Chatham Historical Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Pittsboro, NC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“ABC has been helpful on most occasions I have been in assistance. Once or twice substitute caregivers have not been at all satisfactory but for most part they have. Our regular caregiver, Parecia Boynton, is superb but unfortunately has had serious health problems which have kept her from working. Our current substitute, Comswell Williams, is very good and we like her a lot. She would be a very acceptable regular if Parecia Boynton is not able to return.”

Samuel M.

“ABC is a great company that cares about their employees. The pay is good and everyone in the office is extremely helpful. It’s easy to get time off, (just let them know 2 weeks ahead of time). We have monthly in-service & education is offered in person or via zoom. We are given the tools we need to succeed.”

Laraine T.

“Hi my name Amiya and I have been working for ABC for almost 4 months now. I really love this job because it’s very flexible especially since I’m a full time college student. It’s really hard to find jobs like this and if you need days they don’t mind as long your attendance isn’t bad. They are also very understanding. It’s really a great job and I love helping people.”


“I love working for Always Best Care! They're understanding, have a wonderful team in the office that helps make our jobs easier as caregivers! Easy to talk to and communicate. A great atmosphere, fun activities and different things throughout different times that make the work days a little more light and fun!”

Katie B.

“Great place to work!....Smart and Hard Working group of individuals!”


“Always best care is a great company. Staff and residents are always taken care of. If anything is needed there willing to help.”

Hannah S.

“Every time I call the office the staff are very friendly. I love what I do and I really enjoy it.”

Tinisia C.

“I been with this company for Abt a year and I love working for them . They work with you,they care about ur personal life/ problems, really good at matching you with good clients.. i love that you can pick up more hours anytime they are available and we get a text letting us know what town ,time & whats needed done when they have open hours and clients”

Jamie T.

“Always best care is the best senior care company to work for. The schedulers and other staff members are always helping when times need to changed or a shift needs to be changed. You can always count on ABC to get the job done.”

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“I've had great success with abc”

Shanenna S.

“Thank you to Ted for helping us make the adjustment to in-home care! We appreciate your willingness to put up with some negative reactions to your companionship for Bill while I am away from home.”

Susan L.

“Cindy is the perfect fit for my needs and is always kind and respectful toward my husband. I could not have hand picked a better person.”

Pam S.

“Stacy Blackwell is my current caregiver. She is the best ever and I am 95 years old - a lot of “givers” for appraisal . Stacy is naturally effective and efficient . She regularly achieves a level of strengthening and health that evokes a confidence and optimism that I have not earlier experienced. I am now in significant part due to her professional care optimistic about my future life. I wish to continue indefinitely my care from her - please. It”

James T.

“Aliyah fits perfectly with my life style,desires and needs. Ready and able to assist me in any way that I need. I am content and satisfied with our relationship,daily tasks,chores and communication.”

Pearline D.

“Since she first helped bring my husband home from the hospital after a months’ long stay, Talayna Turner has been helping me care for him. Talayna is an excellent listener, efficient worker, and responsible helper. She has helped witpersonal care, computer problems, grocery shopping, and his laundry. I don’t know what I would do without her cheerful presence. Thanks ABC for providing a wonderful caregiver resource in Talayna!”

Joan S.

“Sam is one of the kindest most sincere owners I've met. She truly cares about her clients and staff. Everyone in the office is so helpful.”

Dana N.

“Happy to Service this area!”

Jason L.

“Great caregivers working for a great agency. Everyone wins, especially my Mom. Sometimes the caregivers are taking care of me too; I always learn a new method or better way of finishing personal chores to keep Mom safe and comfortable. Best choice to use this agency over efforts to hire private caregivers. Trust and training make it a blessing to have the assistance from ABC”

Barbara R.

“Incredibly responsive, caring, and professional! They treat your loved one as a unique person for whom they also care! We have had many experiences with home care agencies and this one is exceptional!”

Kristin B.

“I can not tell you how great this company is. I called on a Tuesday at 4 pm because the live in care giver for my father was a "no show". Channing was amazing, caring and so supportive. By Wednesday morning she had people lined up to assist in covering my father's care. Channing also went above and beyond by contacting facilities and homes to help me look into care for my father. Let me explain that she didn't give me a number-she called them on my behalf. Channing could tell I was overwhelmed and did anything she could to help. This is a amazing team of care givers that really cares. I have loved the women they sent out to care for my father. Can't say enough!!!!! J. Wilkins.”

Jo A.

“Always Best Care has provided great care for my dad. I'm grateful that they're available (sometimes on short notice) and that they're so compassionate and easy to work with.”

Jenny E.

“Excellent Service!!”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Pittsboro, NC?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Pittsboro, NC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Sycamore at Chatham Mills or visit Old Bynum Walking Bridge, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Pittsboro, NC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Pittsboro, NC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your NC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Pittsboro, NC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Cambridge Hills of Pittsboro
  • Twin Rivers Independent Senior Living
  • Pittsboro Christian Village Inc
  • The Laurels of Chatham
  • Piedmont Health SeniorCare
  • Hill House Senior Center
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Pittsboro, NC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Pittsboro, NC

Pittsboro is responding to a chemical release upstream. Here’s what to know.

Pittsboro is urging its customers to conserve water after the City of Burlington detected a spike of a dangerous chemical in its discharge upstream on the Haw River.Burlington measured 1,4-dioxane levels of 545 parts per billion in a sample it took Tuesday morning from its South Burlington Wastewater Treatment Plant’s discharge, a spike from 2.4 ppb the day before.Burlington officials reported the results to Pittsboro and other downstream utilities Wednesday afternoon and ordered Apollo Chemical, the Burlington company it...

Pittsboro is urging its customers to conserve water after the City of Burlington detected a spike of a dangerous chemical in its discharge upstream on the Haw River.

Burlington measured 1,4-dioxane levels of 545 parts per billion in a sample it took Tuesday morning from its South Burlington Wastewater Treatment Plant’s discharge, a spike from 2.4 ppb the day before.

Burlington officials reported the results to Pittsboro and other downstream utilities Wednesday afternoon and ordered Apollo Chemical, the Burlington company it believes may be responsible, to cease production.

The chemical, 1,4-dioxane, is a likely human carcinogen that is difficult for utilities to remove from drinking water. It is used as an industrial solvent stabilizer. The Environmental Protection Agency has set a health advisory goal of 35 ppb for 1,4-dioxane in finished drinking water. North Carolina has a target level of 0.35 ppb in drinking water sources.

In a Thursday morning press release, Pittsboro officials said the town immediately stopped drawing most water from the Haw upon learning of the release Wednesday afternoon.

They also took a sample of the town’s water and expect to have results back on Friday. Pittsboro will take daily samples and have them tested quickly until they are sure the slug of 1,-4-dioxane has moved past.

When spills occur from Burlington, as they have several times in recent years, the high level of 1,4-dioxane tends to move downstream in a “slug.”

In some past events, it’s taken about a week for the water containing high levels of the chemical to make its way downstream to Pittsboro and then several more days for it to fully pass by the town. The Haw is flowing quickly right now, though, and Pittsboro is conducting modeling to figure out when the chemical could reach the town’s intake.

“Because of our lack of testing data, we are unsure of what impact this release has, is having, or will have on our water system,” Colby Sawyer, a town spokesman, wrote in a press release.

As in past events, Pittsboro is offering free reverse osmosis and ultraviolet-treated drinking water at Chatham Marketplace, 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro. Customers can use the code 64261 to fill containars for free and are asked to bring jugs and bottles from home.

By cutting the amount of water being drawn from the Haw to the minimum amount needed to keep their water system working, Pittsboro official are hoping to prevent 1,4-dioxane from entering their system.

That’s why Pittsboro is asking its customers to cut back on non-essential uses like watering their lawns, washing cars or filling swimming pools.

“We are fortunate to have received test results from Burlington so early in this event. We hope this early notification has provided a warning in enough time for us to take protective action,” Sawyer wrote in the release.

That’s a significant difference from a September event, when Burlington wasn’t able to notify Pittsboro of a spill until eight days after the release started because of a backlog at the lab Burlington uses. Burlington has spent $115,000 conducting daily tests since a July 2023 release of 1,4-dioxane.

Burlington was originally using “expedited” lab testing for 1,4-dioxane, which has a two- to four-day turnaround. After the September event, the city decided to start using “rush” testing, which has a one- to two-day turnaround, said John Vernon, a city spokesman.

In a press release, Burlington pointed to Apollo Chemical, a local chemical manufacturer, as a potential source of this week’s spike.

Apollo’s chemicals are used to clean and remove grease from hard surfaces, lift stains out of fabrics, eliminate odors and repel oil and water, according to a draft wastewater permit prepared for the company.

Burlington started collecting daily samples of Apollo’s wastewater after a July 2023 spill, reserving them in case of any future 1,-4 dioxane releases. With the latest spike, the city sent those samples for a rush analysis to determine the level of the chemical in them.

Burlington ordered Apollo to halt its production Wednesday as soon as it received the test results. City officials are meeting with the company Thursday, Vernon said in a press release.

Apollo would not typically be part of Burlington’s pre-treatment program, in which the city regulates the discharge of industrial wastewater into its own wastewater plant. Companies that are automatically part of the program must discharge certain amounts of wastewater or belong to certain industries, and Apollo meets neither of those qualifications.

But because the July 2023 release affected the city’s wastewater, it was able to start working to bring Apollo into the program. That would allow Burlington to better control what Apollo is discharging, namely by requiring it to control 1,4-dioxane.

Burlington is awaiting state approval of a new permit for Apollo’s pre-treatment program, it said in a press release. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality must review and approve that permit, which could go into effect by March 1.

Under the permit, Burlington would require Apollo to sample its discharge for 1,4-dioxane on a weekly basis.

The company will also need to submit a “1,4-dioxane minimization plan” to the city by April 15, which will include evaluation of substitutes for the chemical in its production process, changes in those processes that could limit releases of the chemical and preventing discharges from production lines that use a “significant” amount of 1,4-dioxane.

“These items are not required of our other permitted industries,” Vernon wrote in an email.

This story was produced with financial support from the Hartfield Foundation and Green South Foundation, in partnership with Journalism Funding Partners, as part of an independent journalism fellowship program. The N&O maintains full editorial control of the work. If you would like to help support local journalism, please consider signing up for a digital subscription, which you can do here.

This story was originally published January 25, 2024, 1:26 PM.

For the second time in two months, Burlington discharged toxic 1,4-Dioxane into Haw River, Pittsboro’s drinking water supply

Briefs Update at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.: The Town of Pittsboro released the first sampling results for 1,4-Dioxane:The EPA has set a health advisory goal of 0.35 ppb of 1,4-Dioxane in rivers and streams and 35 ppb in drinking water. The EPA has not yet established a legally enforceable maximum level for drinking water. The 35 ppb figure is not as protective as that for rivers and streams. That’s not a scientific r...


Update at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.: The Town of Pittsboro released the first sampling results for 1,4-Dioxane:

The EPA has set a health advisory goal of 0.35 ppb of 1,4-Dioxane in rivers and streams and 35 ppb in drinking water. The EPA has not yet established a legally enforceable maximum level for drinking water. The 35 ppb figure is not as protective as that for rivers and streams. That’s not a scientific rationale, but a technical one: Because of the cost of upgraded treatment systems — in the tens of millions of dollars — most utilities could not achieve the more stringent goals.

“The Town is cautiously optimistic with these results, which indicate whether the “slug,” or concentrated area of 1,4 dioxane, has passed us and we had minimal uptake, or it is just now reaching us,” wrote town spokesman Colby Sawyer, in a press release. Additional test results are expected tomorrow. “Once we receive these results, we can determine if our 1,4 dioxane concentration is moving in a positive or negative direction.”

Update at 7:48 a.m.: Because of the uncertainty about the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in the town’s drinking water, the Town of Pittsboro and Chatham Marketplace, 480 Hillsboro St, are offering free reverse osmosis (RO) treated water to Pittsboro water customers and customers of Aqua NC who receive their water from the Town of Pittsboro. Customers may use Code 64261 to fill jugs and bottles for free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Customers should bring jugs and bottles from home, as only a limited supply is available for purchase at the store.

The Town of Pittsboro has ramped up its drinking water testing after the City of Burlington discharged a slug of toxic chemical 1,4-Dioxane — 1,300 times the EPA’s health advisory goal — into the Haw River. It is the second time Burlington has reported contaminating Pittsboro’s drinking water supply this year.

In a press release issued late Friday afternoon, Pittsboro spokesman Colby Sawyer said Burlington officials had notified the town at 1:30 p.m. that routine testing showed high levels of 1,4-Dioxane — 459 parts per billion — had been discharged from one of its wastewater treatment plants on Sept. 14. However, Burlington officials reportedly told their Pittsboro counterparts that the test results had only arrived that day — more than a week later.

1,4-Dioxane is a “probable” carcinogen, according to federal health authorities. The chemical is used in industrial processing and as a solvent.

The source of the 1,4-Dioxane was likely one of Burlington’s industrial customers that discharges its wastewater into the city sewer system. Since traditional treatment methods don’t remove 1,4-Dioxane, the chemical passed through Burlington’s wastewater treatment plant and entered the Haw.

Burlington is 30 miles upstream of Pittsboro.

Sawyer said Pittsboro officials still don’t know if the 1,4-Dioxane has already passed by the town or has yet to arrive. “When a release of this type occurs, most of the substance flows downstream together,” Sawyer said. “The dilution and speed of travel of this bulked substance, or slug, is based on how fast and at what volume the river is flowing.”

Because Pittsboro’s contracted testing labs don’t operate on the weekends, its results won’t be back until Monday or Tuesday. Without the data, “we are unsure of what impact this release has, is having, or will have on our water system.”

Pittsboro utilities staff are drawing only the minimum amount of water from the Haw to “keep the water system functional,” Sawyer said.

The town is encouraging its water customers to conserve water by reducing or eliminating non-essential uses, such as landscape irrigation, washing vehicles and filling swimming pools.

In July, Burlington’s Southside wastewater treatment plant released 1,4-Dioxane into the Haw, albeit at lower levels — 160 ppb, or 457 times the EPA goal for rivers and streams. It took about a week for the chemical to reach Pittsboro, which at the time, detected levels in drinking water at 11.9 ppb.

In 2020, the Haw River Assembly, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the City of Burlington reached a memorandum of agreement to identify sources of 1,4-Dioxane and to reduce its discharge. Burlington has not publicly announced which of its industrial customers is responsible for the high levels of 1,4-Dioxane discharges.

Chatham’s rapid urbanization: 1,500-plus homes slated for west Pittsboro

Roughly 500 acres of farmland is slated for a large, mixed-used community in fast-growing Chatham County.Once a family dairy farm, Reeves Farm was recently rezoned to allow up to 1,500 housing units on the west side of Pittsboro between U.S. 64 Business and Alston Chapel Road.The property will retain its name as a nod to the past. But small-scale developers are now planning to bring ...

Roughly 500 acres of farmland is slated for a large, mixed-used community in fast-growing Chatham County.

Once a family dairy farm, Reeves Farm was recently rezoned to allow up to 1,500 housing units on the west side of Pittsboro between U.S. 64 Business and Alston Chapel Road.

The property will retain its name as a nod to the past. But small-scale developers are now planning to bring a mix of “missing middle” housing to the site, including townhouses, duplexes and single-family homes, ranging from 500 square feet to 4,500 square feet. They will target people earning 80% to 120% of the area median income.

Roughly 7.5% of the units will be reserved for “affordable housing:” households with annual incomes at or below 80% the AMI.

“We want it be an inclusive,” said developer Edward Holmes Jr., who was born and raised in Pittsboro. “There will be a wide variety of price points.”

Another priority is integrating the development with Pittsboro’s downtown.

To the east is Chatham Park, a 7,068-acre development that’s expected to bring thousands of homes to the community in the coming years.

Holmes said a variety of restaurants, grocery stores, entertainment spots, and trails are being planned for the west side.

“We think this balances the growth around town,” he said. “It will be the gateway into Pittsboro from the west side.”

Holmes, with father-son business partners Buddy and Carter Keller, bought the farm — 488 acres — for $19.6 million last December.

They’re already active developers in the greater Triangle. For years, Holmes ran Chapel Hill-based Holmes Oil Inc. — the parent company of Cruizers convenience stores — until it was acquired in 2020 by South Carolina-based Refuel Operating Company.

Separately, Buddy and Carter Keller are managing members of Sanford-based Carolina Commercial Contractors. Founded in 1998, the company is behind a number of projects and businesses throughout the region, such as the Refuel at Mosaic at Chatham Park and the Green Beagle Lodge for pets in Pittsboro.

The developers initially bought the property with no entitlements in place, including sewer access.

But in July, the town of Pittsboro agreed to merge its water and wastewater facilities with Sanford, expanding the town’s current system, which is currently at capacity.

Holmes said they expect sewer lines to be installed in the next two years. With rezoning approval, they can now move forward with further site plans and expect to begin marketing lots in early 2026.

Once a vast expanse of undeveloped land, Chatham County’s rural landscape has quickly given way to construction in recent years.

Data from the U.S. Census showed its population jumped more than 20% over the past 10 years, to 77,889 residents, as residential growth from Chapel Hill and Cary spills into its two biggest towns, Pittsboro and Siler City.

That figure is expected to climb as new projects continue to fill the pipeline.

Among them: Vietnamese carmaker VinFast is building a multibillion-dollar production facility on a 2,150-acre “megasite” in Moncure that it says will employ up to 7,500 workers. In Siler City, another 19 miles west of Pittsboro, Wolfspeed, a Durham silicon chip manufacturer, is pouring $5 billion into the rural county and creating 1,800 jobs.

This story was originally published December 6, 2023, 6:00 AM.

Big Mikes BBQ: Pittsboro’s new hot spot for BBQ enthusiasts

Pittsboro, NC – Big Mikes BBQ in Pittsboro, recently had a soft opening on Saturday, January 20. The establishment saw a tremendous turnout, with almost all the food being sold out by 4 to 5 pm, leaving only a small amount of brisket remaining. I had a chance to sit down and have a conversation with owner, Mike Markham. He shared his reasons for choosing Pittsboro and the inspiration behind his venture.Mike Markham, the culinary maestro behind Big Mike’s ...

Pittsboro, NC – Big Mikes BBQ in Pittsboro, recently had a soft opening on Saturday, January 20. The establishment saw a tremendous turnout, with almost all the food being sold out by 4 to 5 pm, leaving only a small amount of brisket remaining. I had a chance to sit down and have a conversation with owner, Mike Markham. He shared his reasons for choosing Pittsboro and the inspiration behind his venture.

Mike Markham, the culinary maestro behind Big Mike’s BBQ, chose Pittsboro as the home for his latest venture. Reflecting on the town’s growth and small-town charm, Markham drew parallels to his own upbringing in Concord, creating a sense of nostalgia and community. The decision to open in Pittsboro came not only from the appeal of an established town but also from a desire to grow alongside it.

One might argue that there’s no shortage of barbecue joints, but Big Mike sees an opportunity in Pittsboro’s culinary landscape. Acknowledging the presence of another barbecue spot up the road on 15-501, he embraces friendly competition, even suggesting a potential cook-off with neighboring establishments. We touched on the soft opening’s success, with a brisket quickly disappearing and plans for an expanded menu that caters to diverse tastes.

Markham shared insights into his culinary journey, spanning 12 years, from the inception of a food truck to the opening of Big Mikes BBQ in Pittsboro. Mike’s culinary journey traces back to his food truck days, where the love for barbecue and the joy of sharing it with others became the driving force. The decision to transition from a food truck to a restaurant was influenced by a desire to be a family man and create a space where people could enjoy not just the food but also the experience of coming together. Mike remarked: “I want to be a family man, spend time with my kids, and do something that I really love doing.”

Mike discussed some of his childhood memories associated with barbecue and his grandfather, who inspired him. There’s a focus on keeping the menu simple yet high quality. Mike mentioned the significance of tasting and perfecting the restaurant dishes.

Mike touched upon the challenges faced during the soft opening, with overwhelming demand leading to sold-out menus. Markham emphasizes the importance of sourcing local ingredients and maintaining a fresh approach to the menu. Special attention is given to signature dishes like burnt ends and brisket, with Markham sharing his secrets to achieving culinary perfection. The incorporation of smoked potato salad and unique offerings like secret menu items adds an element of surprise to the dining experience.

In a somewhat surprising twist, we delved into the art of pairing wine with barbecue. Markham breaks away from traditional norms by exploring wine pairings with barbecue. Mike shared his insights into the complex flavors of smoked meats and recommended wines that complement them.

There is a complexity of flavors when smoked meats are paired with different wines, making it a delightful experience for connoisseurs. The pairing of specific smoked meats with suitable wines can result in a harmonious combination that food enthusiasts will appreciate.

The discussion also included the use of tallow from brisket in a unique smoked potato salad, showcasing the dedication to freshness and quality ingredients. Mike also shared his personal experience and preference for smoking the tongue of the pig, describing its unique flavor and texture when prepared correctly.

The “secrets” behind great burnt ends and brisket are unveiled as Mike emphasizes the importance of the rub. Mike noted that “for me, it comes down to the rub. You cannot beat the rub.” Exploring the nuances of barbecue preferences, the restaurant will offer high-quality wings and a smoked potato salad that sets Big Mike’s BBQ apart.

Big Mike’s BBQ aims to become an integral part of the Pittsboro community, collaborating with local breweries and planning special events. Mike revealed the possibility of collaborating beers with Havoc Brewery, emphasizing the importance of supporting local businesses.

As we came to the end of our discussion, Mike emphasized the restaurant’s commitment to adapting and innovating its menu based on customer feedback. The mention of secret menu items, like Nick’s deviled eggs, adds an element of intrigue, inviting patrons to explore unique offerings that may not always be on the regular menu.

There’s a good chance that Mike Markham’s commitment to tasting and refining dishes, along with his hands-on approach to the culinary process, ensures a consistently high-quality dining experience for patrons of Big Mikes BBQ in Pittsboro.

Current plans are that Big Mikes BBQ in Pittsboro will be open for business on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Watch and/or listen to my conversation with Big Mikes BBQ owner, Mike Markham on YouTube.

00:12 Big Mike’s BBQ opens in Pittsboro with a soft opening

02:05 Big Mike’s BBQ will have a different style with limited availability for certain BBQ items and a stable menu for sandwiches and fresh food.

05:09 Owner’s passion for barbecue and family traditions

06:45 Big Mike’s BBQ aims for a family-friendly atmosphere with limited focus on TVs.

09:50 Pairing wine with smoked meats

11:22 They use multiple grills and smokers with wood for cooking.

14:32 Secret to making great burnt ends and brisket

16:10 Big Mike’s BBQ fries potatoes in smoked brisket fat for a unique potato salad.

19:02 Big Mike’s BBQ aims for a fun, outdoor atmosphere with locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients.

20:20 Big Mike’s BBQ owner enjoys connecting with customers.

22:58 Big Mike’s BBQ is considering removing the redneck nachos from the restaurant menu.

24:22 The owner discusses the need for menu evolution and having a professional kitchen staff.

27:08 Big Mike’s BBQ expands distributor business, facing challenges

28:49 Adapting the menu to please customers and owner

Disney coming to North Carolina with plans to build "Asteria" neighborhood in Chatham County

PITTSBORO, N.C. —Disney is building its second residential community in the United States, and it’s coming to life right here in North Carolina.Storyliving by Disney announced plans for Asteria, a new residential community located in Pittsboro, which is in Chatham County. The Asteria community is in the beginning stages of planning with Walt Disney Imagineering and DMB Development.Hearst OwnedThe Asteria community will be part of the larger, award-winning Chatham Park. The community wi...


Disney is building its second residential community in the United States, and it’s coming to life right here in North Carolina.

Storyliving by Disney announced plans for Asteria, a new residential community located in Pittsboro, which is in Chatham County. The Asteria community is in the beginning stages of planning with Walt Disney Imagineering and DMB Development.

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The Asteria community will be part of the larger, award-winning Chatham Park. The community will come to life on 1,500 acres in the heart of Chatham County in the town of Pittsboro.

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“For nearly 15 years, Chatham Park has set the standard for innovative growth and thoughtful planning. We feel an extraordinary sense of responsibility to our residents and the broader community with this project and we’re incredibly fortunate to work with Disney, DMB Development and homebuilders to create something truly special,” Julian “Bubba” Rawl said.

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Residents will have access to metropolitan amenities with the charm of a small town. It will also offer neighborhood parks and miles of walking and biking trails.

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Plans call for more than 4,000 residential units, including single-family and multi-family homes, with some home sites specifically designated for 55+ adults.

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Homes in the community will be built by select homebuilders, with sales anticipated to begin by 2027.

This will mark the second announced Storyliving by Disney community in the U.S. following the Cotino community, which is currently under development in Rancho Mirage, California.

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