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PEACE (People Ending Abuse through Counseling and Education) is very similar to the CHANGE program in Durham County. Both are domestic violence intervention programs for batterers and are designed to stop abusive behavior by training abusers to examine and take responsibility for their actions. State law requires anyone convicted of domestic violence to complete a 26-week abuser treatment program and pay cost. PEACE, a Chatham County program, is held in Siler City.
Midway Plantation in Knightdale was built on a 1739 land grant from Lord Granville and has remained in the family since then. The house was film critic Godfrey Cheshire's mother's home and is now in possession of his first cousin. With Knightdale growing and a highway encroaching on the house, the family decided the only way to save it was to move it. Cheshire made a movie of the move titled Moving Midway. Simpson discusses the film.
The number of students who drop out of school continues to increase in North Carolina; however, the number of those receiving GEDs from community colleges is also rising. Many of those who come back are in their 20s and 30s. In 2006, the number of those earning their GED or adult high school diploma (which differs from a GED) increased over 14 percent since 2002, compared with a 24 percent increase in dropouts in high schools in that same time.