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COVID-19 Coverage

Tracking a Pandemic

In this interactive timeline, we tracked the spread of COVID-19 in Chatham County. Be sure to expand your window to full screen to view the timeline in its entirety.

Latest news
Chatham County Schools will be making an announcement regarding a strategy for school reopening during the coronavirus pandemic in the coming days, according to an email sent by the system Wednesday …
SILER CITY — Some business owners in downtown Siler City have expressed concerns for their safety — and sanitation — because of the actions of a homeless man and a local …
PITTSBORO — Donning rainbow-colored cowboy hats, bow ties and assorted bead necklaces, a group made up of mostly high schoolers held up homemade posters in front of the historic courthouse as …
Editor’s Note: This is the third and final installment in a series of stories about how stress is impacting Chatham County during the spread of COVID-19. According to research conducted by …
In partnership with Chatham government and nonprofit leaders, the Racial Justice Task Force of the 18th Judicial District hosted a virtual community conversation last Friday on racial justice and …
Local Sports
Over the last month, the NCHSAA’s next major decision on when and whether high schools will play sports this fall grew increasingly contingent on Gov. Roy Cooper’s upcoming school reopening plan, …
BEAR CREEK — Sherman Howze has worked in football for close to 30 years. But Chatham Central’s head coach admittedly felt like a rookie last week. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” …
Central Carolina Community College has canceled its fall sports season in reaction to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the school said in Tuesday morning release. The Cougars’ decision came a …
Ch@t

Ch@t: State preparing for ‘safe and secure’ November election

The coronavirus pandemic has touched just about every part of our daily lives, but state officials overseeing this year’s general election have had a particular challenge. This week, we speak with …

Summer reading

Chatham author blends community and activism in newest novel

Writing, organizing and spreading the word about “one problem after another” has turned Judy Hogan into a Chatham fixture who rarely shies away from the political side of writing. Things are no different in her newest book, a novel in her “Penny Weaver” mystery series called “The Pernicious Poll.”

Obituaries
Jacqueline (Jackie) Willis, 66, of Siler City died Saturday, June 20, 2020. The funeral service was held Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral …
Jason William Arnold, 45, of Sanford, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020. Services entrusted to Knotts Funeral Home.
Community Calendar
Community Calendar for July 8 to July 15

Events are subject to change based on closures due to coronavirus. Verify with organizers prior to events.

Curious Cook

20 questions and a corresponding number of answers (the finale)

This week’s talk with Chef Virginia Willis marks the end of the pandemic conversation series with many of my favorite, most respected, role model chefs. But just like the virus itself, there …

Columns/Opinions
I know many of you are experiencing heightened anxiety, or nightmares about social distancing, or headaches while scrolling through misinformation. I know you are feeling pressured to stay …
The good folks who listen to me from Sunday to Sunday ­— maybe “endure” would be a better word — know how I often speak of the importance of words and how we should strive to use the …
Coming to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, I was shocked to find how much it appeared to me to resemble the South Africa I had left in the late 70s at the height of apartheid. U.S. activists, …
In addition to a nod at the rock ’n’ roll song by Alice Cooper, my title is hyperbole. I don’t really think that schools should be permanently closed. But with the rise in COVID-19 cases, I …
“All must mask.” Those were the words of an intensive care medical doctor at a large hospital in Florida. I was struck by the simplicity and profoundness of his words. They just made common …