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As vaccine access expands in North Carolina, many Chatham employers have begun looking to get their workforces vaccinated as quickly as possible. To that end, several Chatham organizations came …
This year, like every year, February was designated in Chatham as “We Love Seniors” Month — and though the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle didn’t know that, the organization managed to show some …
SILER CITY — In a bid to enact frequent calls for the town’s revitalization, Siler City’s board of commissioners authorized several ordinance amendments during its regular meeting Monday to …
Nick Haffele was the interim director of Chatham County Management and Information Systems (MIS) when the ransomware attack which crippled the county’s system on Oct. 28 of last year occurred. …
SILER CITY — The Spring Chicken Festival is coming back, but this year’s iteration won’t look like 2019’s. Two years ago, the town launched its “first annual” Spring Chicken Festival …
Local Sports
SILER CITY — Jordan-Matthews is one win away from escaping the PAC 7 2A conference as its final champion. The Jets earned a come-from-behind home victory over the Eastern Randolph Wildcats …
PITTSBORO — Not much has been normal throughout Burke Waudby’s senior year on the Northwood men’s soccer team. The season has been delayed, shortened and full of …
PITTSBORO — The greatest season for a Northwood women’s sports team has come to an end. For the Chargers, that end felt both abrupt and heart-wrenching, but was laced with memorable …
If there was ever a near-perfect embodiment of life pre-pandemic versus life mid-pandemic, my Saturday was just that. I got the opportunity to cover two women’s playoff basketball games within a …
Here are scores and schedules for Chatham County high school athletics from Monday, March 1 to March 7. This story will be updated throughout the week. Monday, March 1 Lacrosse: Northwood …
Community Calendar
Community Calendar for March 3 - March 10

Events are subject to change based on closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Verify with organizers prior to events. The Friends of the Chatham Community Library has cancelled its Spring …

La Voz de Chatham
SILER CITY — Growing up, Virginia “Vicky” Tobar had always wanted to be a school nurse. She’d even started studying to be one in the early 2000s, too — at least until Jordan-Matthews High …
SILER CITY — When Siler City resident Perla Ayala was younger, her family often encouraged her to consider three specific careers. Her older sister suggested nursing or cosmetology, while her …
You asked; we found answers. Last week, the News + Record fielded questions and concerns from Chatham’s Hispanic community members about the COVID-19 vaccines and the county’s distribution …
Ch@t
Ch@T: The pandemic closed its doors. The cyber attack knocked its systems offline. But the Chatham Community Library is still providing good reading.

Nearly a year into a pandemic that has turned operations at Chatham County’s public libraries upside down, Rita Van Duinen is part of a team continuing to work to keep the services available and …

Ch@t: 8th-generation Pittsboro native reflects on history, heritage During Black History Month, the News + Record is featuring discussions about issues related to the African American experience in our Chatham Chats. This week, we speak with historian Antonio Austin, …
Education
PITTSBORO — When Valencia Toomer left her role as principal at Horton Middle School last June, she did so with the goal of starting a new school — School of the Arts for Boys Academy (SABA) — …
Last Friday, the Chatham County Public Health Department announced that school staff and childcare workers ages 50 and older will start getting vaccinated in Chatham on Friday.
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education voted 3-2 against phasing in Plan A for EC and K-5 students during a specially called meeting Tuesday night. Board members Jane …
CHAPEL HILL — The Woods Charter School Board unanimously approved the school administration team’s staggered plan for offering in-person learning under Plan B on Thursday, with the first …
CCCC’s Jon Spoon recently stepped into a new position as the director of continuing education — a move that will revitalize the college’s continuing education program and allow work typically …
Columns/Opinions
Editor’s note: Alirio Estevez is an ESL teacher at Siler City Elementary School. He received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine last Friday with the Chatham County Public Health Department in …
One of the better things about our location — the Piedmont in general, Chatham County in particular — is our location. I don’t mean that as double-talk or silliness but as a significant …
According to some calculations, Chatham County (Goldston, specifically) is North Carolina’s geographic center. Of course, there is no intrinsic meaning or value in such a claim. But just as …
Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine arrives in North Carolina this week, and some experts fear the public will reject it. The problem is J&J’s efficacy rate. Compared to …
It is almost spring. The signs are all around us. Nature is greening again. The chorus of birds has returned to the trees. The days grow longer, and just yesterday I saw my first daffodil offer its …

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