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PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Education named Tripp Crayton as the first principal of Seaforth High School on Wednesday, effective Feb. 15.  Seaforth, set to open next fall to …
The State Board of Education approved on Jan. 7 a request asking the U.S. Dept. of Education to not hold N.C. schools and districts accountable for this year’s state exams. If approved, that …
With the bulk of assessed 2020 property taxes already collected and in the county’s coffers, Chatham County Tax Administrator Jenny Williams and her staff at the county’s tax offices are in the …
Cambridge Hills completed its first round of COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday. Before we get to that, can you talk about any changes in operations and procedures you’ve had since our last discussion, and how you’ve managed to prevent COVID infections at Cambridge?
PITTSBORO — Just off Jones Ferry Road along the outskirts of Pittsboro, a Mexican food truck served dinner right outside Cedar Grove United Methodist Church’s front porch last Thursday as …
Local Sports
SILER CITY — Rodney Wiley looked around the Jordan-Matthews men’s basketball team huddle late in Tuesday’s home game and saw one thing on the face of his players: defeat. After a …
CARY — This weekend’s cross country championships will have a distinctive Chatham County flavor. Thanks to a string of personal records and top-10 finishes at their respective regional meets …
Here are scores and schedules for Chatham County high school athletics from Monday, Jan. 18 to Sunday, Jan. 24. This story will be updated throughout the week. Tuesday, Jan. 21 Basketball: …
PITTSBORO — Early in this 2021 season, Northwood women’s basketball head coach Cameron Vernon has preached to his players: when they play with energy, they’re a team to be reckoned …
Optimistic Gardener

Kiwi: I like to eat them, but how to grow them?

I caught up with my friend Lindy Parr last week to talk about her infamous kiwifruit. We’re in the same book club and for the last two years, Lindy’s kiwis have been regular conversation fodder. …

Community Calendar
Community Calendar for January 20 - January 27

Events are subject to change based on closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Verify with organizers prior to events. Chatham County Council on Aging: Both centers are closed at this time …

Ch@t

Ch@t: Annual ‘Development Briefing’ won’t be business as usual

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce’s annual Development Briefing, like many other public events this year, is going from in-person to virtual. This week, we speak with Chamber President Cindy …

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 …
Margaret Ann McLaurin, 93, passed away at her home on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at Rives Chapel Baptist Church. A celebration …
Deborah “Debbie” Sue Gunter Causey, 60, of Goldston, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. Funeral services were private due to COVID-19. Debbie …
Barbara Spivey Poole, 82, of Sanford, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at FirstHealth Hospice. A private graveside service will be held at Shallow Well Cemetery with Rev. Robert Thomas …
Curious Cook

Fee day-o come — and I want to eat some

In my daydreams, I’m glamorous and alluring. Late at night, after an exclusive party, my driver brings me home to my large tastefully-decorated apartment in a luxury building in Art Deco …

Columns/Opinions
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” This question was uttered in first-century Galilee (John 1:46), but I recognize the cynicism in our time and place. Can anything good come out of …
It was in 1946, long before my mama and daddy dreamed of me, that comic-strip creator Chester Gould introduced the two-way wristwatch radio for his (and later my) hero Dick Tracy. That was one …
From the 1960s on, self-proclaimed radicals have echoed Malcolm X’s dismissal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a “foolish” and even cowardly “modern Uncle Tom.” Current critics interpret …
The world needs fewer liars and more tellers of tall tales. We need more men like Ransom Crump. Ransom Crump was the unlikely name of the widower who became my grandmother’s second husband after …

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