The News
The Chatham County Manager’s Office unveiled a proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget of $149.9 million last week. The expenditure proposal is not quite final: the board will host a public hearing on …
PITTSBORO — The town’s board of commissioners voted at its regular meeting Monday to endow Pittsboro’s new Boys & Girls Club with authority over town-funded recreational programs. “As …
Through this lifelong passion, author, photographer, videographer and folklorist Ferris became a pioneer in the field of Southern Studies, using ever changing technology to preserve and share the diverse culture of the South with the nation and the world.
Chatham County Schools submitted its application for its second and third rounds of COVID-19 relief funds — totaling about $17.4 million — to the state last week, the district said during …
PITTSBORO — As aggressive expansion barrels on in Pittsboro, the cost of running the town’s government is surging. To meet rising costs of infrastructure development and broaden the scope of …
Community Calendar
Community Calendar for May 12 - May 19

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 …

Local Sports
SILER CITY — If you live in West Chatham and are interested in travel club soccer this fall, you won’t have to look very far. After previously planning to offer nothing but recreation leagues …
SILER CITY — With every passing inning last Thursday, hit after hit, Jordan-Matthews continued to put cracks into Eastern Randolph’s foundation, one that had been sturdily constructed the day …
SILER CITY — If you were in attendance for Chatham Charter’s homecoming festivities, you might have caught a glimpse of baseball rarity. It’s on par with the odds of attending an MLB …
BEAR CREEK — A couple of hours prior to first pitch, the idea that last Tuesday’s first-round playoff softball matchup between Chatham Central and Union Academy would send one of them home was …
Here are scores and schedules for Chatham County high school athletics from Monday, May 10 to Sunday, May 16. This story will be updated throughout the week. Monday, May …
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SILER CITY — The Chatham County Partnership for Children’s annual Day of the Books celebration distributed about 200 new and used bilingual books in English and Spanish to nearly 150 children …
SILER CITY — The Chatham News + Record published its first Spanish print edition of La Voz de Chatham last week nearly a year after the bilingual reporting project first began. It’s also …
SILER CITY — Last year, COVID-19 restrictions turned the Chatham County Partnership for Children’s interactive, walk-through Day of the Books celebration into a no-contact drive-in. This year, …
Ch@t
Chatham Arts Council: Nurturing creative thinkers, giving relief

Throughout the pandemic, the Chatham Arts Council has been working to support local artists and creators in various ways — including through unique and creative grants programs.

CH@T: Chatham Hospital’s chief medical officer likes the positive COVID trends. But he’s still concerned — and still masking up. Many pandemic trendlines are positive, as reflected in the easing of mandates and restrictions across North Carolina and the U.S. But at Chatham Hospital, Dr. Andrew C. Hannapel, the …
Education
When four high school juniors first launched their donation drive for menstrual and hygiene products in Chatham County, they didn’t expect to receive many donations. Chatham County, however, …
PITTSBORO — Chatham County Schools recently began its two-year equity training efforts with a group called The Equity Collaborative, the district said at its April 19 Board of Education …
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education approved a new state-mandated summer learning plan, meant to help students recover from COVID-19 learning loss, as presented by the …
In recent years, more North Carolina charter schools have set aside seats for “educationally disadvantaged” students in their often competitive admission lotteries. The trend is true …
Shortly before 10 a.m. last Thursday, Jordan-Matthews senior Jacquelinne Marroquin Tobar drove to Piedmont Health’s Siler City Community Health Center and parked. In the driver’s seat, she rolled …
Columns/Opinions
To the Editor: New York, Houston, Chicago, even Chapel Hill: what do they have in common? The answer: a bike lane. Bikes help reduce carbon footprint, are cheap, and rarely cost anything for …
Every year, almost 20% of the world’s food is wasted. That’s what the United Nations concluded in its 2021 Food Waste Index Report, released in March. “(T)he true scale of food waste and …
To the Editor: On April 23, my husband and I went to Lowe’s in Pittsboro. We were shopping for lights. A young woman, Pam, came to help us. Suddenly, my husband crumpled. Pam grabbed him …
I have continued to reflect upon the speech that Sen. Tim Scott, R–S.C., gave after President Joseph Biden’s address to Congress. In light of Mother’s Day last Sunday, it’s fitting to note …
Life is full of questions — of all degrees. Some are profound, such as “Why do bad things happen to good people?” That’s not a new one; it’s been going on since the invention of people. …