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PITTSBORO — A pilot test of various combinations of equipment to remove unregulated chemicals from the water at the town of Pittsboro’s water treatment facility will likely be extended about six …
PITTSBORO — The town of Pittsboro, Chatham County and Chatham County Schools will enter into an agreement by the end of the year for the redevelopment of the school system’s new Central Services …
When Gov. Roy Cooper ordered North Carolina public schools to close for at least two weeks on March 14 in order to spread the slow of the coronavirus, teachers and students across the state struggled …
SILER CITY — The Bray Park Master Plan, a 15-year, five-phase $15 million project unanimously approved by the Siler City Board of Commissioners last week, will give the town new and renovated …
The Chatham County Board of Education unanimously passed two highly anticipated motions at its regular meeting Monday: to extend Plan C at the county’s public schools from four weeks to nine weeks …
Local Sports
PITTSBORO — It’s not every day you have your son stream an MLB game on your phone and feed you pitch-by-pitch updates from the backseat on your family’s drive back home from Emerald Isle …
Last month, Chatham County Schools suspended all summer workouts and athletic activities indefinitely. And, if current plans hold, athletes and coaches won’t take the field again in an …
The NCHSAA will delay the 2020 fall sports season beyond its planned Sept. 1 start date for member schools, the association said Tuesday morning in a news release. The announcement came the …
Chatham Grove Elementary

New elementary school set to open — albeit remotely

PITTSBORO — Nearly four years after its land purchase and two years since construction began, the $33 million Chatham Grove Elementary School is set to open Aug. 17 for Chatham County School’s …

Columns/Opinions

An open letter to parents and caregivers

First of all, I have no advice. We are starting school in the throes of a pandemic. We have no recipe to follow. You don’t need a lecture from me. What you really need is chocolate! But since …

Life can get complicated when word meanings change

For practically all my adult life, I’ve made my living by using words. It’s either been on the pages of this newspaper, or another one or two from time to time, or in magazines, or in …

Letters: Letter ignores economic lessons of socialism

To the Editor: Frank Dunphy’s letter (“Socialism and progressivism spread poverty,” Aug. 6-12 edition) requires a response. It was a pedantically written argument against two …

The absolute last word on wearing a mask

Gather ‘round, folks. Pull up a chair. Let’s get settled in and talk about a subject on which we can all finally agree. Masks. Who wants to start? I’m kidding, of course. I’ll start …

During an apocalypse, hide from the food: Lessons from my quarantine dog

I recently became a first-time dog owner by entering a golden retriever rescue and leaving with a Chabrador. That sounds like a terrifying Pokémon character, but I promise she is a very sweet dog. …
Garden spot

Discovering Daylilies, Crinum and unique art in the Massey Garden

CN+R photographer Kim Hawks, an experienced gardener, recently visited the Jim Massey family garden in Chatham for a picture-taking session, and filed this report.

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 …
Cheryl Lynn “Myers” Cherteiny, 64, of Sanford, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020 at her home. Services entrusted to: Knotts Funeral Home.
Tylisher Denise Brown, 27 of Sanford, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020, at Central Carolina Hospital. Services entrusted to: Knotts Funeral Home.
Curious Cook

As we all keep holding on ...

The Kid is a beer lover. Not in a Homer Simpson, I-drink-my-weight-in-brewskis-on-a-weekly-basis kind of way. More in a, “I will lecture you about microbreweries IPAs and stouts until you’re …

Community Calendar
Community Calendar for August 13 to August 20

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

Art contest

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Pick one topic and your medium, or submit an artwork entry in all three categories— it’s your choice. There’s no entry fee or limit on the number of entries you can submit.

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