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Pittsboro man, 54, arrested after alleged hostage situation at SECU; none hurt in incident

PITTSBORO — A Pittsboro man has been charged with several felony counts, including second-degree kidnapping, after reportedly firing shots and holding a bank manager hostage last Thursday afternoon …
Rallies loud but civil in downtown Pittsboro on Saturday

PITTSBORO — The “competing” rallies were very similar. There were signs, T-shirts, speakers, songs and chants. Supporters and opponents of the “Our Confederate Heroes” monument in …

Community Calendar

At the Hands of Parties Unknown: Lynching and other ways of killing in the service of white supremacy

Editor’s note: Scholar and author Tim Tyson — whose latest book, “The Blood of Emmett Till, won the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was named Best Book of 2017 by both the Los Angeles …

Teacher of the Week

Teacher of the Week: Robbie Sirls | J.S. Waters School

Chatham Educator of the Week School: J.S. Waters School Grades/subjects you teach: 7th and 8th graders E-mail address: rsirls@chatham.k12.nc.us Date, place of birth: August 27, Moore …

Pittsboro candidates discuss environment, development at Haw River Assembly forum

PITTSBORO — Pittsboro’s candidates for town board showed their differences — and their similarities — at a forum held by the Haw River Assembly at the Central Carolina Community College on …

Obituaries
REBECCA SUE VANATA RIGHTLEY Rebecca Sue Vanata Rightley, 69, of Sanford, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019 at her home.
MR. CAREY CLINTON COPELAND Mr. Carey Clinton Copeland, 94, passed away at his Pittsboro home Monday, September 16, 2019.
ANITA HARRY Anita Harry, 56, of Sanford, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at her home. A graveside service was held on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Moore Union Christian Church …
JEAN RITCH BAIRD Jeanette “Jean” Elizabeth Ritch Lunsford Baird, 78, of Siler City died Thursday, September 5, 2019 at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill. Jean was born in Cherokee County on May …
Columns/Opinions

Moving the Confederate statue isn’t erasing history

There are undoubtedly many who believe moving the Confederate statue that stands in front of Chatham County’s historic courthouse is the same thing as erasing history. But memories are …

Hurricanes come in two versions

The big calendar on my desk says next Monday, the 23rd, is the first day of autumn. That’s supposed to mean falling leaves, football, pumpkins and cooler weather. The cooler weather part sounds …

It’s time to think differently when evaluating our schools

Public education is at best a misunderstood institution and at worst an under-funded, over-worked and far-too-complicated system. We need to change how we think about it, particularly when it …