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Articles by Bill Horner III
Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity teaching through ‘twin pandemics’
The practical reality of a constructive, community-wide conversation about racial equity in Chatham County is something that’s never …
Making the most of an ‘I’m sorry’
Parenting is a difficult job, an enterprise made tougher when the chemistry of multiple blood-related kidlets interacting within the …
At Pittsboro’s wine shop, Anna Lange makes a case for great taste
PITTSBORO — Wine may be considered the nectar of the gods, but Anna Lange views it from a more down-to-earth …
Valuation increases for 77% of county’s parcels, combined value of all properties goes up 18%
PITTSBORO — More than three-fourths of the nearly 46,000 Chatham properties assessed in the county’s state-mandated reappraisal …
On life’s rear-view mirror and the perspective of time
Fragments of your old life can look much different when you’ve put a few decades in the rear-view mirror. Most of us have been back …
Chatham Park’s Smith, Rawl looking long-range at development’s payoff
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series examining what 2021 will mean for Chatham Park. Last week’s story focused …
As pandemic wanes, Chatham Park going, growing in a ‘great direction’
Editor’s note: In this first of a two-part series, we’re examining what 2021 will mean for Chatham Park. This week, the story …
Green reporters, Congressmen, exotic dancers and death — and redemption
My very first assignment in my very first college journalism class was to write an obituary for the not-yet-dead Wilbur Mills. If …
If you’ve not seen a water bill since October, one is coming — along with a payment plan option
PITTSBORO — Chatham County’s nearly 11,000 water utility customers haven’t received a bill since last October, so the March …
Giving an old flame the old college try
I think an old college flame is trying to reconnect with me. Trying to interest me in “getting back together,” as they …
As county manager prepares to report on attack, a look at stolen files reveals severity of the breach
Stolen Chatham County government files posted online following an Oct. 28 ransomware attack contain personal information — including …
Stolen Chatham county data posted online after cyber incident, includes personnel files, other sensitive documents
Sensitive data files stolen following Chatham County’s Oct. 28 governmental “cyber incident” have been posted online by the …
County ‘pretty close’ to recovering from attack; manager to present details to board on Feb. 15
PITTSBORO — There was a point at the beginning of Chatham County government’s recovery from a devastating Oct. 28 cyber incident …
When it comes to collecting taxes, they’re keeping an eye on the revenues — as well as the calendar
Chatham County’s tax office — like similar offices in North Carolina’s other 100 counties — keeps a close eye on tax receipts. …
Your Chatham County property values are being calculated now. Here’s how that’s happening.
With the bulk of assessed 2020 property taxes already collected and in the county’s coffers, Chatham County Tax Administrator Jenny …
Smith named EDC president
PITTSBORO — When Chatham’s new Economic Development Corporation president drives to his office for the first time on Jan. 25, he …
Hot spot or not, shrugging off the pandemic is popular — and potentially deadly
He was walking briskly as he talked — and agitated, and masked — so I had to lean in and listen hard, even though the volume on my …
New project brings apartments, brewery and space for restaurant to downtown
SILER CITY — The vision for the multi-million-dollar project Wren Farrar is spearheading in downtown Siler City is more than just …
At FireClay Cellars, picking the grapes is just part of the process. Here’s a look at how it happens.
SILER CITY — It’s picking day at FireClay Cellars. The weather has turned cool, the grapes have ripened sufficiently and Erik …
A ‘new normal’? What does that mean?
I saw a T-shirt last week that, were it not for the profanity on it, I might like to have. It said (and obviously I paraphrase a bit): …
Lies! Cover-ups! Political rhetoric and the cheating of the system
With the political season ramping up, the volume — and the accompanying velocity — of sleight-of-hand, obfuscation, deceits and …
On unflattering photographs, age and neuroses
I was startled — a better descriptor might be “shaken” — one morning this past week after opening an email newsletter which …
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 …
We bought it on our honeymoon. On the eve of our 30th anniversary, we threw it away.
“Move,” as my pal Jock Lauterer reminded me recently, is a four-letter word. We just finished with one. I’m using the word …