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Articles by Bill Horner III
A century later, Chatham’s last lynching victim, Eugene Daniel, to be memorialized
One hundred years to the day after his murder, Eugene Daniel will finally get the remembrance he deserves. Daniel was just a week past …
The ‘hard moments’ of the COVID-19 pandemic continue. Here’s a Chatham update.
For the first time in three months, Chatham County residents are again succumbing to COVID-19. As the recent surge of cases continues, …
A breath of fresh air. A filter. Some perspective.
The picture accompanying this column was taken at an overlook near Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. My …
New Salvation Army director says ‘whack-a-mole’ method won’t get clients to self-sufficiency
SILER CITY — When it comes to working to tap into the latent resources and volunteer power available within Chatham County, the new …
Jackson tells Boys & Girls club supporters to help make it the ‘best example of a caring, community partnership’
PITTSBORO — Pancakes did indeed help pave the way, but there’s still a little bit of road the newly-formed Boys & Girls Club of …
County’s employee mask mandate reflects new guidance as Delta variant spreads
When Chatham County government employees returned to work this week, they did so under new masking guidelines for staff: as of Monday, …
Hey, litterbug. What gives?
Life is pockmarked with an array of puzzling incongruities. Among them is the fact that we actively recruit volunteers from among our …
Chatham’s Wesley Hart set to be awarded French Legion of Honor
PITTSBORO — At 102 years of age, Chatham County resident Wesley Hart is in rare company — one of just a relative handful of …
COVID-19 cases are increasing again in Chatham — and almost exclusively among the unvaccinated
A sudden jump in positive COVID-19 diagnoses in Chatham is almost entirely among the county’s unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated …
We’re halfway through Chatham’s birthday observance. The best is still to come.
At about the halfway point through the planned activities for Chatham County’s 250th anniversary celebration, lead organizer Hilary …
In 2017, Corbie Hill overcame leukemia, started running, and got in the best shape of his life. Then in May, his cancer returned.
PITTSBORO — There was a time in his life, just four short years ago, when Corbie Hill would have found it difficult to envision …
How about turning the nozzle down on all that high-pressure salesmanship?
We’re kicking around the idea of replacing the shower in a bathroom at our house. In the process, as we’ve talked to a few …
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 …