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Orchids are elegant, unique and delicate. And with long-lasting blooms ranging from the simple to the exotic, they’re prized and highly sought-after plants. But even though they’re prolific, they can be difficult to nurture and care for. At Pittsboro’s Orchid Gallery, which has been growing, distributing and babysitting orchids and similar flora for 26 years, the flower’s dramatic impact makes the effort worth it. more
Growth and development in Pittsboro and northern Chatham may get the bulk of the attention in Chatham County, but what about Siler City? Town Planner Jack Meadows will testify — by virtue of stacks … more
This week, we speak with Debra Henzey, Chatham County’s director of community relations. Talk to us about your background, your previous roles and what brought you to Chatham County. Born and … more
Tracy Burnett has been working for the Chatham County Parks and Recreation department for more than a quarter century. A native of Chatham County, she attended Chatham Central High School, where … more
The term “toxic masculinity” has become as virulent as toxic masculinity itself, an amorphous catch-all label attached to any expression mere masculinity itself. The term loses its potency when portrayed in films like “The Art of Self-Defense,” a pitch-black comedy in which the polar extremes of modern masculinity are rendered so risible that any metaphorical value is leached away in the process. more
ABOUT SHANNON: Shannon Bueker has been a Pittsboro resident for 28 years, but she was born in Spain in 1963. Her father was stationed at the Seville AFB, and she and her family lived there and other … more
Capt. Steve Mayor, a 17-year department veteran of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, native of Sanford who lives in Bear Creek, has the official title of Captain, Special Operations, and is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a number of department functions, including court, narcotics, community service and Chatham’s Student Resource Officers, as well as employee recruitment for the Sheriff’s Office. more
PITTSBORO — The future of the Confederate monument in downtown Pittsboro remains uncertain following months of protests, lawsuits and a temporary restraining order. But it has it also affected … more
Dr. Lisa Chapman became President of Central Carolina Community College on April 1. This week, we speak with Dr. Chapman about her ascent to the position, CCCC’s academic achievements and her goals … more
Grades/subjects you teach: Kindergarten E-mail address: eparks@chatham.k12.nc.us Date, place of birth: Oct. 9 in Sanford, but I grew up in Pittsboro. Education: Graduated with Chatham County … more
Editor’s note: As part of the News + Record’s commitment to the community, we’re partnering with the United Way of Chatham County to help provide insight into the work of the agencies the … more
In the newspaper business, we call this column and things of its ilk “standing features” — items that run every week, usually in the same place, both to fill space and to appeal to certain … more
Siler City has been a waypoint for Cycle NC before, but on Oct. 1-2, more than 1,000 cyclists will ride through — and stay — in Siler City as part of the 2019 Mountains to Coast Ride. This week, we speak with Neha Shah, the director of the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, about the event and the Siler City stop. more
Working retail is really, really, hard. And not only that, it’s hard. Did I mention it’s hard? When I was in my 20s, I spent five years in the retail trenches. It aged my body at least 15 … more
Most days, you’ll find Wes Collins at the circulation desk of the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro, where he’s worked since 2013. more
As both a historical drama and revenge thriller, “The Nightingale” isn’t perfect, but it is powerful and provocative. more
The Plant on Lorax Lane in Pittsboro has lived many lives. The facility now boasts 12 diverse tenants, from electricians and engineers, to organic and sustainable products, to craft distillers. Owner Lyle Estill calls the facility an eco-industrial park which also hosts the Chatham Beverage District. more
THE UNITED WAY OF CHATHAM COUNTY AGENCY PROFILE Editor’s note: As part of the News + Record’s commitment to the community, we’re partnering with the United Way of Chatham County to help … more
Chatham County Educator of the Week Grades/subjects you teach: First Grade E-mail address: kbrennan@chatham.k12.nc.us Date, place of birth: Feb. 14, 1963, in Raleigh Education: Cary High … more
In a world that’s become more and more digital, Rita Van Duinen is part of a team working to make sure Chatham County’s public libraries remain relevant and useful. This week, we speak with Van … more
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