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In case anybody ever wondered, The Kid is absolutely my child.Before purple hair, multiple ear piercings, and nerdy glasses (The Kid’s) and drooping skin, wrinkles, and gray roots (mine), we … more
Journalists like me love reports and assessments. They’re easy fodder for a story and can often open our eyes to story ideas beyond the surface. I’ll have a couple of stories in the coming … more
Grades/subjects you teach: 4th and 5th Grades/Math and Science Education: I graduated from Chatham Central High School, Sandhills Community College (associate degree), St. Andrews Presbyterian … more
Siler Chief Police Chief Mike Wagner started his law enforcement career with the Albemarle County Police Department in Albemarle County, Virginia, in September of 1991. After retiring in May 2019, he … more
“Marriage Story” isn’t about the throes of nuptial bliss, but rather the messiness of matrimonial disunion. The film opens with a couple who’s married in name only, dancing around a … 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
Grades/subjects you teach: Media Coordinator (also known as “Librarian”) E-mail address: rpate@chatham.k12.nc.us Date, place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida, in 1957. Education: … more
When The Kid went to college in Vermont, the experience turned my child into a 70-year-old British man. Let me explain. I lived in Michigan as a toddler, but have no memory of it. Petey’s … more
FROZEN 2 Grade: B- Director: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Starring the voices of: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood and Alfred … more
“Frozen 2” gives us more of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the rest of the “Frozen” favs. But beyond nostalgia, it’s ultimately a series of pretty portraits hung around a rather rudderless story. more
The book Beads, set for release on Nov. 26, is author Rachael Brooks’ memoir detailing her journey from rape victim to resilient survivor. Brooks, whose first childhood home was in Pittsboro, lives in Raleigh with her husband and two children. more
Pizza, paper clips, Mason jars, and a ’57 Fender Stratocaster (a guitar): these all come up when you ask Mr. Google to name the most versatile item ever made. Yeah…well, no. With all due respect, Mr. Google is wrong with a capital Wrong. The actual most versatile thing is a food. more
I’ve written more than a few stories in my nearly a year here in Chatham County about Chatham Park and the growing development here. We’ve also looked into how that will affect what’s already here. But what about the small businesses? For some insight, I turned to Jon Spoon, the director of the Small Business Center on Central Carolina Community College’s Pittsboro campus. Each of North Carolina’s community colleges have SBCs, which provide free assistance and education for small business owners in their respective communities. 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 program helps fund with a series of local agency profiles. This week, we look at Communities in Schools of Chatham County. more
  There aren’t any better reasons to see “The Good Liar” than Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. The film’s knighted stars inhabit the frame like master craftsmen, slowed … 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
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
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
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