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With the state’s stay-at-home orders, social distancing and a decrease in traffic and movement, related to so many businesses being closed, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is working … more
My mom makes amazing pies. Her apple, pecan, and lemon merengue are pies of family legend. But she never makes her own crust. She uses the boxed Pillsbury crusts found in the dairy section of the … more
If you have anywhere from two to 23 hours to kill, this week’s new Netflix’s offerings have a little something for everyone: “Dangerous Lies” Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”) stars in … more
As COVID-19 continues on, my tracking of how chain stores and restaurants continues on. This week, it’s fast food restaurants, and you’re likely to find, like me, that things are pretty much the … more
I’m a class of 2000 “Xennial.” Born in October 1981, I can do analog and digital. I thought I learned all I needed to know from the computer game, “Oregon Trail.” In the game, you hoped … more
My husband Chris and I have three kids in the Chatham County Schools — in 5th, 9th and 11th grade. While I realize I am coming at this pandemic from a place of privilege as far as income and … more
Another week of sheltering at home, another week of trawling Netflix for entertainment to pass the hours. Here are a few promising new offerings being released this week by the big N: “Absurd! … more
This week’s recipe is the reason The Kid and I have one of our most cherished annual traditions. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating — I love potato salad. Honest. If it … more
With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the cancellations of events everywhere, the organizers of ClydeFEST — an annual kids’ art event celebrating a local folk art hero — had to get creative. … more
Editor’s note: This is the debut of a new occasional feature in the CN+R. “The Optimistic Gardener,” by Chatham County’s Dolly R. Sickles, will feature the advice of an experienced gardener … more
With a stay-at-home order in place and a limit on the number of people who can gather together in any confined space, Chatham-based performing artists — and the “art-workers” who assist … more
This counts as the second installment in my effort to pay attention to what’s going on with the nationwide or region-wide chains that have locations in Chatham County. This week, we’ll look at … more
I feel, Gentle Reader, as if I have cheated you. Most years I do at least one Easter column and share a related recipe. Lots of spring veg, brunch dishes, and light, fresh desserts. One year I did … more
The North Carolina Outer Banks are suddenly in vogue again as a TV and movie setting. One of last year’s surprise movie hits was “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” a Twain-esque adventure-comedy … more
Working from home. Sounds easy, even desirable. No distractions from co-workers, minimal phone calls, high productivity. But when you’re a people person in a people business, like I am, working … more
There has been a never-ending list of business-related news that has infiltrated my inbox on a daily basis since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. Mainly, it’s been the economy’s … more
This week, we chat with Mark Davis, currently an associate justice on the N.C. Supreme Court. An Onslow County native, Davis earned his Juris Doctor at the UNC School of Law in 1991 and spent 13 … more
In Japan, food texture is very important. Often foods will be eaten because even though they has little taste, they’re valued because of their interesting texture. The rest of us value texture … more
It’s a nasty virus, COVID-19. But it is just a virus. The damn thing depends on a cell, in this case primarily a human cell, to live and reproduce and multiply. It’s killed by alcohol wipes and … more
Thirty rescue animals, including two horses, and two foster children. A mortgage, three jobs to keep up and a husband working, full-time. Somehow, we made ends meet, even after our own two … more
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