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Staffing shortages lead to temporary closure of 7 of county's 12 waste and recycling collection centers
PITTSBORO— Seven of Chatham County’s waste and recycling collection centers will close temporarily starting Sept. 23 due to driver …
Playground to be built at Siler City Elementary in memory of longtime teacher Janet Bridges
Nearly nine months after beloved Siler City Elementary School teacher Janet Brady Bridges’ death on Christmas Day, the Chatham …
Chatham counselors, therapists support increased mental health services in schools
In the beginning months of the pandemic, Siler City Elementary School Counselor Teresa Meadows remembers scrambling to find ways to …
Gov. Cooper vetoes Republican-passed bill with new rules for discussing race, racism
One week after being presented with House Bill 324, which included new rules for how public schools could teach students about racism, …
Chatham BOE reapproves mask mandate, OK’s retention, recruitment bonuses
The Chatham County Board of Education again voted to require universal masking on all CCS campuses at its regular meeting Monday …
Little evidence of community spread at CCS, but wary educators, parents keep close watch
A total of 134 people at Chatham County Schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since the district’s first day of school on Aug. …
CCS test scores higher than most state averages, but show COVID-19 decline
The majority of North Carolina public school students failed end-of-grade and course state exams last school year, according to test …
Gov. Cooper vetoes Republican-passed bill limiting school discussions on race
North Carolina Senate Republicans approved House Bill 324, “Ensuring Dignity & Nondiscrimation in Schools,” on Aug. 26, which …
Students ask, CN+R answers: Journalism, interviewing and more
SILER CITY — News + Record Publisher Bill Horner III, Reporter Hannah McClellan and Photographer Kim Hawks spoke with about two …
CCS students, staff glad to be back, but weary as COVID lingers
Every year of Oliver Ewy’s high school career has taken place during a pandemic. That’s why Ewy, a junior at Northwood High …
What do we know about Chatham County Schools’ COVID-19 protocol?
Chatham County Schools returned to class for the fall semester of the 2021-22 school year last week. While this semester marks the …
A guide to the county's Compact Communities Ordinance
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners’ lengthy Aug. 16 meeting included three contentious public hearings, which included …
A Look Into Chatham’s Past: Ella Sullivan’s project shares local history
A month after graduating from Northwood High School, Ella Sullivan wasn’t taking a vacation. Instead, she was completing her Girl …
New superintendent, high school highlight start of CCS 2021-22 year
Chatham County Schools began its third year impacted by COVID-19 on Monday — encapsulating the tension between moving past the …
14th PepperFest will look more normal this year
PITTSBORO — Abundance NC will host another PepperFest on Sept. 19, marking its 14th annual celebration and the second restyled due …
CCCC’s video game course aims big to provide pipeline to cutting-edge jobs
Just a few days after graduating from Central Carolina Community College, alumnus Jayden Sansom started a final class at the college: …
CCS’s Chris Poston to lead district’s equity efforts in new role
PITTSBORO — After 25 years in education — 14 of them in Chatham — Chris Poston will soon be starting a new role: Chatham County …
Lengthy county commissioners meeting discusses compact communities
PITTSBORO — A five-hour Chatham County commission board meeting on Monday night included lengthy and, at times, contentious …
UNC, CCCC and CCS’s ‘Teach Chatham’ to help future Chatham educators
PITTSBORO — A new collaboration between Chatham County Schools, Central Carolina Community College and UNC-Chapel Hill — Teach …
CCS board meetings to return to historic courthouse on Sept. 13
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education will resume meeting at the Chatham County Historic Courthouse for its …
Chatham adopts LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance
Chatham County commissioners approved a LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance at their meeting Monday night — making Chatham …
Universal masking in schools is not shameful
Just a few hours after publishing a story on Chatham County Schools’ decision last Thursday to require universal indoor masking this …
CCS launches its first Dual Language summer camp
SILER CITY — Inside Siler City Elementary School last Wednesday, teacher Shirley Rojas drizzled several drops of purple dye into one …
CCS to require universal masking for 5-day in-person school this fall, BOE decides
A specially called Chatham County Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday began with a 15-parent protest to make masks optional …
A look at Chatham’s plan to hire 31 new positions approved in this year’s budget
Most of the 31 new county staff positions funded by Chatham’s $149.8 million 2021-22 budget were approved with a July 1 effective …
‘It is a priority for us’: Chatham works toward expanding services for Spanish speakers
Last year, Ramseur resident Noe Briones Licona embarked on a multistep application process to secure county permission to move his …
Chatham’s new superintendent a ‘champion and a cheerleader’ for students, teachers
PITTSBORO — When Dr. Anthony Jackson arrived at Chatham County Schools’ Pittsboro central office building for his first day as the …
Meet Dr. Anthony Jackson, CCS’s new superintendent
Dr. Anthony Jackson — named N.C.’s “Superintendent of the Year” in 2020 as head of the Vance County Schools — assumed his …
CCCC plans for a full in-person return this fall
More than a year and half after first moving classes online due to COVID-19, Central Carolina Community College is set to fully resume …
CORA to launch August’s ‘Hunger Heroes’ food drive
PITTSBORO — Starting next week, CORA — the Chatham Outreach Alliance — will launch its “Hunger Heroes” month-long food drive …
State leaders praise CCS's summer learning at Virginia Cross event
SILER CITY — A small group of state lawmakers, local leaders and education experts gathered at Virginia Cross Elementary School …
Updated N.C. guidance strongly recommends, but doesn't mandate, masks for K-8 schools
School districts should require masks indoors for all students and staff in elementary and middle schools, and for unvaccinated …
Senate takes up revised HB324, which could limit how schools teach American history
A state Senate education committee took up revised legislation last week that prohibits public schools from “promoting certain …
School board approves NCAE resolution to improve student learning conditions
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to improve student learning conditions …
Chatham commissioners discuss greenhouse emissions, moves back to courthouse for meetings
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners met at the Historic Courthouse for its regular meeting Monday night, marking …
Chatham's Oliver Mitchum, a junior at N.C. State, brings ‘Evening of Music’ home after years of honing his talent
More than a decade — and hundreds of hours of practice — later, Mitchum doesn’t just understand how to read and play music. …
A closer look at Chatham’s $85M limited obligation bond proposal
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners have authorized the issuance of limited obligation bonds (LOB) amounting up to $85 million, …
CDC says schools should fully reopen, with masks optional for fully vaccinated. What about NC schools?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged schools on Friday to fully reopen in the fall, also saying that fully vaccinated …
CCS extends deadline for next year’s standalone K-8 virtual academy
Chatham County Schools has extended its deadline for K-8 applications to its standalone virtual academy for next year, and will now …
Scaled down plans for Moncure’s Hindu temple under way
Plans to build a Hindu temple in Moncure are still under way, Carolina Murugan Temple organizers say, though construction will be …
Hurricane season: How Chatham is preparing and what you can do to stay safe
As hurricane season continues, Chatham County’s Emergency Management staff is putting the finishing touches on its preparation: …
On disconnecting and reconnecting again
Two weeks ago, I was backpacking with my church youth group in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when it hit me: anything could happen in …
'A chance to pause': CCS administrators talk COVID-19 adaptations, moving forward
Over the last 15 months, schools across the country faced myriad challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic: moving learning online, …
Chatham celebrates, honors history of its communities of color
As part of the extended Chatham’s 250th anniversary celebration, county leaders also wanted to celebrate the often less well known, …
Nearly 2,000 CCS students in summer programs
Nearly 2,000 K-12 students are signed up for this year’s Chatham County Schools summer programming, a staggering increase from the …
A closer look at CCS’s $17.4M COVID-19 relief spending plan
Chatham County Schools’ $17.4 million of COVID-19 relief funds will be spent on summer programming over the next few years, for …
Chatham’s 2021 graduates: A weird, but not wasted year
Last week’s graduation festivities concluded 2021’s Chatham graduations. After more than a year of school during a pandemic, …
‘A lot out of a little’: Grads walk stage in person after year of pandemic learning
Last year, COVID-19 gathering restrictions led to drive-thru and virtual ceremonies. After more than a year of pandemic challenges …
New MOU between CCS and Hispanic Liaison will serve Hispanic students, families
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Education voted Monday to approve a memorandum of understanding between the district and the …
Chatham County Schools board approves two principals, COVID-19-relief spending plan
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Education approved two new principals at its meeting Monday night during its closed session …
Chatham’s 2021 graduates reflect on finishing school during a pandemic
When Jacquelinne Marroquin Tobar moved to Siler City and started school at Jordan-Matthews High School four years ago, she knew very …
Changes in Chatham's voting precincts, polling locations up for consideration
Chatham’s Board of Elections has decided to make changes in a number of the county’s voting precincts — splitting one and …
Chatham’s recommended budget to be approved June 21, with “relatively minimal” changes
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners concluded its work sessions for the county’s recommended $149.9 million 2021-22 budget …
Nearly 32% of CCS students are Hispanic. How is the district serving them?
Editor’s note: In this second of a series of reports, the News + Record is examining school equity in Chatham, looking specifically …
CORA expands age group for SNACK! program
Following the posting of a complaint in a popular Chatham Facebook group, CORA — Chatham Outreach Alliance — updated its SNACK! …
‘Thank you Roy’: New bill allows teen drivers to get provisional license sooner
A few hours after learning that Gov. Roy Cooper had signed a bill temporarily shortening the length of time required for holding a …
N.C. House Bill could limit how schools teach about America’s history with racism. Here’s what’s in it.
A bill that could put new rules on public school curriculum regarding race and history — such as prohibiting schools from teaching …
Dr. Anthony Jackson hired as new CCS superintendent, to start July 6
PITTSBORO — Six months after former superintendent Derrick Jordan announced his departure, the Chatham County Schools Board of …
Public hearing on county's proposed budget hindered by virtual audio issues
Technical difficulties with the virtual offering of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Monday night …
How one family’s Chinese immigration story taught students about history
King teaches Asian American history every year as part of her American history course, but this year, increased violence toward Asian …
'I should do it:' Chatham residents 12 and up getting vaccinated
Last week, 136 youths between the ages of 12 and 17 were vaccinated in Chatham, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s …
How CCS plans to spend its $17.4 million of expected COVID-19 relief allotments
Chatham County Schools submitted its application for its second and third rounds of COVID-19 relief funds — totaling about $17.4 …
Chatham governing bodies to receive $30 million in federal stimulus funds
Chatham County’s slice of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package amounts to more than $30 million, and the county …
A closer look at Chatham’s proposed county budget
Chatham County Manager Dan LaMontagne’s recommended $149.9 million 2021-22 budget for county operations represents a 10.4% increase …
Two weeks of Plan A bring relief for many students and teachers
Last semester, Jordan-Matthews High School ESL teacher Wendi Pillars struggled to engage her students over Zoom — those who showed …
Chatham to implement new two-year Equal Employment Opportunity plan
A new Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Plan will ensure and focus on equitable practices in Chatham County’s employment terms and …
Chatham County's recommended budget for 2021-22 seeks 10% increase
PITTSBORO — Last year, Chatham County prepared for the potential negative economic impacts of COVID-19 with a cautious recommended …
Teacher appreciation is important the other 51 weeks of the year, too
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, which means lots of discounts, gifts and goodies for teachers around the country and in …
CCS launches new equity trainings as part of two-year plan
PITTSBORO — Chatham County Schools recently began its two-year equity training efforts with a group called The Equity Collaborative, …
‘A light within a very dark time’: Celebrating Ramadan during a pandemic
For the second Ramadan in a row, Chatham resident Delinda Otto hasn’t stepped foot in a mosque. Last year — during what Otto …
Here's how to talk with your child about sexual abuse
Child sex abuse is more common than many think — and it’s also a lot closer than many realize. Just weeks ago, the Siler City …
Chatham commissioners hear water utility update, discuss sales tax revenue
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners considered sustainable water and wastewater utility services at its work …
CCS board approves summer learning plan to combat COVID-learning challenges
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education approved a new state-mandated summer learning plan, meant to help students …
Chatham Business Professional Women offers scholarships to local women
Following a year of the pandemic that emphasized challenges facing women in the workforce, the Chatham County Business Professional …
CCS’ Hubert West reflects on legacy as UNC’s first Black head coach: ‘The first is still behind your name.’
Earlier this month, Hubert Davis replaced Roy Williams as the head coach for UNC-Chapel Hill’s men’s basketball team, becoming the …
State, Chatham charter schools increase diversity with weighted lotteries
In recent years, more North Carolina charter schools have set aside seats for “educationally disadvantaged” students in …
N.C. cluster data likely underrepresents coronavirus spread
In North Carolina, there have been 936,425 cases of COVID-19 since last spring, according to the state’s dashboard as of Tuesday …
'This is my chance:' Chatham HS students get vaccinated
Shortly before 10 a.m. last Thursday, Jordan-Matthews senior Jacquelinne Marroquin Tobar drove to Piedmont Health’s Siler City …
CCS student enrollment declines during COVID-19
When Jazmin Mendoza Sosa, student support specialist for Communities In Schools, looked at Virginia Cross Elementary School enrollment …
Chatham female leaders wrap up Women’s History Month by reflecting on issues impacting women
The Chatham County Library commemorated National Women’s History Month — celebrated in March to highlight the contributions of …
J-M’s Tiana Brooks one of 35 students featured in statewide art exhibit
SILER CITY — The summer before her senior year at Jordan-Matthews High School, Tiana Brooks learned of George Floyd’s death and …
'At this for over a year:' Chatham clergy reflect on second Easter amid pandemic
Last year, Easter took place one month after the pandemic drastically altered our way of life — with most churches across the …
What is patriotism? Chathamites, scholars weigh in three months after Capitol riot
When Pittsboro resident Monnda Welch heard about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, she was angry. Like many people, she was …
Chatham reacts to Plan A for CCS middle, high schoolers
In the last month, shifting state and federal COVID-19 guidance on school reopening led to a whirlwind of district decisions …
School of the Arts for Boys Academy golf fundraiser a 'huge success'
PITTSBORO — Schools of the Arts for Boys Academy hosted a golf tournament on March 20 to fundraise for its fall 2021 opening. With …
CCS middle, high schoolers can return under Plan A on April 19, BOE votes Thursday
PITTSBORO — Students in 6th-12th grades will have the option to attend in-person learning under Plan A on April 19, the Chatham …
CCS digital learning celebration highlights new tools, technology
Sharing science videos with students in the classroom and at home. Multi-step word problem activities in Zoom breakout rooms. A …
Search for new CCS superintendent narrowing down
After voting to update its previous Plan A timeline at a special meeting Monday, the Chatham County Board of Education met in closed …
Fighting achievement gaps beyond the school reopening debate
Without addressing the root of said disparities, education advocates warn a return to school could just return learning gaps to their …
Board adjusts previous Plan A timeline to comply with school reopening law at Monday's special meeting
The Chatham County Board of Education approved the district's suggested motion to comply with school reopening bill, Senate Bill 220, …
Chatham commissioners hear reappraisal update; notices to be mailed March 26
PITTSBORO — Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners heard an update Monday night on the county’s reappraisal process in advance …
Chatham works to combat education disparities, provide equal chance for success
But as schools begin reopening, education experts warn that long-standing educational disparities have only deepened during remote …
After lobbying by LGBTQ groups, N.C. school records will list students’ chosen names
Under the new PowerSchool update, announced to school districts by DPI on Friday, a student's “preferred name” will be displayed …
Chatham Central’s Amy King named Grosvenor fellow with National Geographic
She’d been accepted into the prestigious 2021 cohort of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows, a field-based professional development …
Chatham Youth and CEF fundraise for full-ride scholarship for CCS student
By students, for students. That’s the banner of the Atkins Chatham Scholar Fund, a scholarship partnership between Chatham …
CIS pilots ‘lending library’ for Chatham Teen Court
In the last few months, Communities In Schools has piloted a new program to hopefully mitigate some of those challenges for youth …
Woods Charter’s music videos ‘light the kids up’ during remote learning
Woods Charter, a K-12 school, will begin phasing into Plan B on Monday, but for a year now, Irons — like many educators — has been …
BOE approves phased-in Plan A for EC, Pre-K through 5th grade students
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education unanimously voted at its regular session meeting Monday night for Pre-K …
Local geekchicfashion business opens Pittsboro studio after substantial growth
PITTSBORO — Following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last summer, Lysandra Weber opened Instagram and …
After ending N.C. curfew last week, Gov. Cooper moves up vaccine schedule
Citing the “significant and sustained improvements” of N.C. COVID-19 metrics, Gov. Roy Cooper announced at a news conference …
SABA officially approved by state to operate as public charter school
PITTSBORO — When Valencia Toomer left her role as principal at Horton Middle School last June, she did so with the goal of starting …
'The sooner, the better:' School staff to begin accessing vaccines in Chatham
Last Friday, the Chatham County Public Health Department announced that school staff and childcare workers ages 50 and older will …
Most Chatham residents get vaccinated outside the county, health dept. finds
When North Carolina first began rolling out vaccinations, Chatham resident Linda Smith thought it would be easy to get an …
'It is so important:' Chatham's schools celebrate, teach Black History Month
Across Chatham, many educators like Dobbin are finding creative ways to celebrate and teach Black History Month this year, even with …
No Plan A for Chatham County Schools’ K-5 students — for now
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education voted 3-2 against phasing in Plan A for EC and K-5 students during a …
‘Honoring teacher needs and safety:' Woods Charter School to begin phased-in Plan B starting March 15
CHAPEL HILL — The Woods Charter School Board unanimously approved the school administration team’s staggered plan for offering …
County’s Vicki McConnell recognized for 45 years of service, board hears reports on budget and cyber incident
PITTSBORO — Vicki McConnell, Chatham County’s deputy manager and finance director, will retire Feb. 19, after 45 years of service …
Jon Spoon dreams big for CCCC's continuing education program
CCCC’s Jon Spoon recently stepped into a new position as the director of continuing education — a move that will revitalize the …
CCS teacher retirements, resignations during Plan B consistent with last two years
Since the academic school year began in July, there have been 84 resignations or retirements at Chatham County Schools, according to …
Northwood HS’s student news magazine builds online presence during pandemic
PITTSBORO — When Grace Leonard stumbled upon the journalism class that produces the Northwood Omniscient, she didn’t know much of …
Stolen county files reveal severity of breach; manager briefs commissioners on $708K ransomware attack
Stolen Chatham County government files posted online following an Oct. 28 ransomware attack contain personal information — including …
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 …
Gov. Cooper says school staff eligible for vaccine Feb. 24, but that's not a certain date in Chatham or across state
Cooper’s announcement does not guarantee that school staff can receive a vaccine starting the 24th, across the state or in Chatham. …
Chatham Charter, in hybrid learning since January, to increase in-person learning this month
SILER CITY — With nearly a month of in-person hybrid learning under its belt, Chatham Charter School is planning the second phase of …
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 …
First week of Plan B at CCS high schools: Many glad to be back, some concerns persist
Many students, parents and teachers are thrilled to be back, after being on a remote-learning track since last March. Still, with all …
The legacy of George Moses Horton, lauded Chatham poet born in slavery
When Valencia Toomer became principal of Horton Middle School in June of 2016, she knew she wanted to find a way to celebrate the …
BOE to meet in two weeks to discuss any changes to learning plan at Chatham County Schools
PITTSBORO  — The board is set to meet in two weeks to review specific scenarios — including the fully in-person Plan A option — …
Chatham Promise MOU updates allow some credit exemptions, required summer costs extended, and more
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners has approved two items to the memorandum of understanding for Chatham Promise, allowing for …
State BOE revisions to social studies standards launch debate whether U.S. is racist
The State Board of Education heard revisions to recommended K-12 social studies standards last Wednesday, with some Republican board …
Cooper ‘strongly urges’ North Carolina public schools to offer in-person learning
Gov. Roy Cooper “strongly urged” North Carolina public school districts to offer in-person instruction at a press conference on …
Snow day looks different for some Chatham students this year
A light dusting of snow brought about the first snow day of 2021 on Thursday, but most Chatham students still went to school, albeit …
CDC report urges school re-openings, with some caveats
New research published by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday urged schools to reopen, saying “the …
The SAT discontinues essay, subject tests as part of pandemic adaptations
As students and colleges alike adapt to a college admissions process in the wake of a global pandemic, the organization that produces …
J-M’s Crayton named first principal at new Seaforth High School
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education named Tripp Crayton as the first principal of Seaforth High School last …
COVID-19 'outbreak' at Siler City Post Office causes staffing shortages, mail delays
SILER CITY — Following weeks of mail delays related to the holidays, a COVID-19 outbreak at the Siler City Post Office is causing …
Letter from CCS high school staff asks board to remain in Plan C, cites safety concerns
A letter signed by 50 high school staff members and sent to Chatham County Schools’ Board of Education members expresses “grave” …
‘Not the nation we want to be': Chatham leaders reflect on Capitol attack, impeachment
State Senator Valerie Foushee was at home on Jan. 6 — isolating in place like she has for most of the last year — when she turned …
What would a federal waiver mean for CCS state test results?
The State Board of Education approved on Jan. 7 a request asking the U.S. Dept. of Education to not hold N.C. schools and districts …
BOC hears update on county staff pay and benefits, next year’s budget trends at retreat
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners met last week for its two-day budget retreat, discussing the current fiscal …
Following the holidays, accentuated grief is normal
It’s been nearly five years since her son, Zafer Estill, died, but this year, Tami Schwerin still put up his stocking, along with …
On my grandpa: a life well lived and well loved
The night before my grandpa died, I told a close friend at the end of our nearly two-hour phone call that I wasn’t too sad that his …
'There is no timeline': Jefferson Davis Hwy. marker to be removed, eventually
PITTSBORO — When the United Daughters of the Confederacy sought to have a highway named for Confederate president Jefferson Davis in …
CCS high school students to return to in-person hybrid learning Feb. 1
At the end of the Chatham County Schools Board of Education mid-year retreat Monday, the board unanimously voted to delay the start of …
Chatham NAACP branch celebrates Jubilee, historical examples of overcoming
PITTSBORO — The Chatham Community NAACP Branch #5377 bookended its virtual Jubilee Day this weekend with African American civil …
Second Bloom’s new store hopes to grow organization’s domestic abuse services
PITTSBORO — Following a year marked by challenges from COVID-19, funding and road construction, Second Bloom of Chatham is set to …
COVID-19 put a whammy on education for much of 2020. But schools faced other challenges, too.
Back in March, COVID-19 interrupted what was otherwise a normal spring semester in Chatham County Schools. But apart from the …
'I will feel the void': Longtime Chatham teacher passes away
SILER CITY — Janet Brady Bridges, who was known for her kindness and beautiful smile, died Christmas Day at Chatham Hospital. She …
Removed Confederate monument still source of contention in 2020
PITTSBORO — Though the Confederate monument that stood in front of the Chatham County Historic Courthouse since 1907 was removed in …
What do the school board’s enrollment clarifications mean?
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Education made several enrollment clarifications in December regarding the new Seaforth High …
BOC honors employee of the year in last meeting of 2020
PITTSBORO — At the Chatham County Board of Commissioners’ final regular session meeting of 2020 Monday night, each of the …
Chatham HS seniors apply for college, remotely
For aspiring first-generation college student Jamia Walden, this year’s college application process was missing an essential …
Vaccine distribution to follow state-set phases in Chatham
After months of anticipation, the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine — granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and …
'This has quickly become my second home': Superintendent Jordan prepares for his Chatham goodbye
After more than 12 years as an educator in Chatham County Schools — and nearly eight as the district’s superintendent — Dr. …
Chatham government continues to recover from ‘cyber incident,’ investigation underway
Nearly two months after a “cyber incident” shut down many of Chatham County’s government functions, the source of the Oct. 28 …
Birthday parade celebrates local 5-year-old cancer survivor
SILER CITY — Wearing a sharp navy blue gingham button up and a dashing smile, Alex Flores celebrated his 5th birthday in style last …
Retailers’ future depends on local support
Every year since opening Circle City Books & Music in 2012, Myles Friedman has watched his business expand — that is, until 2020, …
BOE names interim superintendent, discusses COVID-19 data
PITTSBORO — At a lengthy and agenda-packed meeting Monday evening, the Chatham County Board of Education reorganized its board, …
Robinhood’s Kitchen donating meals to CORA, helping eliminate food waste
PITTSBORO — As COVID-19 continues to limit the number of customers dining out, many restaurants are buying less food produce than is …
Board elects new chairperson and vice chairperson, swears in Gomez Flores
PITTSBORO — At Monday’s Chatham County Board of Commissioners meeting, Franklin Gomez Flores was sworn in as the Dist. 5 …
Chatham County Schools reports 24 new cases in the past two weeks
Since Chatham County Schools partially reopened for students under Plan B on Oct. 19, there have been 19 positive COVID-19 cases among …
Library’s program aims for continued conversation
During the national conversation about race and justice following George Floyd’s death this summer, the Chatham Community Library in …
‘A matter of life and death': Gov. Cooper announces N.C. curfew as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations set record highs
North Carolina will enter a modified stay-at-home order starting Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday, which will entail a curfew …
New CCS mutual aid page gears up for holidays
As the holidays approach and colder weather ensues, a new Facebook page affiliated with Chatham County Schools is working to increase …
NNP-Briar Chapel final plats set for approval Dec. 18
On Dec. 18, NNP-Briar Chapel LLC’s Final Plat review is set to move forward without a vote from the Chatham County Board of …
Board appoints Zelek permanent health director, discusses diversity policy
The Chatham County Board of Health voted unanimously at its meeting last Monday to appoint Mike Zelek as the county’s permanent …
Parents express mixed feelings about Plan B
Last Thursday, more than 1,800 students were able to return to Chatham County Schools under Plan B, following the Board of …
‘Bringing the situation to light’: Locals discuss police reform in Chatham
PITTSBORO — Earlier this year, a routine traffic stop along Jack Bennett Road led Roy Barnes to speak out about the need for police …
Statewide decrease in kindergarteners reflected in Chatham
Preliminary data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released last month seems to confirm what media …
Health officials recommend smaller, outdoor Thanksgiving celebrations
Leslie Cox normally spends Thanksgiving Day hosting a gathering with upwards of 30 friends and family members. This year — as …
‘It’s a difficult job, but a privilege...’
On her dad’s 92nd birthday, Liz Lahti spent half an hour with him through the window of his assisted living facility in Raleigh. …
Blue tide in Chatham votes out sole Republican commissioner
After a general election in which nearly every race went blue in Chatham, Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners will now be …
Incumbents Hlavac and Hamm win, current board stays in place
The faces on the Chatham County Schools Board of Education will stay the same after incumbent candidates Melissa Hlavac and David Hamm …
More students to return Nov. 19, Dec. 7 under Plan B
More students in Chatham will return to in-person learning under Plan B over the next month, the Chatham County Schools Board of …
School nurses work to keep students healthy, safe
As a nurse for 26 years and school nurse at Chatham County Schools for 14, Melissa Lassen has seen a lot of health crises in the …
Some teachers, staff concerned about return to school under Plan B
When Chatham County Schools first asked its employees in a September survey how they felt about returning to in-person learning during …
Pursuing birth equity in former ‘maternity care desert’
Across the country, racial disparities in birth outcomes reflect a large health inequity — one that means Black women and infants …
Cyber incident’s fallout leaves Chatham government still without network, email access
The “cyber incident” which knocked out Chatham County government’s computer network, telephones and email on Oct. 28 is still …
Dueling protests in Pittsboro feature fisticuffs, taunts
PITTSBORO — Nearly 50 people gathered at the Chatham County Historic Courthouse on Saturday holding signs and yelling chants — one …
Students, teachers at Bonlee adjust to Plan B
BONLEE — On a Monday morning at Bonlee School, the return of students learning at desks instead of behind computer screens almost …
Chatham Charter pauses in-person learning due to COVID-19 case
SILER CITY — Just 12 days after Chatham Charter School began phasing in a return to in-person learning, the school has paused all …
BOC delays NNP Briar Chapel vote, to decide at November meeting
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners decided nearly four hours into its regular session meeting on Monday to delay …
Breaking: NC to remain in Phase 3 until Nov. 13
Gov. Roy Cooper extended N.C.’s Phase 3 Wednesday for another three weeks, keeping existing restrictions — including limiting mass …
Observers remain vigilant against threat of voter intimidation
Last February, demonstrators donning Confederate flags and apparel gathered outside the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference …
BOE candidates give final thoughts on COVID-19
While school boards have certainly always made important decisions, in recent months they’ve stepped into a larger, more harsh …
Postal carrier veteran adjusts to COVID-19 mail delivery
SILER CITY — As a carrier technician with the United States Postal Service for 21 years, Stephen Suslik has had his fair share of …
BOE will meet next month, discuss Plan B
PITTSBORO — At the Chatham County Schools Board of Education’s regular session meeting on Monday, the board heard more updates on …
Republican Jimmy Pharr: Faith and family important, too
A resident of Chatham County for 45 years, Jimmy Pharr is running as a Republican against Commissioner Mike Dasher to represent Dist. …
BOC member Dasher prepares for re-election, county growth
Democrat Mike Dasher is seeking re-election as a Chatham County Commissioner after representing District 2 since 2016. During that …
BOC member Andy Wilkie vies for full four-year term
In Dist. 5, Republican incumbent Andy Wilkie will face Franklin Gomez Flores — the first contested commissioner race in Dist. 5 in …
BOC Candidate Franklin Gomez Flores wants to represent Siler City, Latin American community
Franklin Gomez Flores, a 26-year-old Siler City native, is seeking the Dist. 5 county commissioner seat by challenging Commissioner …
BOC Chairperson Howard hopes to continue serving Chatham through re-election
Karen Howard is many things: mom, former attorney and children’s advocate. Since 2014, she’s also been one of Chatham County’s …
Online petition calls for BOE to bring all students back
Following the Chatham County Schools Board of Education’s Sept. 23 decision to remain in Plan C through the end of the semester, …
Candidate Jay Stobbs prioritizes transparency, incentivizing business
Editor’s note: In Chatham, the five-member board of county commissioners acts as the main policy-making body for the county’s …
CIS’s dedicated location for studying addresses remote learning challenges
SILER CITY — When the pandemic led to the closing of in-person schooling last March, students and families faced deficits and …
CCPHD releases report on health disparities
In Chatham County, infant mortality rates are higher among both Black and Hispanic residents than white residents — 18.7% and 15.1%, …
Board approves edits to Emergency Housing Fund policy, schedule for meetings
PITTSBORO — At a specially called work meeting Monday late afternoon, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved edits to …
Chatham reacts to BOE’s Plan C exemptions, to begin Oct. 19
SILER CITY — Every time Holly Rohaly’s 8-year-old daughter even hears the word, “school,” she cries. Her daughter, a …
Chatham school board candidates prioritize COVID-19, redistricting plans
In Chatham County, the school district is governed by a non-partisan board with five members. This year, two of the Chatham County …
BOE pivots, Plan C may not last through the end of the semester
At a specially-called meeting Tuesday night, the Chatham County Board of Education unanimously passed two motions: one approving …
Families fighting childhood cancer face additional challenges during pandemic
The Friday afternoon after Thanksgiving, Rena York heard the words no parent ever wants to hear from their child’s doctor: “We …
New: BOE votes to continue Plan C through semester
At a specially called meeting Wednesday, the Chatham County Board of Education voted 4-1 for the county’s schools to continue …
First baby born at Chatham Hospital in nearly 30 years
SILER CITY — For the first time in nearly 30 years, a baby was born at Chatham Hospital — thanks to the hospital’s new Maternity …
Some Chatham students tackle remote learning — but without internet
Nearly a month into the school year, 7th-grader Addison Culbertson could finally attend his virtual classes consistently. After three …
United Way of Chatham serves community, kicks off fundraising
After just four weeks of planning, United Way of Chatham hosted its first community “Day of Service” event last Thursday — …
‘We want to be engaged’: CCS EC families and teachers adapt to Plan C
Rebecca Bouldin watches proudly as her 5th-grade student, Anastasia Evans, wins their virtual game of Go Fish by securing a final …