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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 …
Navigating nuance in the school reopening debate
When I think back on the last 12 months of the pandemic, I grow concerned with our ability to navigate nuance. That might seem like a …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
‘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 …
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 …
‘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. …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Observers remain vigilant against threat of voter intimidation
Last February, demonstrators donning Confederate flags and apparel gathered outside the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference …
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 …
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%, …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
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 …
Candidates outline goals, make cases for election
In Chatham, the five-member board of county commissioners acts as the main policy-making body for the county’s government. This …
Special BOE meeting discusses remote learning, hears COVID-19 updates
At a specially called meeting Thursday, the Chatham County Board of Education heard COVID-19 updates from district and state partners, …
CCS free meals extended through 2020
Chatham County Schools will continue to provide free meals to children 18 years old and younger through 2020 or until further notice, …
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 — …
More than just a statement
Last week, the Chatham County Board of Health unanimously approved a statement declaring structural racism as an ongoing public health …
‘We’re still in the business of student success’
Many community colleges in North Carolina started classes this fall facing enrollment declines. That reality holds true at Central …
Charles Byrd named CCS beginner teacher of the year
Before Charles Byrd was Chatham County School’s Beginning Teacher of the Year, he was a student. Like many other students, he …
Chatham Hospital named honoree for national equity award
Chatham Hospital in Siler City is one of just three nationwide to be recognized by the American Hospital Association for its health …
BREAKING: N.C. will advance to ‘Phase 2.5’ on Friday, Gov. Cooper says
Gov. Roy Cooper announced at a press conference Tuesday that North Carolina will move into Safer at Home Phase 2.5 beginning at 5 p.m. …
Jordan-Matthews teacher makes the most of remote learning
SILER CITY — When Sarah Harris arrives at Jordan-Matthews High School before 8 a.m. each day, her work day isn’t starting — not …
Statewide efforts to address broadband issues continue
Gov. Roy Cooper announced last Wednesday that 11 rural North Carolina counties — Chatham not among them — will receive more than …
‘I don’t want to just see my friends on the computer': Kindergarteners and parents adjust to starting school, remotely
The morning starts with a virtual meeting with your teacher and classmates, then a shorter virtual meeting with a smaller group of …
Federal Title IX policy revisions adopted at CCS
In addition to extending Plan C from four to nine weeks during an Aug. 10 meeting, the Chatham County Board of Education also …
Health board declares racism as ‘ongoing health crisis’
The Chatham County Board of Health voted Monday to declare racism as an “ongoing public health crisis” and also pledged its …
Not everyone’s pleased with Scenario 3 for new high school
The Chatham County Board of Education voted unanimously last week to approve Scenario 3 for Seaforth High School’s attendance …
New elementary school set to open — albeit remotely
PITTSBORO — Nearly four years after its land purchase and two years since construction began, the $33 million Chatham Grove …
BOE extends Plan C to nine weeks
The Chatham County Board of Education unanimously passed two highly anticipated motions at its regular meeting Monday: to extend Plan …
Chatham domestic abuse hotline sees first year of use
July 1 marked the first full year of existence for Chatham County’s domestic violence and abuse 24-hour hotline, and while there …
The Mod restaurant focuses on recovery during COVID-19 pandemic
As co-owner mother-and-son team Claudia and Dylan Perry watch restaurants in and around Pittsboro close due to the economic downturn …
Decision on new school’s attendance zone to be made Monday
The Chatham County Schools Board of Education is set to make the final decision on the Seaforth High School Attendance Zone at its …
Chatham locals make the most of pandemic’s challenges
At the end of August, when Chatham resident Linda Smith turns 70, she plans to celebrate with a virtual “Zoom” party. Smith, who …
BLM billboard next to Confederate flag to be removed
PITTSBORO – Last month, a GoFundMe started by a Chatham County resident to protest the large Confederate flag that stood on U.S. …
How Central Carolina Community College is readying for the start of classes
Central Carolina Community College will remain open with student services available virtually and in a curbside service capacity, …
Graduations in the middle of a pandemic
SILER CITY — Avery Headen smiled as she approached the makeshift stage outside Jordan-Matthews High School on June 13, her diploma …
UNC group shows coronavirus impact is unequal across NC
CHAPEL HILL — The coronavirus pandemic has deepened health and economic disparities in North Carolina along the lines of race and …
New school to address achievement gap through arts
When Valencia Toomer started her education career in 2002 as a fourth grade teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, she was quickly …
JR Moore & Son among the last of its kind
GULF — At JR Moore & Son — a “country store with a little bit of everything” in Gulf — the shelves tell the story of an …
Board’s decision: start with Plan C for four weeks
The Chatham County Board of Education unanimously passed a motion at its regular meeting Thursday for the county’s public schools to …
NEW: Chatham Schools to announce reopening strategy soon
Chatham County Schools will be making an announcement regarding a strategy for school reopening during the coronavirus pandemic in the …
Task force hosts community conversation on racial justice
In partnership with Chatham government and nonprofit leaders, the Racial Justice Task Force of the 18th Judicial District hosted a …
Northwood’s Pride Club finds community during coronavirus
PITTSBORO — Donning rainbow-colored cowboy hats, bow ties and assorted bead necklaces, a group made up of mostly high schoolers held …
‘Stop Killing Us’ group organizes at Justice Center, denounces white supremacy
PITTSBORO — Urging governments across the country to recognize and bring an end to a “cycle of white supremacist terrorism that …
Chatham BOE to discuss remote learning at July 16 meeting
The Chatham County Board of Education is set to consider the district’s drafted plan for continued remote learning at its July 16 …
CORE asks health board to declare racism a public health crisis
Around the country and in Chatham County alike, structural racism impacts public health outcomes. That’s what Chatham Organizing …
County’s health board backs wearing of face coverings
Chatham County’s Board of Health unanimously endorsed a motion Monday night urging the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to …