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Siler City board grapples with event planning as pandemic wanes
SILER CITY — The town’s board of commissioners deliberated over two potential upcoming events in its regular meeting Monday, …
The taxman cometh
Back in 2017, I had just started working in the finance industry when then-President Donald Trump bushwhacked his way through a …
Reives on Fair Maps Act: give redistricting power to the voters
RALEIGH — Gerrymandering, the illegal practice of manipulating voting districts to favor a political party, has plagued North …
Nationwide study finds Pittsboro’s drinking water among worst in U.S.
PITTSBORO — An expansive nationwide study has confirmed what Chathamites have long suspected: Pittsboro has some of the worst …
New organization hopes to address homeless crisis with permanent shelter
A burgeoning group of local philanthropists and religious leaders are working to establish accessible long-term resources for the …
What Egypt’s shipping disaster means for Chatham
After almost a week lodged in muck and obstructing the entire Suez Canal, the Ever Given — a gargantuan Japanese container ship — …
Siler City leaders haggle over minority assistance agenda
In a recent meeting to discuss their economic development implementation strategy, Siler City’s Economic Development Strategic …
As pandemic wanes, local economist examines long-term ramifications
CHAPEL HILL — With state-imposed restrictions lifting, vaccine distribution hastening and coronavirus deaths lessening, local …
Congressman Ted Budd visits Siler City to honor late mayor John Grimes
Congressman Ted Budd (R-NC), whose district includes western Chatham County, visited Siler City on Thursday to present Cecilia Grimes …
Don’t get too cozy in your at-home office
Isn’t it nice working from home? Less time on the road and more time in your derrière debossed La-Z-Boy. Well, don’t get too …
Pittsboro board talks land use, high school graduation and upcoming events
PITTSBORO — The board of commissioners spent most of its regular meeting Monday evaluating land use requests — zoning amendments …
Want to build a rain garden? Love Creek Watershed Stewards can help.
SILER CITY — Loves Creek Watershed Stewards, in partnership with environmentalists from N.C. State University, will host the first …
Testing the waters: finding private solutions
Editor’s note: In this fourth installment of our water and sewer infrastructure series, the News + Record explores calls for …
SoCo project barrels toward completion
PITTSBORO — Pittsboro is undergoing dramatic change, especially north of U.S. Hwy. 64 where the Chatham Park behemoth is developing …
Siler City’s Commissioners discuss town's improving fiscal health
SILER CITY — The town’s board of commissioners reviewed markers of the town’s fiscal health — how its debt compares to similar …
Traffic circle project hurts some downtown business owners, encourages hope in others
PITTSBORO — The trucks arrived in January: dozers, backhoes, compactors. Soon, they’d stripped the pavement and gutted the …
Testing the waters: Impact of real estate and commercial development in Pittsboro
In the next 20 years, Pittsboro’s population is expected to grow by more than 1,000%, demanding a robust and expansive …
Siler City Police expands leadership staff, seeks more growth
SILER CITY — The town’s police department held a ceremony last Friday to officially recognize two new sergeants. The internal …
What to do with your stimulus check
After some consternation, much deliberation and delayed adjudication, they’re finally here: stimulus checks 3.0. They’re bigger …
State Sen. Jeff Jackson, seeking U.S. Senate seat, holds outdoor town hall in Chatham
About 40 people gathered at Pittsboro’s Kiwanis Park on Monday — shivering in the cold and socially distanced — to hear state …
COVID-19: ONE YEAR LATER
Exactly one year ago, the World Health Organization declared global pandemic in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, more …
Homelessness: a pandemic within a pandemic
SILER CITY — The coronavirus pandemic introduced many challenges for all Chathamites. Perhaps none were more affected than the …
Enterprising Chatham: A new bank is coming to Pittsboro
It’s been a tough year for most businesses. But some, such as Fuquay-Varina-based Fidelity Bank, have thrived — so much so that …
Nightclubs and bars and taverns, oh my! Pittsboro board talks zoning changes
PITTSBORO — It may soon be a lot easier to open a bar in Pittsboro. At its regular meeting on Monday, the Pittsboro board of …
Rev. Dr. Albert Reddick seeks Siler City Mayor’s seat again
SILER CITY — The Rev. Dr. Albert Reddick, a regular on Siler City municipal elections ballots since 2013, is planning another go at …
Chatham’s Kimrey Rhinehardt planning bid for U.S. Senate
Chatham resident Kimrey Rhinehardt has confirmed her intended candidacy for U.S. Senate in an exclusive interview with the News + …
Siler City commissioners approve sweeping ordinance changes to improve town aesthetic
SILER CITY — In a bid to enact frequent calls for the town’s revitalization, Siler City’s board of commissioners authorized …
Loves Creek Watershed Stewards to launch new community program
The Loves Creek Watershed Stewards — a group of local environmentalists committed to improving water quality and drainage issues in …
Committee of local leaders proposes strategy to help Siler City rebuild
The group hopes to redirect Siler City’s economic trajectory and reestablish the town as a leading destination in Chatham County.
Spring Chicken Festival to resume in 2021 — maybe virtually
SILER CITY — The Spring Chicken Festival is coming back, but this year’s iteration won’t look like 2019’s. Two years ago, …
I want Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine
Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine arrives in North Carolina this week, and some experts fear the public will reject …
Breaking: State elections board says postpone municipal elections
RALEIGH — State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell recommended the General Assembly take action to delay the …
Testing the waters: Siler City plans water and sewer expansion projects
Three distinct systems serve Chatham County’s rural areas. But in Siler City, the town government is exclusively responsible for …
Pittsboro board addresses fire truck purchase, microbrewery definition, UDO and more in whirlwind meeting
PITTSBORO — The board of commissioners stepped through several action items in its regular meeting on Monday, voting on land use …
Siler City’s CAM megasite is ready to welcome occupants
SILER CITY — The Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) Site, a 1,802-acre industrial megasite in western Chatham County, …
What to do if your personal data has been stolen
Attacks on personal data have intensified worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Chatham is no exception. Especially since …
'You have to start somewhere:' Chatham works to address vaccine inequity
As vaccine distribution efforts accelerate across the state and around the world, minority populations remain woefully …
Commissioners talk renovation projects after honoring a lost friend, former member Helen Moody Bucker
SILER CITY — The town’s board of commissioners honored a former member at its Monday meeting before examining potential …
Pittsboro’s RAFI calling out antitrust violations in farming
PITTSBORO — Antitrust legislation has made global headlines in recent months with free market advocates decrying big company …
Pandemic may force major delays in municipal elections, Siler City board advised
SILER CITY — November’s election season was historic and unusual as COVID-19 restrictions forced nationwide protocol …
Testing the waters: Chatham leaders plan utility’s capacity growth
Editor’s note: In this first of a series, the News + Record looks at Chatham’s intricate water utility system — how the county …
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 …
Pittsboro board pushes ahead with PFAS filtration system
PITTSBORO — Town leaders are working hard to address Pittsboro’s pervasive water contamination issues, but the price for clean …