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Neighbors helping neighbors — that’s the goal of Chatham Neighbor2Neighbor, a joint effort launching this week by the Chatham News + Record, Abundance NC and the Caremongering Pittsboro Facebook group. more
Even though Chatham County ranks in the top 10 in North Carolina in both positive tests for COVID-19 and most positive tests per 10,000 residents, the county’s top health official says it’s not indicative of the virus’ spread compared to other counties. more
As a member of the state government, Chatham's representative in the N.C. House of Representatives, Robert Reives II has been among the first to get updates on North Carolina's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, he spoke to the News + Record about that response, being a small business owner during the pandemic and the tone of the political conversations around COVID-19. more
N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday afternoon that the state's K-12 public school systems would continue remote learning for the remainder of the year and not re-open campuses. The decision followed an earlier executive order that canceled in-person classes until May 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. more
The Plant, home to the Chatham Beverage District on Lorax Lane, is unique enough — housed in an old industrial site down a nondescript gravel road just off of East Street and adorned with all manner of odd signs and decorative statues. more
PITTSBORO — Paul Drake wanted to do something to help. An architectural designer with Hobbs Architects in Pittsboro, Drake has been working remotely and volunteering at the Piedmont Farm Animal … more
Back on April 3, Chatham County had accumulated 19 positive COVID-19 diagnoses, counting toward the total of 2,093 cases in North Carolina and 245,646 in the United States. Two weeks later, the … more
BYNUM — The Cannons are used to having to stay at home. But not like this. For 16 years, Dale and Michelle Cannon have raised two children with autism — 17-year-old Joshua, who is adopted, and … more
SILER CITY — For small businesses in a rural county, the struggle is real. Many businesses in Siler City have had to transform and adapt as they struggle through temporary regulations put in … more
As a professional licensed massage therapist, Deirdre Brown is accustomed to following strict health and safety guidelines to protect the well-being of her clients and herself. It’s part of her … more
PITTSBORO — Meeting in a room with no more than 10 people Monday night, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners voted on a new policy governing electronic meetings and established parameters for … more
SILER CITY — Siler City’s board of commissioners received a grim revenue project during a virtual budget workshop on April 16 and are now asking town departments to re-work expense budgets — … more
With many habits and routines — including exercise and visits to the gym ­— disrupted during the coronavirus pandemic, some local fitness instructors and personal trainers have responded by … more
As Chatham County’s COVID-19-related death toll elevated from one to six on Wednesday, the county public health department said it would not reveal information on the deaths. That’s been the standard course for the health department — and many health departments across the state and country — during the COVID-19 pandemic as media and the public pine for more details. But county Public Health Director Layton Long has said from the beginning: that information won’t tell you much. more
Multiple media reports Wednesday said Mountaire Farms, a poultry-processing company that has a plant in Siler City, had 20 cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in its North Carolina facilities. That included 11 in the Siler City plant, Chatham County’s second largest employer behind Chatham County Schools. The 1,580 employees at the plant have become a popular topic of news coverage in recent days, and Mark Reif is ready to answer questions about it. more
The News + Record spoke over Zoom on Monday, April 20, with Steve Newton, Chatham County's emergency management director, about the role of emergency management during COVID-19 and the status of the county’s operations. 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. Instead of gathering on April 25 for “a huge, creative, messy event,” the Chatham Arts Council has made the 2020 version of ClydeFEST a virtual event. This week, we speak with April Starling, CAC’s Marketing/Public Relations Leader, about the change. more
News Briefs Pittsboro student joins Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team Sarah Thomas is motivated and determined to make a positive impact on the world. As a junior at Virginia … more
PITTSBORO — Following state guidelines to stay at home during the conronavirus pandemic, Stephen Thomas and his sister Sherry (Thomas) Knepper have spent some of their free time sifting and sorting … more
PITTSBORO — When Jason Butler arrived at the opening day of the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market — his sixth year taking part as a vendor — he didn’t have much to display to sell to potential … more
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