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More than $2.2 trillion in aid from the federal government has been targeted for an array of programs in responses to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, and now it’s on its way to American people and … more
On March 18, the day after closing sit-down service for bars and restaurants, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper began to encourage residents to call 2-1-1 for food, housing and other assistance related to … more
The Chatham County Public Health Department announced Thursday that four cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, had been identified at the Laurels of Chatham Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsboro. more
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will still hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 20, but it will be very different. The meeting had been slated to include public hearings on both the Williams Corner development and borrowing for an upgraded radio system, but the Williams Corner hearings will be postponed again, and no one from the public will be allowed to attend. more
Chatham County Manager Dan LaMontagne appeared a little more casual during his April 7 Zoom chat with the Chatham News + Record: no tie, no jacket. Then again, it's a whole different world for many people right now. LaMontagne chatted with the News + Record's Zachary Horner about county operations, preparations for next year's county budget and the positives he's taking from this time with COVID-19 affecting the county. more
The campus of Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City, home to more than 870 students during a normal weekday, was silent last Wednesday. But that doesn’t mean work wasn’t still being done. more
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“Music,” poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “is the universal language of mankind” — and as the coronavirus pandemic spreads worldwide, music has served as a comforting balm to many … more
SILER CITY — April was supposed to be the hand-off month at Communities In Schools of Chatham County, with long-time Executive Director Kim Caraganis’ retirement and the transition of leadership … more
Renita Foxx says she hasn’t yet seen an uptick in calls to the county’s domestic violence and abuse hotline since the COVID-19 pandemic started. But even that concerns to her. “I really … more
PITTSBORO — As companies and businesses around the world shift their production focus to making products designed to help fight the spread of COVID-19, a Pittsboro-based medical device manufacturer … more
If you’re driving along U.S. 421 between Sanford and Siler City, the growing rows of white trailers with yellow and black trim are difficult to miss. Sanford-based QualTek Recovery Logistics has been building its inventory of “sleeper trailers” at the former site of terra cotta manufacturing plant in near Gulf to help with disaster preparedness. more
Editor’s note: Jon Spoon, the director of the CCCC Small Business Center on the college’s Pittsboro campuses, shares some tips for small businesses as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. You … more
Being a small business owner is a challenge unto itself. The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy’s 2018 Frequently Asked Questions document stated that around 80 percent of … more
BEAR CREEK — As the state of North Carolina begins to “stay at home” as ordered by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper last week, trucks and truck drivers are continuing their work to keep the supply chains … more
SILER CITY — As county residents descended on grocery stores, clearing shelves in response to COVID-19, the West Chatham Food Pantry is facing the challenge of obtaining food to provide for the … more
As more Chatham County residents hunker down in their homes aiming to avoid contact with COVID-19 and help curb its spread, traffic on local roads and highways is noticeably light. more
SILER CITY — For as long as it’s been around, Siler City has been the epitome of small-town America. Chartered in 1887, the town — current population about 7,800 — has been … more
Gov. Roy Cooper announced an executive order Tuesday afternoon prohibiting utility companies from cutting off services for the next 60 days. The order applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services, and Cooper said at a press briefing that phone, cable and interent companies are "strongly urged to follow these same rules." more
Gov. Roy Cooper’s March 27 executive order No. 121 served as a “stay-at-home order,” as well as issuing “strategic directions for North Carolina in response to increasing COVID-19 cases,” and it went into effect at 5 p.m. yesterday. So what does a “stay-at-home order” actually mean? more
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