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Chatham County Schools is nearing the end of a two-year process of re-evaluating its grading practices and is undergoing slight changes to its homework policies. The emphasis, according to Amanda Hartness, the district’s assistant superintendent for academic services and instructional support, is the student. more
Beginning March 1st, 2019, the Town of Siler City Water Plant will temporarily suspend the addition of ammonia to its water treatment disinfection process, as required by North Carolina Department of … more
What is Affordable Housing? Housing is considered affordable when housing costs, including rent or a mortgage and utilities, make up no more than 30 percent of a household’s gross monthly … more
CN+R Staff Report With a couple of Chatham Park’s major planning elements down, the Town of Pittsboro will next tackle tree protection. The discussion began in earnest at a town board meeting … more
Not long ago, Ashley Lux watched as her daughter Haley, 7, held onto her sister Grace, 2, as they went down a slide at North- west District Park in Siler City. The two children then ran off to … more
At last week’s Chatham County Board of Education retreat, district officials revealed that, if class size restrictions in kindergarten through third grade going into place next year were instituted this year, the district would be five teachers short. more
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners has started work on budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year. Commissioners held the first two of three planned full-day sessions last week, hearing presentations about funding needs for each of the county’s departments. more
The Carolina Stockyard Restaurant sells between 500 and 600 pounds of beef a week – a pretty remarkable feat considering the restaurant is only open three days a week, according to the restaurant’s co-owner, Sherry Duncan. more
Chatham County Schools’ middle and high school students may soon be seeing gun-sniffing dogs at their schools. more
N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced last week that significant changes will be made to the amount and type of tests public school students across the state will take. In a press release, Johnson said he wanted to reduce required testing after getting feedback from parents and teachers. more
Residents on Jeremiah Drive were informed by email Wednesday that the NCDOT, working in coordination with our local delegations, will be funding improvements to Jeremiah Drive to alleviate the … more
Noemi Mora, Cesia Lopez and Lenore Ramos — each 17-year-old seniors at Jordan-Matthews High School — share many similarities with their peers. They’re in the midst of making some major decisions, like whether or not to go to college. They’re thinking about careers to pursue. And they’ll tell you that those decisions add enough pressure to their lives. But each face things they say their many of their other classmates will never have to deal with. more
In Spanish, it’s called un abrazo.In French, it’s un calin.The English language employs onlya single vowel sandwiched betweentwo consonants to notate the samething: a … more
The U.S.government’s partial shutdown,which has halted thework of some governmentagencies since Dec. 22, hasn’thad a broad effect in ChathamCounty, but local shockwaves have hit. more
The Siler City Development Organization (SCDO) is offering a facade grant program for downtown properties with funding from the Siler City Board of Commissioners. SCDO is the administrator of the … more
After years of debate and turmoil, the Chatham Economic  Development Corporation has passed new bylaws, the rules that governs how the organization works – making its board smaller  … more
For the first time, the Town of Siler City is instituting new water rates for bulk users. The new rates were approved at last week’s board of commissioners meeting. Officials say they were implemented to ensure that users who tax the town’s water and wastewater infrastructure are paying enough to support the upgrades and maintenance  required to supply the water needs of those large users while remaining competitive to  large industries that may consider locating to the area. more
After an absence of nearly two decades, Siler City’s Spring Chicken Festival will return to downtown May 4 with the help of Mountaire. more
An afternoon fire Tuesday in Pittsboro scorched a building containing an automotive repair shop. A fire started at New Age Automotive Repair, located off of U.S. 15-501, a few minutes before 2 … more
Central Carolina Community College has its new president. Pending approval by the State Board of Community College, Lisa M. Chapman will be the sixth president of CCCC, which has campuses in … more
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