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“Two for a penny oat milk cookies. Converse PF Flyers. Ten pieces of Mary Janes. Saw a white boy run from a black man.” That’s the first poem that Jaki Shelton Green, a celebrated writer and North Carolina’s current poet laureate, remembers writing. more
Chris DiGiovanna’s office is a bit scattered. There are pieces of jewelry in a table in the middle, bagged and tagged. Computers line the walls. A makeshift mini-photo studio sits on another wall. In a back room, shelves contain items ranging from busts of Winston Churchill to a bootleg Mickey Mouse faux-fur jacket. more
The Siler City Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to contract with the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Main Street and Rural Planning Center to develop two economic plans — one for downtown and one for the town as a whole. more
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office responded last month to two attempted suicides of young people, both under 25. Neither survived. Josie [not her real name], a senior in a Chatham County high … more
According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 10.9 percent of Chatham high schoolers said they have ever been “physically forced to have sexual intercourse,” compared to 8.4 percent in the state and 7.4 percent in the country. But those who work in the field say that number could be higher. more
RALEIGH — A three-judge panel from the state’s Court of Appeals ruled that North Carolina legislative districts, drawn by the Republican majority in 2017, violated the state’s Constitution … more
A school district’s choices when inclement weather hits are pretty simple: a delay, closing or early release. But how that decision is made is far from simple, and for Chatham County Schools, Dorian provided a perfect example. more
The United Way of North Carolina is embarking on a new program with the state to connect statewide resources for healthcare and human services providers with the resident consumers most in need. … more
Chatham County Schools district staff said Monday that all major school construction projects are currently within budget. Randy Drumheller, the district’s director of maintenance and construction, gave a quarterly update on three projects Monday to the Chatham County Board of Education during the board’s regular meeting. more
Dove hunting returned to North Carolina Sept. 2 with many local hunters taking to area fields over Labor Day weekend for the popular pastime. “I told my wife, this is like my Christmas,” said Justin Sanders, 32, a lifelong outdoor sportsman from Siler City. more
Monday’s Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting focused on new developments in progress inside the town. more
Kevin Laliberte of Pittsboro was arrested and charged late Thursday night with felony second-degree kidnapping, felony discharge of a weapon inside occupied property, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, and misdemeanor injury to real property. more
Chatham's community college has been ranked No. 1 in North Carolina community college by the education ranking website more
SILER CITY — After a couple months closed, Siler City's public library has a re-opening date. The Wren Memorial Library, a branch of Chatham County's library system, will reopen to the … more
NEWS BRIEFS Chatham receives $2.3 million grant for 911 radio system upgrade RALEIGH — Chatham County received a $2,339,608 grant last month to help with an upgrade to the county’s radio … more
Nearly 30 years in any profession gives someone stories they can tell. Law enforcement, according to Mike Wagner, is no different. more
Editor’s note: Chatham County’s farmers and restaurants have a unique partnership, one that’s designed to appeal to the palates of locals with discriminating — and healthy — tastes. In the … more
PITTSBORO — Growing up in the rural Cabarrus County town of Midland, the nearby Rocky River his childhood playground, Dr. Robert Soots developed an early and lasting love and respect for the wild … more
Every week I take hundreds and hundreds of copies of the new edition of the Chatham News + Record to locations across Chatham County, mainly on the eastern side. But my first stop is always the Silk … more
PITTSBORO — The news released last week was exciting for Neha Shah, who couldn’t contain her pleasure at discussing the numbers the next day. Visitor spending in Chatham County reached $36.89 … more
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