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When N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper encouraged the cancellation of all gatherings of 100 people or more due to the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, one community that had to respond was churches. And in Chatham, those responses were been quite mixed. Even the county’s United Methodist churches weren’t in unison. more
N.C. Governor Roy Cooper ordered the closure of all schools in North Carolina for the next two weeks and banned gatherings of 100 or more in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a strain of the coronavirus that has spread across the globe. more
CHAPEL HILL – UNC Health Care, with facilities in Pittsboro and an affiliate hospital in Siler City, has announced enhanced precautions at all of its facilities statewide as concerns grow … more
Michelle Bir, her husband and four children, three of them school-aged, are currently living in a government-mandated lockdown in the Veneto region of Italy due to the widespread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus. It’s been quite an experience. more
The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners held a second budget retreat on Saturday to set board goals for the town’s fiscal year 2020-2021 budget with an emphasis on infrastructure, staffing and upcoming capital projects. more
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Unlike most of the rest of Chatham County, particularly the eastern side, the town of Goldston has seen virtually no growth in the last 20 years. But a few circumstances are leading observers to project a change, and in an attempt to be proactive, town leaders are close to approving a Unified Development Ordinance — a document which would shape planning and zoning in Goldston in the future. more
The N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health confirmed last week that a Chatham County resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. more
More than 43 percent of Chatham County voters turned out to the polls last Tuesday to weigh in on a number of issues. Nearly 97 percent of them voted “for” or “against” the referendum for a quarter-cent sales tax increase. Just so happens that more said “for” than “against.” more
MONCURE — Duke Energy is constructing a coal ash recycling unit on the property of its former Cape Fear plant in Moncure with the goal of excavating the coal ash in basins there, helping it meet … more
Editor’s note: In this first of a two-part report, the News + Record looks at the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s “Tier” program, which is used to help steer tax credits and grants to the state’s most economically distressed areas. Chatham County’s economic status places it among the state’s 20 Tier 3 counties — meaning it ranks among the least distressed, or most economically advantaged — in N.C. when, in reality, Siler City and other pockets of the county chronically lag behind in development and economic opportunity. more
The Chatham County Board of Education approved Monday night a budget request that saw local expense for public schools rise by nearly $2 million from last year. more
A decade ago, the average number of worshipers attending Pittsboro United Methodist Church on a given Sunday morning was 113. Seven years later, that number — having risen to 260 — had more than doubled, placing the Methodist church among the top 10 percent of growing churches in Chatham County. more
Two major donors to the Chatham County GOP were found guilty of multiple charges in a federal court last week. Greg Lindberg, a Durham businessman who donated $100,000 to the local party in 2018, … more
The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners focused on administrative directives at the board’s meeting on Monday. more
While the technical definition of student homelessness differs from that of the normal population, experts say the impacts are no different. And according to a recent study, the number of students is … more
PITTSBORO — Economic development officials boasted about Chatham County’s recent business successes and sounded hopeful as they looked toward the future. The annual “Opportunity Chatham” … more
PITTSBORO — “Hot Chocolate,” “Apple Pie” and “Chicken Noodle Soup.” Those are just some of the names for the one- and two-story home plans prospective buyers can choose from when … more
This is a running list of the cancellations, delays and other updates from businesses, schools, organizations and more across Chatham County in relation to the spread of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. more
Chatham isn’t the only North Carolina county which struggles with the implications of the Tier system regarding grant and loan funding. Moore County officials say that its Tier 3 ranking shortchanges poorer areas within the county, especially in the town of Robbins. more
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