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When the plans were drawn up for the Sanctuary at Powell Place apartments in Pittsboro, COVID-19 wasn’t even a thing. Now, the complex is opening up and residents are moving in … more
CORA, the Pittsboro-based nonprofit which has a food pantry there, hosted a “mobile market” food distribution in Siler City, serving more than 125 families over a two-hour … more
Every winter, during a seven-week window between January and March, the Girl Scout Cookie Program gets underway and thousands of boxes of the popular sweet treats — from Thin Mints to Caramel … more
There were some shifts in funds, but generally, things will stay pretty much the same on Siler City’s bottom line next year. Siler City Town Manager Roy Lynch introduced the … more
SILER CITY — This fall, Gisselle Aleman Moreno, a 2020 graduate of Jordan-Matthews High School, is planning to attend Western Carolina University to further her career goal in criminal … more
The uncertain and ongoing saga of whether or not Briar Chapel’s wastewater facility will take on Fearrington Village’s sewage — thus creating a regional wastewater treatment plant, to the … more
Starting on March 17, four days after Gov. Roy Cooper closed all of North Carolina’s public schools for two weeks, Chatham County Schools Nutrition Services personnel began distributing food and meals to anyone and everyone who came to designated food distribution drop-off spots around the county. Through May 22, the district served more than 261,000 meals — nearly 4,000 meals a day if you include weekends. And it will come at a cost. While that total cost isn’t yet known, school nutrition staff will keep on serving, right through the summer. more
Layton Long submitted his two month’s notice for retirement back in February, not knowing what was about to happen. He was all set to leave his job as the director of the Chatham County Public … more
When Emerson Batsche was murdered in Bear Creek last week, it left his mother, in her words, a “shell of a person.” Emerson, 20, died from a gunshot wound to the chest early last Wednesday morning just off Pittsboro-Goldston Road. more
By Monday, Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro was back in the swing of things — sort of. Walk-in business has been light, she said, since the restaurant re-opened to dine-in service, but that was preferable, as they wanted a “transition time.” more
This is the second of a two-part story about child abuse and neglect in Chatham County. more
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When Gov. Roy Cooper announced a Phase Two plan that lessened restrictions on some businesses — including hair salons — and allowed them to re-open at 5 p.m. last Friday, it was the welcome news Susan Lecrone has waited weeks to hear. more
This is a weekly series highlighting some of Chatham’s graduating seniors in the wake of cancellations of ceremonies and traditions due to COVID-19. This week, we're featuring two graduates from Jordan-Matthews High School. more
PITTSBORO — I moved onto this land in Chatham County in 2000. My parcel sits high, on six beautiful wooded acres. I had just sold my dream business, Niche Gardens, and was ready to start … more
The Solidarity Fund, a collaborative fundraising effort to support Chatham County residents who don’t qualify for federal stimulus checks or unemployment during COVID-19, has raised more than $140,000. more
The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is actively trying to obtain personal protection equipment — which has been in short supply nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic — for its staff. more
The Moncure Fire District has requested a two-cent increase in the area’s fire tax rate, but the Chatham County FY 2020-2021 budget does not approve it, citing financial concerns. That didn’t … more
The founders of Siler City’s Community Meal program teamed with other Chatham residents last week to provide a warm lunch to employees at both the Chatham County Health Department and the Piedmont Siler City Community Health Center. more
There have been fewer child abuse reports in Chatham County during COVID-19, but county officials concerned about family isolation say it’s likely not an accurate picture of what’s really happening. Jennie Kristiansen, director of the Chatham County Dept. of Social Services, said DSS saw a 28 percent decrease in reports over the last two months. But that number is probably misleading, she said. more
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