The News
PITTSBORO — The town’s board of commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to become a part of North Carolina’s Viable Utility program, which could provide Pittsboro with grant money …
SILER CITY, NC — The Siler City Police Department will begin some operational changes effective July 1, 2022.  The department will continue to provide police services to the community 24 …
The Chatham County Schools Board of Education named three new principals at its personnel meeting. Nikki Murchison was named principal of Bonlee School, April Burko at Jordan-Matthews High School and Caroline Linker at Silk Hope School.
SILER CITY — The new proposed North Carolina budget has opened speculation about the potential occupant of the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) megasite. 
PITTSBORO — Town commissioners on Monday decided to hold a special session Thursday, June 30, to discuss a response to a N.C. Dept. of Environmental Quality letter regarding Pittsboro qualifying …
Local Sports
PITTSBORO — As the days get hotter, the pools get cooler and the ice cream melts faster, the sights, sounds and familiar feelings of summer are finally creeping their way back into our …
PITTSBORO — With this year’s NBA Finals out of the way, Pittsboro had the stage to itself last week for its own version of an action-packed basketball competition. In a selection of …
PITTSBORO — Nationally, lacrosse hasn’t yet broken into the mainstream, with it being most popular in the northeastern U.S. with small pockets of interest in other regions across the …
If you’ve been a News + Record subscriber for any number of my 18-month tenure as the paper’s sports editor, you’ll likely know one super important thing about me: I loathe Duke …
SILER CITY — According to our calendars, it’s only June. But football is already the talk of the town. Registration opened for Siler City’s newest youth football team — the 14U Siler City …
Current conditions
La Voz de Chatham
The COVID-19 pandemic may have cast a spotlight on the importance of good mental health for most of America, but for some Siler City residents, it’s been a priority for at least the past four years.
A few weeks ago, district leadership once again studied a pool of staff nominations, as they had for the past several months, to choose Chatham County Schools’ April Equity Champion of the …
SILER CITY — The Siler City Immigrant Community Advisory Committee heard subcommittee updates and discussed ways to better serve youth mental health needs with youth-serving agencies during its …
For the past month, lay health advisor Maria Herrera has spent over six hours each week knocking on doors in Love’s Creek to share COVID-19 information, resolve doubts and help her neighbors get vaccinated.
Education
Back in mid-December, Massiah Smith struggled to figure out the plotting and functions assignments in her math homework. She decided the best way to solve her problem would be to send an email to her fellow classmate.
SANFORD — The Golden LEAF Board of Directors has awarded Central Carolina Community College $498,924.36 for training equipment for a regional truck driving and logistics program providing …
Districts across North Carolina have left millions of COVID-19 relief funds on the table by not allocating them, but that’s not the case here: Chatham County Schools has clear plans for the nearly $19 million it will ultimately get. The clock to spend that money keeps ticking, with school districts needing to decide on allocations by September 2024.
Politics
Siler City’s first even-year municipal election drew just under 25% of registered voters to the polls, according to the Chatham County Board of Elections’ voting statistics — a slight 0.7% increase from 2019, and a 2% decrease from 2017.
SILER CITY — An ongoing investigation into disturbing text messages sent to former political candidates in Chatham County has been handed off to the Siler City Police Department, according to …
The Chatham County Board of Elections’ post-election “canvass” process didn’t see any changes to the outcomes of Chatham County’s 2022 primary elections, held on May 17, according to …
Thomas “Chip” Price, 66, and a lifelong resident of Siler City, takes office June 6 after serving 11 years as an at-large commissioner. He fills the seat vacated when former Mayor John Grimes died in office back on Oct. 20, 2020, and says he’s bringing a deep love for the town and its people to his new post.
Voters across North Carolina cast ballots in recent weeks and in large numbers on Tuesday, selecting their party standard-bearers for contests from county commissioner to U.S. Senate. The marquee …
Columns/Opinions
In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Justice Samuel Alito’s argument began and ended with the claim that abortion is never mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. But I contend it is …
Among the long list of things the internet has encouraged is to turn too many of us into overly enthusiastic blowhards, as well as elevate not too few of us into high-minded, self-appointed …
Long ago and far away when dinosaurs roamed the world and I was a wee young lad — well, at least a young lad — I was often not very fond, detested at times even, hearing much in the way of …
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation. A well-balanced diet includes a proper mix of the …
I realize that when I posted to the Bynum listserv asking why there was not more diversity in the “Viewpoints” section of the Chatham News + Record that I may have ruffled some feathers. I wrote …