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Posted 1/24/20


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‘House Divided’ panel to address Civil War, Confederate symbolism

PITTSBORO — Chatham For All and Abundance NC are sponsoring “A House Divided – The Civil War Today,” which will feature a panel discussion with four national scholars discussing the truths and fallacies about the Civil War and Confederate symbolism.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Chatham County Agriculture Center in Pittsboro.

“We have an obligation to pass on accurate information to the generations that follow us,” said Del Turner, chairman of Chatham For All, “so they can use facts instead myths to form their world views.”

The scholars include:

• Dr. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William Umstead Distinguished Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill

• Dr. William Sturkey, Assoc. Professor of American History and Advisor for UNC Center for the American South.

• Dr. Thavolia Glymph, Professor of History and Law, Duke University

• Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar, Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill, who specializes in military history of the Civil War.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to Chatham For All on Facebook or contact Mark Barroso at

Jordan-Matthews hosts Siler City Elementary in faculty basketball game Jan. 30

SILER CITY — We fight like family.

That’s the theme of a night of family fun for a good cause when the Jordan-Matthews faculty takes on the teachers from Siler City Elementary on Thursday, Jan. 30, at JM.

The game tips off at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $5 per person, with preschool children admitted free.

“Proceeds from the game and all concessions will go to a family that’s special to both schools,” said JM teacher Jessica Sandel. “Johnna Canipe teaches at Siler City, and her children go to JM, so when we found out she was battling cancer, we wanted to give folks at both schools the chance to support their family.”

In addition to cheering on your school, plan to have supper at the event! Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be available, as well as cotton candy, popcorn and drinks.

Council on Aging hosts Black History Month events

SILER CITY — The Chatham County Council On Aging will host its Black History Month Celebration at the Western Senior Center in Siler City, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 4.

Speakers will include Neriah Edwards-Boone, who will perform a Harriet Tubman monologue, and State Sen. Valerie Foushee and N.C. Rep. Robert Reives II. Karen Howard, chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, will serve as emcee.

On Feb. 6, Indira Everett, district manager of Government & Community Relations at Duke Energy, will be presenting a $5,000 Storm Resiliency Food Supply Grant to the Council for the COA’s frozen/shelf stable meals program. The presentation will take place at COA’s board meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastern Center in Pittsboro.

COA’s 24th annual Healthy Heart & Body Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 18 at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center.

New voting location for Mann’s Chapel residents

The Chatham County Board of Elections unanimously adopted a resolution on Nov. 19 to relocate voters from the Perry Harrison Elementary School, located at 2655 Hamlets Chapel Rd., Pittsboro. All registered voters who reside in the Mann’s Chapel Precinct will now vote at the CCCC Health Science Building located at 75 Ballentrae Court, Pittsboro.

Mountaire becomes first chicken company to become One Health Certified

SILER CITY — Mountaire Farms has become the first chicken company in the United States to become approved in One Health Certified, a new comprehensive animal care program that is verified by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

One Health Certified focuses on five core areas of animal production: disease prevention, veterinary care, responsible antibiotic use, animal welfare, and environmental impacts. It was developed by a coalition of technical experts from protein companies as well as non-profit organizations and universities, and is now administered by the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research (NIAMRRE) hosted by Iowa State University.

Mountaire successfully completed USDA audits in November of 2019 at all its production facilities, including hatcheries, feed mills, grow out, and harvest plants, verifying that the company was complying with the strict new guidelines.

“It was important to us that we participate in a holistic and ethical program that strives for optimal health outcomes for animals, consumers, and the planet,” said Dr. Don Ritter, a veterinarian who serves as director of technical marketing for Mountaire Farms. “One Health Certified successfully avoids the trade-offs and unintended consequences of more narrowly focused programs, which may at times put animal health and welfare at unnecessary risk.”

Local athletes win at Senior Games State Finals

Senior athletes from Chatham County won medals in the 2019 North Carolina Senior Games Finals held in Raleigh. The winning athletes qualified at the Annual 2019 Chatham County Senior Games this past spring. Winners and their placings:

• Berto Anderson placed third in Tennis Singles.

• Steve Barrett took first place in 200 Yard Individual Medley, first place in 100 Yard Backstroke and first place in 50 Yard Butterfly.

• Ronald Bousquet won third place Archery Conv-Recurve Barebow.

• Thomas Campbell took third place in 50 Yard Backstroke.

• Laurie Cherico and Jan Cowperthwaite won first place in Pickleball Doubles.

• Dan Ellis and Jan Cowperthwaite placed third in Pickleball Mixed Doubles.

• Bobby Diamond took first place in Basketball Shooting.

• Dan Ellis and Thomas Sacharewitz placed third in Pickleball Doubles.

• Jerry Gevirtz won third place in Tennis Singles

• Jerry Gevirtz and Berto Anderson took first place in Tennis Doubles.

• Lynn Harrell won second place in Bocce.

• CL Kendall placed second in Tennis Singles.

• CL Kendall and Mary Anne Kendall won first place in Tennis Mixed Doubles.

• Mary Anne Kendall won second place in Table Tennis Singles.

• Mary Anne Kendall and Abigail Tom took second place in Table Tennis Doubles.

• Mary Anne Kendall and George Cumpston placed second in Table Tennis Mixed Doubles.

• Mary Anne Kendall took first place in Tennis Singles.

• Jim McDiarmid took first place in Archery Conv-Recurve Barebow.

• Nick Murray placed third in Bowling Singles.

• Bill Powers won first place in the 100 Meter Dash and the 5K Run and second place in the 400 Meter Dash.

• Lillian Pruett placed second in Table Tennis Singles.

• Lillian Pruett and Bruce Wayne won first place in Table Tennis Mixed Doubles.

• Abigail Tom and Alan Tom took first place in Table Tennis Mixed Doubles.

• Bruce Wayne placed third in Tennis Singles and Table Tennis Singles.

• Don Weisz won first place in Softball Throw.

Chatham County Senior Games is one of 53 local programs across North Carolina sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games. NCSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults 50 years of age and better. Senior Games is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

NCSG offers Silver Arts, the statewide heritage, visual, literary, and performing arts program; Silver Liners, Senior line dancing program; and Silver Striders, a national award-winning walking program.

Qualifications for next year’s State Finals will be held in the Spring of 2020 at the Chatham County Senior Games. For more information on Chatham County Senior Games, please contact Liz Lahti at (919)542-4512, or


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