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New ‘master plan’ set to help study programs, amenities
SILER CITY — Anticipated growth from new economic development projects have given town staff in Siler City the opportunity to …
Gallimore makes switch to code enforcer
SILER CITY — Chris Gallimore spent the last eight years working as a patrol officer for Siler City’s police department. In his …
Brewery and Irish pub-style restaurant coming to SoCo
PITTSBORO — At the southwest corner of the town’s traffic circle, SoCo Pittsboro aims to bring a return to the bustling downtown …
New planning director to oversee update of ‘road map’ for future development
SILER CITY — Jennifer Baptiste’s first meeting with the Siler City Board of Commissioners was on Jan. 3, her second day as the …
An updated timeline of Pittsboro’s fight for clean water
PITTSBORO — The town of Pittsboro has dealt with water quality issues for decades. The town’s main water source — the Haw River …
Board debates ADA ramp
SILER CITY — Commissioners met last Tuesday evening at the Wren Memorial Library multipurpose room, where they were finally given a …
Siler City names Jenifer Johnson as budget manager
SILER CITY — Long-time Siler City Town Clerk Jenifer Johnson has been named the town’s new budget manager, a recently-added …
Pittsboro commissioners vote to litigate PFAS manufacturers
PITTSBORO — Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday evening to pursue litigation against manufacturers of PFAS chemicals and …
Siler City close to finalizing SOC for sewer moratorium
SILER CITY — The town of Siler City was placed under a moratorium last May regarding sewer capacity, preventing new developments …
COVID cases on the rise in Chatham
PITTSBORO — COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Chatham County, according to a statement released by the Chatham County Public …
Siler City’s Tina Stroupe leaving post for position in Raleigh
SILER CITY —Tina Stroupe, who’s been Siler City’s Finance Department Director for the last three years, is leaving for a …
Board approves staff compensation study, creates budget manager position
SILER CITY — The town’s board of commissioners has voted to accept a recently completed compensation study which suggested the …
Staff positions reclassified to prepare for growth
SILER CITY — With growth and change imminent in Siler City, Town Manager Hank Raper said he and other administrative staff are …
Sanford provides update on water plant expansion project
PITTSBORO — The town’s board of commissioners heard a presentation from Sanford officials regarding the joint water treatment …
New Sir Pizza owners want to bring ‘family’ to the Siler City staple
SILER CITY — Deanna Edminsten and her husband, Todd, took their children and extended family for meals at Sir Pizza many times since …
Renovations still inching toward completion
SILER CITY — Renovations began at Siler City’s town hall back in 2020, with the expectation that all necessary work would be …
How the county shelter has faired since Sheriff’s Office transition
PITTSBORO — The county’s Animal Resource Center — a target of critics of Sheriff Mike Roberson during his successful re-election …
Chapel Ridge’s Classic Car Club aims to unite community through cars
PITTSBORO — When Chris Tighe and his wife, Debbie Zastocki, moved to Chapel Ridge from New Jersey two years ago, they brought along …
Victim speaks out about childhood sexual abuse
CONTENT WARNING: This story discusses topics of childhood sexual assault and abuse. SILER CITY — Anna Hackney was raised in a …
Siler City commissioners talk strategic plan
SILER CITY — Commissioners held a special session meeting on Monday evening to hear a presentation about the town’s new strategic …