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Compadres Mexican Restaurant to hold meet-and-greet with Franklin Gomez Flores Tuesday
SILER CITY — The Hispanic Liaison plans to offer “Latinxs” the opportunity to meet Chatham County’s first Latino commissioner …
Siler City group launches fundraiser to install plaque, mural honoring historical Black businesses
SILER CITY — On the fringes of downtown Siler City, a group of unassuming brick buildings stand along South Birch Avenue, where they …
Neighbors to celebrate Chatham Rocky River bridge’s 100th anniversary
‘We don’t want to replace it’ Along Chatham Church Road about 12 miles south of Pittsboro, a one-lane steel truss bridge …
The Hispanic Liaison’s new deputy director brings wealth of information, heart to her role
SILER CITY — When Chatham resident Hannia Benitez was younger, her mother taught her a few principles to live by: “Learn as much …
Hispanic Liaison opens new satellite office in Sanford
SANFORD — Inside a squat building at 215 Bracken St., a small, two-desk office has turned into the Lee County base for a Siler City …
Nearly 32% of CCS students are Hispanic. How is the district serving them?
Editor’s note: In this second of a series of reports, the News + Record is examining school equity in Chatham, looking specifically …
Chapel in the Pines hosts first COVID-19 vaccination clinic, sees low turnout
CHAPEL HILL — Throughout much of Chatham County’s vaccine rollout, resident Dionicio Hernández didn’t ask himself whether he …
It’s coming back: Hispanic Heritage Fiesta returns in September
SILER CITY — Last year, COVID-19 forced organizers to cancel Siler City’s Hispanic Heritage Fiesta. The year before that, its …
Chapel in the Pines to host bilingual vaccination clinic Sunday
CHAPEL HILL — The Hispanic Liaison and Better Care, a Greensboro-based medical provider, will hold a bilingual vaccination clinic at …
El Futuro launches program to improve mental health among Northeast Florida’s Hispanic community
DURHAM — El Futuro launched an initiative to improve mental health outcomes and develop tailored services for Latino families …
Chatham Health Alliance, others to distribute free resources next week in Washington Avenue Park
SILER CITY — The Chatham Health Alliance will bring its Community Resource Hub to Washington Avenue Park on May 18 to distribute …
Hispanic Liaison’s 5 de Mayo fundraising raffle collects over $6,000
The Hispanic Liaison’s month-long 5 de Mayo raffle raised $6,100 in donations and gave away five prizes, including a car in …
The Hispanic Liaison hires a COVID-19 Project Manager to direct relief efforts
For more than 10 years, Chapel Hill consultant Will Mendoza helped businesses and organizations come up with strategies to better …
‘Day of the Books’ drive-thru celebration delivers hundreds of bilingual books to Siler City children
SILER CITY — The Chatham County Partnership for Children’s annual Day of the Books celebration distributed about 200 new and used …
Chatham HS students collect over $14,000 worth of donated hygiene products
When four high school juniors first launched their donation drive for menstrual and hygiene products in Chatham County, they didn’t …
'We need the community': Siler City murder suspect still on the run
SILER CITY — More than four months after the killing of Ramon Hernandez, Chatham County police have made little progress in locating …
Here's how to talk with your child about sexual abuse
Child sex abuse is more common than many think — and it’s also a lot closer than many realize. Just weeks ago, the Siler City …
Day of the Books celebration to return as a drive-thru event May 1
SILER CITY — Last year, COVID-19 restrictions turned the Chatham County Partnership for Children’s interactive, walk-through Day …
Siler City nonprofit hosts ‘smooth’ vaccination clinic — but with lower turnout than expected
SILER CITY — Inside Vidas de Esperanza Clinic last Saturday, Siler City resident María Blanca E. López López sat on the …
A quarter of Chatham’s Hispanic population partially vaccinated, but rates trail other racial, ethnic groups
Nearly four months into Chatham’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, just under a quarter of Chatham’s Hispanic population has been …
Siler City clinic to hold COVID-19 vaccination drive Saturday
SILER CITY — Vidas de Esperanza, a Siler City clinic, will host a COVID-19 vaccination drive from 8:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for …
'This is my chance:' Chatham HS students get vaccinated
Shortly before 10 a.m. last Thursday, Jordan-Matthews senior Jacquelinne Marroquin Tobar drove to Piedmont Health’s Siler City …
El Futuro begins vaccination drive for the Latino community
SILER CITY — El Futuro, a bilingual mental health clinic, held the first of several COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Durham Sunday …
Chatham Health Alliance expands outreach directly to Spanish-speaking neighborhoods
The Chatham Health Alliance has been connecting hundreds of Chatham residents to resources since the COVID-19 pandemic’s early …
Chatham health dept. vaccinates hundreds of Hispanic residents at St. Julia’s
SILER CITY — Just off U.S Hwy. 64 on Harold Hart Road last Saturday, a line of cars began to wrap around St. Julia’s Catholic …
Some Chatham vaccine providers hope to receive J&J doses in April
As vaccine eligibility widens in North Carolina, some Chatham vaccine providers say they hope to receive the single-shot J&J vaccines …
Chatham students start donation drive for products to fight ‘period poverty’
For Annika Lowe, the idea to fight local “period poverty” all began with TikTok. While scrolling through the social media …
Under new management, Carolina Cravings combines the best of both worlds
PITTSBORO — Less than a block away from Pittsboro’s historic courthouse, two young Mexican immigrants have baked something new out …
Traffic circle project hurts some downtown business owners, encourages hope in others
PITTSBORO — The trucks arrived in January: dozers, backhoes, compactors. Soon, they’d stripped the pavement and gutted the …
Chatham works to combat education disparities, provide equal chance for success
But as schools begin reopening, education experts warn that long-standing educational disparities have only deepened during remote …
After three years, Rojo Canela in Siler City closes for good
After nearly three years of serving Siler City with “calidez humana,” or human warmth, Rojo Canela has shut down — permanently. …
El Futuro weighs telehealth as tool to expand mental health services and reach
SILER CITY — In early 2020, El Futuro’s mental health clinics offered primarily in-person services, save for a telehealth program …
Here’s what you need to know about getting vaccinated in Chatham
Editor’s note: As more COVID-19 vaccine doses become available and other information about access changes, it’s hard to stay …
Chatham vaccine providers work to ensure vaccine equity for Hispanic residents
Chatham vaccine providers haven't vaccinated as many Latino residents as hoped, despite making equity a key piece of their vaccination …
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle launches food distribution and health program for Chatham’s minority seniors
This year, like every year, February was designated in Chatham as “We Love Seniors” Month — and though the Inter-Faith Food …
Delayed shipments arrive, allowing Chatham providers to resume vaccinations
Last week’s severe weather delayed vaccine shipments across the country and forced Chatham vaccine providers to reschedule …
'The sooner, the better:' School staff to begin accessing vaccines in Chatham
Last Friday, the Chatham County Public Health Department announced that school staff and childcare workers ages 50 and older will …
Most Chatham residents get vaccinated outside the county, health dept. finds
When North Carolina first began rolling out vaccinations, Chatham resident Linda Smith thought it would be easy to get an …
Some vaccine providers' no-ID rule might allow some to ‘skip in line.’ But Chatham providers say it’s worth it.
Many Chatham vaccine providers don’t require ID to ensure that it’s not a barrier to vaccination — a decision which could allow …
J-M’s Vicky Tobar provides interpretation, support to Siler City’s Spanish-speaking families
SILER CITY — Growing up, Virginia “Vicky” Tobar had always wanted to be a school nurse. She’d even started studying to be one …
Chatham CIS’ Perla Ayala set to take dream job
SILER CITY — When Siler City resident Perla Ayala was younger, her family often encouraged her to consider three specific careers. …
Chatham 250 to offer soccer tournament, create dedicated Latino history archive
Chatham County’s 250th anniversary celebration is set to kick off in early spring, and for its planners, it’s not just a birthday …
Hispanic nonprofit offers free business seminar in Spanish to N.C.’s Hispanic business owners
Prospera, a Florida-based Hispanic nonprofit, will offer a free, Spanish-language seminar about several grant programs to North …