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As COVID-19 continues on, my tracking of how chain stores and restaurants continues on. This week, it’s fast food restaurants, and you’re likely to find, like me, that things are pretty much the … more
I’m a class of 2000 “Xennial.” Born in October 1981, I can do analog and digital. I thought I learned all I needed to know from the computer game, “Oregon Trail.” In the game, you hoped … more
My husband Chris and I have three kids in the Chatham County Schools — in 5th, 9th and 11th grade. While I realize I am coming at this pandemic from a place of privilege as far as income and … more
Another week of sheltering at home, another week of trawling Netflix for entertainment to pass the hours. Here are a few promising new offerings being released this week by the big N: “Absurd! … more
This week’s recipe is the reason The Kid and I have one of our most cherished annual traditions. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating — I love potato salad. Honest. If it … more
With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the cancellations of events everywhere, the organizers of ClydeFEST — an annual kids’ art event celebrating a local folk art hero — had to get creative. … more
Editor’s note: This is the debut of a new occasional feature in the CN+R. “The Optimistic Gardener,” by Chatham County’s Dolly R. Sickles, will feature the advice of an experienced gardener … more
With a stay-at-home order in place and a limit on the number of people who can gather together in any confined space, Chatham-based performing artists — and the “art-workers” who assist … more
This counts as the second installment in my effort to pay attention to what’s going on with the nationwide or region-wide chains that have locations in Chatham County. This week, we’ll look at … more
I feel, Gentle Reader, as if I have cheated you. Most years I do at least one Easter column and share a related recipe. Lots of spring veg, brunch dishes, and light, fresh desserts. One year I did … more
The North Carolina Outer Banks are suddenly in vogue again as a TV and movie setting. One of last year’s surprise movie hits was “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” a Twain-esque adventure-comedy … more
Working from home. Sounds easy, even desirable. No distractions from co-workers, minimal phone calls, high productivity. But when you’re a people person in a people business, like I am, working … more
The Plant on Lorax Lane in Pittsboro has lived many lives. The facility now boasts 12 diverse tenants, from electricians and engineers, to organic and sustainable products, to craft distillers. Owner Lyle Estill calls the facility an eco-industrial park which also hosts the Chatham Beverage District. more
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