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Local law enforcement and first responders have been working to address one of the largest health crises in Chatham County’s — and the nation’s — history: substance use disorder and overdose deaths. more
Pollutants in the Haw River have made headlines across the state in the past year, but nowhere is the impact of those pollutants greater than in Chatham County. This week, we speak with two of the … more
PITTSBORO — Starting a fresh week of school can challenge any student, but on one recent Monday, a 16-year-old Northwood High School student faced the biggest challenge of her life. more
PITTSBORO — A few months ago, dropping kids off at Pittsboro Elementary School meant approximately six to 10 minutes of sitting in the carpool line. As of Jan. 10, it means listening six to 10 minutes of something a bit more exciting: 92.7 FM WPES In The Morning, a radio segment with students to highlight school news and happenings. more
Jennie Knowlton, founder and executive director of The Quiltmaker Café, began her first nonprofit journey early last year, along with her husband, David, and daughter, Elizabeth. Having … more
Nationally known actor and playwright Mike Wiley is something of a local legend. He’s spent the last decade bringing educational theater to schools and communities in Chatham and across the country, emphasizing key events and figures in African American history. more
Now a second-semester senior, Evelin Muñoz Tebalan has been selected as one of 411 semifinalists nationwide for the prestigious Cooke College Scholarship. more
Editor’s note: Dr. Anthony Jackson, Chatham County Schools’ superintendent, spent time with the News + Record on his 6-month anniversary in the position. Here’s a report from that conversation. … more
A group of Chatham residents says the negative effects of school suspensions — which includes the interruption of the suspended students’ education — are as concerning as the disproportionate rates at which students with disabilities and Black and multiracial students are referred to law enforcement for actions at school. more
Author Amor Towles’ most recent novel, “The Lincoln Highway,” was named the number one book on Amazon.com’s list of “books of the year” for 2021, with Amazon editors describing it as “a … more
BURLINGTON — Jolene Sliwka was searching through a thrift store for vintage t-shirts and used records 35 years ago when she picked up a “scratch off and sniff” Valentine’s Day card and added it to her haul. more
Born in St. Louis in 1958 and raised in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, Gardner — who just retired from his position as Chief Deputy of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office — bore witness to the vestiges of Jim Crow and simultaneously, the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement. more
This week, we speak with Taylor Hobbs III about what community service means to him, his work and his thoughts about how Chatham County is changing. more
Diane Smith wheels around in her office chair at the West Chatham Food Pantry and summons a detailed Excel spreadsheet. In 2021 alone, the 69-year-old Smith oversaw an organization that distributed anywhere from 4.5 to 8.5 tons of food per month to Chatham County residents in need. more
A new temporary exhibit at Chatham’s Historical Museum showcases the county’s Black history — from the triumphs to the tragedies — during Black History Month. more
The Chatham Community Library and Chatham’s Community Remembrance Coalition will commemorate Black History Month by co-sponsoring a virtual lecture about the contributions of Chatham’s free … more
Starting March 4, adults 50 years and older may register online for the games at http://torch.ncseniorgames.org. Interested seniors without email or internet access may alternatively fill out and send in printed registration forms. more
Despite long periods of segregation and discrimination, Pittsboro has been home to generation after generation of African-American families. That history dates back 250 years, but much of it was … more
Formerly a Chatham County Schools parent liaison and teacher, López Garcia became the Hispanic Liaison’s new youth program assistant in December to mentor Chatham’s Hispanic youth and empower them to achieve their dreams. more
PITTSBORO — Aaron Puryear has been one of the co-owners of Oak City Hemp — located at The Plant in Pittsboro — since the company’s inception in 2018, when hemp-derived products were federally … more
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