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Chatham County’s Hispanic community has been affected by COVID-19 more than any other single population group within the county borders, according to data released Friday by the Chatham County Public Health Department. more
In the wake of COVID-19, many residents have been grappling with depleted grocery shelves and anxiety over access to food. As a result, many are turning to creating Victory Gardens in Chatham County. … more
Cicadas — the small but loud insects which cyclically emerge from their underground habitats — are due back in large numbers in central North Carolina with the arrival of sustained … more
Interim Pittsboro Town Manager Bob Morgan is recommending a town budget that reflects a 10 percent drop in revenue and expenditures for fiscal 2020-21, owing to adverse impact from the … more
The Chatham County Board of Elections is preparing for the 2020 general election amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We do plan, as usual, to have early voting,” said Pandora Paschal, director of … more
CORA, the Pittsboro-based nonprofit which has a food pantry there, hosted a “mobile market” food distribution in Siler City, serving more than 125 families over a two-hour … more
Every winter, during a seven-week window between January and March, the Girl Scout Cookie Program gets underway and thousands of boxes of the popular sweet treats — from Thin Mints to Caramel … more
There were some shifts in funds, but generally, things will stay pretty much the same on Siler City’s bottom line next year. Siler City Town Manager Roy Lynch introduced the … more
The uncertain and ongoing saga of whether or not Briar Chapel’s wastewater facility will take on Fearrington Village’s sewage — thus creating a regional wastewater treatment plant, to the … more
Starting on March 17, four days after Gov. Roy Cooper closed all of North Carolina’s public schools for two weeks, Chatham County Schools Nutrition Services personnel began distributing food and meals to anyone and everyone who came to designated food distribution drop-off spots around the county. Through May 22, the district served more than 261,000 meals — nearly 4,000 meals a day if you include weekends. And it will come at a cost. While that total cost isn’t yet known, school nutrition staff will keep on serving, right through the summer. more
By Monday, Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro was back in the swing of things — sort of. Walk-in business has been light, she said, since the restaurant re-opened to dine-in service, but that was preferable, as they wanted a “transition time.” more
This is the second of a two-part story about child abuse and neglect in Chatham County. more
When Gov. Roy Cooper announced a Phase Two plan that lessened restrictions on some businesses — including hair salons — and allowed them to re-open at 5 p.m. last Friday, it was the welcome news Susan Lecrone has waited weeks to hear. more
PITTSBORO — I moved onto this land in Chatham County in 2000. My parcel sits high, on six beautiful wooded acres. I had just sold my dream business, Niche Gardens, and was ready to start … more
The Solidarity Fund, a collaborative fundraising effort to support Chatham County residents who don’t qualify for federal stimulus checks or unemployment during COVID-19, has raised more than $140,000. more
The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is actively trying to obtain personal protection equipment — which has been in short supply nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic — for its staff. more
The Moncure Fire District has requested a two-cent increase in the area’s fire tax rate, but the Chatham County FY 2020-2021 budget does not approve it, citing financial concerns. That didn’t … more
There have been fewer child abuse reports in Chatham County during COVID-19, but county officials concerned about family isolation say it’s likely not an accurate picture of what’s really happening. Jennie Kristiansen, director of the Chatham County Dept. of Social Services, said DSS saw a 28 percent decrease in reports over the last two months. But that number is probably misleading, she said. more
SILER CITY — Siler City Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Cheek passed away on Tuesday at SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Healthcare in Pittsboro. Cheek had fallen ill last … more
The infrastructure that produces the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in Chatham County, North Carolina and around the country is testing, and the state government has relied on numbers of tests conducted as part of its procedure for “re-opening” businesses and other operations. Testing in Chatham County has taken different forms since the first COVID-19 cases were identified in the county in early March — and according to health officials, it’s played a major role in how the county has responded to the novel coronavirus crisis. more
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