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As Siler City continues to grow, new Town Manager Hank Raper says expansion of town services will become a necessary step to ensure residents are satisfied with the work of town departments. One first step: expanding and separating Siler City’s Public Works and Utilities department into two separate entities. more
Now, the woman behind the desk — a bedrock of the J-M community — is retiring. Rose Pate celebrated her final year at J-M on Wednesday night with a special retirement ceremony in the school’s auditorium. The ceremony featured more than 50 current students, staff and alumni dating as far back as the class of 2006. more
Mary John Little Resch, the widow of Alan Resch, the former Chatham News and Chatham Record publisher, died Saturday after a brief battle with abdominal cancer. more
The “Swords into Plowshares” service, hosted by Chapel in the Pines and The Local Church and held at the former’s sanctuary, was a powerful reminder of the need for healing in the wake of traumatic incidents. More than 60 people gathered in the church to sing hymns, read scripture and be in the presence of one another during this challenging time. more
From inside her Siler City home, blogger Amy Smith has accidentally achieved every entrepreneur’s dream: build a thriving business around her passion. more
VinFast, the Vietnamese automaker planning a $4 billion electric vehicle manufacturing facility at Chatham’s Triangle Innovation Point, hopes to begin moving dirt at its 1,977-acre site on or around July 1. First, though, the company must acquire all that land. more
PITTSBORO — Commissioners may pursue litigation against industries responsible for repeated discharges of PFAS and 1,4-Dioxane — chemical compounds which are likely human carcinogens … more
A retired N.C. Highway Patrol supervisor who analyzed the dashcam video for the News + Record of a traffic stop resulting in a Staley man’s death has described the actions of Chatham County Trooper Rodney Cook during the incident as "textbook." more
CARY — In its 19 wins this season, the Woods Charter’s women’s soccer team hadn’t seen an opponent quite like this one. Christ the King — the West’s No. 3 seed … more
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners received an update about the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) project during its Monday work session and provided input on … more
RALEIGH — House Democrats hosted a press conference last Thursday to discuss House Bill 1136: NC Working Families Act, which represents House Democrats’ priorities for the Short Session … more
If volunteers did not freely give their time, energy and efforts, then the Chatham County Council on Aging would cease to exist. Instead, homebound Chatham County seniors can rely on a hot meal … more
SILER CITY — A newly-constituted board of commissioners on Monday vented to contractors and architects about delays in the city hall renovation project. “Let’s suffice it to say that … more
The results of the recent statewide Teacher Working Conditions Survey were released last week, with Chatham County Schools educators expressing a high degree of satisfaction with the school district and the respective schools at which they teach. more
Tanner Bubeck has joined the staff of the News + Record as a summer intern and will work as a photographer and help with the newspaper’s social media platforms. Bubeck, 21, is a resident of … more
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Public Health Department (CCPHD) is transitioning from providing traditional maternal care services at its Siler City clinic, shifting to community-based services … more
PITTSBORO — At its final scheduled meeting of the 2021-2022 school year, the Chatham County Board of Education on Monday honored student-athletes, scholastic teams and school staff who made the … more
After the May 24 shooting at another elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the CN+R reached out to Williamson again with follow-up questions. Here’s that conversation: more
Sam Brownfield has lived with the stress of not knowing whether his business, Rocky River Hemp, will be around for the long haul. As a hemp farmer and the company’s co-owner, he and others working in North Carolina’s hemp industry, which is expected to be worth around $25 billion by 2025, have been working under a cloud of impermanance. The law that made growing hemp legal in 2015 was approved on a temporary basis, meaning any change could put him — and the state’s 1,500 other growers — out of business. more
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? Both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis plant, but there are differences in the chemical make up of the two. Marijuana refers to … more
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