The News
In recent years, more North Carolina charter schools have set aside seats for “educationally disadvantaged” students in their often competitive admission lotteries. The trend is true …
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 anyone who wants a dose. And the best part? No appointment …
If I have to tell you once, I have to tell you 10,000 times.  Or at least that’s the challenge for Gary Pruitt, who has overseen the last three presidential elections as president and …
Congressman Ted Budd (R-N.C.) is considering a bid for Richard Burr’s Senate seat in the 2022 midterm election, according to members of his staff. Several reports in recent days have suggested …
As North Carolina begins to “open up” after a long pandemic year, organizers of festivals and events in Chatham County are figuring out ways to celebrate and get people together in a safe and logical method.
Community Calendar
Community Calendar for April 15 - April 21

Events are subject to change based on closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Verify with organizers prior to events. The 2021 Spring Chicken Festival, scheduled for May 1, has been …

Local Sports
PITTSBORO — As the West Carteret Patriots pushed forward in the first half, fighting for every inch on a third-down play in Northwood territory, the ball suddenly popped out of the pile of …
BEAR CREEK — There’s one sport at Chatham Central that’s flying under the radar this year. And if you’re in Bear Creek, you might want to take notice. The …
GREENSBORO — A little less than four years ago, on the pitch at Woods Charter, the NCHSAA record for most career goals was shattered. Competing in the third round of the 1A playoffs, Isabel …
Here are scores and schedules for Chatham County high school athletics from Monday, April 12 to Sunday, April 18. This story will be updated throughout the week. Monday, April 12 Soccer: …
PITTSBORO — If you didn’t receive an invite to the Chargers’ hit parade, hosted last Thursday at 310 Northwood High School Road, you might be one of the only ones. Almost every …
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After nearly three years of serving Siler City with “calidez humana,” or human warmth, Rojo Canela has shut down — permanently. March 1 was the restaurant’s last day.
SILER CITY — In early 2020, El Futuro’s mental health clinics offered primarily in-person services, save for a telehealth program they’d designed for migrant farmworkers. Now, in early 2021, …
Chatham vaccine providers haven't vaccinated as many Latino residents as hoped, despite making equity a key piece of their vaccination campaigns. Here's what they're doing to fix that.
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CH@T: With two new books out, Hogan talks writing, looks ahead

Moncure resident and veteran author Judy Hogan has recently released two books, each the latest of a series: “Baba Summer, Part Two,” a memoir of her time in Russian, and a work of fiction, …

Ch@T: Folklorist Rankin, author McCorkle to discuss ‘Goat Light’ Duke University professor, photographer, folklorist and author Tom Rankin and his wife, novelist and award-winning short-story writer Jill McCorkle, will be featured in Chatham Literacy’s …
Education
Education Briefs CCS summer programming planning PITTSBORO — Chatham County Schools administrators want input about summer opportunities for academic enrichment, so a survey has been created …
In the last month, shifting state and federal COVID-19 guidance on school reopening led to a whirlwind of district decisions increasing in-person instruction — including in Chatham. While …
From working out virtually in the offseason to wearing masks while competing in front of mostly empty bleachers, high school sports across Chatham County — and the rest of the state — have had a …
PITTSBORO — Schools of the Arts for Boys Academy hosted a golf tournament on March 20 to fundraise for its fall 2021 opening. With 70 golfers out of 72 registered — despite the cold …
PITTSBORO — Students in 6th-12th grades will have the option to attend in-person learning under Plan A on April 19, the Chatham County Schools Board of Education decided at a special meeting on …
Columns/Opinions
In the early 1930s, few North Carolinians outside metropolitan areas had electricity. Private companies supplied power to cities and large towns, but they had no financial incentive to run lines …
To the Editor: I want to thank Rep. Ted Budd for his recent visit to Siler City to honor the late Mayor John Grimes. I think it’s important that our congressman visits the area he represents. …
The church I serve as pastor affirms and supports the full rights of the LGBTQIA community. If not all of these letters are familiar, “I” generally stands for intersex, and “A” can stand for …
On March 31, the North Carolina Senate passed the hugely controversial SB 387, titled the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021, by margin of 48 senators in favor, none opposed. The following day, …
I watched Ken Burns’ and Kim Novick’s new film about writer Ernest Hemingway last week on PBS. I recorded the three-part series thinking I would not be able to stay up past my bedtime, which …