The News
At this rehearsal, it’s just over a week before the curtain rises on “The Lottery,” a one-act play that will be performed Friday as the first dramatic theater production for Jordan-Matthews High School after taking a more than one-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
For more than 10 years, Chapel Hill consultant Will Mendoza helped businesses and organizations come up with strategies to better achieve their visions. Now, he’s bringing that same drive and …
When four high school juniors first launched their donation drive for menstrual and hygiene products in Chatham County, they didn’t expect to receive many donations. Chatham County, however, …
In honor of National Nurses Week, the News + Record spoke with Eric Wolak, the chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at Chatham Hospital, about his career and the work nurses perform in …
A new Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Plan will ensure and focus on equitable practices in Chatham County’s employment terms and conditions over the next two years and work to increase diversity …
Community Calendar
Community Calendar for May 5 - May 12

Events are subject to change based on closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Verify with organizers prior to events. The Friends of the Chatham Community Library has cancelled its Spring …

Local Sports
SILER CITY — A staple during the spring, athletes from across the county — and country — are choosing the next step in their academic and athletic careers, signing letters of intent with …
Here are scores and schedules for Chatham County high school athletics from Monday, May 3 to Sunday, May 9. This story will be updated throughout the week. Monday, May 3 Golf: Chatham Charter …
BEAR CREEK — Chatham Central men’s tennis continues to add to its growing list of firsts. On April 20, the Bears won their first match against the Union Pines Vikings in school …
SILER CITY — The pandemic-shortened season didn’t end the way the Jets hoped. Instead of punching a ticket to the postseason, the Jordan-Matthews women’s soccer team saw its …
PITTSBORO — As the Chargers learned on Tuesday, a perfect opening day atmosphere doesn’t automatically ensure a perfect opening day game. It was an evening fit for baseball. Clear. …
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SILER CITY — The Chatham News + Record published its first Spanish print edition of La Voz de Chatham last week nearly a year after the bilingual reporting project first began. It’s also …
SILER CITY — Last year, COVID-19 restrictions turned the Chatham County Partnership for Children’s interactive, walk-through Day of the Books celebration into a no-contact drive-in. This year, …
SILER CITY — Inside Vidas de Esperanza Clinic last Saturday, Siler City resident María Blanca E. López López sat on the examination chair, waiting to receive her first Moderna shot. Her jacket …
Ch@t
CH@T: Chatham Hospital’s chief medical officer likes the positive COVID trends. But he’s still concerned — and still masking up.

Many pandemic trendlines are positive, as reflected in the easing of mandates and restrictions across North Carolina and the U.S. But at Chatham Hospital, Dr. Andrew C. Hannapel, the …

CH@T: Chamber focuses on economic vitality of Chatham Cindy Poindexter, the president and CEO of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, looks back on a “roller coaster” year in this week’s Chatham Chat as the organization prepares to launch a new …
Education
PITTSBORO — Chatham County Schools recently began its two-year equity training efforts with a group called The Equity Collaborative, the district said at its April 19 Board of Education …
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Schools Board of Education approved a new state-mandated summer learning plan, meant to help students recover from COVID-19 learning loss, as presented by the …
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 …
Shortly before 10 a.m. last Thursday, Jordan-Matthews senior Jacquelinne Marroquin Tobar drove to Piedmont Health’s Siler City Community Health Center and parked. In the driver’s seat, she rolled …
When Jazmin Mendoza Sosa, student support specialist for Communities In Schools, looked at Virginia Cross Elementary School enrollment data last fall, she noticed what many media organizations have …
Columns/Opinions
In a normal year, Van Culverson would be ramping up production at his saw mill after a mostly fallow winter. Instead, Siler City’s Carolina Wood Enterprises has operated at full bore for the better …
When I think about climate change, I think about my brother-in-law Tillman. Tillman spent his career with Big Oil. He traveled the world finding places to drill, baby, drill. He’s now …
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, which means lots of discounts, gifts and goodies for teachers around the country and in Chatham. After a year filled with COVID-19 challenges, this week brings …
Throughout the short years of my little life, I’ve been hooked on reading. There are lots of reasons. Innate personality, for one. We can’t change how we’re created and birthed. And …
On April 21, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a clear goal for North Carolina — get two-thirds of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Should North Carolina hit …