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July/August 2018

Why cops who shoot unarmed black men get acquitted
by Julian Sereno

Thirty years ago I served on a jury in a criminal trail in Orange County Superior Court. What I observed then opened my eyes to exactly what so many black men face with the criminal justice system -- why so many are locked up and why policemen who shoot them dead even though they are unarmed are rarely convicted.

The incident that lead to the trial occurred on the evening of Halloween on West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, long before the thronging costumed celebrants of recent years. The facts of the case were not in dispute. Only their interpretation.

The victim and the only witness for the prosecution was a young white man, not of imposing stature, who was walking down Franklin Street with a bag of groceries at about 8 p.m. The defendant was a larger, fit, fair skinned young African American man.


Come Out and Play Sculpture Show is Calling to You
by Deborah R. Meyer

As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, a group of women, including myself, organized art shows around the area to mark the occasion with art. The idea being to honor all those affected by the day with artwork and not visuals of the events of that day. My husband, Eric Brantley, and I hosted a sculpture show at our 17-acre farm as part of this vision. One of the artists, who lives in Chatham, created metal work in honor of his cousin, a firefighter who was killed on 9/11. Many people who saw the sculpture show said it helped them heal, and requested we continue the tradition. So the show has endured, now with the name of Come Out and Play, and takes place each fall (


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CORA hosts Community Book Bank

Chatham OutReach Alliance (CORA) is more than just a food pantry, it is a place where the community comes together to help those most vulnerable and provide a space of support. This summer, CORA is excited to partner with Book Harvest through their Community Book Bank Program.

The goal of our Community Book Bank is to provide ready access to books for children and families in communities that have historically lacked books for their children. The Book Harvest aspires to transform book deserts throughout our community into book-rich environments. Each month Book Harvest will stock CORA's Children's Area with books that children can take home. Currently there more than 50 Community Book Banks locations throughout the greater Triangle.

"CORA is so appreciative of this new partnership with Book Harvest providing books to children who visit the pantry," shared Hankins. "We strive to provide our clients an atmosphere of empathy, support, and community and the children's area is critical to achieving this by giving our youngest visitors a place to access books that they might not have otherwise."

NC Arts Incubator benefit features drama, hors d’oeuvres

Join the NC Arts Incubator players for an afternoon of murder, mayhem and magic at our production of Abra-Cadaver, a play in three acts to benefit the NC Arts Incubator. The play is produced by Tricia Gamber and produced and directed by Michael Feezor through generous support from Dr. Michael Feezor of Chapel Hill, and H&B Furniture Legacy Co. of Siler City. Players are local community theater enthusiasts. It’s sure to be a murderously good time!

The play will have two showings on August 18 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. at The Peppercorn, 138 N Chatham Ave. in Siler City. The $30 ticket will include one admission, one complimentary adult beverage and hors d’oeuvres by Siler City’s exciting new downtown eatery Artisan Hub, chef Dustin Poe.

Tickets are available now through NC Arts Incubator and Courtyard Coffee. Contact 919.663.1335 or

Free Computer Classes at Chatham Community Library

Learn a new skill this summer! Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in July and August. The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below. You can find a full description, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by visiting

Drop-in Computer Assistance: July 11, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m.
Microsoft Word Basics, Part 1: July 17, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Microsoft Word Basics, Part 2: July 24, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Online Resources for Readers: July 31, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop-in Computer Assistance: August 8, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m.
Computer Basics, Part 1: August 14, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Computer Basics, Part 2: August 21, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (July 11 and August 8) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend. Register online at the link above. For more information, call 919.545.8086 or email

All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.

CEF supports students in Chatham public schools

The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) seeks community support for public education to provide supplemental resources to the Chatham County Schools. We do this through individual and business donations, as well as grants from organizations. Recently, three generous organizations granted funds to CEF and changed lives!

Duke Energy and the Dollar General Foundation brought smiles to children via their donations to CEF's Books on Break program, which puts books into the hands of low-income students. Two-thirds of low-income families have few if any books in their homes, so having access to these books can help prevent the summer slide.

Duke Energy also granted funds to support the CEF SOAR program. SOAR provides specialized one-to-one tutoring to students not meeting literacy benchmarks. Students are growing and tutors are finding joy in their volunteer roles by building relationships along with student success.

More locally, the Women of Fearrington granted funds to support the Chatham County Schools' Bookmobile. During the summer months the Bookmobile, a library on wheels, visits communities in Siler City where children are unable to attend summer enrichment programs or able to get to the library. Many of these children, even if they had transportation, are unable to check out books from the library because their parents do not have the proper documentation to obtain a library card.

Women of Fearrington provided funds for popular children's books, bilingual books, and supplies for literacy enrichment activities. Each of these funders brought so many smiles to students across Chatham County, and the Chatham Education Foundation is forever grateful for their support.

More kudos for Chatham County’s Finance Office

Chatham County's Finance Office continues its long-running streak of earning the top award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), a nationwide financial reporting standards organization. The recent award recognizes the county's comprehensive 2016-17 audit report.

Vicki McConnell, Chatham County's finance officer and deputy county manager, will accept the award certificate at the July 16 Board of Commissioners meeting. The award from GFOA honors local governments that produce audit reports reflecting the "spirit of transparency and full disclosure." The guidelines also require the audit report to "clearly communicate the organization’s financial story and motivate potential users to read it."

"Chatham County has earned this award for 29 straight years, which is phenomenal," said County Manager Renee Paschal. “We have been so blessed to have Vicki's leadership in finance overall, including preparation for the annual audit."

Paschal added, "Careful management of county finances has been a key reason Chatham County is in such strong fiscal shape, even during tough economic periods."

Second Division Reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and our 97th annual reunion in Jacksonville, Florida from September 19 - 23, 2018, contact Mike Davino at, visit or call 919.498.1910.


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