Grand Trees of Chatham will lead a guided hike at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the White Pines Nature Preserve. 
The White Pines Nature Preserve is truly stellar with beautiful white pines, mountain laurel, many hardwoods and steep, rocky slopes. The Rocky River and Deep River meet at one end of the preserve. It is managed by the Triangle Land Conservancy and preserves a beautiful part of Chatham County.
Phil Cox and Rouse Wilson will lead the hike.
Registration is required to participate. There is no registration fee. If you wish to join, please send an email to, and you will receive a response confirming either that you are registered or that you are on our waiting list. The hike will have two groups with 12 hikers each, for a total of 24 hikers. After 24 registrations, subsequent requests will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if there are cancellations. 
Pets are not allowed on the hike.
Grand Trees is limiting each group to 12 hikers in order to facilitate safe distancing; masks will not be required. However, if you have been exposed to COVID or have symptoms or have tested positive, please do not come. Simply send an email to indicating that you want to cancel (no need to give a reason).
The hike is over moderate terrain with some steep areas and takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours at a slow pace. For information on White Pines, including a map and its exact location, go to: 
Parking is just off to the left as you enter the preserve. If weather intervenes and the hike is canceled, hikers will be notified by email.
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle announces Diabetes Education for Seniors, a 12-month program that will serve adults 55 years or older living with diabetes in Chatham and Johnston counties. 
The program is looking for participants that come from low-income households in these counties for its 2023 cohort. There is limited space in this cohort, but applicants for the 2024 cohort will be accepted as well. 
The program will include monthly teleconferences with a registered dietitian who will provide nutrition education specific to diabetes, individual meetings with a registered dietitian every three months, monthly food distributions, and three activity days which will include socialization, physical activities, cognitive activities and cooking demonstrations. 
The activity days and food distributions will occur at community partner sites in Chatham and Johnston counties. It is recommended that participants have a source of reliable transportation in order to fully participate in the program.
Applicants will receive a final schedule upon acceptance and must be able to commit to the sequence of events before the program starts. The program will operate on a three-strike policy. Strikes will only be given if the participant does not communicate their absence prior to the event. Three strikes will result in removal from the program.
Completed applications, with a handwritten signature, can be emailed to or mailed to 1001 Blair Drive, Raleigh, N.C. 27603.
Interested participants can also email or call 919-390-1978 for an application.
The N.C. Dept. of Revenue will begin accepting both business and individual income tax returns over the next few weeks.
The NCDOR anticipates accepting 2022 Corporate Income and Franchise, Partnership Income, and Estates and Trust Income tax returns by Friday, Jan. 27. The NCDOR anticipates accepting 2022 Individual Income tax returns by Friday, Feb. 3.
Although the NCDOR anticipates that we will begin accepting returns by Feb. 3, it will be early March before the department can begin processing and validating return information and issuing refunds.
This delay is necessary as the NCDOR completes updating and testing of the refund fraud validation system, a measure that protects taxpayer identity and ensures that the appropriate refunds get into the hands of the right people. Once returns are processed and validated, the department will post the “Where’s My Refund” application on the webpage that allows taxpayers to check the status of their tax refund.
For calendar year taxpayers, the due date to file income tax returns is April 15. By law, North Carolina considers income tax returns with a due date on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday as being timely filed if delivered in person or mailed or electronically submitted to the NCDOR on or before the next business day after the Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.
In 2023, April 15 falls on a Saturday, and Emancipation Day, a legal holiday for income tax purposes, will be observed on Monday, April 17. Therefore, if a taxpayer files their 2022 calendar year income tax return on or before Tuesday, April 18, 2023, the NCDOR will consider the return timely filed.
Taxpayers are encouraged to file their taxes electronically; it is safer, more convenient, and will move through the process faster than traditional paper filing. Free and low-cost online filing (eFile) options for qualified taxpayers are available through the website Taxpayers may even file their taxes electronically before the official opening dates as a way to prevent tax fraud schemes. 
The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that it will begin accepting individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 23:
The NCDOR funds public services benefiting the people of North Carolina. The NCDOR administers the tax laws and collects the taxes due in an impartial, consistent, secure and efficient manner.
GOLDSTON — The Goldston Public Library will host Valentine’s Day card-making sessions at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 and 9. Families with children are invited to create handmade cards that will be distributed to a local nursing home in Siler City on Valentine’s Day.
The craft sessions will be held in the E. M. Harris Jr. Conference Room at the Goldston Public Library, located at 9235 Pittsboro-Goldston Rd., Goldston.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the library at 919-898-4522 or email Information about all Chatham County Library branches can be found at
The Pittsboro Gallery of Arts is presenting “The Theme: Break Glass in Case of POP,” from March 7 to April 2. This event features works by Sarah Fishbein and Alissa Van Atta. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 10. 
When visiting Pittsboro Gallery of Arts, viewers will find it’s a destination gallery, situated in a historic, bustling small town. It’s located at 44-A Hillsboro St. in Pittsboro, a few steps from the County Courthouse circle. At the gallery, onlookers can also view the fine art and fine craft work by each member. On display, there is work in many mediums: paintings, photography, ceramics, mosaics, fiber, jewelry and woodwork.
For further information, call 919-704-8552 and for hours and days open visit
Wren Memorial Library seeks members for ‘Friends of the Library’ group
SILER CITY — Wren Memorial Library in Siler City invites community members to join its Friends of the Library group. 
The library will host a Friends of Wren Memorial Library meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13. Attendees can learn about library updates, input their thoughts, and help grow the Friends of Wren Memorial Library.
The Friends of Wren Memorial Library participates in activities such as creating and conducting book sales and promoting library events and programs in the community. Friends of Wren especially needs community members to serve in the group’s leadership roles.
Wren Memorial Library is located at 500 North 2nd Ave., Siler City. For more information about Wren Memorial Library, individuals may contact or 919-742-2016. Information about all Chatham County Library branches can be found at
SANFORD — The Tams, one of Beach Music and R&B’s all-time greats, make a triumphant return to Sanford’s Mann Center Performance Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. This Atlanta-based quintet became one of the essential acts of the beach music sound and have continued to release albums and tour for four decades.
In their heyday The Tams released several albums on the ABC-Paramount label and enjoyed numerous Billboard Hot 100 chart hits, including “What Kind of Fool” and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy.” 
For more information, go to
SILER CITY — The silicon carbide chip manufacturer Wolfspeed announced Monday it will officially name its new Siler City facility after co-founder John Palmour. Palmour passed away at age 62 in November. 
The full name of the incoming facility is the John Palmour Manufacturing Center for Silicon Carbide. The 445-acre manufacturing plant will be housed at the Chatham Advanced Manufacturing site. It is expected to bring in more than $5 billion and 1,800 jobs to the county over the next two decades, and is the largest economic development deal in state history. 
Palmour authored or co-authored more than 266 publications and was a co-inventor on 46 U.S. patents and 135 corresponding foreign patents. In 2013, he was named an IEEE Fellow. He played an active role in driving research collaborations with N.C. State engineering faculty and students and created a scholarship endowment in the MSE Department at N.C. State in honor of his father, a longtime N.C. State ceramic engineering professor. Palmour was also elected as a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.
“The contributions John made to science and our world are immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come,” Wolfspeed officials said in a statement after his passing.
LIBERTY — A $2.2 million contract awarded by the N.C. Dept. of Transportation will bring improvements to nearly 14 miles of secondary roads in Chatham County.
The contract includes resurfacing segments of these roads:
• Silk Hope Liberty Road between Jessie Bridges Road and the Alamance County line
• Hinshaw Shop Road between the Alamance County line and Silk Hope Liberty Road
• Bennett Siler City Road between N.C. 22/42 and Lane Mill Road
The contractor, Vecellio & Grogan Inc., can start the project start as early as March 1, with completion scheduled for fall 2024.
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