Happy Friday, N+R readers — this is Caroline Watkins, Chatham News + Record's digital media fellow. Welcome to the Friday edition of the Brew. 

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UPDATES: Gov. Roy Cooper extends Phase Two for five more weeks 

North Carolina will remain in the “Safer at Home” Phase 2 of reopening until 5 p.m. on  Sept. 11, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday. This is the second extension of Phase 2 in North Carolina, following Cooper’s July 16 announcement that stated restrictions would remain in effect in the state until at least Aug. 7.


“While we’re seeing stabilization of our numbers, that doesn’t mean we can let up. We know the stability is fragile and these trends can change quickly if we let down our guards."

—N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper

What about schools? 

Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen both said that the decision to extend Phase 2 for five weeks, rather than two or three, was made with the reopening of public schools in mind. The governor announced on July 14 that schools would open under the hybrid learning Plan B, stating that “there are no decisions more important than our children in our schools.” At the time, he said individual schools could opt for the fully remote Plan C option. Chatham County's Board of Education announced at its July 16 meeting that CCS would start under Plan C for the first four weeks of school and then re-evaluate.

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"Mind Your Own Business" by Delta 5, an early '80s English post-punk band from Leeds. 
This week, the News + Record's Facebook Grant Reporter Victoria Johnson shared her Weekend Anthem. Her song on repeat is "Mind Your Own Business" by Delta 5, which is a song she discovered while watching a Mexican TV show on Netflix called "Control Z." Enjoy!
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New 'Welcome Center' nears completion

The Chatham County Welcome Center in Pittsboro is nearing its grand opening. Main Street Pittsboro President Maria Parker-Lewis (yellow) joined board members (left to right) Lesley Landis, Pittsboro Commissioner Micheal Fiocco and former Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller to share the latest.

Main Street Pittsboro and the welcome center are part of a federal program, implemented through state governments called Main Street America. Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, which share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Calling all artists!
Check out our new ART CONTEST!

Last week, we introduced the start of the News + Record's very first art contest. We are now starting to get some submissions, and we are eager to share these pieces of art with you!

To learn more about our contest, you can click the link below, which will take you directly to the "Art Contest" section of our website. 

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Did you catch Wednesday's trivia question? 

Which famous actress spent her final years in Chatham County? Hint: She played a lead role in "The Andy Griffith Show." 

And the answer is...

Frances Bavier, otherwise known as Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show."

Bavier (1902-1989) retired in Siler City and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery. According to Brian Clarey of The Triad City Beat, the Emmy-winning actress "m
aneuvered the narrow streets of Siler City in the same pea-green, two-door 1966 Studebaker Daytona she drove on 'Mayberry RFD' — now seen five days a week in syndication." Click the video above to learn more about Bavier's later years in Chatham County. 

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¡Les presentamos La Voz de Chatham!

Introducing La Voz de Chatham!

This week on Instagram and TikTok, the News + Record's Patsy Montesinos and Victoria Johnson talked about the work that they are doing for "La Voz de Chatham." Be sure to follow the project on Facebook for the latest updates. 

First Video: Spanish
Second Video: English

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