Business

Feb. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

High demand, low supply causes propane-fueled headache locally

A national propane shortage has led to local rationing and "the worst winter" one Sanford businesswoman has seen in her 22 years in the industry.


Feb. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Pottery links Sanford, Chinese city

Pottery makers in Lee County and the surrounding area are well-known for their art, which attracts visitors from all across the state and country each spring for a pottery festival in Sanford.


Feb. 19, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Ellmers makes glowing remarks at Challenge Printing

Standing in the main hall of a local manufacturing plant that faced closure last year, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-Lee County) praised workers for their diligence and support of public health Wednesday afternoon.


Feb. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Jonesboro grocery is up for sale

If you've been through downtown Jonesboro lately, you've probably noticed one longtime establishment is closed and up for sale.


Feb. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Sanford ranks high as spot to retire

Sanford is an official North Carolina retirement community, along with Pittsboro, and is also just a few miles away from Pinehurst, the golf capital of the state and possibly of the country.


Feb. 06, 2014 @ 11:22 AM

Coca-Cola Co. buys Sanford soft drink operation

The Coca-Cola bottling plant on Hawkins Avenue has been purchased from a private holding company by the Coca-Cola Co. itself.


Feb. 04, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Facebook barrels ahead on 10th anniversary

It has been 10 years since a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Thefacebook.com to let his classmates find their friends online.


Feb. 04, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Bargain-hunting drives slight gains for US stocks

Investors went hunting for bargains a day after U.S. stocks racked up the biggest losses in more than seven months.


Feb. 02, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Amazon now charging state sales taxes

For people in North Carolina, the online retailer Amazon has two messages: You have to pay taxes now, but there's also possibly a chance for a job with the company.


Feb. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Valentine's shoppers visit Sweetheart Craft event

About 20 local businesswomen welcomed Valentine's Day shoppers Saturday, with booths set up selling everything from jewelry to makeup, purses, gourmet baked goods, weight loss products and even vacuum cleaners.


Jan. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

STATE: N.C.'s lower unemployment rate spurs optimism locally

The unemployment rate in North Carolina remained above average last month but is dropping faster than the national rate, according to government data released Tuesday — prompting one local official to predict that the downward trend would also hold true for Lee County.


Jan. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

LEE COUNTY: State decisions could improve county's economy

Several upcoming events and recent developments on the state level could have big economic effects on the state’s smallest county, Lee County.


Jan. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: U.S. Opens, Chatham mega-site will have impact

A golf tournament and an empty industrial park might not have much in common at first glance.


Jan. 21, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

New store boasts unique decor

Sylvia Miller is aiming to debut a new store in Sanford next month and, when she does, she said she believes she will fill a much-needed gap in the local retail market.


Jan. 15, 2014 @ 08:33 PM

Obama in N.C. to push goals

President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to push Congress to promote 21st-century manufacturing jobs by establishing hubs where universities and companies work together to invent, design and make new products.


Jan. 13, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

Stocks slump the most in two months on Wall Street

The stock market had its worst day of the year so far, extending a January slump.


Jan. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Dandalia owner looking to sell

Dandalia Bakery and Coffee House, a popular Sanford establishment, announced Saturday that it will be closing as the owner tries to sell the business and attend to family issues.


Jan. 10, 2014 @ 10:27 PM

Quilters, crafters pack civic center for two-day expo

Brightly colored spools of thread and bolts of fabric lined the walls of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center Friday, the first day of the Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace, as men and woman searched through sewing machines and yarn looking for their inspiration or purchase.


Jan. 10, 2014 @ 10:31 PM

Central Carolina People@Work: Bill Shuey

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Jan. 09, 2014 @ 04:54 PM

A mixed close on Wall Street; S&P 500 edges up

The stock market wavered for a second day Thursday as investors weighed disappointing news from the retail industry against more positive signals on the U.S. economy.


Jan. 08, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

SANFORD: City Council gives OK for economic development grant

New Jersey-based Fitzpat Inc. received its second incentive, in as many days, to locate within the county during the Sanford City Council meeting Tuesday night.


Jan. 05, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: Commissioners will consider zero interest loan for business

Lee County Commissioners will consider a $150,000 zero interest loan to locate a business within the county after a public hearing Monday.


Jan. 01, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

LOOKING BACK AT 2013: EDC, Chamber becoming one

For years, organizations, political entities and individuals have tried to push Lee County toward economic prosperity with varying degrees of success. In 2013, several groups rallied together to form one organization charged with the economic success of the area.


Dec. 29, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Season is stressful for some

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, but for many, this season is stressful.


Dec. 29, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Fundraising under way for new CCCC program

Central Carolina Community College is expanding its course offerings, having recently opened a new health sciences building in Lillington and looking into new classes on operating machinery for hydraulic fracturing and other types of drilling.