Oct. 13, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Transportation program, another expo in the works

After waiting for months, Sanford Job Express has finally received its non-profit status and is scheduled to be operational by early 2014.

Oct. 13, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

VETERANS STAND DOWN: Event held to benefit homeless veterans

A 51-year-old homeless veteran stood in the center of the National Guard Armory Saturday and read a poem about his time on the streets.

Oct. 12, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Downtown on display for Sanford 2nd Sunday

The streets in downtown Sanford are expected to be filled this coming Sunday when a monthly street fair returns for the second time.

Oct. 06, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Corn maze salutes military at Gross Farms

The Gross family dipped their toes into the agritourism business more than a decade ago and they are not looking back.

Oct. 06, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Social Security and scammers, pet clinic, and MDA fundraiser

If Social Security were a person, it would have been on itself for more than a decade, having turned 78 last month. Like most people, however, it might not make it to 100.

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Community leaders in sync on economic development

With the logistical and financial structure of the new and all encompassing economic development organization yet to be determined, area leaders are in the process of agreeing upon its objectives.

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Outline coming for EDC, Chamber merger

The creation of a new organization charged with the county’s economic development will be one step closer to completion by the week’s end.

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Carolina Tiger Rescue wins high honor

Carolina Tiger Rescue — a Pittsboro group which operates a 55-acre non-profit sanctuary and is dedicated to saving and protecting wild cats of all kinds, both in captivity and in the wild — has received the highest award the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits bestows, the Stewardship Award.

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 08:01 PM

New season spells changes for Small Business Expo

The Lee County Small Business Expo was different in just about every way this year.

Sep. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Economy still in the dumps, but local opportunities exist

Recently released U.S. Census Bureau data for 2012 paints a bleak economic picture for the state and nation alike.

Sep. 22, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Small Business Expo set for Tuesday

The 25th annual Lee County Small Business Expo, which was postponed earlier this year, is back and will be held Tuesday afternoon.

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5

This week, we Take 5 with Dr. T. E. “Bud” Marchant, the president of Central Carolina Community College, about the so-called skills gap of the American workforce and the transition of our country’s skills-based economy.

Sep. 18, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

LEE COUNTY: Opinions mixed on strategic plan

After months of community forums, interviews and summits, the long-awaited Lee County economic strategic plan left county commissioners with ranging degrees of satisfaction.

Sep. 15, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Several outlets for small businesses to receive help

Calling all entreprenuers with a hard time finding money: The Support Center, a Raleigh-based Community Development Financial Institution, has received a $1.5 million low-cost loan from PNC Bank to help underserved small businesses across the state grow and create jobs.

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Lee JobReady discusses Chamber, EDC merger

A newly created economic development organization could help bridge the gap between the worlds of education and business — or at least that’s the theory.

Sep. 08, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Take advantage of shopping, live music today in downtown

On most Sundays, downtown Sanford is one tumbleweed removed from a ghost town while many locals spend the day at church or at home.

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

LABOR DAY: Returning to full-time employment

Lee County resident Laura Maness is not just celebrating her son's wedding this Labor Day, she's marking her return to work.

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: Unemployment rate remains high

As Lee County celebrates Labor Day, most people will have Monday off from work. But many also won't work Tuesday, Wednesday or any other day because they're still searching for a job.

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Nominate your business or charity for an award

The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is now accepting entries for the 2013 Torch Award.

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Greater demand drives growth, expansion at Frontier Spinning

Frontier Spinning Mills's recent $12 million expansion — which includes 50,000 additional square feet to one of its Sanford manufacturing plants and 24 new jobs — is one indicator of an improving economy, according to local industry leaders.

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Arts Council relocates, sets sights on revitalization

The Lee County Arts Council has moved to a new, more visible location downtown in the Steele Street Mall.

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Study group greenlights forced pooling proposals

On Wednesday, official policy recommendations for compulsory pooling took a step toward becoming reality.

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Company, loved ones mourn victim of workplace casualty

When Martin Davis was killed on the job Monday at Lee Iron and Metal, his death shocked many people — including his brother-in-law, Scot Carpenter.

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Moore Agricultural Fair opens Tuesday

The Moore County Agricultural Fair is opening its doors for the 67th time this Tuesday.