Aug. 03, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Area on a slow yet marked upswing

Sadly this is going to be my last column, as I am leaving The Sanford Herald to join The News and Observer.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Unemployment rate drops in Central Carolina counties

Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties were among the 81 in North Carolina which experienced a drop in unemployment rate since May, according to data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Jul. 28, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

In recent fires, some lost all

After recent fires destroyed five businesses, leaving dozens of people without their livelihoods, at least two fundraisers have been set up for locals to come to the aid of those who are struggling.

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Some positive happenings offset recent misfortunes

Several restaurants and auto businesses got terrible news over the last two weeks as five of them burned down in separate incidents. Yet lost in the flurry of bad news has been some promising developments for other local businesses.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Fire consumes three Sanford auto businesses

Sanford Auto Auction, Big Al's Automotive and Kelly's Clean Cars all received heavy damage in a fire reported around 4:15 a.m. The operations share the same location on Cameron Drive between Lee Avenue and Industrial Drive.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Local restaurant shows support

It's a cliche that trying times show a person's true colors. But cliches are based in truth, and in this case it's a truth Lee County residents saw firsthand this past week.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

LEE COUNTY: Efforts to grow, train workforce highlighted in national report

A report released Thursday by the private N.C. Budget and Tax Center called for more efforts to improve workforce training and development, predicting dire consequences for the state's employment picture if nothing changes. Locally, however, the announcement might not seem so dramatic.

Jul. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Numerous properties on market

A number of properties in Lee County have gone up for sale recently.

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Golf tournaments should be boost for state

The U.S. Open golf tournaments have come and gone. And although not everyone in Sanford was satisfied with the impact — or lack thereof — of golf fans on the local economy, it was viewed as a win for the state in general.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 07:17 PM

Sanford biscuit-maker is restaurant's grand champ

Three years ago, Alfonsa Martinez had never cooked a biscuit in her life. Now she's the best biscuit-maker in the entire Biscuitville fast food chain.

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM


The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity will be another step closer to getting up and running when the organization's first CEO starts work on July 7.

Rodger Sauls, who has worked in Lee County and the surrounding area for 20 years as a business development executive with Progress Energy, accepted the position of CEO of the partnership, which merges the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lee County Economic Development Corporation into one public-private entity.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

The legacy of Lee Builder Mart: building houses, building communities

If you ever needed to pick up nails, screws and lumber for a home repair project, you knew a great place to go in Sanford — Lee Builder Mart.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Partnership names CEO

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity has named Rodger Sauls as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. After being in transition for more than 18 months, Lee County’s economic development program now has a new leader.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

TAKE 5: Partnership for Prosperity is moving forward

This week, we Take 5 with Donnie Oldham, the president of Sanford Contractors, about the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity. Oldham is the chairman of the steering committee for SLCPP, the organization created in part by the planned merger of the Lee County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Feedback mixed on U.S. Open's economic impact for Lee County

The men's U.S. Open last week was good to hotels in Sanford, but not much else, according to multiple people in the local business community. And the women's tournament this week might not even be good for hotels.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Workplace safety stars held as examples at awards banquet

The injury rate for North Carolina workers was the lowest it has ever been last year. But it's still not low enough, said N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry.

Berry stopped by Sanford on Tuesday, for a lunchtime awards ceremony to honor companies and government agencies from Lee and Moore counties who had gone at least a year — or, in the case of the Lee County Library, 21 years — without an employee being injured or killed on the job.

Jun. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Beware of summer scams

June this year means summer, soccer and scams. Scams? Indeed, according to the Better Business Bureau, which warns that summer is a prime time for con artists.

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Incentives for GKN approved

The Lee County Commissioners voted Monday night to pay a company for guarantees that it will create more than 100 jobs and bring millions of dollars of taxable property back to Sanford.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

County approves $150,000 incentive for GKN

The Lee County Commissioners approved a financial incentive for auto parts manufacturer GKN at their Monday meeting.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

County approves GKN incentive

The Lee County Commissioners approved a financial incentive for auto parts manufacturer GKN at their Monday meeting.

Jun. 01, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Gen. Dempsey says Fort Bragg to see layoffs, other cuts

In a recent visit to Duke University, Gen. Martin Dempsey said Fort Bragg will see layoffs and other cuts in the near future, to both military and civilian jobs.

May. 30, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Central Carolina People@Work — Kay Patterson

What are five most frequently-played songs on your iPod playlist? Press On (Building 429), The Only Name (Big Daddy Weave), How Great is Our God, World Edition (Chris Tomlin), Redeemed (Big Daddy Weave), Live With Abandon (Newsboys)

May. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Like state, Lee's jobless rate on decline

The N.C. Department of Commerce's most recent unemployment figures point in mostly one direction: down — a trend that included Lee County. Figures for 99 of the state's 100 counties, announced Wednesday, dropped from March's numbers.

May. 25, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Gatherings, workshops will be held in Pittsboro

A Dr. Suess-inspired address in Pittsboro has been popping up everywhere lately. The denizens of Lorax Lane have won environmental awards, begun an eco-architecture contest and wooed North Carolina's newest distillery.

May. 17, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

McCrory views CAT program as model for state

The partnership among a local company, public school system and community college has officials in job-starved North Carolina excited.