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

What are five most frequently-played songs on your iPod playlist? Do not have an iPod

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.

Dec. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: The Pirate’s Cove opens downtown

Avast, me hearties — there’s a new store in downtown Sanford, and they be callin’ themselves The Pirate’s Cove.

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 06:36 PM

Sanford shop owners hope for late Christmas shoppers

Anyone who still hasn't finished shopping for Christmas presents isn't alone, according to a survey by Consumer Reports.

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Local tree farmers take a bough

For two Lee County farmers, Christmastime isn’t just a holiday — it’s a way of life.

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:08 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Local small business loan advocate awarded, mortgage help available

A Pittsboro woman was given the Leadership Triangle Economic Development Award for her work aiding small businesses in the area this week at a ceremony in Durham.

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

Painting the downtown

After months in the making, community leaders and members gathered Saturday to celebrate a cosmetic makeover in downtown.

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: Commissioners to discuss place for new economic organization

The former Buggy Factory on Chatham Street may be put to new use, according to the Lee County Board of Commissioners' upcoming meeting agenda.

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Planning Director acknowledges community’s assets, challenges

This week, we Take 5 with Bob Bridwell, the director of the Sanford/Lee County Planning & Development, on a variety of topics related to growth in Sanford and Lee County.

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Chatham getting new health care services

Pittsboro has been in the news lately due to a massive, and controversial, mixed-use development on it borders called Chatham Park. At a recent public meeting on the development, one of the dozens of people who spoke out was Tommy Drake, a strong supporter.