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.

May. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Ties with Chinese sister city explored

Sanford may soon play host to a delegation from the city of Yixing, China. According to Mayor Chet Mann, Yixing officials are interested in Yixing becoming sister cities with Sanford.

May. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: The Pantry has second poor quarter

Things are looking up for authors, but not so much for Roo Cups, which are returning to shelves this month.

May. 09, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee Builder Mart to close in June

After nearly 60 years serving contractors and handymen, Lee Builder Mart is going out of business.

May. 08, 2014 @ 09:41 PM

Phil Ford recognized for success on, off court at Small Business Banquet

Legendary UNC basketball player Phil Ford was in Sanford Thursday night, accepting a lifetime achievement award from the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce that puts him in the ranks of fellow North Carolina natives Charlie Daniels, Jim Hunt and Richard Petty.

May. 07, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

SANFORD COUNCIL: City may support Frontier Spinning with incentives

Under a proposal pitched to the Sanford City Council Tuesday night, the city would provide economic incentives — up to $456,548 over a five-year period — in support of a development project for a large-scale producer of spun yarns headquartered in Sanford.

May. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Tar Heel icon to preach persistence at Sanford Small Business Banquet

Anyone who wants to support local businesses while also brushing shoulders with one of the most famous point guards to ever dribble a basketball will have the chance Thursday night.

May. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Lots of change in local business community

Spring is a time of change.

Lee Builder Mart, a longtime fixture of the community on Horner Boulevard along with its owner Tony Lett, recently put up a large banner saying the store would be closing soon. More information was not immediately available.

May. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

SANFORD ARTS & VINE FESTIVAL: White Rabbit Brewery slowly building a faithful following

Each one of Kenneth Ostraco’s craft beers has a personality, much like the "Alice in Wonderland"-inspired characters assigned to each brew.

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

SANFORD ARTS AND VINE: Festival shaping up as a feast for the senses

Potters, sculptors, wood workers, painters, vinters, chefs and others from throughout the region and beyond will transform the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center this weekend into a hub of creativity — which is expected to attract 5,000-6,000 people to peruse and purchase their wares.

Apr. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Temple sells out opening night

Temple Theatre did something on Thursday that it has never done in 30 years of shows: It sold out a show on opening night.

Apr. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Trace CC in talks about possible sale

Carolina Trace Country Club is in talks with a Texas-based company about a possible sale.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Lee unemployment remains one of the highest in the state

According to unemployment data released by the state earlier this week, Lee County still lags behind its neighbors — and most of the rest of the state — in the number of people who want a job but can't find one.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 08:02 PM

SANFORD ART WALK: Event showcases downtown’s tastes, sights and sounds

It was a beautiful day as people sauntered around downtown, sipping wine, looking at pottery and paintings or catching one of the several concerts during Saturday’s seventh annual Sanford Art Walk.


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Temple’s Art Walk billed as largest, best yet

Organizers of the Temple Theatre Art Walk are promising a bigger and better-than-ever event on Saturday.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Presentation shows Partnership for Prosperity making progress

Lee County’s new economic development organization will only be successful if the public and private sectors pledge their full support.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Board goes after grant in bid to entice company

Specifics are sparse after Lee County Commissioners voted to apply for a state grant that could persuade a company — and an accompanying $13 million in new investment and more than 100 jobs — to locate to Lee County.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 10:09 PM

Board supports ‘Project Spring’ with grant incentive application

Returning from closed session Monday night, the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted to apply for a state grant that could persuade an unidentified company to locate to Lee County.

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Springtime brings food, bikes, jobs to the region

Michael Yarborough, of the Yarborough’s Ice Cream family who have provided Lee County residents with ice cream for generations, is now branching out from serving only local folks.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Loom-ing excitement

With his right hand working a centuries-old spinning wheel as his left hand moved methodically back and forth, Bob McKean created a bolt of yarn Friday out of white sheep's fleece as wispy as his long, gray beard.