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.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Beloved Sanford restaurant owner passes away

Sanford's food scene lost a staple last Sunday when Ruby Elaine Buie, the owner of Elaine's Grill, died suddenly at her home. She was 53.

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 01:34 PM

Court: Static Control can move forward with Lexmark suit

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a competitor of printer maker Lexmark International Inc. can move forward with a lawsuit accusing the company of disparaging its business.

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Bo's Hot Rods: Building and clients left in dark

Last year, television producers considered Bo's Hot Rods and Restorations as a reality TV show site. The show never came about, but the luxury car shop recently has been providing drama of its own.

Mar. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Tax season is time for tax scams

If you’re like me, you haven’t done your taxes yet. If so, beware of the rise in scams associated with tax season — and remember you have until April 15.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 08:38 PM

2014 U.S. OPENS: Opens could be green for Sanford businesses

With hundreds of golfers, even more members of the media and tens of thousands of golf fans descending on Pinehurst this June for the men’s and women’s U.S. Open tournaments, Sanford stands to prosper as well.

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: The latest news from Tramway

I haven’t reported much about the Tramway area lately, so here goes.

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 06:47 PM

Loss of Bragg unit mulled, questioned at local level

To the federal government, they are dollar signs to be cut from a defense budget that is larger than the defense spending of the next dozen countries combined.

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 09:08 PM

CHAMBER BANQUET: Mayors, leaders "bullish" on county economic future

The mayors of Sanford and Broadway, along with several local business leaders, spoke at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce's annual membership meeting Wednesday night to declare Lee County is back on the upswing.

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS: Radio Shack and its future

The electronics retailer Radio Shack is in crisis mode, closing 1,100 stores nationwide (out of its 5,000 total stores, including 139 in North Carolina) as it tries to cope with the fact that people are buying more and more products online.

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

TAKE 5: Chamber president: Area on track to 're-energize'

This week, we Take 5 with Bob Joyce, president of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

'Getting better and better'

After a brief winter hiatus, Sanford 2nd Sunday — a monthly vendor fair meant to draw residents to downtown Sanford — is back.

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Jobseekers group hears from mayor

Standing in a room full of people looking for work, Sanford Mayor Chet Mann said the city was refocusing on job growth and investing in its economic future.