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.

Mar. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Organic farming: Way of life, business draw or both?

Organic farming has become all the rage in many parts of Central Carolina, although the trend seems to have skipped Lee County.

Mar. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Dandalia open again, energy news galore

After closing suddenly in January and being sold soon after, Dandalia Bakery and Coffee House reopened this week.

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

National Guard connections boost Sanford business's foreign contracts

One local company is establishing ties with business leaders in Botswana, having met with the African country's ambassador to the United States last week.

Feb. 23, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford-Lee Partnership for Prosperity moving forward

With its CEO search and fundraising campaign officially under way, Lee County’s new economic development organization is steadily progressing.

Feb. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: College scholarships, good pension news, parties and banquets

All of you lovebirds who got engaged recently are invited to Belk in Sanford’s Spring Lane Plaza this afternoon for the store’s semi-annual engagement party.

Feb. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

High demand, low supply causes propane-fueled headache locally

A national propane shortage has led to local rationing and "the worst winter" one Sanford businesswoman has seen in her 22 years in the industry.

Feb. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Pottery links Sanford, Chinese city

Pottery makers in Lee County and the surrounding area are well-known for their art, which attracts visitors from all across the state and country each spring for a pottery festival in Sanford.

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Ellmers makes glowing remarks at Challenge Printing

Standing in the main hall of a local manufacturing plant that faced closure last year, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-Lee County) praised workers for their diligence and support of public health Wednesday afternoon.

Feb. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Jonesboro grocery is up for sale

If you've been through downtown Jonesboro lately, you've probably noticed one longtime establishment is closed and up for sale.

Feb. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Sanford ranks high as spot to retire

Sanford is an official North Carolina retirement community, along with Pittsboro, and is also just a few miles away from Pinehurst, the golf capital of the state and possibly of the country.

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 11:22 AM

Coca-Cola Co. buys Sanford soft drink operation

The Coca-Cola bottling plant on Hawkins Avenue has been purchased from a private holding company by the Coca-Cola Co. itself.

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Facebook barrels ahead on 10th anniversary

It has been 10 years since a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created a website called to let his classmates find their friends online.

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Bargain-hunting drives slight gains for US stocks

Investors went hunting for bargains a day after U.S. stocks racked up the biggest losses in more than seven months.

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.