Dec. 05, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

SILER CITY: Farmers' Alliance marks milestone with festivities

This Saturday, one of the longest-operating businesses in the area is inviting guests to celebrate its 125th anniversary with a day of music, food, vintage cars and tractors, and other old-timey fun.

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Lee Brick emerges from Chapter 11

After nearly a year and a half in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, Lee Brick and Tile has surfaced with its leaders happy to be moving on and its creditors repaid.

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Get baby sitting while shopping

The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce has a packed week coming up for locals, kicked off by newly elected Mayor Chet Mann at the chamber’s Public Policy Luncheon this Monday.

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Avent and Thomas owner announces end of business

One of Lee County's most established businesses is likely closing for good after this holiday season.

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Company in court, help with apps and more

A North Carolina company with four stores in Lee County is once again embroiled in a lawsuit alleging discrimination against female employees.

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: New lending program will help veterans

In the spirit of Veterans Day, much of this column last week focused on veterans. This week, there's one more thing to share: a new lending program designed to give veterans a leg up in starting a business of their own.

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

PARTNERSHIP FOR PROSPERITY: Name picked for Lee's new economic development entity

The county's new economic development organization — which will merge the Lee County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce — has officially been named.

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Hart Furniture Co. stopping wholesale business

Following the recent death of owner Harold Hart, Hart Furniture Co. in Siler City is shutting down its wholesale and distribution division, located at 420 East Third St. in Siler City, and holding a massive liquidation sale.

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Stakeholders learn details of Chamber, EDC merger

Local business leaders were able to learn more about a potential merger between the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and Lee County Economic Development Corporation Monday.

Nov. 03, 2013 @ 07:31 PM

Everybody's Business

Just in time for Veterans Day, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) has introduced a bill that would expand a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans and turn it into a permanent benefit.

Nov. 03, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Tax credits, veterans events, book sales and more

Just in time for Veterans Day, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) has introduced a bill that would expand a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans and turn it into a permanent benefit.

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Downtown ready for Holiday Open House

To kick off the holiday season, more than 30 downtown Sanford businesses are set to open their doors Sunday for the annual Downtown Sanford Holiday Open House.

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5 Q&A: Affordable Care Act and its implications

Tom Snell, JD, is a Principal of the Raleigh office of Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA), with offices in Raleigh, Durham and Sanford.

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Check out Kendale Lanes at open house

After changing ownership some months ago, Kendale Bowling Lanes is inviting the public to an open house Saturday for bowling, a raffle, the chance to compare different kinds of bowling balls and more.

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 09:36 PM

Jetport jubilation

Pilots seemed anxious to return to the Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford/Lee County Thursday, with two aircraft landing during the 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Oct. 16, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

EDUCATION: Proponents pursue support for dual-enrollment program

Speaking to a room full of the Who's Who of Lee County leaders in business and politics Tuesday morning, a team of education advocates asked for money to fund Central Carolina Works, a program to steer local high school students toward free college classes.

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

No car? No problem

For those who have trouble finding work due to a lack of reliable transportation, help could soon be pulling up to their door.

Oct. 13, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Transportation program, another expo in the works

After waiting for months, Sanford Job Express has finally received its non-profit status and is scheduled to be operational by early 2014.

Oct. 13, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

VETERANS STAND DOWN: Event held to benefit homeless veterans

A 51-year-old homeless veteran stood in the center of the National Guard Armory Saturday and read a poem about his time on the streets.

Oct. 12, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Downtown on display for Sanford 2nd Sunday

The streets in downtown Sanford are expected to be filled this coming Sunday when a monthly street fair returns for the second time.

Oct. 06, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Corn maze salutes military at Gross Farms

The Gross family dipped their toes into the agritourism business more than a decade ago and they are not looking back.

Oct. 06, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Social Security and scammers, pet clinic, and MDA fundraiser

If Social Security were a person, it would have been on itself for more than a decade, having turned 78 last month. Like most people, however, it might not make it to 100.

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Community leaders in sync on economic development

With the logistical and financial structure of the new and all encompassing economic development organization yet to be determined, area leaders are in the process of agreeing upon its objectives.

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Outline coming for EDC, Chamber merger

The creation of a new organization charged with the county’s economic development will be one step closer to completion by the week’s end.

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Carolina Tiger Rescue wins high honor

Carolina Tiger Rescue — a Pittsboro group which operates a 55-acre non-profit sanctuary and is dedicated to saving and protecting wild cats of all kinds, both in captivity and in the wild — has received the highest award the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits bestows, the Stewardship Award.