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.

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.