May. 27, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• All branches of Chatham County Libraries will be closed today for Memorial Day weekend.

• Lee County Veterans Council Memorial Day Observed will be held at 10:30 a.m. at 305 Legion Drive, Sanford, hosed by American Legion Post 382, Sanford, with keynote speaker N.C. Senator Ronald Rabin. World War II veterans will be individually recognized. Those with questions can contact the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford, at (919) 776-0501 x 2209.

• Lee County Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.


• Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro will reopen at 9 a.m. and Wren Library in Siler City will reopen at 10 a.m. following closures for Memorial Day.

• The Lee Count Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Democratic Headquarters, 143 Charlotte Avenue. “The United States of ALEC,” a documentary by investigative journalist Bill Moyers, will be shown. ALEC is the acronym for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization funded by some of the nation's largest and richest corporations and comprised of some 2,000 state legislators and corporate executives. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion. Among the panelists will be MaryBe McMillan, secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, and Tazra Mitchell. a fellow at the Budget and Tax Center of the North Carolina Justice Center. For more information, please call (919) 774-4797 or email

• Lee County Republican Men's Club will hold its May meeting at noon at the Lee County Republican Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St., Sanford. Dallas Woodhouse, the state director of Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina, will be the speaker this month. Woodhouse became director of the organization's North Carolina chapter in August 2007. All men registered as Lee County Republicans are invited to attend the meeting by calling (919) 895-8056 or emailing

• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Society member John Lipscomb will present a program on 'The Trail of Lewis & Clark, 1803-1806.' Meetings are open to the public, and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.


• Goldston Library will reopen at 10 a.m. following closure for Memorial Day weekend.

• Belk stores in more than 300 locations across 16 Southern states will celebrate the company's 125th anniversary with activities today — the date that William Henry Belk opened his first store in Monroe, N.C. Events will include special decorations, entertainment and refreshments, as well as sales promotions. The first 100 customers arriving at each store at 9 a.m., including the Sanford store at Riverbirch Shopping Center, will receive a free Belk gift card.

• The annual Gay 90’s luncheon will be held at noon at The Enrichment Center of Lee County. This lunch is in honor of Lee County residents who are 90 and above. Those wanting to attend or learn more, please contact Debbie Williams at (919) 776-0501 x 2203 to register.

• Today is the deadline to register for the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's hands-on queen-rearing workshop for beekeepers from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 1 in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The workshop will be repeated on Monday, June 3. Class size is restricted to 25 participants for each session. Each step of the process will be demonstrated in the bee yard, and participants will have an opportunity to practice grafting. This workshop is for beekeepers who understand the basic principles of queen rearing. Details are on Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at

• The Triangle South Workforce Development Board will host a free Business Services Connection event from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Attendees will learn about the services offered by the TSWDB and its partners and network with other business representatives. Speakers are Mike Peluso, WIA Business Services coordinator; Pamela Senegal, vice president of economic and community development at Central Carolina Community College; Russell Hieb, TSWDB chair, and Rosalind Cross, director of Workforce Development and WIA. Register at or contact Mike Peluso at (919) 777-7725 or <> for more information.


• Cumnock Preservation-A Chapter of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League will hold a workshop titled “Do You Own Your Mineral Rights?” from 3-7:30 p.m. at Quality Inn, 1403 N. Horner Blvd., Sanford. The chapter will be helping landowners to research their mineral rights using the Lee County GIS maps. This is a floating event, and people may come at any time during the designated hours.

• Carve stamps from rubber blocks for use in card making, scrapbooking and art making, and learn a variety of stamping techniques with unusual materials, in the “Stamp Making McGyver-Style” class with Amy Smith from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists’ Colony, 148 S. Moore St. in downtown Sanford. A $40 fee covers instruction and materials needed to create stamps. Students are encouraged to bring lino carving tools if they already have them and a beverage and snack to enjoy. Visit for complete details. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to pre-register.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at CCCC in Sanford.

• A newborn care class, designed to educate parents on the physical care of the newborn, development needs of the young infant and adjustment to parenthood, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the community classroom at Central Carolina Community College, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. To register, go to

• Sen. Ron Rabin (R-Harnett), Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Rep. Mike Stone (R-Lee) announced that they will make five stops on their Harnett County Town Hall Tour. The Town of Erwin will host them at 7 p.m. in the Erwin Town Hall meeting room at 100 W. F St., Erwin.