Jan. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LOOKING BACK AT 2013: 'A work in progress'

The last half-decade has been an occasionally choppy time at the top of Lee County Schools.

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Saving lives, shaping futures

Fire Capt. Wilbert “Tramp” Dunn, was 22 years old and just out of service in Vietnam when he found the inspiration for his life’s work.

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Fundraising under way for new CCCC program

Central Carolina Community College is expanding its course offerings, having recently opened a new health sciences building in Lillington and looking into new classes on operating machinery for hydraulic fracturing and other types of drilling.

Dec. 27, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Clark joins CCCC board

The Central Carolina Community College board of trustees is back to full strength, as discussions about construction needs and new academic programs loom on the horizon, with the recent appointment of Keith Clark.

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

One last salute

There was a lot more laughing, crying and hugging in formation for the Lee County High School Army JROTC program Friday morning than usual.

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Teachers pied for playground

Between getting to meet Santa and seeing some beloved staff members take a pie to the face Thursday morning, the students at Floyd L. Knight school wound down their fall semester with some excitement.

Dec. 19, 2013 @ 05:34 PM

Local officials leave Republican Party

Before a Republican-backed law was enacted this summer making the Lee County Board of Education and the Sanford City Council into politically partisan groups, the school board had five Republican members.

Dec. 19, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

MOORE SCHOOLS: Superintendent accepts job in Virginia Beach

Moore County Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence will officially resign toward the end of this school year, the district announced Tuesday night. Spence was approved Tuesday by the school board in Virginia Beach, Va., to become the new superintendent there next year.

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Hundreds earn CCCC medical programs certificates

Pride and hope radiated from the faces of Central Carolina Community College students Thursday as they walked the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center stage to receive their Continuing Education graduation certificates in a wide variety of health care fields.

Dec. 12, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Boys and Girls Club gives students a leg up on learning with new program

Starting soon, local teens will be able to get science and math tutoring and use specialized labs to learn more about animation, digital music or video production, forensic science, robotics and a load of other tech-related subjects.

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

School board lists building priorities

The Lee County Board of Education met Tuesday night to outline its top 10 priorities for construction or repair projects over the next five years.

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Common Core, Lee Schools put focus on literacy

This week, we Take 5 with Carol Chappell, the K-5/Title I/II Director for Lee County Schools, about Common Core reading standards

Dec. 06, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Teacher turnover rates rising

As salaries were frozen for yet another year, teacher turnover in North Carolina last year was the highest it has been in at least five years according to a recently released report. And in most local counties, teachers left at an even higher rate than the state average.

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 07:31 PM

Luncheon message: Ladies can shine

The work done by local and state Extension and Community Associations is commendable, said North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, and should be expanded.

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC Automotive Restoration program unique in state

Ashley Cook becomes almost poetic when she talks about restoring old automobiles.  

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

N.C., Lee County seeing increase of homeless students

Middle school, as hormones lead to plenty of awkwardness, sports teams become more intense and classes start getting harder, is never an easy time. Try doing it without a steady place to live.

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 07:29 PM

A Super reader

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Northwood Arts to get Kennedy Center award

For the second time, Northwood High School Arts Education department has received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence Award.

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Trustees' lawsuit continues

The lawsuit four Central Carolina Community College trustees filed against the state and the college — and which has since seen the Chatham County Board of Education join the defendants — continued this past week, although the judge has yet to announce any decision.

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

EDUCATION: Hiring process cleared for school resource officers

The Lee County School Board backed a plan to place more student resource officers in elementary schools and several policy changes — including one involving guns on school grounds — during a regular meeting Tuesday night.

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 06:09 PM

Students learn about school, work, life from new mentors

For most of the purple-and-gold-clad brothers of Omega Psi Phi who visited Deep River Elementary School on Wednesday, it was about community service. For Christopher Lyons, it was a homecoming of sorts.

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

EDUCATION: School board talks Head of Class, academics

The Lee County Education Foundation made a large step forward in local education through its Head of Class project, the Lee County Board of Education declared Tuesday — and that was only the start.

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Clock ticking for those earning GED diplomas

The clock is ticking for those who have started work on their General Educational Development (GED) diploma, but haven’t completed the battery of five tests required to receive it,

Nov. 08, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

EDUCATION: Test scores reflect Lee schools' struggle under new standards

Under measures imposed by the state's new Common Core curriculum, only two Lee County public schools have more than 50 percent of the student body achieving "proficient" grade level scores, according to standardized test scores released Thursday.

Nov. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC Harnett Health Sciences Center hosts open house

Central Carolina Community College showed off its newest facility, the Harnett Health Sciences Center, at an Oct. 23 open house.