Aug. 12, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Divine Dining: Tomato and Irish Cheddar Pastries — easy recipe with few ingredients

Today’s recipe is the easiest thing I’ve ever made, but with creamy Irish cheddar and fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes, it packs a wonderful flavor.

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Building up the broken

The song that hip-hop artist Derek Minor says best illustrates his personal story is “Sweet Dreams,” from his most recent album "Minorville."

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Doctor's Orders

How do you handle a heat wave during the summer months? Cold drinks and air conditioning can help, but you can’t spend the entire summer indoors hiding from the sun.

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 07:42 AM

Woodley, Elgort among Teen Choice Awards winners

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of "The Fault in Our Stars" rode a victorious wave at the Teen Choice Awards.

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 09:00 PM


As the sun begins to set on a crisp fall evening, you can feel the excitement. You walk down a bustling midway, with lights flashing and sounds of joy as children spin, turn and dodge each other in the latest carnival ride. There’s live music in the distance and you walk past the sweet aroma of crispy dough being lifted out of the fryer.

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Lett's Set A Spell

The routine of getting up early to take sticks of cured leaves out of the tobacco barn before putting in a new batch of fresh green continued day after day on the Lett family farm. Daddy (Bud Lett) had already made sure the tobacco was “in order,” having opened the barn doors ahead of time so the dried leaves could soak in just enough moisture from dew to make them damp enough for transporting.

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Club News


President Doug Gay opened the July 29th meeting of The Sanford Rotary and called on Tom Dossenbach to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “In the Good Old Summertime.”  

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The Bible Speaks

“For you shall be holy as I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

The Paper Pulpit

Diogenes, the Greek philosopher, spent a lifetime in search of honesty. He finally concluded that an honest man could not be found. Totally honest men are perhaps not easy to find in any age, but they can be found. Honesty is not just the best policy; it is the only policy if you would live life with meaning and purpose.

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 06:00 PM


• Michael Antwan Smith Jr., born June 22, son of Ashlin Samayoa and Michael Smith of Sanford. (FirstHealth)

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Marriage licenses


• Benjamin Richard Grogan, 27, of Crozet, Va. and Brittany St. Pierre Cowee, 21, of Sanford.

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 03:00 PM



The 83rd Matthews Family Reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. and a covered dish luncheon will be served at 1 p.m. For more information, call Tommy Matthews at (919) 774-4004.

Aug. 08, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Central Carolina People@Work — Shirley Rijkse

What is your favorite book? The Bible.

Aug. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Church News


Saturday: One day Vacation Bible School from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch provided. Preschool to 12 years of age. Sunday: Commencement exercises at 11 a.m. Covered dish lunch provided after service. Address: 105 E. Harrington Ave., Broadway.

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Pollinators: Beneficial for the garden

Pollinators, organisms that spread pollen from plant to plant, are among some of the most important beneficial organisms for one’s garden.

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Leading for the next generation

One of my favorite things about working with the 4-H Youth Development program is the opportunity I have to witness young people taking an active role in shaping their futures.

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Enrichment Center calendar

Boomer, Senior, Family Caregiver and Veteran events for the week of Aug. 6-12:

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 07:39 PM

Pepper and tomato bruschetta — a delicate and delectable appetizer, or a light supper

I was reading a magazine the other day (an impulse purchase at the grocery store, if you must know).

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Southern Lee listed among 'High Schools That Work'

Southern Lee High School has earned a national High Schools That Work (HSTW) Gold Achievement Award — a distinction based on the progress of local school leaders and teachers in improving school practices and raising student achievement.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Lett's Set A Spell

Daddy (Bud Lett), a devout tobacco farmer, liked to brag about his favorite crop. Daddy read in The Farmer’s Almanac that the tobacco plant had been around even before Jesus Christ and was used in tribal rituals and religious ceremonies possibly dating back to 100 B.C. The Almanac stated that tobacco was traced to 800 A.D. when the Chinese and later the Aztecs and Mayans used it for healing.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 02:18 PM

2 Bible Belt filmmakers expand box office horizons

It's the Hollywood ending every studio wants: Low-cost production and high returns at the box office.Filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick seem to have the formula down — grossing nearly $80 million on four films made for less than $4 million combined. Only thing is the Kendrick brothers work far from Hollywood and, outside the world of Christian-themed cinema, many have never heard of their films.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Club News


Four new members were inducted into the Sanford Lions Club Thursday, July 24. Past District Governor Vince Schimmoller of the Western Harnett Lions Club presided over the ceremony.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The Bible Speaks

“Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel assembled to me…” Ezra 9:4a

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

The Paper Pulpit

What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “congregational worship”? An hour wasted in irrelevance? Or a meaningful encounter with God that is vitally important for those who want to grow in their faith? A.W. Tozier once called worship “the missing jewel of the church.”

Aug. 02, 2014 @ 07:00 PM


• Brayden Santos, born July 20, son of Maria Crisanta Costales and Florentino C. Santos of Sanford. Grandparents are Aurora and Damico Costales of the Philippines and Edna Melinda Barnes of Sanford. (CCH)