Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Extension News

If you have young children at home, now is a great time for them to get a head start on developing early reading skills. Learning to read starts at home with parents playing a crucial role in language and reading development. You may not have realized it, but when your child was just an infant, you were preparing him or her to learn sounds, letters and words.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Shaggers to display fancy footwork for charity dance

The Sanford Area Society of Shaggers is asking people to come out Saturday night to shake their hips and empty their wallets for a good cause.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Garden Guide

Garden tools are an essential part of gardening. There are many tools available at garden supply stores and in gardening catalogs — some are essential, some are nice to have and some are a waste of money. The tools you select will be based on what you are growing, the size of your garden, your age and the time you have to work on gardening.  

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Enrichment Center calendar

Boomer, Senior, Family Caregiver and Veteran events for the Week of March 19-25

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Divine Dining

I’d like to tell you a love story. Once upon a time, there was a cinnamon roll (please just indulge me, y’all). Cinndy was a lovely lass. She was proud of the way her personality was layered and fascinating, not just all out there on top like some cupcake.

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Lett's Set A Spell

Dr. Deepak Chopra asked “What are you hungry for?” and explained how our cravings for food are more emotional than physical. Dr. Mark Hyman suggested that I go on a 10-Day Detox Diet, which will balance my blood sugar and activate my body’s natural ability to burn fat and lose weight fast. Dr. Daniel Amen has convinced me that my number one problem is Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD), however, Dr. Lissa Raskin has assured me that mind is stronger than medicine.

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

Fetching 'Peabody & Sherman' top box office

Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead in its second weekend.

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

School menus

LEE COUNTY — Monday: Chili beans with corn muffin or hot dog, coleslaw, black-eye peas, mixed fruit, sliced pears.

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Club News


President David Nestor opened the March 4 meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club and called upon Chas Post to lead the Rotary Prayer. John Taylor led the club in singing.

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The Bible Speaks

“he (Joshua) utterly destroyed it and every person who was in it. He left no survivor.” Joshua 10:28b

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

The Paper Pulpit

Power failure — the lights blink a couple of times and go out. Suddenly you are surrounded by total darkness. The sound of motors running — heat pump, refrigerator/freezer — can no longer be heard. An eerie silence hangs in the air. Your first thought is, “What happened?”

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 07:00 PM


• Angelina Denise Cozart, born February 5, daughter of Walter Cozart Jr. and April Cozart of Carthage. (FirstHealth)

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Marriage licenses

Marriage licenses issued recently by the Lee County Register of Deeds office:

Mar. 14, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

Central Carolina People@Work — Stella P. Gunter

NAME: Stella P. Gunter

FAMILY: Edward Gunter (husband), Darren & Randy Headen (sons), Mr. and Mrs. Albert Battle (parents), seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

POSITION: Processing Assistant V/Deputy Registrar, Lee County Health Department


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

‘Need for Speed’: Paul stalls in big-screen role

On the heels of two Emmys for his role as Walter White’s meth-dealing sidekick on the hit series “Breaking Bad,” it’s natural — indeed, obligatory — that Aaron Paul would his parlay his notoriety into an expanded acting career.

Mar. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Church News


Sunday at 11 a.m. service, Dr. Darrin Moore will continue the series “God’s Desire for the Church” with the sermon “The Centrality of Christ” Ephesians 1:3-5.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 08:11 PM

Blogger shares tips for savvy shopping

About 30 people gathered to learn the ins and outs of using coupons Thursday at the annual luncheon of the Business and Professional Women of Sanford.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

Emails show close ties between Duke, NC regulators

Internal emails between staff at North Carolina's environmental agency suggest state regulators were coordinating with Duke Energy before intervening in efforts by citizens groups trying to sue the company over groundwater pollution leeching from its coal ash dumps.

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Divine Dining

I adore sweet tea. I can dig into a plate of pulled pork at the Pik-n-Pig like the best of ‘em. I feel like the sky might fall on me when in an open space without pine trees to hold it up. I like to think I’m something of a North Carolinian now.

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Extension News

Because women live longer than men, they often end up inheriting a lot of family woodlands. If over the lifetime of ownership they paid little attention to the management of the woodlands, they may feel “lost in the woods” when they suddenly inherit the responsibility of managing the family timber.  

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Garden Guide

What is a weed? A weed is simply a plant out of place. There are many common weeds that can sprout up in lawns, flower beds, vegetable gardens and driveways. Judging from the calls I get, weeds often get out of control in Lee County.  

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Enrichment Center calendar

Boomer, Senior, Family Caregiver and Veteran events for the Week of March 12-18, 2014

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Lett's Set A Spell

By the time Barbara Marx Hubbard was 55 years old in 1984, her ideas were considered so brilliant she was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket. Her platform called for a “Peace Room” as sophisticated as the war room, to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and the world.

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

'300' sequel rules box office with $45.1M debut

The shirtless warriors of the "300" sequel "Rise of an Empire" ravaged the post-Oscars box-office weekend with a domestic debut of $45.1 million but an even bigger international haul of $87.8 million.

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

School menus

LEE COUNTY — Monday: Corndog nuggets or toasted cheese sandwich, corn, green beans, California blend veggies, fresh fruit, mixed fruit.