News

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Fire victim remembered as good friend, neighbor

Friends and neighbors remember Jack Rollins, 59, the man who died as a result of a house fire early Sunday morning, as handyman of the Carr Creek community where he lived.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Nearly 30,000 attend Lee Regional Fair

With the rides already packed up and moved out, Sanford Lions Club members deemed the Lee Regional Fair a success this year despite two power outages and inclement weather.


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

One dead, one injured in Sanford house fire

The Sanford man killed in a house fire at 1612 Prosperity Drive at 2:30 a.m. Sunday has been identified as James Rollins, 59, by Sanford Fire Chief Wayne Barber.


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Heart transplant recipient focuses on gift of life

For the two years prior to his heart transplant in 1996, Sanford resident Allen Chilton's diet consisted mainly of grapefruit slices. After a bypass operation in 1983 and another one in 1994, which did not work, a new heart was his only hope.


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

New project will focus on impropriety of bullying

The City of Sanford and Lee County Schools have partnered on a project to educate children about the impropriety of bullying to create a better quality of life for Sanford children and residents.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

LEE REGIONAL FAIR: Parker wins Diaper Derby

Spectators' clothes were damp from the rain, but spirits were bright Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Diaper Derby at the amphitheater stage of the Lee Regional Fair.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: Fracking opponent cites risks, objections

This week, we Take 5 with Therese Vick, the North Carolina Healthy Sustainable Communities campaign coordinator for the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, about the potential environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

Building bridges between cultures

When a husband and wife duo take to the Lee Regional Fair amphitheater stage today, Latin American folktales and music will flow as a fun, educational way to connect local Hispanic and non-Hispanic people.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

Scenes from Lee Regional Fair


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Chili champs bring the heat at the Lee Regional Fair Chili Cook-Off

The audience inside the exhibit hall of the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds was sweating Thursday evening — but the sun was only partially to blame. The real heat came from the pots of chili on the judges' table for the Lee Regional Fair Chili Cook-Off.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

17-year-old charged in Sanford armed robbery

A local teenager allegedly led police on a brief foot chase Wednesday night following an armed robbery of a business.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Council hears presentation on Brick Capital

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government's Development Finance Initiative presented ways the Brick Capital Community Development Corporation can improve its financial situation at the Sanford City Council's Law and Finance Meeting Wednesday.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Keeping ‘3,000 voices alive’

After surviving the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Joe Dittmar decided to travel across the country to tell his story — and keep the memories of the 3,000 people who perished that day alive.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

BOARD OF EDUCATION: Board hears from CTE program director

Students involved in the Lee County School system’s Career and Technical Education program graduate at a rate of 99.1 percent, according to the program’s director.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Contestants crowned at Lee Regional Fair pageant

Darkness reigned for a time Wednesday night at the Lee Regional Fair, but by the evening’s end, Carlie Cauthen and Khaira Bolden came forward to rule as Miss Lee Regional Fair and Junior Miss Lee Regional Fair, respectively.The winners received their crowns following a roughly two-hour power outage at the pageant venue.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

Scenes from Lee Regional Fair


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A spells new season at Temple

The Temple Theatre in downtown Sanford plans to give audiences a taste of the West with "Oklahoma!," the first show of the theater's 31st season that opens Thursday.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Musicians to raise money, awareness in online contest

Aspiring musicians from Sanford to San Francisco will have the opportunity to both gain recognition and raise money for music education through a North Carolina-based online music competition.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 08:41 PM

Rides, exhibits draw fairgoers to opening night

The Lee Regional Fair's 77th edition is open for business. Local officials stood shoulder to shoulder Tuesday to cut the purple and gold ribbons, signaling the opening of the event at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Movie 'Memphis Belle' to soar over Sanford

A World War II-era bomber with film star credentials is returning to Sanford by popular demand — where it will be available to the public for flights and tours.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

General Assembly candidates debate fracking, teacher pay

Hydraulic fracturing was the focus at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce's public policy meeting Monday, which featured candidates for N.C. Senate and House.


Sep. 08, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Lee Commissioners vote 4-3 to repeal gun ordinance

Lee County Commissioners voted 4-3 to pass a resolution repealing a gun ordinance banning licensed concealed carry holders from bringing concealed weapons into public buildings.


Sep. 08, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Lee Regional Fair opens Tuesday

The 77th edition of the Lee Regional Fair begins Tuesday at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, which includes the fair parade at 4:45 p.m. followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

In a bun and on the air

Mr. & Mrs. Hot Dog Shack, a Sanford specialty hot dog stand owned by Chris and Jamie Whitt, will be featured on the television show Carnival Eats along with its sausage dog the Big Texas Kick.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Board considering gun ordinance change

Lee County commissioners will resume discussing a resolution to repeal a gun ordinance banning licensed concealed carry holders from bringing concealed weapons into public buildings at the meeting Monday.