Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Keeping it in the community

They are the stalwarts of any small town, including Sanford, and they survive and thrive within a field of much larger competitors.

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Labor Day travel increase expected

More than a million North Carolina residents are estimated to travel more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend, which is the highest number of Labor Day holiday travelers in six years, according to AAA Carolinas.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Performance Fibers announces accelerated shuttering of plant

The Performance Fibers plant in Moncure will be closing and permanently laying off employees on Oct. 27, according to a notice of mass layoff employees received Wednesday.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: NCPC leader: Fracking is environmentally safe

This week, we Take 5 with David McGowan. He is currently the executive director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council (NCPC).

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

'They are role models'

For some people, interacting with the deputies of the Lee County Sheriff's Office means something has gone wrong, but for students in Lee County public schools, student resource officers provide advice, comfort and safety.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

Performance Fiber closing Moncure plant, laying off employees by end of October

The Performance Fibers plant in Moncure will be closing and permanently laying off employees on Oct. 27, according to a notice of mass layoff employees received on Wednesday.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

RALEIGH EXEC: Jetport seeing demand grow for plane storage

Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County and other North Carolina airports have reported seeing an increase in demand for aircraft storage but a decrease in flight traffic.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Murder victim's family, friends remember a life lived for others

When Sanford resident Wendy Jean Johnson was shot and killed on Aug. 22, her family and coworkers described losing a great friend, a great nurse and a great person.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 02:46 PM

Old-Fashioned Farmers' Day

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

JOBS FOR LIFE: Program helps unemployed hone skills, find their passion

Sanford residents looking for employment have a chance to participate in mock interviews, extensive networking, resume workshops and more as part of the Jobs For Life program beginning on Sept. 3.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Second arrest made in murder of Sanford woman

A second person has been arrested in connection with the murder of Wendy Jean Johnson, 58, of Sanford. 

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 02:48 PM

Boomers, seniors and caregivers pack annual expo

More than 1,500 baby boomers, seniors and caregivers gathered on Wednesday to learn about health, retirement, insurance and more  — and overall how to make the aging process a smooth transition.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Challenge accepted

Sanford and Broadway officials joined a growing national trend recently when they were covered with ice-cold water as part of the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised $88.5 million for the nonprofit since July.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Exchange students getting taste of America in Sanford

Fiona Soehring and Leslie Rudolph, two exchange students from Germany, will attend Lee County High School this year, where they will learn about American culture and teach their new friends and host families about German customs.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 08:59 PM

San Felipe aims to reopen

Now the sixth business in two months to be damaged by fire, the South Horner Boulevard location of San Felipe Mexican Restaurant is working to reopen its doors to customers today.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Love of family, community defined Lee's first black deputy

Nearly two weeks after the loss of Oliver Claiborn Johnson Sr., friends and family remember him not only as Lee County's first black sheriff's deputy, but a respected figure in the community.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

New elementary school program emphasizes growth, good habits

When students returned to B.T. Bullock Elementary Monday, they were treated to a different greeting than in the past. Posters, banners and a new mural adorned the hallways and soft music played through the speakers as part of the Leader in Me program.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 10:49 PM

Firemen investigate smoke at San Felipe

The Sanford Fire Department investigated smoke coming from the roof of San Felipe restaurant on Horner Boulevard late Monday evening.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

New year starts strong, calm at local schools

A quiet day is a good day as far as Lee County principals are concerned, and local students' first day back in class for the fall semester was described as just that Monday.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

S&P 500 touches 2,000 points as deals continue

Summer doldrums? Not on Wall Street.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

McCrory: Coal ash commission violates constitution

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina Legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution.

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

Arrest made in woman's shooting death in Cary

Authorities say a 36-year-old man wanted in the shooting death of a woman in a parking lot in Cary has been arrested.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

Strong Northern California earthquake causes injuries, damage

A large earthquake rolled through California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, damaging some buildings, igniting fires, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness.

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Orchestra takes walk on wild side in 27th season

The Lee County Community Orchestra will offer Lee County residents a glimpse at the wild side of music with the theme for its 27th season, “Symphonic Creatures.”

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Backpacks given out for start of new school year

Knowing that parents have a lot to deal with as they prepare their children to return to school on Monday, several Sanford residents decided to lighten the load by coming together to donate 250 backpacks to students and parents on Saturday.