News: Harnett County

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

The best of the best

The sharp commands of cadet officers of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps calling orders to their drill teams rang out across the Southern Lee High School parking lot Saturday morning as more than 1,500 cadets from 30 schools competed in SLHS's sixth annual Tri-Meet.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

N.C. House 51

With the North Carolina general election less than a month away, candidates for the District 51 seat of the North Carolina House of Representatives both are adamant that they are the right fit for representing Lee and Harnett counties in Raleigh.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Hopefuls spar over spending, jobs at forum

N.C. Senate District 12 and House District 54 candidates discussed the problem with the legislature’s spending — or lack of — and also touched on other contentious issues such as fracking and teacher pay at a forum Tuesday hosted by The Sanford Herald.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Stone asked to donate money

A Raleigh-based public policy group is calling on a local politician to use a $4,000 donation received during the 2011-2012 election cycle to provide teachers with classroom supplies or pay for textbooks for Lee and Harnett counties.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

2 injured, 1 arrested

Two Lillington residents were shot during an altercation outside a home on the 100 block of Old Hundred Loop in Lillington over the weekend, according to a Harnett County Sheriff’s report released Monday.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 03:05 PM

Local candidates for sheriff, House, go one-on-one in Herald forum

After a sometimes tense discussion between candidates for Lee County Sheriff focused on gang prevention tactics and community policing, the candidates for the N.C. House District 51 seat took the stage during The Sanford Herald's Candidate Forum at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center Tuesday night to offer stances on everything from public education spending to hydraulic fracturing.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

DC gridlock key in Ellmers-Aiken debate for U.S. House seat

Conservative Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and Democratic ex-entertainer Clay Aiken on Monday each blamed the other's party for dysfunctional government, claimed that they had better ideas to solve the country's problems, and that their opponent would be little more than a tool for party bosses.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Changing the rules — again

State of North Carolina attorneys, at the instruction of Gov. Pat McCrory, have petitioned U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to halt same-day registration


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Operation Christmas Child

As temperatures begin to drop and the holiday season looms on the horizon, the congregation of Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church in Sanford is preparing for another year of Operation: Christmas Child — a project that provides gift-filled shoeboxes to underprivileged children in more than 100 countries worldwide.


Sep. 03, 2014 @ 08:36 PM

Registration for dual-enrollment spikes in Lee County due to CCW

As the Lee County School system wraps up its second week of the fall semester, college and career advisers at Lee County and Southern Lee high schools made clear one thing about the Central Carolina Works program — it’s working.


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. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hundreds attend fracking hearing in Raleigh

Hundreds attended a public meeting Wednesday in Raleigh on rules for hydraulic fracturing drilling in North Carolina, with many voicing opposition and some even breaking into anti-fracking songs at the podium.


Aug. 17, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Visitor spending up in Central Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory and Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced this week that 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties saw an increase in visitor spending in 2013. That increase includes all four counties — Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore — in the Central Carolina region.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 08:48 PM

Housing Authority moves ahead on projects

The departure of its executive director will not stop the Sanford Housing Authority from advancing on a number of projects in Lee and Harnett counties.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

Vets, employers connect at Ellmers job fair

Veterans of the armed services leave the military with specific practical and technical training, respect for authority and a work ethic second to none demanded by the profession.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC dental students learn and serve

For Central Carolina Community College dental programs students, their work is all about a happy smile and better health, especially when they are providing volunteer community service.  


Aug. 03, 2014 @ 02:21 PM

State proposes law change

Just few months after the conclusion of one lawsuit regarding illegal appointments to the Central Carolina Community College board of trustees, the state legislature is looking to step in and correct yet another illegal appointment.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 07:13 PM

421 Bypass lags more than a year behind projections

Even if all goes exactly according to plan, the U.S. 421 Bypass around Sanford likely will be finished more than a year behind schedule.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Unemployment rate drops in Central Carolina counties

Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties were among the 81 in North Carolina which experienced a drop in unemployment rate since May, according to data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.


Jul. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Mother's melody plays on

In the summer of 1991, Tori Knight Ferguson was told she had only six more months to spend with her mother, Janet McCormick Harrington, a lifelong Harnett County resident who was growing sicker by the day after being diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Public's feedback sought as fracking rules are finalized

The democratic process has gone into effect on fracking in North Carolina, with everyone now invited to submit comments, questions and suggestions about proposed rules and regulations for the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Gov. taps Philpott for CCCC board

As Central Carolina Community College begins looking at the next five years, members of the school's Board of Trustees expressed confidence that the Julian Philpott was the man to help guide the college in the right direction.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 06:52 PM

Ellmers highlights jobs, health care and education in bid for third term

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers had no intention of running for office when she first began speaking out against the Affordable Care Act at public events.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

KKK recruitment fliers distributed in Harnett

Some Western Harnett residents were not pleased by recruiting literature which appeared in their yards and driveways recently, urging them to join the Ku Klux Klan.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Teen charged in connection with armed robbery

A local teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with the armed robbery of the Short Stop convenience store in Jonesboro on June 22.