News: Harnett County

Apr. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Harnett wants citizens to help shape county’s future

What would citizens like to see happen in Harnett County in the coming years?


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Lee lags behind state in population growth

Lee County is trailing both the state average and neighboring counties in population growth, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Ellmers to face Duncan in 2016 GOP primary

More than a year out from the 2016 primary election, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers already has a challenger for the N.C. District 2 seat, which represents all of Lee and Moore counties and most of Chatham and Harnett counties.


Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Bill would prohibit compulsory pooling

A bill filed in the N.C. House of Representatives Thursday would prohibit compulsory or forced pooling, a practice that gives the state the right to compel non-consenting landowners to allow hydraulic fracturing companies to extract oil and gas from beneath their properties.


Apr. 03, 2015 @ 06:55 PM

Never forgotten

Hundreds of cars pass the Star of Hope Baptist Cemetery in the 2000 block of South Horner Boulevard every day — but few people know a Vietnam veteran named Spc. Lester Howard “Howie” Clegg, who was killed in action, is buried there.


Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Program at Central Carolina could become state model

Central Carolina Works, a public-private initiative aimed at increasing enrollment in the state’s Career and College Promise Program, soon could be implemented statewide after a Senate Bill was filed recently at the N.C. General Assembly.


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 10:21 PM

Lillington woman tries to rebuild after 113 felony charges dismissed

Janet McLean’s life was put on hold when she lost her job at the Lillington Department of Motor Vehicles after being charged with more than 100 felonies related to an illegal vehicle title fraud scheme in 2012.


Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

With delay over, Lee could see drilling by fall

With hydraulic fracturing officially legal in North Carolina, state and local officials differ on whether Lee County will see natural gas exploration in the near future — given drops in gas and oil prices.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Safe drug disposal provided with Operation Medicine Drop

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office will provide the public another opportunity to prevent accidental poisonings, abuse and theft on March 19 through Operation Medicine Drop.


Mar. 01, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

CCCC students attend national photonics convention

Second-year students in the Laser and Photonics Technology program at Central Carolina Community College’s Harnett Campus recently attended the 2015 SPIE Photonics West Convention in San Francisco.


Feb. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Winter weather causes power outages in Lee, Chatham counties

Although the National Weather Service predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow and sleet Wednesday night, Lee and Chatham counties only accumulated power outages, not flurries.


Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Schools have some leeway in making up snow days

Ice and snowfall left Lee County Schools closed from Tuesday through Friday, and now administrators looking into how students will make up the time.


Feb. 20, 2015 @ 07:55 PM

U.S. charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Officials oppose MEC fracking rules

Democratic lawmakers in Lee County formally expressed their dissatisfaction with the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission's proposed rules regarding hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina Wednesday


Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rates dropped in Lee, most counties in December

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in December — including Lee — increased in 28 and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, released Wednesday.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Marchant assesses tuition-free plan

This week, we Take 5 with Dr. T.E. “Bud” Marchant, the president of Central Carolina Community College, about President Obama’s plan to make community college tuition free to some students.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

‘Forces for Good’ CCCC events to highlight potential of area nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations typically are known for their charitable aspects, but upcoming events will emphasize their economic influence — namely creating jobs, increasing revenue and facilitating successful relationships within the community.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Under bill, county registers could opt out of performing same-sex marriages

Sen. Ronald Rabin, R-Harnett, co-sponsored a bill this week that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds without facing legal penalties.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:56 AM

Salmon appointed to state House committees

The North Carolina General Assembly went back into session Wednesday after a two-week adjournment, and the business of the day included the announcement of final standing committee assignments for North Carolina House members.


Jan. 29, 2015 @ 05:07 AM

Sheriff calls for focus on bike safety after two cyclists killed in four days

After two instances in the last week of bicyclists being struck and killed by motor vehicles, Lee County’s sheriff urged pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers alike Wednesday to employ caution while on the roads.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

HARNETT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Ordinance aims to regulate shooting in neighborhoods

The Harnett County Board of Commissioners is setting its sights on Harnett residents living in densely populated subdivisions who use their backyards for target practice with a new firearm discharge ordinance which would place restrictions on shooting in residential areas.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC GED/Adult Education grads celebrate milestone

A graduation ceremony for Central Carolina Community College's Adult High School/General Educational Development (GED) programs honored the achievements of more than 50 students, many of whom cited the importance of hard work and perseverance.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Ellmers supports abortion bill following GOP backlash

After withdrawing her co-sponsorship from a bill that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, which generated much GOP backlash, 2nd district Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-Harnett, said Thursday she would support the bill.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Importance of early childhood programs stressed to lawmakers

During a legislative breakfast Wednesday at Cafe 121, representatives of United Way of Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children encouraged state representatives to continue to support quality childcare and early education in this year's legislative session


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

NCDOT: More than 1,600 trucks could be used in fracking operations

Lee County residents could expect to see more than 1,600 trucks for each hydraulic fracturing operation that comes to the area, which could cause extensive road and bridge damage and take weeks to repair, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.