Despite the challenges common to movie theaters — unsupervised teenagers causing trouble, people using cell phones during movies and disgruntled guests angry about the price of concessions — Ben Johnson, longtime general manager of Spring Lane Cinemas, cannot imagine himself working any other job.
It’s been three weeks since the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released letter grades for public schools across the state, and members of the Lee County Board of Education still are livid with what they call the state legislature’s attempt to smear public schools across the state.
A fast-growing Garner-based company will be showcased on the ABC television show “Shark Tank” next week after a Sanford resident, who formerly owned a local business, assisted two college sophomores in starting their online company more than two years ago.
“If you would move over for a blue light or a red light, move over for a yellow light.”
Officials from the city of Sanford, Lee County Government and N.C. Department of Transportation were surprised by, but prepared for, the 1 to 2 inches of snow that fell in the county Tuesday — despite forecasts of less precipitation.
As Duke Energy awaits permit approval from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for its coal ash storage projects in Lee and Chatham counties, local residents are getting another opportunity to voice their concerns about the projects at public hearings in April.
After losing funding from Special Olympics Lee County, Spencer Magee was just grateful he managed to raise the $550 necessary to attend the Special Olympics North Carolina 2015 Southeast Winter Games earlier this month.
From Lee County Emergency Services Director Shane Seagroves:
“Hurt,” “I Walk the Line,” “I've Been Everywhere,” “Man in Black” and other Johnny Cash standards can be heard in Sanford this week at the Temple Theatre's production of “Ring of Fire,” where the legend of the American music icon will live on through the voices of talented performers.
As temperatures drop, heating bills rise and the cost of staying warm can be a huge burden on families already struggling to make ends meet.
"We were in pretty bad shape right before Christmas," said Sanford resident Arsenio, who asked not to be identified by his last name. "I had been laid off from Walmart in August, and my wife got laid off from Coty a month or two later. We were trying to cover the rent, cover the bills, plus we had to pay car insurance. It got a little overwhelming."
The atmosphere in Blandonia Presbyterian Church on Sunday was one of solemn reflection. Signs reading "Whites only," "Negroes served at rear entrance" and "Negro seats in back" adorned the walls as members of the church prepared to re-enact local the Civil Rights protests that happened in 1963.
Barring unforeseen complications, work soon will begin on the first of a number of mural projects throughout downtown Sanford.
Ice and snowfall left Lee County Schools closed from Tuesday through Friday, and now administrators looking into how students will make up the time.
With the help of a certified prosthetist in Sanford, a 49-year-old Wake Forest man is able to go back to work after an accident that took his left hand.
This week, we Take 5 with Andy Bryan, the superintendent of Lee County Schools, about recently released performance grades for North Carolina schools and other matters affecting education locally.
NAME: Diann Morris
FAMILY: Army wife and mother of three two-legged kids and two four-legged kids
POSITION: Owner of Karma Boutique and Coffee Bar
HOMETOWN Toms River, N.J.
Neil Bullard was only in second grade when, after being cast as one of the "Three Little Pigs" in a play at Greenwood Elementary, he caught the acting bug.
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.
Snow and ice storms earlier this week left many local businesses shuttered on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the shop owners and restaurateurs of downtown Sanford felt the effects of potential customers choosing to stay indoors.
A house fire Thursday morning left a family standing out in the cold while they waited for fire officials to tell them whether they would be displaced as a result of the blaze.
Lee County officials plan to attend the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference this weekend to discuss legislative goals with congressional representatives, as well as other county commissioners from across the nation.
The Lee County High School Drill Team will head to Hickory this weekend to compete in the annual JROTC Fourth Brigade Best of the Best tournament for the first time in the event's five-year history.
For many years, stained glass work was just a hobby for Sanford resident Yekaterina Reier.
The renovation of the former Buggy Factory building is set to be completed by the end of this year, allowing for the the recently formed Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity to move into its new home by early 2016.