News: Lee County

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Local officials feel misled by plans for Sanford coal ash storage site

After a presentation Monday by the county director of strategic services during the Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board chairman is now more, not less, worried about coal ash coming to Sanford.

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: Student pepper sprayed, charged after police tell her to leave campus

The mother of a 15-year-old Lee County High School student is seeking an attorney after an incident Saturday in which police were called to the school and were filmed pepper spraying her daughter.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

'So much to celebrate'

A Sanford police officer who fought for his country, his city and his life now will be able to watch his children grow for many years to come — thanks to a kidney transplant and the help of community donations during a fundraiser this week.

Dec. 14, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Local trainers, law enforcement express faith in N.C. concealed carry training

Hands-on weapons training is an important component of any North Carolina concealed carry handgun class. But other states, some of which have reciprocity with North Carolina, offer online training for concealed carry permits that do not ever require applicants to pick up a gun.

Dec. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: County board to vote again on gun ordinance

The Lee County Board of Commissioners, with a new Democratic majority, will vote a second time Monday to reinstate a gun ordinance repealed by the previous Republican-controlled board which would prohibit concealed carry permit holders from bringing concealed weapons onto country property.

Dec. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Riding for the season

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

Celebrating a Broadway Christmas

Hundreds of people from all across the Central Carolina region gathered Saturday to witness floats, clowns and firetrucks at the 18th annual Broadway Christmas parade hosted by the Broadway Optimist Club.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Details emerge about shooting victim’s background

Despite Travis Faison’s criminal record indicative of a troubled past, family members say that doesn’t describe the Travis they knew.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Take 5: Chet Mann

This week, we Take 5 with Sanford Mayor Chet Mann to discuss several projects the city is undertaking, including Downtown Revitaization, improvemets to city parks, and the Sanford Lee County Partnership for Prosperity.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Bridging the gaps

In the 1980s, Jane Stevens had an idea — “to create a place where people with disabilities were treated like first-class people.”

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 09:30 PM

Catching some rays

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

SBI: Man killed in officer-involved shooting had gun

The Sanford man killed Wednesday by a Sanford police officer was armed and had warrants out for his arrest in connection with a Dec. 5 shooting in Sanford, according to the N.C. Bureau of Investigation.

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fighting back

Some of those who attended Duke Energy's coal ash open house on Wednesday said the event probably didn't ease tensions, but rather encouraged numerous Lee County residents to fight harder to keep coal ash away from their homes.

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee sheriff announces numerous drug arrests

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday reported a number of unrelated narcotics arrests made over the last week, with charges ranging from possession to trafficking.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

'They haven't told us anything'

"We want answers."

That was the mantra friends and family of Travis Faison

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

SBI: Man killed in officer-involved shooting had gun

From a press release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety: "At the request of the Sanford Police Department, the SBI is investigating a Wednesday shooting incident involving a Sanford police officer who was attempting to serve warrants on Travis Faison, 26, for attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The warrants were in connection with a Dec. 5 shooting in Sanford.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Four Wilmington area men arrested in fatal 2013 home invasion

Four Wilmington area men have been arrested in connection with a 2013 home invasion in Sanford that left one victim dead, the Lee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Making the old new again

Nearly 50 community leaders, including real estate professionals and builders, gathered Wednesday off of Cool Springs Road to watch the golden blades of six shovels dig up the first batch of earth signaling the beginning of a new neighborhood in Sanford.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 07:29 PM

Man killed in police officer-involved shooting

One person was killed in a shooting involving a Sanford police officer Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of Magnolia Street, authorities have confirmed.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

Four Wilmington area men charged in 2013 Sanford homicide

Four Wilmington area men have been arrested in connection with a 2013 murder and home invasion in Sanford, the Lee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday. 

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

More stores, restaurants confirmed in retail center

Sanford residents will be able to shop and eat at more than 10 new stores and restaurants, including Buffalo Wild Wings, next year when they open their doors at the Shops at Cameron Place shopping center.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 09:22 PM

Better communication, test scores top new BOE members' to-do lists

Improved test scores, programs and communication are just some of the changes that the new Lee County Board of Education members want to make during their terms after being sworn in Tuesday.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 09:25 PM

Commissioners urged to 'stand up and fight' against coal ash

Many of the more than 50 people who attended a public hearing Monday, hosted by the Lee County Board of Commissioners, took to the podium to voice their concerns about Duke Energy's intention to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Sanford – and ask county officials to fight the plan.


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Inspiring others to ask questions

During his nearly 10 years in law enforcement, Sanford resident Tim L. Smith sometimes felt like he had to enforce laws that were not always consistent with his strong constitutional and philosophical convictions, which raised questions in his mind about the government’s influence on law enforcement.