News: Lee County

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Volunteers at work

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

"They are sacrificing the area"

Lynette Hampton, a Sanford native, moved to Osgood Road with her husband last year, not knowing Duke Energy would announce its plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in the area a few months later.

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Local nonprofits request more assistance from county

Within the coming weeks, the Lee County Board of Commissioners will be tasked with deciding which local nonprofits they will assist during fiscal year 2015-16 as some continue to struggle with state and federal grant funding losses.

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 07:10 PM

Snow cones, music, friends

Children with blue lips, stained with the snow cones they had just devoured, clutched their parent's hands as they weaved through the crowds in downtown Broadway

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Block party to beautify Steele Street

Sanford residents young and old will unite today to take part in the fifth annual Sanford Block Party, a beautification project for which volunteers will mow grass, trim hedges, paint houses and more along a stretch of North Steele Street.

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Mrs. Universe meets, greets at CCCC

“I am a true and firm believer that your circumstances do not determine your destiny.”

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

2 men charged in armed robbery

 Two Sanford men were arrested Friday in connection with an armed robbery earlier this month, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:08 PM

‘From the inside out’

At an age when most toddlers just learn to walk, Addi Loving was learning how to dance. And the passion she found at 2 years old only has grown with time.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

Sanford looks to woo youth

With millennials overtaking baby boomers as the largest population group in the United States this year, the city of Sanford

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 11:19 PM

The face behind the name

In Washington, D.C., more than 58,000 names are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in honor of the men and women who were killed in the Vietnam War. Among thousands of names, Spc. Lester Howard Clegg’s can be found on panel 5E, Line 85.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Federal law required county to amend definition of "spouse"

After the U.S. Department of Labor amended the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to recognize eligible same-sex marriages, federal law required Lee County to make the same change.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Local legislators introduce fracking bills

N.C. Reps. Brad Salmon and Robert Reives filed two bills this week dealing with hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina – House Bills 772 and 773 — in a bid to address two major concerns.

Apr. 15, 2015 @ 07:10 PM

Pottery prep

Apr. 15, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'Keep hope alive'

Sanford resident Dawn Crawley loves her small farm on Colon Road. She loves her ducks and her chickens and her milk goats.

Apr. 15, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

High-density neighborhood inspires Sanford leaders

Members of the Sanford City Council visited the Briar Chapel Neighborhood at 16 Windy Hill in Chapel Hill Monday to learn more about nearby high-density neighborhoods.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 06:42 PM

'I READ, YOU READ': Students, volunteers bond over books

From deep in the Amazon rainforest to a village in the mountains of southeast China, seven third-graders from Deep River Elementary explored the world in just eight weeks. They didn't travel by plane or train, but instead through the pages of books.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

College shooting brings campus safety to forefront

Central Carolina Community College staff and local law enforcement used Monday's shooting at Wayne Community College, in Goldsboro, that left one college employee dead, as a reminder that violence can happen anywhere.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Tackling an ogre's tale

The Seven Dwarves, Little Red Riding Hood, the Gingerbread Man and the Three Blind Mice — an array of fairytale creatures — will take the Lee County High School stage this week as local students recreate a world of ogres, princesses and dragons in a production of "Shrek the Musical."

Apr. 13, 2015 @ 08:07 PM

Citizens take stand against coal ash at DENR hearing

About 30 local residents, some dressed in black, filed into an N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources public hearing Monday carrying a homemade casket — symbolizing Lee and Chatham counties being buried under up to 20 million tons of coal ash by Duke Energy.

Apr. 13, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Family finds support after loss of 7-month-old

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is still waiting on the N.C. Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Raleigh to determine a cause of death for a 7-month-old boy who died Friday.

Meanwhile, friends and family of the child are raising money to cover funeral expenses.

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Local businesses showcased in inspiration board

Local wedding coordinator and event planner Phyllis Dee Holt-Phillips is encouraging residents to “think local first”

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

All dogs go to heaven

More than 50 dogs, cats and other pets visited Jonesboro United Methodist Church on Saturday for some tail-wagging fun at the Sanford Animal Hospital's Blessing of the Animals and Festival of Fur.

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

DENR to host public hearings on coal ash

State officials will host public hearings in the coming days to get feedback on multiple environmental permits that are required for projects that would use coal ash as structural fill in two area clay mines.

Apr. 11, 2015 @ 09:03 PM

'Keep voicing our concerns'

Willie Watson has lived on his 10-acre property on Osgood Road for 35 years with his wife, Doris.

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.