News: Lee County

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

New chamber leader appointed

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance announced Wednesday that Meg Moss, a former Lee County Industries executive director, has been named executive director of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Candidate attacks council effectiveness

In his first public appearance as a Sanford City Council candidate, Karene McLean, a Democrat challenging incumbent Rebecca Wyhof for the Ward 5 seat, criticized the transparency of the council and its representation of residents.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee unemployment rate up from May, down from year ago

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of 100 North Carolina’s counties in June — including Lee

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:06 AM

Creating stronger neighborhoods

The first of Sanford's 2015 National Night Out events will start at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, but before the night is over, 30 other events — full of food, fun and friendship — will get underway throughout Sanford.

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Lee officials reflect on state secretary's tenure

Following N.C. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata's sudden resignation on Tuesday, local officials remembered his recent visit to Lee County and praised him for his responsiveness to the needs of the state.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

HOUSE IN THE HORSESHOE: History repeats at annual battle reenactment

When visitors congregate at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site this weekend, they'll watch a battle unfold just as it did when loyalists and revolutionaries clashed there in 1781.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

'Tempest' in the park

Temple Theatre will test performers' talents this week with a different, outdoor venue — intended to make the story more accessible to local residents — and a production by the world's most beloved playwright.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

One dead, several hurt in weekend wrecks

A pedestrian died in one traffic accident over the weekend in Lee County, while a car overturned and multiple people were injured in another, according to local authorities.

Jul. 27, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Sew long to Dot's

After nearly 36 years in business, Dot Hall, owner of Dot's Alterations, has accumulated numerous friends, customers, commendations and memories at her store — but she will close shop for the last time in about two months.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

Lee schools switch to 10-point scale this year

Scoring As on tests and other assignments will be a little easier for K-12 students in Lee County Schools this year thanks to a Lee County Board of Education decision

Jul. 26, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

A passion for downtown

After 12 years serving as the executive director of Downtown Sanford Inc., David Montgomery will step down to transition into a new position with the city this week and a familiar face will take his place.

Jul. 26, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

MLK park changes to move forward despite concerns

The Sanford City Council plans to move forward on improvements to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park despite concerns from Councilman Charles Taylor and some local residents about using the funds for other projects.


Jul. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee sheriff to offer church security class

The Lee County Sheriff's Office, spurred by the shooting last month that left nine dead at a church in Charleston, South Carolina will be holding a church security seminar

Jul. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Take 5: Parks, rec programs cater to range of interests

This week, we Take 5 with Brandi Phillips, the recreation programmer for the Lee County Parks & Recreation Department.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 07:07 PM

Sanford 'B-Dubs' opens Monday

As the staff of the new Buffalo Wild Wings on South Horner Boulevard greeted guests Friday with an enthusiasm matching Mel Gibson’s army of Scots in "Braveheart," it was difficult to tell that many employees were entirely uninitiated in the ways of "B-Dubs” just nine days ago.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 05:05 AM

D.A. expects decision soon in police shooting

A decision about whether a Sanford police officer will be charged in a fatal, on-the-job shooting could come in early August, according to a member of the district attorney's office in Lee County.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Downtown drinking

Residents and visitors can now enjoy a beer in the streets of downtown Sanford or Jonesboro a few times a year following the approval of a city ordinance that supporters say will help attract Millennials to the area.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Two stabbed, four arrested

Four Sanford residents face various assault charges stemming from an incident Tuesday night in which a man and two friends retaliated violently after an acquaintance robbed the man

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

Alleged battery thieves charged

A Sanford man and a Spring Lake man face more than 30 charges of larceny and other crimes after allegedly stealing more than 150 batteries from power stations across Lee, Harnett and Cumberland counties in the course of a month, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Granite quarry project withdrawn

A proposed granite quarry within a couple miles of Carolina Trace will not come to fruition after more than 100 Lee County residents packed the Sanford City Council meeting Tuesday, ready to vent their concerns and complaints.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 06:52 PM

Making a better cooler

Locals who tune into CBS's television show “The Talk” today may see a familiar face — a Sanford native who has sold about 6,000 of his unique cooler since it hit stores in January.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

‘A stepping stone’

Many Sanford residents already know Faith Bardill and her band, “Faith Bardill and the Back Row Saints,” but the 18-year-old Sanford native’s win at the Carolina Music Awards last weekend showed she had state, national and even international appeal.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

History buffs to test knowledge at Quiz Bowl

Who was North Carolina’s first governor?

Jul. 21, 2015 @ 07:33 PM

Coca-Cola building becomes office site

Revitalization in downtown Sanford continued as the ribbon was cut at the executive offices in the Historic Coke Building Tuesday.