News: Lee County

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

City to complete bond projects for additional $3.12 million

The city of Sanford will have to pay an additional $94,000 per year for 10 years to complete all of the streetscape projects planned for downtown Sanford and Jonesboro — but that amount is still lower than the figure city officials were projecting earlier this month.

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. 26, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Movie-ing on up

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.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Ulterior motive behind grades?

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.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford woman lends expertise to budding business

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.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Towing troubles

“If you would move over for a blue light or a red light, move over for a yellow light.”

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Snowy surprise

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.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Public hearings set for April

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.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 03:32 PM

Sanford snowboarder slaloms to gold at Special Olympics

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.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 09:52 AM

Emergency Services: 1 inch of snow so far, more to come

From Lee County Emergency Services Director Shane Seagroves:

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Dressed in black

“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.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Help available for families struggling with heating bills

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."

Feb. 23, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

'A time to reflect'

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.

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Picture perfect

Barring unforeseen complications, work soon will begin on the first of a number of mural projects throughout downtown Sanford.

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. 21, 2015 @ 04:49 PM

"Making amazing progress"

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.

Feb. 21, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

TAKE 5: Bryan: Student success calls for a 'whole child' approach

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. 

Feb. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Central Carolina People@Work: Diann Morris

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.

Feb. 20, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

Hopping into character

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.

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. 20, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Storm puts freeze on local businesses

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.

Feb. 20, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Traffic accident on Clyde Rhyne Drive

Feb. 20, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

Sanford family picks up pieces after Thursday fire

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.

Feb. 19, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

County officials to address concerns at federal level

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.

Feb. 18, 2015 @ 05:17 PM

LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: Drill team marches into Best of the Best meet

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.