News: Lee County

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Keeping it in the community

They are the stalwarts of any small town, including Sanford, and they survive and thrive within a field of much larger competitors.


Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Labor Day travel increase expected

More than a million North Carolina residents are estimated to travel more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend, which is the highest number of Labor Day holiday travelers in six years, according to AAA Carolinas.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

LABOR DAY: Locals reflect on satisfying jobs

On the eve of Labor Day, several Sanford residents have found work which makes them happy and will continue it as long as they are able.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Performance Fibers announces accelerated shuttering of plant

The Performance Fibers plant in Moncure will be closing and permanently laying off employees on Oct. 27, according to a notice of mass layoff employees received Wednesday.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: NCPC leader: Fracking is environmentally safe

This week, we Take 5 with David McGowan. He is currently the executive director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council (NCPC).


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

'They are role models'

For some people, interacting with the deputies of the Lee County Sheriff's Office means something has gone wrong, but for students in Lee County public schools, student resource officers provide advice, comfort and safety.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

RALEIGH EXEC: Jetport seeing demand grow for plane storage

Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County and other North Carolina airports have reported seeing an increase in demand for aircraft storage but a decrease in flight traffic.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Murder victim's family, friends remember a life lived for others

When Sanford resident Wendy Jean Johnson was shot and killed on Aug. 22, her family and coworkers described losing a great friend, a great nurse and a great person.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

JOBS FOR LIFE: Program helps unemployed hone skills, find their passion

Sanford residents looking for employment have a chance to participate in mock interviews, extensive networking, resume workshops and more as part of the Jobs For Life program beginning on Sept. 3.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 02:48 PM

Boomers, seniors and caregivers pack annual expo

More than 1,500 baby boomers, seniors and caregivers gathered on Wednesday to learn about health, retirement, insurance and more  — and overall how to make the aging process a smooth transition.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Challenge accepted

Sanford and Broadway officials joined a growing national trend recently when they were covered with ice-cold water as part of the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised $88.5 million for the nonprofit since July.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Exchange students getting taste of America in Sanford

Fiona Soehring and Leslie Rudolph, two exchange students from Germany, will attend Lee County High School this year, where they will learn about American culture and teach their new friends and host families about German customs.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 08:59 PM

San Felipe aims to reopen

Now the sixth business in two months to be damaged by fire, the South Horner Boulevard location of San Felipe Mexican Restaurant is working to reopen its doors to customers today.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 09:48 PM

Fracking hearing draws a crowd

More than 350 people converged Friday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center to either voice their support for or express concerns about rules for hydraulic fracturing developed by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Safety concerns nearly grind fracking hearing to a halt

With up to 700 people expected to turn out for the public hearing on hydraulic fracturing in Sanford Friday night, members of the state Mining and Energy Commission were scrambling to find security for the event just hours before the doors of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center were set to open.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

EDUCATION: BOE backs CCCC bond referendum

The Lee County Board of Education knows that students don’t stop learning once they graduate from high school.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Airport Authority repeats hearing on hangar plan

The Sanford-Lee County Airport Authority will hold a special meeting in September, when it will hear public comments on a plan to renovate a hangar to act as a maintenance facility for the N.C. Forest Service fleet of airplanes and helicopters.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 09:18 PM

Hot at work


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Buggy Factory project progresses

The Sanford City Council, the Lee County Board of Commissioners and the newly-formed Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity (SLCPP) each approved a proposed lease agreement for the former Buggy Factory on Chatham Street this week, opening the door for the renovation of the building.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hundreds attend fracking hearing in Raleigh

Hundreds attended a public meeting Wednesday in Raleigh on rules for hydraulic fracturing drilling in North Carolina, with many voicing opposition and some even breaking into anti-fracking songs at the podium.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 09:44 PM

Local need higher than national use

A recent national study by Feeding America found that one in seven Americans rely on food pantries and meal service programs to stay fed, but according to local food pantries, an even greater need exists in Lee County.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fracking rules up for comment

Lee County citizens and government officials are preparing for the local public hearing on the rules regarding hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

City Council tables support for CCCC bond referendum

The Sanford City Council on Tuesday tabled a resolution to support the Central Carolina Community College bond referendum that will appear on the Lee County ballot on Nov. 4.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 09:19 PM

As school starts up, camps wind down

As children get ready to put down the beach towels and pick up the backpacks, summer programs at the Lee County YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford and Lee County are coming to an end.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Commissioners give OK to Buggy Factory building

The Lee County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the lease agreement for the Sanford Buggy Factory building, the proposed site for the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity, at its meeting Monday night after a number of changes earlier in the day.