News: Lee County

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

AdvancED promotes continuous improvement

Lee County Schools administrators, teachers and staff are preparing for a visit this month from evaluators who will determine whether to recommend the district’s AdvancED accreditation be renewed.

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 08:57 PM

City could gain $5M from treatment

Although there have been few discussions and no decision made, the city of Sanford could gain more than $5 million per year if the leachate from local coal ash storage is treated at Sanford’s wastewater treatment facility.

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Ellmers to face Duncan in 2016 GOP primary

More than a year out from the 2016 primary election, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers already has a challenger for the N.C. District 2 seat, which represents all of Lee and Moore counties and most of Chatham and Harnett counties.

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Different look, same values

After King Since 1895, one of Sanford’s oldest businesses, merged with Aire Serv of The Sandhills heating and air conditioning company earlier this year, former employees and local residents

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Startup businesses highlight boons of entrepreneurial spirit

Ann Blakely loves nothing more than the hum of Common Threads’ 14 looms being put to work by the nonprofit’s volunteers.

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 09:18 PM

Sanford City Council opposes coal ash

The Sanford City Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing coal ash storage in Sanford and Lee County Tuesday night.

This vote came after Councilman Charles Taylor proposed a resolution, whereby the council would decline water treatment for the Duke Energy coal ash reclamation site in Lee County. The board voted to substitute the original resolution with one opposing coal ash storage altogether, and therefore did not vote on Taylor's motion for his proposal.

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 09:19 AM

Coal ash moratorium bill wouldn't affect Lee, Chatham projects

Rep. Robert Reives II, D-Lee, and Rep. Brad Salmon, D-Harnett, co-sponsored a bill filed last week to extend the coal ash structural fill moratorium set forth in the Coal Ash Management Act. But Reives said if passed, he did not expect the bill to affect Duke Energy's coal ash storage plans for Lee and Chatham counties.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Legislation seeks to improve on school performance grades

A number of bills regarding the controversial school performance grades released in February are making their way through committees in the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate.

Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Coal ash fight continues along Colon Road

After five years living on Colon Road, Dawn Crawley now shares her farm with donkeys, goats, horses, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs.

Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Bill would prohibit compulsory pooling

A bill filed in the N.C. House of Representatives Thursday would prohibit compulsory or forced pooling, a practice that gives the state the right to compel non-consenting landowners to allow hydraulic fracturing companies to extract oil and gas from beneath their properties.

Apr. 04, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

N.C. TREASURE CHEST MINISTRY: Depot Park Easter celebration provides food, fun, friendship

Hundreds of parents, children, friends and neighbors gathered in Depot Park Saturday to take advantage of the warm sun and the cool breeze that made the Easter festivities in the park all the more enjoyable

Apr. 04, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Former Ohio resident, experts emphasize positives of coal ash

Arlen Mills lived near the Conesville power station in central Ohio for about two decades. Coal ash was reused extensively in the area, particularly in road projects, and because of his experiences, Mills says he is not concerned about Duke Energy's plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Lee County.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 06:55 PM

Never forgotten

Hundreds of cars pass the Star of Hope Baptist Cemetery in the 2000 block of South Horner Boulevard every day — but few people know a Vietnam veteran named Spc. Lester Howard “Howie” Clegg, who was killed in action, is buried there.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

VA clinic to be located on Tramway Road

Sanford could see the completion of a Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tramway Road by early 2016 now that the Sanford City Council has approved up to $1.4 million to run sewer lines to the area.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Smith’s, Womack’s stance on coal ash questioned

When the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 over a week ago to ask Duke Energy to provide a written offer regarding the storage of coal ash

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Registration opens for Senior Games, Silver Arts

Registration for the annual Senior Games and Silver Arts of Lee County is now open to all residents of Lee County and surrounding communities who are age 50 and above.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

A spring swing

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Opposing bills on partisan elections filed by Lee representatives

Lee County's state representatives filed two opposing bills this week regarding elections that could either reverse a 2013 decision to make the Sanford City Council and Lee County Board of Education elections partisan — or could implement partisan elections statewide.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: Salvation Army requests $20,000 to help low-income residents save money

The Salvation Army of Lee County requested $20,000 from the Sanford City Council Wednesday to help fund a program focused on helping low-income residents save money and break the cycle of poverty.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Prescription fraud poses challenges for authorities, doctors, pharmacies

While cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other illicit substances can cause problems for law enforcement officers, members of the Sanford Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff's Office are just as concerned with prescription medication being used or obtained illegally.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Authorities shut down one of Lee’s largest heroin rings

With the end of an eight-month investigation and the arrests of six suspects earlier this month, the Sanford Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office report

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Program at Central Carolina could become state model

Central Carolina Works, a public-private initiative aimed at increasing enrollment in the state’s Career and College Promise Program, soon could be implemented statewide after a Senate Bill was filed recently at the N.C. General Assembly.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

'Hogs for Hounds' event to support CARA

Animal lovers and motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Hogs for Hounds Poker Run and Carnival, which will be held at Sanford's Kiwanis Park on May 2.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Local narcotics officers say repeat offenders common

A Broadway man arrested on a litany of drug-related charges earlier this month now faces new charges after police found more than 100 grams of marijuana after a traffic stop, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Bryan Keith Williams Jr., 25, of Burgess Circle, Broadway, was one of three men charged after a search of two homes on March 4 led to the recovery of more than $60,000 worth of marijuana, more than $4,000 in cash and at least two stolen handguns.