News: Lee County

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:15 PM

Stewardship taking root

Their knees smudged with dirt and their hands covered in soil and mulch, students at B.T. Bullock Elementary School took a break from class Wednesday to work with school staff and community leaders to plant trees outside the school.


Apr. 09, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Project Safe Neighborhoods forces criminals to shape up or serve time

With cooperation from local law enforcement agencies and community leaders, local District Attorney Vernon Stewart is unveiling a new federal program to combat violence within Lee County.


Apr. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Students are in the spotlight at Lee school board meeting

Students were in the spotlight at Tuesday night’s Lee County Board of Education meeting as groups from three local schools showed off their culinary, artistic and academic exploits.


Apr. 09, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Board goes after grant in bid to entice company

Specifics are sparse after Lee County Commissioners voted to apply for a state grant that could persuade a company — and an accompanying $13 million in new investment and more than 100 jobs — to locate to Lee County.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 10:14 PM

Forecast: Pollen with a chance of sniffles

Winter has nearly run its course, and while the warmer weather of spring is a welcome change for many, others dread the other season synonymous with spring: pollen season.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

LEE COUNTY: Commissioners remember late member

The Lee County Commissioners took a brief hiatus during their meeting Monday night to remember one of their fallen comrades.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Lee student's food account causes cafeteria conundrum

After cafeteria staff at a local elementary school took away a young boy's lunch because of a small debt, the boy's mother is equating those actions with the bullying schools typically preach against.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

PUBLIC POLICY LUNCHEON: Food bank rep makes appeal for local volunteers, donations

The director of a regional food bank that serves Lee County — reportedly donating 790,000 pounds of food worth more than $1.3 million last year — visited Sanford on Monday to make a case for even stronger local participation.

 


Apr. 07, 2014 @ 10:09 PM

Board supports ‘Project Spring’ with grant incentive application

Returning from closed session Monday night, the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted to apply for a state grant that could persuade an unidentified company to locate to Lee County.


Apr. 07, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Volunteers' worth locally: invaluable

Right now, men and women throughout Lee County are preparing meals for the hungry, tutoring children in a difficult subject and providing resources to those in need.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Fracking foes target Rabin

In one of the first local political attack ads of the election season, environmental activists have spent about $150,000 to air a commercial labeling three Republican incumbents, including Sen. Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett), as “The Fracking Crew.”


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: Democrats hold their convention

Local and regional Democrats rallied at the historic Lee County Courthouse Saturday for the local Democratic Party Convention.



Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

LEE COUNTY: Commission agenda’s crowded

The Lee County Board of Commissioners will tackle multiple items during its upcoming meeting Monday.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

Game time

Armor-clad orcs levied their axes against one another and Star Wars X-Wings zipped by turrets while ghouls haunted foreboding and forgotten rooms and men vied for the affection of a princess in downtown Sanford this weekend.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

PROJECT LAZARUS: Program to prevent prescription drug abuse, overdose introduced locally

According to at least one state expert, North Carolina and Lee County are facing a prescription drug overdose epidemic.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: VolunteerLee.com puts help where it's needed

This week we Take 5 with Ron Hewett about VolunteerLee.com. For the past five years, Hewett has chaired the Education Matters committee for United Way of Lee County.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Loom-ing excitement

With his right hand working a centuries-old spinning wheel as his left hand moved methodically back and forth, Bob McKean created a bolt of yarn Friday out of white sheep's fleece as wispy as his long, gray beard.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 06:43 PM

Citizen files lawsuit over Trace town hall meeting

A local political activist filed a lawsuit against the Lee County Board of Commissioners Friday, which claims a public town hall held in a private, gated community was illegal.  


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Despite awareness, autistic students face challenges

There’s a reason the symbol for Autism Awareness, which is being celebrated all April, is a puzzle piece: No two children with autism are quite the same, and the disorder can often present a complex set of problems.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 08:49 PM

ACLU questions sheriffs about following jail law

To ensure local jails are in compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is seeking information from several North Carolina sheriff’s offices, including Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

‘He served his people well’

Former Lee County Commissioner Nathan E. “Ed” Paschal died Wednesday afternoon. He was 81.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Moore doctor turned state official pitches Medicaid reform proposal

Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, a former Pinehurst surgeon, is now leading the state’s efforts to reform Medicaid. On Wednesday, he was in Sanford as part of a statewide tour to promote the plan.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Teen charged with assault in altercation with grandparents

A 17-year-old arrested Sunday after allegedly holding his grandparents hostage now faces a felony assault charge in connection with the incident, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

 


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Count HAVEN in

Thanks to an $11,000 donation, plus other gifts and grants, HAVEN in Lee County has been able to reopen its shelter, resume paying its employees and restart all of its counseling, outreach and advocacy programs.