News: Lee County

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Teen athletics is seen as possible solution to crime

In response to a number of violent crimes in the city, many Sanford residents are turning to recreational and extracurricular activities for the area's youth as a means of curbing the crime rate.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford Council eyes nuisance policy

City residents who continually violate city ordinances for overgrown vegetation, unkempt lawns, trash or junk vehicles in yards may receive fewer notices before the city removes the violation and bills the property owner for the expense.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Habitat's newest homeowner achieved dream through faith

Some of Donald Jackson's friends and neighbors may think he was given a home, but on Saturday, he'll set the record straight.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

ENDOR IRON FURNACE: Dismantling under way as means to preserve landmark

In the 1800s, hundreds of people worked in crews on the banks of the Deep River, digging ore out of the ground and melting down the metal at the Endor Iron Furnace.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Murder trial testimony paints picture of mentally, socially disabled defendant

As the murder trial of a Sanford man — who has admitted to the shooting — came closer to its conclusion Wednesday, the strategy of his defense team became more clear.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hiring heroes

Nearly 800,000 North Carolinians are veterans, and more than a third of the state's 9.8 million person population is connected to the military in some way, according to the state government.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

LAW AND FINANCE: Council learns of $300,000 DOT grant for sidewalks

A $300,000 award from the N.C. Department of Transportation will add another dimension to the sidewalk improvement projects the city began last year, the city engineer said at Sanford City Council's law and finance meeting Wednesday.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

'It could have been a lot worse'

The flowers that once adorned the graves of the Jonesboro Cemetery were scattered across the ground and surrounding roads on Wednesday after a large storm rolled through Sanford.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Police: Suspect arrested for allegedly shooting brother

One brother was arrested and another sustained non-life-threating injuries after a domestic incident turned violent Monday night, according to police.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Six spots open on Lee board serving seniors

The Lee County Rest Home and Nursing Home Advisory Board, responsible for ensuring local nursing homes are complying with standards of good


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 07:02 PM

Local programs keep kids busy during break

According to Chinese legend, Pan Gu, one of the first people on earth, stretched the sky and the earth apart with his arms and legs for 1,800 years until he died of exhaustion from the hard work of keeping the two separated.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

Police: Suspect arrested for allegedly shooting brother

One brother was arrested and another sustained non-life-threating injuries after a domestic incident turned violent Monday night, according to police. 


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

No injuries in two weekend shootings

Two local teenagers were arrested Friday for shooting into a home in east Sanford, and on Sunday, another Sanford man reportedly was fired upon while in his vehicle outside the Days Inn on Horner Boulevard.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Harnett leads area in property tax collection

Counties rely on property taxes to fund needs like education, public safety and emergency medical services. But collecting 100 percent of property tax revenue is nearly impossible.

However, Central Carolina counties are coming closer to that mark.


Jul. 06, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

A million-dollar smile, on a budget

Two Sanford orthodontists have started programs reaching out to low-income families, helping their children get braces.


Jul. 06, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Dancing into the spotlight

Our Q&A with Mariah Reives, who was recently on "So You Think You Can Dance" and now plans to study dance in college.


Jul. 06, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Senator gets widespread support for vets' legislation

In this day and age, it's hard to get politicians to agree on just about anything.


Jul. 04, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

With outside help, HAVEN on path to financial health

A $25,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a $10,000 grant from Lee County and the kickoff of the "Count Me In" fundraising campaign have members of Lee County HAVEN hopeful


Jul. 04, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

HAVEN needs volunteers

HAVEN Executive Director Susan King said that, despite financial hardships, HAVEN has more services in place now than it did a year ago.


Jul. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

LEE SHERIFF: Three men charged with drug crimes

Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents made several arrests Thursday for alleged drug-related offenses.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

'Hallelujah, and thanks for everything'

William Waddell has lived through every war his country has fought between World War I and the current War on Terror.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Citizens raise concerns at hearing about water rules

With a muffled beat of bass and snare drums sounding from just outside, anti-fracking activists spent Tuesday evening voicing concerns to several state regulatory officials who had come to Sanford.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Rising country star lends talent to Wounded Warriors

Several upcoming concerts will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, and organizers are also hoping the shows help launch one local teen into stardom.


Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Horner Blvd. repaving wraps up without delays, complaints

The $4.29 million repaving project that includes a new road surface for a stretch of Horner Boulevard was scheduled to wrap up Wednesday night, after about a week and a half of work on Horner.


Jul. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Sanford man now charged in two drive-by shootings

Police have charged a local man, who is suspected in a June 22 drive-by shooting, with a similar shooting on Saturday that caused injury.