News: Lee County

Jul. 21, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Council to vote on Brick Capital purchase

The Sanford City Council will vote today during its meeting that starts at 7 p.m. on whether to purchase a 3,600-square-foot building owned by Brick Capital Community Development Corp. after several months of discussions on ways to help the nonprofit, which has sought financial aid from the city for the past year.


Jul. 20, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Murder suspect's extradition delayed

Extradition of Sanford man accused of murdering his wife and 13-year-old stepdaughter and kidnapping his teenage stepson could be delayed several months, officials in Oldham County, Texas, said Monday.


Jul. 20, 2015 @ 06:02 PM

Life-flight on U.S. 1

Traffic on U.S. 1 came to a halt Monday morning as authorities responded to a single-vehicle accident on Trooper JT Brown Memorial Bridge, just south of Deep River Road. 

Jul. 19, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

ELECTION: Ward 5 seat contested

 A primary election will be held in Sanford this year after another Democratic candidate filed to challenge incumbent Rebecca Wyhof for the Ward 5 seat.


Jul. 19, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: Reps discuss range of pressing state issues

This week, we Take 5 with the three state legislators who represent Lee County in the North Carolina General Assembly about the state's budget and other topics. The three are Sen. Ronald Rabin, a Republican from Anderson Creek, who represents District 12 (Harnett, Johnston and Lee counties); Rep. Robert T. Reives II, a Democrat from Sanford, who represents District 54 (Chatham, Lee); and Rep. Brad Salmon, a Democrat from Mamers, who represents District 51 (Harnett, Lee).

Jul. 19, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Quarry proposal raises questions, concerns among neighbors

Many Carolina Trace residents don’t know how a potential granite quarry within a couple miles of their homes will affect them, so they're planning to attend the city’s regular meeting Tuesday to find out.


Jul. 17, 2015 @ 07:24 PM

Suspect charged in Thursday shooting

The Sanford Police Department arrested a local man Friday in connection with a domestic incident-turned-shooting that left two residents in critical condition early Thursday morning in the 600 block of Scott Avenue.

Jul. 17, 2015 @ 07:22 PM

Caught: Murder suspect arrested in Texas

The multi-state manhunt for the Sanford man accused of murdering his wife and 13-year-old stepdaughter and kidnapping his teenage stepson came to an end Thursday night

Jul. 17, 2015 @ 07:22 PM

Family, friends mourn deaths, celebrate teen's safe return

Already grieving the deaths of Calandra McLean and her 13-year-old daughter, friends and family members rejoiced at the news that authorities had found Calandra's son, Tobias, 17, safe in Texas Thursday night.

Jul. 17, 2015 @ 10:24 AM

Equine and Arithmetic

Jul. 17, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

Sanford man wanted in deaths of wife, child, caught in Texas

The FBI says a local man wanted in the deaths of his wife and stepdaughter earlier this week has been arrested in Texas.

The FBI's Shelly Lynch said in a statement that 54-year-old Billy Jo McLean was arrested shortly before midnight Thursday in Oldham County, Texas.


Jul. 17, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

CITY OF SANFORD: Council encourages new golf course promotions

As downtown Sanford continues to grow and revitalization projects continue, the Sanford City Council and city staff are exploring ways to help other areas thrive — including the Sanford Municipal Golf Course.

Jul. 17, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Two injured in shooting after domestic dispute

Two local residents are in critical condition after a domestic dispute in the 600 block of Scott Avenue early Thursday morning turned into a shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Jul. 16, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

'Selling Lee County'

Bob Joyce is leaving the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce after eight years as its president, but his new role as economic development executive director for the Sanford Area Growth Alliance will keep him firmly rooted in Lee County's business community.

Jul. 16, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Hawkins Avenue roundabouts garner criticism

Since two roundabouts on Hawkins Avenue opened on July 3, Pat Likes has seen multiple accidents at the site  — and she is not the only one to report wrecks due to errors like driving the wrong way in the roundabout or not yielding at the proper time.

Jul. 15, 2015 @ 07:47 PM

Plate sale, auction to help family after fire

Sanford resident Judy Wilson was running errands when she got the call that her Uppergate Lane home was ablaze on June 3.

Jul. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Authorities believe Sanford murder suspect has fled state

A criminal complaint filed by a special agent with the FBI Wednesday provides insight into what happened minutes before a Sanford woman and her daughter were killed in what police say was an intentional fire Monday afternoon.

Jul. 15, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Hydraulic fracturing

Informational meetings likely will be held within the next month about a zoning ordinance change that would limit the areas hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” are allowed in the county.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 06:38 PM

'It's just so unreal'

An air of confusion hung over the residents of Clark Circle Tuesday as they tried to comprehend the deaths of two of their neighbors in a fire the day before.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 06:58 PM

Details of fatal fire slow to emerge

Details surrounding the fatal fire at 916 Clark Circle Monday afternoon remain unclear, but the Sanford Police Department has confirmed that a Sanford man is wanted on first-degree murder charges related to the deaths of his wife and stepdaughter as a result of the blaze.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee to see $2.5M in road resurfacing

Five Lee County roads will be resurfaced within the next year after the North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a $2.5 million contract to a Wilson company to complete the work.

Beginning as early as Aug. 3, more than 12 miles of local roads are scheduled to be improved, including U.S. 1 between N.C. 42 and north of U.S. 421; N.C. 87 from Commerce Drive to Harnett County; U.S. 421 bypass between Colon Road and N.C. 42; and two secondary roads.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford Ward 2 seat contested

One week into the filing period for four Sanford City Council seats, only one is being contested so far.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Warning issued after at least 12 sickened by possibly tainted heroin

The Carolinas Poison Center has issued a warning about possibly tainted heroin after at least a dozen people fell ill in Durham, Lee and Orange counties within a little more than a week.

Jul. 13, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

Boards could limit fracking areas

On Monday, Lee County residents will have the opportunity to speak out about a local zoning ordinance change that would limit the areas oil and gas extraction could occur in the county – a proactive measure for hydraulic fracturing.