News: Lee County

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:30 PM

Helping those who help


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:28 PM

Accident on Bragg St.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 01:55 PM

Jackets finish long week with split against Gray's Creek

Lee County's Shantel Bennett poured in a game-high 20 points and the Lady Yellow Jackets (8-10, 5-2) put away Gray's Creek for an easy 49-25 conference win Friday night.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Take 5: Program provides tools for caregivers

This week, we Take 5 with Judi Womack, family caregiver specialist for The Enrichment Center, about a new program for caregivers. The program, called Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers, offers classes beginning in February.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC GED/Adult Education grads celebrate milestone

A graduation ceremony for Central Carolina Community College's Adult High School/General Educational Development (GED) programs honored the achievements of more than 50 students, many of whom cited the importance of hard work and perseverance.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 09:48 PM

'A walking miracle'

Infomercials and Internet ads often claim to know the secrets to living a long, healthy life. But 101-year-old Sanford resident Gil Koehler claims happiness and longevity are attainable without paying shipping and handling.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Ellmers supports abortion bill following GOP backlash

After withdrawing her co-sponsorship from a bill that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, which generated much GOP backlash, 2nd district Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-Harnett, said Thursday she would support the bill.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

CCCC enhances training with addition of new fire engines

Central Carolina Community College's Emergency Services Training Center has acquired two fire engines — a 2002 Pierce Enforcer Rescue Pumper and a 1998 Pierce Saber Pumper from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Alabama.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

Electrical fire forces closure of Bread Basket

The J. Fletcher Rosser Bread Basket feeds an average of 190-plus people per day, and Thursday was on track to be no different — with a spread of sandwiches, biscuits, vegetables, pudding and more prepared for the lunch crowd, who might otherwise go without.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

CITY OF SANFORD: Funding shortfall may affect bond projects

Local voters approved $8.5 million in bonds for streetscape and sidewalk improvement projects in the downtown Sanford and Jonesboro areas, but during a work session this week


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'Preparedness is key'

Anyone in Lee County on April 16, 2011, would be hard-pressed to forget the devastation caused by the tornado that ripped through the county that day.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford City Council makes official bid to restore nonpartisan elections

Following a similar move by the Lee County Board of Education, the Sanford City Council unanimously approved a resolution this week asking the N.C. General Assembly to repeal a 2013 law


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Importance of early childhood programs stressed to lawmakers

During a legislative breakfast Wednesday at Cafe 121, representatives of United Way of Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children encouraged state representatives to continue to support quality childcare and early education in this year's legislative session


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

County moves forward after San-Lee fire

Although the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to proceed with removing asbestos from the Nature Center at San-Lee Park — a necessary first step toward restoring the facility following a fire in November — they heard it will be at least a year until a new center could be built.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Duke coal ash coming to Sanford by rail

All coal ash brought to a former clay mine in Sanford would be transported by rail only, Duke Energy and Charah representatives said at a Sanford Environmental Advisory Board meeting Tuesday.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chatham commissioners hear from Duke Energy, Charah

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners asked Duke Energy and Charah representatives Tuesday about alternatives to storing millions of tons of coal ash at Chatham and Lee county clay mine sites — learning that other options are being explored as a legislative time crunch looms.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:54 PM

Central Carolina Hospital opens wound care center

More than 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic wounds of which healing has been impeded by such diseases and conditions as diabetes, obesity, aging and the late effects of radiation therapy.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:52 PM

Policy could limit board members’ influence

After a new remote participation policy was passed earlier this month, Commissioner Kirk Smith believes the Democratic-majority of the board is trying to restrict opposing political viewpoints through its actions.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:51 PM

‘Revolutionize the world’

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 10:11 PM

‘Frankly, my dear,’ it’s a re-imagined classic

For its latest show, the Temple Theatre took the classic story of “Gone With the Wind,” added some Monty Python-esque comedy and a few musical numbers, mixed them all together and came up with “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again.”


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

What a fair is all about

Members of the Sanford Lions Club have always take pride in the Lee Regional Fair they host every year, but for the first time since 2009, they now have bragging rights that come with being the best fair of its size in North Carolina.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

NCDOT: More than 1,600 trucks could be used in fracking operations

Lee County residents could expect to see more than 1,600 trucks for each hydraulic fracturing operation that comes to the area, which could cause extensive road and bridge damage and take weeks to repair, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Family Promise stays afloat with local help

Family Promise of Lee County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless families, continues to stay afloat, despite a lack of grant funding, with the assistance of Lee County residents through volunteering and donations.



Jan. 17, 2015 @ 05:34 PM

'Missing a piece'

Ebony Price knows she was born in Sanford. She knows she was born at 10:57 a.m. on March 2, 1990. She knows she weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces at the time of her birth.