News: Lee County

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 09:22 PM

Better communication, test scores top new BOE members' to-do lists

Improved test scores, programs and communication are just some of the changes that the new Lee County Board of Education members want to make during their terms after being sworn in Tuesday.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 09:25 PM

Commissioners urged to 'stand up and fight' against coal ash

Many of the more than 50 people who attended a public hearing Monday, hosted by the Lee County Board of Commissioners, took to the podium to voice their concerns about Duke Energy's intention to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Sanford – and ask county officials to fight the plan.


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Inspiring others to ask questions

During his nearly 10 years in law enforcement, Sanford resident Tim L. Smith sometimes felt like he had to enforce laws that were not always consistent with his strong constitutional and philosophical convictions, which raised questions in his mind about the government’s influence on law enforcement.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Sanford woman killed in weekend collision

The woman killed in a two-vehicle accident over the weekend has been identified as Karen Spurgeon of Sanford, authorities confirmed Monday. 


Dec. 07, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

'An absolutely beautiful thing'

The weather was gray and cloudy Saturday morning, but the holiday spirit of volunteers handing out gifts at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds brightened the day of more than 500 children in need of some Christmas cheer.

Dec. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Locals still can contribute via virtual packing tool

Sanford-area residents rallied to pack more than 14,500 shoebox gifts last month for children worldwide, who are struggling with war, disease, poverty and other difficult circumstances, according to Samaritan’s Purse — the nonprofit behind Operation Christmas Child.

Dec. 07, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

One person killed in wreck on 87

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

LIGHTS OF LOVE: CCH tradition has added meaning in 30th year

In December 1985, more than 250 people watched the lighting of a 25-foot Christmas tree on top of the Central Carolina Hospital. On Sunday, the Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary will continue this 30-year tradition by officially lighting the tree and kicking off the annual Lights of Love event.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

‘Standing up for the children’

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sanford-Lee County, an organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling young people to realize their potential, serves about 380 to 400 children per day.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Take 5: A passion for family ministry

This week, we Take 5 with Tamara Lamb about the N.C. Treasure Chest Ministry, which is seeking to serve the unchurched and families in need.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Groundbreaking to seal Autumnwood’s arrival

Officials will break ground Wednesday on Sanford’s first major housing development in several years — a project that, according to the mayor and others, could attract new residents and foster future growth.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

CCCC builds on tradition with third annual tree-lighting event

Music by Southern Lee High School's Marching Band, a visit from Santa Claus and lighting of a Christmas tree all added to the festivities this week as Central Carolina Community College hosted its third annual Christmas tree-lighting celebration for the community.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 09:43 PM

Grazing through

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 12:26 PM


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 09:43 AM

Picking up the pieces

Less than 24 hours after a fire broke out in the San-Lee Park Nature Center and offices Saturday, Lee County residents offered an outpouring of support on social media, and many park-goers asked about ways they could help.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Work under way on natural gas fueling station

A $1.5 million compressed natural gas fueling station is under construction in Sanford as part of wholesale fuel distributor Gain Clean Fuel's efforts to build a network of 100 such stations nationwide by 2017.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC foundation has eight new board members

Central Carolina Community College has announced the election of eight new members to the college's Foundation board. Each has the goals of expanding the foundation's endowment and increasing funding for student scholarships.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Christmas among the pines

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Third man charged with murder in Broadway man's death

Wesley Cortez Raeford, 35, of 206 N. Second St. has been charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 14 death of Broadway resident David Joseph Heron, 55.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Beloved family back at Temple for Christmas

The stage of the Temple Theatre again will transform into the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church as it prepares for the return of the Sanders Family Singers for its Christmas production, opening today.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

DENR reviewing coal ash permits

The possibility of up to 20 million tons of coal ash making its way to Lee and Chatham counties soon could be a reality now that the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is reviewing applications for the potential storage sites in Sanford and Moncure.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Perpetrators sought in two unrelated Sanford robberies

Sanford police are looking for suspects in two separate robberies of local businesses on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Maximizing potential

A crowd of about 125 women gathered Wednesday at the McSwain Extension Center for the 28th Farm-City Week Ladies Luncheon to learn about empowering themselves and "celebrating with gusto."

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: Zoning amendment clears way for four solar farms

The Sanford City Council recently approved the rezoning of about 200 acres of land to allow for the development of solar farms. The move paves the way for two companies to begin building four farms set to be completed by the end of 2015.