As temperatures drop, heating bills rise and the cost of staying warm can be a huge burden on families already struggling to make ends meet.
"We were in pretty bad shape right before Christmas," said Sanford resident Arsenio, who asked not to be identified by his last name. "I had been laid off from Walmart in August, and my wife got laid off from Coty a month or two later. We were trying to cover the rent, cover the bills, plus we had to pay car insurance. It got a little overwhelming."
The atmosphere in Blandonia Presbyterian Church on Sunday was one of solemn reflection. Signs reading "Whites only," "Negroes served at rear entrance" and "Negro seats in back" adorned the walls as members of the church prepared to re-enact local the Civil Rights protests that happened in 1963.
Barring unforeseen complications, work soon will begin on the first of a number of mural projects throughout downtown Sanford.
Ice and snowfall left Lee County Schools closed from Tuesday through Friday, and now administrators looking into how students will make up the time.
With the help of a certified prosthetist in Sanford, a 49-year-old Wake Forest man is able to go back to work after an accident that took his left hand.
This week, we Take 5 with Andy Bryan, the superintendent of Lee County Schools, about recently released performance grades for North Carolina schools and other matters affecting education locally.
NAME: Diann Morris
FAMILY: Army wife and mother of three two-legged kids and two four-legged kids
POSITION: Owner of Karma Boutique and Coffee Bar
HOMETOWN Toms River, N.J.
Neil Bullard was only in second grade when, after being cast as one of the "Three Little Pigs" in a play at Greenwood Elementary, he caught the acting bug.
Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.
Snow and ice storms earlier this week left many local businesses shuttered on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the shop owners and restaurateurs of downtown Sanford felt the effects of potential customers choosing to stay indoors.
A house fire Thursday morning left a family standing out in the cold while they waited for fire officials to tell them whether they would be displaced as a result of the blaze.
Lee County officials plan to attend the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference this weekend to discuss legislative goals with congressional representatives, as well as other county commissioners from across the nation.
The Lee County High School Drill Team will head to Hickory this weekend to compete in the annual JROTC Fourth Brigade Best of the Best tournament for the first time in the event's five-year history.
For many years, stained glass work was just a hobby for Sanford resident Yekaterina Reier.
The renovation of the former Buggy Factory building is set to be completed by the end of this year, allowing for the the recently formed Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity to move into its new home by early 2016.
Sanford residents were spared widespread power outages Tuesday after a winter storm delivered sleet and freezing rain Monday night.
Because of treacherous road conditions, not all Herald carriers were able to complete regular delivery of Tuesday's edition. Delivery will be completed as conditions allow.
Sanford motorists might have noticed fewer trucks on Horner Boulevard during the past week now that the U.S. 421 Bypass is open from the Cumnoch community to U.S.1.
Several Sanford residents joined thousands of North Carolinians during the weekend at the ninth annual Moral March on Raleigh to demand changes to state laws, including those that opened up the door to hydraulic fracturing and coal ash in Lee County.
After discovering McDonald's was voted best coffee in the Herald's 2014 Best of Lee County Survey, Karma Boutique owner Diann Morris decided to take matters into her own hands and expanded her boutique to include a coffee bar.
Lee County dogs will be able to flock to O.T. Sloan Park in the coming months now that enough funds have been raised through the Friends of the Parks Foundation of Lee County for an off-leash dog park.
From 'burrito' to 'rudimentary' to 'trajectory,' 22 Lee County students spelled words they knew – and some they didn't know – at the 2015 Lee County PAGE District Spelling Bee Saturday.