News: Lee County

Aug. 17, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Visitor spending up in Central Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory and Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced this week that 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties saw an increase in visitor spending in 2013. That increase includes all four counties — Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore — in the Central Carolina region.


Aug. 17, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

LEE COUNTY: Commissioners to put Buggy Factory agreement to a vote

The Lee County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the lease agreement for the Sanford Buggy Factory, the potential future site of the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity, during its meeting Monday.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

Roo Ride benefits military support organizations

The sounds of engines revving and people cheering filled the air as more than 60 motorcycles took off to embark on Sanford's first Roo Ride, a new addition to the Kangaroo Express "Salute Our Troops" campaign.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

TAKE 5: Screenings, information and fun promised during expo

This week, we Take 5 with Judi Womack and Melanie Rogers from The Enrichment Center of Lee County about this year's annual Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Music minister’s swan song

On this day, Leonard Harris Jr. is working in his office choosing hymns for his last service as minister of music.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 08:48 PM

Housing Authority moves ahead on projects

The departure of its executive director will not stop the Sanford Housing Authority from advancing on a number of projects in Lee and Harnett counties.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford Housing Authority salutes departing director

When Ken Armstrong took his place as executive director of the Sanford Housing Authority in 2002, there was much work to be done throughout the city.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

No one hurt in wreck on 87


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 06:59 PM

TEACHER TRUTH TOUR: Educators take lawmakers to task over policy, budget

Four Lee County teachers with 122 years of combined experience gathered outside the Lee County Courthouse in Sanford to voice concerns about the direction of public education in North Carolina.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Benefits planned to bolster fire victims

Community members and volunteers are reaching out to help those affected by the fires that consumed five Sanford businesses last month.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 03:48 PM

'Country Gravy' served at Temple — with a side of silliness

The Temple Theatre in downtown Sanford is offering a blend of music, food, comedy and relationship advice with "Country Gravy and Other Obsessions," which will premiere at 8 p.m. Friday and run through Aug. 24.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

Vets, employers connect at Ellmers job fair

Veterans of the armed services leave the military with specific practical and technical training, respect for authority and a work ethic second to none demanded by the profession.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Lee losing 22 teachers' assistants

Members of the Lee County Board of Education expressed concern over the loss of 22 teaching assistant positions and the rapidly increasing population of the county's elementary schools during the board's meeting Tuesday evening.


Aug. 10, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Marking the way

The home of the man responsible for passing legislation making Lee an official county still stands — right across the street from Kendale Plaza.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 04:22 PM

Hawkins Ave. roundabouts postponed until next year

The construction of the roundabouts planned for Hawkins Avenue at the on- and off-ramps of U.S. Highway 1 will be delayed until next year because of concerns about interfering with utility lines.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

TAKE 5: Superintendent: State budget causes local challenges

This week, we Take 5 with Dr. Andy Bryan, the superintendent of Lee County Schools, about how the state budget will impact teachers and the school system.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Not a death sentence

A free program at the Lee County YMCA is helping cancer survivors learn how to live life after what is often a deadly disease.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

BARK FOR YOUR PARK: City has strong showing but falls short of dog park win

Despite a multi-week effort that yielded more than 28,000 votes, Sanford’s attempt to win funds for a dog park in an online contest proved unsuccessful this week.



Aug. 08, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

CIS asking shoppers to ‘stuff the bus’

Reading and writing and arithmetic — can get expensive.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC dental students learn and serve

For Central Carolina Community College dental programs students, their work is all about a happy smile and better health, especially when they are providing volunteer community service.  


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Learning from the masters

Wood kiln firing may have gone out of style in pottery, but three former Lee County High School students and their teacher recently got to experience it live.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Church comes to homeowners' rescue

When a tree root grew into the sewage pipe below Sanford resident Marlene Malone's house at 645 Gulf St., she and her family were at a loss.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee Boys & Girls Clubs in running for $5,000 'Wild Kingdom' prize

Michelle Culler has a nephew who gets to spend most of his summer at the beach. Thinking about him got her to look at those around her who don’t get to make those kind of memories often.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 07:08 PM

Suspicious package found to be label maker

A suspicious package, which was left on a newspaper rack in Kendale Plaza Wednesday afternoon, turned out to be an expensive label maker in a black container — so concluded an investigation involving local authorities and Fort Bragg specialists.