News: Lee County

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

2 domestic violence deaths in 2013

While domestic violence-related homicides decreased across the state, Lee County reported two such deaths in 2013.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City Council remembers fallen member

With the city’s flag at half mast and a red rose at the seat of the late Sanford City Councilman Walter McNeil, his cohorts remembered and praised their comrade Tuesday night.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 10:07 PM

Glory of spring

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Award-winning gospel singer to headline free concert in Sanford

An award-winning, Grammy-nominated gospel singer will visit Sanford this weekend, giving a free concert at Jonesboro United Methodist Church.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Chefs give Bojangles' reason to boast

Fast food restaurants in the same chain generally share the same menus and recipes from location to location, but quality can still vary depending on the chefs.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Spat between teens, grandparents ends in kidnapping charges

A dispute over a cell phone escalated after a Sanford teenager and his girlfriend held his grandparents against their will for two hours Sunday, authorities said.

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Councilman's legacy: 'Leading by example'

An educator. A florist. A city councilman. An advocate.

Walter McNeil, the city's longest-serving and first black Sanford City Council member, was all of the above. The local leader died Sunday at Central Carolina Hospital and will be remembered as a champion of the place he was born, raised and served.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Changes in store for elections

With candidate filing complete and the upcoming primary just a few months away, voters can anticipate several changes when casting their vote this election season.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Local, state politicians of both parties agree on Fort Bragg's importance

A dozen or so mayors from cities surrounding Fort Bragg visited recently to watch training exercises and interact with soldiers and civilian employees at the base. The message from base officials was clear: Bragg is an integral part of this area.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Spring brings opening of area farmers' markets

The vernal equinox has come and gone, officially signaling the start of spring. But for many, spring doesn't really begin until they can go to the farmers' market — and that day is coming soon.

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 06:10 PM


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee Obamacare enrollment ‘average’

Monday is the deadline for residents to sign up for health insurance coverage or face a penalty from the federal government under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: Housing out of reach for many

This week, we Take 5 with Satana Deberry, executive director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Seven more join SRO ranks

Seven men and women joined Lee County’s law enforcement ranks as the newest School Resource Officers on Friday.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Locals grapple with Obamacare

Private companies like Hobby Lobby have attracted significant attention in the debate over the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate recently, but public agencies are struggling with it, too.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: ‘Project Lazarus’ could be lifesaver in Lee County

The name “Lazarus,” owing to the story of a man by that name raised from the dead by Jesus in the New Testament, typically connotes restoration to life.

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Council debates urban deer hunting

Sanford City Council members on Wednesday debated changing the acreage requirement to hunt deer during the city’s urban archery season.

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Speakers talk strategy with local fracking opponents

Gathered at a Pinehurst church, dozens of anti-fracking activists from Central Carolina heard national speakers spread their environmental gospel late into Tuesday night.

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 09:42 PM

Raid nets cache of drugs, guns, and other items

An executed search warrant for drugs at a local convenience store resulted in multiple arrests and the seizure of weapons, counterfeit items and suspected narcotics Wednesday.

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Static Control gets go ahead

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Sanford-based Static Control Components, a competitor of printer maker Lexmark International Inc., can move forward with a lawsuit accusing Lexmark of disparaging its business.

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 08:36 PM

Community spirit triumphs at ‘Beginning Life with Books’ bee

Dissipating (dispersing) into the selenian (of-the-moon) light Monday night, many losing spelling bee teams probably wanted a mulligan (second chance).

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Bo's Hot Rods: Building and clients left in dark

Last year, television producers considered Bo's Hot Rods and Restorations as a reality TV show site. The show never came about, but the luxury car shop recently has been providing drama of its own.

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Cooperative puts locally grown foods on area tables

With five years and more than 1,500 members under its belt, the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative intends to reach out to a new crop of folks interested in local produce.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 09:34 PM

CCCC team wins annual county spelling bee

The team of spellers from Central Carolina Community College showed the meaning of higher education Monday night, outlasting dozens of other teams to win the 15th annual Beginning Life with Books spelling bee.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Family health fair promotes fitness, well-being

Too many local children — and their parents — aren't in great shape, according to the lead nurse for Lee County Schools. So for that reason, all Lee County families are invited to a free health-centered bonanza tonight at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.