News: Lee County

Feb. 11, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

Sanford man charged with rape, kidnapping, assault

A Sanford man has been arrested on allegations of rape, kidnapping and a number of other charges stemming from an incident Saturday in which he allegedly attacked his girlfriend, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 06:31 PM

'One is too many'

With up to 66 students either on, boarding or getting off a school bus at any given time, a bus driver has to keep his or her eye on plenty of children.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee superintendent highlights 'value-added' to students' education at community meeting

The Lee County Schools superintendent highlighted district-wide efforts to ensure all students graduate high school with more than a diploma during the first of seven community meetings at B.T. Bullock Elementary School Monday night.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Loss of a legend

Lee County basketball coaches agree that athletic programs have a tendency to focus solely on wins.

But to them, and to the late Dean Smith, longtime basketball coach of the UNC-Chapel Hill basketball team who died Saturday, their players' performance on the court was just one aspect of what made a program successful.

"I think it's all about teaching life lessons," said Reggie Peace, athletic director and men's basketball coach at Lee County High School. "Life is about a whole lot more than winning games. We as coaches want to win every game we play, but there has to be some substance to what you try to do with your program."

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Prosecutors seek death penalty in murder of Sanford nurse

After Wake County prosecutors decided to seek the death penalty against a man accused of shooting a Sanford nurse, the victim's daughter described feeling like her mother is finally receiving justice.

Prosecutors announced last week at a Wake County quarterly review of all pending homicide cases that they plan to seek the death penalty for Daniel Scott Remington Jr., 36, of Gooseneck Drive in Cary, who is accused of shooting Wendy Jean Johnson, 58 of Post Oak Lane in Sanford in August 2014.

Feb. 09, 2015 @ 05:49 PM

Hight: What Coach Smith taught me about teamwork

So many individuals have remembrances of famed University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith, who died Saturday evening at age 83.

My own memories date back almost 50 years. In the mid to late 1960s, I fell in love with the game of basketball. My mother grew up in Chapel Hill, so it was a natural that I would become a fan of the Tar Heel basketball program.

Coach Smith was already in the process of becoming a celebrity figure, and as a fan, I always looked forward to listening or watching each Tar Heel game.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

New Orleans jazz artist will bring Cajun flair to Sanford music scene

Lee County music lovers are in for a treat Friday when fifth-generation New Orleans jazz artist Jelani Bauman takes the stage at the Lee County Arts Center with local jazz group, The Gregg Gelb Quartet.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Identity crisis

When Cameron resident G. Johnson went to do her taxes last year, the Internal Revenue Service told her she had already done them.

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

‘It’s like I’m losing my family’

After serving the Broadway community for nearly 25 years, the RoadRunner Cafe will close its doors on Valentine’s Day — a testament of the love that can be found upon entering the beloved Broadway establishment.

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Take 5: 9-1-1 center adds text service

This week, we Take 5 with Pat Garner, the city of Sanford’s communications supervisor, about recent technology updates at the city’s 9-1-1 Telecommunications Center.

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Leadership for changing times

The Lee County Library recently welcomed its new director — a “go-getter” who wants to further incorporate technology to improve the experience for residents and visitors alike.

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Halogen lamp sparks duplex fire

A duplex at 307 Jefferson St. caught fire Friday when a halogen lamp set a mattress on fire, according to authorities.

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Broadway greenhouse extending growing season through technology

One local tomato grower is using technology to turn February into June.

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Mrs. Universe 2014 to visit CCCC Feb. 24

Sabrina Pinion, Mrs. Universe 2014, will come to Central Carolina Community College on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. to meet and greet college students, faculty and staff. The event, which will be held in the Science Building lobby, is open to the public.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 09:28 PM

Serving more than meals

What began with $600 on the corner of Endor and Carthage streets has grown into a Sanford landmark during the course of 50 years — continuing to make everyone who walks through the door feel like family.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Sew crafty

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Potential sale, partnership eyed for Central Carolina Hospital

Changes may be on the horizon for Lee County's Central Carolina Hospital after its parent company, Tenet Healthcare, announced it was identifying “longterm success” options for the hospital, including the sale of the establishment.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

One coffee, hold the coal ash

A local business filed a police report last week after one employee said she was threatened by a former Lee County commissioner asking her to take down an anti-coal ash sign in the window.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

More than a letter

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction's announcement of School Performance Grades Thursday ruffled feathers in school districts across the state, and Lee County educators and administrators were quick to decry a grading system that reduced everything they do to a single letter.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

DPI releases letter grades for N.C. public schools

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released letter grades for public schools across the state.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

CCH considering future options, including sale

Central Carolina Hospital’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, is exploring “longterm success” options that could involve a sale. 

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

CITY OF SANFORD: Council plans to borrow $3.25 million more for streetscape work

City officials say each of the proposed downtown Sanford and Jonesboro streetscape projects will be completed this year after the Sanford City Council approved borrowing an additional $3.25 million Tuesday to fund improvements on Trade Street.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

'It's not fair'

Lee County education and business leaders have joined those in counties around the state in criticizing the criteria the N.C. Department of Public Instruction used in assigning letter grades, which will be announced later this morning, to the state's public schools — grades that many educators expect to be low.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rates dropped in Lee, most counties in December

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in December — including Lee — increased in 28 and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, released Wednesday.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

CCH honors outgoing board members

Central Carolina Hospital paid tribute recently to three governing board members who dedicated their time to the hospital for five years. Five new members also have been welcomed to the board’s ranks.