News: Lee County

May. 05, 2015 @ 09:20 PM

Environmental group files lawsuit against N.C. MEC

Unhappy that the state's Mining and Energy Commission can overturn local rules for hydraulic fracturing, an environmental group recently joined residents of Chatham, Anson and Granville counties in filing a lawsuit.

May. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM


Cities and towns across North Carolina can drive more retailers to their areas by providing easy access to local market data and creating a central message, according to Jennings Gray, a development specialist for ElectriCities of N.C.

May. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee commissioners amend parking, building standards

Residents of the Rosemount-McIver Park Historic District who leave their cars on their front yards will have to find new parking spot after the Lee County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved three amendments to the county's Unified Development Ordinance.

May. 04, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

Sanford's colorful past depicted in murals

Sanford will become a little more colorful today with the completion of a mural honoring the Sanford Spinners baseball team at the intersection of Wicker Street and Horner Boulevard.

"This is a tribute to the Sanford Spinners," said Scott Nurkin, the Chapel Hill-based artist who painted the mural. "They were a minor league baseball team in the '40s after World War II. They were part of the Tobacco State League. It was a short-lived league, but the Spinners were the champions in '46, '47 and '48."

May. 03, 2015 @ 05:05 AM

A legacy built on art

As the 2015 Sanford Arts & Vine Festival wraps up today, The Herald spoke with exhibitor and local potter Kevin Brown about his participation in the event.

May. 03, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Homelessness at a glance

When rain started falling Friday night, more than 60 Lee County residents at Southern Lee High School’s baseball field ran for cover inside cardboard boxes

May. 03, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Streetscape project work to start Monday

Construction on the city of Sanford’s $9 million streetscape and pedestrian improvement bond projects is scheduled to begin in downtown Sanford and historic Jonesboro Monday.

May. 02, 2015 @ 06:51 PM

Infusing new energy

Lori Allerton, owner of Stoneworks, began repurposing granite, quartz and metal into furniture and other household items when her home in Salisbury was being built.

May. 02, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

School grieves death of East Lee student

The East Lee Middle School community was in mourning Friday after the death of a seventh grader, who district officials believe suffered a seizure during a soccer match at the school.

May. 02, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS: Carlyle's departure leaves vacancy on school board

The Lee County Board of Education has started the search for a replacement now that board member Wendy Hughes Carlyle has resigned in order to serve as Lee County Schools' accountability and special projects coordinator.

May. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: 'Race to Read 5K' ready to run

This week, we Take 5 with Lesa Price and Karen Kennedy about the Sanford/Lee County Youth Council's “Race to Read 5K” event, which takes place next Saturday.

May. 02, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Teen behind lockdown threat charged with cyberstalking

A 14-year-old Wake County boy, who allegedly threatened a local student and triggered a soft lockdown of Lee County High School Thursday, now faces a juvenile charge of cyberstalking, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

May. 01, 2015 @ 06:39 PM

'This is a big one'

When Sanford resident Rich Kirik felt the first tremor, he thought it was a heavy truck passing by.

May. 01, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Seventh-grade student dies

Lee County Schools reports that seventh-grader Quaneisha Richmond, of Sanford and a student at East Lee Middle School, died Thursday night.

May. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Threat to student puts LCHS on lockdown

Lee County High School went into soft lockdown Thursday because of a threat made to a student via social media, according to Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter.

May. 01, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

City Council could reseat SHA board

The Sanford City Council may vote next week to reseat the entire Sanford Housing Authority board partly due to “turmoil” at the SHA board’s last few meetings, Sanford Mayor Chet Mann said at the council’s Wednesday Law and Finance Committee meeting.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 02:23 PM

Lockdown lifted at Lee County High School

A soft lockdown at Lee Couty High School was lifted at at 1:15 this afternoon, and the school is now operating on a normal schedule, Lee County Schools has announced.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Onsite landfills won't change Duke's plans for Lee, Chatham

Duke Energy on Wednesday announced its plan to build onsite landfills at two of its North Carolina power plants, a development officials say will have no effect on phase one of its plans to store coal ash in Lee and Chatham counties.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Moral Monday coming to Sanford

The Moral Monday protest that has taken place at the N.C. State Capitol in Raleigh for the past two years will begin moving to a different county each week starting Monday, and Lee County is the first stop.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Work begins on roundabouts

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 06:14 PM

Group hosts fundraiser for historic bridge

Local residents can sit, eat and visit with neighbors and friends at the historic Camelback Truss Bridge Friday to help raise money to maintain and renovate the beloved Lee County landmark.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

SAN-LEE PARK: Nature Center to be rebuilt by next year

What began as the city of Sanford’s pumping station in the early 1930s, the Nature Center at San-Lee Park, will be demolished in the coming months — but plans are underway to replace the fire-ravaged structure.

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 09:36 PM

Local artists prep for Arts and Vine

For many years, jewelry-making was little more than a hobby for Sanford resident Renee Snell.

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Four local teens charged with rape of 14-year-old

Two Sanford men and two juveniles have been arrested on multiple felony charges after a 14-year-old girl reported to the Lee County Sheriff's Office that they had raped her.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Building code changes could cost time, money

Local governments across the state, including Lee County, have misgivings about a bill that would amend the state's building codes, saying it could cost cities and counties more money and slow inspections.

One of the most controversial provisions of House Bill 255, the Building Code Regulatory Reform Bill, is the addition of a list of actions for building inspectors that qualify as “willful misconduct, gross negligence or gross incompetence” and are grounds for disciplinary action. Some of these actions include enforcing a requirement that is “more stringent” than code requirements or “the habitual failure to provide requested inspections in a timely manner.”