News: Lee County

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 08:59 PM

San Felipe aims to reopen

Now the sixth business in two months to be damaged by fire, the South Horner Boulevard location of San Felipe Mexican Restaurant is working to reopen its doors to customers today.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 09:48 PM

Fracking hearing draws a crowd

More than 350 people converged Friday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center to either voice their support for or express concerns about rules for hydraulic fracturing developed by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Safety concerns nearly grind fracking hearing to a halt

With up to 700 people expected to turn out for the public hearing on hydraulic fracturing in Sanford Friday night, members of the state Mining and Energy Commission were scrambling to find security for the event just hours before the doors of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center were set to open.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

EDUCATION: BOE backs CCCC bond referendum

The Lee County Board of Education knows that students don’t stop learning once they graduate from high school.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Airport Authority repeats hearing on hangar plan

The Sanford-Lee County Airport Authority will hold a special meeting in September, when it will hear public comments on a plan to renovate a hangar to act as a maintenance facility for the N.C. Forest Service fleet of airplanes and helicopters.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 09:18 PM

Hot at work


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Buggy Factory project progresses

The Sanford City Council, the Lee County Board of Commissioners and the newly-formed Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity (SLCPP) each approved a proposed lease agreement for the former Buggy Factory on Chatham Street this week, opening the door for the renovation of the building.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hundreds attend fracking hearing in Raleigh

Hundreds attended a public meeting Wednesday in Raleigh on rules for hydraulic fracturing drilling in North Carolina, with many voicing opposition and some even breaking into anti-fracking songs at the podium.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 09:44 PM

Local need higher than national use

A recent national study by Feeding America found that one in seven Americans rely on food pantries and meal service programs to stay fed, but according to local food pantries, an even greater need exists in Lee County.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fracking rules up for comment

Lee County citizens and government officials are preparing for the local public hearing on the rules regarding hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

City Council tables support for CCCC bond referendum

The Sanford City Council on Tuesday tabled a resolution to support the Central Carolina Community College bond referendum that will appear on the Lee County ballot on Nov. 4.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 09:19 PM

As school starts up, camps wind down

As children get ready to put down the beach towels and pick up the backpacks, summer programs at the Lee County YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford and Lee County are coming to an end.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Commissioners give OK to Buggy Factory building

The Lee County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the lease agreement for the Sanford Buggy Factory building, the proposed site for the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity, at its meeting Monday night after a number of changes earlier in the day.


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.