News: Lee County

Nov. 13, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Songwriter still in tune with his home

Taylor Phillips has toured the nation with country singers like Kellie Pickler, but the newly signed songwriter always will call Sanford home.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Officials: Lee County in solid financial standing

Despite election-season claims to the contrary, Lee County Manager John Crumpton and some current county commissioners said the county has sufficient reserves on hand for unforeseen circumstances or purchases.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 07:47 PM

Sanford Housing Authority gets new leader

After a lengthy, and at some points heated, discussion, the Sanford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to hire Shannon McLean, of the Durham Housing Authority, as the organization's executive director during the board's meeting Wednesday night. 


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Cavs raise the Brick


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

'They could have taken all our lives'

From the moment the first bullet tore through her window to the final gunshot that shattered the glass on her front door, Sanford native Bonita Times had one thought racing through her mind — to protect her 2-month-old grandson sleeping quietly in her daughter's bedroom.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee BOE says goodbye to Smith, Bonardi

When her 43-year-old son, Renauldos, lost his battle with brain cancer in September 2005, serving on the Lee County Board of Education was the last thing on Dr. Linda Smith's mind.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

HOC Orchestra to perform with acclaimed saxophonist

Having just marked his 80th birthday this week, tenor saxophonist Houston Person is gearing up for a local performance Saturday alongside the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 04:53 AM

Great Grocery Can-Paign


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Gathering for gratitude

At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, the Great War ended when the Allied nations and Germany declared a ceasefire.


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

County, city gearing up for winter weather

With temperatures plummeting to the 20s by the end of the week, Lee County and city of Sanford staff are prepared for cold and the season’s first chance of icy roads.


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Steele Street space to house The Smoke and Barrel

Those who lamented the loss of the Steele Street Coffee and Wine Bar and the Red Sofa at 120 S. Steele St. soon will have a new establishment to frequent: The Smoke and Barrel, a sister of The City Tap in Pittsboro.


Nov. 10, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

An eye on the sky

Ever since he witnessed a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star — the first fighter jet used operationally by the U.S. Army Air Forces — soaring through the sky at an air show in Raleigh, Lt. Col. Max Cameron (ret.) knew he was born to fly.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Showing Lee County’s heart

As the Christmas season approaches, the Lee County branch of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program started working toward collecting and distributing as many toys to Lee County children as possible with the help of volunteers, residents and sponsors.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Cameras headed for Lee County center

The Lee County Board of Commissioners plans to have surveillance cameras installed inside and outside the Lee County Government Center by January after several security incidents involving county residents, employees and vehicles occurred in recent months.


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 01:51 PM

Cavs bring the noise, win the Brick


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Honoring creatures and commitments, great and small

When he’s not looking after the equipment, records and parts in the Fort Bragg Training Support Center, Sgt. Chris Wagner often can be found helping out with the animals at the Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption center on Deep River Road.


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Local candidates shell out thousands in bid for seats

Whether they are red or blue, candidates from both political parties rely on lots of green to finance their campaigns and win, or possibly lose, elections.


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Lee Christian Fall Festival


Nov. 07, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Brick City Bowl IX set for Cavalier Stadium tonight

In the football world, from high school games on Fridays to NFL contests on Sundays, descriptions such as "heated" and "bitter" often go along with "rivalry."


Nov. 07, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Early literacy donors honored

Local residents who have supported early literacy through “Fund A Child” donations were recognized recently with an award ceremony at Books At A Steal in downtown Sanford.


Nov. 06, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

'Changing the world, little by little'

For fifth-grader Hasley Fajardo, her classmates and teachers at J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School are like a second family — one that works together to learn about teamwork, respect, leadership, friendship, and honor.


Nov. 06, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Father, son arrested on drug trafficking charges

A father and son were arrested Monday on charges of cocaine trafficking, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.


Nov. 06, 2014 @ 05:05 AM

Salmon ‘looking forward to serving’ Lee and Harnett counties

The morning after his election, Brad Salmon still had trouble wrapping his head around the fact that Lee and Harnett County voters chose him to represent their interests in Raleigh.


Nov. 06, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Controversy surrounds additions to board

The Sanford Housing Authority needs a new executive director, but the Sanford City Council is divided when it comes to appointing people to choose who will lead the organization.


Nov. 06, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Dems gain majority on commissioners board

Democrats will regain control of the Lee County Board of Commissioners when two newly elected members join two incumbents and three other board members in December.