News: Lee County

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.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

Suspect jailed following rash of armed robberies

A Lee County man is in custody in connection with a month-long string of armed robberies.

Mar. 23, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Cuts at Fort Bragg could alter growth in Harnett, Lee

As Fort Bragg has grown, so have its surrounding areas.

Mar. 23, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Jetport expects more traffic for Pinehurst Opens

With both the men’s and women’s golf U.S. Opens in nearby Pinehurst coming up in June, it will be business as usual at the Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford-Lee County.

Mar. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Beginning Life with Books Spelling Bee

The 15th annual Beginning Life with Books Spelling Bee will be held Monday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 08:38 PM

2014 U.S. OPENS: Opens could be green for Sanford businesses

With hundreds of golfers, even more members of the media and tens of thousands of golf fans descending on Pinehurst this June for the men’s and women’s U.S. Open tournaments, Sanford stands to prosper as well.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

TAKE 5: Lee County combats drug abuse problem with Project Lazarus

This week, we Take 5 with Ashley Graham, the health education supervisor for the Lee County Health Department, about Project Lazarus, a prescription drug overdose prevention program.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Walmart fight ends in injuries, arrests

A five-person brawl at the Broadway Walmart Express on Thursday night left two people injured and at least four people charged with assault.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

No suspects in robberies of resident, auto parts store

Police are searching for suspects in connection with two unrelated robberies within city limits in as many days.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 09:27 PM

Central Carolina Works receives $800,000 grant

Central Carolina Works — a Central Carolina Community College program meant to increase dual enrollment in area high schools — recently was awarded an $800,000 grant from the state for workforce development.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Officials: Tag and Tax Together well received

Unlike some of its larger cohorts, Lee County is seeing a higher collection rate after the state began collecting vehicle property taxes in September.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Costs to fix fuel spill may come out of city’s pocket

The city of Sanford could potentially foot a nearly $80,000 repair bill after a subcontractor struck city hall’s underground fuel tank for its emergency generator earlier this month.   

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

‘My life changed overnight’

A $20 lottery ticket turned out to be a fateful purchase for a Sanford woman, who is now a $1 million winner.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Board may seek $4.8M increase

After requesting about $20 million from the county for this year’s budget but getting about $16 million, the Lee County Board of Education is considering asking for even more next year — to the tune of $21 million.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Trial date for defendant in Truelove, Plush murders pushed into next year

The families and friends of Anna Truelove and Christopher Michael Plush likely will have to wait at least another year to see the man accused of killing them stand trial.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Newspaper carrier's legacy lives on with re-dedication

City officials huddled together against Wednesday morning’s blustery winds to pay tribute to a longtime fixture of downtown Sanford and to praise the steps toward revitalization.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 09:37 PM

Temple's new mystery is anything but elementary

Rooted in a real-life historical riddle, the literary mystery-solving duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson take center stage at the Temple Theatre Thursday.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Lee Commissioners advised in advance of town hall 'difficulties'

The Lee County Board of Commissioners was warned of the “inherent difficulties” of holding a public meeting within the private Carolina Trace Gated Properties days before members of the public and one county commissioner were turned away from the open meeting.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Board puts CCCC bond measure on April agenda

After nearly a year in limbo, a Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees request to place a $23 million bond referendum on the 2014 election ballot will appear on the Lee County Board of Commissioners's April 21 meeting agenda.  

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Officials say local water is safe despite coal ash concerns

While the state investigates claims Duke Energy has illegally been pumping a toxic sludge known as coal ash into the Cape Fear River near Moncure, some locals have a more pressing concern: Is tap water safe?

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: Annexation, rezoning sought for possible apartment complex

Sanford City Council took its first step toward the possible creation of an 80-plus unit apartment complex in the Tramway area Tuesday night.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Seven more weeks of winter

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Commissioners: Community must take stand against crime

Several Lee County Commissioners urged the community to take action in light of a recent string of violent crimes.

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

Flocking for funds

Mysterious flocks of flamingos have started appearing outside homes and businesses around Sanford.

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

SANFORD: Citizens rally, organize for anti-violence message

With Sanford still reeling from another recent bout of violent crime — two people, including a 15-year-old boy, were murdered in less than a week within a mile of another — community members gathered Saturday for an anti-violence rally.