News: Lee County

Jan. 09, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

State BOE votes to switch to 10-point grading scale

Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all high school students in North Carolina will be on a 10-point grading scale.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Preparations underway for annual MLK community observance

The Council for Effective Actions and Decisions (C.E.A.D.) is finalizing plans for the annual observance commemorating the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with activities set to begin on the afternoon of Jan. 18.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Man airlifted after shooting

A 19-year-old man was shot in the lower back around the 500 block of Oakwood Avenue Thursday afternoon, according to the Sanford Police Department.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

‘Those graves tell a story’

Local residents have raised a new concern surrounding the property off of Post Office Road where Duke Energy and Charah plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash: The site is home to a number of gravestones dating back to the early 1900s, one of which belongs to a World War I veteran.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CITY OF SANFORD: Councilman questions appointments to Partnership for Prosperity Board

One member of the Sanford City Council took issue with the appointment of two elected officials to the board of directors of the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity during the council's meeting Tuesday night.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 07:50 PM

Wind chill warning


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Nonprofit files suit against fracking rule-making panel

The Southern Environmental Law Center, a Chapel Hill-based nonprofit, filed a lawsuit this week against the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission claiming that the commission contains many legislative appointees and is therefore unconstitutional.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Flu spreading through U.S.

While officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have declared a national flu epidemic, Lee County health care providers haven’t seen a significant increase in flu activity compared to recent years — but are still encouraging residents to take precautions.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Fifteen graduate from basic law enforcement training

Fifteen individuals recently graduated from the Central Carolina Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training program. The graduation was held Dec. 18, 2014, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

Rabin sworn in for second term

Col. (Ret.) Ronald Rabin was sworn Saturday for his second term as North Carolina’s 12th District senator.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 10:45 PM

Sidewalk, streetscaping projects face $3.77 million shortfall

The $8.5 million bond projects that would create sidewalks connecting various areas of Sanford to one another and streetscaping for Moore, Steele and Wicker streets face a combined $3.77 million shortfall, according to the city engineer.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Nonprofit files suit against fracking rule-making panel

The Southern Environmental Law Center, a Chapel Hill-based nonprofit, filed a lawsuit this week against the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission claiming that the commission contains many legislative appointees and is therefore unconstitutional.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 06:38 PM

Commissioners officially oppose coal ash

The Lee County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Monday opposing coal ash storage in Lee County with the support of many local residents — and also shared some information concerning the county's strategy for fighting the plan going forward.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

'Happy, excited and hopeful'

When 13-year-old Meredith Arnold went to the emergency room 15 months ago, she and her family had no idea it would be the start of a long battle with a life-threatening illness.


Jan. 04, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Lee Commissioners poised to officially oppose Duke Energy's coal ash plan

The Lee County Board of Commissioners is set to take formal action Monday against Duke Energy's plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Lee County in the coming years.


Jan. 03, 2015 @ 04:49 PM

TOP STORIES OF 2014: Local hangouts, businesses look to 2015 with hope after fires cost much last year

The Sanford Fire Department reported an average year in terms of the number of structure fires.


Jan. 03, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: A myriad of deadlines

This week, we Take 5 with Tom Snell of Digital Benefit Advisors in Sanford for an update about the Affordable Care Act. 


Jan. 02, 2015 @ 10:19 PM

Top stories of 2014: Questions linger about shooting

After an officer-involved shooting on Dec. 10 resulted in the death of a Sanford man, who reportedly was wanted on a charge of attempted murder, the N.C. Bureau of Investigation continues to look into the incident and questions remain unanswered.


Jan. 02, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TOP STORIES OF 2014: 'In 2014, we've arrived'

Several local businesses sustained a blow from a natural disaster in 2011, but over the ensuing months, the city witnessed a rebound.


Jan. 02, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Public urged to support officers on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

On Jan. 9, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and partnering organizations will unite in support of law enforcement officers nationwide to promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.


Jan. 01, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

It's a girl

On the second floor of Central Carolina Hospital, a giant pink bow was placed on the door of one of the labor and delivery suites to announce the arrival of the first CCH newborn of 2015 — a baby girl named Blair Everly Bullard.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 06:27 PM

TOP STORIES OF 2014: Lee County same-sex couples legally marry in 2014

More than two years after the addition of Amendment One to the state constitution, same-sex couples in Lee County and across the state could legally be married as of October — and several local couples have since made their unions official.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Top stories of 2014: Coal ash

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources staff are requesting more information from Charah, the company charged with the moving and storage of Duke Energy’s supply of coal ash, before continuing the permit approval process.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

‘A tragic thing’

Many in Lee County are mourning the loss of a Sanford native who authorities say was murdered by his wife the day after Christmas in Holly Ridge.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

Project Safe Neighborhoods aims to quell crime, improve quality of life

“We will not tolerate violence any more.”