News: Lee County

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Potential sale, partnership eyed for Central Carolina Hospital

Changes may be on the horizon for Lee County's Central Carolina Hospital after its parent company, Tenet Healthcare, announced it was identifying “longterm success” options for the hospital, including the sale of the establishment.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

One coffee, hold the coal ash

A local business filed a police report last week after one employee said she was threatened by a former Lee County commissioner asking her to take down an anti-coal ash sign in the window.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

More than a letter

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction's announcement of School Performance Grades Thursday ruffled feathers in school districts across the state, and Lee County educators and administrators were quick to decry a grading system that reduced everything they do to a single letter.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

DPI releases letter grades for N.C. public schools

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released letter grades for public schools across the state.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

CCH considering future options, including sale

Central Carolina Hospital’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, is exploring “longterm success” options that could involve a sale. 

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

CITY OF SANFORD: Council plans to borrow $3.25 million more for streetscape work

City officials say each of the proposed downtown Sanford and Jonesboro streetscape projects will be completed this year after the Sanford City Council approved borrowing an additional $3.25 million Tuesday to fund improvements on Trade Street.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

'It's not fair'

Lee County education and business leaders have joined those in counties around the state in criticizing the criteria the N.C. Department of Public Instruction used in assigning letter grades, which will be announced later this morning, to the state's public schools — grades that many educators expect to be low.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rates dropped in Lee, most counties in December

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in December — including Lee — increased in 28 and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, released Wednesday.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

CCH honors outgoing board members

Central Carolina Hospital paid tribute recently to three governing board members who dedicated their time to the hospital for five years. Five new members also have been welcomed to the board’s ranks.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 06:40 PM

Big Screen beauty

With the help of a number of local businesses, Big Screen Beauty Salon will mix fashion, fun and fundraising on Saturday when it's filmed for a TV show by VSN Network as one of America's top salons.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

J.R. Ingram celebrates 100

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

A place to heal

Patients with hard-to-heal wounds have a new resource in Sanford with the grand opening of the Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center on Dennis Drive Tuesday afternoon.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Authorities reporting copper theft ‘flare-ups’

Copper pipes and wires might not come to mind when a homeowner thinks of his or her valuables, but Lee County authorities report that the piping and wiring in vacant homes make easy targets for would-be thieves.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Wreck hits utility pole, no injuries

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 10:18 PM

Nonprofits learn how to maximize their impact

Nonprofit leaders can strengthen their organizations during tough economic times by advocating for policies that will impact their services and converting supporters into “evangelists” to promote their cause, local nonprofit representatives said at Compassion 2015 Tuesday.

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 05:00 AM


Increased solar energy in Lee County could attract new businesses, create more jobs and increase the local tax base by millions of dollars.

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

LEE COMMISSIONERS: Board repeals pro-fracking resolution

On Monday night, with a fresh Democrat majority, the Lee County Board of Commissioners rescinded a resolution supporting extraction of natural gas in North Carolina — a resolution the formerly Republican-controlled board passed in April 2012. 

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 06:29 PM

Local gem sparkles again

When Brenda's Jewelers closed the doors of its Sanford store last April, Lee County customers despaired the loss of the 11-time winner of The Herald's "Best Jewelry Store" award.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:04 AM


It is a sign of James Emerson’s dedication to his work that more people know him as “coach” than as James.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM


Teresa Dew Kelly has worked in many different industries during her 53 years of life, ranging from real estate to insurance.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Questions, answers and lots of laughs

Underdog Lee Christian School emerged as this year’s Lee County Library 2015 Quiz Bowl winner Saturday

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Local residents march against coal ash in Lee

Signs that read “Duke Energy is making Lee County its ashtray” and “No coal ash dumping” made their way down South Horner Boulevard in Saturday as around 20 local residents

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 10:26 AM

Walking against coal ash

Local residents convene in front of the Kmart on South Horner Boulevard in Sanford Saturday morning to raise awareness about and oppose Duke Energy's plan to store coal ash in Lee County. The group gathered for a walk down Horner Boulevard in protest of the plan. 

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

City: Sports complex could be an ‘economic anchor’

The Sanford City Council's dream of a multi-sport complex at O.T. Sloan Park took another step toward becoming a reality Friday when council members met with representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey, a Washington, D.C.-based program management firm, to fine tune their vision for the project.

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Project Lazarus helps coalition tackle substance abuse

Medical professionals, law enforcement officers, therapists, educators and government officials all agree that there is no simple solution to substance abuse and addiction.