News: Lee County

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 09:36 PM

Local artists prep for Arts and Vine

For many years, jewelry-making was little more than a hobby for Sanford resident Renee Snell.

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Four local teens charged with rape of 14-year-old

Two Sanford men and two juveniles have been arrested on multiple felony charges after a 14-year-old girl reported to the Lee County Sheriff's Office that they had raped her.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Building code changes could cost time, money

Local governments across the state, including Lee County, have misgivings about a bill that would amend the state's building codes, saying it could cost cities and counties more money and slow inspections.

One of the most controversial provisions of House Bill 255, the Building Code Regulatory Reform Bill, is the addition of a list of actions for building inspectors that qualify as “willful misconduct, gross negligence or gross incompetence” and are grounds for disciplinary action. Some of these actions include enforcing a requirement that is “more stringent” than code requirements or “the habitual failure to provide requested inspections in a timely manner.”

Apr. 27, 2015 @ 05:46 PM

Temple 'can't stop the beat'

Beehive hairdos and 60s fashion will reign at the Temple Theatre Thursday with the premiere of "Hairspray," the final show of the theater's 31st season.

"We always like to end with a big splash," said Director Peggy Taphorn. "And 'Hairspray' certainly does that."

Apr. 26, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Growth Alliance defends its work amid criticism

Despite concerns from the Lee County Board of Commissioners about the effectiveness of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance

Apr. 26, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Box City participants will learn about homelessness

The baseball field of Southern Lee High School will be dotted with cardboard boxes come Friday as part of Cardboard Box City 2015

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 07:34 PM

Walking for a cure

The Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk at Kiwanis Family Park on Saturday drew many different people for many different reasons.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

School funding suits targeted

A statewide bill that would prevent school boards from suing counties over funding faces local opposition and might not clear the legislature.

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 10:27 PM

‘What we were trained to do’

When A.J. Collazo and John Cagle got called to a house fire on Brookhaven Drive earlier this year, they had no idea that they soon would be rushing into a burning building to save a life.

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

No consensus about wastewater strategy

Members of the Sanford City Council are fiercely divided on whether refusing to treat wastewater from the site on Colon Road where Duke Energy

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Robbery suspect faces numerous drug charges

A Sanford man charged earlier this month with robbery and kidnapping now faces a litany of drug-related charges as a result of the investigation.

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Durham man arrested for Sanford robbery

The man who allegedly robbed a Verizon Wireless Store in Sanford at gunpoint earlier this month has been arrested in Durham, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Apr. 23, 2015 @ 09:24 PM

State could restore driver’s ed funds

Lee County Schools, children and parents could save hundreds of dollars in additional driver’s education course fees thanks to a bill filed at the N.C. General Assembly this week.

Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Resolution denying water treatment dies

A resolution declining to treat wastewater from Duke Energy’s coal ash storage site in Lee County was unsuccessful for the second time when Sanford City Councilman Charles Taylor brought it before the council Tuesday.

Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS: Evaluators recommend district be re-accredited

Teachers, administrators and Lee County Board of Education members in the assembly room of the Heins Education Building erupted into cheers Wednesday afternoon

Apr. 22, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

City council grapples with absences

Sanford City Councilman Charles Taylor is concerned about coal ash coming to Sanford.

Apr. 22, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

One officer fired from jail, another arrested

One jail officer with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was fired and another was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly providing inmates with a cell phone, according to the sheriff’s office.

Apr. 22, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Inmate faces drug charge

Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents arrested an inmate of the Lee County Jail, who allegedly was found in possession of marijuana, Tuesday.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 08:03 PM

Police seize marijuana from area greenhouse

The Sanford Police Department seized 22 marijuana plants after executing a search warrant at a Ryan Avenue apartment that housed an elaborate growing operation.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Jail officers accused of giving inmates cell phone

One jail officer with the Lee County Sheriff's Office was fired and another was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly providing inmates with a cell phone, according to the sheriff's office.

Robert Ellis Fleming, 35, of 122 Big Man Drive, Sanford, was charged with providing an inmate with a cell phone and tools to conceal contraband, aiding and abetting an inmate in possessing a cell phone and tools to conceal contraband and receiving a bribe.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County looks to lend $225,000 for airport work

The Lee County Board of Commissioners took a step Monday toward approving a loan for a runway expansion project at the Raleigh Executive Jetport as the airport continues to grow.


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

HAVEN observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Lee County HAVEN is calling on community members to take a stand against sexual violence throughout April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Volunteers at work

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

"They are sacrificing the area"

Lynette Hampton, a Sanford native, moved to Osgood Road with her husband last year, not knowing Duke Energy would announce its plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in the area a few months later.

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Local nonprofits request more assistance from county

Within the coming weeks, the Lee County Board of Commissioners will be tasked with deciding which local nonprofits they will assist during fiscal year 2015-16 as some continue to struggle with state and federal grant funding losses.