News: Lee County

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Lee Commissioners vote to put CCCC bonds on ballot

Lee County residents highlighted Central Carolina Community College's value to the county and stressed fiscal prudence to voters during the public hearing Monday on the four proposed college bonds totaling $23 million that will appear on the November ballot.

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford gun dealers contend with nationwide ammunition shortage

People who walk into gun stores around Lee County looking for .22-caliber ammunition will be lucky to walk out with much, if any, of the ammo.

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Construction postpones Family Day

Construction projects to expand Raleigh Exec: The Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County have forced officials to postpone this fall’s FAMILY DAY @ the jetport.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 06:52 PM

Ellmers highlights jobs, health care and education in bid for third term

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers had no intention of running for office when she first began speaking out against the Affordable Care Act at public events.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 09:08 PM

Board approves vote on college bonds

The Lee County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the addition of four community college bonds totaling $23 million to the ballot this November during its meeting Monday after a public hearing on the issue.

See Wednesday's Herald for more information on the proposed bonds and the commissioners' meeting.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Fire consumes three Sanford auto businesses

Sanford Auto Auction, Big Al's Automotive and Kelly's Clean Cars all received heavy damage in a fire reported around 4:15 a.m. The operations share the same location on Cameron Drive between Lee Avenue and Industrial Drive.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Southern Lee student addresses national conference

When thousands of teachers, principals and education policy-makers gathered in Philadelphia this week, all eyes turned for a short while to a rising senior at Southern Lee High School.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 07:57 AM

Public will have say on proposed CCCC bonds

Lee County citizens will have the opportunity Monday to voice their opinions, comments and concerns regarding four proposed community college bonds, which total $23 million dollars, that may appear on the ballot this November.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

It's a pirate's life

Miniature pirate ships trapped in glass jars may be well and good for some people. But J.R. Brady, captain of the H.M.S. Galilean, prefers to feel the breeze in his hair as he sails his pirate ship across Jordan Lake.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

LEE COUNTY: Efforts to grow, train workforce highlighted in national report

A report released Thursday by the private N.C. Budget and Tax Center called for more efforts to improve workforce training and development, predicting dire consequences for the state's employment picture if nothing changes. Locally, however, the announcement might not seem so dramatic.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

TAKE 5: Training teaches law enforcement how to handle mental health crises

This week, we Take 5 with Pamela Munger, the community development specialist for the Sandhills Center, about Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT) for law enforcement.

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

Weaving through the summer

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Cash-strapped nonprofit asks city for financial aid

As Katasha Woods unlocked the door of her new home on St. James Way in Sanford, her daughter Taylor, 10, looked on with excitement. They both felt many emotions all at once — happiness, accomplishment and gratitude to name a few.

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford attempts to better integrate Hispanics

Helping Sanford’s Latino community obtain better access to public safety, local government, education and economic opportunities are just a few of the goals of the Building Integrated Communities initiative sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 08:06 PM

No injuries in house fire

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: MEC official urges public to comment on proposed rules

It will be imperative for local citizens to voice opinions and concerns about hydraulic fracturing during the Mining and Energy Commission's upcoming public hearings, according to the commission's soon-to-be vice chairwoman.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Fire forces local civic clubs to find new meeting places

A day after the Fairview Dairy Bar burned down and The Flame Steakhouse next door sustained heavy smoke damage, regulars were left scrambling for new breakfast, lunch and dinner spots.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford store sells lotto ticket worth $367,000

A ticket sold this week at a Sanford convenience store carries a $367,000 prize, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery, but the winner had yet to claim the windfall as of Wednesday afternoon.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

'Happy to be back'

Tramway Elementary School started back on Wednesday, and only one person was spotted crying — a child whose older sister got to go to school without him.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Generations have created memories at the iconic Sanford restaurant

When Sanford residents awoke to the news that the Fairview Dairy Bar had burned down, a question began circulating through the community — “Where are we going to eat tonight?”

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

McQueen found guilty in Jackpot Mini Mart murder

A jury found Brian McQueen guilty of first-degree felony murder and armed robbery Tuesday evening in relation to a shooting at the Jackpot Mini Mart in August 2009.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 07:14 PM

Dairy Bar razed in morning blaze

A fire destroyed one of the most popular restaurants in Sanford early Tuesday morning. But the owners reportedly hope to reopen — even if it takes months.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Verdict expected in convenience store murder trial

The closing arguments in the trial of a Sanford man, who is accused of murdering a convenience store clerk, came to an end Monday. The jury is expected to return to court this morning and deliberate on the verdict.

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Manufacturing a local renaissance

As manufacturing becomes more high-tech, some educators and manufacturing professionals are trying to better prepare students for modern jobs.

Jul. 13, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Transition comes full circle at Christian youth camp

Transitions are hard.

That’s a generally applicable statement, right?