News: Lee County

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 07:47 PM

Lee volunteers bring the heat at firefighters’ competition

Confidence in their abilities, a year’s worth of bragging rights, an armful of trophies and a whole lot of fun.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: City, residents readying for National Night Out

This week, we Take 5 with Kelly Miller, the City of Sanford’s public information officer, about National Night Out.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 06:04 PM

Turning the world on end

As the seniors of Grace Christian School prepared to accept their diplomas, their tickets to the next chapter of their lives, school salutatorian Caleb Welborn

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Permits issued for Lee, Chatham coal ash sites

On Friday, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released some of the permits necessary for Duke Energy to store millions of tons of coal ash at the Colon and Brickhaven Mine sites in Lee and Chatham counties.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

State issues permits for coal ash reuse projects

State officials today issued the necessary permits and permit modification approvals that will allow coal ash reuse projects to move forward in Lee and Chatham counties.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved Green Meadow LLC’s request to modify mining permits for the Colon Mine Site in Lee County and the Brickhaven No. 2 Mine Tract “A” in Chatham County. Approved permit modifications for both locations include changing the mine reclamation method to allow coal ash as structural fill, redesigning erosion and sedimentation control measures and reducing the affected acreage.

DENR also issued permits to Green Meadow and parent company, Charah Inc., to use coal ash in the construction of structural fills at both mines as part of the mine reclamation plans. Under the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, these permits were required in addition to the modified mining permits.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS: LCS sees surge of certified students

Nearly 1,000 students from Southern Lee and Lee County high schools received certificates this year for demonstrating their mastery of skills ranging from masonry and welding to Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Excel.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Sushi — with a twist

In two weeks, Sanford residents will get a taste of the Japanese-style fare they’ve missed since a tornado forced local favorite Umami to relocate — but with a slightly different flavor.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 12:29 PM

Sanford gunrunners sentenced in New York

Eight Sanford residents charged with illegally transporting more than 100 guns to New York City in 2013 all have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in New York State Supreme Court, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Unemployment rate falls in Lee, neighboring counties

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 89 of North Carolina’s counties in April, including Lee and its neighbors

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

Epitome of a good leader

Former state Rep. John Sauls visited Herb Hincks several times during the last few weeks of the former Lee County commission chairman's life.

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Concert series kicks off Thursday

Local blues band Hellhound Trail will take the stage at Depot Park on Thursday to kick off the 13th annual Function at the Junction

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

State to investigate Lee coal ash site amid violations

Two environmental permit violations at a proposed coal ash storage site in Chatham County have sparked further investigation into a similar site owned by the same company in Lee County.


Jun. 02, 2015 @ 06:34 PM

Local residents among four charged with kidnapping

Four relatives of a Pittsboro man charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl broke into a home connected to the girl's family and threatened the residents, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.

The sheriff's office reported that family members of Daniel Gonzalez-Sosa, 50, of 45 Beaumont Lane, Pittsboro, were upset about a number of criminal charges that had been filed against him on May 28.


Jun. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lawsuit against Lee sheriff's deputies settled

Attorneys for a Sanford resident and members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office have reached a settlement in a 2010 lawsuit alleging excessive force on the part of sheriff's deputies, which originally was scheduled to go to trial today.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Man jailed in shooting of relative

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee commissioners accept bids to raze, rebuild local nature center

The Nature Center at San-Lee Park, destroyed by a fire last November, will be leveled in the coming weeks after the Lee County Board of Commissioners approved a demolition bid Monday.

Commissioners approved awarding the demolition contract to A-1 Salvage and Demolition in Archdale for $58,000, which is $31,000 less than the county’s original estimate, County Manager John Crumpton said.

Also at the Monday meeting, commissioners approved a contract with HH Architecture for no more than $158,000 to construct a new nature center.

Jun. 01, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Fire kills thousands of chickens

Thousands of chickens died in a fire over the weekend at Chatham County farm, according to authorities. 

On Saturday, the Pittsboro Fire Department’s Asbury substation responded to a call at Bright Farms, located at 89 Wade Bright Road.

May. 31, 2015 @ 02:19 PM

Video reportedly shows child abuse, Sanford woman charged

A Sanford woman has been charged with child abuse after a video taken by an observer last week reportedly showed the woman striking an infant multiple times at a Kangaroo gas station on Carthage Street.

May. 31, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Cross-cultural fun promised at Festival Latino

Spanish and English speakers alike are invited to a cultural celebration next weekend where they can learn about Lee County’s people, make new friends and have fun in a festive atmosphere,

May. 30, 2015 @ 07:32 PM

Beautiful day, amazing spirit

Hundreds of people tapped their toes, clapped their hands and swayed to the beat as gospel groups performed

May. 30, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Take 5: Ellmers lays out legislative priorities

This week, we Take 5 with Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who represents the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, about a number of legislative issues.

May. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Former Lee official: County tax hike not needed

Supporters of the county's 2013 sales tax distribution method change say the Lee County Board of Commissioners shouldn't react to a loss in funding in fiscal year 2015-16 with a property tax hike.

May. 29, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

Banishing boredom

Whether local children and teens want to learn archery and go on field trips with the Lee County YMCA or hone their golf swing at the Sanford Municipal Golf Course, opportunities to stay active over the summer abound.

May. 29, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Officials weigh options to aid Brick Capital

The city of Sanford could buy a building valued at $175,000 from Brick Capital Community Development Corp. to help the nonprofit, which has sought financial aid from the city for the last year.