News: Lee County

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

City could get $13M annually

The City of Sanford could receive up to $13 million per year for the next five to seven years for the treatment of leachate from Duke Energy’s Lee and Chatham county coal ash sites.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

The end of an era

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Amendment could clear way for more local solar farms

More solar farms could crop up in Lee County in the coming years if local boards approve an amendment to zoning rules this summer.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Community college tuition could jump $128 per year

Tuition at North Carolina community colleges has traditionally been among the lowest in the Southeast.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 07:26 PM

Teacher's assistants at risk as legislature tackles budget

Sharon Womble remembers when, as a teacher's assistant at Deep River Elementary School, she spent most of her time grading papers and preparing lesson plans.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'Love is love'

With the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry, same-sex couples across the country rejoiced.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Lee health director: Proposal would benefit people and cats

This week, we Take 5 with Terrell Jones, director of the Lee County Health Department. Jones has been with the department since August of 2011 and has a background in public health, particularly environmental health, at both the county and state level.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

Stepping through time

The musket cartridges that participants at the House in the Horseshoe's first-ever Backcountry Militia Day Camp made Friday were much less lethal, and much more sugary, than those used by the men involved in the skirmish at the residence in 1781.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Lady Jackets play in N.C. State Games

Three Lee County High School softball players, who are all returning Lady Yellow Jackets, helped the Region 4 team to a 3-1 record and a bronze medal at the Powerade State Games of North Carolina Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Woman accused of murder

A Sanford woman is being held under no bond after being arrested on a charge of using herion to murder her boyfriend, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 08:12 PM

Red Cross event promotes volunteerism

The American Red Cross volunteers at the nonprofit’s open house Thursday afternoon asked attendees many questions about how they stayed safe and what they could do to keep their community safe.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

The thrill of the hunt

The thrill of searching for hidden treasures, the exhilaration of finding that diamond in the rough, the satisfaction of paying 50 cents for a painting or pot worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Roundabouts to be released

Drivers should expect further road closures from Friday through July 2 before the Hawkins Avenue roundabouts open just in time for the July 4 holiday weekend.

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee, Chatham react to Duke plans

Reactions to Duke Energy's announcement that it would excavate 12 more coal ash basins across North Carolina Tuesday morning were mixed throughout Lee and Chatham counties — the two areas most affected by Duke's plans.

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Company takes over flea market site

Moving to a new home just got easier for Sanford residents with the opening of U-Haul Moving and Storage of Jonesboro at 2701 S. Horner Blvd. on Monday.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 07:57 PM

HAVEN recounts rebound

Nearly two years ago, the HAVEN of Lee County Board of Directors was forced to shut down the organization’s shelter and lay off its staff due to grant management problems.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Salvation Army kicks off summer fan program

The Salvation Army of Lee County today will start distributing box fans to those in need.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Duke to excavate 12 more coal ash basins

Duke Energy wll excavate 12 more coal ash basins in North Carolina and the majority of the ash could be relocated to the coal ash sites at Colon and Brickhaven roads in Sanford and Moncure respectively.


Jun. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC poker run pays tribute to late trustee

The Central Carolina Community College Foundation used the recent Patrick Barnes Memorial Poker Run not only to pay tribute to a "loyal and faithful member" of the college's board of trustees, but also to raise money for a good cause.

“We are thankful to the foundation for the sponsoring this fundraiser for our program,” said Jonathan Loftis, CCCC animal facilities manager and instructor with the school's veterinary medical technology program, one of the programs the ride benefited. “We intend to use this money to purchase supplies for our animals such as beds, toys, leashes, collars and other such items.”

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Local officials suggest merger for Brick Capital

Members of the Sanford City Council and the Lee County Board of Commissioners expressed interest in merging Brick Capital Community Development Corp., a struggling nonprofit that provides affordable housing for low-income residents of Sanford and Lee County, with the nonprofit arm of the Sanford Housing Authority during a joint meeting Monday.

Jun. 22, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

Demolition imminent for San-Lee Nature Center

Demolition crews have been working for the past week at the San-Lee Park Nature Center to gut the structure, which has been closed since a fire damaged much of the building in November, and the actual demolition of the building should begin by next week, according to the park ranger.

"The demolition crew showed up this past Monday," said Park Ranger Steve Godfrey. "They're taking out the walls, the wiring, everything. All that'll be left is a cement shell when they're finished. They hope to bring in the heavy equipment to start tearing it down on Wednesday, but they'll definitely be knocking it down by Monday."

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

The greatest gift ever

At 7 pounds, 12 ounces, Ian Patrick Brown was born at Central Carolina Hospital on Thursday — 2 days, 18 hours and 13 minutes before Father’s Day — giving his father, Terry, the best Father’s Day gift he could ask for.

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Yellow Jacket track team hosts first 5K Color Run

Clouds of blue, pink, orange, yellow and green dust settled over the grassy lawn at Kiwanis Family Park Saturday as about 180 runners took off from the starting line

Jun. 22, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

Harrises use Father’s Day to reflect on time together

When Buck Harris began working with his father, Fletcher Harris, at the insurance company his grandfather, Dela Harris, founded in 1935, he never dreamed that he one day would be sharing Harris & Co. Insurance with his own son, Will Harris.

Jun. 20, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Activists describe living near coal ash dump

“Fight with your best. Fight like it’s your last.”