News: Lee County

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.

May. 28, 2015 @ 09:31 PM

Lee County trails behind in life expectancy

On average, a baby born in Lee County will live to about 77 years old, which is 4.6 fewer years than a baby born in Orange County about 45 miles away, according to recently released data gathered by NC Child.

May. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

BOE asks county for more personnel

The Lee County Board of Education asked the Lee County Board of Commissioners to fund an increase in teacher pay and additional personnel

May. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

County won’t tolerate bad behavior at pool

County officials are planning to beef up security at O.T. Sloan swimming pool after a visitor complained of gang-like activity last weekend when the pool opened for the season.

May. 28, 2015 @ 12:56 AM

Leaving their mark: Change, risk highlighted at LEC graduation

Graduating from high school is a time of change, and with that comes making decisions and sometimes taking risks. Speakers at Lee Early College’s graduation ceremony Tuesday night encouraged the 62 graduates to be forward thinking and take those risks.

May. 28, 2015 @ 12:44 AM

A walking miracle

In January 1982, Linda Sherron was told she had 10 years to live.

May. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

SANFORD: Police, witness accounts differ of rooftop wrangle

Witnesses and police are exchanging accusations about an incident Monday on a Sanford rooftop — with an officer allegedly being thrown to the ground, and observers claiming the officer drew his weapon after making threats.

May. 27, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Lee sheriff looks to buy body cams

As the actions of law enforcement officers across the country fall under more scrutiny, Lee County residents could see body cameras on deputies of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as early as this fall.

May. 26, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Boys and Girls Club looking for mentors

The Boys & Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County is nearly ready to start its new mentoring program thanks to a $30,000 grant from Boys & Girls Club of America. All it needs now are dedicated mentors.

"We're trying to target the at-risk youth," said BGC Mentoring Coordinator Crystal Benson. "We're willing to help all children, but we really want to help the ones [who] need us the most. Due to a variety of circumstances, a lot of kids get pushed to the side. We're here to let them know that somebody still cares."

May. 26, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

All in the family

In the fall of 1935, Dela Harris, also known as “Big Dee,” opened the doors of the Mutual Insurance Agency, later known as Harris & Company, in Sanford for the first time.

On the back of the automotive industry boom, he focused mostly on car insurance.

May. 25, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Continuing the fight

Nearly 150 years after the first gathering honoring fallen U.S. military members, Lee County veterans and their loved ones heard that the struggle in defense of freedom is eternal.

May. 24, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

'There's still love alive'

This week family and friends of Floyd Douglas remembered his kindness to those in need, his friendship to all, as well as his love of God.

May. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Lee County manager: 'Tax rate had to go up'

This week, we Take 5 with Lee County Manager John Crumpton about the budget he’s presented to county commissioners for fiscal 2015-16.

May. 23, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Freedom isn't free

“I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

May. 23, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Judge grants order against sheriff

A federal court judge approved a temporary restraining order this week against members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a 2009 lawsuit, which alleges excessive force by multiple deputies.

May. 23, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC spring graduates shine on

In a sendoff Friday filled with pomp and circumstance, the Central Carolina Community College Class of 2015 celebrated its achievements and looked ahead with confidence.

May. 22, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Shop services, extricates on tight timeline

It’s early Thursday morning, and after an employee left on a tow truck call, T.J. Kellam began work on a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado.

May. 22, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Brick Capital CDC asks city for fiscal help

A local nonprofit that assists low-income residents with housing now finds itself in need of financial help.

May. 21, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Driving the future

Sanford is officially a "dot on the map" for heavy-duty trucking fleets equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) engines now that GAIN Clean Fuel's natural gas station is in operation.