News: Lee County

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Tata talks 'vision' for transportation

This week, we Take 5 with Anthony J. Tata, the secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, about Gov. Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for N.C. and other highway issues.


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Broadway commissioners support CCCC bonds

The town of Broadway Board of Commissioners this week unanimously voted to adopt a resolution supporting the 2014 Central Carolina Community College Bond Referendum.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 08:07 PM

Digging deeper into House in the Horseshoe’s past

Above ground at House in the Horseshoe historic site, remnants of a violent Revolutionary War skirmish are embedded in the very walls — allowing visitors to see and touch history.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Williams’ eye for animals

A Sanford veterinarian took home the top prize in photography at the Lee Regional Fair for his photo of a Masked Lapwing, a large bird native to Australia, taken at the North Carolina Zoo.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Sheriff warns against phone scams

Evolving technology makes it easier to pay bills, with many companies now allowing customers to pay online or over the phone.


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 08:42 PM

Vendors help clients save at annual expo

Hundreds mingled, made connections and took advantage of exclusive deals during Wednesday's 26th annual Small Business Expo, where more than 60 vendors were on hand to show and tell about their goods and services.


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Breadbasket barbecue raises money for nonprofit

Barbecue lovers and anyone looking to socialize or donate to a worthy cause can sate their appetites Friday at Saint Luke United Methodist Church in Sanford during the 10th annual J. Fletcher Rosser Memorial Barbecue to support The Breadbasket.


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Operation Christmas Child

As temperatures begin to drop and the holiday season looms on the horizon, the congregation of Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church in Sanford is preparing for another year of Operation: Christmas Child — a project that provides gift-filled shoeboxes to underprivileged children in more than 100 countries worldwide.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

Citizens’ Academy giving nine education in city government

Despite cold weather, cloudy skies and a sprinkling of rain, members of the inaugural class of the city of Sanford Citizens’ Academy toured the city’s municipal golf course and several parks Tuesday — expressing their enthusiasm for the new program.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

More funds needed for sports complex study

Members of the Lee County Commissioners and the Sanford City Council will return to their respective boards to recommend increasing funds for a feasibility study for a multi-sport complex project, potentially at the O.T. Sloan Park, after a joint session Monday. 


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Lee business leaders give schools feedback through advisory council

When Lee County business leaders collaborate with school officials, students will be better prepared to enter the business world upon graduation. That is the logic behind the Superintendent's Advisory Council on Economic Competitiveness, which held its first meeting of the 2014-2015 school year Monday afternoon.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Local voters urged to be mindful of dates, new laws

While more than 50 Lee County residents already have requested an absentee ballot from the state since they became available Sept. 5, more important dates and new policies are coming up that residents need to be aware of for this election cycle.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Library invites local authors in as part of new changes

Coinciding with the retirement of library director Michael Matochik, the Lee County Library is undergoing other changes to get the community more involved at the library, including the incorporation of book signings into the annual book sale and a Living Library Fund.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City, county reps to meet on ecomonic issues

Representatives from Sanford City Council and Lee County Commissioners will meet Monday to discuss continuing economic development through the O.T. Sloan Park, the Colon Road lift station and broadband Internet for the Lee County Industrial Park.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

CCCC history students learn about tobacco farming

For decades, tobacco flourished as the South’s No. 1 cash crop. Even though the popularity of cigarettes began to dwindle in the 1960s, demand for domestically grown tobacco is still great enough to support a number of large farmers throughout the South.


Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

BWAP looks to make learning fun

Parents of Lee County children grades three through eight will have a new option for no-cost after-school care starting Monday with the opening of Born with a Purpose at God’s Promise Church on Main Street in Sanford.


Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Lee Wildlife Club to host open house

This week, we Take 5 with Bob McCorkle, the president of the Lee County Wildlife Club, which is hosting an open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

Not just a job — ‘a vocation’

The director of the Lee County Library will be retiring in December, after more than 30 years spent tending to the knowledge stored in the library’s voluminous 130,000-plus book collection.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Bonds receive wide range of support

Central Carolina Community College’s bond issues, on the November ballot, have garnered bipartisan support and two new endorsements.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Progress ongoing at Endor Iron Furnace

Dismantling continues at The Endor Iron Furnace — a 150-plus-year-old, Civil War-era structure where pig iron was produced for the Confederacy.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

Library book sale


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Heart transplant recipient focuses on gift of life

For the two years prior to his heart transplant in 1996, Sanford resident Allen Chilton's diet consisted mainly of grapefruit slices. After a bypass operation in 1983 and another one in 1994, which did not work, a new heart was his only hope.


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

New project will focus on impropriety of bullying

The City of Sanford and Lee County Schools have partnered on a project to educate children about the impropriety of bullying to create a better quality of life for Sanford children and residents.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

LEE REGIONAL FAIR: Parker wins Diaper Derby

Spectators' clothes were damp from the rain, but spirits were bright Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Diaper Derby at the amphitheater stage of the Lee Regional Fair.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Chili champs bring the heat at the Lee Regional Fair Chili Cook-Off

The audience inside the exhibit hall of the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds was sweating Thursday evening — but the sun was only partially to blame. The real heat came from the pots of chili on the judges' table for the Lee Regional Fair Chili Cook-Off.