News: Lee County

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

Feeding frenzy

As upbeat music blared from nearby speakers, the sound of a gong rang out through the exhibition hall at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds Saturday morning — prompting the people inside to let out a raucous round of applause.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rate rises as seasonal work ends

Lee County's unemployment rate rose from 6.7 percent in December to 8 percent in January, a common occurrence after the holiday rush, but local officials said Friday that the jump underscores the need to close the “lingering skills gap.”

The N.C. Department of Commerce announced Friday that unemployment rates increased in 98 of North Carolina's counties in January and decreased in two. When compared to the same month last year, where Lee County saw an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, unemployment rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in seven and remained unchanged in three.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 04:49 AM

Cameron man jailed on child pornography charges

A yearlong investigation culminated in the arrest of a Cameron man Friday on charges related to child pornography, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office

Mar. 20, 2015 @ 05:46 PM

TAKE 5: Sanford Arts and Vine to have new look, feel

This week, we Take 5 with Tom Snell of Digital Benefit Advisors of Sanford, who helped create the Sanford Arts and Vine Festival and serves as its chairman. Snell and his wife, Renee, own Snell Design, which will be showing glass jewelry and etched glass at the Arts and Vine Festival. This year's event will be held May 2-3 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Admission is free.

Mar. 20, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Road closure could delay emergency response times

As the construction start date nears for two roundabouts on Hawkins Avenue, local first responders have learned that on some days over the next few months, construction could prevent them from using parts of the road.

Mar. 20, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Motorcyclist stable after N.C. 87 wreck

A Pinehurst motorcyclist is in stable condition after being ejected from his motorcycle in a wreck near the junction of N.C. 87 South and the U.S. 421 Bypass Wednesday afternoon.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford man hospitalized after Wednesday stabbing

The Sanford Police Department is looking for a suspect who allegedly stabbed a Sanford man during an altercation Wednesday night.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Business is blooming

When Dale's Greenhouse and Garden Center closed its doors in April 2013, many of Dale McKinney's long-time customers were at a loss.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

COAL ASH: Controversy ensues over possible Duke Energy deal

Since Duke Energy's offer of up to $12 million for coal ash storage in Lee County was revealed this week, some residents and officials have called into question how the potential deal was formed.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS: Vidyo lets students connect without leaving classrooms

Broadway and Tramway elementary schools might be 11 miles apart, but thanks to Lee County Schools' purchase of a new video conferencing program, students and teachers at both were able to share their work with one another on Wednesday without leaving their classrooms.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

Former local resident pleads guilty on cocaine charge

A former Sanford resident pleaded guilty in federal court in Greensboro this week to distribution of cocaine.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 06:05 PM

Actively caring for people

More than 200 people gathered at the Sanford Pfizer plant Wednesday to learn how changing their behavior and “actively caring” for others can improve workplace safety at any company, including those in the manufacturing industry.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Board considers $12M coal ash offer

After the Lee County Board of Commissioners revealed Duke Energy’s offer of up to $12 million in exchange for storing coal ash in Sanford’s Colon Mine site, county officials and residents disagreed whether the board should accept the deal.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

With delay over, Lee could see drilling by fall

With hydraulic fracturing officially legal in North Carolina, state and local officials differ on whether Lee County will see natural gas exploration in the near future — given drops in gas and oil prices.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

The Pantry to lay off 250 over next 18 months

The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that The Pantry, a Cary-based convenience store chain originally founded in Sanford, will lay off 250 employees at the Sanford and Cary offices during the next 18 months.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM


Local officials examined the intricate architecture of Sanford’s former Buggy Factory and Lee Furniture Building as they toured the two downtown buildings Tuesday, showing the secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources what historic tax credits could and would continue to do for the city.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 10:51 PM

Donating for man's best friend

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

The Pantry announces 250 layoffs in Sanford, Cary

The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced today that The Pantry, a Cary-based convenience store chain originally founded in Sanford, will be laying off 250 employees at the Sanford and Cary offices over the next 18 months.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County Schools reports significant decrease in dropout rate

Lee County Schools' dropout rate, which was 2.94 percent for the 2013-2014 school year according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, has come a long way since 2006, when it was 7.8 percent.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Like family members

With a donation from a local radio station and a pet daycare, the Sanford Fire Department can now not only save people from a blaze — but their four-legged, furry friends, too.

Richard Feindel, president and general manager of WWGP/WFJA, Sanford, will present the fire department with five resuscitation packs for animals at 11 a.m. today at the Central Fire Station at the corner of Hawkins Avenue and Weatherspoon Street.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

Commissioners eye coal ash deal with Duke

The Lee County Board of Commissioners revealed at their regular meeting Monday that Duke Energy had made an offer of up to $12 million in exchange for storing coal ash at Sanford's Colon Mine site.

Mar. 16, 2015 @ 07:07 PM

Business owners see pros, cons to U.S. 421 Bypass

With the U.S. 421 Bypass now open for traffic, businesses along South Horner Boulevard have mixed opinions of the decreased truck and out-of-town traffic traversing Sanford's main roads.

Mar. 15, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: Student puts service at forefront of education

High school students have plenty to worry about with going to class, taking notes, doing homework, keeping up with reading and studying for tests.

Mar. 15, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

A spirit of love

Fame and fortune are all well and good, but for former NFL offensive lineman Jason Brown and the Christian United Outreach Center volunteers gathered at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Wicker Street Friday night, money paled in comparison to the spiritual wealth gained by giving time and effort to help others.

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 06:15 PM

Foul weather fails to dampen motorcycle club's fundraiser

Despite gray skies and plenty of rain, the revving of motorcycles echoed throughout downtown Sanford Saturday afternoon as nearly 50 members of America's Guardians Motorcycle Club rode in to attend the club's fundraiser for the N.C. K9 Emergency Response Team at Depot Park.