News: Lee County

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Keeping ‘3,000 voices alive’

After surviving the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Joe Dittmar decided to travel across the country to tell his story — and keep the memories of the 3,000 people who perished that day alive.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

BOARD OF EDUCATION: Board hears from CTE program director

Students involved in the Lee County School system’s Career and Technical Education program graduate at a rate of 99.1 percent, according to the program’s director.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Contestants crowned at Lee Regional Fair pageant

Darkness reigned for a time Wednesday night at the Lee Regional Fair, but by the evening’s end, Carlie Cauthen and Khaira Bolden came forward to rule as Miss Lee Regional Fair and Junior Miss Lee Regional Fair, respectively.The winners received their crowns following a roughly two-hour power outage at the pageant venue.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

Scenes from Lee Regional Fair


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A spells new season at Temple

The Temple Theatre in downtown Sanford plans to give audiences a taste of the West with "Oklahoma!," the first show of the theater's 31st season that opens Thursday.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Musicians to raise money, awareness in online contest

Aspiring musicians from Sanford to San Francisco will have the opportunity to both gain recognition and raise money for music education through a North Carolina-based online music competition.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 08:41 PM

Rides, exhibits draw fairgoers to opening night

The Lee Regional Fair's 77th edition is open for business. Local officials stood shoulder to shoulder Tuesday to cut the purple and gold ribbons, signaling the opening of the event at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds.


Sep. 08, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Lee Commissioners vote 4-3 to repeal gun ordinance

Lee County Commissioners voted 4-3 to pass a resolution repealing a gun ordinance banning licensed concealed carry holders from bringing concealed weapons into public buildings.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

In a bun and on the air

Mr. & Mrs. Hot Dog Shack, a Sanford specialty hot dog stand owned by Chris and Jamie Whitt, will be featured on the television show Carnival Eats along with its sausage dog the Big Texas Kick.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Board considering gun ordinance change

Lee County commissioners will resume discussing a resolution to repeal a gun ordinance banning licensed concealed carry holders from bringing concealed weapons into public buildings at the meeting Monday.


Sep. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Assessment serves as guide to improve, promote health of community members

This week, we Take 5 with Ashley Graham, the Health Education Supervisor for the Lee County Health Department, about Lee County’s Community Health Assessment.


Sep. 05, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: From New York to Sanford, Brookshire’s artwork admired

Beverly Brookshire has seen her paintings hang in galleries and restaurants across New York City, but for her, those honors pale in comparison to being named Artist of the Year by the Sanford Brush & Palette Club.


Sep. 05, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Carnival promises new experience at Lee fair

The Sanford Lions Club will be entrusting the operation of the Lee Regional Fair, which opens Tuesday, to a new carnival this year — one that offers big rides and better technology than ever before.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 08:27 PM

Graduation rate goes up

While Lee County schools celebrate the district’s increasing graduation rates, they are also looking at ways to improve students’ scores and participation when it comes to standardized testing.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford delegation bound for China to forge sister city ties

Sanford officials are planning to travel to a conference in China in October to cement relations with Sanford’s potential sister city, Yixing.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Loss of a thoroughbred

After eight years of helping Lee County students and at-risk youth overcome problems, Sienna, a 27-year-old Trakehner thoroughbred therapy horse known as Mr. Cee by those who worked with him, died last week.


Sep. 03, 2014 @ 08:36 PM

Registration for dual-enrollment spikes in Lee County due to CCW

As the Lee County School system wraps up its second week of the fall semester, college and career advisers at Lee County and Southern Lee high schools made clear one thing about the Central Carolina Works program — it’s working.


Sep. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC bond backers step up education, awareness efforts

Supporters say the four Central Carolina Community College bond issues Lee County residents will vote upon in November, which total $23 million, will have little to no effect on taxpayers and are all important to the college’s goals.


Sep. 02, 2014 @ 09:05 PM

The fair's coming to town


Sep. 02, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Local woman hurt in drive-by shooting

A local woman was treated and released from the hospital after being injured in a drive-by shooting Monday night, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.


Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Keeping it in the community

They are the stalwarts of any small town, including Sanford, and they survive and thrive within a field of much larger competitors.


Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Labor Day travel increase expected

More than a million North Carolina residents are estimated to travel more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend, which is the highest number of Labor Day holiday travelers in six years, according to AAA Carolinas.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

LABOR DAY: Locals reflect on satisfying jobs

On the eve of Labor Day, several Sanford residents have found work which makes them happy and will continue it as long as they are able.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Performance Fibers announces accelerated shuttering of plant

The Performance Fibers plant in Moncure will be closing and permanently laying off employees on Oct. 27, according to a notice of mass layoff employees received Wednesday.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: NCPC leader: Fracking is environmentally safe

This week, we Take 5 with David McGowan. He is currently the executive director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council (NCPC).