News: Lee County

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

Aiken outlines Congressional aspirations

Congressional candidate Clay Aiken stopped by Sanford on Tuesday, meeting with Mayor Chet Mann and Democratic Party volunteers and having lunch at the Fairview Dairy Bar.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Authorities: As temperatures rise, so does crime

When June rolls around, according to local authorities, crime tends to increase.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Two wanted in convenience store robbery

The doors leading into the Short Stop Food Mart in Jonesboro are covered in stickers saying most of the cash on site is locked in a safe that employees can’t access.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:58 AM


Marshall Downey has been appointed as the Sanford-Lee County Planning Department's planning director after serving as the interim director since April, when Bob Bridwell retired from the position.

Downey, who spent 10 years as Bridwell's assistant director, said he plans to focus on making Sanford an attractive place for people to live and do business, as well as on streamlining the planning department to make it more efficient.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Duke Energy provides grants to help students

Duke Energy has announced grants of $75,000 for two Lee County programs.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Partnership names CEO

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity has named Rodger Sauls as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. After being in transition for more than 18 months, Lee County’s economic development program now has a new leader.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

TAKE 5: Partnership for Prosperity is moving forward

This week, we Take 5 with Donnie Oldham, the president of Sanford Contractors, about the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity. Oldham is the chairman of the steering committee for SLCPP, the organization created in part by the planned merger of the Lee County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Feedback mixed on U.S. Open's economic impact for Lee County

The men's U.S. Open last week was good to hotels in Sanford, but not much else, according to multiple people in the local business community. And the women's tournament this week might not even be good for hotels.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Fishin' for a good time

North Carolinians are often drawn to the water during the summer, whether that's a pool, the ocean or the state's many lakes and rivers.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

New system making WIC more efficient for Lee County

Lee County's Women, Infants and Children program is using a new filing system that should result in shorter wait times for recipients, officials say.

Lee County WIC Director Donna Clark said the system also will result in less paperwork for staff and more time spent on nutrition education with clients.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Fight for increased education funding comes to Lee County

Lee County teachers were notably absent from a rally in Sanford on Wednesday to demand better pay for teachers.

It wasn't because they were all on vacation. The reason, according to the only teacher who did attend, was actually quite full of irony: Many local teachers were at a mandatory, yet unpaid, training session.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 12:22 PM

One injured in moped, van collision

A collision this morning between a moped and a van injured one person, who was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, according to Sanford police.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Commissioners spar over tax rate before approving budget

Lee County's operating budget of $65.13 million for the fiscal year 2014-2015 leaves the county's property tax at its current rate of 72 cents per $100 of valuation and contains no fee increases.

The Lee County Board of Commissioners approved the budget with a vote of 4-3 at its meeting Monday, with commissioners Robert Reives, Amy Dalrymple and Ricky Frazier voting against it.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Workplace safety stars held as examples at awards banquet

The injury rate for North Carolina workers was the lowest it has ever been last year. But it's still not low enough, said N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry.

Berry stopped by Sanford on Tuesday, for a lunchtime awards ceremony to honor companies and government agencies from Lee and Moore counties who had gone at least a year — or, in the case of the Lee County Library, 21 years — without an employee being injured or killed on the job.

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

Lee Commissioners approve budget

The Lee County Board of Commissioners approved the county budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015 at its meeting Monday night.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Sanford man charged in Broadway shooting

A Sanford man is in custody, charged with attempted murder, and a Lillington man is hospitalized following a shooting incident early Friday, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Lee no longer included in proposed N.C. law

Lee County has been scrubbed from a bill that would have prevented the school board from suing the county over improper funding after local school leaders questioned both its motives and constitutionality.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Leaving on a high note

After 31 years teaching in Lee County, including working at J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School every year it has existed, Danny Hester is retiring.

Hester will continue working at Campbell University and is thinking of starting a community choir in Jonesboro.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

DESTINATION SANFORD: Schools, small-town charm rank among city's selling points

Editor's note: This is the first in a four-part series examining why people move to Sanford — and why others never moved away in the first place.

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 08:40 PM

Lee Christian graduates told to live a spiritual life

The 17 students in Lee Christian School's Graduating class were told Tuesday night by classmates, teachers and guest speakers to do one thing as they go on with their lives.

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City, county cooperate on O.T. Sloan, economic development projects

A group of city and county leaders met Monday and came closer to finalizing plans on both a massive sports complex at O.T. Sloan Park and a new building to house various planning and economic development agencies.

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Courts now accepting credit, debit payments

Citizens in Lee County can now pay some court costs and fines using American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.