News: Sanford

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford natives among those bracing for New England winter storm

New England residents, including some with Sanford ties now living in New York, spent the weekend preparing for a potentially historic storm expected to pummel several states and generate up to 3 feet of snow in many locations between Monday and Wednesday.

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Trooper says timeline clear in fatal weekend car wreck

Authorities have pieced together the seconds leading up to the single-vehicle wreck that resulted in the death of a local man Saturday night.


Jan. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Police report no charges filed in accidental shooting

Police reported Monday that the investigation into a shooting on Seventh Street over the weekend has been closed, and that the victim has declined to press charges.

Jan. 26, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Getting to work

Before the launch of Sanford Job Express late last year, getting to and from her job at the Dollar General on Lee Avenue was a trek for Takina Davis.

"I was walking to work in the mornings," Davis, who lives 5 miles away on Talley Avenue, said. "It would take me 45 to 50 minutes to get there from my house. That's a long walk. Then going to work and standing up all day, I was beat by the time I got back home. Sometimes I had to walk back home, too."

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

Victim of Saturday shooting released from hospital

The Sanford Police Department has confirmed that the local man who was shot Saturday night during an incident on Seventh Street has been released from the hospital.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

Victim of fatal accident identified

The N.C. Highway Patrol has confirmed that a local man was killed in a motor vehicle wreck on Riddle Road Saturday night after his vehicle veered off the road and caught fire.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

SANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT: Officer wounded in 2014 shooting honored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart

When Officer Josh Weldon got out of his patrol car to investigate a party last February, he had no idea the Military Order of the Purple Heart would be honoring him almost a year later for sustaining a gunshot wound to the leg in the line of duty.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee County educators see constant texting as danger to students' behavior, performance

As the use of smart phones, tablets and laptops becomes more commonplace, Lee County educators and administrators are working to strike a balance between maximizing the benefits

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:30 PM

Helping those who help

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:28 PM

Accident on Bragg St.

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Take 5: Program provides tools for caregivers

This week, we Take 5 with Judi Womack, family caregiver specialist for The Enrichment Center, about a new program for caregivers. The program, called Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers, offers classes beginning in February.

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC GED/Adult Education grads celebrate milestone

A graduation ceremony for Central Carolina Community College's Adult High School/General Educational Development (GED) programs honored the achievements of more than 50 students, many of whom cited the importance of hard work and perseverance.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 09:48 PM

'A walking miracle'

Infomercials and Internet ads often claim to know the secrets to living a long, healthy life. But 101-year-old Sanford resident Gil Koehler claims happiness and longevity are attainable without paying shipping and handling.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Ellmers supports abortion bill following GOP backlash

After withdrawing her co-sponsorship from a bill that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, which generated much GOP backlash, 2nd district Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-Harnett, said Thursday she would support the bill.

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

CCCC enhances training with addition of new fire engines

Central Carolina Community College's Emergency Services Training Center has acquired two fire engines — a 2002 Pierce Enforcer Rescue Pumper and a 1998 Pierce Saber Pumper from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Alabama.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

Electrical fire forces closure of Bread Basket

The J. Fletcher Rosser Bread Basket feeds an average of 190-plus people per day, and Thursday was on track to be no different — with a spread of sandwiches, biscuits, vegetables, pudding and more prepared for the lunch crowd, who might otherwise go without.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

CITY OF SANFORD: Funding shortfall may affect bond projects

Local voters approved $8.5 million in bonds for streetscape and sidewalk improvement projects in the downtown Sanford and Jonesboro areas, but during a work session this week

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'Preparedness is key'

Anyone in Lee County on April 16, 2011, would be hard-pressed to forget the devastation caused by the tornado that ripped through the county that day.

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford City Council makes official bid to restore nonpartisan elections

Following a similar move by the Lee County Board of Education, the Sanford City Council unanimously approved a resolution this week asking the N.C. General Assembly to repeal a 2013 law

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Importance of early childhood programs stressed to lawmakers

During a legislative breakfast Wednesday at Cafe 121, representatives of United Way of Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children encouraged state representatives to continue to support quality childcare and early education in this year's legislative session

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

County moves forward after San-Lee fire

Although the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to proceed with removing asbestos from the Nature Center at San-Lee Park — a necessary first step toward restoring the facility following a fire in November — they heard it will be at least a year until a new center could be built.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Duke coal ash coming to Sanford by rail

All coal ash brought to a former clay mine in Sanford would be transported by rail only, Duke Energy and Charah representatives said at a Sanford Environmental Advisory Board meeting Tuesday.

Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chatham commissioners hear from Duke Energy, Charah

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners asked Duke Energy and Charah representatives Tuesday about alternatives to storing millions of tons of coal ash at Chatham and Lee county clay mine sites — learning that other options are being explored as a legislative time crunch looms.

Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:54 PM

Central Carolina Hospital opens wound care center

More than 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic wounds of which healing has been impeded by such diseases and conditions as diabetes, obesity, aging and the late effects of radiation therapy.