News: Sanford

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Unemployment rate drops in Central Carolina counties

Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties were among the 81 in North Carolina which experienced a drop in unemployment rate since May, according to data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

House built by Lee students goes up for auction today

Not many high school students can say they have helped build a house from the ground up. But that is just what a number of students from Lee County and Southern Lee high schools did from November to June.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Woman injured in local wreck

A Lee County mother was airlifted to UNC Hospitals after crashing her car Wednesday morning, although her 10-year-old son walked away with no major injuries.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 08:56 PM

Fate of Brick Capital still uncertain

Limited funding played a major factor in the Sanford City Council's discussion on the possibility of providing financial aid to Brick Capital, a local nonprofit focused on providing affordable housing to low income families.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

LEE ARTS & COMMUNITY CENTER: $5 million renovation being considered for facility

The Lee County Arts and Community Center could soon undergo up to $5 million in renovations and additions, with a goal of turning it from an underutilized asset into a go-to space for concerts, plays, weddings, family reunions and more.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

CUOC launches program to keep kids fed over summer

Beginning next Monday, the Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County will provide free meals to children in need throughout August.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

PROJECT LAZARUS: Community unites to address prescription drug problems

The annual death rate from opioid overdose in Lee County rose from three in 2009 to seven in 2012.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Law enforcement program aims to keep teens on the right track

A group of local high school students touring the Lee County Sheriff's Office on Monday have dreams like going to college to study fashion or medicine, becoming sports stars and opening up businesses.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Summer reading, summer fun

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

New owner details plans for Trace Country Club

Carolina Trace Country Club is under new ownership.

Fort Worth-based Escalante Golf, which finalized the acquisition of the Sanford country club last Friday, has a number of changes planned for the clubhouse and the Lake Course, one of the club's two golf courses.

Jul. 28, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

In recent fires, some lost all

After recent fires destroyed five businesses, leaving dozens of people without their livelihoods, at least two fundraisers have been set up for locals to come to the aid of those who are struggling.

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 07:29 PM

HOUSE IN THE HORSESHOE: Historic site's signature event goes forward as closure threat remains

Featuring yet another element honoring the former plantation's past, the annual reenactment at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site is set for this coming weekend. Some fear it might be the last.

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 07:27 PM

City looks to urbanize codes

Appearances may not be everything, but they play a big role in the first impression people have of a city.

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Locals still learning from beloved centenarian

In recognition of longtime Lee County teacher Meta Goldston Thompson's century on this earth, one local church has invited the whole community to her 100th birthday party.

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 03:43 PM

Leaping into football season

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

TAKE 5: Protecting newborns is purpose of Safe Surrender

This week, we Take 5 with Lisa Shearer, the Child Protective Services supervisor at Lee County Department of Social Services, about N.C.’s Safe Surrender Law.

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

'We need to be the change'

Identifying issues like money, education and good parents — and more specifically, a lack of those things — concerned women came together Thursday night to discuss what's driving the escalating youth violence in Sanford.

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Mother's melody plays on

In the summer of 1991, Tori Knight Ferguson was told she had only six more months to spend with her mother, Janet McCormick Harrington, a lifelong Harnett County resident who was growing sicker by the day after being diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver.

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Have a blast

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Blood donors roll up sleeves

Sanford citizens gathered at the Central Carolina Community College gymnasium Thursday morning to help alleviate shortfalls of blood donations facing the American Red Cross.

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Catching up on reading

Educators have known for years that students who don’t read at grade level by third grade are significantly more likely to drop out of school and experience other academic and social problems.

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Public's feedback sought as fracking rules are finalized

The democratic process has gone into effect on fracking in North Carolina, with everyone now invited to submit comments, questions and suggestions about proposed rules and regulations for the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing.

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Jackpot Mini Mart shooter sentenced to life in prison

Brian McQueen avoided the death penalty Wednesday, instead receiving a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for the shooting death of Imad "Eddie" Asmar in a 2009 robbery at the Jackpot Mini Mart.

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Gov. taps Philpott for CCCC board

As Central Carolina Community College begins looking at the next five years, members of the school's Board of Trustees expressed confidence that the Julian Philpott was the man to help guide the college in the right direction.