Within the first week of opening a gym for children with special needs, owner Jeanine Morton witnessed firsthand the positive influence they were having on one other.
Morton, a speech-language pathologist at Theraplay, her private practice in Sanford, said We Rock the Spectrum is an inclusive sensory gym where children with special needs can interact with other children. The facility, at 139 Chatham St., specializes in occupational therapy — which is used to improve the fine motor skills and sensory processing skills of children diagnosed with disorders like autism. The gym is open to all ages and includes crash mats, tunnels, a zip line, a trampoline and more.
“Yes we can.”
This phrase was shouted by several enthusiastic runners and a local celebrity at a 5K race Saturday
To those who listen to his Sunday night radio show, Sanford native Johnny Miller is synonymous with beach and oldies music across North Carolina and beyond.
When owners Steve and Kathy Brewer stood among the wreckage of the Fairview Dairy Bar and The Flame Steakhouse in July, they were told after a fire of that magnitude it would take a year to reopen.
Earlier this week, six area nonprofits were told they would receive a combined $45,000 but didn’t know the exact amount. During a Thanksgiving dinner at Golden Corral Thursday, the organization behind the donations sliced its philanthropic pie.
Local job seekers have a new tool to aid them in finding employment with the grand opening of the NCWorks Career Center Friday morning.
With Duke Energy planning to transfer up to 8 million tons of coal ash to Sanford, many Lee County residents wondered aloud at a recent board of commissioners meeting about the ways the material could be reused.
This week, we Take 5 with Lee County Manager John Crumpton about the county’s response to Duke Energy’s coal ash announcement and other topics.
The Sanford Police Department has made an arrest in connection with 15 vehicle break-ins throughout the city.
When The Saucer opened its doors last week, offering 50,000 square feet of retail space, it claimed the title of Sanford’s largest thrift store — besides being the only one locally helping orphans around the world with its proceeds.
Amidst talk of Duke Energy relocating coal ash to Sanford, causing significant environmental concern among residents, two development companies have announced plans to build four solar farms in Sanford by the end of 2015 — projects that are expected to produce power, broaden the county’s tax base and provide other benefits to Lee County.
While many Lee County residents have raised environmental and health concerns regarding Duke Energy's proposed coal ash storage site off Post Office Road, local and state officials expect that there will be financial costs associated with the project as well.
"Fight like Payton."
While Duke Energy’s announcement last week that Lee County could house up to 8 million tons of coal ash over the next five years came as a surprise to citizens and government officials, it is far from the first time Sanford and the surrounding areas have been targeted for waste storage.
Although no dates are set, Duke Energy plans to hold two public meetings by year’s end to try to make residents more comfortable with the utility company’s plan to store up to a combined 20 million tons of coal ash in Lee and Chatham counties.
The Lee County Board of Commissioners, in the group’s last meeting before Democrats have a majority in December, voted to fill vacancies on various local boards — which included appointing an outgoing commissioner to the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity board.
Participants in the first City of Sanford Citizens Academy met with city officials and staff for their last meeting Tuesday to discuss what they learned from the program and improvements that could be made for later groups.
The Lee County Board of Elections will recount the 15,871 ballots from the Lee County Board of Education election tonight to meet a request from the fourth-place candidate, who missed a spot on the school board by just 18 votes.
Editors note: This is the first article in a four-part series on Duke Energy's intent to store coal ash in Lee and Chatham counties. Tomorrow's installment looks back on how leaders blocked prior attempts to bring unwanted materials into Lee County.
PITTSBORO — Lee County was not the only place shocked by Duke Energy's announcement last week that the company would be storing millions of tons of coal ash from across North Carolina in the area.
When the North Carolina General Assembly convenes in January for 2015’s long session, Lee County's representation in the state's House chamber will look a lot different than it did for the body's last long session.
The N.C. House District 51 seat, held for the past four years by Republican Mike Stone, was taken by Democratic challenger Brad Salmon in November's election. Salmon will be joined in the House by Robert Reives II, who won election to the District 54 seat after having been appointed to it this past January, following 2012 winner Deb McManus’ resignation.
In the coming weeks, Duke Energy will hold two public information meetings -- one each in Lee and Chatham counties -- in an attempt to make residents more comfortable with their plan to store up to 3 million tons of coal ash in Sanford.
A handful of protesters stood outside the Lee County Government Center protesting while citizens packed the board room in anticipation of Duke Energy's presentation on its plans to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Lee County over the next five years at Monday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.
"It's a source of pollution we do not need in Lee County," said Ed Harris as he held a banner reading "Don't dump coal ash on our communities." "This is a convoluted, multi-layered policy they're trying to sneak in on us."
As the owner of Eleven Bar East Ranch, Robert Helms holds events at his ranch which attract visitors from across the country to Lee County.