News: Sanford

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

'If there's a silver lining'

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.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Slicing the pie

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.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Career Center aims to streamline search for job seekers, employers

Local job seekers have a new tool to aid them in finding employment with the grand opening of the NCWorks Career Center Friday morning.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Coal ash commonly used in engineering projects

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.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Crumpton gauges Duke Energy’s move

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.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Car care for the cold

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Sanford man faces charges in connection with 15 break-ins

The Sanford Police Department has made an arrest in connection with 15 vehicle break-ins throughout the city.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 01:13 AM

New thrift store’s ‘cup runneth over’

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.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Here comes the sun

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.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Officials: Coal ash costs will be borne by Duke Energy customers

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.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

'She lives through us'

"Fight like Payton."

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:05 AM

Sanford has successfully fought waste relocation in the past

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.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Duke sets educational meetings on coal ash

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.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Womack one of two tapped for Prosperity board

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.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

‘The most fun I ever had’

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.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Recount planned for Lee BOE race

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.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 10:51 PM

Cotton season

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Chatham to see 12 million tons of coal ash over next five years

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.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Freshmen Democrats face uphill battle in House

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.

Nov. 17, 2014 @ 10:29 PM

Duke Energy plans public hearings on coal ash

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.

Nov. 17, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Citizens protest Duke Energy, voice coal ash concerns at Board of Commissioners meeting

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."

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:04 AM


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.

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

LEE COUNTY: Solar farms and coal ash are on county board agenda

Lee County staff will give a presentation Monday about feedback from nearby counties on their experiences with solar farms at Monday's board of commissioners meeting.

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

SANFORD-LEE COUNTY PARTNERSHIP FOR PROSPERITY: Board to get new appointments in commissioner meeting

Three members will be appointed to the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity board at Monday's Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting with outgoing Commissioner Jim Womack as one of the names in the hat.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:10 PM

Fall into winter