News: Sanford

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Board votes to create joint environmental panel

The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 Monday in favor of dissolving the county Environmental Review and Advisory Committee and creating in its place a joint Environmental Affairs Board with the city of Sanford and town of Broadway.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Police officer assaulted at bar

Mar. 01, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Experts talk toxicity, reuses of coal ash

Q&A with Dr. Dennis Lemly and John Daniels


Mar. 01, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

LEE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: Honorees exemplify caring, giving

Neither Dr. Dean Kesler nor Virginia Hester were born in Sanford, but from the moment they both arrived, they dedicated their lives to improving the city in any way they could.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 09:41 PM

Defeating monster mouth

More than 65 children learned how to “defeat monster mouth” Saturday at a dental and health fair in Sanford that educated children about engaging in healthy habits from their head to their toes.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee man charged with dealing cocaine

After more than two years of investigation, the Sanford Police Department has arrested an alleged cocaine trafficker on a litany of charges related to the sale and delivery of the drug.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Brush and Palette Club on display at Temple Theatre

During the run of “Ring Of Fire” at the Temple Theatre, the Sanford Brush and Palette Club will showcase art of another kind at the downtown venue.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

City to complete bond projects for additional $3.12 million

The city of Sanford will have to pay an additional $94,000 per year for 10 years to complete all of the streetscape projects planned for downtown Sanford and Jonesboro — but that amount is still lower than the figure city officials were projecting earlier this month.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Winter weather causes power outages in Lee, Chatham counties

Although the National Weather Service predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow and sleet Wednesday night, Lee and Chatham counties only accumulated power outages, not flurries.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Movie-ing on up

Despite the challenges common to movie theaters — unsupervised teenagers causing trouble, people using cell phones during movies and disgruntled guests angry about the price of concessions — Ben Johnson, longtime general manager of Spring Lane Cinemas, cannot imagine himself working any other job.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Ulterior motive behind grades?

It’s been three weeks since the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released letter grades for public schools across the state, and members of the Lee County Board of Education still are livid with what they call the state legislature’s attempt to smear public schools across the state.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford woman lends expertise to budding business

A fast-growing Garner-based company will be showcased on the ABC television show “Shark Tank” next week after a Sanford resident, who formerly owned a local business, assisted two college sophomores in starting their online company more than two years ago.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Towing troubles

“If you would move over for a blue light or a red light, move over for a yellow light.”

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Snowy surprise

Officials from the city of Sanford, Lee County Government and N.C. Department of Transportation were surprised by, but prepared for, the 1 to 2 inches of snow that fell in the county Tuesday — despite forecasts of less precipitation.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Public hearings set for April

As Duke Energy awaits permit approval from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for its coal ash storage projects in Lee and Chatham counties, local residents are getting another opportunity to voice their concerns about the projects at public hearings in April.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 03:32 PM

Sanford snowboarder slaloms to gold at Special Olympics

After losing funding from Special Olympics Lee County, Spencer Magee was just grateful he managed to raise the $550 necessary to attend the Special Olympics North Carolina 2015 Southeast Winter Games earlier this month.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Dressed in black

“Hurt,” “I Walk the Line,” “I've Been Everywhere,” “Man in Black” and other Johnny Cash standards can be heard in Sanford this week at the Temple Theatre's production of “Ring of Fire,” where the legend of the American music icon will live on through the voices of talented performers.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Help available for families struggling with heating bills

As temperatures drop, heating bills rise and the cost of staying warm can be a huge burden on families already struggling to make ends meet.

"We were in pretty bad shape right before Christmas," said Sanford resident Arsenio, who asked not to be identified by his last name. "I had been laid off from Walmart in August, and my wife got laid off from Coty a month or two later. We were trying to cover the rent, cover the bills, plus we had to pay car insurance. It got a little overwhelming."

Feb. 23, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

'A time to reflect'

The atmosphere in Blandonia Presbyterian Church on Sunday was one of solemn reflection. Signs reading "Whites only," "Negroes served at rear entrance" and "Negro seats in back" adorned the walls as members of the church prepared to re-enact local the Civil Rights protests that happened in 1963.

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Picture perfect

Barring unforeseen complications, work soon will begin on the first of a number of mural projects throughout downtown Sanford.

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Schools have some leeway in making up snow days

Ice and snowfall left Lee County Schools closed from Tuesday through Friday, and now administrators looking into how students will make up the time.

Feb. 21, 2015 @ 04:49 PM

"Making amazing progress"

With the help of a certified prosthetist in Sanford, a 49-year-old Wake Forest man is able to go back to work after an accident that took his left hand.

Feb. 21, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

TAKE 5: Bryan: Student success calls for a 'whole child' approach

This week, we Take 5 with Andy Bryan, the superintendent of Lee County Schools, about recently released performance grades for North Carolina schools and other matters affecting education locally.