News: Sanford

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

More funds needed for sports complex study

Members of the Lee County Commissioners and the Sanford City Council will return to their respective boards to recommend increasing funds for a feasibility study for a multi-sport complex project, potentially at the O.T. Sloan Park, after a joint session Monday. 


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Library invites local authors in as part of new changes

Coinciding with the retirement of library director Michael Matochik, the Lee County Library is undergoing other changes to get the community more involved at the library, including the incorporation of book signings into the annual book sale and a Living Library Fund.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City, county reps to meet on ecomonic issues

Representatives from Sanford City Council and Lee County Commissioners will meet Monday to discuss continuing economic development through the O.T. Sloan Park, the Colon Road lift station and broadband Internet for the Lee County Industrial Park.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

CCCC history students learn about tobacco farming

For decades, tobacco flourished as the South’s No. 1 cash crop. Even though the popularity of cigarettes began to dwindle in the 1960s, demand for domestically grown tobacco is still great enough to support a number of large farmers throughout the South.


Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

BWAP looks to make learning fun

Parents of Lee County children grades three through eight will have a new option for no-cost after-school care starting Monday with the opening of Born with a Purpose at God’s Promise Church on Main Street in Sanford.


Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Lee Wildlife Club to host open house

This week, we Take 5 with Bob McCorkle, the president of the Lee County Wildlife Club, which is hosting an open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

Not just a job — ‘a vocation’

The director of the Lee County Library will be retiring in December, after more than 30 years spent tending to the knowledge stored in the library’s voluminous 130,000-plus book collection.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Bonds receive wide range of support

Central Carolina Community College’s bond issues, on the November ballot, have garnered bipartisan support and two new endorsements.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Progress ongoing at Endor Iron Furnace

Dismantling continues at The Endor Iron Furnace — a 150-plus-year-old, Civil War-era structure where pig iron was produced for the Confederacy.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

Library book sale


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

Sanford woman shot, suspect arrested Wednesday night

A local woman was hospitalized after being shot Wednesday night during an altercation with an aquaintance, according to authorities. 


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Mann: 'Sky's the limit' during sister city visit

Officials from the City of Sanford will visit a potential Chinese sister city, Yixing, in October to not only solidify relations as sister cities, but also to discuss partnering their respective community colleges.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Kelly's Clean Cars, razed by fire, finds new home

After their car-detailing business burned down in July, Kelly and Terrie Gibson worked out of their truck with limited supplies and equipment for almost a month. Needing a more permanent solution, the Gibsons were ecstatic Wednesday when they reopened Kelly's Clean Cars at a new and improved location.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Gross Farms corn maze, pumpkin patch opening signal fall season

Pumpkin spice lattes are good, and it's always fun to watch the leaves change. But nothing heralds fall like the sight of thousands of stalks stretched out across 13 acres that signal the return of the Gross Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, opening Saturday.


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

One dead, one injured in Sanford house fire

The Sanford man killed in a house fire at 1612 Prosperity Drive at 2:30 a.m. Sunday has been identified as James Rollins, 59, by Sanford Fire Chief Wayne Barber.


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Heart transplant recipient focuses on gift of life

For the two years prior to his heart transplant in 1996, Sanford resident Allen Chilton's diet consisted mainly of grapefruit slices. After a bypass operation in 1983 and another one in 1994, which did not work, a new heart was his only hope.


Sep. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

New project will focus on impropriety of bullying

The City of Sanford and Lee County Schools have partnered on a project to educate children about the impropriety of bullying to create a better quality of life for Sanford children and residents.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

LEE REGIONAL FAIR: Parker wins Diaper Derby

Spectators' clothes were damp from the rain, but spirits were bright Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Diaper Derby at the amphitheater stage of the Lee Regional Fair.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

17-year-old charged in Sanford armed robbery

A local teenager allegedly led police on a brief foot chase Wednesday night following an armed robbery of a business.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Council hears presentation on Brick Capital

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government's Development Finance Initiative presented ways the Brick Capital Community Development Corporation can improve its financial situation at the Sanford City Council's Law and Finance Meeting Wednesday.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Keeping ‘3,000 voices alive’

After surviving the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Joe Dittmar decided to travel across the country to tell his story — and keep the memories of the 3,000 people who perished that day alive.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

BOARD OF EDUCATION: Board hears from CTE program director

Students involved in the Lee County School system’s Career and Technical Education program graduate at a rate of 99.1 percent, according to the program’s director.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

Scenes from Lee Regional Fair


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A spells new season at Temple

The Temple Theatre in downtown Sanford plans to give audiences a taste of the West with "Oklahoma!," the first show of the theater's 31st season that opens Thursday.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Musicians to raise money, awareness in online contest

Aspiring musicians from Sanford to San Francisco will have the opportunity to both gain recognition and raise money for music education through a North Carolina-based online music competition.