News: Sanford

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Fiscal year kicks off with no city tax increase

With a new fiscal year beginning on Wednesday, city officials reflected on the positive changes made in the 2015-16 budget

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Social media offer risks, rewards to local businesses

While Facebook and Twitter can fuel controversies such those brewing over the Confederate Flag and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, social media also can provide opportunities to businesses not available through more traditional methods.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 06:59 PM

Lights, camera, and ‘Action’

Action, a 7-year-old Border Collie owned by Sanford resident Bonnie Buchanan, was one of many local dogs to put their best paw forward in the recently released movie “Max.”

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

O.T. Sloan Park not likely site for sport complex

After hopes that a multi-sport complex could be built at Sanford's O.T. Sloan Park, as of Tuesday that dream will most likely not be feasible at that site.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Policing unit provides safety for online sales

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will provide residents selling or buying items through online sites, such as Craigslist or OfferUp, with a safe place to do business starting today thanks to the Community Policing Unit.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 06:51 PM

Doing more for Lee County

On Tuesday, Susan King left HAVEN in Lee County for the final time as its executive director, and today Sherry Overton Shudra takes her place.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:43 AM

Stunning car tells stories of veterans

From the front to the back of a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, red and white flames frame several images commemorating American soldiers who served from World War II to today.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

City could get $13M annually

The City of Sanford could receive up to $13 million per year for the next five to seven years for the treatment of leachate from Duke Energy’s Lee and Chatham county coal ash sites.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

The end of an era

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Amendment could clear way for more local solar farms

More solar farms could crop up in Lee County in the coming years if local boards approve an amendment to zoning rules this summer.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Community college tuition could jump $128 per year

Tuition at North Carolina community colleges has traditionally been among the lowest in the Southeast.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 07:26 PM

Teacher's assistants at risk as legislature tackles budget

Sharon Womble remembers when, as a teacher's assistant at Deep River Elementary School, she spent most of her time grading papers and preparing lesson plans.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'Love is love'

With the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry, same-sex couples across the country rejoiced.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Lee health director: Proposal would benefit people and cats

This week, we Take 5 with Terrell Jones, director of the Lee County Health Department. Jones has been with the department since August of 2011 and has a background in public health, particularly environmental health, at both the county and state level.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

Stepping through time

The musket cartridges that participants at the House in the Horseshoe's first-ever Backcountry Militia Day Camp made Friday were much less lethal, and much more sugary, than those used by the men involved in the skirmish at the residence in 1781.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Woman accused of murder

A Sanford woman is being held under no bond after being arrested on a charge of using herion to murder her boyfriend, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 08:12 PM

Red Cross event promotes volunteerism

The American Red Cross volunteers at the nonprofit’s open house Thursday afternoon asked attendees many questions about how they stayed safe and what they could do to keep their community safe.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

The thrill of the hunt

The thrill of searching for hidden treasures, the exhilaration of finding that diamond in the rough, the satisfaction of paying 50 cents for a painting or pot worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Roundabouts to be released

Drivers should expect further road closures from Friday through July 2 before the Hawkins Avenue roundabouts open just in time for the July 4 holiday weekend.

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee, Chatham react to Duke plans

Reactions to Duke Energy's announcement that it would excavate 12 more coal ash basins across North Carolina Tuesday morning were mixed throughout Lee and Chatham counties — the two areas most affected by Duke's plans.

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Company takes over flea market site

Moving to a new home just got easier for Sanford residents with the opening of U-Haul Moving and Storage of Jonesboro at 2701 S. Horner Blvd. on Monday.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 07:57 PM

HAVEN recounts rebound

Nearly two years ago, the HAVEN of Lee County Board of Directors was forced to shut down the organization’s shelter and lay off its staff due to grant management problems.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Salvation Army kicks off summer fan program

The Salvation Army of Lee County today will start distributing box fans to those in need.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC poker run pays tribute to late trustee

The Central Carolina Community College Foundation used the recent Patrick Barnes Memorial Poker Run not only to pay tribute to a "loyal and faithful member" of the college's board of trustees, but also to raise money for a good cause.

“We are thankful to the foundation for the sponsoring this fundraiser for our program,” said Jonathan Loftis, CCCC animal facilities manager and instructor with the school's veterinary medical technology program, one of the programs the ride benefited. “We intend to use this money to purchase supplies for our animals such as beds, toys, leashes, collars and other such items.”

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Local officials suggest merger for Brick Capital

Members of the Sanford City Council and the Lee County Board of Commissioners expressed interest in merging Brick Capital Community Development Corp., a struggling nonprofit that provides affordable housing for low-income residents of Sanford and Lee County, with the nonprofit arm of the Sanford Housing Authority during a joint meeting Monday.