News: Sanford

May. 16, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Caterpillar apprentices gain valuable industry skills

For the high school seniors graduating from the Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship Program this week, the certificates they received were nothing compared to the skills they had gained over the past two-and-a-half years

May. 15, 2015 @ 08:10 PM

Behind the Boom

With two “joysticks” in hand, Eddie Deal directs the arm of the knuckleboom truck to the pile of well-used mattresses abandoned on the berm of a Sanford street.

May. 15, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

‘A place in our hearts’

"His contagious smile and his love for life."

May. 15, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

New civic center plan could include walkway

If plans for the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center are changed, visitors eventually will pass through a covered walkway to reach a new part of the facility.

May. 14, 2015 @ 06:48 PM

Celebrating Arbor Day

“I love nature because it's beautiful. I want people to take care of this world.”

May. 14, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes

Duke Energy has pleaded guilty in federal court to environmental crimes and has agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

May. 14, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

Second Sanford man dies after fatal 15-501 wreck

A second Sanford man has died as a result of a fatal three-car accident on 15-501 Wednesday morning.

May. 14, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

‘It’s like a ghost place’

“Empty seats everywhere.”

May. 14, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Free service puts cancer patients on ‘Highway to Healing’

When Judy Overby, of Sanford, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had to recruit family and friends to get to her appointments because she was so fatigued from her treatment.

May. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee school board seeks $20 million from county

The Lee County Board of Education asked for $20 million from the Lee County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night when it finalized its budget request for the fiscal year 2015-16.

May. 13, 2015 @ 06:14 PM

Sanford man dies in three-vehicle wreck

A Sanford man died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. 15-501 near the Deep River Bridge around 9:30 a.m.

May. 13, 2015 @ 10:34 AM

Couple renews vows in face of terminal illness

When Raymond Allen met Barbara Johnson in 1963 in the cemetery of Cypress Presbyterian Church in Vass, he would never have guessed they would marry and start a life together.

May. 13, 2015 @ 10:32 AM

New apartments to offer Wi-Fi cafe, dog park

Crews will soon break ground on a 288-unit apartment complex off N.C. 87. Developers say it could attract more newcomers to the area amid an already growing county population.

May. 12, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford could still see hotel tax

While numerous state bills didn't survive the N.C. General Assembly's April 30 deadline, several local bills are moving forward, including one that would allow the city of Sanford to levy an occupancy tax — a fee charged for staying in a hotel room.

May. 12, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford to see Dunkin' Donuts, Jimmy John's this fall

Sanford will soon "run on Dunkin."

A long-awaited Dunkin' Donuts will open this fall at the Shops at Cameron Place, along with Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches and numerous other businesses.

Nick Brown of D&N Development said both Dunkin' Donuts and Jimmy John's have signed leases to join the still-growing Shops at Cameron Place shopping center, located in and around the 3000 block of South Horner Boulevard, and hope to open in late October.

May. 11, 2015 @ 06:18 PM

Preserving yesteryear

The steam engines and generators at Ole Gilliam Mill Park, that sit silent for much of the year, will roar to life for the 35th annual Ole Mill Crank Up this weekend.

When Sanford native Worth Pickard set about reconstructing the Gilliam Mill using little more than a penny postcard to go on, he never intended to acquire the collection of "old stuff" now scattered around the park. But now that the Ole Mill Crank Up draws 600 to 700 visitors each year, he's glad he did.

May. 11, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

Juveniles charged in Thursday fire

Two 15-year-olds will be charged with setting fire to an abandoned house in the 1700 block of Carthage Street on Thursday, according to authorities.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office has reported filing juvenile petitions for the two teens with the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice on charges of breaking and entering and arson.


May. 10, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Relay for Life: Sanford walks for a cure

With cancer killing more than 500,000 Americans every year, it is difficult to find someone whose life it hasn’t touched.

May. 10, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'The keepers of history'

Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Order of the Confederate Rose paid their respects to a Chatham County veteran, buried on Asbury Church Road, Saturday by dedicating a recently-recovered iron cross.

May. 09, 2015 @ 07:08 PM

Record-breaking baby's first Mother's Day

At 9:43 a.m. on April 7, Devin Jacoby Bright was born at Central Carolina Hospital. While there was nothing abnormal about the scheduled Caesarean section, Devin was a surprise, weighing in at 13 pounds, 5 ounces – the hospital's biggest baby.

May. 09, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Take 5: Dalrymple: Coal ash issue ‘most difficult’ of tenure

This week, we Take 5 with Amy Dalrymple, who serves as chairwoman of the Lee County Board of Commissioners.

May. 09, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Small Business Banquet honors local standouts

The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce honored three Sanford residents and veteran newscaster Larry Stogner during its 26th annual Small Business Banquet Thursday.

May. 08, 2015 @ 07:49 PM

Behind the counter: A lunch lady's tale

Janet McKay stood stoically behind the counter of the SanLee Middle School cafeteria as the first hungry students of the day trickled through the lunchroom doors just before 11 a.m.

May. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chinese company buys Static Control

An official from Static Control Components, the Sanford-based manufacturing company that announced a merger with Chinese manufacturer Apex Microelectronics Thursday

May. 07, 2015 @ 09:38 PM

‘Pottery in their blood’

The Sanford pottery community mourned the loss of a local legend Thursday with the death of Celia Cole Perkinson.