News: Sanford

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 09:33 PM

Judicial candidates meet and greet during stop in Sanford

As a part of a weeklong tour with stops in 18 cities, Judge Eric Levinson and Judge John Tyson stopped in at the Lee County Courthouse Wednesday to meet voters and discuss the role and purpose of the state's courts and introduce themselves as candidates in this year's election.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

LEE BOARD OF EDUCATION: Six hopefuls pursue three open seats

Six candidates will appear on the ballot for three open seats on the Lee County Board of Education. The race is partisan for the first time ever, and three Democrats and three Republicans are running. See their responses to The Herald’s candidate questionnaire on pages B5-7.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

6 locals arrested; $3 million in drugs seized

Federal, state, and local authorites said Tuesday they arrested 15 people, including six from Lee County, and seized more than $3 million worth of drugs after a yearlong investigation into a cocaine and crystal methamphetamine trafficking organization.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 09:21 PM

Story comes alive for children participating in literacy campaign

The more than 20 children at the Lee County Arts and Community Center danced, laughed and sang as they took part in the national “Read for the Record” campaign Tuesday morning to promote early literacy.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Sheriff''s candidates talk budget, drug enforcement and community policing

For the two men seeking the job, Lee County’s first contested sheriff’s race in eight years boils down to a simple question: is the sheriff’s office broken?


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Picture perfect

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the paintings and sculptures of the 53 artists participating in the Sanford Brush and Palette Club 2014 Art Show tell quite a story.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

SHARED ABUNDANCE DINNER: Annual fundraiser supports the arts

The Lee County Arts Council soon will host its annual fundraising event, the Shared Abundance Dinner, to bolster arts activities in the local area.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

The best of the best

The sharp commands of cadet officers of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps calling orders to their drill teams rang out across the Southern Lee High School parking lot Saturday morning as more than 1,500 cadets from 30 schools competed in SLHS's sixth annual Tri-Meet.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

N.C. House District 54

While job creation in Lee County has been one of the most discussed issues this election cycle, state House of Representatives District 54 candidates have their own solutions for attracting new business


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: CIS lets revelers relive prom while helping local students

This week, we Take 5 with Heather McKenzie, executive director of Communities In Schools of Lee County, about CIS and its upcoming “Second Chance Prom.”


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

Pink power

Sixty survivors from the Central Carolina Hospital breast cancer support group were enveloped in pink and a “touch of elegance with a whole lot of fun” this week as the guests of honor at the third annual Pamper Yourself Night Out — hosted by the CCH Auxiliary.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

'It takes a village'

Tears welled in the eyes of Jermain McDougald's mother and Boys and Girls Club of Sanford-Lee County staff as the teen was honored this week as the club's 2014 Youth of the Year for his hard work and participation at the club — despite experiencing much hardship and loss.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

N.C. House 51

With the North Carolina general election less than a month away, candidates for the District 51 seat of the North Carolina House of Representatives both are adamant that they are the right fit for representing Lee and Harnett counties in Raleigh.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 09:08 PM

Group keeps fires of history stoked at Endor Iron Furnace

As brother fought brother during the Civil War, the fires of the Endor Iron Furnace provided the Confederacy with a much-needed source of iron ore. The fires have long since gone out, and the ravages of time have taken a toll on the Lee County landmark.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Hopefuls spar over spending, jobs at forum

N.C. Senate District 12 and House District 54 candidates discussed the problem with the legislature’s spending — or lack of — and also touched on other contentious issues such as fracking and teacher pay at a forum Tuesday hosted by The Sanford Herald.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee County Board of Commissioners

As elections approach, Lee County Commissioner candidates emphasize their plans for the changes they want to see if elected, including job creation, increased transparency and lower taxes.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Reives: ‘Things are getting better’

Robert Reives, a Democrat who has been serving on the board for the District 1 seat since 1990, is running unopposed.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 07:37 PM

Temple’s out for blood with ‘Dracula’

The original bloodsucker, Dracula, whose name is synonymous with vampire, will be taking the stage at The Temple Theatre today as the theater opens its performance of a brand new interpretation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel by the same name.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

CREATING CONNECTIVITY: Transportation gets top billing at Life in Lee County luncheon

State and local officials discussed Tuesday how Lee County will continue on its path of revitalization using multiple modes of transportation, including roads, airports and sidewalks, to create connectivity throughout Sanford and all of Lee County.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

30 JROTC teams set to compete in SLHS meet

Lee County JROTC cadets are busy preparing to host more than 1,600 competitors from 30 schools across three states for the annual Tri-Meet on Saturday at Southern Lee High School.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 09:37 PM

School Board candidates focus on serving students over partisan ties

The candidates for the Lee County Board of Education, running along partisan lines for the first time ever, agreed unanimously that partisan politics had no place in school policy during The Sanford Herald’s Candidate Forum Tuesday night at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Local Hobby Lobby opening hailed as grand

A crowd of local residents and visitors lined up outside Hobby Lobby in Sanford for its grand opening on Monday to witness another step toward a more prosperous future for the city — which has fought to recover in recent years from both a natural disaster and prolonged recession.

 

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 08:45 PM

‘A lifetime commitment’

For the first time ever, two women stood in the Lee County Magistrate’s Office on Horner Boulevard to receive their marriage license Monday.


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Political polarization

Despite recent criticisms by some Lee County Board of Commissioners candidates about an uncompromising, aggressive and polarized board, current board and other commissioner candidates disagree.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

Lee County preps for Ebola, CCH says it's ready

With the death toll from the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus climbing above 4,000 worldwide and the first Ebola death in the United States in Texas on Wednesday, Lee County medical and emergency personnel are working to ensure they're ready to deal with infected individuals at a moment's notice.