News: Sanford

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.

Jun. 22, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

Demolition imminent for San-Lee Nature Center

Demolition crews have been working for the past week at the San-Lee Park Nature Center to gut the structure, which has been closed since a fire damaged much of the building in November, and the actual demolition of the building should begin by next week, according to the park ranger.

"The demolition crew showed up this past Monday," said Park Ranger Steve Godfrey. "They're taking out the walls, the wiring, everything. All that'll be left is a cement shell when they're finished. They hope to bring in the heavy equipment to start tearing it down on Wednesday, but they'll definitely be knocking it down by Monday."

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

The greatest gift ever

At 7 pounds, 12 ounces, Ian Patrick Brown was born at Central Carolina Hospital on Thursday — 2 days, 18 hours and 13 minutes before Father’s Day — giving his father, Terry, the best Father’s Day gift he could ask for.

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Yellow Jacket track team hosts first 5K Color Run

Clouds of blue, pink, orange, yellow and green dust settled over the grassy lawn at Kiwanis Family Park Saturday as about 180 runners took off from the starting line

Jun. 22, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

Harrises use Father’s Day to reflect on time together

When Buck Harris began working with his father, Fletcher Harris, at the insurance company his grandfather, Dela Harris, founded in 1935, he never dreamed that he one day would be sharing Harris & Co. Insurance with his own son, Will Harris.

Jun. 20, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Activists describe living near coal ash dump

“Fight with your best. Fight like it’s your last.”

Jun. 19, 2015 @ 06:40 PM

Master of a lost art

Midway down Academy Street, one mailbox bears the words: “Ed’s Furniture Shop.” Besides the sign, the house appears nondescript  — giving no hint of the remarkable interior.

Jun. 19, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC is top four in NCCCS excellence levels

Central Carolina Community College is among only four of North Carolina's 58 community colleges to have met or exceeded the excellence level in at least four areas of the 2015 Performance Measures for Student Success

Jun. 18, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

Playing it safe

The artwork lining the halls of Pfizer's Hawkins Avenue facility, much of which was done by the children of Pfizer employees, is meant to depict values like energy, creativity and family — words Pfizer employees see as core to their mission.

Jun. 18, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

Sanford man charged in Broadway man's murder

A Sanford man was charged with murder Thursday morning after a shooting in Bunnlevel left a Broadway man dead, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Board appointments cause controversy

The Sanford City Council this week reseated the entire Sanford Housing Authority board in one vote, despite internal opposition to the appointments.

Jun. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'A superb selection'

The appointment process for the Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees has changed over the past two years

Jun. 18, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Natural knowledge

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 07:43 PM

Stanleys celebrate 40 years of business

On Christmas Eve, 1944, Burton Stanley missed a boat.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Chatham agrees to $18 million coal ash deal with Duke Energy

Under a newly approved deal, Duke Energy will pay Chatham County up to $18 million to store no more than 12 million tons of coal ash at the Brickhaven mine in Moncure. A similar agreement with Lee County contains no such cap.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

A bittersweet ending

One of the central figures in the recovery of HAVEN in Lee County, which had to close its shelter in 2013 due to financial difficulties, is stepping down and ushering in a new leader to take the nonprofit to the next level.

Jun. 16, 2015 @ 06:23 PM

Taking the heat

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Tuesday for 49 of North Carolina's 100 counties as Sanford experienced triple-digit highs and the temperature broke records in nearby Fayetteville.

Jun. 16, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee Commissioners pass $69.3 million budget

The Lee County Board of Commissioners approved an amended $69.3 million budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year Monday, including a 7.5 cent property tax increase with 5 cents going toward education.

Commissioners approved the budget by a 5-1 vote. Commissioner Andre Knecht voted against the budget and Commissioner Kirk Smith was not present.

Jun. 16, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Learning from the greats

Megan Swindell, a junior at Grace Christian School, now has a letter signed by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin among her prized possessions.
The second man to walk on the moon will be one of more than 20 notable scientists and technologists participating in the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders Conference that Swindell will attend in two weeks.
“She saw Buzz Aldrin on there as the one signing the invitation and she kind of flipped,” Swindell's mother, Cathy, said.
Hosted by the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, the honors-only program will be held in Boston from June 28-30. The motivation behind the event is to inspire top students who aspire to be scientists and technologists, stay true to their dreams and help them reach their goals.