News: Sanford

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Lee student's food account causes cafeteria conundrum

After cafeteria staff at a local elementary school took away a young boy's lunch because of a small debt, the boy's mother is equating those actions with the bullying schools typically preach against.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

PUBLIC POLICY LUNCHEON: Food bank rep makes appeal for local volunteers, donations

The director of a regional food bank that serves Lee County — reportedly donating 790,000 pounds of food worth more than $1.3 million last year — visited Sanford on Monday to make a case for even stronger local participation.


Apr. 07, 2014 @ 10:09 PM

Board supports ‘Project Spring’ with grant incentive application

Returning from closed session Monday night, the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted to apply for a state grant that could persuade an unidentified company to locate to Lee County.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Volunteers' worth locally: invaluable

Right now, men and women throughout Lee County are preparing meals for the hungry, tutoring children in a difficult subject and providing resources to those in need.

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Fracking foes target Rabin

In one of the first local political attack ads of the election season, environmental activists have spent about $150,000 to air a commercial labeling three Republican incumbents, including Sen. Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett), as “The Fracking Crew.”

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: Democrats hold their convention

Local and regional Democrats rallied at the historic Lee County Courthouse Saturday for the local Democratic Party Convention.

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

LEE COUNTY: Commission agenda’s crowded

The Lee County Board of Commissioners will tackle multiple items during its upcoming meeting Monday.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

Game time

Armor-clad orcs levied their axes against one another and Star Wars X-Wings zipped by turrets while ghouls haunted foreboding and forgotten rooms and men vied for the affection of a princess in downtown Sanford this weekend.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

PROJECT LAZARUS: Program to prevent prescription drug abuse, overdose introduced locally

According to at least one state expert, North Carolina and Lee County are facing a prescription drug overdose epidemic.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: puts help where it's needed

This week we Take 5 with Ron Hewett about For the past five years, Hewett has chaired the Education Matters committee for United Way of Lee County.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Loom-ing excitement

With his right hand working a centuries-old spinning wheel as his left hand moved methodically back and forth, Bob McKean created a bolt of yarn Friday out of white sheep's fleece as wispy as his long, gray beard.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 06:43 PM

Citizen files lawsuit over Trace town hall meeting

A local political activist filed a lawsuit against the Lee County Board of Commissioners Friday, which claims a public town hall held in a private, gated community was illegal.  

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Despite awareness, autistic students face challenges

There’s a reason the symbol for Autism Awareness, which is being celebrated all April, is a puzzle piece: No two children with autism are quite the same, and the disorder can often present a complex set of problems.

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 08:49 PM

ACLU questions sheriffs about following jail law

To ensure local jails are in compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is seeking information from several North Carolina sheriff’s offices, including Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore.

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

‘He served his people well’

Former Lee County Commissioner Nathan E. “Ed” Paschal died Wednesday afternoon. He was 81.

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Moore doctor turned state official pitches Medicaid reform proposal

Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, a former Pinehurst surgeon, is now leading the state’s efforts to reform Medicaid. On Wednesday, he was in Sanford as part of a statewide tour to promote the plan.

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Teen charged with assault in altercation with grandparents

A 17-year-old arrested Sunday after allegedly holding his grandparents hostage now faces a felony assault charge in connection with the incident, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Count HAVEN in

Thanks to an $11,000 donation, plus other gifts and grants, HAVEN in Lee County has been able to reopen its shelter, resume paying its employees and restart all of its counseling, outreach and advocacy programs.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

2 domestic violence deaths in 2013

While domestic violence-related homicides decreased across the state, Lee County reported two such deaths in 2013.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City Council remembers fallen member

With the city’s flag at half mast and a red rose at the seat of the late Sanford City Councilman Walter McNeil, his cohorts remembered and praised their comrade Tuesday night.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 10:07 PM

Glory of spring

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Award-winning gospel singer to headline free concert in Sanford

An award-winning, Grammy-nominated gospel singer will visit Sanford this weekend, giving a free concert at Jonesboro United Methodist Church.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Spat between teens, grandparents ends in kidnapping charges

A dispute over a cell phone escalated after a Sanford teenager and his girlfriend held his grandparents against their will for two hours Sunday, authorities said.

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Councilman's legacy: 'Leading by example'

An educator. A florist. A city councilman. An advocate.

Walter McNeil, the city's longest-serving and first black Sanford City Council member, was all of the above. The local leader died Sunday at Central Carolina Hospital and will be remembered as a champion of the place he was born, raised and served.