News: Sanford


Jul. 16, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Driver identified in fatal Harnett wreck

The state Highway Patrol has identified the driver killed in a single-vehicle collision Tuesday on Buffalo Lake Road in Harnett County Tuesday.


Jul. 15, 2015 @ 07:47 PM

Plate sale, auction to help family after fire

Sanford resident Judy Wilson was running errands when she got the call that her Uppergate Lane home was ablaze on June 3.


Jul. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Authorities believe Sanford murder suspect has fled state

A criminal complaint filed by a special agent with the FBI Wednesday provides insight into what happened minutes before a Sanford woman and her daughter were killed in what police say was an intentional fire Monday afternoon.


Jul. 15, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Hydraulic fracturing

Informational meetings likely will be held within the next month about a zoning ordinance change that would limit the areas hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” are allowed in the county.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 06:38 PM

'It's just so unreal'

An air of confusion hung over the residents of Clark Circle Tuesday as they tried to comprehend the deaths of two of their neighbors in a fire the day before.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 06:58 PM

Details of fatal fire slow to emerge

Details surrounding the fatal fire at 916 Clark Circle Monday afternoon remain unclear, but the Sanford Police Department has confirmed that a Sanford man is wanted on first-degree murder charges related to the deaths of his wife and stepdaughter as a result of the blaze.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee to see $2.5M in road resurfacing

Five Lee County roads will be resurfaced within the next year after the North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a $2.5 million contract to a Wilson company to complete the work.

Beginning as early as Aug. 3, more than 12 miles of local roads are scheduled to be improved, including U.S. 1 between N.C. 42 and north of U.S. 421; N.C. 87 from Commerce Drive to Harnett County; U.S. 421 bypass between Colon Road and N.C. 42; and two secondary roads.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford Ward 2 seat contested

One week into the filing period for four Sanford City Council seats, only one is being contested so far.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Warning issued after at least 12 sickened by possibly tainted heroin

The Carolinas Poison Center has issued a warning about possibly tainted heroin after at least a dozen people fell ill in Durham, Lee and Orange counties within a little more than a week.


Jul. 13, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

Boards could limit fracking areas

On Monday, Lee County residents will have the opportunity to speak out about a local zoning ordinance change that would limit the areas oil and gas extraction could occur in the county – a proactive measure for hydraulic fracturing.


Jul. 12, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

PlayPrints offer chance to get active with ease

Visitors to Dalrymple Park could see some colorful upgrades meant to encourage physical activity thanks to a new grant funded by the N.C. Recreation and Park Association and Blue Cross Blue and Shield of North Carolina.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 06:47 PM

Riding for Tucker

Every superhero needs a sidekick.

But on Saturday, 2-year-old Tucker Forster, also known as “Super Tucker”


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Attorney: Coal ash 'not a done deal'

This week, we Take 5 with John Runkle, a Chapel Hill attorney who's worked for various environmental groups, about Lee County, coal ash and the potential environmental impact.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

'The way of the future'

The Lee County Library computer lab will receive an overhaul in the next few weeks thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the Friends of the Lee County Library.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 06:46 PM

Modeling success

When students think of classes like physics, chemistry or biology, they might imagine complex formulas, confusing equations and difficult vocabulary terms.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Authorities seize cocaine, guns

A Sanford man faces a litany of felony charges after a month-long drug investigation resulted in narcotics officers with the Lee County Sheriff's Office seizing 14 grams of crack cocaine and four firearms Wednesday afternoon.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 06:11 PM

Police investigate shots fired


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

SHP: Man commits suicide after fatal Sanford accident

A Colorado man training in Fort Bragg shot himself Thursday in his Sanford residence after authorities took out warrants for his arrest in connection with a fatal one-vehicle crash in Harnett County this week, according to the Highway Patrol.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

'Ignorance will never die'

Lee County resident Johnsie Tipton was driving to work in Southern Pines Thursday when her eyes locked onto three blaring-red letters — “KKK.”


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 01:03 PM

Local woman charged after allegedly hitting boyfriend with car

A local man is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle early Thursday morning, allegedly driven by his girlfriend, according to authorities. 


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 09:32 AM

‘A totally revitalized setting’

Local residents will welcome several new businesses, including Ross, Kay Jewelers and Buffalo Wild Wings, to Sanford this month — with at least half dozen more expected to launch by the end of the year.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Learning leadership

A dozen Lee County eighth- through 11th-graders dusted for fingerprints, watched a trained black Labrador search for drugs and even spent time in jail Wednesday as part of a two-week leadership program.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Lineup announced for ‘Sounds on Steele’

A dozen bands will take over two stages in downtown Sanford for an upcoming night of live music, food and entertainment.


Jul. 08, 2015 @ 08:46 PM

Director: Day camp ‘a family to me’

When Rosemary Parten started working with the Happy Day Camp in Sanford in 1974, she received $1.25 an hour to take a month off from her job every summer and provide children and adults with special needs fun and fellowship in a safe, educational environment.