News: Sanford

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

A spring swing

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Opposing bills on partisan elections filed by Lee representatives

Lee County's state representatives filed two opposing bills this week regarding elections that could either reverse a 2013 decision to make the Sanford City Council and Lee County Board of Education elections partisan — or could implement partisan elections statewide.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: Salvation Army requests $20,000 to help low-income residents save money

The Salvation Army of Lee County requested $20,000 from the Sanford City Council Wednesday to help fund a program focused on helping low-income residents save money and break the cycle of poverty.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Prescription fraud poses challenges for authorities, doctors, pharmacies

While cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other illicit substances can cause problems for law enforcement officers, members of the Sanford Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff's Office are just as concerned with prescription medication being used or obtained illegally.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Authorities shut down one of Lee’s largest heroin rings

With the end of an eight-month investigation and the arrests of six suspects earlier this month, the Sanford Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office report

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Program at Central Carolina could become state model

Central Carolina Works, a public-private initiative aimed at increasing enrollment in the state’s Career and College Promise Program, soon could be implemented statewide after a Senate Bill was filed recently at the N.C. General Assembly.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

'Hogs for Hounds' event to support CARA

Animal lovers and motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Hogs for Hounds Poker Run and Carnival, which will be held at Sanford's Kiwanis Park on May 2.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Local narcotics officers say repeat offenders common

A Broadway man arrested on a litany of drug-related charges earlier this month now faces new charges after police found more than 100 grams of marijuana after a traffic stop, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Bryan Keith Williams Jr., 25, of Burgess Circle, Broadway, was one of three men charged after a search of two homes on March 4 led to the recovery of more than $60,000 worth of marijuana, more than $4,000 in cash and at least two stolen handguns.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Local officials seek hotel tax hike

With an eye toward opening a local visitor center, some city of Sanford and Sanford Area Growth Alliance officials are looking for new ways to make the city and county more competitive with other communities, including an increase in the local occupancy tax, or tax charged for staying in a hotel room.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 01:18 PM

'Sanford's place' reopens

When a fire gutted the Fairview Dairy Bar last July, longtime customers of the iconic Sanford eatery were devastated. When the restaurant reopened its doors Monday, many of those same patrons flocked to the restaurant to savor the meals they had missed over the last eight months.

"I came to Sanford in 1972," said Alex Thompson as he waited for his Reuben sandwich in the Dairy Bar's packed dining room Monday afternoon. "This was probably one of the first restaurants my family and I came to. It was a staple while I was in high school."

Mar. 29, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

The Embers to perform at the Lee Regional Fair

With less than six months until the kick off of the 2015 Lee Regional Fair, Raleigh-based beach music band, The Embers, are one of the first new events scheduled for this year's fundraiser.

Mar. 29, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

RALEIGH EXEC: Work on taxiway scheduled to take off by end of April

Rain has caused delays in some projects at the Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County on Rod Sullivan Road, but officials say the setbacks won't affect timelines for the jetport's work with the N.C. Forestry Service and the rehabilitation of its taxiway.

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Minimizing impacts and maximizing benefits

Robert Helms, who lives near Duke Energy's proposed coal ash storage site in Lee County, owns Eleven Bar East Ranch, located at 2805 Lower Moncure Road, and Integrated Training Solutions, a local technology research company.

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: Bo Hedrick leaves after 17 years as executive director

Bo Hedrick, longtime executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County, has stepped down from the organization, according the president of the club's board of directors.

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: John Locke rep: Incentives don't have to be targeted

This week, we Take 5 with Mitch Kokai of the John Locke Foundation about economic incentives for corporations.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

'Anything can happen'

The cheers and applause that had permeated the Applebee's on Plaza Boulevard throughout the night were replaced with solemn silence as the clock ran out during Thursday's "Sweet Sixteen" match-up

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

County contemplates next steps in coal ash agreement

With an agreement approved between Lee County and Duke Energy for coal ash storage, local officials on Thursday considered the questions of how the funds would be used and what would come next.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 04:56 AM

Duke Energy Foundation donates to Central Carolina Works

The Duke Energy Foundation, a supporter of Central Carolina Community College's programs, has made its second $50,000 contribution to the Central Carolina Works public-private initiative.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 08:47 PM

'He never met a stranger'

According to his friends and family, Sanford resident Oscar Lee Kersey Jr. was the kind of man who had never met a stranger, who would give freely of his time and effort to help another person.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 08:55 AM

Sanford man killed in single-vehicle wreck

The N.C. Highway Patrol has released the identity of the man killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Cedar Lane Road Wednesday night.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Woodford House bus painted with racial epithet, set on fire

Disgust. Disdain. Fury. These were just a few of the feelings washing over Robert Woods as he stared at the spray paint covering one of The Woodford House’s two buses Tuesday night.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Board votes to sell Depot building

After 12 years of talks with the city of Sanford, the Sanford Area Association of Realtors’ Board voted to sell the Depot building to the city Wednesday — a site that several local officials would like to see become a visitor center.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 10:40 PM

Coal ash deal approved

The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted 5-1 Wednesday in favor of approving an agreement with Duke Energy to receive compensation for the storage of coal ash in the county.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 07:24 PM

Commissioners approve coal ash deal

The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted 5-1 Wednesday in favor of approving an agreement with Duke Energy to receive compensation for the storage of coal ash in the county.

The decision was met with shouts from the crowd, who didn't have the opportunity to comment during the meeting, that the commissioners could do more to combat coal ash. Commissioner Andre Knecht voted against the agreement, and Commissioner Kirk Smith was not present.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Municipalities to gain, county to lose under sales tax plan

A bill filed Monday in the state Senate, which would shift millions of dollars in sales tax revenues from urban areas to rural areas, also would force Lee County to reverse a 2013 decision to change the county's sales tax distribution method.