News: Sanford

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Authorities reporting copper theft ‘flare-ups’

Copper pipes and wires might not come to mind when a homeowner thinks of his or her valuables, but Lee County authorities report that the piping and wiring in vacant homes make easy targets for would-be thieves.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Wreck hits utility pole, no injuries

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 10:18 PM

Nonprofits learn how to maximize their impact

Nonprofit leaders can strengthen their organizations during tough economic times by advocating for policies that will impact their services and converting supporters into “evangelists” to promote their cause, local nonprofit representatives said at Compassion 2015 Tuesday.

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 05:00 AM


Increased solar energy in Lee County could attract new businesses, create more jobs and increase the local tax base by millions of dollars.

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

LEE COMMISSIONERS: Board repeals pro-fracking resolution

On Monday night, with a fresh Democrat majority, the Lee County Board of Commissioners rescinded a resolution supporting extraction of natural gas in North Carolina — a resolution the formerly Republican-controlled board passed in April 2012. 

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 06:29 PM

Local gem sparkles again

When Brenda's Jewelers closed the doors of its Sanford store last April, Lee County customers despaired the loss of the 11-time winner of The Herald's "Best Jewelry Store" award.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:04 AM


It is a sign of James Emerson’s dedication to his work that more people know him as “coach” than as James.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM


Teresa Dew Kelly has worked in many different industries during her 53 years of life, ranging from real estate to insurance.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Questions, answers and lots of laughs

Underdog Lee Christian School emerged as this year’s Lee County Library 2015 Quiz Bowl winner Saturday

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Local residents march against coal ash in Lee

Signs that read “Duke Energy is making Lee County its ashtray” and “No coal ash dumping” made their way down South Horner Boulevard in Saturday as around 20 local residents

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 10:26 AM

Walking against coal ash

Local residents convene in front of the Kmart on South Horner Boulevard in Sanford Saturday morning to raise awareness about and oppose Duke Energy's plan to store coal ash in Lee County. The group gathered for a walk down Horner Boulevard in protest of the plan. 

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

City: Sports complex could be an ‘economic anchor’

The Sanford City Council's dream of a multi-sport complex at O.T. Sloan Park took another step toward becoming a reality Friday when council members met with representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey, a Washington, D.C.-based program management firm, to fine tune their vision for the project.

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Project Lazarus helps coalition tackle substance abuse

Medical professionals, law enforcement officers, therapists, educators and government officials all agree that there is no simple solution to substance abuse and addiction.

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

County survey shows link between health, social issues

Obesity, mental health, substance abuse and teen pregnancy rates are at the forefront of health concerns in Lee County, according to a 2014 community survey.

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Marchant assesses tuition-free plan

This week, we Take 5 with Dr. T.E. “Bud” Marchant, the president of Central Carolina Community College, about President Obama’s plan to make community college tuition free to some students.

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

‘Forces for Good’ CCCC events to highlight potential of area nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations typically are known for their charitable aspects, but upcoming events will emphasize their economic influence — namely creating jobs, increasing revenue and facilitating successful relationships within the community.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Playing to raise hope

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'A boldness to never stop learning'

Aaron Fleming, the career and technical education director for Lee County Schools, moved to the heart of Raleigh this week to advise the state's newly appointed speaker of the house on two issues he fell in love with at an early age – agriculture and education.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Under bill, county registers could opt out of performing same-sex marriages

Sen. Ronald Rabin, R-Harnett, co-sponsored a bill this week that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds without facing legal penalties.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

Reives named among Democratic committee leaders

N.C. House Democratic Leader Larry D. Hall recommended members to serve in leadership positions on committees during the 2015 legislative session, with appointments announced this week that included a local legislator.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:56 AM

Salmon appointed to state House committees

The North Carolina General Assembly went back into session Wednesday after a two-week adjournment, and the business of the day included the announcement of final standing committee assignments for North Carolina House members.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 05:07 AM

Sheriff calls for focus on bike safety after two cyclists killed in four days

After two instances in the last week of bicyclists being struck and killed by motor vehicles, Lee County’s sheriff urged pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers alike Wednesday to employ caution while on the roads.

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 05:06 AM

City, county work toward vision, despite setbacks

Over the next three years, the Lee County Board of Commissioners and the Sanford City Council plan to move forward on bond projects, added infrastructure and utilities and other endeavors to aid in economic development, officials said at a joint city-county meeting Wednesday.


Jan. 29, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

County building could be used as youth center

The Bob E. Hales Center, named after the late, longtime youth coach, may be renovated as a youth center in the coming years to engage young adults in sports and workshops, keep them off the streets and ultimately reduce crime in the area.


Jan. 28, 2015 @ 08:01 PM

The High Hopes Chorus