News: Sanford

Nov. 28, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Black Thursday?

When Belk opened its doors for the first time ever on Thanksgiving, at 6 p.m. Thursday, more than 700 people were already lined up outside waiting to get in.

Nov. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Leave some room for Sweet Potato Pie

SANFORD — Lee County residents still stuffed with turkey can follow up their Thanksgiving feast with a hefty portion of Sweet Potato Pie at The Temple Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday.


Nov. 27, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

Served with love

Eleven-year-old Jordan Hilliard spent hours making 100 cards to distribute to people in need who visited The Bread Basket on Thanksgiving Day – just one of the many ways the spirit of giving was visible in Sanford on Thursday.

The Bread Basket, located at 140 East Chisholm St. in Sanford, was one of three organizations serving free meals Thursday, along with Bread of Life Ministries of Sanford and Mrs. Wenger's Restaurant. These organizations collectively supplied food to more than 500 people.

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

New commissioners to consider gun ordinance amendment

The Lee County Board of Commissioners and its new Democratic majority could consider overturning part of a controversial countywide gun ordinance Monday.

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Some retailers kick off the Christmas season as early as Thanksgiving Day

Potatoes are yet to be mashed and turkeys aren't even in the oven yet, and already some stores are preparing to get a jump on the Christmas shopping season this evening.

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Christmas kettle drive starting

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Blessings abound

Thanksgiving is a time when families reflect on the gifts they have in one another and the blessings in their lives for which they are thankful.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

New member appointed to CCCC board

In their final meeting before the swearing in of two new members on Monday, the Lee County Board of Commissioners made one final appointment Tuesday, naming Bruce Ledford to the Central Carolina Community College’s Triangle South Workforce Development Board.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

'We can do more than I'

The effects of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, rippled far beyond Ferguson — and more than 800 miles away, Sanford took notice.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Residents recognize how farming and technology work together to feed the world at Farm-City Week

More than 150 Lee County farmers, officials and other residents gathered Monday for the annual Farm-City Week Banquet to highlight the importance of farming in the county and emphasize how technology, investment and youth involvement could improve today’s farming practices.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 09:58 PM

Getting ready for the rush

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC Board of Trustees marks new Health Sciences Center as top priority

The Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees has set the order in which it would like to see the Lee County Board of Commissioners issue the four bonds totaling $23 million that voters approved earlier this month, with the construction of a new Health Sciences Center topping the list.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

Playing it forward

Within the first week of opening a gym for children with special needs, owner Jeanine Morton witnessed firsthand the positive influence they were having on one other.

Morton, a speech-language pathologist at Theraplay, her private practice in Sanford, said We Rock the Spectrum is an inclusive sensory gym where children with special needs can interact with other children. The facility, at 139 Chatham St., specializes in occupational therapy — which is used to improve the fine motor skills and sensory processing skills of children diagnosed with disorders like autism. The gym is open to all ages and includes crash mats, tunnels, a zip line, a trampoline and more.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

'Get caught doing something good'

“Yes we can.”

This phrase was shouted by several enthusiastic runners and a local celebrity at a 5K race Saturday

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

'You say beach music, I say Johnny Miller'

To those who listen to his Sunday night radio show, Sanford native Johnny Miller is synonymous with beach and oldies music across North Carolina and beyond.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

'If there's a silver lining'

When owners Steve and Kathy Brewer stood among the wreckage of the Fairview Dairy Bar and The Flame Steakhouse in July, they were told after a fire of that magnitude it would take a year to reopen.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Slicing the pie

Earlier this week, six area nonprofits were told they would receive a combined $45,000 but didn’t know the exact amount. During a Thanksgiving dinner at Golden Corral Thursday, the organization behind the donations sliced its philanthropic pie.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Career Center aims to streamline search for job seekers, employers

Local job seekers have a new tool to aid them in finding employment with the grand opening of the NCWorks Career Center Friday morning.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Coal ash commonly used in engineering projects

With Duke Energy planning to transfer up to 8 million tons of coal ash to Sanford, many Lee County residents wondered aloud at a recent board of commissioners meeting about the ways the material could be reused.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Crumpton gauges Duke Energy’s move

This week, we Take 5 with Lee County Manager John Crumpton about the county’s response to Duke Energy’s coal ash announcement and other topics.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Car care for the cold

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Sanford man faces charges in connection with 15 break-ins

The Sanford Police Department has made an arrest in connection with 15 vehicle break-ins throughout the city.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 01:13 AM

New thrift store’s ‘cup runneth over’

When The Saucer opened its doors last week, offering 50,000 square feet of retail space, it claimed the title of Sanford’s largest thrift store — besides being the only one locally helping orphans around the world with its proceeds.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Here comes the sun

Amidst talk of Duke Energy relocating coal ash to Sanford, causing significant environmental concern among residents, two development companies have announced plans to build four solar farms in Sanford by the end of 2015 — projects that are expected to produce power, broaden the county’s tax base and provide other benefits to Lee County.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Officials: Coal ash costs will be borne by Duke Energy customers

While many Lee County residents have raised environmental and health concerns regarding Duke Energy's proposed coal ash storage site off Post Office Road, local and state officials expect that there will be financial costs associated with the project as well.