News: Sanford

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Lee's longtime register of deeds accelerates retirement

Lee County's register of deeds originally had planned on retiring at the end of the year, but her desire to spend more time with family — and her disapproval of gay marriage — prompted her to expedite her plans. 

Nov. 02, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Marine major general pens "From Prayer to Victory"

When Sanford native Maj. Gen. Randall L. West (Ret.) joined the Marine Corps in 1965, he planned on staying for a few years and moving on.

Nov. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Informed but not voting

Going door to door to talk about political candidates and public policy is not where most people would expect to find a 10-year-old.

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Holiday season kicks off at the Christmas Tree Patch

Saturday's rain did not dampen the already blossoming Christmas spirit of the Lee County residents tagging their Christmas trees at the Christmas Tree Patch in Sanford in preparation for the holiday season.

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

BIG BUFFALO WASTEWATER PLANT: Officials: Expansion poises city for growth

City and county officials and staff cut the ceremonial ribbon Friday to commemorate the completion of the Big Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion, which officials touted as a huge step in Sanford’s economic development plan.

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Stanley McLeod VFW Post canteen shuttered temporarily

The canteen of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Stanley McLeod Post in Sanford has closed for a 30-day period, beginning Oct. 30, but the post itself remains open.

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Take 5: Election Day

This week, we Take 5 with Nancy Kimble, director of the Lee County Board of Elections, about this year’s general election.

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 11:14 PM

Scenes from Halloween

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Family Promise requests city grant

Family Promise of Lee County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless families, has requested grant money from the Sanford City Council — fearing that without the financial boost, the organization would fold by year’s end.

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Going bump in the night

“Don’t get a doctor.”

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

‘Why don’t you just leave?’

Assault on a female, legally defined as a male 18 years of age or older physically assaulting a female, is a class A1 misdemeanor in North Carolina, the most serious criminal offense below a felony.

Oct. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Temple comes under fire over meet-and greet event

Temple Theatre will go forward with a meet-and-greet event for local candidates for elected office before today’s 7 p.m. showing of “Dracula.” But legal questions will prevent the venue from offering two free show tickets to hopefuls who attend.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 09:13 PM

Down for the count

Jersey Mike’s Boxing, a boxing gym in Sanford, will close its doors Friday after a yearlong financial struggle.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Request to track undocumented children locally remains ‘in limbo’

The Lee County School system doesn't keep track of the number of undocumented children attending school here, but that may change now that the Lee County Board of Commissioners has requested that they do.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee, state see surge in early votes

Only halfway through the early voting period, both North Carolina and Lee County have seen dramatic increases in voter turnout from previous midterm elections, including a 62 percent increase in Lee County voters on average per day.

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 07:43 PM

Vibrant colors of fall

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Teen raises awareness, support for victims

Every October, designated National Bullying Prevention Month, students, teachers, parents and the community at large have an opportunity to reflect on what it means for a child to deal with abuse and mistreatment.

Oct. 26, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Jury trial measure on ballot

When voters go to the polls this election, they may see an item on the ballot they weren’t expecting — a constitutional amendment allowing a person accused of a criminal offense to waive their right to a trial by jury.

Oct. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Undying fun at Gross Farms Zombie Run

Hordes of zombies chased about 60 people through the Gross Farms corn maze Saturday trying to capture their flags — or their brains — at the first Zombie Run hosted by the Temple Theatre.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 08:42 PM

Tricks, treats and charity had at No Scare Fair

Around 2,000 children and their families strolled down Jack-O-Lantern Lane Saturday going door to door to trick-or-treat for an early taste of Halloween at the 13th annual No Scare Fair.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

Sanford man claims jackpot in lottery game

The odds literally were about one in a million — but local convenience store owner Shaileshkumar Patel, of Sanford, beat them when he scratched off a ticket in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s $1 million Jackpot game.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Ellmers and Aiken far apart on ideals, issues

A onetime American Idol contestant and a nurse turned congressman are opposing each other in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 seat

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Mencia bringing mix of comedy, social commentary to Temple Theatre

Looking at Carlos Mencia, who tours internationally and starred in his own show on Comedy Central, “Mind of Mencia,” it would be difficult to guess that the Honduran comedian got his start performing stand-up comedy in gentleman’s clubs.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Advances in medicine increasing cancer survival rate

This week, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we Take 5 with Amelia M. Jeyapalan, MD, FACS, of Pinehurst Surgical, about breast cancer.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Murder convict arrested at border

When undocumented immigrants commit a felony in the United States, they are deported after serving their sentence. Attempting to re-enter the U.S. after being deported is illegal as well.