News: Sanford

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Cooperative Extension celebrates 100th anniversary

The methods may have changed for the Lee County Cooperative Extension, but it’s had the same goal for the last 100 years — educating county residents about how to make sound decisions for their families.

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Various events highlight area holiday schedule

People in the Central Carolina region will have many opportunities to celebrate Independence Day this year.

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

Armed teen charged following police chase

A Sanford teenager was arrested Friday following a chase by Sanford Police which ended on Courtland Drive around lunchtime Friday.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 07:17 PM

Sanford biscuit-maker is restaurant's grand champ

Three years ago, Alfonsa Martinez had never cooked a biscuit in her life. Now she's the best biscuit-maker in the entire Biscuitville fast food chain.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

MAKO removes room for error in knee surgery

Not all knee repair procedures are created equal — just ask Dennis Florit.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: National Night Out has goal of strengthening communities

This week, we Take 5 with Kelly Miller, the city of Sanford's Public Information Officer, about National Night Out.

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 06:28 PM

Grilling the barbecue masters

As the weather heats up in Lee County, so do the grills.

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM


The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity will be another step closer to getting up and running when the organization's first CEO starts work on July 7.

Rodger Sauls, who has worked in Lee County and the surrounding area for 20 years as a business development executive with Progress Energy, accepted the position of CEO of the partnership, which merges the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lee County Economic Development Corporation into one public-private entity.

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Legislators back efforts to help veterans, dropouts earn degrees

College is expensive. The cost can be prohibitive for many, leading them to either put off continuing their education or take on debt that can end up being too much to handle.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Dandalia among businesses hit by vandals

A series of break-ins have targeted local businesses recently, with at least one being forced to close until next week.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Artists use empty storefront to make statement

Pedestrians on Steele Street in downtown Sanford likely have noticed an art installation which appeared about two weeks ago, featuring pottery, string, old newspapers and a video of people speaking in slow motion with no sound.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

City Council grants $7,500 to shore up Brick Capital

Brick Capital Community Development Corporation secured a $7,500 contribution Wednesday from the Sanford City Council to help fund an assessment of the nonprofit's financial data and develop strategies

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Middle-schoolers learn through discovery in robotics challenge

Trial and error has been the name of the game this week, as about 20 middle school students try their hands at making robots that must be able to navigate a tricky obstacle course.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Civil Air Patrol's new chief of staff hails from Sanford

A Sanford resident will be joining the command staff of the Civil Air Patrol during its national conference in August.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 07:03 PM

Clay Aiken

Name: Clay Aiken

Age: 35

Place of birth: Raleigh

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

Aiken outlines Congressional aspirations

Congressional candidate Clay Aiken stopped by Sanford on Tuesday, meeting with Mayor Chet Mann and Democratic Party volunteers and having lunch at the Fairview Dairy Bar.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

HARNETT COUNTY: Sheriff's office makes fifth arrest in child sex crime case

The Harnett County Sheriff's office is investigating an alleged child sex ring reportedly run out of a home in Western Harnett County — making a fifth arrest in the case on Tuesday.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Authorities: As temperatures rise, so does crime

When June rolls around, according to local authorities, crime tends to increase.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Two wanted in convenience store robbery

The doors leading into the Short Stop Food Mart in Jonesboro are covered in stickers saying most of the cash on site is locked in a safe that employees can’t access.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:58 AM


Marshall Downey has been appointed as the Sanford-Lee County Planning Department's planning director after serving as the interim director since April, when Bob Bridwell retired from the position.

Downey, who spent 10 years as Bridwell's assistant director, said he plans to focus on making Sanford an attractive place for people to live and do business, as well as on streamlining the planning department to make it more efficient.

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

Keeping the Breadbasket 'blessed'

The Breadbasket goes through more than 100 pounds of meat and 140 cans of vegetables to serve a single meal. That adds up fast for the Sanford-based nonprofit, which serves a free lunch to anybody who needs one every Monday through Friday.

Thanks to a food drive hosted by the Central Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (CCSHRM), The Breadbasket will have a larger stock to draw from come July.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Partnership names CEO

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity has named Rodger Sauls as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. After being in transition for more than 18 months, Lee County’s economic development program now has a new leader.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

TAKE 5: Partnership for Prosperity is moving forward

This week, we Take 5 with Donnie Oldham, the president of Sanford Contractors, about the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity. Oldham is the chairman of the steering committee for SLCPP, the organization created in part by the planned merger of the Lee County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Feedback mixed on U.S. Open's economic impact for Lee County

The men's U.S. Open last week was good to hotels in Sanford, but not much else, according to multiple people in the local business community. And the women's tournament this week might not even be good for hotels.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Fishin' for a good time

North Carolinians are often drawn to the water during the summer, whether that's a pool, the ocean or the state's many lakes and rivers.