News: Sanford

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

Epitome of a good leader

Former state Rep. John Sauls visited Herb Hincks several times during the last few weeks of the former Lee County commission chairman's life.

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Concert series kicks off Thursday

Local blues band Hellhound Trail will take the stage at Depot Park on Thursday to kick off the 13th annual Function at the Junction

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

State to investigate Lee coal ash site amid violations

Two environmental permit violations at a proposed coal ash storage site in Chatham County have sparked further investigation into a similar site owned by the same company in Lee County.


Jun. 02, 2015 @ 06:34 PM

Local residents among four charged with kidnapping

Four relatives of a Pittsboro man charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl broke into a home connected to the girl's family and threatened the residents, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.

The sheriff's office reported that family members of Daniel Gonzalez-Sosa, 50, of 45 Beaumont Lane, Pittsboro, were upset about a number of criminal charges that had been filed against him on May 28.


Jun. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Man jailed in shooting of relative

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Lee commissioners accept bids to raze, rebuild local nature center

The Nature Center at San-Lee Park, destroyed by a fire last November, will be leveled in the coming weeks after the Lee County Board of Commissioners approved a demolition bid Monday.

Commissioners approved awarding the demolition contract to A-1 Salvage and Demolition in Archdale for $58,000, which is $31,000 less than the county’s original estimate, County Manager John Crumpton said.

Also at the Monday meeting, commissioners approved a contract with HH Architecture for no more than $158,000 to construct a new nature center.

Jun. 01, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Fire kills thousands of chickens

Thousands of chickens died in a fire over the weekend at Chatham County farm, according to authorities. 

On Saturday, the Pittsboro Fire Department’s Asbury substation responded to a call at Bright Farms, located at 89 Wade Bright Road.

May. 31, 2015 @ 02:19 PM

Video reportedly shows child abuse, Sanford woman charged

A Sanford woman has been charged with child abuse after a video taken by an observer last week reportedly showed the woman striking an infant multiple times at a Kangaroo gas station on Carthage Street.

May. 31, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Cross-cultural fun promised at Festival Latino

Spanish and English speakers alike are invited to a cultural celebration next weekend where they can learn about Lee County’s people, make new friends and have fun in a festive atmosphere,

May. 30, 2015 @ 07:32 PM

Beautiful day, amazing spirit

Hundreds of people tapped their toes, clapped their hands and swayed to the beat as gospel groups performed

May. 30, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Take 5: Ellmers lays out legislative priorities

This week, we Take 5 with Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who represents the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, about a number of legislative issues.

May. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Former Lee official: County tax hike not needed

Supporters of the county's 2013 sales tax distribution method change say the Lee County Board of Commissioners shouldn't react to a loss in funding in fiscal year 2015-16 with a property tax hike.

May. 29, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

Banishing boredom

Whether local children and teens want to learn archery and go on field trips with the Lee County YMCA or hone their golf swing at the Sanford Municipal Golf Course, opportunities to stay active over the summer abound.

May. 29, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Officials weigh options to aid Brick Capital

The city of Sanford could buy a building valued at $175,000 from Brick Capital Community Development Corp. to help the nonprofit, which has sought financial aid from the city for the last year.

May. 28, 2015 @ 09:31 PM

Lee County trails behind in life expectancy

On average, a baby born in Lee County will live to about 77 years old, which is 4.6 fewer years than a baby born in Orange County about 45 miles away, according to recently released data gathered by NC Child.

May. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

BOE asks county for more personnel

The Lee County Board of Education asked the Lee County Board of Commissioners to fund an increase in teacher pay and additional personnel

May. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

County won’t tolerate bad behavior at pool

County officials are planning to beef up security at O.T. Sloan swimming pool after a visitor complained of gang-like activity last weekend when the pool opened for the season.

May. 28, 2015 @ 12:56 AM

Leaving their mark: Change, risk highlighted at LEC graduation

Graduating from high school is a time of change, and with that comes making decisions and sometimes taking risks. Speakers at Lee Early College’s graduation ceremony Tuesday night encouraged the 62 graduates to be forward thinking and take those risks.

May. 28, 2015 @ 12:44 AM

A walking miracle

In January 1982, Linda Sherron was told she had 10 years to live.

May. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

SANFORD: Police, witness accounts differ of rooftop wrangle

Witnesses and police are exchanging accusations about an incident Monday on a Sanford rooftop — with an officer allegedly being thrown to the ground, and observers claiming the officer drew his weapon after making threats.

May. 27, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Lee sheriff looks to buy body cams

As the actions of law enforcement officers across the country fall under more scrutiny, Lee County residents could see body cameras on deputies of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as early as this fall.

May. 26, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Boys and Girls Club looking for mentors

The Boys & Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County is nearly ready to start its new mentoring program thanks to a $30,000 grant from Boys & Girls Club of America. All it needs now are dedicated mentors.

"We're trying to target the at-risk youth," said BGC Mentoring Coordinator Crystal Benson. "We're willing to help all children, but we really want to help the ones [who] need us the most. Due to a variety of circumstances, a lot of kids get pushed to the side. We're here to let them know that somebody still cares."

May. 26, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

All in the family

In the fall of 1935, Dela Harris, also known as “Big Dee,” opened the doors of the Mutual Insurance Agency, later known as Harris & Company, in Sanford for the first time.

On the back of the automotive industry boom, he focused mostly on car insurance.

May. 25, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Continuing the fight

Nearly 150 years after the first gathering honoring fallen U.S. military members, Lee County veterans and their loved ones heard that the struggle in defense of freedom is eternal.

May. 24, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

'There's still love alive'

This week family and friends of Floyd Douglas remembered his kindness to those in need, his friendship to all, as well as his love of God.