News: Sanford

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Minimizing impacts and maximizing benefits

Robert Helms, who lives near Duke Energy's proposed coal ash storage site in Lee County, owns Eleven Bar East Ranch, located at 2805 Lower Moncure Road, and Integrated Training Solutions, a local technology research company.

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: Bo Hedrick leaves after 17 years as executive director

Bo Hedrick, longtime executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County, has stepped down from the organization, according the president of the club's board of directors.

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: John Locke rep: Incentives don't have to be targeted

This week, we Take 5 with Mitch Kokai of the John Locke Foundation about economic incentives for corporations.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

'Anything can happen'

The cheers and applause that had permeated the Applebee's on Plaza Boulevard throughout the night were replaced with solemn silence as the clock ran out during Thursday's "Sweet Sixteen" match-up

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

County contemplates next steps in coal ash agreement

With an agreement approved between Lee County and Duke Energy for coal ash storage, local officials on Thursday considered the questions of how the funds would be used and what would come next.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 04:56 AM

Duke Energy Foundation donates to Central Carolina Works

The Duke Energy Foundation, a supporter of Central Carolina Community College's programs, has made its second $50,000 contribution to the Central Carolina Works public-private initiative.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 08:47 PM

'He never met a stranger'

According to his friends and family, Sanford resident Oscar Lee Kersey Jr. was the kind of man who had never met a stranger, who would give freely of his time and effort to help another person.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 08:55 AM

Sanford man killed in single-vehicle wreck

The N.C. Highway Patrol has released the identity of the man killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Cedar Lane Road Wednesday night.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Woodford House bus painted with racial epithet, set on fire

Disgust. Disdain. Fury. These were just a few of the feelings washing over Robert Woods as he stared at the spray paint covering one of The Woodford House’s two buses Tuesday night.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Board votes to sell Depot building

After 12 years of talks with the city of Sanford, the Sanford Area Association of Realtors’ Board voted to sell the Depot building to the city Wednesday — a site that several local officials would like to see become a visitor center.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 10:40 PM

Coal ash deal approved

The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted 5-1 Wednesday in favor of approving an agreement with Duke Energy to receive compensation for the storage of coal ash in the county.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 07:24 PM

Commissioners approve coal ash deal

The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted 5-1 Wednesday in favor of approving an agreement with Duke Energy to receive compensation for the storage of coal ash in the county.

The decision was met with shouts from the crowd, who didn't have the opportunity to comment during the meeting, that the commissioners could do more to combat coal ash. Commissioner Andre Knecht voted against the agreement, and Commissioner Kirk Smith was not present.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Municipalities to gain, county to lose under sales tax plan

A bill filed Monday in the state Senate, which would shift millions of dollars in sales tax revenues from urban areas to rural areas, also would force Lee County to reverse a 2013 decision to change the county's sales tax distribution method.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

TEMPLE THEATRE: 'The Fox on the Fairway' has the 'Fore!'mula for comedy


WHAT: "The Fox on the Fairway"

WHEN: Show premieres Thursday. Last show is April 12.

WHERE: The Temple Theatre at 120 Carthage St.

COST: $14-$25

MORE INFO: For a full list of showtimes or to order tickets, visit

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

Commissioners expected to make decision on coal ash offer

After reviewing a written offer from Duke Energy regarding coal ash earlier this week, the Lee County Board of Commissioners could make a decision on the proposal when it meets today. 

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EnvironmentaLEE begins baseline air quality testing

Less than a week after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a bill making it optional for the N.C. Environmental Management Commission to adopt air quality rules related specifically to hydraulic fracturing, members of EnvironmentaLEE began performing their own baseline tests on air quality in Lee County on Sunday.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Up for the challenge

What began as a temporary job at the Durham Housing Authority led to a career for the Sanford Housing Authority's new executive director, who spent 20 years working her way up the ranks and accumulating experiences helping residents — whose challenges she found familiar.

Mar. 23, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

'Safety is the number-one key'

Just three days after a wreck on the U.S. 421 Bypass resulted in a motorcyclist being airlifted to UNC Hospitals, two motorcyclists were life-flighted to Duke University Hospital over the weekend and remained in serious condition Monday.


Mar. 22, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Kickstands up

Drivers on South Horner Boulevard Saturday morning were treated to a rare sight — 265 motorcycles embarking on a 115-mile ride to raise money for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center's Camp Celebrate in Wake Forest.

Mar. 22, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

COAL ASH: No Duke offer for Chatham, Sanford

As more people voice their concerns about the Lee County Board of Commissioners considering a deal with Duke Energy — for up to $12 million — to store coal ash in the county, officials from Chatham County and the city of Sanford said they have not been approached with a similar offer.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

Feeding frenzy

As upbeat music blared from nearby speakers, the sound of a gong rang out through the exhibition hall at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds Saturday morning — prompting the people inside to let out a raucous round of applause.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rate rises as seasonal work ends

Lee County's unemployment rate rose from 6.7 percent in December to 8 percent in January, a common occurrence after the holiday rush, but local officials said Friday that the jump underscores the need to close the “lingering skills gap.”

The N.C. Department of Commerce announced Friday that unemployment rates increased in 98 of North Carolina's counties in January and decreased in two. When compared to the same month last year, where Lee County saw an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, unemployment rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in seven and remained unchanged in three.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 04:49 AM

Cameron man jailed on child pornography charges

A yearlong investigation culminated in the arrest of a Cameron man Friday on charges related to child pornography, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office

Mar. 20, 2015 @ 05:46 PM

TAKE 5: Sanford Arts and Vine to have new look, feel

This week, we Take 5 with Tom Snell of Digital Benefit Advisors of Sanford, who helped create the Sanford Arts and Vine Festival and serves as its chairman. Snell and his wife, Renee, own Snell Design, which will be showing glass jewelry and etched glass at the Arts and Vine Festival. This year's event will be held May 2-3 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Admission is free.