News: Sanford

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.

May. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Lee County manager: 'Tax rate had to go up'

This week, we Take 5 with Lee County Manager John Crumpton about the budget he’s presented to county commissioners for fiscal 2015-16.

May. 23, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Freedom isn't free

“I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

May. 23, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Judge grants order against sheriff

A federal court judge approved a temporary restraining order this week against members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a 2009 lawsuit, which alleges excessive force by multiple deputies.

May. 23, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC spring graduates shine on

In a sendoff Friday filled with pomp and circumstance, the Central Carolina Community College Class of 2015 celebrated its achievements and looked ahead with confidence.

May. 22, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Shop services, extricates on tight timeline

It’s early Thursday morning, and after an employee left on a tow truck call, T.J. Kellam began work on a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado.

May. 22, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Brick Capital CDC asks city for fiscal help

A local nonprofit that assists low-income residents with housing now finds itself in need of financial help.

May. 21, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Driving the future

Sanford is officially a "dot on the map" for heavy-duty trucking fleets equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) engines now that GAIN Clean Fuel's natural gas station is in operation.

May. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Drug unit wins ‘Investigation of the Year’

When the agents of the Drug Enforcement Division of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office initiated what would become a year-long investigation into major cocaine and methamphetamine

May. 21, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Sanford Area Growth Alliance launches new website

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance has announced the official launch of its website for public use.

May. 21, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

Woman charged with attempted murder

A Sanford woman and her 15-year-old son face criminal charges after a domestic dispute ended in violence last week, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

May. 20, 2015 @ 06:42 PM

'Make someone else happy'

Since she moved to Sanford and began attending the Lee County Enrichment Center's annual Gay '90s luncheon at the age of 92, Helen Kronenberger always looked forward to being the most senior woman at the gathering.

May. 20, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Contractor to hold meetings near coal ash site

Duke Energy's contractor, Charah, will meet one-on-one with residents who would be affected by coal ash storage in Sanford — a project that still awaits state approval.

May. 20, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Sanford faces loss if county raises tax rate

If the Lee County Board of Commissioners raises the property tax rate by 7.5 cents in fiscal year 2015-16

May. 20, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Buckle up, slow down and plan ahead

Following four recent traffic fatalities on Lee County roads, state and local law enforcement officials urge motorists to exercise caution going into the Memorial Day holiday weekend — including buckling up, slowing down and planning ahead.

May. 20, 2015 @ 11:21 AM

Authorities identify victims in fatal wreck

The N.C. Highway Patrol has identified the victims in the fatal wreck near the intersection of Swanns Station Road and U.S. 421 Monday morning that left two dead and one seriously injured.

May. 19, 2015 @ 08:58 PM

‘It never took her smile’

When Marian Chriscoe discovered she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2012, her daughter, Kristen Carlyle, was amazed at her mother’s response.

May. 19, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Sandhill cranes get taste of Southern hospitality

Sandhill cranes are a rare sight in North Carolina.

But much to the delight of ornithophiles from across the Triangle, a pair of the migratory birds, which can grow to more than four feet tall, spent the last four weeks hanging out around the parking lot of the Bojangles restaurant on Jefferson Davis Highway.

May. 19, 2015 @ 08:56 AM

Lee County budget proposes 7.5-cent tax increase

Lee County Manager John Crumpton has recommended a 7.5-cent property tax increase for the 2015-16 fiscal year Monday – a change that would mean an additional $75 assessment to residents for every $100,000 worth of property.

May. 19, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Two killed, one injured in wreck on U.S. 421

Two people were killed and one was seriously injured in a three-vehicle wreck near the intersection of U.S. 421 and Swanns Station Road Monday morning.

According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, Thomas Allen Ray, 62, of Bunnlevel, was traveling north on U.S. 421 when his GMC truck crossed the center line and struck a southbound Ford truck driven byElinito Ortega Saustegui, 37, of Sanford, head on shortly before noon. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

May. 18, 2015 @ 02:20 PM

Summer volunteer options abound for high-schoolers

For some high school students, summer is an opportunity to sit by the pool and read a book. For others, it is the chance to get a part-time job and earn some money.

May. 17, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

'One people'

When Augustina Aragon came to Sanford in 1999, she and her family did not have the proper documentation to rent an apartment in their own name.