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.
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.
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
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.
As the construction start date nears for two roundabouts on Hawkins Avenue, local first responders have learned that on some days over the next few months, construction could prevent them from using parts of the road.
A Pinehurst motorcyclist is in stable condition after being ejected from his motorcycle in a wreck near the junction of N.C. 87 South and the U.S. 421 Bypass Wednesday afternoon.
The Sanford Police Department is looking for a suspect who allegedly stabbed a Sanford man during an altercation Wednesday night.
When Dale's Greenhouse and Garden Center closed its doors in April 2013, many of Dale McKinney's long-time customers were at a loss.
Since Duke Energy's offer of up to $12 million for coal ash storage in Lee County was revealed this week, some residents and officials have called into question how the potential deal was formed.
Broadway and Tramway elementary schools might be 11 miles apart, but thanks to Lee County Schools' purchase of a new video conferencing program, students and teachers at both were able to share their work with one another on Wednesday without leaving their classrooms.
A former Sanford resident pleaded guilty in federal court in Greensboro this week to distribution of cocaine.
More than 200 people gathered at the Sanford Pfizer plant Wednesday to learn how changing their behavior and “actively caring” for others can improve workplace safety at any company, including those in the manufacturing industry.
After the Lee County Board of Commissioners revealed Duke Energy’s offer of up to $12 million in exchange for storing coal ash in Sanford’s Colon Mine site, county officials and residents disagreed whether the board should accept the deal.
With hydraulic fracturing officially legal in North Carolina, state and local officials differ on whether Lee County will see natural gas exploration in the near future — given drops in gas and oil prices.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that The Pantry, a Cary-based convenience store chain originally founded in Sanford, will lay off 250 employees at the Sanford and Cary offices during the next 18 months.
Local officials examined the intricate architecture of Sanford’s former Buggy Factory and Lee Furniture Building as they toured the two downtown buildings Tuesday, showing the secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources what historic tax credits could and would continue to do for the city.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced today that The Pantry, a Cary-based convenience store chain originally founded in Sanford, will be laying off 250 employees at the Sanford and Cary offices over the next 18 months.
With a donation from a local radio station and a pet daycare, the Sanford Fire Department can now not only save people from a blaze — but their four-legged, furry friends, too.
Richard Feindel, president and general manager of WWGP/WFJA, Sanford, will present the fire department with five resuscitation packs for animals at 11 a.m. today at the Central Fire Station at the corner of Hawkins Avenue and Weatherspoon Street.
With the U.S. 421 Bypass now open for traffic, businesses along South Horner Boulevard have mixed opinions of the decreased truck and out-of-town traffic traversing Sanford's main roads.
High school students have plenty to worry about with going to class, taking notes, doing homework, keeping up with reading and studying for tests.
Fame and fortune are all well and good, but for former NFL offensive lineman Jason Brown and the Christian United Outreach Center volunteers gathered at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Wicker Street Friday night, money paled in comparison to the spiritual wealth gained by giving time and effort to help others.
Despite gray skies and plenty of rain, the revving of motorcycles echoed throughout downtown Sanford Saturday afternoon as nearly 50 members of America's Guardians Motorcycle Club rode in to attend the club's fundraiser for the N.C. K9 Emergency Response Team at Depot Park.
A pay raise for Lee County Schools teachers and other staff members is among the top priorities for the Lee County Board of Education as the board prepares its budget request for the fiscal year 2015-2016.
This week, we Take 5 with Lyn Hankins, executive director of the Lee County Partnership for Children, about the 2015 edition of “Anchors Aweigh for Literacy!” fundraiser.