News: Sanford

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

The greatest gift

While children write letters to Santa in hopes of getting the gifts they have dreamed of all year round, one Sanford family is grateful to be alive this Christmas.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Declining gas prices result in more holiday travel

Encouraged by the lowest gas prices in five years, a record number of North Carolina residents will travel 50 miles or more this holiday season with some stopping in Sanford.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford man arrested in Va. in connection with five armed robberies throughout N.C.

Police in Emporia, Va., arrested a Sanford man for multiple charges of armed robbery on Saturday.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee Early College ranked among top 50 public high schools in NC rated Lee Early College as the 48th best public high school in North Carolina in its annual rankings of the top 100 schools in each state and across the nation.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

New register of deeds set to take office after Christmas

After the 10-year veteran of the office took early retirement in November, Lee County's new register of deeds will start officially after the Christmas holiday on Dec. 29.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

'The reason for the holiday'

To anyone driving down Harvey Faulk Road in December, the house decked in bright, colorful lights may seem like an ornate visual display.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

‘Disappointing, but not unexpected’

Members of the Lee County Board of Commissioners and the Sanford-based group EnvironmentaLee were unhappy with, but not surprised by, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision Friday to treat coal ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Take 5: Stevens Center reopens

This week, we Take 5 with Roger Bailey, the executive director of The Stevens Center, about the center’s Stepping Stones Children’s Center.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lending a ‘helping hand’

The Helping Hand Clinic saves many lives each year by providing low-income, uninsured people with medical care at no charge, and with the help of a recent donation by Modern Woodmen of America, it can assist an additional 375 people in the coming year.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Desco: ‘No plans to change’ 3M employees

Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M’s sale of its Static Control division to Desco Industries will not affect the 150 employees at the Sanford site on J R Industrial Drive, according to a Desco spokesman.

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

"'Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Nine arrested, accused of failure to pay child support

Lee County sheriff’s deputies apprehended nine Sanford men Thursday who allegedly owe back child support — in amounts ranging from a few thousand dollars to $50,000 — during an operation expected to yield numerous additional arrests.

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Panelists reflect on experiences at Boys & Girls Club

The 10 young men and women who spoke to guests at the Boys & Girls Club of Sanford Thursday afternoon all followed different paths. One was a U.S. Marine. One played football for Campbell University. Others attended colleges across the state.

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Medicaid expansion could mean more jobs, health coverage for Lee County

A new study contracted by a Greensboro nonprofit found the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina by 2016 could lead to more than 300 jobs and health coverage for more than 3,000 people in Lee County by 2020.

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Chatham County Board of Commissioners: Board approves resolution opposing Duke Energy's coal ash storage plans

The N.C. Legislature may have taken away local government's control regarding Duke Energy's plans to dump up to 12 million tons of coal ash in Moncure over the next five years, but the Chatham County Board of Commissioners is far from silent on its stance on the subject.

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City remains at odds on partisan elections

The Sanford City Council remains at odds as to whether to officially ask the N.C. Legislature to make city council elections nonpartisan again starting in January.

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Local officials feel misled by plans for Sanford coal ash storage site

After a presentation Monday by the county director of strategic services during the Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board chairman is now more, not less, worried about coal ash coming to Sanford.

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: Student pepper sprayed, charged after police tell her to leave campus

The mother of a 15-year-old Lee County High School student is seeking an attorney after an incident Saturday in which police were called to the school and were filmed pepper spraying her daughter.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

'So much to celebrate'

A Sanford police officer who fought for his country, his city and his life now will be able to watch his children grow for many years to come — thanks to a kidney transplant and the help of community donations during a fundraiser this week.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


The Sanford City Council will discuss asking the N.C. legislature to repeal the law making the city of Sanford elections partisan at Tuesday's council meeting.

Dec. 14, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Local trainers, law enforcement express faith in N.C. concealed carry training

Hands-on weapons training is an important component of any North Carolina concealed carry handgun class. But other states, some of which have reciprocity with North Carolina, offer online training for concealed carry permits that do not ever require applicants to pick up a gun.

Dec. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: County board to vote again on gun ordinance

The Lee County Board of Commissioners, with a new Democratic majority, will vote a second time Monday to reinstate a gun ordinance repealed by the previous Republican-controlled board which would prohibit concealed carry permit holders from bringing concealed weapons onto country property.

Dec. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Riding for the season

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Details emerge about shooting victim’s background

Despite Travis Faison’s criminal record indicative of a troubled past, family members say that doesn’t describe the Travis they knew.