News: Sanford

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

DESTINATION: SANFORD

(Editor's note: This is the second in a four-part series examining why people move to Sanford — and why others never moved away in the first place.)

You can't choose where you're born, but you can choose where you settle down and raise a family.

What about those who claim Sanford as their birthplace — and their current home?


Jun. 13, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Lee no longer included in proposed N.C. law

Lee County has been scrubbed from a bill that would have prevented the school board from suing the county over improper funding after local school leaders questioned both its motives and constitutionality.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Leaving on a high note

After 31 years teaching in Lee County, including working at J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School every year it has existed, Danny Hester is retiring.

Hester will continue working at Campbell University and is thinking of starting a community choir in Jonesboro.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

DESTINATION SANFORD: Schools, small-town charm rank among city's selling points

Editor's note: This is the first in a four-part series examining why people move to Sanford — and why others never moved away in the first place.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Channeling grief into grace

SANFORD — John Ryan Parker was just under 9 months old when doctors found a glioblastoma, a fast-growing malignant tumor, in his brain. He died shortly after, but his memory will live on in the participants of the Rogue Alpha Rush 5K mud run to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.



Jun. 10, 2014 @ 08:40 PM

Lee Christian graduates told to live a spiritual life

The 17 students in Lee Christian School's Graduating class were told Tuesday night by classmates, teachers and guest speakers to do one thing as they go on with their lives.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City, county cooperate on O.T. Sloan, economic development projects

A group of city and county leaders met Monday and came closer to finalizing plans on both a massive sports complex at O.T. Sloan Park and a new building to house various planning and economic development agencies.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Lee commissioners, BOE take opposing stances on state bill

Last year, it was several local bills that split the two boards. This year, the proposed legislation causing the division is a statewide bill that would affect just five counties, including Lee.


Jun. 08, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Little-known motor sport, with passionate fans, visits Sanford

The U.S. Open is the talk of the town as far as sports tourism goes, although one local man brought about 50 people to town this weekend for a tournament of his own.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 08:48 PM

LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: ‘Be the best you without being all about you’

More than 300 seniors graduated Friday night from Lee County High School, and speakers at the ceremony gave them a dose of reality as they geared up to enter the real world.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Funding questions loom for Lee commissioners, school board

Politicians of all stripes, both locally and at the state level, have routinely agreed North Carolina teachers should be paid more. Yet the issue continues to be fraught with controversy.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

TAKE 5: Foundation chairman promotes partnership to strengthen education

This week we Take 5 with Jamie Kelly, the chairman of the Lee County Education Foundation.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 11:15 PM

SOUTHERN LEE HIGH SCHOOL: Friends, family cheer graduates

Southern Lee High School seniors clad in their school colors walked onto the school’s football field Thursday night amid celebratory shouts from their loved ones, who were gathered in the bleachers to watch the commencement ceremony for the class of 2014.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 08:38 PM

Jackets class of 2014 graduates

The Lee County High School class of 2014 graduated Friday night, with basketball coach and athletic director Reggie Peace giving the commencement address.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford hotels booked as U.S. Open approaches

After months of waiting, local hotels are finally starting to see guests trickle in for the U.S. Open tournaments.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

'Doing what we had to do'

It has been 70 years since American soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of what Sanford resident Mark Gilles — and historians — consider the most significant operation of World War II.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

CITY OF SANFORD: 2014-15 budget, including tax increase, clears city council

The Sanford City Council approved an operating budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015 this week that includes a 6-cent property tax increase.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Downtown concert series is back, bigger by popular demand

The city is expanding on a longtime tradition this summer, offering free concerts in Depot Park every week, instead of just once a month, through mid-September.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Gov. McCrory signs NC fracking gas drilling bill

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for gas drilling by a method called fracking in North Carolina as soon as next spring.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

Grace graduates challenged to be individuals

The overwhelming message to Grace Christian School seniors from speakers Tuesday night was simple: don't conform.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 07:06 PM

One man charged, one at large following Walmart shooting

Two men were questioned Wednesday following a lunchtime shooting at Walmart, and one has been charged, according to police.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Incentives for GKN approved

The Lee County Commissioners voted Monday night to pay a company for guarantees that it will create more than 100 jobs and bring millions of dollars of taxable property back to Sanford.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

McCrory says he will sign fracking bill

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will sign North Carolina's fracking legislation into law this week.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Cruising into the past

Based on the vehicles that will be gathered at Depot Park this weekend, visitors may feel like they were transported back in time.