News: Sanford

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Chatham to see 12 million tons of coal ash over next five years

Editors note: This is the first article in a four-part series on Duke Energy's intent to store coal ash in Lee and Chatham counties. Tomorrow's installment looks back on how leaders blocked prior attempts to bring unwanted materials into Lee County.

PITTSBORO — Lee County was not the only place shocked by Duke Energy's announcement last week that the company would be storing millions of tons of coal ash from across North Carolina in the area.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Freshmen Democrats face uphill battle in House

When the North Carolina General Assembly convenes in January for 2015’s long session, Lee County's representation in the state's House chamber will look a lot different than it did for the body's last long session.

The N.C. House District 51 seat, held for the past four years by Republican Mike Stone, was taken by Democratic challenger Brad Salmon in November's election. Salmon will be joined in the House by Robert Reives II, who won election to the District 54 seat after having been appointed to it this past January, following 2012 winner Deb McManus’ resignation.

Nov. 17, 2014 @ 10:29 PM

Duke Energy plans public hearings on coal ash

In the coming weeks, Duke Energy will hold two public information meetings -- one each in Lee and Chatham counties -- in an attempt to make residents more comfortable with their plan to store up to 3 million tons of coal ash in Sanford.

Nov. 17, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Citizens protest Duke Energy, voice coal ash concerns at Board of Commissioners meeting

A handful of protesters stood outside the Lee County Government Center protesting while citizens packed the board room in anticipation of Duke Energy's presentation on its plans to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Lee County over the next five years at Monday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.

"It's a source of pollution we do not need in Lee County," said Ed Harris as he held a banner reading "Don't dump coal ash on our communities." "This is a convoluted, multi-layered policy they're trying to sneak in on us."

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:04 AM


As the owner of Eleven Bar East Ranch, Robert Helms holds events at his ranch which attract visitors from across the country to Lee County.

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

LEE COUNTY: Solar farms and coal ash are on county board agenda

Lee County staff will give a presentation Monday about feedback from nearby counties on their experiences with solar farms at Monday's board of commissioners meeting.

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

SANFORD-LEE COUNTY PARTNERSHIP FOR PROSPERITY: Board to get new appointments in commissioner meeting

Three members will be appointed to the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity board at Monday's Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting with outgoing Commissioner Jim Womack as one of the names in the hat.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:10 PM

Fall into winter

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

LEE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Residents upset with coal ash plan to protest

Just 24 hours after Duke Energy surprised local citizens and government officials with the announcement that up to 8 million tons of coal ash could make its way to Lee County over the next five years, concerned Sanford residents already are planning to formally protest the company’s plans.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Serving those who serve

Veterans, recruiters and representatives from 16 colleges across North Carolina packed a veterans college Fair Friday morning — focused on how best to cater to the educational needs of members of the military once they are done with their service.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Author pens third book on church budgets

This week, we Take 5 with Lisa London, an accountant who has just published her third book in “The Accountant Beside You” series.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 02:24 AM

Wreck causes injuries, damage

Nov. 14, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

'Cheap and dirty solution'

Reaction was swift from residents and officials Thursday after Duke Energy revealed plans to store up to 3 million tons of coal ash in Brickhaven Mine, Moncure, in Chatham County, and the Sanford Mine, Sanford, Lee County.

Nov. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Despite controversy, SHA board hires new exec. director in unanimous vote

The Sanford Housing Authority, responsible for more than 450 units of subsidized housing and $2 million in assets, has found a new leader to replace the man who held the position for the past 12 years.

Nov. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The Y's "We Build People"

Nov. 14, 2014 @ 04:56 AM

Four charged with shooting into occupied Sanford home

Four suspects are accused of attempted first-degree murder, in addition to other charges, in connection with a shooting into an occupied home Wednesday night.

Nov. 13, 2014 @ 03:51 PM

Woman pleads guilty in child porn case

The wife of a registered sex offender who ran a home child care in Sanford as a front for a child porn production operation faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge.

Nov. 14, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Sanford could serve as storage site for coal ash

Duke Energy’s surprise announcement Thursday that it would be transporting millions of tons of coal ash to Lee County is being described as a reclamation project.

But Lee County Manager John Crumpton, along with many Lee County residents, have major issues with the project as part of Duke Energy’s plans to close the coal ash basins that store the material generated from it’s North Carolina power plants.

Nov. 13, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Starting with pottery

After delegates from Sanford visited China at the end of October, the city is one step closer to forming a sister city relationship with the city of Yixing in China, which delegates say will benefit Sanford culturally and economically in the short and long term.

Nov. 13, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Songwriter still in tune with his home

Taylor Phillips has toured the nation with country singers like Kellie Pickler, but the newly signed songwriter always will call Sanford home.

Nov. 13, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Officials: Lee County in solid financial standing

Despite election-season claims to the contrary, Lee County Manager John Crumpton and some current county commissioners said the county has sufficient reserves on hand for unforeseen circumstances or purchases.

Nov. 12, 2014 @ 07:47 PM

Sanford Housing Authority gets new leader

After a lengthy, and at some points heated, discussion, the Sanford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to hire Shannon McLean, of the Durham Housing Authority, as the organization's executive director during the board's meeting Wednesday night. 

Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Cavs raise the Brick

Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

'They could have taken all our lives'

From the moment the first bullet tore through her window to the final gunshot that shattered the glass on her front door, Sanford native Bonita Times had one thought racing through her mind — to protect her 2-month-old grandson sleeping quietly in her daughter's bedroom.

Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee BOE says goodbye to Smith, Bonardi

When her 43-year-old son, Renauldos, lost his battle with brain cancer in September 2005, serving on the Lee County Board of Education was the last thing on Dr. Linda Smith's mind.