News: Sanford

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Civil Air Patrol's new chief of staff hails from Sanford

A Sanford resident will be joining the command staff of the Civil Air Patrol during its national conference in August.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 07:03 PM

Clay Aiken

Name: Clay Aiken

Age: 35

Place of birth: Raleigh

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

Aiken outlines Congressional aspirations

Congressional candidate Clay Aiken stopped by Sanford on Tuesday, meeting with Mayor Chet Mann and Democratic Party volunteers and having lunch at the Fairview Dairy Bar.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

HARNETT COUNTY: Sheriff's office makes fifth arrest in child sex crime case

The Harnett County Sheriff's office is investigating an alleged child sex ring reportedly run out of a home in Western Harnett County — making a fifth arrest in the case on Tuesday.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Authorities: As temperatures rise, so does crime

When June rolls around, according to local authorities, crime tends to increase.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Two wanted in convenience store robbery

The doors leading into the Short Stop Food Mart in Jonesboro are covered in stickers saying most of the cash on site is locked in a safe that employees can’t access.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:58 AM


Marshall Downey has been appointed as the Sanford-Lee County Planning Department's planning director after serving as the interim director since April, when Bob Bridwell retired from the position.

Downey, who spent 10 years as Bridwell's assistant director, said he plans to focus on making Sanford an attractive place for people to live and do business, as well as on streamlining the planning department to make it more efficient.

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

Keeping the Breadbasket 'blessed'

The Breadbasket goes through more than 100 pounds of meat and 140 cans of vegetables to serve a single meal. That adds up fast for the Sanford-based nonprofit, which serves a free lunch to anybody who needs one every Monday through Friday.

Thanks to a food drive hosted by the Central Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (CCSHRM), The Breadbasket will have a larger stock to draw from come July.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Partnership names CEO

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity has named Rodger Sauls as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. After being in transition for more than 18 months, Lee County’s economic development program now has a new leader.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

TAKE 5: Partnership for Prosperity is moving forward

This week, we Take 5 with Donnie Oldham, the president of Sanford Contractors, about the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity. Oldham is the chairman of the steering committee for SLCPP, the organization created in part by the planned merger of the Lee County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Feedback mixed on U.S. Open's economic impact for Lee County

The men's U.S. Open last week was good to hotels in Sanford, but not much else, according to multiple people in the local business community. And the women's tournament this week might not even be good for hotels.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Fishin' for a good time

North Carolinians are often drawn to the water during the summer, whether that's a pool, the ocean or the state's many lakes and rivers.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 04:58 AM


Sanford City Council meetings will once again start with an invocation after the council voted to reinstate prayer at its meeting Tuesday.

The vote was 4-3, with Byron Buckels, Jimmy Haire, Charles Taylor and J.D. Williams voting in favor of an invocation.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Fight for increased education funding comes to Lee County

Lee County teachers were notably absent from a rally in Sanford on Wednesday to demand better pay for teachers.

It wasn't because they were all on vacation. The reason, according to the only teacher who did attend, was actually quite full of irony: Many local teachers were at a mandatory, yet unpaid, training session.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 12:22 PM

One injured in moped, van collision

A collision this morning between a moped and a van injured one person, who was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, according to Sanford police.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Horner Boulevard resurfacing to start

The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) will close portions of Horner Boulevard from Fields Drive to Main Street for resurfacing starting June 22.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Workplace safety stars held as examples at awards banquet

The injury rate for North Carolina workers was the lowest it has ever been last year. But it's still not low enough, said N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry.

Berry stopped by Sanford on Tuesday, for a lunchtime awards ceremony to honor companies and government agencies from Lee and Moore counties who had gone at least a year — or, in the case of the Lee County Library, 21 years — without an employee being injured or killed on the job.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Sanford man charged in Broadway shooting

A Sanford man is in custody, charged with attempted murder, and a Lillington man is hospitalized following a shooting incident early Friday, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


(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.