Sep. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

More funds needed for sports complex study

Members of the Lee County Commissioners and the Sanford City Council will return to their respective boards to recommend increasing funds for a feasibility study for a multi-sport complex project, potentially at the O.T. Sloan Park, after a joint session Monday. 

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Lee business leaders give schools feedback through advisory council

When Lee County business leaders collaborate with school officials, students will be better prepared to enter the business world upon graduation. That is the logic behind the Superintendent's Advisory Council on Economic Competitiveness, which held its first meeting of the 2014-2015 school year Monday afternoon.

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Local voters urged to be mindful of dates, new laws

While more than 50 Lee County residents already have requested an absentee ballot from the state since they became available Sept. 5, more important dates and new policies are coming up that residents need to be aware of for this election cycle.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Library invites local authors in as part of new changes

Coinciding with the retirement of library director Michael Matochik, the Lee County Library is undergoing other changes to get the community more involved at the library, including the incorporation of book signings into the annual book sale and a Living Library Fund.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City, county reps to meet on ecomonic issues

Representatives from Sanford City Council and Lee County Commissioners will meet Monday to discuss continuing economic development through the O.T. Sloan Park, the Colon Road lift station and broadband Internet for the Lee County Industrial Park.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

CCCC history students learn about tobacco farming

For decades, tobacco flourished as the South’s No. 1 cash crop. Even though the popularity of cigarettes began to dwindle in the 1960s, demand for domestically grown tobacco is still great enough to support a number of large farmers throughout the South.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 04:56 AM

Panel starts reviewing Common Core standards in NC

A commission on Monday will begin reviewing the Common Core targets for math and the English language that North Carolina's public school students must meet.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

'A life-changing partner'

Samantha Duerring goes to school. She likes to sing, and she runs cross country.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

BWAP looks to make learning fun

Parents of Lee County children grades three through eight will have a new option for no-cost after-school care starting Monday with the opening of Born with a Purpose at God’s Promise Church on Main Street in Sanford.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Lee Wildlife Club to host open house

This week, we Take 5 with Bob McCorkle, the president of the Lee County Wildlife Club, which is hosting an open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

Not just a job — ‘a vocation’

The director of the Lee County Library will be retiring in December, after more than 30 years spent tending to the knowledge stored in the library’s voluminous 130,000-plus book collection.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Bonds receive wide range of support

Central Carolina Community College’s bond issues, on the November ballot, have garnered bipartisan support and two new endorsements.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Progress ongoing at Endor Iron Furnace

Dismantling continues at The Endor Iron Furnace — a 150-plus-year-old, Civil War-era structure where pig iron was produced for the Confederacy.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

Library book sale

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

Sanford woman shot, suspect arrested Wednesday night

A local woman was hospitalized after being shot Wednesday night during an altercation with an aquaintance, according to authorities. 

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Mann: 'Sky's the limit' during sister city visit

Officials from the City of Sanford will visit a potential Chinese sister city, Yixing, in October to not only solidify relations as sister cities, but also to discuss partnering their respective community colleges.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Kelly's Clean Cars, razed by fire, finds new home

After their car-detailing business burned down in July, Kelly and Terrie Gibson worked out of their truck with limited supplies and equipment for almost a month. Needing a more permanent solution, the Gibsons were ecstatic Wednesday when they reopened Kelly's Clean Cars at a new and improved location.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Gross Farms corn maze, pumpkin patch opening signal fall season

Pumpkin spice lattes are good, and it's always fun to watch the leaves change. But nothing heralds fall like the sight of thousands of stalks stretched out across 13 acres that signal the return of the Gross Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, opening Saturday.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB: Fall fundraiser's object is to 'celebrate youth'

Board members of the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County know showing is always better than telling. And the club wants to use its Celebrate Youth auction and fundraiser to show the community what it does for the children of Lee County.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

'Extreme Savings' await attendees of 26th annual Small Business Expo

Between 50 and 75 local companies will offer special promotions and make connections with hundreds of potential customers next week during the 26th annual Small Business Expo.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Tramway acquires state-of-the-art fire engine

Tramway Fire Department's new $510,000 2014 E-1 Typhoon fire engine, which was paid for without raising the district's fire tax rate, will be put into service as early as next week after it's fitted with a few minor pieces of equipment.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Fire victim remembered as good friend, neighbor

Friends and neighbors remember Jack Rollins, 59, the man who died as a result of a house fire early Sunday morning, as handyman of the Carr Creek community where he lived.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Nearly 30,000 attend Lee Regional Fair

With the rides already packed up and moved out, Sanford Lions Club members deemed the Lee Regional Fair a success this year despite two power outages and inclement weather.

Sep. 15, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

History takes flight

Oscar A. Smith Jr. moved about the narrow B-17 aircraft Monday with fondness and familiarity — despite not having flown in one for 70 years.

Sep. 14, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

One dead, one injured in Sanford house fire

The Sanford man killed in a house fire at 1612 Prosperity Drive at 2:30 a.m. Sunday has been identified as James Rollins, 59, by Sanford Fire Chief Wayne Barber.