Aug. 01, 2015 @ 05:07 AM

Kids bond with deputies at LCSO Youth Academy

Dozens of local children saw law enforcement officers in a different light this month thanks to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Youth Academy

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Take 5: Joyce: Community is getting back its competitive edge

This week, we Take 5 with Bob Joyce, the new director of economic development for the Sanford Area Growth Alliance.

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 07:40 PM

‘What’s your emergency?’

Mary Smith, a 20-year telecommunicator with the city of Sanford’s dispatch center, initially took the position because she liked helping people.

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

A miracle man

More than two months after a cardiac arrest event that gave him just a 4 percent chance of surviving, Sanford's Dennis Wicker — a two-term lieutenant governor and former longtime member of the N.C. House — has been reflecting on the reasons he believes he is still alive today.

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Rabin: Political correctness akin to Nazi book burnings

Sen. Ronald Rabin (R-Lee, Harnett) had strong words for what he saw as a national push for politically correct language during a floor speech at the N.C. State Legislative Building in Raleigh Thursday.

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Duke selects Enterprise Park for Site Readiness Program

Sanford secured a powerful ally in attracting industry to the area Thursday when Duke Energy officially selected Enterprise Park, located on Clyde Rhyne Drive, for the company's Site Readiness Program.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

New chamber leader appointed

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance announced Wednesday that Meg Moss, a former Lee County Industries executive director, has been named executive director of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Candidate attacks council effectiveness

In his first public appearance as a Sanford City Council candidate, Karene McLean, a Democrat challenging incumbent Rebecca Wyhof for the Ward 5 seat, criticized the transparency of the council and its representation of residents.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee unemployment rate up from May, down from year ago

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of 100 North Carolina’s counties in June — including Lee

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:06 AM

Creating stronger neighborhoods

The first of Sanford's 2015 National Night Out events will start at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, but before the night is over, 30 other events — full of food, fun and friendship — will get underway throughout Sanford.

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Lee officials reflect on state secretary's tenure

Following N.C. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata's sudden resignation on Tuesday, local officials remembered his recent visit to Lee County and praised him for his responsiveness to the needs of the state.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

HOUSE IN THE HORSESHOE: History repeats at annual battle reenactment

When visitors congregate at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site this weekend, they'll watch a battle unfold just as it did when loyalists and revolutionaries clashed there in 1781.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

'Tempest' in the park

Temple Theatre will test performers' talents this week with a different, outdoor venue — intended to make the story more accessible to local residents — and a production by the world's most beloved playwright.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

One dead, several hurt in weekend wrecks

A pedestrian died in one traffic accident over the weekend in Lee County, while a car overturned and multiple people were injured in another, according to local authorities.

Jul. 27, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Sew long to Dot's

After nearly 36 years in business, Dot Hall, owner of Dot's Alterations, has accumulated numerous friends, customers, commendations and memories at her store — but she will close shop for the last time in about two months.


Jul. 26, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Sanford pedestrian dies in U.S. 1 wreck

A Sanford pedestrian was killed in a wreck Saturday afternoon after walking out into traffic on U.S. 1, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

Lee schools switch to 10-point scale this year

Scoring As on tests and other assignments will be a little easier for K-12 students in Lee County Schools this year thanks to a Lee County Board of Education decision

Jul. 26, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

A passion for downtown

After 12 years serving as the executive director of Downtown Sanford Inc., David Montgomery will step down to transition into a new position with the city this week and a familiar face will take his place.

Jul. 26, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

MLK park changes to move forward despite concerns

The Sanford City Council plans to move forward on improvements to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park despite concerns from Councilman Charles Taylor and some local residents about using the funds for other projects.


Jul. 26, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

Wild population of endangered red wolves falls

A revised population estimate puts the world’s only wild population of endangered red wolves at their lowest level since the late 1990s

Jul. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee sheriff to offer church security class

The Lee County Sheriff's Office, spurred by the shooting last month that left nine dead at a church in Charleston, South Carolina will be holding a church security seminar

Jul. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Take 5: Parks, rec programs cater to range of interests

This week, we Take 5 with Brandi Phillips, the recreation programmer for the Lee County Parks & Recreation Department.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 07:07 PM

Sanford 'B-Dubs' opens Monday

As the staff of the new Buffalo Wild Wings on South Horner Boulevard greeted guests Friday with an enthusiasm matching Mel Gibson’s army of Scots in "Braveheart," it was difficult to tell that many employees were entirely uninitiated in the ways of "B-Dubs” just nine days ago.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 05:05 AM

D.A. expects decision soon in police shooting

A decision about whether a Sanford police officer will be charged in a fatal, on-the-job shooting could come in early August, according to a member of the district attorney's office in Lee County.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

Downtown drinking

Residents and visitors can now enjoy a beer in the streets of downtown Sanford or Jonesboro a few times a year following the approval of a city ordinance that supporters say will help attract Millennials to the area.