News

Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'Preparedness is key'

Anyone in Lee County on April 16, 2011, would be hard-pressed to forget the devastation caused by the tornado that ripped through the county that day.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford City Council makes official bid to restore nonpartisan elections

Following a similar move by the Lee County Board of Education, the Sanford City Council unanimously approved a resolution this week asking the N.C. General Assembly to repeal a 2013 law


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Importance of early childhood programs stressed to lawmakers

During a legislative breakfast Wednesday at Cafe 121, representatives of United Way of Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children encouraged state representatives to continue to support quality childcare and early education in this year's legislative session


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

County moves forward after San-Lee fire

Although the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to proceed with removing asbestos from the Nature Center at San-Lee Park — a necessary first step toward restoring the facility following a fire in November — they heard it will be at least a year until a new center could be built.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Duke coal ash coming to Sanford by rail

All coal ash brought to a former clay mine in Sanford would be transported by rail only, Duke Energy and Charah representatives said at a Sanford Environmental Advisory Board meeting Tuesday.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chatham commissioners hear from Duke Energy, Charah

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners asked Duke Energy and Charah representatives Tuesday about alternatives to storing millions of tons of coal ash at Chatham and Lee county clay mine sites — learning that other options are being explored as a legislative time crunch looms.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

MOORE COUNTY: Southern Pines man sustains 'non-life threatening' injuries in shooting

The victim of a Friday shooting in Southern Pines sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to the Moore County Sheriff's Office.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:54 PM

Central Carolina Hospital opens wound care center

More than 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic wounds of which healing has been impeded by such diseases and conditions as diabetes, obesity, aging and the late effects of radiation therapy.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:52 PM

Policy could limit board members’ influence

After a new remote participation policy was passed earlier this month, Commissioner Kirk Smith believes the Democratic-majority of the board is trying to restrict opposing political viewpoints through its actions.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 11:51 PM

‘Revolutionize the world’

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 10:11 PM

‘Frankly, my dear,’ it’s a re-imagined classic

For its latest show, the Temple Theatre took the classic story of “Gone With the Wind,” added some Monty Python-esque comedy and a few musical numbers, mixed them all together and came up with “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again.”


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

What a fair is all about

Members of the Sanford Lions Club have always take pride in the Lee Regional Fair they host every year, but for the first time since 2009, they now have bragging rights that come with being the best fair of its size in North Carolina.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

NCDOT: More than 1,600 trucks could be used in fracking operations

Lee County residents could expect to see more than 1,600 trucks for each hydraulic fracturing operation that comes to the area, which could cause extensive road and bridge damage and take weeks to repair, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Family Promise stays afloat with local help

Family Promise of Lee County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless families, continues to stay afloat, despite a lack of grant funding, with the assistance of Lee County residents through volunteering and donations.



Jan. 18, 2015 @ 04:55 AM

For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time

For the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama will stand before a Republican-led Congress to deliver his State of the Union address and try to convince lawmakers newly empowered to block his agenda that they should instead join with him on education, cyberprotection and national security proposals.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 05:34 PM

'Missing a piece'

Ebony Price knows she was born in Sanford. She knows she was born at 10:57 a.m. on March 2, 1990. She knows she weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces at the time of her birth.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Officials pursue control over fracking

The Lee and Chatham county representatives to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Legislative Goals Conference this week spearheaded an effort to make returning power to local governments when it comes to coal ash storage a priority for the N.C. General Assembly’s 2015 session.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Take 5: Lee County Community Foundation - Paving avenues for philanthropy

This week, we Take 5 with Howard Bokhoven, president of the Lee County Community Foundation, about the foundation's work in Lee County. Bokhoven is a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Sanford.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

State Sen. Rabin takes oath of office in Raleigh

Col. Ret. Ronald J. Rabin, R-Lee, was sworn in this week for his second two-year term representing the 12th District in the North Carolina Senate — which includes Harnett, Lee, and Johnston Counties.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:26 PM

Something to rely on

While most parents have a laundry list of worries when their teenagers start driving, a fear of their child’s blood sugar dropping dangerously low while behind the wheel is not usually among them — unless their child has type-1 diabetes.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

City receives favorable bond ratings

With three bond ratings in hand, city of Sanford staff expect to receive favorable interest rates next week on the $8.5 million the city plans to use for part of the sidewalk and streetscape projects set to begin this spring.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 09:14 PM

Better than surround sound

One lucky Lee County couple and some close friends will get an opportunity tonight not often seen in an era of agents and press offices — a personalized concert in their own home from one of their favorite bands.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

LEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION: Board votes 6-1 to ask legislature to reinstate nonpartisan elections

Despite protests from one member, the Lee County Board of Education passed a resolution this week asking the N.C. General Assembly to repeal a 2013 law that made that board and the Sanford City Council elections partisan.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

SANFORD: 2,200 gallons of wastewater enter Cape Fear River Basin

More than 2,200 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into the Little Buffalo and Big Buffalo Creek from seven different manholes on Monday, according to the Sanford Public Works Department.