Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fighting back

Some of those who attended Duke Energy's coal ash open house on Wednesday said the event probably didn't ease tensions, but rather encouraged numerous Lee County residents to fight harder to keep coal ash away from their homes.

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee sheriff announces numerous drug arrests

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday reported a number of unrelated narcotics arrests made over the last week, with charges ranging from possession to trafficking.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

'They haven't told us anything'

"We want answers."

That was the mantra friends and family of Travis Faison

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

SBI: Man killed in officer-involved shooting had gun

From a press release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety: "At the request of the Sanford Police Department, the SBI is investigating a Wednesday shooting incident involving a Sanford police officer who was attempting to serve warrants on Travis Faison, 26, for attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The warrants were in connection with a Dec. 5 shooting in Sanford.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Four Wilmington area men arrested in fatal 2013 home invasion

Four Wilmington area men have been arrested in connection with a 2013 home invasion in Sanford that left one victim dead, the Lee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Making the old new again

Nearly 50 community leaders, including real estate professionals and builders, gathered Wednesday off of Cool Springs Road to watch the golden blades of six shovels dig up the first batch of earth signaling the beginning of a new neighborhood in Sanford.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 07:29 PM

Man killed in police officer-involved shooting

One person was killed in a shooting involving a Sanford police officer Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of Magnolia Street, authorities have confirmed.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

Four Wilmington area men charged in 2013 Sanford homicide

Four Wilmington area men have been arrested in connection with a 2013 murder and home invasion in Sanford, the Lee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday. 

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

More stores, restaurants confirmed in retail center

Sanford residents will be able to shop and eat at more than 10 new stores and restaurants, including Buffalo Wild Wings, next year when they open their doors at the Shops at Cameron Place shopping center.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

HARNETT COUNTY: Area stores searched; money, synthetic drugs, gaming machines seized

The Harnett County Sheriff's Office made multiple arrests, filed dozens of charges and seized poker machines, hundreds of doses of synthetic marijuana and thousands in cash following a recent investigation into illegal activities at several area businesses.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 09:22 PM

Better communication, test scores top new BOE members' to-do lists

Improved test scores, programs and communication are just some of the changes that the new Lee County Board of Education members want to make during their terms after being sworn in Tuesday.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CHATHAM COUNTY: Eleventh person treated after cocaine use

An 11th individual was treated over the weekend after using cocaine that possibly was laced with some kind of chemical, and which caused fatalities in the Siler City and Bear Creek areas, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 09:25 PM

Commissioners urged to 'stand up and fight' against coal ash

Many of the more than 50 people who attended a public hearing Monday, hosted by the Lee County Board of Commissioners, took to the podium to voice their concerns about Duke Energy's intention to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Sanford – and ask county officials to fight the plan.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 09:19 AM

Duke officials detail upcoming public meetings on coal ash

Representatives from Duke Energy were in Sanford on Monday meeting with various groups to discuss the utility company's plans to store up to 20 million tons of coal ash at sites in Lee and Chatham counties.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Inspiring others to ask questions

During his nearly 10 years in law enforcement, Sanford resident Tim L. Smith sometimes felt like he had to enforce laws that were not always consistent with his strong constitutional and philosophical convictions, which raised questions in his mind about the government’s influence on law enforcement.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Sanford woman killed in weekend collision

The woman killed in a two-vehicle accident over the weekend has been identified as Karen Spurgeon of Sanford, authorities confirmed Monday. 


Dec. 07, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

'An absolutely beautiful thing'

The weather was gray and cloudy Saturday morning, but the holiday spirit of volunteers handing out gifts at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds brightened the day of more than 500 children in need of some Christmas cheer.

Dec. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Locals still can contribute via virtual packing tool

Sanford-area residents rallied to pack more than 14,500 shoebox gifts last month for children worldwide, who are struggling with war, disease, poverty and other difficult circumstances, according to Samaritan’s Purse — the nonprofit behind Operation Christmas Child.

Dec. 07, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

One person killed in wreck on 87

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

LIGHTS OF LOVE: CCH tradition has added meaning in 30th year

In December 1985, more than 250 people watched the lighting of a 25-foot Christmas tree on top of the Central Carolina Hospital. On Sunday, the Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary will continue this 30-year tradition by officially lighting the tree and kicking off the annual Lights of Love event.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:09 PM

Three people are dead after using cocaine laced with chemical

Three people have died and 10 more people have been treated Saturday after using cocaine which appeared to be laced with some kind of chemical.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

‘Standing up for the children’

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sanford-Lee County, an organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling young people to realize their potential, serves about 380 to 400 children per day.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Take 5: A passion for family ministry

This week, we Take 5 with Tamara Lamb about the N.C. Treasure Chest Ministry, which is seeking to serve the unchurched and families in need.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Groundbreaking to seal Autumnwood’s arrival

Officials will break ground Wednesday on Sanford’s first major housing development in several years — a project that, according to the mayor and others, could attract new residents and foster future growth.