Sep. 09, 2014 @ 08:41 PM

Rides, exhibits draw fairgoers to opening night

The Lee Regional Fair's 77th edition is open for business. Local officials stood shoulder to shoulder Tuesday to cut the purple and gold ribbons, signaling the opening of the event at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Movie 'Memphis Belle' to soar over Sanford

A World War II-era bomber with film star credentials is returning to Sanford by popular demand — where it will be available to the public for flights and tours.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

General Assembly candidates debate fracking, teacher pay

Hydraulic fracturing was the focus at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce's public policy meeting Monday, which featured candidates for N.C. Senate and House.

Sep. 08, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Lee Commissioners vote 4-3 to repeal gun ordinance

Lee County Commissioners voted 4-3 to pass a resolution repealing a gun ordinance banning licensed concealed carry holders from bringing concealed weapons into public buildings.

Sep. 08, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Lee Regional Fair opens Tuesday

The 77th edition of the Lee Regional Fair begins Tuesday at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, which includes the fair parade at 4:45 p.m. followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Sep. 07, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

In a bun and on the air

Mr. & Mrs. Hot Dog Shack, a Sanford specialty hot dog stand owned by Chris and Jamie Whitt, will be featured on the television show Carnival Eats along with its sausage dog the Big Texas Kick.

Sep. 07, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Board considering gun ordinance change

Lee County commissioners will resume discussing a resolution to repeal a gun ordinance banning licensed concealed carry holders from bringing concealed weapons into public buildings at the meeting Monday.

Sep. 06, 2014 @ 07:56 PM

Chatham dedicates new memorial to all first responders

First responders and other residents gathered in Pittsboro Saturday for the Chatham County 9/11 First Responder Memorial dedication to honor not only those heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, but also all first responders who risk their lives on a daily basis.

Sep. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Central Carolina enters fair season with high hopes

As Sanford prepares to kick off the Lee Regional Fair on Tuesday, Moore and Chatham counties are planning for their own agricultural fairs later this month.

Sep. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Assessment serves as guide to improve, promote health of community members

This week, we Take 5 with Ashley Graham, the Health Education Supervisor for the Lee County Health Department, about Lee County’s Community Health Assessment.

Sep. 05, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: From New York to Sanford, Brookshire’s artwork admired

Beverly Brookshire has seen her paintings hang in galleries and restaurants across New York City, but for her, those honors pale in comparison to being named Artist of the Year by the Sanford Brush & Palette Club.

Sep. 05, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Carnival promises new experience at Lee fair

The Sanford Lions Club will be entrusting the operation of the Lee Regional Fair, which opens Tuesday, to a new carnival this year — one that offers big rides and better technology than ever before.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 08:27 PM

Graduation rate goes up

While Lee County schools celebrate the district’s increasing graduation rates, they are also looking at ways to improve students’ scores and participation when it comes to standardized testing.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford delegation bound for China to forge sister city ties

Sanford officials are planning to travel to a conference in China in October to cement relations with Sanford’s potential sister city, Yixing.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Loss of a thoroughbred

After eight years of helping Lee County students and at-risk youth overcome problems, Sienna, a 27-year-old Trakehner thoroughbred therapy horse known as Mr. Cee by those who worked with him, died last week.

Sep. 03, 2014 @ 08:36 PM

Registration for dual-enrollment spikes in Lee County due to CCW

As the Lee County School system wraps up its second week of the fall semester, college and career advisers at Lee County and Southern Lee high schools made clear one thing about the Central Carolina Works program — it’s working.

Sep. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC bond backers step up education, awareness efforts

Supporters say the four Central Carolina Community College bond issues Lee County residents will vote upon in November, which total $23 million, will have little to no effect on taxpayers and are all important to the college’s goals.

Sep. 02, 2014 @ 09:05 PM

The fair's coming to town

Sep. 02, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Local woman hurt in drive-by shooting

A local woman was treated and released from the hospital after being injured in a drive-by shooting Monday night, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Sep. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Citizens' Academy gives inside view of city government

Locals soon will have the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of their city government when a new program launches in a week.

Sep. 02, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Amid U.S. crisis, efforts afoot to assist immigrants locally

While the immigration debate faces gridlock on Capitol Hill, some in Sanford are focusing on offering guidance and support for undocumented immigrants in Lee County.

Sep. 01, 2014 @ 04:06 PM

Prizes, awards, just part of Lee Regional Fair fun

Winning 14 blue ribbons is nice. Walking away with a $500 check is, too.

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Keeping it in the community

They are the stalwarts of any small town, including Sanford, and they survive and thrive within a field of much larger competitors.

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Labor Day travel increase expected

More than a million North Carolina residents are estimated to travel more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend, which is the highest number of Labor Day holiday travelers in six years, according to AAA Carolinas.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

LABOR DAY: Locals reflect on satisfying jobs

On the eve of Labor Day, several Sanford residents have found work which makes them happy and will continue it as long as they are able.