Apr. 02, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Count HAVEN in

Thanks to an $11,000 donation, plus other gifts and grants, HAVEN in Lee County has been able to reopen its shelter, resume paying its employees and restart all of its counseling, outreach and advocacy programs.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 04:40 PM

BREAKING: Former commissioner Paschal dies

Former Lee County Commissioner Ed Paschal died earlier today. He served on the board of commissioners for more than 20 years.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

2 domestic violence deaths in 2013

While domestic violence-related homicides decreased across the state, Lee County reported two such deaths in 2013.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City Council remembers fallen member

With the city’s flag at half mast and a red rose at the seat of the late Sanford City Councilman Walter McNeil, his cohorts remembered and praised their comrade Tuesday night.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Festival to feature students’ artistic skills

This Thursday, teachers and children from schools in and around Siler City are inviting all fans of the arts to a festival replete with music, drama, painting and more.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 10:07 PM

Glory of spring

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 06:17 PM

Companies want 2nd big natural gas pipeline in NC

Duke Energy Corp. and Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. said Tuesday they want to invest in a new natural gas pipeline into North Carolina that can deliver more of the cheap fuel to customers and especially to new power plants run by the country's largest electricity company.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

S&P 500 at record high on manufacturing pickup

New signs of life in the U.S. manufacturing sector helped push the stock market to a record high Tuesday.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Award-winning gospel singer to headline free concert in Sanford

An award-winning, Grammy-nominated gospel singer will visit Sanford this weekend, giving a free concert at Jonesboro United Methodist Church.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Chefs give Bojangles' reason to boast

Fast food restaurants in the same chain generally share the same menus and recipes from location to location, but quality can still vary depending on the chefs.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Spat between teens, grandparents ends in kidnapping charges

A dispute over a cell phone escalated after a Sanford teenager and his girlfriend held his grandparents against their will for two hours Sunday, authorities said.

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 07:51 PM

U.S. stocks close out a meager first-quarter gain

If 2013 was a year where the stock market went straight up, 2014 has started off as a year where the stock market moves sideways.

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Councilman's legacy: 'Leading by example'

An educator. A florist. A city councilman. An advocate.

Walter McNeil, the city's longest-serving and first black Sanford City Council member, was all of the above. The local leader died Sunday at Central Carolina Hospital and will be remembered as a champion of the place he was born, raised and served.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 09:32 PM

US, Russia talks fail to end Ukraine deadlock

The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a Pennsylvania community and raising the possibility that lawmakers will have to take sides.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Changes in store for elections

With candidate filing complete and the upcoming primary just a few months away, voters can anticipate several changes when casting their vote this election season.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Local, state politicians of both parties agree on Fort Bragg's importance

A dozen or so mayors from cities surrounding Fort Bragg visited recently to watch training exercises and interact with soldiers and civilian employees at the base. The message from base officials was clear: Bragg is an integral part of this area.

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Spring brings opening of area farmers' markets

The vernal equinox has come and gone, officially signaling the start of spring. But for many, spring doesn't really begin until they can go to the farmers' market — and that day is coming soon.

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 06:10 PM


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee Obamacare enrollment ‘average’

Monday is the deadline for residents to sign up for health insurance coverage or face a penalty from the federal government under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: Housing out of reach for many

This week, we Take 5 with Satana Deberry, executive director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Seven more join SRO ranks

Seven men and women joined Lee County’s law enforcement ranks as the newest School Resource Officers on Friday.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 10:09 PM

Duke Energy seeks to keep records from regulators

Worried about getting a fair shake from investigators, Duke Energy is asking a judge to shield its records from North Carolina regulators and environmental groups while a federal criminal probe is ongoing.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Stocks edge higher on consumer spending data

A positive report on U.S. consumer spending helped push stocks mostly higher Friday for the first time in three days.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Locals grapple with Obamacare

Private companies like Hobby Lobby have attracted significant attention in the debate over the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate recently, but public agencies are struggling with it, too.