Dec. 02, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Sanford Christmas Parade

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County Commissioners welcome new members, chairman

The new Democrat-led Lee County Board of Commissioners named Amy Dalrymple as its chairwoman Monday and voted to change the time of its regular meetings from 6 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The board also discussed taking further action in response to Duke Energy's plan to store up to 8 million tons of coal ash in Sanford now that the new members are in place.

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee commissioners vote to amend gun ordinance — again

The Lee County Board of Commissioners, with a newly sworn-in Democratic majority, voted to reinstate a gun ordinance repealed by the Republican-controlled board and removed three recently appointed members from two local boards Monday. All signaling a quick departure from the previous board's leanings.

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

'This doesn't help us'

Local government, business and community leaders raised a number of concerns regarding Duke Energy's plans to transport and store 20 million tons of coal ash in Sanford and Moncure during a closed meeting Monday afternoon at The Flame.

Bob Joyce, president of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the meeting, said the chamber kept attendance to a minimum to promote more in-depth questions and answers.

Dec. 01, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

Parade preparations

Dana Slate, right, fits a Santa hat on Chaplin Slate, 2, as they prepare to set up the Kelly's School of Dance parade float for the upcoming Sanford Christmas Parade on Monday.

Dec. 01, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

Broadway woman airlifted, no children injured in school bus wreck

A Broadway woman was life-flighted to UNC Hospitals following a wreck involving her vehicle and a school bus Monday morning, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Police reported that the bus driver and the 10 children on the bus were uninjured.

Nov. 30, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Clydesdales newest Christmas parade attraction

While the Central Carolina Jaycees gear up for this year’s Sanford Christmas Parade, some members and other local residents look forward to the arrival of the Express Clydesdales — a first-time addition to the parade.

Nov. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Playing big role in Sanford

While “Black Friday” may conjure images of stampeding shoppers fighting for the best bargain, Small Business Saturday is all about communities coming together to support local retailers.

Nov. 29, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

'A tragic day'

The display cases of the Nature Center at San-Lee Park are empty and charred, and the park will be closed until Monday after a fire damaged the park offices Saturday morning.

Nov. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

'One of the best stories in our community'

With grants dwindling during the last few years, a recent $10,000 donation from Modern Woodmen of America will help Communities in Schools of Lee County provide more assistance to local children this holiday season.

Nov. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Take 5: Needs increase for charitable groups as Christmas nears

This week, with the holiday season under way, we Take 5 with the leaders of five local charitable organizations to ask the question: How can people in Lee County help you meet your biggest needs between now and Christmas?

Nov. 28, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Black Thursday?

When Belk opened its doors for the first time ever on Thanksgiving, at 6 p.m. Thursday, more than 700 people were already lined up outside waiting to get in.

Nov. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Leave some room for Sweet Potato Pie

SANFORD — Lee County residents still stuffed with turkey can follow up their Thanksgiving feast with a hefty portion of Sweet Potato Pie at The Temple Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday.


Nov. 27, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

Served with love

Eleven-year-old Jordan Hilliard spent hours making 100 cards to distribute to people in need who visited The Bread Basket on Thanksgiving Day – just one of the many ways the spirit of giving was visible in Sanford on Thursday.

The Bread Basket, located at 140 East Chisholm St. in Sanford, was one of three organizations serving free meals Thursday, along with Bread of Life Ministries of Sanford and Mrs. Wenger's Restaurant. These organizations collectively supplied food to more than 500 people.

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

New commissioners to consider gun ordinance amendment

The Lee County Board of Commissioners and its new Democratic majority could consider overturning part of a controversial countywide gun ordinance Monday.

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Some retailers kick off the Christmas season as early as Thanksgiving Day

Potatoes are yet to be mashed and turkeys aren't even in the oven yet, and already some stores are preparing to get a jump on the Christmas shopping season this evening.

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Former CCCC student becomes executive director of Farmer Foodshare

When Gini Bell registered for a Sustainable Energy Biofuels class at Central Carolina Community College in 2008, working with food was the farthest thing from her mind.

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

LILLINGTON: 'Songs of Christmas' Festival set for Dec. 13

From a parade to ornament making, Lillingon has a number of holiday-oriented activities planned during its upcoming “Songs of Christmas” Festival. 

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Christmas kettle drive starting

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Blessings abound

Thanksgiving is a time when families reflect on the gifts they have in one another and the blessings in their lives for which they are thankful.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

New member appointed to CCCC board

In their final meeting before the swearing in of two new members on Monday, the Lee County Board of Commissioners made one final appointment Tuesday, naming Bruce Ledford to the Central Carolina Community College’s Triangle South Workforce Development Board.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

'We can do more than I'

The effects of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, rippled far beyond Ferguson — and more than 800 miles away, Sanford took notice.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Residents recognize how farming and technology work together to feed the world at Farm-City Week

More than 150 Lee County farmers, officials and other residents gathered Monday for the annual Farm-City Week Banquet to highlight the importance of farming in the county and emphasize how technology, investment and youth involvement could improve today’s farming practices.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 09:58 PM

Getting ready for the rush

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC Board of Trustees marks new Health Sciences Center as top priority

The Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees has set the order in which it would like to see the Lee County Board of Commissioners issue the four bonds totaling $23 million that voters approved earlier this month, with the construction of a new Health Sciences Center topping the list.