Aug. 25, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

McCrory: Coal ash commission violates constitution

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina Legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution.

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

Arrest made in woman's shooting death in Cary

Authorities say a 36-year-old man wanted in the shooting death of a woman in a parking lot in Cary has been arrested.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

Strong Northern California earthquake causes injuries, damage

A large earthquake rolled through California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, damaging some buildings, igniting fires, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness.

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Orchestra takes walk on wild side in 27th season

The Lee County Community Orchestra will offer Lee County residents a glimpse at the wild side of music with the theme for its 27th season, “Symphonic Creatures.”

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Backpacks given out for start of new school year

Knowing that parents have a lot to deal with as they prepare their children to return to school on Monday, several Sanford residents decided to lighten the load by coming together to donate 250 backpacks to students and parents on Saturday.

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 10:50 PM

Cary police say Sanford woman dies after being shot

Cary police say a Sanford woman has died after being shot at a local home.

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5 — Rev. puts out ‘call for healing’ in wake of Missouri shooting

This week, we Take 5 with the Rev. Ricky Frazier in the aftermath of the events in Ferguson, Mo., which began with the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer. Frazier and the board of bishops of the AME Zion Church have penned an open letter to the community in response Brown’s shooting and the protests that have followed there. Frazier, who’s also a member of the Lee County Board of Commissioners, serves as the presiding elder of the Sanford district’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion churches.

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 04:55 AM

Business moves temporarily after vehicle hits local office

Employees at the Allstate — Gary Tyner Insurance office at 315 N. Horner Blvd. — are temporarily moving out of the building after a vehicle struck the side of the structure Thursday afternoon.

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:15 PM

Proposed rules criticized during fracking hearing

As approximately 100 speakers took their turn addressing the audience and members of the Mining and Energy Commission Friday night, some common themes emerged in their opinions on and objections to hydraulic fracturing. 

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 09:48 PM

Fracking hearing draws a crowd

More than 350 people converged Friday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center to either voice their support for or express concerns about rules for hydraulic fracturing developed by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission.

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Safety concerns nearly grind fracking hearing to a halt

With up to 700 people expected to turn out for the public hearing on hydraulic fracturing in Sanford Friday night, members of the state Mining and Energy Commission were scrambling to find security for the event just hours before the doors of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center were set to open.

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

EDUCATION: BOE backs CCCC bond referendum

The Lee County Board of Education knows that students don’t stop learning once they graduate from high school.

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Airport Authority repeats hearing on hangar plan

The Sanford-Lee County Airport Authority will hold a special meeting in September, when it will hear public comments on a plan to renovate a hangar to act as a maintenance facility for the N.C. Forest Service fleet of airplanes and helicopters.

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 09:18 PM

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Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Buggy Factory project progresses

The Sanford City Council, the Lee County Board of Commissioners and the newly-formed Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity (SLCPP) each approved a proposed lease agreement for the former Buggy Factory on Chatham Street this week, opening the door for the renovation of the building.

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hundreds attend fracking hearing in Raleigh

Hundreds attended a public meeting Wednesday in Raleigh on rules for hydraulic fracturing drilling in North Carolina, with many voicing opposition and some even breaking into anti-fracking songs at the podium.

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 09:44 PM

Local need higher than national use

A recent national study by Feeding America found that one in seven Americans rely on food pantries and meal service programs to stay fed, but according to local food pantries, an even greater need exists in Lee County.

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fracking rules up for comment

Lee County citizens and government officials are preparing for the local public hearing on the rules regarding hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

City Council tables support for CCCC bond referendum

The Sanford City Council on Tuesday tabled a resolution to support the Central Carolina Community College bond referendum that will appear on the Lee County ballot on Nov. 4.

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 09:19 PM

As school starts up, camps wind down

As children get ready to put down the beach towels and pick up the backpacks, summer programs at the Lee County YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford and Lee County are coming to an end.

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Commissioners give OK to Buggy Factory building

The Lee County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the lease agreement for the Sanford Buggy Factory building, the proposed site for the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity, at its meeting Monday night after a number of changes earlier in the day.

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Seniors, Boomers, Caregivers invited to 'celebrate living well' at annual Expo

For the 12th year running, The Enrichment Center of Lee County is presenting the Boomer, Senior and Caregiver Expo dedicated to connecting baby boomers, seniors and caregivers to resources that will assist them in later life.

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 09:27 PM

Christian schools resume classes, outline plans for upcoming year

A new semester means different things for local Christian schools — plans for a new elementary building at Lee Christian School, record-high enrollment at the Cavalry Education Center and new course offerings at Grace Christian School.

Aug. 17, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Visitor spending up in Central Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory and Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced this week that 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties saw an increase in visitor spending in 2013. That increase includes all four counties — Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore — in the Central Carolina region.

Aug. 17, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

LEE COUNTY: Commissioners to put Buggy Factory agreement to a vote

The Lee County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the lease agreement for the Sanford Buggy Factory, the potential future site of the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity, during its meeting Monday.