Jul. 04, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

'There's no bitterness'

The opening of the two roundabouts at the intersection of Hawkins Avenue and U.S. 1 Friday signified a lot more than an end to construction work and detours for Debbie Spears.

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Location, location, location

Joe’s New York Deli and Lounge, 103 Wicker St., has closed its doors after only three months — yet another restaurant to come and go at that location.

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: All in the family

This week, we Take 5 with Jay Randolph, the valedictorian of the Class of 2015 at Southern Lee High School. Jay is the son of Jimmy and Julie Randolph.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 09:30 PM

Keeping July 4 fun, safe, legal

Lee County residents planning to celebrate Independence Day with a bang have plenty of fireworks and sparklers to choose from at places like the A & B Family Fireworks Sales tent on South Horner Boulevard.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Things that go 'Boom!'

Independence Day is fast approaching, and the skies above Sanford will explode with colors and "booms" come Saturday during Ammons Farm's Annual 4th of July Celebration.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 06:05 PM

VA clinic to be finished by year's end

Construction for Sanford's new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic is underway with concrete for its external walls to be poured next week and the entire project expected to be completed around the end of the year.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Fiscal year kicks off with no city tax increase

With a new fiscal year beginning on Wednesday, city officials reflected on the positive changes made in the 2015-16 budget

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Social media offer risks, rewards to local businesses

While Facebook and Twitter can fuel controversies such those brewing over the Confederate Flag and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, social media also can provide opportunities to businesses not available through more traditional methods.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 06:59 PM

Lights, camera, and ‘Action’

Action, a 7-year-old Border Collie owned by Sanford resident Bonnie Buchanan, was one of many local dogs to put their best paw forward in the recently released movie “Max.”

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

O.T. Sloan Park not likely site for sport complex

After hopes that a multi-sport complex could be built at Sanford's O.T. Sloan Park, as of Tuesday that dream will most likely not be feasible at that site.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Policing unit provides safety for online sales

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will provide residents selling or buying items through online sites, such as Craigslist or OfferUp, with a safe place to do business starting today thanks to the Community Policing Unit.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 06:51 PM

Doing more for Lee County

On Tuesday, Susan King left HAVEN in Lee County for the final time as its executive director, and today Sherry Overton Shudra takes her place.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:43 AM

Stunning car tells stories of veterans

From the front to the back of a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, red and white flames frame several images commemorating American soldiers who served from World War II to today.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

City could get $13M annually

The City of Sanford could receive up to $13 million per year for the next five to seven years for the treatment of leachate from Duke Energy’s Lee and Chatham county coal ash sites.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

The end of an era

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Amendment could clear way for more local solar farms

More solar farms could crop up in Lee County in the coming years if local boards approve an amendment to zoning rules this summer.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Community college tuition could jump $128 per year

Tuition at North Carolina community colleges has traditionally been among the lowest in the Southeast.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 07:26 PM

Teacher's assistants at risk as legislature tackles budget

Sharon Womble remembers when, as a teacher's assistant at Deep River Elementary School, she spent most of her time grading papers and preparing lesson plans.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

'Love is love'

With the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry, same-sex couples across the country rejoiced.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Take 5: Lee health director: Proposal would benefit people and cats

This week, we Take 5 with Terrell Jones, director of the Lee County Health Department. Jones has been with the department since August of 2011 and has a background in public health, particularly environmental health, at both the county and state level.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

Stepping through time

The musket cartridges that participants at the House in the Horseshoe's first-ever Backcountry Militia Day Camp made Friday were much less lethal, and much more sugary, than those used by the men involved in the skirmish at the residence in 1781.

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Woman accused of murder

A Sanford woman is being held under no bond after being arrested on a charge of using herion to murder her boyfriend, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 08:12 PM

Red Cross event promotes volunteerism

The American Red Cross volunteers at the nonprofit’s open house Thursday afternoon asked attendees many questions about how they stayed safe and what they could do to keep their community safe.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

The thrill of the hunt

The thrill of searching for hidden treasures, the exhilaration of finding that diamond in the rough, the satisfaction of paying 50 cents for a painting or pot worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Roundabouts to be released

Drivers should expect further road closures from Friday through July 2 before the Hawkins Avenue roundabouts open just in time for the July 4 holiday weekend.