Dec. 31, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

Foul play not suspected as a factor in death

Officials say foul play is not suspected in the death of a Moore County woman, whose body was found Friday night.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

Project Safe Neighborhoods aims to quell crime, improve quality of life

“We will not tolerate violence any more.”

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 04:54 AM

Unemployment rate decreased in Lee County in November

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 72 of North Carolina’s counties in November, including Lee, while increasing in 20 and remaining unchanged in eight, according to data released Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce — Division of Employment Security.

Dec. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford City Council to review bids for streetscape, sidewalk work

Local residents are one step closer to seeing several of the city's bond improvement projects become reality after the Sanford City Council meets next week to discuss bids for the work.

Dec. 30, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

'The greatest woman I've ever known'

A devoted nurse, wife and mother, Elderlene Keller taught her family to stay strong and never give up through her 73-year marriage and her more than 50 years working in health care in Lee County.

Dec. 29, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

Second lawsuit targets revised Chatham Park master plan

Pittsboro Matters, a grassroots nonprofit organization in Chatham County, has filed a second lawsuit against the town of Pittsboro for its approval of a revised master plan put forth by Chatham Park Investors earlier this month.

Dec. 28, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

SLCPP ready for official launch

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity will officially become a new Lee County organization in January and will utilize an improving nationwide manufacturing industry to expand existing businesses and attract new business to the county.

Dec. 28, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Lee County officials, residents voice support for law enforcement

Some Lee County commissioners voiced their support for local law enforcement in response to a recent letter to the editor questioning the board’s allegiances.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

Local shopping increases this holiday season

As Lee County residents and visitors from neighboring counties hit the retailers in downtown Sanford Saturday for the after-Christmas sales, store owners remarked on the increased holiday sales compared to last year – the result of an improving economy and more people shopping locally.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

A place to find healing

While one in three women will be affected by sexual assault in their lifetime, a recent donation by Modern Woodmen of America will help a nearly 30-year-old local nonprofit give these women and victims of domestic violence a brighter future.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

‘It breaks my heart’

When The Pantry moved its headquarters from Sanford to Cary in 2009, Ernestine Bridges felt like she was losing a friend that had been a local presence since 1967.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Career training lab helps with job-readiness skills

Individuals who have received notification of a layoff, currently unemployed, qualify for the Federal Earned Income Tax credit, or underemployed may qualify for free classes (fee waiver) to help with their job search and job-readiness skills.

Dec. 26, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

‘Choosing not to forget’

Before The Heritage Foundation started renovating the Black Heritage Community Cemetery behind Buffalo Presbyterian Church, it was difficult to tell there were gravestones in the densely wooded area.

Dec. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Dashing through the snow

For some, the ideal winter day might be spent wrapped in a blanket and sipping hot chocolate by the fire.

Dec. 25, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

A-caroling they go

Despite heavy rain, more than 300 Sanford residents gathered this week outside the Sanford Police Department to sing Christmas carols and show their gratitude to local officers for the work they do.

Dec. 25, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

Father of missing NC toddler charged with murder

Raleigh police have called off the search for a missing toddler and have charged the child's father with murder.

Dec. 25, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Shots fired at NC house where intruder slain earlier

Police are investigating after shots were fired into a house near Charlotte where a 14-year-old boy earlier shot and killed an intruder.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Local administrators doubt effectiveness of privately run, online charter schools

Among the problems Lee County Schools officials have with online, for-profit charter schools are the lack of student-teacher interaction and the cost to taxpayers and public schools.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Last-minute local gifts for less than $50

With Christmas only a day away, panicked shoppers can find some unique last-minute Christmas gifts for less than $50 in Sanford at several downtown businesses.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

NC officer cleared in man's shooting death

State investigators say an officer was justified when he shot and killed a man who had pulled a gun on police earlier this month at a home in Craven County.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Nonprofit files second lawsuit challenging Chatham Park approval

Pittsboro Matters, a grass roots non-profit sustainable community advocacy organization, filed a second lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Dec. 8 new master plan and rezoning for the 7,100-acre Chatham Park development.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

The greatest gift

While children write letters to Santa in hopes of getting the gifts they have dreamed of all year round, one Sanford family is grateful to be alive this Christmas.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Declining gas prices result in more holiday travel

Encouraged by the lowest gas prices in five years, a record number of North Carolina residents will travel 50 miles or more this holiday season with some stopping in Sanford.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Proposed gas pipeline bypasses Sanford

Despite a proposed alternative route that would take it through Lee County, Dominion Resource's Atlantic Coast Pipeline will not pass through Sanford on its route from West Virginia to Lumberton, according to a Dominion spokesman.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford man arrested in Va. in connection with five armed robberies throughout N.C.

Police in Emporia, Va., arrested a Sanford man for multiple charges of armed robbery on Saturday.