Jul. 04, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

Booming with pride

A mother dancing with her toddler to the twangy tune of “Wagon Wheel.” Children lining up get their faces painted. Teenagers and their parents grilling hot dogs to raise money for sports teams. American flags being waved and worn.

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 03:56 PM

North Carolina coast survives Hurricane Arthur

Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea.

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 02:47 PM

July Fourth celebrations include fireworks, food

The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Here are some highlights:

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

With outside help, HAVEN on path to financial health

A $25,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a $10,000 grant from Lee County and the kickoff of the "Count Me In" fundraising campaign have members of Lee County HAVEN hopeful

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

HAVEN needs volunteers

HAVEN Executive Director Susan King said that, despite financial hardships, HAVEN has more services in place now than it did a year ago.

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

LEE SHERIFF: Three men charged with drug crimes

Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents made several arrests Thursday for alleged drug-related offenses.

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Man arrested, items seized in meth bust

Moore County officials have busted a suspected meth-making operation on Chalmers Road, off of Carbonton Road near where Moore, Lee and Chatham counties come together.

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

'Hallelujah, and thanks for everything'

William Waddell has lived through every war his country has fought between World War I and the current War on Terror.

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Citizens raise concerns at hearing about water rules

With a muffled beat of bass and snare drums sounding from just outside, anti-fracking activists spent Tuesday evening voicing concerns to several state regulatory officials who had come to Sanford.

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Rising country star lends talent to Wounded Warriors

Several upcoming concerts will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, and organizers are also hoping the shows help launch one local teen into stardom.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Horner Blvd. repaving wraps up without delays, complaints

The $4.29 million repaving project that includes a new road surface for a stretch of Horner Boulevard was scheduled to wrap up Wednesday night, after about a week and a half of work on Horner.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 03:21 PM

Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm

Along much of the East Coast, hotel owners, tourism officials and would-be vacationers kept a watchful eye on forecasts Wednesday as Tropical Storm Arthur churned off Florida, threatening Fourth of July plans for thousands of people.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 03:19 PM

N.C. governor: Don't wear 'stupid hat' during storm

Gov. Pat McCrory is urging residents and visitors to "not put your stupid hat on" as North Carolina prepares for Tropical Storm Arthur, which is forecast to become a hurricane as it approaches the state.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Sanford man now charged in two drive-by shootings

Police have charged a local man, who is suspected in a June 22 drive-by shooting, with a similar shooting on Saturday that caused injury.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Store owner's last moments recounted as murder trial begins

A Lee County man is standing trial this week on murder charges from nearly five years ago.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

'Here for one purpose — to help'

Tamekia Dowdy founded Inspire and Motivate Our Future Inc. with a single goal in mind — to equip underprivileged children with the tools they need to succeed in both school and life.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

Water quality hearing draws anti-fracking crowd

A public hearing in Sanford Tuesday night on proposed new water quality regulations drew a large crowd, many of whom got up to speak about their opposition to hydraulic fracturing.


Jul. 01, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

A cool landing

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Sanford shooting suspect charged

Marquise Laurice Wilson, 20, of 3504 Hiawatha Trail, Sanford, has been charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and 20 counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property, according to the Sanford Police Department. 

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Moore Hobby Lobby patrons praise SCOTUS ruling

The Supreme Court's decision on Hobby Lobby — that the retailer's owners and owners of other private companies can't be compelled to provide birth control as part of health insurance coverage in violation of their religious convictions — proved Monday to be quite divisive.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Post rejoins CCCC Board of Trustees

A local attorney was reappointed to the Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees Monday, after the school boards in Lee, Chatham and Harnett counties signed off on the decision.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 12:01 AM

One victim, several homes struck in drive-by shooting

At least one man was injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon on Courtland Drive, authorities reported Monday.

Jun. 30, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Sanford Lions forced to increase fair price or face shortfall

The Sanford Lions Club may lose up to $8,000 in revenue due to the North Carolina legislature's recent decision not to exempt agricultural fairs from the admissions tax it passed last year.

"The issue is that, unless we raise our admission to cover the price of the tax, which will be close to 50 cents on a $7 admission, we'll just have to eat it," said Sanford Lions Club Treasurer Bob Nelson. "If we just have to eat it, we're talking about a significant loss for the Lions Club."

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Cooperative Extension celebrates 100th anniversary

The methods may have changed for the Lee County Cooperative Extension, but it’s had the same goal for the last 100 years — educating county residents about how to make sound decisions for their families.