Jun. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM


The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity will be another step closer to getting up and running when the organization's first CEO starts work on July 7.

Rodger Sauls, who has worked in Lee County and the surrounding area for 20 years as a business development executive with Progress Energy, accepted the position of CEO of the partnership, which merges the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lee County Economic Development Corporation into one public-private entity.

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Legislators back efforts to help veterans, dropouts earn degrees

College is expensive. The cost can be prohibitive for many, leading them to either put off continuing their education or take on debt that can end up being too much to handle.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Graduating to a better future

It was a different kind of graduation.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Stocks head lower on Wall Street, led by banks

Banks and other financial firms tugged the stock market slightly lower Thursday as a mixed batch of economic reports and earnings results gave investors little reason to push the market up.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Dandalia among businesses hit by vandals

A series of break-ins have targeted local businesses recently, with at least one being forced to close until next week.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Artists use empty storefront to make statement

Pedestrians on Steele Street in downtown Sanford likely have noticed an art installation which appeared about two weeks ago, featuring pottery, string, old newspapers and a video of people speaking in slow motion with no sound.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

City Council grants $7,500 to shore up Brick Capital

Brick Capital Community Development Corporation secured a $7,500 contribution Wednesday from the Sanford City Council to help fund an assessment of the nonprofit's financial data and develop strategies

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Middle-schoolers learn through discovery in robotics challenge

Trial and error has been the name of the game this week, as about 20 middle school students try their hands at making robots that must be able to navigate a tricky obstacle course.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

BROADWAY: Some fees increase, but property tax rate steady

The 1,200 residents of Broadway will not face a property tax rate increase this coming year. However, people in the city limits and in the surrounding unincorporated areas will see higher fees for water, sewer and solid waste pickup.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Civil Air Patrol's new chief of staff hails from Sanford

A Sanford resident will be joining the command staff of the Civil Air Patrol during its national conference in August.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 07:03 PM

Clay Aiken

Name: Clay Aiken

Age: 35

Place of birth: Raleigh

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

Aiken outlines Congressional aspirations

Congressional candidate Clay Aiken stopped by Sanford on Tuesday, meeting with Mayor Chet Mann and Democratic Party volunteers and having lunch at the Fairview Dairy Bar.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

HARNETT COUNTY: Sheriff's office makes fifth arrest in child sex crime case

The Harnett County Sheriff's office is investigating an alleged child sex ring reportedly run out of a home in Western Harnett County — making a fifth arrest in the case on Tuesday.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Authorities: As temperatures rise, so does crime

When June rolls around, according to local authorities, crime tends to increase.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Two wanted in convenience store robbery

The doors leading into the Short Stop Food Mart in Jonesboro are covered in stickers saying most of the cash on site is locked in a safe that employees can’t access.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:58 AM


Marshall Downey has been appointed as the Sanford-Lee County Planning Department's planning director after serving as the interim director since April, when Bob Bridwell retired from the position.

Downey, who spent 10 years as Bridwell's assistant director, said he plans to focus on making Sanford an attractive place for people to live and do business, as well as on streamlining the planning department to make it more efficient.

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 10:05 PM

McCrory hopeful while prepping for new budget year

Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday he's confident that he and legislative leaders will make progress this week on final adjustments to the North Carolina budget — but just in case, he's preparing to run state government next week without those adjustments.

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 10:03 PM

NC government efficiency effort moves along

North Carolina's latest broad examination of state government needs to present fresh and specific recommendations for cost cutting and efficiency or the effort will have little value, legislators told the initiative's top manager Monday.

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Stocks slip below records

Stocks fell for the first time in seven days, ending a run that had pushed the indexes to all-time highs, as investors assessed corporate news.

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

Keeping the Breadbasket 'blessed'

The Breadbasket goes through more than 100 pounds of meat and 140 cans of vegetables to serve a single meal. That adds up fast for the Sanford-based nonprofit, which serves a free lunch to anybody who needs one every Monday through Friday.

Thanks to a food drive hosted by the Central Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (CCSHRM), The Breadbasket will have a larger stock to draw from come July.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Staying hydrated is crucial to combating summer heat

Staying hydrated is at the top of the Timothy Simmons’ list of precautions Central Carolina residents should take as temperatures remain in the 80s and 90s.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Duke Energy provides grants to help students

Duke Energy has announced grants of $75,000 for two Lee County programs.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

The legacy of Lee Builder Mart: building houses, building communities

If you ever needed to pick up nails, screws and lumber for a home repair project, you knew a great place to go in Sanford — Lee Builder Mart.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

Sanford native takes part in presidential ceremony

She met President Barack Obama and even stole the spotlight for a few seconds, as he was forced to stop talking as members of Congress and their aides applauded her.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Partnership names CEO

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity has named Rodger Sauls as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. After being in transition for more than 18 months, Lee County’s economic development program now has a new leader.