Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

'A life-changing partner'

Samantha Duerring goes to school. She likes to sing, and she runs cross country.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

BWAP looks to make learning fun

Parents of Lee County children grades three through eight will have a new option for no-cost after-school care starting Monday with the opening of Born with a Purpose at God’s Promise Church on Main Street in Sanford.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Lee Wildlife Club to host open house

This week, we Take 5 with Bob McCorkle, the president of the Lee County Wildlife Club, which is hosting an open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

Not just a job — ‘a vocation’

The director of the Lee County Library will be retiring in December, after more than 30 years spent tending to the knowledge stored in the library’s voluminous 130,000-plus book collection.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Bonds receive wide range of support

Central Carolina Community College’s bond issues, on the November ballot, have garnered bipartisan support and two new endorsements.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Progress ongoing at Endor Iron Furnace

Dismantling continues at The Endor Iron Furnace — a 150-plus-year-old, Civil War-era structure where pig iron was produced for the Confederacy.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

Library book sale

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

Sanford woman shot, suspect arrested Wednesday night

A local woman was hospitalized after being shot Wednesday night during an altercation with an aquaintance, according to authorities. 

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Mann: 'Sky's the limit' during sister city visit

Officials from the City of Sanford will visit a potential Chinese sister city, Yixing, in October to not only solidify relations as sister cities, but also to discuss partnering their respective community colleges.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Kelly's Clean Cars, razed by fire, finds new home

After their car-detailing business burned down in July, Kelly and Terrie Gibson worked out of their truck with limited supplies and equipment for almost a month. Needing a more permanent solution, the Gibsons were ecstatic Wednesday when they reopened Kelly's Clean Cars at a new and improved location.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Gross Farms corn maze, pumpkin patch opening signal fall season

Pumpkin spice lattes are good, and it's always fun to watch the leaves change. But nothing heralds fall like the sight of thousands of stalks stretched out across 13 acres that signal the return of the Gross Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, opening Saturday.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB: Fall fundraiser's object is to 'celebrate youth'

Board members of the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County know showing is always better than telling. And the club wants to use its Celebrate Youth auction and fundraiser to show the community what it does for the children of Lee County.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

'Extreme Savings' await attendees of 26th annual Small Business Expo

Between 50 and 75 local companies will offer special promotions and make connections with hundreds of potential customers next week during the 26th annual Small Business Expo.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Tramway acquires state-of-the-art fire engine

Tramway Fire Department's new $510,000 2014 E-1 Typhoon fire engine, which was paid for without raising the district's fire tax rate, will be put into service as early as next week after it's fitted with a few minor pieces of equipment.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Fire victim remembered as good friend, neighbor

Friends and neighbors remember Jack Rollins, 59, the man who died as a result of a house fire early Sunday morning, as handyman of the Carr Creek community where he lived.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Nearly 30,000 attend Lee Regional Fair

With the rides already packed up and moved out, Sanford Lions Club members deemed the Lee Regional Fair a success this year despite two power outages and inclement weather.

Sep. 15, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

History takes flight

Oscar A. Smith Jr. moved about the narrow B-17 aircraft Monday with fondness and familiarity — despite not having flown in one for 70 years.

Sep. 14, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

One dead, one injured in Sanford house fire

The Sanford man killed in a house fire at 1612 Prosperity Drive at 2:30 a.m. Sunday has been identified as James Rollins, 59, by Sanford Fire Chief Wayne Barber.

Sep. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Heart transplant recipient focuses on gift of life

For the two years prior to his heart transplant in 1996, Sanford resident Allen Chilton's diet consisted mainly of grapefruit slices. After a bypass operation in 1983 and another one in 1994, which did not work, a new heart was his only hope.

Sep. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

New project will focus on impropriety of bullying

The City of Sanford and Lee County Schools have partnered on a project to educate children about the impropriety of bullying to create a better quality of life for Sanford children and residents.

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

LEE REGIONAL FAIR: Parker wins Diaper Derby

Spectators' clothes were damp from the rain, but spirits were bright Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Diaper Derby at the amphitheater stage of the Lee Regional Fair.

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: Fracking opponent cites risks, objections

This week, we Take 5 with Therese Vick, the North Carolina Healthy Sustainable Communities campaign coordinator for the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, about the potential environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

Building bridges between cultures

When a husband and wife duo take to the Lee Regional Fair amphitheater stage today, Latin American folktales and music will flow as a fun, educational way to connect local Hispanic and non-Hispanic people.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

Scenes from Lee Regional Fair

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Chili champs bring the heat at the Lee Regional Fair Chili Cook-Off

The audience inside the exhibit hall of the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds was sweating Thursday evening — but the sun was only partially to blame. The real heat came from the pots of chili on the judges' table for the Lee Regional Fair Chili Cook-Off.