Mar. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Walmart fight ends in injuries, arrests

A five-person brawl at the Broadway Walmart Express on Thursday night left two people injured and at least four people charged with assault.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

No suspects in robberies of resident, auto parts store

Police are searching for suspects in connection with two unrelated robberies within city limits in as many days.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 09:27 PM

Central Carolina Works receives $800,000 grant

Central Carolina Works — a Central Carolina Community College program meant to increase dual enrollment in area high schools — recently was awarded an $800,000 grant from the state for workforce development.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

An early gain fades on Wall Street

An early surge on the stock market evaporated Friday, as health care stocks tugged major indexes down.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Officials: Tag and Tax Together well received

Unlike some of its larger cohorts, Lee County is seeing a higher collection rate after the state began collecting vehicle property taxes in September.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Costs to fix fuel spill may come out of city’s pocket

The city of Sanford could potentially foot a nearly $80,000 repair bill after a subcontractor struck city hall’s underground fuel tank for its emergency generator earlier this month.   

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

‘My life changed overnight’

A $20 lottery ticket turned out to be a fateful purchase for a Sanford woman, who is now a $1 million winner.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Board may seek $4.8M increase

After requesting about $20 million from the county for this year’s budget but getting about $16 million, the Lee County Board of Education is considering asking for even more next year — to the tune of $21 million.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Trial date for defendant in Truelove, Plush murders pushed into next year

The families and friends of Anna Truelove and Christopher Michael Plush likely will have to wait at least another year to see the man accused of killing them stand trial.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Newspaper carrier's legacy lives on with re-dedication

City officials huddled together against Wednesday morning’s blustery winds to pay tribute to a longtime fixture of downtown Sanford and to praise the steps toward revitalization.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 09:37 PM

Temple's new mystery is anything but elementary

Rooted in a real-life historical riddle, the literary mystery-solving duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson take center stage at the Temple Theatre Thursday.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Higher interest rates talk affects stocks

Higher interest rates are coming. And they are coming sooner than you think.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Lee Commissioners advised in advance of town hall 'difficulties'

The Lee County Board of Commissioners was warned of the “inherent difficulties” of holding a public meeting within the private Carolina Trace Gated Properties days before members of the public and one county commissioner were turned away from the open meeting.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Board puts CCCC bond measure on April agenda

After nearly a year in limbo, a Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees request to place a $23 million bond referendum on the 2014 election ballot will appear on the Lee County Board of Commissioners's April 21 meeting agenda.  

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Officials say local water is safe despite coal ash concerns

While the state investigates claims Duke Energy has illegally been pumping a toxic sludge known as coal ash into the Cape Fear River near Moncure, some locals have a more pressing concern: Is tap water safe?

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: Annexation, rezoning sought for possible apartment complex

Sanford City Council took its first step toward the possible creation of an 80-plus unit apartment complex in the Tramway area Tuesday night.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Seven more weeks of winter

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Stocks gain after reports on housing, Ukraine

Encouraging news on the economy gave the stock market a boost on Tuesday.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Commissioners: Community must take stand against crime

Several Lee County Commissioners urged the community to take action in light of a recent string of violent crimes.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Aloha Zoo mourns loss of beloved pig

Maxwell the pig, a popular resident of Aloha Safari Zoo, died over the weekend after being struck by a utility company vehicle.

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 08:20 PM

NC health agency rolls out Medicaid overhaul plan

North Carolina health officials said Monday that their long-awaited proposal to overhaul how Medicaid operates in North Carolina is "realistic" and "achievable" and will make state budgets more predictable.

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

NC probes wastewater dumping at Duke plant

North Carolina regulators are investigating whether Duke Energy broke the law when workers pumped contaminated water from a coal ash dump near the Cape Fear River, a state official said Monday.

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

U.S. stocks jump as worries over Crimea vote fade

Investors were able to put aside the ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine on Monday to focus on a bit of good news on the U.S. economy.

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

Flocking for funds

Mysterious flocks of flamingos have started appearing outside homes and businesses around Sanford.

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 02:17 PM

U.S. cites security more to censor, deny records

The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.