THUMBS UP: Blood donors
The year 2026 may seem like the distant future, but any parent knows how quickly a dozen years can pass.
Now it's up to the voters.
It's hard to know whether it's better to characterize Addie Gonzalez as an overcomer or an over-achiever.
THUMBS UP: Public debate
Every community has its treasures — which in Sanford certainly includes businesses.
Broadway is the much smaller of Lee County’s two municipalities, and its population of 1,267 is a fraction of that of its counterpart, Sanford.
THUMBS UP: Endor Iron Furnace
Engage our youth. Impose tougher sentences. Pray.
Preliminary numbers show that seven people died on North Carolina highways during the four-day July Fourth holiday period, the state Highway Patrol is reporting.
THUMBS UP: William Waddell
William Waddell has lived a storied life, having now reached the age of 100.
No one likes to be inconvenienced. In Central Carolina, we're people on the go and as averse as anyone to being slowed down, even when we know a short-term nuisance makes a long-term improvement possible.
In a crisis, even the brightest and bravest can be rendered helpless and ineffectual.
The reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday in favor of Hobby Lobby has been about as loud and vociferous as you’d expect
THUMBS UP: USA, USA, USA
Super-size sodas — larger than 16 ounces — may not be good for our health. The "Big Gulps" of the world contain copious amounts of sugar and calories,
Lee County and Lee Builder Mart grew together in the second half of the 20th century.
THUMBS UP: Council’s prayerful decision
Over the last few years, the debate over legislative prayer has changed the way many counties and municipalities start their meetings.
Saturday may be the first official day of summer, but blistering temperatures have arrived ahead of the season. And with the thermometer consistently breaking 90 lately, this is likely just the beginning.
Lee County's poverty rate is nearly 18 percent, which means that almost one in five households here have combined annual income falling below figures the federal government says put you in economic hardship — about $23,500 for a family of four or about $12,000 for an individual.
The hot days of summer clearly have not deterred the criminal element from wreaking havoc for many in the area.
THUMBS UP: Sanford’s Mellette
You’ll remember that former Southern Lee High School football star Aaron Mellette, who set all sorts of records during his collegiate career at Elon University, made the roster of pro football’s Baltimore Ravens last year.
Like many other communities across the country, Sanford is inhabited by people of all ilk – those who were born and raised within the city limits; those who grew up here, moved away and eventually made their way back; and those “newcomers” who moved here in their adult years.
It's been hot this week around here, and in Pinehurst, but if you've been down there to the U.S. Open and were lucky enough to step inside out of the sweltering heat indices, you got cool quickly; there's enough HVAC equipment on and around Pinehurst #2 to keep 1,300 homes comfortable in 90-degree heat.
The home still bears the scars of The American Revolution, and each year, thousands gather on its grounds to watch a true-to-life recreation of a battle between loyalists and American militia.