It’s difficult to single out just one local organization whose good works have contributed to the betterment of our community, and say it’s “the best.”
Recent weeks have proven to be a challenging time for Central Carolinians – and North Carolinians in general. Winter weather has had a major impact on our lives, with missed work for some and missed time in the classroom for students.
An inspiration to us all
Charlotte is North Carolina’s banking and financial center and, as the state’s largest city, it has been a trend-setter in many areas. But the city’s council is moving down a dangerous path as it prepares to vote on a controversial non-discrimination ordinance.
When the governor, the weatherman, the emergency services folks and the sheriff tell folks to stay off the roads, most people will comply.
iTunes, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, even eBay — the list is seemingly endless where readers can get their next fix of fiction online. And unfortunately, bricks-and-mortar libraries have, for some readers, become an afterthought.
The tributes that began to pour in — online and through social media, in newspapers and on broadcasts on television, and in personal stories shared face to face — after the announcement of Dean Smith’s death on Sunday morning provided an unforgettably moving testament to how much he meant to people who knew and admired him.
It's not the schools, it's the system
A perfunctory look at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's school performance grades, released Thursday, is disturbing, especially with almost 30 percent of the state's public schools receiving a grade of either “D” or “F.” In Lee County, there were no “F” grades, but five of 13 graded schools received a mark of “D.”
It’s too early to determine the true impact of the new Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center that officially opened Tuesday.
You’ll have to forgive local environmentalists for any high-fiving taking place.
THUMBS UP: Obama’s 529 reversal
Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Charity Tracker is now used in 814 cities throughout the United States. Since 2007, the online database has been used to track nearly 8 million assistance records totaling $230 million for 3 million cases.
Coty Inc.’s history in Sanford is long and noteworthy. Back when Lee County was primarily an agricultural-based crossroads
THUMBS UP: Bread Basket rescue
What makes communities like Sanford special is their ability to come together for a worthwhile cause. In this case it was to support and rescue a local organization doing important work.
In these days of flash mobs, binge TV watching and exponential proliferation in the use of social media, who has the time or the interest for an antiquated, pedestrian tradition found primarily in aging farm communities?
THUMBS DOWN: The low-income student shift
People believe in a wise investment.
In the battle against coal ash, residents in Lee and Chatham counties are finding their collective voice in opposing Duke Energy’s plans to dump a combined 20 million tons of coal ash between the two counties.
Thumbs up: Keep up the good fight
Dominion Resource’s recent decision to bypass Sanford with a natural gas pipeline is a blessing in disguise.
We all want the bad guys off the streets.