If you’re like me — and almost everyone else in this country — the end of the year is a time to look back and assess. I enjoy the nostalgia and reminiscing that occurs at this time of year, but it can also be a time of dread. It’s a time to realize you either hit the mark or you didn’t. And …

Hospice. It can be a scary word. Okay, it is a scary word, and a scary thought. But receiving hospice services for someone who is nearing the end of their life can be a very rewarding experience for both the patient and the family. Hospice is about living, and hospice care providers can prom…

Business owners: Are you struggling to recoup economic losses due to the pandemic? If so, the N.C. Department of Revenue has launched a $500 million Business Recovery Grant Program.

It’s hard to believe there are less than 20 days left in 2021! We’ve had a great year in economic development in Lee County, apparent not only when you drive around town but also apparent on the balance sheets of most companies across the community. Our local businesses have had a super year.

Lee County Government and Central Carolina Community College are excited to announce that residents and students can now stream CCTV through a variety of devices and streaming platforms.

This December, you may be thinking about your holiday plans or finding the perfect gift for a loved one. As we embrace the joys of this season, make sure you don’t get Scrooged. Take precautions to protect yourself and your money from holiday scams. The “most wonderful time of the year” is a…

Small Business Saturday is a great idea to help support small businesses, but one day isn’t enough. We need a Small Business Season. Join us.

There is frequent talk in the economic development and education and workforce development realm about how to keep talent in Lee County. How can our community connect community college students with future local employers? One way is through work-based learning.

The Institute for Organization Management is a professional development program of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. I am pleased that I was able to recently complete my second year at Institute, which is a four-year nonprofit leadership program held at the University of Georgia, in Athens.

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Language in the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill could add another interstate to the region, and that interstate, I-685, would come to Sanford and Lee County.

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The Sanford Area Growth Alliance Foundation, in partnership with Downtown Sanford, Inc. is excited to announce that Duke Energy is providing $25,000 towards the Lee County Hometown Revitalization Program.

At the end of the year and during the holidays, people are at their most generous. We spend time with loved ones, buy gifts for each other, and give back to our communities through charitable donations. Unfortunately, scammers know this and they come out of the woodwork to try to take advant…

A great partnership has emerged between the Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center, Downtown Sanford, Inc, and the Sanford Area Growth Alliance — Chamber of Commerce.

The N.C. Community College System Small Business Center Network awarded the Central Carolina Community College’s Small Business Center its “Innovation Award: Programs/Services” during the annual statewide Center of Excellence awards in Wrightsville Beach on Oct. 14.

PINEHURST — FirstHealth of the Carolinas nurse Keelie Sanchez Ingram has been honored with the DAISY Award for July 2021. Sanchez Ingram, who works in the GI Lab at Moore Regional Hospital, was nominated by the family member of a patient.

The pandemic has disrupted all or parts of three academic years for students. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of confusion about COVID-19 student loan policies and the possibility of debt forgiveness.

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance (SAGA) held its seventh Annual Meeting on Sept. 30 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center. During the event, SAGA provided Economic Development Awards to recognize companies and an individual for their contribution to the growth of Sanford-Lee County.

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and Walter Ferguson wants people to stop and think about it.

This week marked the start of the 22nd year of Leadership Sanford. This Chamber of Commerce program exists to create a diverse, continuous supply of creative leaders to our community by developing participants knowledge of our region, and providing then the opportunity for meaningful action.

Small businesses are anything but small. They are where we go for takeout and date night, and where we buy our gifts for loved ones. Think Davisons Steaks and Ted’s Flower Basket. They employ our friends, family members and neighbors. They are responsible for the character of our community, …

SANFORD — Dogwood State Bank, a North Carolina state-chartered community bank headquartered in Raleigh, recently opened its newest location in Sanford, N.C.

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Important conversations are happening right now at all levels of government. It’s time to remind our elected officials that issues in rural communities such as ours are important. Issues like small business development, broadband access, healthcare coverage, and affordable housing.

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The Lee County commissioners and the Sanford City Council have scheduled separate public hearings in September on providing incentives for a project that could bring $18 million in net taxable investment to this area.

These days a lot of people are considering business ownership. Whether you buy into a franchise, lease some space and start your own thing, or log onto the internet and begin building an e-commerce website, doing it on your own has never been more alluring. But just because you have an incre…

Do you ever find yourself wandering in San-Lee Nature Park, just a five-minute drive from downtown Sanford, thinking about how lucky we are to have such easy access to hiking and biking? Or perhaps considered the preservation of a place like White Pines Nature Preserve and its impact on our …

A coordinator for the future downtown Sanford Farmers’ Market needs to be in place by Oct. 1, the Lee County commissioners were told Monday night.