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Summer camps restart in Lee County

Some summer camps are restarting this year after mass cancellations last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After more than 12 months of social isolation, many children and parents are eager to get back to normal. Summer programs won’t be exactly the same as usual this year, but many organizations are taking steps to welcome more children to recreational and educational programs.

Here is a partial listing of summer camps available in Lee County.

Lee County Parks and Recreation

Summer Camp, June 14-48, June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, Aug. 2-6, ages 5-12, San-Lee Park, $70 for residents, $85 for non-residents. Registration opens 8 a.m. April 12. For more information, visit leecountync.gov or call 919-775-2107 ext. 4207.

Information about 2021 swim lessons is coming soon, according to the website.


Youth Golf Camp, July 5-9, ages 9-14, $85. For more information, visit sanfordnc.net or call PGA Pro and Course Manager David Von Canon at 919-777-1900 or Assistant Course Manager Brandon Honeycutt at 919-775-8320.

Temple Theatre

Musical Theatre Conservatory, “Treasure Island,” June 7-20, July 26-Aug. 8, ages 8-18, Temple Theatre, $420 per child.

Advanced Jr. Musical Theatre Conservatory, “The Grunch,” June 21-26, ages 8-12, Temple Theatre, $250 per child. Applicants are accepted by audition only.

Advanced Teen Musical Theatre Conservatory, “Emma: A Pop Musical,” June 28-July 11, ages 13-18, Temple Theatre, $420 per child. Applicants are accepted by audition only.

Shakespeare Intensive Conservatory, “As You Like It,” July 12-31, ages 13-18, Temple Theatre, $500 per child. Applicants are accepted by audition only.

Rising Stars, June 7-11, June 14-18, June 21-25, July 5-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, Aug. 2-6, ages 4-7, Temple Theatre, $100 per child.

Visit templeshows.com/summer for more information.


Grace Christian Child Development Center Summer Camp, each week from May 24-Aug. 27, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, children kindergarten age and up, $158 per week, $40 per day. Visit gracecdcsanford.com for more information.

Support the community by getting vaccinated

The Lee County Health Department continues to operate the drive-thru vaccination clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The clinic is open to county and out-of-county residents.

More than 2,200 first- and second-dose vaccines were administered this week.

As of Thursday, Lee County had 15,091 residents who are at least partially vaccinated along with 9,282 residents who are fully vaccinated, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services dashboard.

No one knows when the pandemic will end but we do know that a fully vaccinated community is an essential step toward normal life. With that in mind, the Health Department considers vaccinating all eligible residents to be a top priority. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

While the demand for the vaccine remains high, we also know there are some who remain hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Some cite concerns with how quickly the vaccines were developed and approved. However, the development of the COVID-19 vaccines did not skip steps and are safe. While the development may seem fast, all vaccines approved for use were made using processes that have been designed, developed and tested over many years. These processes help to ensure that the new vaccines are safe and effective.

Others have noted concerns of getting COVID-19 from the vaccine, but that is simply not possible.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use contain the live virus. Therefore, you cannot and will not get COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.

Individuals may experience minor side effects like a sore arm, mild fever or body aches, but these are natural responses. Your body’s immune system is reacting as it learns to fight the coronavirus.

These are minor symptoms and are temporary. If they happen at all, they will usually only last a day or two.

Remember that COVID-19 can be a very serious illness.

While many who are infected will have only mild symptoms, there are a significant number who will become severely ill.

Remember that as a new virus, we are learning more and more about the long-term impacts of COVID-19. Even those with mild symptoms initially have reported long-term health issues related to the virus. The vaccine offers the best line of defense and the sooner you get vaccinated, the sooner you are protected against the coronavirus.

COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public health and safety. The next several weeks will be critical in determining if we are able to avoid a third wave of COVID-19 cases as the virus continues to spread with new variants emerging. While many are tired of the pandemic and pandemic restrictions, remaining steadfast in upholding safety guidelines will be crucial to securing the health and safety of family, friends and neighbors.

Everyone should continue following the 3 W’s — Wear a mask, Wait six feet apart, and Wash hands thoroughly and frequently. This even applies to those already fully vaccinated.

And if you have not yet received your vaccine, please contact the county vaccine registration call center at 919-842-5744 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to register and get scheduled for the next available drive-thru vaccine clinic.

Help keep your community safe and get vaccinated!

County reports 75th COVID-19 related death

A Lee County resident has died from complications related to the coronavirus, according to a news release from the Lee County Health Department.

The death is the county’s 75th COVID-19 death since the pandemic began in March 2020.

“This is a sad reminder that COVID-19 is a serious illness that causes a significant number of those infected to become seriously ill,” Heath Cain, health department director, said in a release. “We ask everyone to consider getting vaccinated to protect yourself against COVID-19.”

The Lee County Health Department is now accepting registrations for the COVID-19 vaccine from anyone 18 and older.

The Pfizer vaccine is available to 16- and 17-year-olds, the release said.

On April 1, the number of COVID-19 cases in Lee County totaled 5,693 since the outbreak began, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Statewide, 2,027 new cases of COVID-19 were reported as of Friday, NCDHHS numbers showed.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 12,136 North Carolinians since March 2020 and 985 patients are being treated in hospitals, according to NCDHHS.

The state’s daily percentage of positive tests stood at 4.4% on Friday, while 36.5% of adults have been partially vaccinated with 23.5% being fully inoculated.

In Lee County, 25.1% are at least partially vaccinated and 15.7% are fully inoculated, according to NCDHHS.

Vaccinations are the strongest defense against the virus, Cain said in the release, and everyone who is eligible is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, call 919-842-5744. To register in Spanish, call 919-718-4640 and select option 8.

Calls will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

An online pre-registration form is available at leecountync.gov/covid19. Once that is submitted, applicants will be contacted within five business days to complete the registration process and scheduled an appointment.

Sanford police chief to be honored by commissioners

Lee County commissioners will honor Sanford police Chief Ronnie Yarborough at their Monday meeting for his “unprecedented 50 years of service” in community law enforcement.

Commissioner Robert Reives has asked for a resolution to be adopted honoring Yarborough.

The commissioners will also look at establishing a timeline for construction of a new county library, capital improvements for Central Carolina Community College and the multi-sports complex.

The board voted in May to move ahead with the $25 million bond referendum that was approved for a multi-sports complex at Broadway Road and U.S. 421 Bypass.

The board will discuss moving ahead with a new library and capital improvements at the college. Both were funded in the bond referendum.

The discussions will follow a presentation by Davenport Public Finance, a Richmond, Virginia-based financial advisory service that the county has worked with since 2003, according to agenda documents.

The commissioners will be updated on the county’s current debt obligations and options for funding the projects will be presented.

The commissioners will discuss development of a road to the west of that will access Broadway Road. The request is from developers of the proposed Ashby Commons.

Developers of the 800-plus home site are planning to develop land along N.C. 87 South and U.S. Highway 421 that will be adjacent to the north side of the complex, according to agenda document packages.

The commissioners may also discuss a proposed residential development behind Walmart on N.C. 87 South.

The meeting will be at McSwain Agricultural Building on Tramway Road beginning at 6 p.m.