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WILMINGTON — Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 mph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

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Standing alongside seven other competitors, Logan Hearn waited anxiously Wednesday night as the emcee prepared to announce the winner of the Miss Lee Regional Fair Pageant.

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The roughly 240 employees of a Sanford-based manufacturing company who learned they were being laid off Wednesday have until Dec. 13 to find new employment.

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Some 240 employees of a Sanford-based manufacturing company are being laid off, according to an announcement released Wednesday — the same day workers learned the news."Static Control has announced its plan to streamline operations to best focus resources on sales, distribution, research and…

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A state of emergency was declared in Lee County, the city of Sanford and town of Broadway during an emergency meeting of the three jurisdictions Wednesday.

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A hurricane may be barreling toward North Carolina, but Temple Theatre Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn said her motto is always the same: “The show must goes on, until it can’t.”

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Though Hurricane Florence affected the week's schedule, the Lee Regional Fair kicked off Tuesday with a parade and opening ceremony.

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Located at 310 McNeill Road, Sanford's Bear Creek Arsenal manufactures firearm parts and assemblies to sell to dealers.

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With Hurricane Florence approaching, officials with the Lee Regional Fair and Lee County Schools are tracking the weather closely. As of Monday, no closures have been announced. 

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In its 81st year, the Lee Regional Fair will offer new performances and entertainment, along with tried-and-true classics.

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Every other week, we look back in The Herald's archives and see what happened on a certain day. This week we go back 20 years to Sept. 9, 1998.