Lee County, NC

High costs for multi-sports complex force commissioners to revise plan

The Lee County commissioners voted 5-1 Monday to move ahead a scaled back version of the multisports complex ready by February and put the project out for bid in 2023. The motion made by Commissioner Robert Rieves stipulated that the cost for the long-anticipated park be kept under $40 million — which is $15 million more than the $25 million bond passed by Lee County voters in 2020.

Once again it's time for POP!-con

Costumes, comics, dungeons, dragons, superheroes and a lot more will be on display at an upcoming annual event at the Lee County Library. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the library’s Sanford location, 107 Hawkins Ave., the annual POP!-con event will take place. POP!-con is the library’s version of the many comic books, sci-fi movies and gothic role playing game conventions that go on in major cities.

Swap Shop Goes on the Road For 1st Time Ever

Sanford and Lee County’s #1 Morning Show will hit the road for the 1st time ever this Friday morning. On the air for over 50 years and broadcasting from the WFJA & WWGP Studios, the Swap Shop will venture away from the studio this Friday for an Estate Sale at the Woods Doster Law Office at 206 Hawkins Avenue. Regular Host John Mann will be on-site as well as WWGP News Reporter Margaret Murchison, as the show takes part in a unique event during the regular show hours of 8 am until noon. Host Roy Coston will anchor the show from the station.

Public Hearing on Residential Development UDO Amendments

Sanford City Council and the Sanford/Lee County Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider text amendments for residential development to the jointly adopted City of Sanford/Lee County/ Town of Broadway Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). When: The public hearing will take place during Sanford City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting...

Shakeup of Democratic candidates for District 3 commission seat

The Democratic candidate who was seeking the District 3 seat on the Lee County Board of Commissioner has withdrawn from the race. “I had some medical issues, and I just didn’t feel like I could give it the time it deserved,” Charles Baker said Thursday morning. “I’m still working and am very busy and can’t spare the time.”

Fiber provider expanding Lee County footprint with $7.4M commitment

SANFORD – Charlotte-based Conterra Networks says it will expand its fiber network in Lee County with a commitment to invest $7.4 million. It’s the latest expansion Conterra has announced across North Carolina. Currently Conterra says its network can be accessed by more than 950 business locations. The company...

Lee, Chatham Co. communities honor 1908 great flood on 114th anniversary

Lee, Chatham Co. communities honor 1908 great flood on 114th anniversary. The Tar Heel Traveler is commemorating significant anniversaries this week--such as the Great Flood that happened in August of 1908 and which destroyed the crossroads community of Carbonton on the Lee/Chatham County line. Reporter: Scott Mason. Photographer: Chad Flowers.

Field Day of fun set for Saturday at VFW Post

A Lee County Field Day is planned Saturday at the Stanley McLeod Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5631. Veternation Inc., a nonprofit that provides help for veterans and others in need, is sponsoring the event, from 1-4 p.m., that will include fun, games and food for all ages. Thank you...

Local teams plan preseason scrimmages

Local volleyball fans can get an early look at both Lee County and Southern Lee volleyball next Saturday, Aug. 13, when both teams will be present at an eight-team scrimmage being hosted by the Yellow Jackets. Lee and Southern will be joined by Sandhills Athletic Conference rival Richmond County and...

Fall Movie Series Planned for Kiwanis Family Park

The City of Sanford’s parks department and Lee County Parks and Recreation have partnered to present a fall movie series in Kiwanis Family Park. Bring your chairs or blankets to the field inside the track area. Lazy J's Concessions and Pop Heaven Sweet Treats will be onsite for those who want to purchase food or beverages.

Fall sports officially begins Monday

The weather reports say that summer is still very much in swing, with temperatures in the 90s expected on several days to come this week. However, the calendar has once again turned to the fall sports season for area teams. Fall sports practices for schools in both the NCHSAA and NCISAA are permitted starting Monday. Tryouts for the various fall sports will begin immediately for almost every sport.

SAGA Chamber of Commerce director hired

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance (SAGA) announced the hiring of Susan Gomez as SAGA’s Chamber of Commerce Director. In this role, Gomez will develop and lead small business support programs in addition to managing membership development and engagement efforts. Susan was born and raised in Queens, NY and moved...