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Apprenticeship builds national attention and local opportunity. } 6

You suggested. We sampled. And here’s the last call. } 12

Golf fans descend on one of the world’s top courses. } 16

Campground joins big names on a list of the country’s best. } 30

Businesses share their challenges, joys and lessons learned. } 36

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one night stand

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Not even rain can dampen these players’ enthusiasm for baseball. } 11

Artistic expression has never looked (or tasted) quite this sweet. } 23

Comics play Sanford and their success spawns a new Temple series. } 35

Tourists wander through the corn at one a-maze-ing attraction. } 39

Photographer Wesley Beeson spends a summer day at the O.T. Sloan Pool. } 26

  

  

  

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Chip Pate, Lee County Schools, Central Carolina Community College WELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITY! We’re a vibrant, culturally rich community where businesses thrive and residents enjoy small-town life at its best. Located in the heart of North Carolina, with a population of more than 60,000, Lee County is a bustling center of commerce and employment. Yet, we enjoy a family-friendly, close-knit atmosphere. One visit to our schools or churches, our community college or one of our small businesses will convince you that Lee County is a place you can call home. With our state’s beautiful mountains and beaches a short afternoon’s drive away, Lee offers an unmatched quality of life. The Sanford Herald and the Chamber of Commerce are proud to present Lee County Living Magazine 2014-15. In these pages you’ll find listings and advertisements for our best merchants and businesses. Whether you’re looking for a place to shop, an area to start a new business or a neighborhood to call home, we think you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Lee County. For additional or more specific information about our area, please check us out on the Web at sanford-nc.com, drop us an e-mail at info@sanford-nc.com or call us at 919.775.7341. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you! Our office is located at 211 S. Steele Street in historic downtown Sanford. Come by for a visit. We love talking about our community! Bob Joyce, President, Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce

CENTRAL CAROLINA COMMUNIT Y COLLEGE Central Carolina Community College offers a wide variety of programs at its Sanford campus and multiple instructional locations throughout Lee County. Within these programs, students can earn associate degrees or college transfer credits, diplomas, or certificates. Some programs are offered entirely, or in part, via online distance education.

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one of the great success stories in educating America’s young people in the skills of 21st-century, high-tech manufacturing

constructing the future From every angle, it seemed like a good idea. Still, nobody was sure exactly what to expect. Not the students, who were taking a leap of faith into a welding career that many knew little about. Not school and community college leaders, who were piecing together complicated classroom schedules to create one of the few youth apprenticeships of its kind. Not even the host, an internationally renowned corporation looking for some extraordinary talent — and offering enormous opportunity. But would Millennials, high school juniors more accustomed to life in a digital world, warm to the notion of melting steel? Barely two years after it kicked off, the Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship has become an enormous success, proving its worth to everyone and even piling up some national acclaim along the way. One month after the first semester was completed, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce took note. Writing in a newsletter published by its Institute for a Competitive Workforce, the national chamber called

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the initiative “a partnership worth repeating” and even hinted that Caterpillar locations in other states were exploring the idea as well. “This apprenticeship program is sparking statewide and national interest as an innovative and practical way for industry to build a strong pipeline of skilled workers,” the article proclaimed, “while ensuring students are leaving the school system with a marketable trade prepared for a career.” That's exactly what attracted T.J. Murchison: being able to graduate with a marketable skill. The senior at Southern Lee High School was planning to enlist in the Air Force when his ROTC instructor urged T.J. to seize the opportunity. Up to that point, the only welding T.J. had even seen was in a few movies. He was skeptical, not knowing what to expect. On the other hand, it was something different. Now, with graduation just weeks away, the entire experience has exceeded his expectations. “As it turns out, I really liked it,” he says. “I’m going to stick with this.”


In a manufacturing community where welding is not exactly obscure, it seems odd that T.J. would jump into a career knowing so little about the work. But when you talk to other apprentices, you find out that T.J.’s experience isn’t all that unusual. “It’s true. When we rolled out the apprenticeship program and students heard the name ‘Caterpillar,’ they instantly knew they wanted to be a part of it, but didn’t know exactly what they would be doing,” says Aaron Fleming, who helped organize the program as director of career and technical education for Lee County Schools. “Once they got in and

saw where welding fit into the manufacturing process, most of them loved it.”

Fusing a Curriculum Creating North Carolina’s largest apprenticeship program of its kind was no easy task. It required fusing several elements into a single curriculum. Traditional high school courses like English, science and math. Community college courses in welding, blueprint reading and workplace safety. Proprietary training in Caterpillar’s own corporate culture and methods. On-the-job training during work shifts.

George Alfaro, in the left photo, is one of the welding apprentices working at Caterpillar in Sanford. Not only has the apprenticeship provided enormous opportunity for students, but it also provides benefits for the company and for the entire community.

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2013 inductees into the Caterpillar Youth Apprentice Program

About 30 apprentices spend their junior and senior years crisscrossing the county from one of the two traditional public high schools to Central Carolina Community College and the Lee County Industrial Park, where they train at The Innovation Center and work just down the road at Caterpillar’s state-of-the-art Sanford plant. During the summer in between, apprentices work up to 32 hours per week. When they’re working shifts or participating in Caterpillar’s own training, apprentices are paid about 50 percent above minimum wage. And thanks to an arrangement where community college courses are covered by a statewide tuition initiative and textbooks by Lee County Schools, their entire education doesn’t cost students a dime. That includes college classes that would normally run more than $900 in tuition and fees. Apprentices get more than a financial windfall. By the time the band strikes up on graduation day, they will not only

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have earned their high school diploma, but an array of industrial credentials, plenty of work experience and that cold, hard cash. Not to mention a huge leg up in a highly competitive workforce. Apprentices successfully completing the program may apply for full-time positions with Caterpillar. Employment is not guaranteed; as with any new hire, there are minimum age requirements and some additional screening before any job offer can be extended. But the entire idea of the apprenticeship program is to train welders for work at Caterpillar, so chances are pretty good that some of them will end up landing one of the area’s more coveted jobs. The arrangement works out just as well for Caterpillar. The company gets its pick of highly motivated students who emerge from the apprenticeship as well-trained craftsmen who have proven themselves over two years of intensive study and work. “I’m still extremely excited about the

apprentices; it’s been awesome,” says Julie Ammons, the human resources manager for Caterpillar in Sanford. “The first group went through their first year of schooling and came here this summer to work. They had excellent attitudes, they were enthusiastic and they wanted to get in here and show us what they had learned. We were overly cautious about them at first, mainly because of their age and for their safety, but it’s been excellent.” The term “win-win” is a well worn cliché. But, frankly, it’s hard to describe this arrangement any other way.

Building for the Future Despite its appeal and success, there was no guarantee the Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship would actually materialize. There are apprenticeship programs operating in other parts of the company, Ammons says, but this was the first for students under 18 years of age. And making it work took an enormous amount of cooperation among Lee


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County Schools, Central Carolina Community College, Caterpillar and even the North Carolina Department of Labor, which certified apprenticeship programs statewide before that role shifted this year to the state Department of Commerce. With the first class now ready to leave high school and enter the workforce, more will follow. Chuck Keltz has a unique perspective on the apprenticeship program. Not only does he work with the local students as the group manger in charge of operations, but he started in Caterpillar as an apprentice, himself, a path that used to be far more common in manufacturing than it is right now. He calls this program a success. “We’re happy with the way it’s worked out and are hoping to hire some of them down the road,” he says. “We’re continuing on. The secondyear group is already in place and we’re bringing in a thirdyear group. We’re moving forward.” Apprentice Steven Bouldin was a sophomore headed for the military when he heard about the program. He wasn’t entirely sold on giving up the Marines, but decided to give welding a shot. “Given that not many people get an opportunity to get skills like that in school, I never really thought about it at first,” he says. “But then I thought about it, got pretty excited and realized it would be cool.” Steven enjoyed having a good-paying job in the summer. He’s become more confident in his work as each day passes. And he’s developed valued friendships on the job. Military service may still be in his future — Steven says he may eventually enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve — but right now he’s aiming for one of those coveted, fulltime welding jobs.

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Apprentice T.J. Murchison

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Success always boils down to a cost-benefit analysis. For the Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship, benefits are obvious, but there are costs, as well, including the time, effort and financial investment required up front to make it all happen. So, considering both sides of the equation, has it been worthwhile? Absolutely, says Central Carolina College President Bud Marchant. He points out that a well-educated workforce improves the economy and quality of life for everyone in the community and that collaborative efforts like the Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship can help elevate the state and nation as leaders in the global economy. Most of all, it offers unparalleled opportunity for local students who choose to make the commitment. “These young people graduate from high school knowing that they possess the skills to obtain in-demand, well-paying jobs,” says Dr. Marchant. “It is one of the great success stories in educating America’s young people in the skills of 21st-century, high-tech manufacturing.” ❙❚


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16, Thomas Butcher 9. As Thomas Butcher left the field, you could detect a hint of sadness, and the loss surely played a part. But more important was the fact that their season was quickly coming to an end. Matt Thomas, coach of the losing squad, called all of his 7- and 8-year-old players around and greeted each one with a big high-five. “Real good job tonight,” he began. “We hit the ball good and we ran the bases well. Now, this coming up is our last practice and our last game ….” The players let out a collective moan. “Well, you can’t keep playing forever.” Tonight’s contest in Sanford didn’t have the suspense of ALCS Game 5 and, frankly, the weather was lousy. But it really didn’t matter. For these players, the chance to play, not the final score, was most important of all. First baseman Emma Mitchell, left, and runner Blake Parker prepare for the pitch.

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beverages you really can’t miss You suggested. We sampled. And here’s the last call.

Zane’s Sweet Tea

} Monifa’s Southern Food and Catering

It looks like just another glass of sweet tea, but the distinctive flavor of this one will have you guessing from the first sip to the last. And chances are that won’t be very long. Zane’s Sweet Tea, named after its creator, Chef Zane Marks, has hints of fruit, but not the lemon you might expect. So, what is in it? He won’t say. Apparently, it’s one of those “if-I-tell-you-I’ll-have-tokill-you” culinary secrets. His only reply: “I say it’s sweet just right.” Zane was making a batch of tea late one night when he was missing some ingredient. Being the creative type, he looked around for alternatives and began tinkering with his new recipe. It tasted

really good. His family loved it. Friends loved it. And when he began giving away one free gallon on catering jobs, suddenly, everyone loved it. That includes folks who don’t even like sweet tea. Monifa, the general manager and Zane’s wife, tries converting skeptics with a free sample. And almost all of them end up believing. “I remember we had two women in here who claimed they never drink tea,” Monifa says. “After that sample, they were on board. Two full cups later, they were fans. And now … they’re regulars.” Monifa’s Southern Food and Catering, 116 E. Main Street, Sanford, 919.774.1400, monifassouthernfood. com. Open Wednesday through Sunday.


The Bird Dog } The Steele Pig From the moment Chef Chad Blackwelder tried Bird Dog blackberryflavored whiskey, it was love at first taste. And soon after, came an idea: Why not create a new cocktail around the awardwinning bourbon? Chad played with the concept, eventually adding a light, flavorful ginger beer, squeezing in a wedge of lime and pouring it all over crushed ice. The Bird Dog cocktail was born. His recipe is remarkably light and refreshing with a distinct, but subtle whiskey flavor and gentle carbonation. Women love it, in particular, and the creation became so popular that when one restaurant customer got married in Nashville, The Bird Dog was adopted as the wedding’s signature drink.

Obviously, the name was borrowed from the brand of whiskey, but stuck because it resonated with Chad. Like the hunting dog closely associated with Southern culture, it captured the essence of The Steele Pig, which specializes in barbecue and contemporary Southern cuisine. The Bird Dog has been a faithful companion on the menu for a couple of years now as a “House Favorite,” one of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails. Other drinks will rotate off of the menu to make room for something new, but not the ‘dog. The Steele Pig, 133 S. Steele Street, Sanford, 919.777.9963, thesteelepig. com. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner only.

Chai Tea Latte } The Red Sofa “This is one of my favorites. I’ve had chai tea lattes everywhere and this one is as good as any I’ve ever had.” That was the tip we received for the Chai Tea Latte at The Red Sofa, and this is one of those rare cases where reality actually lived up to the hype. Chai is black tea blended with Indian herbs and spices. This latte begins with a premium powdered chai before the barista stirs in steamed whole milk, which is an essential element. “The way the milk is frothed really matters,” says Dana Atkins, who owns the bistro. “Nothing is added to the milk, but proper steaming changes the volume and makes it thicker.” Quality ingredients also matter. The

Red Sofa uses coffee roasted just up the road in Greensboro and all of the milks and creams are organic. If you want to experiment a bit, Chai Tea Latte can be made with two-percent, skim or soy milk, or even prepared cold as a frappé. Adding an espresso shot actually shifts the flavor from a light, sweet gingerbread to chocolate with a mildly bitter finish. This Chai Tea Latte is one of the more popular menu selections, a favorite of the barista, some other coffee shop owners and at least one local who has had them everywhere. The Red Sofa, 120 S. Steele Street, Sanford, 919.774.0575, redsofabistro. com. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade } Café 121 Let’s be honest: There’s not much you can say about fresh-squeezed lemonade, right? I mean, the recipe is just about as basic as you can get: lemons, sugar, water, stir and pour. Guess again. The Fresh Squeezed Lemonade at Café 121 is something special — not because there’s any guarded secret or unexpected twist. It’s special because it’s one of those things that’s just done right. Chef Gregg Hamm uses fresh, handsqueezed lemons and sweetens his drink using simple syrup, a reduction of sugar water. Voila! His popular Fresh Squeezed Lemonade. The flavor is vivid, starting sweet and finishing tart. There’s a little bit of pulp,

but just a trace, and the fresh lemon taste remains clear and distinctive without becoming overbearing. If there’s any secret at all, it’s striking the right the balance between sweet and sour. In fact, the chef says that’s probably the key to his lemonade and a balance that took plenty of experimentation to get just right. The result: a refreshing beverage that’s just as good with dinner as it is on its own. Not to mention a taste that will take you back in time. Café 121, 121 Chatham Street, Sanford, 919.774.1888, chefhamm.com. A second location is located at 140 East Chatham Street in Cary.

Sticky Bun Frappé } Kathy’s Java Express Let’s put this on the table right at the start: If you’re one of those people who just doesn’t like sweet drinks, this one’s definitely not for you. But if you do — and especially if have any affection at all for the taste of an icing-covered cinnamon roll — then you’ll probably love the Sticky Bun Frappé at Kathy’s Java Express. “Frappé” can describe any chilled or iced beverage, but it’s been adopted in recent years for coffee beverages blended to a slushy texture. Most versions of this particular frappé use espresso, milk, ice and a brown sugar-cinnamon syrup. But restaurateur Kathy Addison has a little trick up her sleeve. Instead of milk, she uses an ice cream mix. That change,

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she says, gives her frappé a better flavor, smoother texture and richer taste. Apparently plenty of serious fans agree. Sticky Bun Frappé is one of her top sellers — Mocha is another — and people ask for them all year long, even in the dead of winter when the weather out the door is not much warmer than the drink in the cup. So, what exactly is the Sticky Bun Frappé like? Seriously, do you really need to ask? Kathy’s Java Express, 120 S. Moore Street, Sanford, 919.777.5282, facebook. com/kathysjavaexpress. Closed Sunday.


Chocolate Shake } Yarborough’s Homemade Ice Cream If it’s a warm summer afternoon and you’re looking to spend some quality time with a good milkshake, you have some decent local options, even a few untraditional flavors. But one you can’t miss is the most traditional of all: the Chocolate Shake at Yarborough’s Homemade Ice Cream. Like many top culinary creations, this one is pretty simple. In fact, Yarborough’s Chocolate Shake doesn’t even bother with any distraction like chocolate syrup. It’s chocolate ice cream and whole milk mixed by hand. Why is this one is so good? The ice cream. It’s a recipe using cream with at least 12 percent butterfat that’s made several times each week right in the store.

No preservatives, and cream comes from cows that are hormone-free. To make service quicker and shakes more consistent, many restaurants use soft-serve machines and a base containing about 7 percent milk fat. Yarborough’s “old school” approach translates to a richer, tastier shake. And a throwback experience. “It’s just the way we’ve always done it,” explains Tim Yarborough, who doesn’t understand why anyone would want to mess with a traditional recipe for success. And here’s hoping it’s how they keep doing it for many years to come. Yarborough’s Homemade Ice Cream, 132 McIver Street, Sanford, 919.776.6266.

Monger’s Mojito } The Red Sofa Bartender Samantha Mangum apparently has a cult following. Her handcrafted cocktails got people talking when she was working behind the bar at another restaurant miles away, and now those same fans are flocking to The Red Sofa in Sanford for creations like the Monger’s Mojito, AKA the Pineapple Arugula Mojito. Arugula. Are you serious? Samantha muddles mint and arugula to extract their flavor, the bitterness of salad green countering the sweeter flavors. The Red Sofa’s original recipe also includes fresh pineapple purée, mintinfused Bacardi rum and a splash of pineapple juice, shaken and served over ice.

It’s summer in a glass: tropical without lapsing into a cliché. The first impression is clearly sweet, but that’s followed quickly by some bitterness from the arugula. One taster who doesn’t normally like sweet drinks at all couldn’t put this one down. So, how did they come up with the name, Monger’s Mojito? Restaurant owner Dana Atkins says she’s naming all of their signature cocktails after local families and the Monger family used to own and work in her building. Other than that, the name just sounded right. The Red Sofa, 120 S. Steele Street, Sanford, 919.774.0575, redsofabistro. com. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

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golf fans descend on Tobacco Road, one of the world’s top courses


If you’re planning to play a leisurely round at Tobacco Road Golf Club anytime during the second week of June, it’s time for Plan B. By mid-March, even as daily highs were struggling to push past 45 degrees, just about all of the available tee times for that week were already booked.

More than 400,000 golf aficionados will pour into the region that week when the U.S. Open Championship returns to Pinehurst No. 2, a legendary course located just a half hour’s drive down U.S. 15-501. Even though they’re all coming to watch the world’s best golfers perform on one of the world’s top stages, golf fans don’t actually spend the whole day watching drives, chips and putts. Most use the trip as a chance to tackle some of the nation’s top courses themselves — and Sanford’s Tobacco Road is one of them. “It’s not like you go to the Super Bowl and play a pick-up game in the parking lot,” says Joe Gay, general manager and director of golf at Tobacco Road. “They play golf and they’re fanatic about it. If you think about it, when you come for the U.S. Open, the sun comes up at 6:30 in the morning and doesn’t set until 8:30. Are you going to stay 14 hours out there on the course — or are you going to take some time for a round of golf early in the morning and then spend eight hours watching the tournament after that?”

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Even with roughly 50 courses within an easy drive of the U.S. Open, Tobacco Road ranks on top of the list for many golf fanatics headed here. In fact, the local course has already established itself as a prime destination. People travel in and out of Sanford all year round — about nine out of every 10 coming from within an eight-hour drive — to play one of the best courses in America. They’ve found out about Tobacco Road from its long list of accolades. Both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest currently list it among their top 100 public golf courses in America and Golf World magazine once called it the fourth-best public golf course in the United States, a sort of “people’s choice” award drawn from golfer ratings. The best accolade of all came less than one year ago, when Tobacco Road was named the 50th best course in the world by Golf Course Architecture, a distinction conferred by 250 golf course architects around the globe. Brandon Johnson, senior golf course architect and vice president of The Arnold Palmer Design Company, wrote the short review, calling Tobacco Road “the most fresh and unique twist or interpretation of golf course design” he had ever experienced. “It is also incredibly fun to play,” Johnson said. “The visual intimidation or ‘play on optics’ burned images in my mind that are still crystal clear almost 10 years later. Truly a masterpiece.”

In Play or Out of Bounds? Some call the course fun; others beg to differ, even questioning whether it’s a fair test of skill. Granted, the course designed by the late Mike Strantz is renowned for its quirky setting and intimidating visuals. You don’t even take your first shot before realizing you’re not in Kansas any more. From the first tee all you see are two towering mounds, one on the right, one on the left, with a peek of fairway between, beyond and below. Throughout the 18 holes are blind shots, protected greens and huge elevation changes. It’s a visual feast and a frightening sight. One online reviewer who played the course a year ago gave some simple advice: “Bring your A game … and your camera.”

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Rich Habeeb takes issue with anyone who believes the course isn’t a true and fair test. As an avid golfer and parttime employee at Tobacco Road, he’s probably played the course as much as anyone. He describes it as stimulating and untraditional, a thinking golfer’s course where you don’t reflexively pull out your driver every time you step onto a par-four or -five. If you learn where the targets are, know the distances and trust your swing, you actually can score pretty well. “It doesn’t have to be intimidating if you play the course the way it’s designed and if you can get over the visual ‘smoke and mirrors,’” he says. “And even if you don’t think you play well, you can still enjoy yourself here. We’ve had plenty of people come here and say that’s the best round they’ve ever shot and it’s the first

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time they’ve ever played the course. I think it’s very fair if you play it the way it’s designed.”

An Open Replay This isn’t the first time Pinehurst has hosted the U.S. Open, nor is it the first time people have packed the schedule at Tobacco Road during one of golf’s major championships. When the Open was here nine years ago, it was a huge week for Tobacco Road, with attendance records and soaring revenue. It’s hard to measure how much of a lingering effect tournament week had on attendance for years after, but having hundreds of zealous golf fans playing the course and talking about it back home certainly couldn’t hurt. Gay isn’t certain what to expect this


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SNAPSHOTS time. The 2005 Open not only set records at Tobacco Road, but attendance records for the tournament as well. But with the lingering economic slump and a decision by the United States Golf Association to limit tickets as a way of protecting scruffy areas in a slightly redesigned course, there could be almost 10,000 fewer spectators this year. On the other hand, the competitive window has been extended. For the first time ever, the U.S. Women’s Open will be played on the same course in the same year, just days after one of the men hoists the silver jug. Golf fans could end up staying longer than usual. You might think that means plenty of special activities will be taking place at Tobacco Road this June. After all, attracting a good share of traveling golfers is a high priority when greens fees during championship week range up to $175. But Sanford’s course has become so renowned that it essentially sells itself. “I don’t want to say we don’t do anything special, because we actually do something special for everyone who plays Tobacco Road,” Gay says. “We spend a lot of time and resources in conditioning our golf course and making sure our staff is prepared to serve the customer — whether it’s an icy day in March or something like the U.S. Open. But we may do something special during the week.” Having a jam-packed schedule does create some challenges for his staff. Golfers will be on the course from about 6:30 in the morning until about 15 minutes after sunset, give or take, which means the last golfer should enter the clubhouse around ten minutes to nine, perhaps a few minutes later. As a result, his staff will be mowing the course under the lights. “It makes for a long day,” says Gay. “But a good one.” It’s hard to say what true golf fans enjoy more: Playing a challenging course or getting an up-close encounter with legends of the game. But with courses like Tobacco Road just a nine-iron from the main event this summer, why should they have to choose? ❙❚

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ugging tote bags and Tupperware bins, students use large, colorful tablecloths to stake out their positions around a large table and begin to unpack. And that’s no small feat. One after another, smaller Tupperware boxes emerge from larger ones and there are even some tiny containers packed inside those. It all reminds you of those Russian nesting dolls. Speaking of dolls, they come out next. No, seriously, real dolls. Barbie dolls. And instructor Pat Wicker shows students how to pin up their hair with toothpicks. From a distance, the Barbies look like Japanese geishas. One student has a bear cake. Not a flat cake in the shape of a bear, but a goldenbrown, three-dimensional Winnie the Pooh sitting a good foot high. And, by the way, the room is smelling really good. Eventually, it starts to makes sense. Winnie the Pooh is, well, Winnie the Pooh. The domed cake becomes the bottom half of Barbie’s ball gown. Welcome to Cake Decorating II, one of many personal enrichment courses offered by Central Carolina Community College. For most of the two and a half hours, students look more like sculptors and painters than chefs, mixing icing colors and delicately applying them with knives, nozzles and brushes. One moment, the concentration seems intense; other moments, the atmosphere is light. Pat moves around the room providing advice and demonstrating techniques. After about an hour, she stops class and everyone gathers around one of those domed-cake skirts. “When you do ruffles, they’ll flatten out unless you give them some support,”

Pat explains, cradling a bag stuffed with blue icing. “You first want to give it a base and then your ruffle is a rocking motion.” She places the tip against the cake, applies a steady pressure and icing begins to flow in one thin, continuous ribbon. As she circles the cake, the icing is pushed into a series of tightly formed waves. “Squeeze and come down ... squeeze and come down ... squeeze and come down.” When class ended, there were a dozen beautifully decorated cakes. The bear, a train and all sorts of Barbie cakes. Quinceañera Barbie. Mermaid Barbie. Cinderella Barbie. The topic for next class: roses. But before then, a lot of lucky friends and family will get a taste of what took place in cake decorating tonight.

Patricia Perry decorates her Winnie the Pooh cake in a personal enrichment class offered by the community college.

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maternity & women’s health At CCH we have a wide array of maternity services including a 5-Star Patient rated birthing center and a dedicated obstetrics surgical suite. With classes in childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting we’ll make sure you’re prepared before, during and after the birth of your baby. Our network of gynecologists, obstetricians and other women’s health specialists will assist you whether you’re planning a new family, need an annual checkup, or are preparing for menopause.

children’s health Children are important at CCH. We have a designated pediatric treatment area and our staff has specialized training in pediatrics. CCH is also the first community hospital to partner with the WakeMed Children’s Hospitalist program. These board certified physicians provide the highest level of care for hospitalized children and infants, 24/7.

cardiac health CCH provides you with a dedicated team of cardiologists to address your heart health. Our services include an accredited sleep center, cardiac rehab program and a full array of cardiac and pulmonary testing and screening capabilities. We have also taken another major step with the opening of our state of the art catheterization lab for on-site diagnostics. left to right: Advanced Primary Stroke Certification,

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hospital family health Access and options are important when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider for you and your family. That’s why the Central Carolina Hospital Primary Care Physician Network offers you convenient access to a dedicated team of healthcare partners. Just one simple phone call connects you to our network of experienced medical professionals. For a same or next-day appointment call 877-892-2660, Monday – Friday.

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surgical health The surgical department at CCH is staffed by skilled surgeons, registered nurses and certified anesthetists. Our operating rooms and recovery area were recently renovated and provide the advanced technology needed to meet all the needs of our patients.

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Some Lofty Company When the campground at San-Lee Park was ranked among America’s best, it surprised even the park ranger. But only because it’s not exactly the largest destination — and many locals don’t know it well. As he’s known to do, Ranger Steve Godfrey was spending time with some of his tent campers at San-Lee Park, talking about anything and everything, when one of the visitors dropped a bombshell. While explaining how she decided to visit the small campground outside of Sanford, she mentioned the park’s lofty online ranking. Online ranking? That was news 30 lee county Living 2013-14

to Ranger Steve — which is how he’s known to his friends, and that’s pretty much everyone he’s ever met — so, she pointed him toward the ranking at Tripleblaze.com. Ranger Steve was shocked. But there it was: a ranking of the nation’s 100 best places to camp by the Georgia-based website reviewing campgrounds and hiking trails throughout the United States.

And less than one-third down the list, standing at number 29, was San-Lee Park. He looked at the list even harder. One spot above was Indian Lake State Park, a massive campground with hundreds of campsites in an 800-acre park operated by the State of Ohio. Two spots below was Glacier National Park Campground in Montana, a location operated


by the National Park Service and renowned for endangered wildlife roaming among glaciers and spectacular mountain vistas. Most of this state’s larger campgrounds — including popular local spots like the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area — were nowhere to be found. Ranger Steve was taken aback. “Did not know it was coming,” he says, shaking his head at the thought. “It surprised the heck out of me. I said, ‘Something’s wrong there,’ but it was right. We’re kind of small. And when you’re small, you don’t expect to compare yourself to Jordan Lake or Yellowstone or something like that; you expect to be somewhere around two-thousand or so. When that came out, that surprised the heck out of me. It was a total shock.” That was last spring. By the time fall rolled around, he started to hear even more. Campers who discovered SanLee Park directly at Tripleblaze or through some news feature generated by the national ranking started to arrive. That included folks from far out of town and even some locals who, incredibly, still hadn’t discovered Lee County’s camping paradise.

Quality, Not Quantity A campground map from Indian Lake, which ranks one spot above San-Lee Park, shows a labyrinth of four separate camping areas — each one ranging from 72 to 127 campsites, more than 440 in all — connected by a network of throughstreets and cul-de-sacs. There’s boat camping, miniature golf, cabins and even a store. From the map, at least, it looks more like a planned community than a campground.

San-Lee Park has a map, too, but it’s only found on the whiteboard in Ranger Steve’s office. It’s a two-part schematic. On top, under the title, “RV Campground,” is a black, hand-drawn arc that looks vaguely like a bell curve, surrounded by five abstract trees. Around the arc, which appears to represent a road, each individual campsite is numbered: 1-2-5-4-3. Underneath, below the title, “Tent Campground,” there’s something almost identical, but 10 individual campsites and just four trees. (Apparently, you don’t need a highly trained graphic artist to map 15 places to camp.) But what San-Lee Park may lack in quantity, it makes up for in quality. Its RV campground stands on top of a hill overlooking the reservoir below, providing a sweeping vista that would make you swear you’re in the mountains, not a few miles from the flat Carolina Sandhills. Most of the time it’s almost completely quiet. The only exceptions are some weekends from April through October, when children zigzag across the reservoir in paddle boats. But even then, it’s a far cry from the frenetic atmosphere at the typical camping resort and from the top of the hill, high above the activity and noise, you barely notice. There’s a small, but impressive Nature Center, a red-brick building where children enjoy educational programs and press up against the glass to get a close-up look at snakes, turtles and birds. There’s fishing in the reservoir, a pastime that attracts guests just about every day of the week, and the chance for children to borrow everything they need to fish for free. There are picnic areas, a playground and everything else you’d expect at a local park. Even mountain bike trails. To be precise, 12 miles of

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Marin (left), Alex Marin, Daniel Lewis and Gregory Lewis warm up at San-Lee Park’s Family Tent Campground. Angela and George Caulder step onto the front porch of their luxury camper. Ducks glide across the park’s reservoir. Ranger Steve and Ranger Dog Zoe.

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CAMPING at SAN-LEE PARK RV CAMPGROUND. Includes tables, water and electrical hookups, bathhouse and dump station. Open year-round. $20 per night or $10 per night for extended stays of 30 days or more. FAMILY TENT CAMPGROUND. Includes tent pad, tables, charcoal grills, water and bathhouse. One family per site. Open April through October. $15 per night. CAMPSITES ARE AVAILABLE on a first-come, firstserved basis. For information, call 919.776.6221. SanLee Park is located four miles northeast of Sanford on Pumping Station Road.

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mountain biking including a loop that’s rated “difficult” and has received plenty of acclaim of its own. Charlie Storm, owner of Storm Endurance Sports in Sanford, calls it one of the best and most challenging trails in the Southeast, and the course attracts well over 100 riders to the Bouldergeist competition each spring. While San-Lee Park is a quarter the size of the next rung on the ladder and has 400-some fewer campsites, maybe that’s actually one of its strengths. That’s how Ranger Steve accounts for the acclaim. “I think by being small, you get to pay more attention to details and maybe it’s that feeling like you’re actually going camping instead of moving into a small town or something, with so much traffic or noise,” he reasons. “When you go to places like that, there are too many people and what you’re trying to get away from is the every day hassle and having so many people around all the time.”

The Personal Touch When the campground ranking was posted, it may have shocked Ranger Steve, though George and Angela Caulder were not fazed at all. The couple are regulars at San-Lee Park, bringing their camper to the top of a hill overlooking the lake. Actually, this isn’t your typical camper; it’s more like a one-bedroom cabin on wheels. The house that George built has a bedroom, some loft space and even a front porch with chairs and an outdoor grill. Inside, there are pictures and plates resting on the built-in bookshelf and a kitchen that would make any city-dweller drool with envy. George and Angela have camped at San-Lee Park for 15 years or more — in tents as well as their mansion on wheels — and they’ve also stayed


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Brad Marin (from left), Daniel Lewis and Morgan Gillis enjoy a fall camping trip at San-Lee Park.

at nearly a dozen other locales. They have no problem understanding why so many people love camping here. “You can do just as much here as you can in a campsite anywhere else,” says George. “Hiking. Biking. Fishing. It has everything you can possibly need.” But when you get right down to it, George and Angela believe the most important reason for San-Lee Park’s success is Ranger Steve and his assistant, Zoe, a Yellow Labrador who’s been his faithful sidekick for nearly half of the ranger’s 28-year tenure. Zoe is a familiar face to anyone who’s been around San-Lee Park and is always there when Ranger Steve stops by to check on campers or responds to a call. Angela says the personal touch from Ranger Steve and Zoe creates the kind of caring, family atmosphere that larger campsites cannot even hope to match. Stories of how Ranger Steve cares for park guests are legendary, and some of them even find their way into the local paper. Like one time, years ago, when

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Ranger Steve noticed a child trying to put a hook and weight on his fishing pole. When the ranger saw tears in the boy’s eyes, he asked if the child was alone. “What really got me was when he said, ‘I don’t have a dad, and my mom don’t know how to fish,’” Ranger Steve told The Sanford Herald at the time. “I had about 10 things I needed to do, but what he said stop me cold.” After checking with the boy’s mother, who was busy cooking the evening meal, Ranger Steve spent a good two hours fishing with the child before getting him back in time for supper.

A Local Secret Ranger Steve must be one of the more carefree park rangers anywhere. Even when he’s busy — and that’s a good part of the day — he has time for people and brushes aside worries. One of the few things that visibly frustrates him is that, despite the park’s national acclaim, more locals don’t

realize the caliber of camping they have in their own backyard. He has his theories. Maybe it’s because visitors come through the front gate, see the nature center and figure that’s all the park has to offer. Perhaps it’s because the school of regular fishermen never take time to explore what’s on top of those hills overlooking the reservoir. He’s not exactly sure. But he consoles himself with this thought: If too many people stormed the gates every day, that could interrupt the quiet and even ruin cordial atmosphere that makes San-Lee Park so attractive. The Caulders admit the possibility, but that doesn’t stop them from serving as evangelists for the park. “When you’re camping up here, you don’t really think about still being in Lee County,” George says. “I’m in the woods. I can fish. I can get a paddleboat. I’m camping. I don’t have to go to the mountains to feel like I’m in the mountains. I can do everything here I can do anywhere else.” ❙❚


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ith the audience still gasping from a raucous opening act, everyone lets out a big burst of applause for comic headliner Dennis Ross. He slowly makes his way to a microphone standing center stage, opens a bottle of water and perches himself on a stool. You guys look nice. There are a lot of pretty women. Thank you for coming! I think that all women are beautiful. For me, to say a girl is bad looking … she’d have to be … uh … a man. With that, The Jersey Comic is off and running. Ross, who has worked with the likes of Lewis Black and Chris Rock, considers himself a spectator to everyday insanity. And during his one performance in Sanford, he’s living up to the billing. For the next 40 minutes, he meanders through the comic landscape, wandering from one topic to another. Along the way, he visits paper cuts, the Octomom, losing weight and drowning in an inch of water. Much of his act would easily earn an R-rating, like when he reflects upon the plight of John and Lorena Bobbitt. But, wait!, about halfway through his set, there’s another G-rated bit: I’m watching fishing on TV and I don’t even fish. You’ve got be a special kind of bored to be doing [stuff] like that. So, I’m watching fishing on TV and there are two guys in a little boat. And they’re wearing … camouflage. After a brief silence, a few in the

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audience explode at the mental image. And someone halfway up yells, “Camouflage?” Thank you! That’s what I’m saying: Camouflage. What is it … to sneak up on … fish? Ross and opener Shane McConnaghy are in town for Temple Theatre’s “One Night Stands,” a monthly comedy series that welcomes legend Jimmie “J.J.” Walker this summer. Ironically, the series has been successful enough that it’s giving way next season to a weekly series of Tuesday night acts — mostly music, but some more comedy as well. Success leading to its own demise. Wow. There must be Dennis Ross material floating around in there somewhere. Comic Shane McConnaghy entertains at Sanford’s Temple Theatre.

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Business leaders reveal the challenges and joys of operating a successful family business as well as their lessons for remaining vibrant in a changing environment.

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FOCUS ON CUSTOMERS Mrs. Wenger’s

Anna Smith (left), Nancy Riddle and Mandy Moss

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Mrs. Wenger’s, a local landmark that draws hungry diners looking for a homecooked breakfast or lunch. Dorcas Wenger started the business after working at another restaurant for several years. She passed the reins to her daughter, Nancy Wenger Riddle, who now works with her own two daughters, Anna Smith and Mandy Moss. } The Challenge. Finding new ideas to keep the restaurant vibrant, especially when enthusiastic customers would never stand for their favorite recipes to change or disappear. One recent addition was catering. When churches and social clubs started asking Mrs. Wenger’s to provide meals for their gatherings, Nancy, Anna and Mandy saw an open door and walked right through. Now, catering is a growing part of the operation. } The Joy. Sharing more time with relatives, which probably isn’t too surprising for a third-generation restaurant. That also means having plenty of help to fill in on

short notice. “When you need something, you can always call a sister or a niece or a granddaughter,” says Mandy. “You have each other.” } The Lesson. Taking good care of their customers has always been the key to success, Nancy says. It’s a lesson that was passed down from her mother, who would remind all of her children and grandchildren to live by the Golden Rule: Treat others like you’d want them to treat you. That even translated into a community Thanksgiving dinner, something Mrs. Wenger’s began a couple of years ago. The family always got together for the holiday meal and usually had plenty of food left over. Knowing there were people downtown who could use some help, they cooked even more food and invited regular customers to bring desserts and help serve. Folks showed up and it became an immediate success. “When you’re blessed,” Mandy says, “it’s hard not to do things for others.”

KEEP THE PASSION Wilkinson Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC It was 1953 when the late Douglas Wilkinson visited 10 friends, borrowed $1,000 from each and used the cash as a down payment to purchase a car dealership operating on Wicker Street. More than 60 years and one move later, Wilkinson Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC is located along U.S. 1 and owned and operated by Douglas’ son, Doug, and grandson, Wil. } The Challenge. Staying on top of changes in the industry, which isn’t easy when your business has become so dependent on the latest technology. Wil says buying new equipment and training employees is more important than ever. “We have one person training in Charlotte and one person in Atlanta right now, and we have others doing online training,” he says. “You have to continuously train and improve.” } The Joy. Doing something you really enjoy. Doug started working at the dealership in 1969 after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wil

grew up washing cars before beginning full time about 14 years ago. “We smile,” Wil says, “because what we really want to do is sell and service cars.” They must love spreading the joy, too, because the dealership is deeply invested in its community. For 14 years, Wilkinson has provided a brand new car for the reigning Lee County Teacher of the Year, providing a one-year lease at no cost to the teacher. They also assist all of the schools, every youth sport they can recall, all of the major golftournament fundraisers and more. } The Lesson. Maintaining that kind of passion for what you do, Doug says, is essential — and it’s what allows this fatherson team to keep driving ahead. Wil agrees. “If you’re not passionate about it, you cannot be successful in a business this size,” he explains. “You’re always thinking about business. I look forward to coming to work every day and you can’t run a business well if you don’t.”

Doug (left) and Wil Wilkinson


COMMUNICATE CONSTANTLY Perry Brothers Auto Service

Ross Perry (left) and Paul Horton

It’s hard to imagine any local business more steeped in family tradition than Perry Brothers Auto Service. It began way back in 1933, when the late Hugh R. Perry purchased a Gulf service station, acquired a Goodyear franchise and started selling tires. He eventually passed the baton to his three sons, who were later joined or succeeded by thirdand fourth-generation family members. } The Challenge. Adapting to constant change, whether it’s economic, social or technological. Company president Paul Horton, one of the Perry in-laws, says businesses like his were more profitable back in the day, when local industry was thriving, more people had good-paying jobs and automobiles were far less complicated. “I’ll give you a quick example,” he says. “When I started here about 35 or 36 years ago, you had five or six different sizes of tires. Now, if you keep every size they have, it would fill up this whole building. It’s a challenge to keep up.”

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whether they’re employees or customers. Two staff members have been working at Perry Brothers for more than 30 years and others have been around for a good while. That means customers and staff have built solid relationships and trust. } The Lesson. Communicating clearly sand constantly is important for any successful business, Paul says, but it’s essential when you’re coordinating several locations or dealing with family. Working with relatives adds a different dimension. There are advantages, like knowing each other well, and disadvantages, including the possibility that family disputes will carry over into business. “The biggest thing may be communication,” Paul says. “We’ve been fortunate with our group because we have monthly get-togethers at board meetings where we sit down to discuss things and get everything out in the open.”

WORK THE PLAN Dossenbach’s Finer Furniture Though the company has changed buildings and expanded, Dossenbach’s Finer Furniture has served customers in downtown Sanford since 1946, when J.R. “Jack” Dossenbach Sr. first opened the doors. Alan, Robert and Jeremy Dossenbach, representing the second and third generations, now guide the family business toward its 70th year. } The Challenge. By this time, one thing is clear: Keeping up with change is the priority for any long-term family business. For Dossenbach’s, that means staying in touch with industry trends and matching those to changing customer tastes. Company president Alan Dossenbach made the point as he was preparing to leave for the spring High Point Furniture Market. “We’ve continued to go to the furniture market for 60 years-plus so we can shop for our customers,” he says. “You have to stay in touch with your industry. You still have to see what’s available and make a decision on what you carry.” 38 lee county Living 2014-15

} The Joy. Taking care of customers, whether its finding someone the perfect piece of furniture or helping a few neighbors when they need it most. Alan doesn’t want to talk about the details; but suffice it to say that Dossenbach’s does a lot behind the scenes. That includes helping people with furniture at Christmas, something the store has done for years, in good times and bad. } The Lesson. Having a good plan and “working it hard,” as Alan puts it, is what makes any business a success. That means having enough capital to get started, being willing to work 60 or more hours a week and staying involved with the business every step of the way. “That’s just what you have to do,” he says. Alan stays involved in the business by getting out of the office and spending time on the showroom floor. By waiting on customers every day, he learns what items they like and, if they don’t make a purchase, can ask what they were hoping to find.

Robert (from left), Alan and Jeremy Dossenbach


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hat are the chances that neighbors from Fort Bragg would run into each other literally in the middle of a Lee County cornfield? That’s exactly what happened when the McGowans and Martes just happened to cross paths deep in the Gross Farms Corn Maze. * * *

Both families are following clues in “FSI: Farm Scene Investigation,” a game guiding visitors down miles of paths cut through 15 acres of corn. Now walking together, the two families are searching for another checkpoint, where they’ll sort out clues to unravel the mysterious disappearance of Farmer Joe. “Is that Number Two?” calls Tresha McGowan across some dense rows of corn. “Yes, it is!” comes a reply from someone, somewhere on the other side. “How do we get there?” Tresha and her son, Noah, continue forward, take a couple of hard lefts and find themselves at Checkpoint Two, where they gather more evidence, mark it in their book and set off again. Meanwhile, 2-year-old Aviyana Marte, one of the other neighbors, navigates the maze in style. She’s sitting in the back of her wagon, sipping a drink from a pink cup while Dad pulls her through the corn. * * *

The maze is just part of the annual attraction at Gross Farms. There’s a huge slide, one massive trampoline called the Pumpkin Jump, hayrides and more. Over 10,000 people visit each fall, most of them living within a 50-minute drive. Tina Gross, co-owner of the 1,000acre, working farm, says the attraction was designed to take advantage of a trend toward agritourism, where more people are traveling to visit farms and enjoy

agricultural experiences. When Tina first proposed the idea, many told her it would never fly. “Other farmers in the area just laughed,” she recalls. “When you do something like this, when you think out of the box, that’s what happens.” Tina and her family are having the last laugh. On this bright fall day, the farm is filled with pulsating music, happy children and ringing cash registers. The maze is only open about six weeks each year. The rest of the time, the farm grows a variety of crops, selling some of what they harvest from a retail produce barn located on site. But with parking lots jammed today and cars sporting license plates from as far away as Michigan and Texas, Florida and Massachusetts, the success of this corny maze idea simply cannot be denied. Shellie, right, and Isaiah McGowan check out clues in the Gross Farms Corn Maze.

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EDUCATION & HEALTH

Primary & Secondary

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AT A GLANCE sanford area

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LANDSCAPES

The Land Total Area .......................................................258.3 square miles Population Density ................... 238.5 per square mile Urban Area (Sanford) ............................................. 49 percent Rural Area (outside city) .................................... 51 percent

The Climate averages

January temperature ..................................................................37º F June temperature............................................................................... 51 F Annual rainfall .................................................................... 51 inches Annual snowfall.....................................................................6 inches lee county

RESEARCH TRIANGLE REGION

Driving Time

Raleigh ................................................................... 25 miles, 38 min. Pinehurst............................................................... 25 miles, 30 min. Fayetteville & Ft. Bragg.................. 35 miles, 40 min. North Carolina Coast .................. 125 miles, 150 min.

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PEOPLE

Population Now

2012 Census Estimates

Lee County .......................................................................................59,715 City of Sanford ...........................................................................28,064 Town of Broadway ....................................................................1,249

Population in the Future

Public High Schools .............................................................................3 Public Middle Schools ......................................................................3 Public Elementary Schools .........................................................7 Private K-12 Schools ...........................................................................3 Montessori School ..................................................................................1

Colleges & Universities

Central Carolina Community College, serving a three-county region, is based in Sanford. The college currently enrolls about 5,000 students in its curriculum offerings and 20,000 in various continuing education programs. Within an hour’s drive: } University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill } Duke University } North Carolina State University } Campbell University } North Carolina Central University } Fayetteville State University

Hospital

Central Carolina Hospital offers 137 patient beds and 100 physicians.

NC Office of State Budget and Management

In 2020 ..................................................................................................... 65,261 In 2030 ..................................................................................................... 72,988

More Numbers

projection for 2012

Median age ................................................................................. 38 years Average household size .................................... 2.69 people

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BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

Top Manufacturers

by the number of employees

1 Static Control Components

electrical and industrial equipment .............................1,250

2 Pilgrim’s Pride lee county

poultry products............................................................................1,100

Retail Activity

4 Pfizer

ECONOMICS

for the 2013 fiscal year

Gross taxable sales................................................$612 million

Family Income Median family 2010 estimate......................................... $53,375 Median household 2012 estimate............................ $45,284 Per Capita 2012 estimate...................................................... $21,716

Property Tax Rates

per $100 valuation for 2013

Lee County ...........................................................................................$0.72 City of Sanford ...............................................................................$0.54 Town Broadway ............................................................................$0.44

3 Coty Inc. cosmetics and perfumes ............................................................ 850 pediatric vaccines ............................................................................ 600 5

Pentair Aquatic Systems filters and pumps............................................................................... 500 Frontier Spinning yarn............................................................................................................... 476 6

7 Arden components for outdoor furniture....................................... 457 8 Tyson Mexican Mexican food products................................................................ 443 9 Moen Inc. plumbing fixtures ............................................................................ 415 10 Caterpillar compact construction machines........................................... 374

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Membership Directory n 2015

all addresses are Sanford, North Carolina, unless another city is listed

Accountants and Accounting Services Davenport, Marvin, Joyce and Co. LLP 509 W. Main St..................................................................................919-774-4535 Fortis Accounting Service LLC PO Box 594, Goldston.................................................................919-548-5488 John H. Kelley CPA 109 Wicker St.....................................................................................919-777-0761 Richard M. Carlson CPA 107 Gordon St....................................................................................919-776-4636 TRP CPAs, PLLC 306 Court Square.............................................................................919-718-5007 Ward and Foust CPAs, PA 1512 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-9452 Air Cleaning and Purifying Equipment Air Cleaning Equipment Inc. 303 N. Main St., Broadway......................................................919-258-3330 Aircraft Services Raleigh Exec: Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford-Lee County 700 Rod Sullivan Road................................................................919-776-2939 Amusements Kendale Bowling Lanes 139 Rand St..........................................................................................919-776-0729 Rockin’ Rollin’ Video Game Party 55 Adams Circle, Pinehurst......................................................910-690-5393 Architects and Architectural Illustrators Hazen and Sawyer 4011 Westchase Blvd., Suite 500, Raleigh.....................919-833-7152 Attorneys Harrington, Gilleland, Winstead, Feindel and Lucas 1410 Elm St.........................................................................................919-776-4131 Love, Jimmy, Attorney 315 McIntosh St................................................................................ 919-775-7119 Seymour Jr., W.W. 133-135 N. Moore St.....................................................................919-775-2137 The Phair Firm 1508 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-718-0078 Webb, Fred D., Attorney 341 Carthage St.................................................................................919-775-1212 Wilson & Reives PLLC 1502 Woodland Ave.......................................................................919-775-5653 Doster, Post, Silverman & Foushee PA 205 Courtland Drive......................................................................919-775-5616 Automobile—Car Wash Champions Car Wash 111 Bank St..........................................................................................919-777-0123

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Automobile Dealers Toyota of Sanford 3321 Highway 87 South..............................................................919-708-5000 Crossroads Ford Lincoln-Mercury Inc. 3251 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-2221 Sanford Honda 3130 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-8864 US 1 Chrysler Dodge Jeep 2624 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-775-5588 Wilkinson Automotive Inc. 1301 Douglas Drive.......................................................................919-775-3421 Automobile Repairs and Service Boyd’s Automotive Inc. 1202 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-708-5650 Carlyle’s Grocery and Auto Service 2526 White Hill Road...................................................................919-775-3979 H&H Auto Parts 215 Carthage St.................................................................................919-775-2335 Integrated Automotive LLC 3456 Cameron Drive.....................................................................919-935-3519 R&N Motor Co. 811 Woodland Ave..........................................................................919-775-5822 Taylor Automotive 1007 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-774-4037 Bail Bond Agencies Belle’s Bail Bonds 1507 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-708-2440 Banks and Banking Associations BB&T 200 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................ 919-776-8411 1135 Spring Lane.............................................................................919-775-6047 2940 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-1300 106 S. Main St., Broadway.......................................................919-258-3821 Carter Bank and Trust 1001 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-777-0334 Fidelity Bank 1002 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-777-0162 First Bank 1333 Plaza Blvd................................................................................919-777-2926 2630 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-1992 2204 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-775-1030 299 N. Main St., Broadway......................................................919-258-5230 First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. 206 Carthage St.................................................................................919-775-3501 2108 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-3661


PNC Bank 338 Carthage St.................................................................................919-708-4900 2000 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-708-4940 VantageSouth Bank 870 Spring Lane................................................................................919-708-7055 Wells Fargo Bank 119 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................919-774-4563 Barber Shops Headen’s Barber Shop 112 W. Main St..................................................................................919-776-9621 Boat Dealers and Marine Supplies Chatlee Boat and Marine 2615 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-775-7259 Book Stores The Carpenter’s Shop 2431 S. Jefferson Davis Highway........................................919-776-7527 Manna Christian Resource Center 201 E. Main St...................................................................................919-708-5999 Building Materials Lee Builder Mart 1000 N. Horner Blvd.....................................................................919-775-5555 Service Building Supply 1490 Comfort Lane........................................................................919-776-1500 Business Training and Communication Lighthouse Documentation and Training 108 Cricket Hearth Road............................................................919-721-8433 Chiropractors Daryl L. Ammons DC 1401 Greenway Court................................................................... 919-774-6111 Dr. Skip Austin with Family Chiropractic Center of Sanford 1100 Carthage St.............................................................................. 919-775-2114 Nelson and Nelson Chiropractic 1660 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-777-9999 Churches Buffalo Presbyterian Church 1333 Carthage St..............................................................................919-776-7313 First Baptist Church 202 Summit Drive...........................................................................919-774-4220 First Calvary Baptist Church 240 Fields Drive...............................................................................919-775-2912 Grace Chapel Ministries 2605 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-774-4553 New Life Fellowship Church, Dr. Gail Dickens 4714 Olivia Road.............................................................................919-499-5136 Works for Christ Christian Center 1395 Firetower Road.....................................................................919-776-0072 Cleaning Services Corvus Janitorial Systems 8801 Fast Park Drive, #301, Raleigh.................................919-521-0545 Simple Solutions 172 Crown Point...............................................................................919-498-9397 Clubs—Country and Tennis Carolina Trace Country Club Inc. 2100 Country Club Drive...........................................................919-499-5121 Computer Services Absolute Computers 810 Woodland Ave..........................................................................919-777-9125 LTG Technology Services Inc. 1408 Post Office Road.................................................................919-356-6202 NC Computer Services 842 Cotton Road...............................................................................919-718-9060 Concrete Heritage Concrete 140 Deep River Road....................................................................919-775-5014 Construction—Homebuilders and General Contractors American South General Contractors Inc. 1378 McNeil Road..........................................................................919-774-4000 Cole Construction Co. of Sanford 3225 Jefferson Davis Highway.............................................. 919-774-6811 David H. Simpson Construction Co. 513 Wicker St.....................................................................................919-774-6217 Groce Companies 1504 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-1497 Install Inc. 209 Sycamore St...............................................................................919-774-0506

J. Brent Smith Construction Inc. 455 Charles Riddle Road............................................................919-775-9714 Myrick Construction Inc. 101 Shady Oaks Drive, Biscoe...............................................910-428-2106 Progressive Contracting Co. Inc. 143 Charlotte Ave., Suite 201..................................................919-718-5454 Sanford Contractors Inc. 628 Rocky Fork Church Road................................................919-775-7882 T. L. Stewart Builders Inc. 613 Carthage St.................................................................................919-774-8714 WSC Precision Builders Inc. PO Box 754..........................................................................................919-770-6452 WST Industries 3015 Beechtree Drive...................................................................919-775-2320 Contractors—Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanic Cooper Mechanical Contractors 3041 Beechtree Drive...................................................................919-776-7537 Convention Centers Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center 1801 Nash St.......................................................................................919-776-0345 Copiers—Service and Repair Imaging Supplies Co. 804 Woodland Ave.......................................................................... 919-776-1152 Cosmetics Kathie Delp, Independent Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics Olivia........................................................................................................910-723-2183 Dentists, Dental Labs and Dental Care Denning, Vance C. DDS, PA 207 Gordon St....................................................................................919-776-3332 Faulk Jr., R. Kelly DDS 1806 Doctors Drive........................................................................919-774-9419 Fisher Jr., David DDS 1808 Doctors Drive........................................................................919-776-0741 Hincks, Thomas DDS 304 Hawkins Ave.............................................................................919-774-4324 Lane and Associates DDS, PA 407 Tiffany Drive............................................................................ 919-774-6311 Moretz, Dawn A. DDS, PA 503 Carthage St., Suite 101......................................................919-775-5549 Sanford Pediatric Dentistry 136 Carbonton Road......................................................................919-718-5561 The Happy Tooth Orthodontics 1919 Bragg St., Suite 7................................................................919-718-0335 Department Stores Belk 1065 Spring Lane.............................................................................919-774-4428 Roses 1015 Spring Lane Stanley’s Home Center 232 Wicker St.....................................................................................919-775-5412 Walmart 1774 3310 NC Highway 87 South....................................................919-776-9388 Walmart Express 112 N. Main St., Broadway......................................................919-258-3869 DJ Services Freeman Productions Sanford....................................................................................................919-770-4899 Document and Shipping Services Copy Center of Sanford 1017 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-776-0821 Dog Grooming and Boarding Rae-Zor Grooming, Boarding and Daycare 100 Animal Ave.................................................................................919-776-0076 Electricians Clay Moretz Electrical Corp. 209 S. Gulf St.....................................................................................919-774-4045 J.S. Howard Electrical Co. 2514 Dogwood St............................................................................919-774-1650 M. R. Stoner Electric Inc. 3216 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-774-8877 PR Faulk Electrical Corp. 3103 Hal Siler Drive......................................................................919-775-1990 Employment Agencies Belflex Staffing Network 115 S. Horner Blvd.........................................................................919-718-0403

Express Employment Professionals 2230 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-775-1292 Manpower 307 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................919-774-5669 MegaForce Staffing Solutions 2511 Fayetteville St........................................................................919-774-8500 Farms and Farming Supplies Gross Farms 1606 Pickett Road...........................................................................919-498-6727 Financial and Financial Advisors Carson Willis, BB&T Wealth 200 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................919-777-7210 Consolidated Planning Inc. of Sanford 503 Carthage St.................................................................................919-776-8500 Davenport and Co. LLC 503 Carthage St., Suite 300......................................................919-777-9823 Edward D. Jones and Co., Howard Bokhoven 1500 Elm St.........................................................................................919-774-4826 Modern Woodmen of America 100 Towerview Court, Cary.....................................................919-770-6276 National Finance Co. 1500 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-2207 The Normann Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC 1094 Wilkins Drive........................................................................ 919-774-4711 Financial Institutions State Employees Credit Union 1002 Spring Lane.............................................................................919-774-8851 Flooring Factory Flooring and Design 717 Bragg St........................................................................................919-775-3346 Florist Floral Designs By Eddie 138 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-775-1400 Ted’s Flower Basket 111 S. Vance St..................................................................................919-775-7144 Funeral Homes Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Inc. 600 W. Main St.................................................................................. 919-774-1111 Miller-Boles Funeral Home 1150 Fire Tower Road..................................................................919-775-3434 Furniture Badcock Home Furniture 1946-B S. Horner Blvd................................................................919-776-3500 Dossenbach’s Finer Furniture Inc. 215 Wicker St.....................................................................................919-775-7237 Gifts and Decorative Accessories Kathryn’s Hallmark 1051 Spring Lane.............................................................................919-774-8912 Games and Hobbies The Pirate’s Cove 217 Carthage St.................................................................................919-776-2683 Golf Courses Carolina Lakes Golf Course 53 Carolina Lakes Road..............................................................919-499-5421 Carolina Trace Country Club 2100 Country Club Drive...........................................................919-499-5121 Sanford Golf Club 600 Golf Course Lane..................................................................919-775-8320 Governments—Municipal City of Sanford 225 E. Weatherspoon St.............................................................. 919-777-1112 Town of Broadway 117 S. Main St., Broadway.......................................................919-258-9922 Governmental Agencies City of Sanford Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control PO Box 967..........................................................................................919-776-2520 U.S. Postal Service 1200 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-4926 Grocers Piggly Wiggly 2412 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-8742 300 N. Main St., Broadway......................................................919-258-3531 Sanford Save A Lot 1944 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-776-5009

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Health Clubs and Personal Training Carolina Women’s Fitness Center 999 Center Church Road............................................................ 919-775-5811 Phalanx CrossFit 3509 Cameron Drive.....................................................................919-352-6608 Sanford Nautilus and Racquetball Center Inc. 1907 K.M. Wicker Drive............................................................919-774-4532 Heating and Air Conditioning Distributors 72 Degrees Heating and Air Conditioning 2600 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-777-9777 Comfort First Heating and Cooling Inc. 1430 Tramway Road......................................................................919-777-1777 Joyner and Dickens Heating and Air 2218 Lee Ave......................................................................................919-774-6841 Home Care and Hospice Community Home Care and Hospice 1836 Doctors Drive........................................................................919-718-5417 First Choice Home Care Inc. 506 Carthage St.................................................................................919-775-3306 Liberty Home Care and Hospice 1005 Carthage St..............................................................................919-774-9522 Hospitals Central Carolina Hospital 1135 Carthage St..............................................................................919-774-2100 FirstHealth of the Carolinas 155 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst..............................................910-715-1000 Hotels and Motels Days Inn 1217 N. Horner Blvd.....................................................................919-776-3150 Hampton Inn 1904 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-2000 Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites 2110 Dalrymple St..........................................................................919-776-6600 Quality Inn 1403 N. Horner Blvd..................................................................... 919-774-6411 Human Resource and Benefits Consultant Carolina Human Resources Inc. 310 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................919-708-7000 NC Vocational Rehabilitation Services 201 Commercial Court.................................................................919-775-2247 Individuals Brogan, Tamara 2520 Waterford Court...................................................................919-776-9605 Davis, Janice Sanford....................................................................................................919-332-4400 Garner, Hubert 319 Rod Sullivan Road................................................................919-774-8003 Rabin, Ron 383 Falling Water Road, Spring Lake...............................910-814-2472 Turbeville, Lynda Sanford....................................................................................................919-775-2636 Woodruff, Denny Sanford....................................................................................................919-888-1701 Industrial Supplies Cruco Mill and Industrial Supply LLC 111 McNeill Road...........................................................................919-777-9807 Modern Machining 115 Brady Road................................................................................919-775-7332 Insurance Aflac, Aaron Fogle 5070 NC Highway 902................................................................919-441-8787 Bankingport Inc. 603 Carthage St. Suite 210........................................................ 919-774-9611 BB&T Insurance Services 140 Applecross Road, Suite B, Pinehurst.......................910-693-2610 Blue Associates LLC 150 N. Steele St.................................................................................919-775-2205 Bowen Insurance Agency Inc. 134 N Steele St..................................................................................919-718-0416 Charlotte Holt Allstate 2817 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-3400 Digital Benefit Advisors Inc. 310 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................919-774-4141

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Gary Tyner Allstate Insurance Co. 315 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................ 919 774-4546 Harris & Company Insurance 110 S. Moore St................................................................................919-774-6400 Insurance of the Carolinas—Nationwide 250 East St., Pittsboro..................................................................919-770-2223 Lee County Farm Bureau Insurance 1602 Westover Drive.....................................................................919-774-4440 Lee-Moore Insurance Agency Inc. 301-D N. Main St., Broadway................................................ 919-258-6112 McB Group Insurance Services Co. 120 Lowes Drive, Suite 103, Pittsboro.............................919-642-0475 Pinnacle Benefit Resources Inc. 130-C Wicker St............................................................................... 919-774-1133 Sanford Insurance Center 1722 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-7216 Janitorial Supplies Davis Sales Co. Inc. 1829 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-775-7000 Jewelers Southern Jewelers Inc. 143 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-774-7007 Landscape DC’s Lawn Care Broadway..............................................................................................910-890-3804 Limousine Services Prime Time Limousines 3215 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-708-5466 Machinery Design and Built Mertek Solutions 3913 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-774-7827 Manufacturers 3M 926 J. R. Industrial Drive...........................................................919-718-0000 Air System Components/Trion 101 McNeill Road...........................................................................919-775-2201 Alotech Inc. 2700 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-1297 Cargo Control USA 911 Fields Drive...............................................................................919-775-5059 Carolina Specialty Cutting Tools Inc. 1410 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-774-3812 Caterpillar Inc. 5000 Womack Road.......................................................................919-777-2000 Coty US LLC 1400 Broadway Road....................................................................919-895-5000 Frontier Spinning Mills LLC 1823 Boone Trail Road................................................................919-776-9940 H.J. Baker and Brothers Inc. 115 McNeill Road...........................................................................919-774-5046 Hydro Tube Enterprises 2645 Mt. Pisgah Church Road................................................919-258-3070 Industrial Finishing Specialists 3223 Hawkins Avenue..................................................................919-777-0243 Lee Brick and Tile Co. 3704 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-774-4800 Lee County Industries Inc. (LCI) 2711 Tramway Road......................................................................919-775-3439 Lee Iron and Metal Co. Inc. 2219 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-7951 Moen Inc. 2609 Cox Mill Road......................................................................919-258-3341 Olivia Machine and Tool Inc. 815 Seawell Rosser Road, Olivia.........................................919-499-6021 Pentair Aquatic Systems 1620 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-566-8000 Pfizer 4300 Oak Park...................................................................................919-775-7100 Red Wolf Co. LLC 1824 Boone Trail..............................................................................919-777-2907 Score Energy 1900 Tramway Road......................................................................919-775-2531 Spanset Inc. 3125 Industrial Drive....................................................................919-774-6316

Tramway Veneers Inc. 2603 Tramway Road......................................................................919-776-7606 Tyson Foods 800 E. Main St...................................................................................919-774-7925 Wake Stone Corp. PO Box 190, Knightdale............................................................. 919-266-1100 Marketing and Advertising J&E Uniforms Inc./Promos on the Go 141 Rand St..........................................................................................919-776-8826 Mottis 131 Charlotte Ave., Suite 201..................................................919-718-6506 NC Buy Local....................................................................................919-264-5501 Pate and Associates Marketing PO Box 1414, Pittsboro...............................................................919-545-6163 Media Production and Advertising—Magazine/Newspapers Boom! Magazine 106 Huntsmoor Lane, Cary.......................................................919-462-0141 The Sanford Herald 208 St. Clair Court..........................................................................919-708-9000 Media Production and Advertising—Radio Life 103.1 WLHC- FM 102 S. Steele St., Suite 301.......................................................919-775-1031 WWGP 1050 AM Country 2201 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-775-3525 WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM 2201 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-775-3525 Medical Equipment and Supplies Quality Home Health Care 106 Park Ave.......................................................................................919-775-2001 Mental Health—Services and Training Advance Behavioral Center 317 Chatham St.................................................................................919-777-0214 Center for Behavioral Healthcare PA 138 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-776-0303 New Beginnings Counseling Services PLLC 900 S. Vance St..................................................................................919-718-1597 Mortgage Loans Carolina Bank Residential Mortgage 143 Charlotte Ave., Suite 101..................................................919-724-1713 First Choice Loan Services 129 Chatham St................................................................................. 919-777-0114 Moving and Storage All-Store Warehouse 907 Fields Drive...............................................................................919-776-9721 Central Moving and Storage 1442 Tramway Road......................................................................919-776-9056 Municipalities City of Sanford 225 E. Weatherspoon St.............................................................. 919-777-1112 Town of Broadway 117 S. Main St....................................................................................919-258-9922 Music Kindermusik with Lauren Winkens 922 Fitts St............................................................................................919-721-6738 Lee County Community Orchestra PO Box 3174.......................................................................................919-776-4628 Office Supplies, Equipment and Furniture Cartridge Works Plus Sanford....................................................................................................205-496-2221 Oil and Gas Operators and Marketing Blossman Propane, Gas and Appliance 2221 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-3013 Hunter Oil and Propane Inc. 1203 S. Horner Blvd.................................................................... 919-775-5651 Noble Oil Services Inc. 5617 Clyde Rhyne Drive............................................................919-774-8180 Optical, Optometrists, Opticians and Optical Martin Eye Associates OD PA 405 E. Main St................................................................................... 919 776-1012 Roscoe Optometric Clinic PA 420 W. Main St..................................................................................919-776-2712 Organizations—Business and Professional Central Carolina Society of Human Resource Managers PO Box 1968.......................................................................................919-774-8439


NC Div. of Workforce Solutions, Lee Co. Career Center 1909 Lee Ave................................................................. 919-775-2241 ext. 208 Regional Transportation Alliance 800 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh...................................................919-664-7062 Sanford Area Association of Realtors 106 Charlotte Ave............................................................................919-774-6591 Sanford Business and Professional Women PO Box 4791.......................................................................................919-721-8433 Triangle South Workforce Development Board 900 S. Vance St..................................................................................919-777-7795 Organizations—Civic and Charitable Central Carolina Jaycees 809 Tryon St........................................................................................919-499-3378 Lee PTO Thrift Shop 303 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-776-4142 Robert E. Lee Society PO Box 4281.......................................................................................919-774-9442 Rotary Club of Jonesboro Sanford....................................................................................................919-776-4636 Sanford Brush and Palette Club PO Box 4881.......................................................................................919-776-4628 Organizations—Community Development Chatham Chamber of Commerce 531 E. Third St., Siler City........................................................919-742-3333 Downtown Sanford Inc. 226 Carthage St.................................................................................919-775-8332 Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action Inc. 225 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-776-0746 Lee County Committee of 100 211 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-774-8439 Lee County Economic Development Corp. 211 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-774-8439 Lee County JobReady Partnership Council PO Box 4181....................................................................................... 919-353-1144 Lee County Partnership for Children 143 Chatham St.................................................................................919-774-9496 Sanford Housing Authority 1000 Carthage St..............................................................................919-776-7655 Organizations—Community Service American Cancer Society 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh..................................919-334-5227 American Red Cross 507 N. Steele St.................................................................................919-774-6857 Boys and Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County Inc. 1414 Bragg St.....................................................................................919-776-3525 Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption—CARA 42 Deep River Road.......................................................................919-774-9433 Carolina FiberFest Raleigh....................................................................................................919-412-6671 Center for Independent Living/Center Stage Bargains 209 Cole St...........................................................................................919-774-6433 Christians United Outreach Center 2885 Lee Avenue Ext....................................................................919-774-8485 Coalition For Families in Lee County 507 N. Steele St.................................................................................919-774-8144 Communities in Schools 211 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-718-5426 Easter Seals UCP NC and Virginia 1550 Kelly Drive..............................................................................919-708-5599 Habitat for Humanity of the Sanford Area 964 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................919-774-7779 HAVEN (Helping Abuse & Violence End Now) in Lee Co. Inc. 215 Bracken St..................................................................................919-774-8923 Hearts & Hands/ECAQuilters Guild 2420 Tramway Road......................................................................919-777-9667 Lee County Arts and Community Center 507 Steele St........................................................................................919-775-5273 Lee County Arts Council and The Artists’ Colony 507 N. Steele St.................................................................................919-774-6139 Lee County Education Foundation 131 Charlotte Ave., Suite 101..................................................919-774-1778 Lee County YMCA 860 Spring Lane................................................................................919-777-9622

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lee County 2420 Tramway Road......................................................................919-775-5624 Oak Ranch Inc. 3010 Buckhorn Road, Broadway..........................................919-258-5437 Stevens Center 1576 Kelly Drive..............................................................................919-776-4048 The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Society PO Box 253..........................................................................................919-776-3272 The Heritage Foundation Inc. PO Box 4982.......................................................................................919-721-8128 United Way of Lee County Inc. 507 N. Steele St.................................................................................919-776-5823 Willing Hands Inc. 107 Gordon St....................................................................................919-776-1248 Orthodontics Sandhills Orthodontics 1129 Carthage St..............................................................................919-718-9188 Smith and Smith Orthodontics 1800 Doctor’s Drive......................................................................919-774-4744 Paints—Retail Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. 2105 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-4718 Paving Contractors S.T. Wooten Corp. 911 Rocky Fork Church Road................................................919-776-4338 Pawn Shop Kendale Pawn Shop 2715 Lee Ave. Ext...........................................................................919-774-7195 Payroll Processing Payroll Edge Inc. 1901 Keller Andrews Road.......................................................919-718-0004 Pets Carolina Town and Country 710 E. Main St...................................................................................919-776-2790 Pharmacies Health Innovations Pharmacy 814 Spring Lane................................................................................919-777-0402 Medicine Park Pharmacy 100 Park Ave.......................................................................................919-776-9715 Reliance RX Pharmacy 1600 S. Third St................................................................................919-718-0175 Walgreens 2286 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-777-5983 Photographers Jimmy Haire Photography 140 W. Main St..................................................................................919-776-8048 Physicians and Surgeons Carolina Doctors Med Care PC 1024 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-774-3680 Carolina Eye Associates PA 1223 Carthage St..............................................................................919-776-7549 Carolina Women’s Health Center PA 1140 Carthage St..............................................................................919-775-2304 Central Carolina-Carolina Internal Medicine LLC 4546 Highway 87 South..............................................................919-499-5151 Central Carolina Orthopedic Association 1139 Carthage St., Suite 101....................................................919-774-1355 FirstHealth Back and Neck Pain Center 1227 Carthage St..............................................................................919-774-0665 Mid Carolina Crossroads Surgical Clinic 709 Wicker St., Suite B...............................................................919-775-3321 Mid Carolina Gastroenterology Associates PA 110 Dennis Drive.............................................................................919-774-3196 Mid-Carolina Primary Care PA 709-C Wicker St...............................................................................919-777-2704 Neurology and Pain Management Center 1212 Central Drive, Suite 101................................................919-777-5455 Pine Ridge Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine Center 1413 Greenway Court...................................................................919-775-3020 Pinehurst Surgical—Sanford Office 1818 Doctors Drive........................................................................919-895-6340 FastMed of Sanford 724 S. Horner Blvd.........................................................................919-776-6767

Sandhills Family Practice PA 1125 Carthage St..............................................................................919-774-6023 101 Church St., Broadway........................................................919-258-6521 Sanford Dermatology PA 827 S. Horner Blvd.........................................................................919-775-7926 Sanford Hematology Oncology 1013 Carthage St..............................................................................919-775-8183 Sanford Medical Group PA 555 Carthage St.................................................................................919-774-6518 Sanford Pediatrics PA 1801 Doctors Drive........................................................................ 919-774-7117 William E. Hall MD Office 1911 K.M. Wicker Drive............................................................919-775-1000 Plumbing Fix It Plumbing Services Inc. 2839 Lee Ave......................................................................................919-776-7870 Neal and Howard Inc. 513 Wicker St..................................................................................... 919-775-3811 PipeWorx Plumbing Inc. PO Box 754..........................................................................................919-770-6452 Potters and Pottery Studios Cole’s Pottery 3410 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-776-9558 Printers All Digital Printing and Document Services 356 Wilson Road..............................................................................919-774-6324 John-Beverly Printers Inc. 1112 Hawkins Ave...........................................................................919-776-6022 Jones Printing Co. Inc. 104 Hawkins Ave.............................................................................919-774-9442 Triple J Publishing 115 Wicker St.....................................................................................919-208-8736 Rapid Care Rapid Care Family Medicine And Urgent Care Center 2609 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-718-0414 Real Estate Appraisers Brooks II Appraisers 401 Carthage St.................................................................................919-776-5775 Daniel and Associates 2106 Brookwood Trail.................................................................919-775-3245 Norman Keith Appraisals 409 N. Seventh St............................................................................919-774-1424 Real Estate—Commercial and Residential Adcock & Associates Real Estate and Auction David Nestor 1101 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-5444 Autumn Oaks Apartments 250 Willow Oak Drive.................................................................919-718-1552 Carolina Trace Gated Properties LLC 3 Lakeview Drive............................................................................919-499-5103 Carbonton Cove by Stewart-James LLC 613 Carthage St.................................................................................919-774-8714 Century 21 Southern Realty 2505 Dalrymple St..........................................................................919-777-0820 Firetower Crossing Apartments 119 Lightwood Lane......................................................................919-436-3398 Forbes Real Estate Pace, Carol Parks, Mary Jo 300 Carthage St.................................................................................919-775-2251 Gordon & Associates Real Estate 147 Chatham St.................................................................................919-708-5798 Pedley Group LLC 509 Amos Bridges Road.............................................................919-775-1454 QJH Real Estate 1201 Burns Drive.............................................................................919-776-6587 RE/MAX—Crystal Copas 154 McIver St.....................................................................................919-708-5980 Sandhill Manor Apartments 801 Harkey Road.............................................................................919-436-3399 Sanford Real Estate 304 N. Horner Blvd........................................................................919-708-5100 Simpson and Simpson Real Estate 503 Carthage St................................................................................. 919-774-6511

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Smith Group Realty LLC 131 Charlotte Ave, Suite 101...................................................919-718-9027 Strother ERA Real Estate 2931 Breezewood Ave., Suite 200, Fayetteville.........910-864-2325 The Oaks Apartment Homes 160 Peaceful Lane...........................................................................919-776-2604 Wilkins Corp. 214 S Steele St...................................................................................919-775-3832 Real Estate Development and Management Castle Ridge Development LLC 312 Mount Eden Place, Cary...................................................919-459-6300 Lee-Moore Capital Co. 603 Carthage St., Suite 120......................................................919-895-6001 Recreational Vehicle—Rental, Sales and Service Dollar Rent A Car 1915 Keller Andrews Road.......................................................919-718-0021 RV Rental of Sanford 1913 Keller-Andrews Road......................................................919-774-8033 Rehabilitation Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Lee Co. 310 Commerce Drive....................................................................919-499-2206 Performance Rehabilitation 1408 Greenway Court...................................................................919-708-7220 Sanford Health and Rehabilitation 2702 Farrell Road............................................................................919-776-9602 Westfield Rehabilitation and Health Care 3110 Tramway Road......................................................................919-775-5404 Rentals—Party and Equipment Carolina Convention Services and Rentals 118 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 201-D, Fayetteville........910-705-1670 Restaurants and Caterers Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill 1325 Plaza Blvd................................................................................919-775-3381 Bay Breeze Seafood Restaurant 1385 N. Horner Blvd..................................................................... 919-708-6911 Bojangles’ 733 S. Horner Blvd.........................................................................919-776-7613 149 Marketplace Drive................................................................919-776-5168 Chick-fil-A of Sanford 3224 NC Highway 87 South....................................................919-777-0707 Dandalia Bakery 1907 Bragg St.....................................................................................919-292-0544 Davison’s Steaks 1724 Westover Drive..................................................................... 919-718-1103 Dickey’s Barbeque Pit 2278 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-775-1847 Fairview Dairy Bar 109 Carbonton Road......................................................................919-775-5721 Fresh Choice Cafe Inc. 805 Wicker St.....................................................................................919-775-6008 Kathy’s Java Express 120 S. Moore St................................................................................919-777-5282 Kentucky Fried Chicken of Sanford 704 S. Horner Blvd.........................................................................919-775-5615 Red Sofa, The 120 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-774-0575 Smithfield’s Chicken ’n Bar-B-Q 2640 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-777-0202 Sonic Drive-In 717 S. Horner Blvd.........................................................................919-352-6395 Subway Sandwiches 2236 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-777-2990 Sweet Frog 2898 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-498-7425 Taco Bell 1910 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-775-3545 The Flame Steakhouse 109-A Carbonton Road................................................................ 919-776-7111 The Old Place Catering 289 Elmer Moore Road, Bear Creek..................................919-837-5131

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The Steele Pig 133 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-777-9963 Yamato of Sanford 2610 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-777-5222 Yarborough’s Ice Cream 132 McIver St.....................................................................................919-776-6266 Retail and Services A Few Nice Things 121 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-776-1446 Prime Communications Retailer for AT&T 1821 S. Horner Blvd......................................................................919-776-9244 Sears of Sanford 2534 Lee Ave...................................................................................... 919-776-4311 U.S. Cellular 3274 NC Highway 87 South.................................................... 919-708-5311 Retirement and Nursing Homes Bayberry Retirement Inn 2002 Woodland Ave.......................................................................919-774-7170 Scotia Village 2200 Elm Ave., Laurinburg.......................................................910-277-2000 Schools, Colleges and Education Central Carolina Community College 1105 Kelly Drive..............................................................................919-775-5401 Lee County Schools 106 Gordon St....................................................................................919-774-6226 Sylvan Learning Center 160 Pine State St., Lillington...................................................910-814-4230 The Griffin Academy 488 B Commerce Drive...............................................................919-499-1032 Security Companies Advanced Security Solutions 119 N. Fir Ave., Siler City.........................................................919-774-6301 Central Carolina Security Inc. 1142 N. Horner Blvd.....................................................................919-774-8004 Senior Services Enrichment Center of Lee Co. Inc. 1615 S. Third St................................................................................919-776-0501 Septic Tank Services Donathan Pumping Service Inc. 292 Country Boy Lane, Cameron........................................919-774-1804 Signs Applied Graphics Inc. 1102 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-774-7446 Skeet Shooting and Sporting Clays Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School Inc. 284 Cletus Hall Road....................................................................919-774-7080 Speech—Physical and Occupational Therapy Bright Audiology 1620 S. Third St................................................................................919-774-3277 Dymond Speech and Rehab PA 113 Hillcrest Drive..........................................................................919-777-0240 Theraplay LLC 135 Chatham St.................................................................................919-774-1281 Steel—Fabricators Sanford Steel Corp. 375 Claude Hash Road, Goldston........................................919-898-4799 Storage and Delivery Industrial Delivery and Storage 3122 Industrial Drive....................................................................919-774-3353 Surveyors Hal T. Siler 717 Fitts St............................................................................................919-775-5519 Tax Service B&B Computerized Tax Service 347 Wilson Road..............................................................................919-776-0605 H&R Block Income Tax Service 325 S. Steele St..................................................................................919-776-8915 Liberty Tax of SE North Carolina 2270 Jefferson Davis Highway..............................................919-745-8828

Telephone Books Lee County Phone Book Southern Pines...................................................................................919-777-9982 Telephone Communication Equipment Sandhills Communications Inc. Lillington...............................................................................................919-842-5971 Theaters Temple Theatre 120 Carthage St.................................................................................919-774-4155 Tire Dealers Perry Brothers Tire Service 610 Wicker St.....................................................................................919-775-7225 414 E Main St.....................................................................................919-777-9499 Todd’s Tire Service of Sanford 1825 Lee Ave......................................................................................919-775-5649 Transportation The Woolford House Sanford....................................................................................................443-468-1228 Trash Hauling—Commercial Waste Industries LLC 4261 Marracco Drive, Hope Mills.......................................910-423-4122 Waste Management of Sanford 2720 Wilkins Drive........................................................................ 919-774-9511 Travel Agencies Deb N Air Unique Travel 108 King St., Jacksonville.........................................................910-381-6761 Javonne Doctor, World Travel Specialist 90 Chase St., Cameron.................................................................866-280-1937 Two-Way Radio Sales and Service Fleet Connect Inc. 1416 Tramway Road......................................................................919-777-2866 Upholstery Key’s Upholstery Inc. 125 W. Trade St.................................................................................919-775-7432 Utilities—Electric and Gas Duke Energy 1025 Frazier Drive.....................................................................1-800-452-2777 Utilities—Phone, Internet and Television Windstream 219 N. Moore St...............................................................................919-774-8289 Vending Machines J&J Vending Co. Inc. 2847 Lee Ave......................................................................................919-774-4943 Triangle Vending 1614 Hawkins Ave..........................................................................919-777-5374 Veterinarians Family Veterinary Hospital 303 S. Horner Blvd.........................................................................919-718-0850 Myres Animal Hospital 1710 Westover Drive.....................................................................919-775-2258 Willow Creek Animal Hospital 1902 Bragg St.....................................................................................919-776-1920 Web Page Design Tangram Media/Express 100 Magnolia Road, Suite 2206, Pinehurst...................877-426-8888 Wholesale and Distributors B&G Sales, Authorized Rainbow Distributor 118 McIver Street............................................................................919-775-8007 Harris Wholesale Inc. 420 Civic Blvd., Raleigh............................................................919-833-3609 Rodeco Co. 5811 Elwin Buchanan Drive....................................................919-775-7149 Sanford Coca-Cola Bottling Co. PO Box 1207....................................................................................... 919-774-4111 Smith’s Coffee and Premium Bottled Water 1506 Mays Chapel Road, Pittsboro.....................................919-542-4206


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