Sunday, May 18, 2014

National Night Out Coordinators' Meeting

Community members planning to host National Night Out events in Sanford came together on May 5 for planning, prizes, and brainstorming.

Coordinators also won lots of prizes, including hats, a tote, helmets, and two $25 gift cards to Walmart. Our winners were very excited!

National Night Out is a city-wide celebration held on the first Tuesday in August each year. The goal is for people to meet their neighbors and fight back against crime.

If you couldn't make it, but would like to sign up to host a National Night Out event (on August 5 this year), contact Kelly at 919-777-1133 or

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fire Tower Road Clean Up

The City of Sanford's Appearance Commission picked up trash along Fire Tower Road in Sanford this past Saturday with the help of the Sanford/Lee County Boys and Girls Club.

In attendance were Anne Sears, Rex Connor, Deon Allbrooks, David Schau and Liz Whitmore. Deon brought seven youth from the Club to pitch in.

Together, the group collected 17 bags of trash.

If your youth group or organization would like to help the Appearance Commission, contact Liz Whitmore at 919-777-1406. The next collection day will be in late September.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sanford's Day of Prayer

Hundreds of religious leaders, civic leaders, and community members gathered together throughout the day on Thursday, May 1 for local prayer events in honor of the National Day of Prayer.

The day began with the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church. Mayor Chet Mann, Father Hector La Chapelle, Rev. Ron Stoker, Rev. Iris Jordan, Rev. Linda Smith, and Bob Bridwell presented an inspirational program.

At noon, Pastor Bruce MacInnes of Turner's Chapel Church led his annual prayer ceremony at the war memorial at the Sanford Municipal Center. Church leaders from across the county gathered to participate and lead gatherers in prayer.

That evening, newly ordained Catholic minister Bob Bridwell of St. Stephen Catholic Church joined Rev. Tim Martin of Trinity Lutheran Church and Father Craig Lister of St. Thomas Episcopal Church for a Vespers program in Depot Park.

Following these events, New Hope Baptist Church held a community prayer service at their church on Beechtree Drive.

Read The Sanford Herald's summary of the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast and the noon prayer service. The articles are free to read, but you may have to register.

See more photos from the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, the noon prayer service, and the Vespers program on our Facebook page.