Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 6 — ISSUE 2 48 LEE COUNTY LEE COUNTY Build it and they will come. Tim Marsh spent his childhood riding horses on the farm and pretending he was a cowboy. He loved the Wild West and loves it still. After college, the yearning for the west returned to Marsh. Since he couldn't move he decided to build his own city. Some eighteen years later, Circle M City is located on his 55-acre Lee County farm on 74 Cowboy Lane in Sanford. The main street has a saloon, jail, livery stable, general store and other buildings, all built by Marsh. A leather shop, blacksmith shop and other structures followed as the project morphed over eighteen years into a full- blown town with 30 buildings. A century-old printing press found at an auction sits waiting for someone skilled enough to run it. Sheriff Tim leads private tours and gives guests a real live Old West show during parties and special events. Marsh thrills crowds with his trick-roping talents and his wife entertains audiences as "Crazy Kate." Marsh admits the work was hard and hours were long but has no regrets. "I love building things and the people here love it," smiled Marsh. "These buildings are my art work." He is pleased that people come from all over the world to attend Thursday night "Cowboy Gospel Church" that is held in a rustic barn. Marsh is not alone with his love for being outdoors. Residents have supported the building of the Endor Trail, the greenway stretching from Sanford to the Endor Iron Furnace historic site. The finished project will end at Depot Park for approximately 28 linear miles of trail. Nature calls at San-Lee and other parks. For others, water beckons with a kayak tour of Deep River. The Endor Paddle Kayaking Company has made a splash in the short time they have been in business. Sporting clays is a leading sport in Lee County. The Sanford Chamber puts on its own Clays 4Kay event each October, the Chamber Clays Championship to raise money for local causes. The main sporting clay event in the county is the "Southern Side by Side" Championship hosted at Deep River Sporting Clays each spring. Anticipation is building as plans are made to open Hugger Mugger Brewing, the county's first microbrewery in 2017. "The brewery is building on a lot of great things the city is already doing including a street-scaping project that has added a lot of value to Sanford's businesses and properties," said founder and professional craft brewer, Tim Emmert. Customers can expect an extensive selection that will include zwickelbier, a gold, brown and a hoppy little number that's more sweet than bitter. "We have strong affection for truly local agriculture and are seeking partnerships with area farmers," said Emmert." BY LYNNE BRANDON Business is vibrant in Lee County with manufacturing as the largest jobs sector. Nearly 33 percent of the workforce is in manufacturing. Coty, which has its largest North American manufacturing facility in Sanford, is adding jobs as it starts production of OPI nail polish. Coty announced in January that it would move OPI production from Los Angeles to the Sanford facility. Production of the Philosophy skin care line was moved from Phoenix to the Sanford facility in 2014 and is nearing completion. Adding to the economy and local workforce are top tier automotive components manufacturer Magneti Marelli, a unit of Fiat, with an almost complete expansion of nearly $12 million dollars. STI Polymers, a small-batch, custom manufacturer has recently completed a $3 million dollar expansion. And, a local maker of replacement parts for the wind turbine industry, Wind Solutions, has recently added a second facility in Sanford, more than doubling the size of their current footprint. Downtown revitalization will bring in more business when the Streetscape and Pedestrian Improvement Bond Project is completed. The $9 million project will provide improvements for downtown Sanford and historic Jonesboro. Downtown Sanford, Inc. and the City of Sanford will unveil the finished project at the Downtown Streetfest and fireworks in Sanford in October. TOP FIVE BUCKET LIST: • Shooting clays at Deep River Sporting Clays (deepriver.net) • Lee County Regional Fair - (sanfordlionsclub.com) • Taking in a show at the Temple Theater (templeshows.com) • Get a scoop of ice-cream at Yarborough's • Bluegrass Jam session at Circle M City (circlemcity.com) [] cowboys, clay shooting, greenways

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