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KKK Flyers Hand Delivered in Sanford

Posted August 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A disturbing piece of the United States' past is showing signs of life in the Lee County town of Sanford. That's because someone is putting recruitment letters from the Ku Klux Klan inside newspaper boxes at resident's homes.

The newspaper and the Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the distribution of KKK flyers, but so far they have no leads. The only clue as to the origination of the pamphlets is a post office box address from Gulf, North Carolina. The last know KKK group is from Gulf. It supposedly closed its doors in 1993 after a lawsuit.

Vickie Atkins was appalled to get a KKK recruitment letter in her box. She didn't realize such activity could go on so close by.

Atkins' attitude is shared by many Lee County residents. The Sanford Herald, which owns the boxes, and the Sheriff's Department is trying to get to the bottom of the situation and find out who's responsible. The paper says none of its carriers are involved.

Bill Horner, the General Manager of the Sanford Herald, says it's like the KKK to hide its face. Horner says the way the literature was distributed is another indication of the KKK being secretive.

For now, some people say they want the KKK to know its views aren't welcome. Atkins says her family doesn't uphold the values of the KKK. She doesn't want her children exposed to it, and she feels others may think the same way.

That wasn't necessarily the case. A few people WRAL'sAmanda Lambspoke with said they take no offense to the KKK literature.

Regardless of whether the identity of the person who distributed the pamphlets is found, the Sheriff's department said there are no charges on the books that could be filed in the case. The Sanford Herald has no plans to seek legal action on its own.