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Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Volunteers receive recognition

 A youth, an Individual, a group and overall volunteer awards were presented Thursday at Florence Baptist Church in Forest City at the Volunteer Rutherford awards ceremony.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:15 AM

Piecing together a beautiful puzzle

A sea of blue covered the halls of Chase High School on Thursday and it wasn't because of a pep rally. 

Students adorned in blue shirts helped raise autism awareness for Project Unify's Autism Awareness Day. 

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Want to be a Rutherfordton ambassador?

Rutherfordton business owners and employees have an opportunity to become ambassadors for the town as part of a new initiative launched by the STEP (Small Towns Economic Prosperity) Marketing Committee.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Lake Lure approves additional floating docks

New floating boat docks will replace wooden docks located on Lake Lure in the vicinity of the creek/lake across from LaStrada’s Restaurant. The $11,000 project was approved by Lake Lure Town Council during its regular business meeting Tuesday night.

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Apr. 18, 2015 @ 01:24 AM

Friday's prep scores

Friday's in-county soccer, softball and baseball scores.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:46 AM

Minder signs with Western Carolina

It's always a joyous occasion when any athlete signs to play a sport in college, but it's even more impressive when someone signs to compete in two collegiate sports.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Gray signs with University of Houston

Forest City native Rob Gray, seen here competing for Howard Junior College this past season, recently signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Houston.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Conley preparing for sixth Cycle to the Sea

Henrietta native Jacob Conley, who graduated from Chase High School in 2002 and Gardner-Webb University in 2008, is preparing to take part in his sixth Cycle to the Sea next Thursday through Saturday.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Trojans overpower Shelby on diamond

Every player in the starting lineup had a hit for the Chase baseball team during its 11-4 victory over Shelby on Tuesday night at Keeter Stadium/Veterans Field. 


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Apr. 16, 2015 @ 08:45 AM

Ways to enjoy the outdoors this weekend

This weekend, area residents and visitors to Rutherford County have a multitude of opportunities to get outdoors and support local causes at various events that will be held rain or shine.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Want to be a Rutherfordton ambassador?

Rutherfordton business owners and employees have an opportunity to become ambassadors for the town as part of a new initiative launched by the STEP (Small Towns Economic Prosperity) Marketing Committee.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 09:14 AM

Twelve high school juniors vying for DYW

When the annual Distinugished Young Woman program gets underway Saturday at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College, 12 high school juniors will be vying for the title. For months the participants from East Rutherford, R-S Central, Chase high schools and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy have been in rehearsals getting ready for Saturday night’s event. There will also be events prior to the program where the contestants will be interviewed by judges.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Progressive Rutherford County on big screen

Eighty-seven-year old Leon Sinclair stood under the lights in the parking lot of the Retro Cinema 4 Tuesday night and talked about the days he worked at the Ellis Cash Store.

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Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Want to be a Rutherfordton ambassador?

Rutherfordton business owners and employees have an opportunity to become ambassadors for the town as part of a new initiative launched by the STEP (Small Towns Economic Prosperity) Marketing Committee.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 08:41 AM

Crawford receives certification

Planet, the national landscape industry trade association, announces that Thomas Crawford has earned  Mergefield  “Designation” the Landscape Industry Certified Technician designation and is now nationally certified.

Apr. 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

RHI Legacy Foundation plans to award $500,000 in grants

RHI Legacy Foundation, a local fundraising and grant-making organization focused on improving health and wellness in Rutherford County, announced the opening of its first grant cycle Thursday during a special program, "A Healthy Discussion," at Isothermal Community College.

Apr. 05, 2015 @ 09:23 AM

Have you witnessed one of these frauds or scams?

Regardless of age, everyone can fall prey to fraud and scams and it is essential that citizens keep their guards up against crooks and con artists.

Last year, 21,305 consumers filed complaints with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's Consumer Protection Division, an increase from 19,865 complaints in 2013.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 07:19 AM

Equestrian center begins spring season

The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is set to begin its Spring Series today with the first of two competitions which will be held April 2-4. The second weekend competition will take place April 8-12. Events are free.

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Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:40 AM

Happy birthday, to my person

Finding a life-long friend is a hard task sometimes. People fade in and out of your life for many reasons. You move away or you have a fight and one person or the other decides it isn't worth trying to keep the friendship alive. 


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

Oakman: Thoughts from a chaperone of the ’32-0’ dream team

This past Saturday evening, I along with around 375 R-S Central students, faculty, alumni and friends enjoyed the premier of the “32-0”  documentary about the 1979-80 Hilltopper men’s basketball dream team.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 08:03 AM

OUR VIEW: National Volunteer Week

“Volunteers are love in motion” an author once said.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

OUR VIEW: A 1948 return to Rutherford County

There are often special celebrations for the birthdate of Rutherford County and Tuesday night, April 14 as she celebrated her 236th years, a historical movie depicting the county in 1948 was shown to the public at the Retro Cinema 4  in Forest City.

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Feb. 26, 2013 @ 03:42 PM

Under the Dome

Political and government news from Rutherford County to Washington, D.C.

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 08:24 AM

Emissions tests could be done

Emissions tests for cars and trucks are no longer necessary to protect air quality in more than half the counties where state testing is currently required. Rutherford County is among the 50 counties.

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 08:10 AM

Revenue Department "in good shape"

The Rutherford County Revenue Department is in good shape, according to findings released by state and county officials.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

Spindale's wastewater treatment plant is 'on track'

The Spindale Board of Commissioners continued its discussion of the wastewater treatment plant and received updates on the rehabilitation project from SDG Engineering during the regular monthly meeting Monday.

"We are on track with the treatment plant," said Cameron McHargue, on behalf of SDG Engineering.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 07:20 AM

Garrison named county manager

County Commissioners unanimously voted Monday afternoon to appoint Steve Garrison as the new manager for Rutherford County.

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Apr. 15, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

VIDEO: Remembering the Hilltoppers

R-S Central High School held a pep rally to celebrate the premiere of 32-0. The documentary tells the story of the 1980 Hilltopper mens basketball team that went undefeated and won the 3A state championship. The movie premiered at The Foundation at Isothermal Community College on Saturday, April 11.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 12:10 PM

VIDEO: Music to Rutherford County's Ears

In recognition of Music in Our Schools Month, Education Reporter Erin Kidd interviewed local music teachers about their jobs and why they love music.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 12:17 PM

VIDEO: School counselors, giving students a helping hand

National Counseling Week was Feb. 2-6. To recognize these people for all of the hard work they do Education Reporter Erin Kidd interviewed high school counselors from Rutherford County.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:55 PM

Forest City Project

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

VIDEO: Elijah Brooks — The challenge of sight

Elijah Brooks, a recent graduate from East Rutherford High School, is legally blind but hasn't let his impairment stop him from excelling at what he loves; music and computers.