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Jul. 31, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Isothermal receives over $2 million grant

Isothermal Community College is one step closer to building an Applied Sciences Center after receiving over $2 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Aug. 02, 2015 @ 08:33 AM

Jump Start to high school

Dream big. Work hard. Believe in yourself.

Speaker Juan Cherry told Jump Start graduates doing those three things would lead to success in the future during the program's graduation ceremony Thursday.

Aug. 02, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Emergency personnel respond to multiple wrecks Friday

Friday was a busy day for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel across the county who responded to multiple motor vehicle crashes.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

Jobless rate up slightly in June

 Rutherford County’s unemployment rates increased in June to 8.4 percent up from 8.1 percent in May. Rutherford was one of 95 of North Carolina counties in June that recorded unemployment increases. The rates decreased in four counties and remained unchanged in one county.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 08:45 AM

Bobby Mac Goes To College

Bobby Mac is on his way to college. 

The Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation is starting a new venture with its "Bobby Mac Goes To College" book and doll to give elementary students a closer look at college. 

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Aug. 04, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

Dawkins commits to GWU

East Rutherford High School graduate Trey Dawkins signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Gardner-Webb University (GWU) Monday morning. 

Aug. 04, 2015 @ 12:17 PM

Raasch named Owl of the Week

As the season winds down, Owls coach J. T. Maguire nominated hurler Christian Raasch for “Owl of the Week” this week. Raasch, a 6-foot-2-inch, 185 pound right-hander from Norcross, Georgia has asserted himself as the iron man of the Forest City rotation. 


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

Peterson, Teheran lead Braves past Phillies

The trip home will feel a little better for the Atlanta Braves.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

Kenseth steals the victory at Pocono

Joey Logano was the first leader to fade, his tank empty with three laps left.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

Raasch named Owl of the Week

As the season winds down, Owls coach J. T. Maguire nominated hurler Christian Raasch for “Owl of the Week” this week. Raasch, a 6-foot-2-inch, 185 pound right-hander from Norcross, Georgia has asserted himself as the iron man of the Forest City rotation.

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Aug. 02, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

Rutherfordton artist has a passion for painting murals

Beads of sweat dripped from Chuck Chappell's forehead while he was painting a mural in temperatures reaching to the mid-90 degree mark last Saturday.

Jul. 31, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

County library creates satellite libraries

Rutherford County Library has partnered with congregate meal program sites in Ellenboro, Henrietta and Shingle Hollow to deliver books to senior citizens as part of three new satellite library sites.

Jul. 29, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Town of Rutherfordton trails corridor progresses

Phase one of the Town of Rutherfordton's first trail within its future town-wide trail system is complete.

Grading was done by Tri City Paving and concrete was poured by Hargreen Construction Co. Inc. to connect the existing sidewalk along Cottage Lane and extend to U.S. Highway 221 to form part of the Crestview Park Trail.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Camaraderie, community, charity

Police officers and firefighters competed in the sixth annual Guns & Hoses charity softball game at McNair Field on Saturday afternoon, raising money for the American Cancer Society through Rutherford County's Relay For Life and Hospice of Rutherford County.

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Jul. 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Local Harley-Davidson celebrates with ribbon cutting

Chimney Rock Harley-Davidson performed a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new Genuine Harley-Davidson Motorclothes, accessories and gifts store, just below Chimney Rock State Park’s iconic, ancient monolith that soars 1,200 feet above the village Thursday.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 08:46 AM

TIEC purchases Lodge on Lake Lure

Mark Bellissimo, managing Partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners confirmed today the partnership had acquired the Lodge on Lake Lure, which is conveniently located within 18 minutes of the newly opened Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 08:21 AM

Clinic at Wal-Mart welcomes new provider

The Clinic at Wal-Mart,  operated by Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS), has announced it is now fully staffed with two full-time providers and has returned to regular operating hours, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday noon - 6 p.m.

May. 31, 2015 @ 07:12 AM

Habitat, Rutherford Housing Partnership awarded new grants

Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity and Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP) recently received grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) through the Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 09:02 AM

Meet at the fountain to beat cancer

Runners can help battle cancer by participating in the Meet Me at the Fountain 5K Run/Walk for Cancer in Forest City Saturday.

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Aug. 04, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

JOHNSON: My thoughts on the Haggard concert

At the time of this writing (Monday August 3, around 3 p.m.) I’m only a few hours away from seeing a truly legendary musician perform at The Foundation Performing Arts Center in Spindale. In case you’ve missed the flashing sign outside of Isothermal Community College for the past few weeks, Merle Haggard was set to perform for the second time at The Foundation at 8 p.m. The first time he came to Spindale was in 2007 and the show sold out in only three days, which is pretty crazy. Most events in small towns usually don’t get sold out in that amount of time. So, yeah, he’s a pretty big deal. But you already knew that.

Aug. 04, 2015 @ 08:56 AM

Vouchers save money for public schools

Voucher program is welcome

Aug. 04, 2015 @ 08:48 AM


Is it just me or have we come to a time when people can say anything they want with no sense of remorse of concern for others? The current presidential circus is filled with candidates calling each other names but this disrespectful conduct has filtered down and is now tolerated in North Carolina.

Aug. 04, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

OUR VIEW: Grants could mean safer bicycling

Towns in Rutherford County and across the state have an opportunity to apply for the 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program will provide funding for cities and towns to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans. Even small communities with populations of less than 5,000 can apply to develop bicycle and pedestrian plans.

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Jul. 22, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Rail Trail moving forward with signage

The Spindale Board of Commissioners discussed three separate matters concerning the Thermal Belt Rail Trail on Monday evening, including property available for potentially furthering trail development, design inserts for the existing trail kiosk and the addition of a second kiosk at the trail-head in Spindale.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

‘First In Freedom’ state license plate revealed

North Carolina is unveiling a new state license plate in recognition of the state’s historic role in the creation of the United States.

Jun. 14, 2015 @ 08:39 AM

Online driver license renewal enters test phase

Governor Pat McCrory announced that North Carolina has begun implementing a testing phase for online renewal of driver licenses. This will allow customers to save time and complete driver license renewals at their connivence, without visiting Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices. This service will help reduce waiting times in driver license offices.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 09:53 AM

Governor, Greenwood at TIEC Saturday night

Grammy-winning country music artist Lee Greenwood will perform his legendary hit single “God Bless the U.S.A.” at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, June 6. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m.

Aug. 04, 2015 @ 08:54 AM

Regional job fair next week

 The third annual McDowell County Veterans and Community Job Fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 13 in the main gymnasium at McDowell High School in Marion.

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Apr. 24, 2015 @ 01:08 PM

Being the change

Chase High School's Project Unify recently held an autism awareness day. Club members encouraged the student body to wear blue in support of the day. There were also games and other fun activities. 

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