Under the Dome

May. 20, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

House Bill close to becoming law

An amendment to House Bill 110 that affected only Davie County was adopted Monday by the State Senate and subsequently passed the third reading of the full bill in the Senate. The bill changes the way some counties, including Rutherford,  hold Board of Education elections.


May. 20, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Spindale curbside recycling upgrade in the works

The Town of Spindale intends to increase the efficiency of recycling collection and encourage more town-wide participation in recycling in FY 2015-16.


May. 15, 2015 @ 08:39 AM

DOT sends out first customer survey

The N.C. Department of Transportation began mailing out the department’s first-ever customer survey this week. Randomly selected citizens will receive a paper copy in the mail in the coming week to help NCDOT find out what North Carolina residents think about various services. Additional citizen feedback will be collected online.


May. 27, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Named to multi-state rural education initiative

Rutherford County Schools, along with five other North Carolina counties and four additional states, will partner with NC New Schools in an expanded effort to open doors to higher education for more students in rural communities. Duplin, Harnett, Hertford, Rutherford, Scotland and Surry counties and agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and South Carolina will join the Rural Innovative Schools initiative, funded by a $20 million federal grant and additional private investment.


May. 24, 2015 @ 08:48 AM

Rutherfordton couple recognized conservation work

North Carolina’s 24 local land trusts presented their annual awards on deserving winners during a lunch celebration at the land trusts’ annual meeting at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville May 15.


May. 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Board to receive FY 2015-16 budget draft

The Spindale Board of Commissioners will receive the proposed FY 2015-16 budget, including the annual Schedule of Fees and 2014-20 Capital Improvement Plan, during the regular meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Spindale House.


May. 15, 2015 @ 08:37 AM

Equestrian Center begins Saturday Night Lights

Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is set to begin the first "Saturday Night Lights" Grand Prix event of its 2015 season. This Saturday, May 16 the center will be hosting the $50,000 Tryon Grand Prix in the George H. Morris Stadium. Gates will be open to the public at 5 p.m. and the competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.


May. 08, 2015 @ 09:15 AM

Rutherfordton budget proposes 2-percent sewer rate hike

Rutherfordton Town Manager Doug Barrick presented the town's FY 2015-16 budget draft Wednesday evening to the Town Council, proposing an unchanged property tax rate and an increase in the sewer rate.


May. 08, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

'Rutherfordton is a visitor market'

Out of all the towns Aaron Arnett of Arnett Muldrow & Associates has worked in, no community is as active as what he has encountered in Rutherfordton, a sentiment he shared with the Town Council during Wednesday evening's regular business meeting.


May. 06, 2015 @ 08:45 AM

Council to receive proposed FY 2015-16 budget

The Rutherfordton Town Council will receive the FY 2015-16 budget draft during the regular meeting tonight at 5:30 at Rutherfordton Town Hall.


May. 01, 2015 @ 08:04 AM

Jobless rate inches down in March

The rate of unemployment in Rutherford County inched down slightly from 7.8 percent in February to 7.6 percent in March, the North Carolina Department of Commerce reported. The rate is lower than March 2014 when 8.9 percent of the workforce was unemployed.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Spindale industry proposing expansion

Matt Blackwell, executive director of the Economic Development Commission, discussed three separate industrial incentive grants in association with a prospective industry with the Spindale Board of Commissioners during the board's monthly meeting Monday evening.


Apr. 19, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

More wastewater plant rehab updates on Spindale agenda

The Spindale Board of Commissioners will receive the latest updates on the town's wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation project when it convenes for the regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Spindale House.


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.


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Upset bids being received for Caroleen property

Rutherford County is soliciting upset bids for the purchase of a 14.5-acre piece of property at 214 Henrietta Street in the Caroleen community. The property also includes a building.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

County starts process for new 911 center

A new state law mandates counties have a viable backup for their 911 communications centers.


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 04:16 PM

Lake Lure council meeting Tuesday

When the Lake Lure Town Board meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday council will consider approving a request from the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa concerning the rental of the gazebo in Morse Park for specified dates in 2016. 


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

Finance Officer Scherer resigns

The finance officer for the Town of Forest City has submitted her resignation.


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Aldridge named county information coordinator

Kim Aldridge is the new public information coordinator for Rutherford County.


Feb. 05, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Occupancy taxes increasing

The Tourism Development Authority (TDA) met recently and announced occupancy taxes collected from lodging properties across Rutherford County has increased 13.87 percent thus far in fiscal year 2014-15. 


Feb. 05, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

Winker named EMS Medical Director

A family practitioner in Spindale has been named the new Medical Director for Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).


Feb. 05, 2015 @ 09:32 AM

OUR VIEW: Perhaps an end to gerrymandering

It may be a tiresome phrase used traditionally when referring to political wrangling, but in this case gerrymandering is accurate.