Under the Dome

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.


Jul. 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Rail Trail enhancements on Spindale agenda

The Spindale Board of Commissioners will discuss multiple matters concerning the Thermal Belt Rail Trail during the regular business meeting Monday evening at the Spindale House.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 07:41 AM

Jobless rate increases in May

Unemployment rates increased in 97 North Carolina counties in May, decreased in two counties and remained unchanged in one county.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

Supreme Court decision supports choose life license plates

In a victory for pro-life advocates, the Supreme Court today reversed a lower court decision striking down Choose Life license plates in North Carolina. Legislators in the Tar Heel State had petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that barred the state from issuing “Choose Life” license plates.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 08:37 AM

Moped registration begins July 1

Beginning July 1 motorists operating a moped on North Carolina roadways will be required to have their vehicle registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in accordance to House Bill 1145, which was approved last year.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 08:54 AM

Governor McCrory OKs 16 new bills

Governor Pat McCrory recently signed the following bills into law:


Jun. 25, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Third car crash victim remains in critical condition

The 31-year-old Rutherfordton man injured in the car crash Monday evening that claimed the lives of a teenager and a young adult remains in critical condition at Mission Hospitals in Asheville today.


Jun. 25, 2015 @ 07:58 AM

Gov. McCrory signs 12 new bills into law

Governor Pat McCrory has recently signed the following bills into law:


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 09:20 AM

Spindale's WWTP rehab continues on track

The Town of Spindale's Wastewater Treatment Plant rehabilitation project continues to move toward a tentative Feb. 1, 2016 start date for executing the construction contract.


Jun. 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Spindale Commissioners approve FY 2015-16 budget

Following no comments from community members at a public hearing Monday evening, the Spindale Board of Commissioners adopted the FY 2015-16 budget totaling $3,830,352.


Jun. 05, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Rutherfordton council unanimously adopts FY 15-16 budget

Following no comments from community members during a public hearing Wednesday evening, the Rutherfordton Town Council unanimously adopted the FY 2015-16 budget totaling $3,433,969.


Jun. 04, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

Two sentenced in federal court

Five of the 11 defendants charged in connection to a scheme involving the development of Seven Falls, a golf course and luxury residential community in Henderson County, were sentenced Tuesday, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.


Jun. 03, 2015 @ 09:32 AM

Public hearing for Rutherfordton budget draft

A public hearing will be held tonight during the Rutherfordton Town Council's regular meeting at Town Hall, giving residents the chance to speak about the FY 2015-16 proposed budget.


May. 28, 2015 @ 08:41 AM

Bringing college to local students

Bringing college to high school students is what a new partnership between Rutherford County Schools (RCS) and North Carolina (NC) New Schools is all about.


May. 28, 2015 @ 08:24 AM

New single registration sticker

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has begun issuing a single registration renewal sticker.  Changing from the current dual sticker setup to a single sticker will result in significant cost savings for the state.


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. 20, 2015 @ 09:15 AM

Spindale budget concerns for FY 2015-16

Spindale Town Manager Scott Webber and Finance Officer Cathy Swafford presented the town's FY 2015-16 budget draft including the annual Schedule of Fees and 2014-20 Capital Improvement Plan Monday evening to the Board of Commissioners, proposing an unchanged property tax rate and an increase in the sewer rate.


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. 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. 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 @ 08:39 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. 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.