Under the Dome

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

Chamber hosts political forum Monday night

Candidates seeking the office of District Attorney, Clerk of Court and Sheriff of Rutherford County will gather Monday at 7 p.m. for a political forum in the meeting room at Cool Springs Administrative Office on West Main Street in Forest City.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 01:58 PM

Republican leaders try to stop NC gay weddings

Lawyers for North Carolina Republican leaders on Friday filed a legal brief urging a federal judge to allow them to intervene in a pair of cases seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage ban.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

OUR VIEW: How important is attendance?

Remember in school when the teacher called your name at the beginning of the day to make sure you were present for class?


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

NCAE hosts House candidate forum

The North Carolina Association of Educators hosted a candidate forum for the North Carolina House of Representatives District 112 Thursday night.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

Voter registration deadline today

A week after a U.S. Circuit Court panel ruled against provisions of the state’s voting law, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the decision, citing the time it would take to reinstate same-day registration and the counting of provisional ballots out of precinct.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

Sen. hopefuls taking attendance in 4 states

Lawmakers run from chairing committees to giving speeches to casting votes, raising campaign money all the while. It's what they do, whether serving on Capitol Hill or at the statehouse. No one has perfect attendance.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Political forum tonight: School board and NC House candidates

Candidates for the Rutherford County Board of Education and the North Carolina House District 112 will face each other today in separate political forum at R-S Central High School.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

Public comments sought for transportation corridors

A 60-day comment period has been opened by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on its Strategic Transportation Corridors (STC).


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 01:02 PM

Water bills adjusted in Bostic

Bostic Town Council approved an adjustment for water bills for three town customers during the town board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at town hall. 


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Ruth will share tractor with scouts

Commissoners for the Town of Ruth signed a lease agreement Monday night with the Boy Scouts of America for the use of the town tractor.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Broadband survey picking up steam

Rutherford County is working with the Department of Commerce to identify areas underserved by broadband Internet access.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Eckler: No change in prayer policy

The prayer policy at Rutherford County Commission meetings is not changing, according to Chairman Bill Eckler.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 03:22 PM

Even an Ozarks coroner gets surplus military guns

Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee — even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 02:20 PM

AG Cooper to counties: Get ready for gay marriage

North Carolina's top lawyer has advised local officials to prepare for an influx of same-sex couples seeking marriage certificates following a federal judge's ruling expected within days.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Judge wants NC to discuss voting changes

A judge is holding a hearing to find out how North Carolina will comply with an appeals court ruling that restores same-day registration and counting out-of-precinct ballots for the fall election.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Tillis, Hagan meet for 2nd NC Senate debate

The major-party candidates for U.S. Senate in North Carolina are again meeting face-to-face in the first of two televised debates this week.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

Commissioners discuss animal control options

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis is moving forward to contract with the Community Pet Center (CPC) to handle day-to-day operations of the Animal Control facility on Laurel Hill Drive in Rutherfordton.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 08:51 AM

OUR VIEW: In this case, regulations would be good

Last year, the North Carolina Senate balked at passing tougher guidelines regarding puppy mills because one lawmaker’s profanity-laced tirade against the bill was made public.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

Groups ask US high court to shelve election rules

Opponents of a voting law backed by North Carolina's Republican leaders urge the U.S. Supreme Court to block parts they say will discourage minorities from casting ballots.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 02:33 PM

NC gay marriage proponents to move to overturn ban

Same-sex marriage advocates in North Carolina say they will ask a federal judge to quickly strike down the state's ban following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear appeals of the issue.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Ellmers debates Aiken for US House district in NC

The Republican former nurse who upset a congressman to win a seat in the U.S. House is matching wits with a former entertainer who wants to take her place.


Oct. 05, 2014 @ 02:51 PM

Commissioners to discuss animal control

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis will talk about Animal Control issues with the Rutherford County Commission Monday night.


Oct. 05, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

County starts broadband survey

An effort to better identify broadband Internet coverage in Rutherford County has started.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 02:21 PM

North Carolina considers changing grading scale

North Carolina education leaders are considering changing the grading scale for high schools in the state.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Same-day registration allowed

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has restored same-day registration and outside-of-precinct votes being considered.