Under the Dome

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.


Feb. 04, 2015 @ 10:19 AM

County approves library bid

Rutherford County Commissioners approved spending $526,258 to construct a new library facility next to the new EMS station in Henrietta.


Feb. 04, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

County bond rating high

Citing stability, Fitch Ratings firm, based in New York, gave Rutherford County high marks regarding its general obligation (GO) and limited obligation bonds (LOB).


Feb. 03, 2015 @ 11:20 AM

Commission approves agreement with CPC

Rutherford County Commissioners unanimously approved a license agreement for the Community Pet Center (CPC) to operate the Animal Control facility in Rutherfordton.


Feb. 03, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

$346,217 approved in street re-surfacing projects

Ten Forest City streets were approved for repaving by Town Council Monday night when it met for its regular business meeting. 


Feb. 01, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

Commission set to discuss Sheriff’s issues

Four issues pertaining to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s department will be discussed by Rutherford County Commissioners at 6 p.m. Monday.


Feb. 01, 2015 @ 08:39 AM

Zoning issue on tap for Bostic Council

When Bostic Town Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday the board will readdress the issue of zoning from last month's meeting.


Jan. 30, 2015 @ 09:53 AM

Commission begins search for next manager

The search for the next Rutherford County Manager began Thursday when Rutherford County Commissioners met in closed session to begin interviewing candidates.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

County gets draft agreement for Animal Control

Rutherford County Commissioners took their first look at a draft agreement regarding operations at the Animal Control facility during a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 09:37 AM

CAMPBELL: The ‘free as practicable’ North Carolina Promise

Filmmaker Steve Channing’s excellent “A Generation of Change” on UNC-TV, was a stark reminder of post-war North Carolina, a state wracked by poverty, poor health and uneducated citizens.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 01:45 PM

County to discuss personnel issues

Rutherford County Commissioners have decisions to make about additional staffing requested by Sheriff Chris Francis as well as what to do with the management of the Animal Control facility.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

OUR VIEW: Latest revenue report signals need to watch

A revenue report shows some potential problems for the North Carolina General Assembly as they ready for the 2015 session.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 08:29 AM

OUR VIEW: Room for optimism with new session

Wednesday marked a lot of newness as the North Carolina General Assembly was called to order for the 2015 session.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 08:28 AM

HOOD: In praise of political mavericks

Now that Republicans are leading both chambers in Congress and in the North Carolina legislature, intra-party differences will garner more attention than they have in the past — particularly from those hoping the new GOP majorities will be chaotic, disastrous, and short-lived.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 11:59 AM

NCDOT proposed changes in driver license exams

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 27, to solicit comments regarding the proposed N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles North Carolina Administrative Code (19A NCAC 03B .0201) rule change relating to driver license examinations.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 10:49 AM

Hager: Growing economy target for GA

The North Carolina General Assembly will open the 2015 long session at 9 a.m. today, if weather permits, but with ice possible in Raleigh, the opening may move to 1 p.m. or Thursday, according to Rep. Mike Hager.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 12:38 PM

Ellenboro Aldermen meet Tuesday

When Ellenboro Aldermen met at 6 p.m. today at Town Hall, they will hear from residents regarding increases in utility bills due to problems.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 10:27 AM

OUR VIEW: Time to restore tax credits

Municipal leaders will be keeping a close eye on Raleigh during the 2015 General Assembly session that begins this week.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 01:53 PM

County, fire districts receive clean reports

Rutherford County received a “clean” audit for fiscal year 2013-14 while compilation reports for the county’s fire districts showed no issues.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

Tax collection payments delayed by county

Rutherford County has not made property tax collection payments to municipalities since September 2014.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 01:40 PM

NC school board approves new grading scale for high school

North Carolina high school students will have more leeway to earn better grades starting with the next academic year which begins in August.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

County trying to sell off property

Rutherford County is trying to unload three pieces of property it owns.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 08:03 AM

HOOD: Burr favored in duel

Pretty much as soon as the polls closed on Election Day 2014, the political prognosticators began laying bets on what will happen by Election Day 2016. At the national level, attention quickly focused on the seemingly endless parade of Republicans seeking to take on Hillary Clinton.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

ABC store’s cash flow in question

Although the Alcohol Control Beverage (ABC) store in Forest City is not audited by the town’s CPA, Don Heath, a question arose Monday night after Heath presented the town’s audit during the regular council meeting.