Under the Dome

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

General Assembly looks at coal ash bill

The North Carolina House approved conference committee legislation aimed at addressing pollution left by coal ash impoundments.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

McHenry staff here Thursday

Tenth District Congressman Patrick McHenry’s staff will hold office hours in Forest City on Thursday, August 21  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m in the Mayor's Office at Forest City Town Hall, 128 North Powell Street. 


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

Chamber Director: Kudos to Forest City

Kudos were given to Forest City Town Council by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce director Tuesday night. 


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Coal ash cleanup bill could rise from the dead

Top Republicans at the North Carolina Legislature are signaling they are close to a last-minute deal reviving a measure that aims to force Duke Energy to curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps scattered across the state.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Breakaway Republicans block NC incentives bill

A cadre of Republicans in the North Carolina House broke ranks with their leadership Tuesday to vote down a sweeping economic incentives and tax bill they said violated core conservative principles.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 01:31 PM

Group recommends improvements for NC rural health

A task force on rural health care in North Carolina says problems could be reduced through economic development, and convincing more providers to outside urban areas.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

County EDC begins marketing at airport

For less than a $1 per bag, the Rutherford County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is getting the message out about what the county has to offer.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

Tourism spending increases in Rutherford County

Visitor spending increased slightly in Rutherford County in 2013 from the previous year, according to the latest statistics from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

NC judge weighs legality of school vouchers plan

A North Carolina judge is hearing arguments on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools. Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood hears arguments on the issue on Tuesday.


Aug. 17, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

Community Project Grant deadline is Sept. 15

Communities interested in receiving matching funds for specific projects from Rutherford County can begin the application process.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

NC governor defends handling Duke shares, sale

Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday his lawyer goofed on a report declaring the governor sold off his shares in his former employer Duke Energy Inc. last year when he actually sold the stock after a leaky coal ash pond ruptured in February.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

NC lawmakers returning to try to adjourn session

Most of the North Carolina legislature is returning to Raleigh by week's end to try to wrap up its three-month work session.


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 02:35 PM

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The government is warning that they have until Sept. 5 to show that they're eligible.


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

CLARK: The rural-urban divide

Rutherford County Manager Carl Classen might not have realized how far-reaching his quote was but after some thought, it echoes wide and true.


Aug. 11, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

State Dept.: US 'fully supports' Iraq president

The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.


Aug. 10, 2014 @ 01:11 PM

County projects shut out for funding

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking comments about its Strategic Transportation Investment (STI) model used to determine transportation project funding.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

Councilman uses garage pass to free 64 cars

An Asheville city councilman let more than 60 drivers leave a county parking garage without paying as an event protesting North Carolina's Republican lawmakers wound down.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

As expected, NC governor signs budget bill

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a North Carolina state government budget bill that raises teacher and state employee salaries significantly for the first time in years.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Pope leaving NC budget post; Roberts is successor

Conservative businessman, philanthropist and political donor Art Pope is stepping down as North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's state budget director early next month.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 02:18 PM

NC House leader: Legislators may return next week

A key General Assembly leader says North Carolina lawmakers are looking to return to Raleigh next week to take up some pending legislation. But House and Senate Republicans have agreed to nothing so far.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

Korean War POW honored

For 1,013 days Bailey Gillespie lived in horror.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Hager reflects on budget deal

The North Carolina General Assembly may not be officially finished, but the legwork of their 2014 short session is already behind them.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

McCrory says info lacking on relocated children

Gov. Pat McCrory says state officials have been kept largely out of the loop about a wave of children who have crossed the Mexican border and ended up in North Carolina.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Few NC senators meet for perfunctory floor session

The adjournment impasse at the North Carolina General Assembly remains in place after the Senate met briefly in keeping with the state constitution.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 12:23 PM

Former town councilman turns in NC Senate petition

A third candidate appears to have met qualifications for an official write-in candidate for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat in November.