Under the Dome

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

Former Isothermal professor receives The Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Dr. John Karriker, a Gardner-Webb University educator for 35 years and a former Isothermal Community College administrator and science instructor, was honored this week with the State of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Presented by N.C. House Rep. Rena Turner on Nov. 4 at a gathering of the Statesville Rotary Club, the Long Leaf Pine recognizes exceptional service to the state.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 12:48 PM

NC coal ash commission meets as NC governor sues

A new state commission overseeing the cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash dumps in North Carolina is meeting as Gov. Pat McCrory has sued, challenging the panel's formation.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

OUR VIEW: Remodel with no discussion, bad form

For the third time in a decade, the North Carolina legislature will be getting a makeover.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

Ex-Duke Energy lawyer now advising NC regulators

A lawyer advising North Carolina's environmental agency on rewriting rules governing cleanup at Duke Energy's coal ash dumps previously represented the electricity company on the same issue.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 01:18 PM

2 more NC Republicans confirm speaker candidacy

Add two more veteran lawmakers to those interested in succeeding U.S. Sen.-elect Thom Tillis as North Carolina House speaker.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

North Carolina to expand veterans' court

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to expand the state's veterans' treatment court.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

County working on bid adjustment

Bids for the new EMS station in Henrietta came in over the $720,000 budget.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 12:27 PM

Adams officially becoming NC's newest House member

North Carolina will have a 13th U.S. House member again after a vacancy that lasted ten months.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

Forsyth County finds uncounted ballots

Forsyth County election officials have adjusted their voting totals from last week after finding some ballots that had not been counted.


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

NC legislature's longtime administrator retires

The man who made sure the paper towel dispensers were filled, the bills printed and top research staff hired at the North Carolina General Assembly for more than 30 years has retired.


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 03:07 PM

Justices review racial makeup of Alabama districts

In last week's elections, Alabama Republicans shrank their once-powerful Democratic opponents to just eight seats in the state Senate, all of them from districts in which African-Americans are a majority.


Nov. 10, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

NC legislature may not be over for this year

The General Assembly's work may not be over this year if Gov. Pat McCrory believes replenishing a critical economic recruitment tool in North Carolina can't wait until January.


Nov. 10, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

NC fracking rule revisions readied ahead of vote

Wording changes and other final touches are being added to fracking rules before a vote by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 09:59 AM

‘American Idol’ finalist to perform at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb University raises awareness of human trafficking with a series of events each year, and that commitment to helping spotlight the global issue will continue this month with a benefit concert featuring “American Idol” finalist and North Carolina native Majesty Rose.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 09:33 AM

Scholarship winners to perform

Six young musicians, recipients of the 2014 Foothill Music Club, Inc. scholarships, will perform for the community in a concert at Isothermal Community College, Columbus, on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Tryon Theatre world premiere to include international and local actors

Jublilante Productions and Composer/Director Sonja Karlsen announce the world premier of her musical “The Joy of Bernadette” at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Performances will be Nov. 13-17. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (828) 859-8322.


Nov. 07, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Classen to leave post in February

Rutherford County Manager Carl Classen will not seek to renew his contract which ends Feb. 20, 2015.


Nov. 06, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Historical party shift

A day after the biggest sweep for Republicans in Rutherford County history, both the GOP and Democrats have taken stock of the election season.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

McConnell warns Obama about unilateral actions

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, is warning President Barack Obama that Congress will push back if he acts unilaterally on immigration.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 03:41 PM

Beasley bid for NC Supreme Court too close to call

Associate Justice Cheri Beasley is leading in her bid for a full term on North Carolina's Supreme Court, but the race is likely headed to a recount.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

Tillis sensed victory over Hagan about 2 weeks ago

North Carolina Sen.-elect Thom Tillis says his victory over incumbent Kay Hagan came as no surprise because projections taken about two weeks ago suggested he would win.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 01:21 PM

Voter turnout of 44 percent same as 2010

More North Carolina residents voted than ever before for a midterm election this fall. But they didn't make history when it comes to turnout as a percentage of registered voters.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 09:25 AM

Election Results

U.S. Senate

Kay Hagan (D) 6,611

Sean Laugh (L) 1,085

Thom Tillis (R) 11,676


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

2014 General Election returns

With all 17 precincts reporting:


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

2014 General Election coverage

Join us for our coverage of the 2014 General Election in Rutherford County.