Under the Dome

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

YE 2014: Republicans claim county sweep of offices

For the first time in history, Republicans won every office on the ballot during the 2014 General Election.

Dec. 30, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

The year in Rutherford County government

The search for a new manager, new Emergency Medical Services station, new location for the Farmers Market, trouble at the animal control facility and a new sewer study highlighted the top stories in Rutherford County government in 2014.

Dec. 30, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

New State laws beginning Jan. 1

Among laws passed by the North Carolina General Assembly going into effect on Thursday, Jan. 1 are:

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

Spindale's year at a glance

From government officials resigning and new members coming on board to large-scale town improvement projects, 2014 was an eventful year in the Town of Spindale.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

Chimney Rock ordinances approved

Chimney Rock Village Council members approved three ordinances at its meeting last Tuesday night.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

Audit shows uncollected fuel sales

An internal county audit uncovered over $23,000 in uncollected fuel sales at the Rutherford County Airport.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Study: County gains with Medicaid expansion

A recent study indicates Rutherford County stands to gain jobs and increased business activity if the North Carolina General Assembly expands Medicaid coverage in North Carolina.

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Legislature, Congress maps upheld by NC high court

The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the boundary lines for General Assembly and congressional districts drawn by Republicans three years ago that helped the GOP strengthen its grip on legislative seats.

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Authority advances committee recommendation

The Rutherford County Airport Authority voted to send proposed bylaws to create an Aviation Advisory Committee to the Rutherford County Commission.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 02:54 PM

NC standards panel to get funds, leader says

A leader of a state panel recommending changes to math and reading standards for children in North Carolina's public schools says he's been assured by lawmakers there will be funding to perform its work.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 01:47 PM

Audit: NC Labor Dept improperly paid for 100-mile commute

The North Carolina Department of Labor improperly paid an employee more than $9,400 to commute 100 miles from the worker's home in Lexington, according to state auditors.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

Airport Authority to discuss advisory committee

The Rutherford County Airport Authority will consider creating an Aviation Advisory Committee when it meets at 5:30 p.m. today.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Town Council approves budget amendments

Budget amendments in three departments and a lease purchase financing plan were approved Monday night by Forest City Town Council.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Spindale Board discusses sewer rehab, contract for towing for police

The Spindale Board of Commissioners continued its discussion on the wastewater treatment plant and received updates on the rehabilitation project from Cameron McHargue on behalf of SDG Engineering.

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 08:37 PM

Tillis serving on 2 military-related Senate panels

Thom Tillis is expecting to serve on two military-related committees important to North Carolina residents when he officially joins the U.S. Senate next month.

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Police behavior subject of expected NC bill

Lawmakers and social justice activists say it's time the General Assembly discusses how to improve relations between police and citizens, particularly young black men.

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 01:22 PM

NC motor fuels tax going up 1 cent in January

The price at the pump keeps falling, but motorists in North Carolina will see the gasoline tax increase slightly Jan. 1.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

Commissioners briefed on infrastructure

Newly-elected Rutherford County Commissioners spoke in unison in the belief the county needs to start planning for future infrastructure needs.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

Gold elected BOE chair

Barry Gold was selected as the new chairman of the Rutherford County Schools’ Board of Education Tuesday night.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

'Tree of Life' memorializes lives lost on NC highways

Nearly 1,300 lights were illuminated on the "Tree of Life" on Dec. 5 on the grounds of the State Capitol in memory of the lives lost on North Carolina highways last year.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 03:20 PM

Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in solar

A North Carolina agency has approved Duke Energy's plans to invest $500 million in solar power to meet the state's requirement that more of its electricity come from renewable energy.

Dec. 07, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

RCS Board to reorganize Tuesday

The Rutherford County Board of Education will elect officers when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 09:31 AM

U.S. 221 expansion part of state plan

A section of the U.S. 221 expansion project is included in the new 10-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan released by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Thursday.

Dec. 03, 2014 @ 01:21 PM

House plans to extend tax breaks through December

The House is moving Wednesday to extend a massive package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year, adding about $45 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

Dec. 03, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

NC DOT wants fracking companies to fix roads

North Carolina could require companies to pay to repair roads after fracking operations.