Under the Dome

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

Town approves new truck purchase; property zoning request

Rezoning requests for property located on Doggett Road between Bethany Church Road and U.S. 74 Bypass, were approved Monday night by the Forest City Town Council.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

County NAACP holds candidate forum

Approximately 60 people attended a candidate forum Saturday night at the Dunbar Community Center in Forest City sponsored by the Rutherford County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 09:43 AM

OUR VIEW: People speak out on rate increase proposal

Insurance companies represented by the North Carolina Rate Bureau have requested to be allowed passing an increase in homeowner insurance rates.


Oct. 20, 2014 @ 04:49 PM

Manchin in North Carolina stumping for Hagan

Sen. Joe Manchin is in North Carolina campaigning for Sen. Kay Hagan, who faces a tough re-election.


Oct. 20, 2014 @ 02:58 PM

NC secretary of state appealing $10K penalty

The campaign of North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall is appealing a $10,000 penalty from the state elections board issued because officials say they don't have a complete campaign filing.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 01:52 PM

Early voting begins Thursday, October 23

Voters in Rutherford County can begin casting ballots in the General Election 2014 at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at three One-Stop voting locations. Early voting concludes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. 


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

NC's top GOP lawmakers plan appeal on gay marriage

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders plan to appeal a ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

OUR VIEW: The facts are key … just not here

During campaign season, candidates throw out a lot of numbers and assumptions of fact during stump speeches and debates.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 09:41 PM

McCain appears with Tillis in eastern NC

The U.S. Senate needs Thom Tillis because of leadership skills he exhibited as North Carolina House speaker, John McCain said Thursday while later criticizing colleague Kay Hagan for missing key Armed Service Committee meetings as national security issues grew.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

Commission candidates discuss issues

Transparency and reputation were the two highlights seven candidates for Rutherford County Commission talked about during a forum Tuesday night sponsored by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

Hager, Harris debate transportation, education at forum

Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Hager and Democrat challenger Lisa Harris Bralley showed their divide on school vouchers, the state’s transportation funding system and fracking Tuesday night during a candidate forum at the Cool Springs Administrative offices in Forest City.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

OUR VIEW: Kudos for showing up

Over the last few weeks, Rutherford County residents have had numerous opportunities to visit with candidates running for public office.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 10:26 AM

McHenry, MacQueen spar at forum

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry and Democrat challenger Tate MacQueen fielded questions ranging from immigration to gun rights during a candidate forum Tuesday afternoon in Rutherfordton.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

OUR VIEW: More about the public trust

A sad chapter on politics in Charlotte came to an end Tuesday when former mayor Patrick Cannon was sentenced to four years in jail following a plea agreement on corruption charges.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Former NC mayor sentenced for corruption

The former mayor of North Carolina's largest city was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in prison in a federal corruption case that spanned the time he was a councilman to when he took over in the executive office.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

Lawmakers recommendations for NC medical examiners

State lawmakers are recommending changes in the medical examiner system in North Carolina to deal with what they call "serious and significant" issues.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

CLARK: Enough with the emailing

I am as strong a proponent for using email as a form of personal and professional communication as the next person.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

Millions more for ads coming to NC Senate race

The group operating to win a Republican U.S. Senate majority in November says it's more than doubling its investment to support North Carolina GOP nominee Thom Tillis in his bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

Judge orders Appalachian State early voting site

A North Carolina trial court judge has ordered state election officials to retool Watauga County's early voting plan to include at least one voting center at Appalachian State University for later this month.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Judge: City remains in control of airport

A North Carolina judge says Charlotte will maintain control of one of the nation's busiest airports instead of a commission pushed by state Republican lawmakers.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

McCrory calls for more job-focused higher ed

Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina's higher education institutions need to focus more on teaching the skills that employers need.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Former Charlotte mayor faces bribery sentence

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon faces sentencing this week for his guilty plea to federal bribery charges.


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?