Under the Dome

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.

Dec. 03, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

TJCA Board of Directors discuss finances

The Board of Directors of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA) met on Tuesday evening with finances as a major portion of the agenda.

Dec. 03, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

Commerce Secretary Decker resigns

Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker of Rutherfordton will step down from her job Dec. 31. The announcement was made during a press conference at which time Gov. Pat McCrory named John Skvarla  to replace Decker.

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Decker resigns as Commerce secretary

Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker has resigned her position and John Skvarla, head of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has been named by Gov. Pat McCrory to replace her.

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

New Commission takes office

It proved to be a little nerve-wracking for Bryan King, but he took it in stride.

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Water project on tap for council

Meeting just four minutes for its regular business session Monday night, Forest City Town Council gave the go-ahead to send a letter to the Wilmington District Corps of Engineers regarding a water project in Cleveland County.

Nov. 30, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Forest City board to discuss water

The Forest City Town Council will discuss a letter received from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding water capacity and the ability to sell water to Cleveland County Water (CCW) when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday.

Nov. 30, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

County Commissioners to reorganize

Rutherford County Commissioners will elect a new chairman and vice-chairman during their reorganization meeting Monday.

Nov. 30, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Clerk of Court, Sheriff to be sworn in

Clerk of Court-elect Steve Owens and incumbent Sheriff Chris Francis will be sworn into office Monday at 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively, in the Rutherford County Superior Court room.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 09:38 AM

Residents react to Ferguson decision

As a Missouri grand jury’s decision was read, Charles McDowell of Forest City was paying attention.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

NC attorney general fights quicker water rate hike

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is trying to block the state's largest private water utility from being able to raise customer rates more quickly and with less public pushback.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 02:01 PM

NC officials vote to certify election results

North Carolina election officials gave formal approval Tuesday to the results of an election that included Republicans preserving veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

Three WNC community program receive top awards

Three  Rutherford County community were among 20 community programs in Western North Carolina to receive Community of Promise awards from WNC Communities Saturday in Asheville.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

Former Airport employee cries foul

A Rutherford County Airport employee said he was fired for “doing exactly what I was told to do by my immediate supervisor.”

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Bringing farms and cities together

Across the nation this week, communities will be recognizing the vital link between farm and city.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Two inducted into honor society

Gardner-Webb University inducted 36 new members into the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society for adult students on Nov. 9.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Christmas classic hits stage

Nancy Winker of Rutherfordton and Harry Grymes play Ralphie’s parents in Tryon Little Theater’s upcoming show, “A Christmas Story” and although The Old Man is jubilant and proud of his prize-winning leg lamp, Mother isn’t quite so enamored.  The play runs Dec.  4-7 and Dec.  11-14 at TLT’s Workshop, 516 South Trade St. in Tryon.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 01:18 PM

Moore selected as designate Speaker of NC House

Rep. Tim Moore, R-Kings Mountain, has been selected as the next Speaker of the North Carolina House.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 12:48 PM

October jobless rate in NC drops to 6.3 percent

North Carolina's unemployment rate keeps falling.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

County EMS breaks ground on new southeastern station

An initial plan to build an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station in the southeast part of Rutherford County had been part of a plan for nearly a decade.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

AdvantageWest chosen for growth initiative

A nonprofit regional economic development organization is using a federal contract to help small businesses in western North Carolina grow and create jobs.