Under the Dome

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

County office move on hold

A plan to move four Rutherford County offices to a new location in Rutherfordton is on hold due to details being worked out on the lease agreement.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

HOOD: Candidates at starting line

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for reelection for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 07:16 PM

NC moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution

North Carolina environmental officials moved Tuesday to fine Duke Energy over pollution that has been seeping into the groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash dumps at a retired power plant outside Wilmington.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

NC conservative activist quits $95K health job

A North Carolina anti-abortion activist and tea party organizer is quitting her $95,000-a-year job as a senior Medicaid adviser after a year.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:18 PM

Brubaker ranked leading lobbyist at NC legislature

The top leader in the North Carolina House during the mid-1990s is now atop a nonpartisan group's list of the General Assembly's most influential lobbyists.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 01:24 PM

Obama addresses vets in trip laden with politics

Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans.

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

County delayed in mailing tax bills

Most years, Rutherford County residents start receiving their property tax bills from the county at the end of July or even the first of August.

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

Gov. McCrory appoints Bell to NC Court of Appeals

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a Charlotte judge to fill the remainder of an unexpired term on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

NC judge: private school vouchers unconstitutional

A North Carolina judge is ordering a stop to the use of taxpayer money to pay for tuition at private or religious schools.

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.