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FOREST CITY — Chase High School principal Kevin Bradley has been named North Carolina Region 8 Principal of the Year. Bradley learned of this in a surprise ceremony announcing the honor Friday morning in the Chase High School Auditorium.

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FOREST CITY — According to public health officials, nearly 2,000 Rutherford County residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19. While the vaccine roll-out has been slow, more are being vaccinated in increasing numbers. But demand is outweighing supply, which is causing frustration.

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Today is the 16th day of 2021 and the 27th day of winter.

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Sunday marks the 240th anniversary of The Battle of Cowpens, a Revolutionary War battle whereby the victors camped in Rutherford County.

RALEIGH — Less than a year after an audit of the N.C. Department of Transportation found massive overspending, a blue-ribbon panel is recommending the department get a 40% budget hike.

RJ Granville made the "A" Honor Roll for Ms. Tamara Robbins' fourth grade class at Spindale Elementary School. RJ's name was erroneously omitted in Thursday's edition.

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Jerry R. Derrick and Jeanne O. Derrick to Olli Hertto and Johanna Hertto; Lake Lure/Chimney Rock; Lot: 23; Shumont Estates Phase IV/Hawks Nest Trail; $180 tax; $90,000 value.

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RALEIGH — Nearly a month after COVID-19 vaccines made it to North Carolina, the state has administered only a quarter of the doses it has on hand — one of the slowest roll-outs in the country.

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RALEIGH — COVID-19 and the ongoing fallout from the pandemic will likely dominate the 2021-22 session of the General Assembly. On tap for lawmakers is crafting a new budget for the biennium plus drawing new legislative and congressional maps for the next decade based on fresh census data.

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Today is the 15th day of 2021 and the 26th day of winter.

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SPINDALE — Rutherford County has 27 new coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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FOREST CITY — After receiving the results of a calendar survey, the Rutherford County Board of Education is shifting course, and no longer supports a “balanced,” or “year-round” calendar. Instead the board supports a modified traditional school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year, and wil…