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Today is the 299th day of 2021 and the 35th day of autumn.

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Crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation were busy pulling up shrubbery and small trees from the median of College Avenue on Monday. Plans call for the uprooting of the plantings so mowing the medians will be easier, making the natural area appear more tidy and less of an eyesore wit…

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SPINDALE—In Rutherford County, more than 100 people have voted early in this year's municipal elections. Early Voting continues this week through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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SPINDALE — What began as a temporary closure for the Rutherford County Rescue has become permanent.

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SPINDALE—The holiday season is fast approaching, and officials with the Rutherford County Department of Social Services (DSS) are growing anxious. Funds are running low, and donations are needed to support children and youth in the foster care system for Christmas.

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FOREST CITY—Sonya Brown continues to spread her message of hope, for those who are experiencing domestic violence. On Saturday, she hosted an event at Hardin Road Park in Forest City, to feed the hungry and provide information about domestic violence.

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Ashley Steele, of Ellenboro, submitted a photo of her son’s cat, Cora, perched on a pumpkin just in time for the week of Halloween. Don’t walk beneath a ladder while a black cat sits atop a pumpkin.

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R-S Central High School recently held its 2021 Homecoming festivities. Cori Keever, shown with her father Jamie Keever, was named the Queen of Clubs.

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FOREST CITY — A threatening social media message on Snapchat directed at a “Central High School” circulated around Rutherford County last week, but after an investigation, it was found that the message was not connected to R-S Central High School.

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RALEIGH — Just in time for Halloween, expect to see and hear more coyotes over the coming weeks as young coyotes leave their parents’ territory to establish a home of their own. They may wander long distances — upward of 300 miles — before settling down somewhere that’s not already occupied …

SPINDALE — What began as a discussion about changing perceptions about rape concluded with a current prosecutor saying former judge Randy Pool committed no crimes when he preyed on at least 35 women for inappropriate relationships.

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RUTHERFORDTON—The new R-S Middle School, under construction in Rutherfordton on property adjacent to R-S Central High School, is about three months away from “substantial completion.” Leaders from Rutherford County Schools (RCS) and Rutherford County government were given a walk-through tour…

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SPINDALE—All shrubbery and trees in the College Avenue median will be removed. Spindale, Forest City, and county government officials signed off on this plan in a meeting Wednesday morning with officials from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Today is the 296th day of 2021 and the 32nd day of autumn.