SPINDALE — When all the public libraries in Rutherford County officially joined the NC Cardinal Library Consortium in March 2020, there was no way to know that the same week all these libraries would have to close due to the COVID pandemic.

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FOREST CITY — Thousands of Rutherford County residents cannot afford health insurance. Many of them are in a “coverage gap,” which means their incomes are too low to get a subsidy, yet don’t qualify for Medicaid.

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FOREST CITY — Officers from the Forest City Police Dept. are attempting to locate a missing person by the name of Kelly Lee Sanders.

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FOREST CITY — Six months have passed since COVID-19 became a reality for many Americans, including here in Rutherford County. The seriousness of the situation became clear in mid-March, even though there were no local cases of COVID-19 or in most other parts of North Carolina, when all of th…

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SPINDALE — The Rutherford County Health Department reported Friday 11 new local cases of the coronavirus.

RALEIGH — School districts can allow elementary grade students to return to the classroom next month, Gov. Roy Cooper announced during a Sept. 17 news conference, but middle and high school students won’t have the same opportunity.

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Local photographer Pat Nanney managed to capture this hummingbird fluttering among pineapple sage. Nanney often finds a plethora of up close and personal shots of nature at work and play.

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Mary Phillips, of Mooresboro, made this for her car and wants to encourage people to wear their mask to keep others safe. Whether to wear or not to wear a face mask has become a lightning rod issue as some choose to politicize their concerns instead of looking at it as a necessary practice t…

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FOREST CITY — On average, 123 Americans die to suicide every day, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Today is the 263rd day of 2020 and the 92nd day of summer.

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FOREST CITY — In an effort to build community and show appreciation, Ulysses D. Miller is hosting a free barbecue meal for all law enforcement personnel in Rutherford County.

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HENDERSONVILLE — In response to the COVID-19 crisis, two local organizations have been granted $398,825 in additional funding from the federal government through the CARES act.

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FOREST CITY — The Trails to Tails Dog Park has only been open a few days, and is already proving to be popular. Before the rain came on Thursday, dogs and their human friends enjoyed a couple of days at the park.

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Rutherford County notched 20 new positive cases for COVID-19. Thursday’s health department update revealed that the county recorded the new cases since Wednesday, bringing the total number of local positive cases to 1,093. There are 120 active cases, a spike of 13 since Wednesday and nine ho…

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Unsolicited Seeds Update: North Carolina residents who have received seed shipments that they did not order from China or other foreign sources are advised not to plant these seeds because they could be a pathway for introduction of invasive species, insects, and plant diseases.

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Today is the 262nd day of 2020 and the 91st day of summer.