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CHARLOTTE — Isothermal Community College is one of 10 college or universities to receive a Duke Energy Foundation grant. ICC was awarded $30,000 toward its Electronics Engineering Technology.

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WILMINGTON — Even though Fred “Tyrone” Lynch has spent the last 42 years as an educator, coach and now Athletic Director at Wilmington’s Laney High School, he still considers himself a “Rutherford County Man.” Recently, he was inducted into the North Carolina Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame…

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SPINDALE — The Rutherford County Library System has been awarded a $23,193 grant to purchase new public computer workstations to address the digital needs of all Rutherford County residents.

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Some universities across the state have announced that they will be requiring the COVID vaccine for students returning to campus. UNC System public universities are not requiring, but encouraging, the vaccine. Some private schools, including Duke and Wake Forest, are requiring it.

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As families start looking toward a new school year, on July 1 the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021 took effect. The act modifies the implementation of Read to Achieve programs, including changes to reading instruction in North Carolina public elementary school classrooms, with the aim of…

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FOREST CITY — Thanks to newly-awarded grant funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Rutherford County Schools (RCS) will continue offering career and technical education in the three middle schools (R-S Middle, East Rutherford Middle, and Chase Middle).

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SPINDALE — This summer, Jessika Hardin from Rutherford County will join outstanding high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, National Youth Leadership Forum of Medicine, Raleigh-Durham.

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FOREST CITY — Tasia Lowrance, of Hope’N Improving Athletic Talent, is hosting a back to school event Saturday, Aug. 7, and she is hoping to help at least 100 students with their back-to-school needs.

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FOREST CITY — All school resource officers in Rutherford and Polk counties have now undergone the Active Shooter Threat Training Program (ASTTP), as of last week. According to Capt. Leon Godlock of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, that means schools are safer, especially when it comes…

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BOILING SPRINGS — Teenagers from area high schools recently spent a week on the Gardner-Webb University campus applying math and science concepts in business, financial, biological, and forensic settings. The Math and Science academies are sponsored by the Stonecutter Foundation in Spindale.

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FOREST CITY — Though the calendar says it’s summer, local schools are buzzing with students enrolled in the summer program hoping to make up lost ground because of COVID-19. For the elementary schools, the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) labs are often hotbeds of activity.