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Report: NC gets a “D” for participation of women in politics and government

 By Rob Schofield In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out a sneak preview of the latest report from the state Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement. It’s a sobering assessment of the rates at which North Carolina women are participating in politics and government. The bottom line assessment: Despite progress […]

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Deer Park Health & Rehab. in McDowell County Covid-19 Report

The McDowell County Health Department has been notified that 6 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are saddened to report two additional deaths related to COVID19. “I am cautiously optimistic and excited about the decrease in numbers again today.  McDowell County continues to work hard, and it shows.  Let’s […]


Obituaries – August 12

    Cassandra “Cassie” Dobbins, age 28, of Ellenboro, passed away Friday, August 7, 2020.      Cassie was born August 18, 1991 in Rutherford County to Doug and Sandra Dobbins who reside in Ellenboro. She was a homemaker who enjoyed shopping and spending time with her daughter. Cassie always lived life to its fullest and will […]

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Congregate outbreaks pose key challenge for NC mountain health care

Interventions by ‘strike teams’ help manage outbreaks at nursing homes; COVID-19 cases mount at Mission Health; St. Luke’s hastens test results through a partnership by Neil Cotiaux , Carolina Public Press August 11, 2020 _________________________________________________________________ When a COVID-19 outbreak hit an assisted living center in Henderson County in April, a “strike team” was formed to assist […]

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Attorney General Josh Stein Announces Formal Investigation into PFAS Contamination

RALEIGH—Attorney General Josh Stein  announced on Monday that he has launched a formal investigation into manufacturers and other parties responsible for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination in North Carolina. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down once they are released into the environment and because they build up in […]


State Board Releases FAQs on Absentee by Mail Voting in North Carolina

Through Sunday, August 9, North Carolina voters had submitted 163,374 requests for absentee by-mail ballots for the 2020 general election, more than seven times as many as the 22,074 requests submitted at the same time in 2016. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina elections officials are preparing for a significant increase in ballots cast […]

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Charlotte is proud to have a prominent role in our nation’s selection of its presidential candidates. Despite the inherent risk of having large gatherings during the pandemic, nominating conventions are an integral part of our democracy. As the leading health providers in the area, we at Atrium Health and Novant Health are dedicated to lending […]

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NC’s Small Businesses Say USPS Needed Now More Than Ever

Many retailers who have made the switch from brick-and-mortar to online-only sales during the pandemic are relying heavily on their local postal service. (Adobe Stock) ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina’s small businesses say they are relying on the U.S. Postal Service to help get them get through the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring their products and […]

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Equestrian fraud scheme leads to federal guilty plea for former Buncombe commissioner

Ellen Frost admits to role in fraud conspiracy in federal court plea, could get up to 5 years in prison. by Staff Reports  August 10, 2020 The federal courthouse in Asheville. Carolina Public Press file photo Ellen Frost, the 65-year-old former Buncombe County commissioner facing accusations of using federal funds to sponsor equestrian activities, pleaded guilty […]