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The “dirty business” of dual enrollment

The “dirty business” of dual enrollment

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. — The  Career and College Promise program offers the promise of college credit while still living locally and attending high school. However, dual enrollment will only be as successful to the extent that accountability is required in the education of the students. There are some key issues to consider in evaluating the dual enrollment […]

The fraud in N.C. voter-fraud

The fraud in N.C. voter-fraud

RALEIGH — The N.C. Board of Elections determined that 508 voters out of 4.8 million who cast ballots last November weren’t eligible to vote. The vast majority of those votes were felons serving active sentences. The State Board of Elections audit report says that 441 voters appear to have been serving active felony sentences on […]

Fenner/Woff case pre-trial hearing to be heard this week

Fenner/Woff case pre-trial hearing to be heard this week

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The pretrial motions of the case of the State of North Carolina versus Brooke Covington was to be heard in front of Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus Monday morning. However, a new motion to continue the hearing was filed by defense attorney David Teddy, counsel for Brooke Covington. While Judge Gavenus […]

Grant awarded for outpatient care for mental health & addiction disorders

Grant awarded for outpatient care for mental health & addiction disorders

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $2.3 million grant to Vaya Health to ensure people with mental health or addiction disorders receive proper outpatient care and avoid repeated trips to the hospital. Nearly 600 people seek care for behavioral health needs at Mission’s Emergency Department (ED) every month. Some individuals […]

Website legal notices bill (SB 343) advances

Website legal notices bill (SB 343) advances

RALEIGH — A handful of local governments have received authority from the General Assembly since 2003 to use electronic notice for public hearings. This session a legislative bill to let all North Carolina local governments post required legal notices on their websites instead of the newspaper is advancing. Senate Bill 343 cleared two committees this week that […]

House approves Bright Futures Act to expand internet to rural communities

House approves Bright Futures Act to expand internet to rural communities

RALEIGH — The state House last Thursday approved the “Bright Futures Act,” a bill designed to expand high-speed internet service to rural communities and other underserved areas. The bill must be passed by the Senate next. The  bill could help bring high-speed internet to 3 million people in 85 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. If passed […]

Dept. of Social Services Board meeting – April 2017

Dept. of Social Services Board meeting – April  2017

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The Board of RC’s Department of Social Services (DSS) met Wednesday to review March activities, discuss proposed budgets and to hear program updates. Chairman Steve Wright welcomed all members, visitors and staff at 8:30 a.m. Director John Carroll announced that 3 people had left the employ of DSS in March and […]

Political tidbits

Political tidbits

A state House committee will debate a proposal to require vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers to be towed away from a traffic stup unless a licensed driver is available to drive the car away. House Bill 341, sponsored by Rep. George Clevland, (R-Onslow) is to be heard in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. NC Rep. […]

Columnist: One of our own faces deportation

Columnist: One of our own faces deportation

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.– Martin Niemöller   A Gardner-Webb University junior and resident of Forest City is facing deportation to the Honduras after 13 years of living here. […]

TIEC’s broken promises – April 15, 2017

TIEC’s broken promises – April 15, 2017

The Gun Club of Tryon Resort Two months ago to this date, we contacted Sharon Decker, COO, at the Tryon  Internation Equestrian Center (TIEC) regarding noise complaints about the partners’ gun club disrupting the lives of people who have lived near there for generations. Barbara Duncan, who has not only contacted us, a county commissioner, and […]

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