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Commissioners increase $chool, no property tax increase budget

Commissioners increase $chool, no property tax increase budget

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The county manager and finance director met with the county commissioners Monday afternoon to continue discussions on the 2017-2018 proposed budget. All of the commissioners concurred with not raising property taxes as suggested in the original budget proposal and have county manager Steve Garrison pursue Plan B. The plan B budget […]

Judge in Fenner Case has concerns over WoFF phone survey

Judge in Fenner Case has concerns over WoFF phone survey

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C.  — The hearing for the pre-trial motions of the Word of Faith Fellowship (WoFF) member Brooke Covington was heard on Friday afternoon. Covington faces assault and kidnapping charges to Matthew Fenner’s allegations of incidents that occurred in January of 2013. The 6 pre-trial motions are: Defendant’s Motion for Change of Venue- awaiting ruling the States’ […]

Hise files new statement of organization – no amended campaign finance filings

Hise files new statement of organization – no amended campaign finance filings

RALEIGH – N.C. Senator Ralph has still not filed amended campaign finance reports that the State Board of Elections (SBoE) had extended his deadline to do so until May 5, 2017. A formal complaint about missing required information, overpayment of a loan, and missing PAC disclosures was filed two months ago. Hise belatedly filed notice […]

Olive Tree celebrates lounge opening on one year anniversary

Olive Tree celebrates lounge opening on one year anniversary

RUTHERFORDTON -A fun Friday evening celebration at the Olive Tree restaurant on Central Street was held for the grand opening of the lounge. It was the first anniversary for them as well. Greek and Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, dinner and friends. It doesn’t get much better than this. Carpe diem!

Harris Herald newspaper available online

Harris Herald newspaper available online

The North Carolina Collection recently acquired 18 issues of The Harris Herald, a paper founded by Milton Bernidine Robinson, Sr. in 1946. In exploring the history of this African-American newspaper from Rutherford County, we learned about Robinson, a man of talent and achievement. Born in Forest City in 1913, Robinson was orphaned at a relatively […]

Another broken promise at Cleghorn Gun Club at Tryon Resort

Another broken promise at Cleghorn Gun Club at Tryon Resort

RUTHERFORDTON – The Cleghorn Gun Club is still causing noise problems for its neighbors. RC Catalyst received yet another notice of another broken promise to one of the Gun Club’s neighbors. Donna Hughes wrote us: … I was personally promised March 6th [2017] by Sharon Decker that they had decided that immediately the gun club would […]

County Manager presents “Plan B” on budget

County Manager presents “Plan B” on budget

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — After studying the proposed balanced budget presented by county manager Steve Garrison at the May 1 regular meeting, the commissioners requested a Plan B to consider with some additional funding for Rutherford County Schools (RCS) and Isothermal Community College. Plan B involves drawing a larger sum from the Fund Balance, $1,575,000, […]

Proposed legislation calls for DSS regionalization

Proposed legislation calls for DSS regionalization

RALEIGH – If this bill becomes law it reforms the child welfare system by requiring a transition plan for county departments of social services. A regional model with 30 entities  would deliver child welfare and all other social services. Counties have raised strong concerns that mandating regionalization would not necessarily address all the weaknesses in […]

Sen. Ralph Hise campaign finance investigation conflicts with committee

Sen. Ralph Hise campaign finance investigation conflicts with committee

RALEIGH –  As reported in March 2017, Sen. Ralph Hise, a Republican from Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, is under investigation by the state Board of Elections for campaign finance violations. Soon after that, Hise was named one of three Senate conferees to craft legislation that overhauls the state Board of Elections. Hise is the chairman […]

Out and About – May 13, 2017

Out and About – May 13, 2017
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