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Airport Authority and Commissioners Meeting Monday

Airport Authority and Commissioners Meeting Monday

There will be a special meeting held at 5 p.m. of the Rutherford County Airport Authority. The topic of discussion will be House Bill 492 . The Airport Authority, currently comprised of the sitting county commissioners, is expected to approve a resolution of support. This legislative bill when passed will eliminate the current Airport Authority as a […]

Black bears emerge in warmer weather

Black bears emerge in warmer weather

RALEIGH, N.C.  — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advises that black bear sightings will become more common across the state as weather becomes warmer. While black bears are not inherently dangerous and rarely aggressive toward people, the Wildlife Commission advises caution and using common sense to reduce the potential for problems. If left alone, most […]

Defendants in WoFF abuse case make first appearance

Defendants in WoFF abuse case make first appearance

RUTHERFORDTON — Defendants charged with simple assault and second degree kidnapping made their first appearance in Rutherford County Superior Court Thursday. Sarah Covington Anderson, Christopher Bartley, Justin Brock Covington, Brooke Camille Covington and Robert Lewis Walker all appeared on charges stemming from allegations they assaulted a former member of their church — Word of Faith […]

Revised ICC trustee bill to be presented Wednesday

RALEIGH — A bill proposing a change in how Isothermal Community College trustees are appointed has undergone a change itself. The bill (House Bill 188), initially proposed by House Majority Leader Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, still strips the Rutherford County Board of Education of all its appointees and shifts them to the County Commissions in Polk […]

Lake Lure, Chimney Rock could lose with new tax plan

LAKE LURE — A new tax distribution plan is aimed at redistributing sales taxes from urban counties to more rural ones, like those in western North Carolina. But, some parts of Rutherford County would be hit hard under the new plan. The bill’s primary sponsor is Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow and is co-sponsored […]

Fenner versus WOFF members case in court

Fenner versus WOFF members case in court

RUTHERFORDTON – Superior Court Judge Tommy Davis is scheduled to preside over the pretrial change of venue motions this week in the simple assault and second degree kidnapping cases against five current/former members of the Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF). The court will hear administration cases Wednesday and pretrial motions most likely Thursday. Defense attorneys Josh Farmer […]

Review: Small Town Coffee Roasters

Review: Small Town Coffee Roasters

RUTHERFORDTON – Enrique Vega came to this small town with a vision. The 1300 sq. foot former bus station, then bank, on W. Court Street is now a sustainable dual purpose building;  Vega created an apartment for in the back, and most importantly, an espresso bar with a coffee roasting facility in the front. Vega, in search of a more […]

Measure seeks statewide broadband coverage

RALEIGH — House Majority Leader Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, joined three fellow lawmakers in proposing a bill encouraging broadband access statewide. The bill, House Bill 349, was filed Thursday and would direct the Office of the State Chief Information Officer to develop a plan for statewide broadband access. It gives a deadline of May 1, 2016 for […]

Bill presented to make Rutherford County BOE elections partisan

Bill presented to make Rutherford County BOE elections partisan

RALEIGH- Representative Make Hager, R-Rutherford and Rep. Roger West, R-Cherokee augmented House Bill 110 Thursday in the morning session. HB 110 will change the Rutherford County and Cherokee County Board of Elections from the current non-partisan election to  a partisan election. Hager said this morning that currently there is a bill being considered for a statewide change […]

Hager: More discussion needed on HB 188

Hager: More discussion needed on HB 188

RALEIGH — House Bill 188, a bill concerning appointments to the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees, was pulled from committee by Rep. Mike Hager, R-Rutherford Wednesday with much speculation as to why. When asked Thursday by RC Catalyst, Hager responded by saying that he wanted to discuss the bill further with Dr. Donny Hunter. president/CEO of […]