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Majority of state’s 1.5 million students will start school with remote instruction

 By Greg Childress, NC POLICY WATCH Mark Johnson, State SuperintendentRoughly one million of the state’s K-12 students will attend school remotely to start the new school year, State Superintendent Mark Johnson said Tuesday. Johnson made the comment during a remote Council of State Meeting. “Right now, we’re on track for two out of every three students in our […]

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From the NC Dept. of Commerce… Raleigh, N.C. The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 12.9 percent, remaining unchanged from April’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 1.4 percentage points to 13.3 percent. North Carolina’s May 2020 unemployment rate increased 8.9 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 118,154 […]

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Most Americans say social media companies have too much power, influence in politics

BY MONICA ANDERSON, Pew Research Staff A majority of Americans think social media companies have too much power and influence in politics, and roughly half think major technology companies should be regulated more than they are now, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that comes as four major tech executives prepare to testify before Congress about […]

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Back to School Plans

Rutherford County Schools remains deeply committed both to the health and well-being of students, employees, and the broader community and to its mission to prepare all students for lifelong learning in partnership with families and communities. The Governor’s Office and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), in consultation with the State Board […]

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RUTHERFORD & MCDOWELL COUNTIES, NC —Judicial District 41 has been ravaged by drugs for decades. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable individuals in our society – the addicts, those living in poverty, and those with prior criminal histories who are easily discredited and overlooked – have been actively exploited, wrongfully imprisoned, and far too many have died […]

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Advisory: McDowell County Courthouse will reopen on Monday

Advisory: McDowell County Courthouse will reopen on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. McDowell County Courthouse will reopen on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. All court sessions will resume on Monday. July 20, 2020 as orignially scheduled. Court matters missed during this closure will be rescheduled and notices mailed out once new […]

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Deans’ List for Spring 2020 announced

  SPINDALE (July 13, 2020) – The Isothermal Community College deans of Business Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology, and Health and Public Services have announced the names of 344 area students who were named to the Deans’ List for Spring Semester 2020. To achieve this academic distinction, a student must be […]

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Rep. David Rogers, Sen. Ralph Hise Violate Legal & Ethical Mandates for PD Creation Outside of Public View

After the most recent article in the RC Catalyst series examining the state of our local government, additional information has been obtained regarding David Roger’s involvement in establishing the Public Defender’s Office. This information further illuminates the efforts to conceal the creation of this office, the identities of the officials involved, and the financial benefit […]

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Swim Guide Results for the Broad River – July 9

Each Thursday evening throughout the spring, summer and fall, the Broad Riverkeeper releases new, up-to-date bacteria monitoring results for six monitoring sites at public access points within the Broad River Basin. Results are posted to the Swim Guide website at – the public’s best resource for knowing which streams and river recreation areas are […]

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Delicious Local Fare for All

FOREST CITY —Rutherford County’s Farmer market is now open. Local producers are offering a bounty of locally foods. These delicious foods supply “close to home” nutrients that far surpass foods you can purchase in grocery stores. (FYI-Chefs thrive on food challenges. They enjoy a basket of raw ingredients to create dishes from scratch. It’s like […]