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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 […]

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 […]

Second House bill filed to raise minimum wage

Second House bill filed to raise minimum wage

RALEIGH — A second House bill was filed Wednesday with the intent of raising the state’s minimum wage. The bill calls for the state’s minimum wage to be set at $10.10 per hour effective Labor Day 2015. An earlier House bill, filed March 12, asked for a ballot measure for voters to approve an increase in […]

McHenry issues statement on House budget

McHenry issues statement on House budget

WASHINGTON — In a vote down party lines, House Republicans approved a $3.8 trillion budget that includes a $2 billion increase in defense spending Wednesday, March 25. The $2 billion is only top of an already budgeted $36 billion increase for the Department of Defense. “Our nation continues to face grave threats both at home and […]

Medical marijuana bill stalls in House committee

RALEIGH — A bill aimed at legalizing medical marijuana usage stalled in a House committee Wednesday. House Bill 78 would allow for prescriptions for people to use marijuana. It would require a state registration card and marijuana could only be purchased from a state-licensed distributor. Wednesday, the House Rules Committee gave the bill an unfavorable report, […]

Women In NC Politics

A new report from Meredith College brings depressing information about the status of women in NC political offices. Women remain severely underrepresented in North Carolina political offices. Although women make up over 54% of the registered voters in the state, women hold: • Less than 25 percent of all appointed and elected offices • Under […]

Byers elected to UNC Board of Governors

Charles Philip Byers, former Rutherford County Sheriff, was elected to the UNC Board of Governors by the N.C. House members Thursday. The N.C. House elected eight people to the UNC system’s Board of Governors. Newly elected were Alex Mitchell, Pearl Burris-Floyd, Joe Knott III, and Walter Davenport. Re-elected members were Jim Holmes, Mary Ann Maxwell, and […]

Our Corner of the County -Tweaks & Changes

Our Corner of the County -Tweaks & Changes

We’re still adjusting RC Catalyst’s new layout and features. The crime news, judicial coverage, obits, your events and incident reports are fine new additions that can be read free online. We have our own sources and take pride in being timely and accurate. Our story updates are tweeted and Twitter provides a quick update to […]