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The Greatest Show on Earth to close in May

The Greatest Show on Earth to close in May

ELLENTON, FL — The owners of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Saturday they will close the 146-year-old show in May. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs are the reasons for closing. When the circus ended the elephant acts and retired the performers to a preserve, there was a noticeable decline in […]

COLUMN: The dead of night passing away of ACA

COLUMN: The dead of night passing away of ACA

Sometime around one o’clock in the morning, the US legislature assisted the Affordable Care Act to take its last breath. Millions of Americans awoke to the news that their newly acquired healthcare had passed away. The key moment came when Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, withdrew his amendment that would have pushed the process of […]

Baxter Healthcare Corp in Marion to pay $18 million due to mold

Baxter Healthcare Corp in Marion to pay $18 million due to mold

MARION — U.S. Justice Department officials announced a settlement with Baxter Healthcare Corp. for its contaminated clean room in Marion, N.C. The government alleged that between 2011 and 2012, Baxter Healthcare Corp. manufactured sterile intravenous solutions in a clean room where air filters in the ceiling had mold. A Baxter employee told management about the mold […]

County Commissioners to appoint EDC 501 (c)(6) organization chair

County Commissioners to appoint EDC 501 (c)(6) organization chair

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The RC Commissioners will meet tonight, Monday, Jan. 9, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the County Administration Building. A hearing regarding the Rutherford County Farmland Preservation Ordinance is up first on the agenda. Commissioners will have the opportunity to name appointments to Initial Board of 501(c)(6) Organization created by their previous […]

Former RC EMS QA Specialist to repay RC $652,000+ in restitution

Former RC EMS QA Specialist to repay RC $652,000+ in restitution

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Sandra Henson Thompson, former RC EMS billing employee, pleaded guilty to 88 felony charges on Thursday. District Court Judge Rob Martelle sentenced Thompson to maximum sentences to be served consecutively, but they amounted to what seemed to be a light punishment with no active jail time. “Had she personally profited we would […]

$7.9 Million to fight Party Rock Fire

$7.9 Million to fight Party Rock Fire

LAKE LURE — Lake Lure’s Party Rock fire burned more than 7,000 acres in parts of three counties. Crews were brought in from across the country to establish fire lines, save dwellings and evacuate people. Forestry Services spent $7,889,344 fighting that blaze. Lisa Jennings, a natural resource specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, said each […]

Out and About —Nov. 18, 2016

Out and About —Nov. 18, 2016

Party Rock Fire Estimated at 300 Acres

Party Rock Fire Estimated at 300 Acres

Press Release LAKE LURE — North Carolina Forest Service fire-fighters worked all night to reinforce containment lines and conduct burnout operations on the Party Rock Fire in Lake Lure, N.C. This overnight work has increased the footprint of the fire to 300 acres with 30% containment. There is dense ground smoke in the area due […]

RRHS CEO JAMES ATKINS ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE

RRHS CEO JAMES ATKINS ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE

RUTHERFORDTON – James Atkins, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Rutherford Regional Health System, announced this week that he has accepted a new position at a hospital in the Atlanta area. His last day at Rutherford Regional will be November 11. Jamie Carter, Eastern Group Chief Operating Officer for LifePoint Health, said, “We appreciate James’ leadership […]

EDITORIAL: The Changing of the Guard

EDITORIAL: The Changing of the Guard

Every generation feels the generation gap in its own way. “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” “Make love, not war.” “Peace.” “Down with the establishment.” The radical youth movement of the 60s has become the older generation in their 60s. The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall […]

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