2018’s Top Ten Stories

10. WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

The World Equestrian Games (WEG)games that almost weren’t held mostly made it through Tryon International Equestrian Center’s hosting. However it was not held without controversy – grooms not lodged at site as promised, some ill prepared events, flooding arenas and the canceling of the endurance race. As a learning experience, Bellissimo & Company pulled it off.

9. CREATION OF A PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICE

Rutherford County obtained funding and authorization to create a Public Defender’s Office. Now housed in the former Building Inspections Building behind the Courthouse, the PD services are expected to begin in 2019.

8. YOUTH EMPOWERMENT DISCONTINUES SERVICES

When members of the board began resigning, the problems and concerns of Youth Empowerment came to light. An investigation into a “Failure to Report Child Abuse” was begun, but no results have been presented to the District Attorney. Most of its funding and its resources have been reassigned to other programs.

7. RUTHERFORD COUNTY HEALTH MANAGEMENT CHANGE IN THE WORKS

RC Commissioners resolved to begin the disengagement from Vaya Health to Partners Behavioral Health Management for managing Medicaid, government funding, related to mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. The NC Department of Health and Human Services must approve the finalization of the change.

6. A&E PULLS “THE DEVIL NEXT DOOR,” A DOCU-SERIES FROM ITS SCHEDULE

There is more drama behind the scenes now than with the removal of “The Devil Next Door” (based on testimonies of ex-members of Word of Faith Fellowship(WoFF)) from the A&E schedule. WoFF challenged the veracity of the testimonies since some of the participants had been paid thousands of dollars.

5. WOFF CHARGES DAVID WHEELER WITH TRESPASSING

Candidate for NC Senate David Wheeler’s invite to meet with WoFF’s pastor Jane Whaley was seemingly revoked when he showed up with the press. Ultimately, the prosecutor from the Attorney General’s office refused to prosecute.

4. EMBEZZLEMENTS — JAIL, SCHOOL, & CHURCH

Embezzlements must be the new avenue to supplement income in RC. Guilty for a former jail supervisor, a school principal, and a church employee all had guilty pleas.

3. JOE MAIMONE LEAVES AS HEADMASTER OF TJCA

Just before school was set to open, the TJCA Board of Directors announced that Joe Maimone, one of the founders of the school, had resigned July 31. TJCA just approved a loan for a large building expansion.

2. BRAZIL DROPS WOFF-Related Church CHARGESMAINSTREAM MEDIA IGNORES

RC Catalyst was the only one known to publish the Brazilian judge’s decision to drop allegations of abuse and trafficking despite copies of the judgement sent to other media sources.

1. WEATHER — Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Floods, Snow.

The 15 inches of snow in RC in early December knocked out power for days for some people. Earlier this year floods ruined roads, houses, bridges, and lives.