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Queen’s Gap Phase 3 re-listed for upset bidding

RUTHERFORDTON- The Queen’s Gap Phase 3 property was relisted for upset bids on August 11th. The time to submit an upset bid has been extended until August 24th per the county manager. The county recently agreed to accept a conditional contract on the property from Piper Investments, LLC in the amount of $350,000.  When doing […]

N.C. budget negotiations continue through weekend

RALEIGH –State lawmakers are moving closer to budget finalization. House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday that the House and Senate negotiators  agreed by the end of Thursday on the total amount of money the state budget would spend. High-level negotiations should continue over the weekend, he said, and budget subcommittees will then begin fine-tuning on Monday. […]

Bill provides hope for North Carolina textbook shortage

Bill provides hope for North Carolina textbook shortage

RALEIGH — North Carolina House Bill 738, sponsored by Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland and Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake, filed on April 14, seeks to restore $76 million in funding for textbooks in public school classrooms. Funding shortages have been felt here in Rutherford County. As Rutherford County Schools transitioned to MacBook computers in 2011 for high school […]

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 […]

Hager Speaks on HB 188…..Hot Topic!

Hager Speaks on HB 188…..Hot Topic!

Controversy is swirling concerning Rep. Mike Hager’s presentation of House Bill 188 reassigning appointments of Isothermal Community College (ICC)’s Board of Trustees. The NC House did its first reading of  the bill on December 4, 2015 where it was sent to the Committee for Education for review on March 10, 2015. If the committee recommends it for […]

County Commissioners Suggest County Police Force

County Commissioners Suggest County Police Force

The possible creation of a County Police Force was one of the subjects discussed this weekend during the County Commissioners 2015-2016 goal setting sessions held over the weekend. Drawing on his law enforcement background, Commissioner Michael Benfield brought up the following advantages concerning establishing such a department: It would maximize fairness and efficiency, use better technology, […]