Arrests Crime Identify Law Enforcement Polk County

Stolen Property Located, Suspects Sought

On June 26, 2020, a Haulmark 16′ tandem axle trailer and Knudson 1770 Gutter Machine were stolen out of Rutherford County. Both were located and recovered in Mill Spring, North Carolina, on July 9. Detective Ellenburg secured warrants on Joseph Anthony Pavelko and Melissa Cooper Philbeck.  The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on […]

Lake Lure Water

Lake Lure Community Forum Scheduled July 28

Please register for the Lake Lure Community Forum to discuss actions we are taking to preserve Lake Lure for generations to come. Date: 7/28/20 Times: 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, or 6-8pm (You may attend any of these times.) Location: Lake Lure Classical Academy Gymnatorium, 1058 Island Creek Rd, Lake Lure, NC 28746 Register for the meeting: Please click here to register for one of the sessions. […]

COVID-19 Education Government

UNC System-wide petition urges a move online rather than return to campuses

 By Joe Killian, NC POLICY WATCH This week a new UNC System-wide petition is calling on the system’s leaders to reconsider a mass return to the 17 UNC campuses next month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in North Carolina.   As the state continues to post record days of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations the faculty, students […]



Shelby Jean Wilson, age 82, of Forest City, passed away, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Shelby was born August 17, 1937 in Rutherford County to the late James David Horton and Stella Mae Bowens Horton. She was a faithful member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness. Shelby was a homemaker who enjoyed […]

Crime Identify RC Sheriff's Department

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is seeking the public’s assistance

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a Haulmark 16ft tandam axel trailer with a Knudson 1770 Gutter Machine on it.  The trailer was reported stolen on 06/26/2020 from 238 Thunder Road in Rutherfordton. Pictures are included of the stolen trailer and gutter machine. Anyone with information […]


Obituaries – June 28

Betty Alice Canipe, 57, of Granite Falls, died Friday, June 26, 2020. She was the daughter of Tom and Georgia Hudson Canipe. She is survived by her spouse, Jackson Hudson; her daughter, Krystal Whitehead of Trinity; and her 3 sisters, Edna Hudson and Sue Hudson, of Casar, and Nancy Dennis of Forest City; there are […]


Aaliyah Grace Norris Obituary

Aaliyah Grace Norris, age 7, of Forest City, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Aaliyah was born April 14, 2013 in Rutherford County. She had just finished her first-grade year at Dunbar Elementary School and faithfully attended Chase Baptist Church. Aaliyah loved life […]


Obituaries – June 25

Susan Cline Hollifield, 69, of Bostic, died Thursday, June 25, 2020. “If I die before you, I don’t want a big bother made over me,” was a humble instruction Susie gave her husband, Dwight M. Hollifield, many times. She further requested that she only have a simple, graveside service and be interred in the Hollifield […]

Arrests Forest City Police News

UPDATE: Charges upgraded to murder for shooting suspect

It is with sadness and sympathy for the family that the Forest City Police Department can confirm the passing of Aaliyah Norris as a result of the shooting that took place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Because of this new development, the criminal charges for Shaquille Marshon Francis have been upgraded to murder. His bond […]