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Covid-19 Exposure Notice

July 8, 2020 A confirmed case of Covid-19 has been reported in The Public Defender’s Office for District 29A. This office serves both Rutherford and McDowell counties. The offices are currently closed for staff testing and cleaning. All exposed staff members are being tested and contacts are being traced at this time. If you think […]

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Face Covering Facts (Masks and NC Executive Order 141)

June 30, 2020 On June 24th Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 141 that became effective June 26 at 5 pm and remains in effect until July 17.  One defining point in this order is the mandatory wearing of face coverings.  This has been a highly contested point among citizens in the state. Many […]

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Protected Or Imprisoned?…..(The Hidden Victims Of Covid-19)

  June 25, 2020 Lonely, afraid and relying on strangers who due to staffing and coronavirus concerns have very little time to spend with you individually to provide food and comfort. You lie in the bed or sit in the chair and stare at the wall. Where are the people who say they love you? […]

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NC Senate Passes “No Patient Left Alone Act”

PRESS RELEASE: North Carolina General Assembly Senator Warren Daniel FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: SenateRepubliciansPress@ncleg.net 6-19-2020 Senate Passes “No Patient Left Alone Act” Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Senate today passed the No Patient left Alone Act, which allows hospitalized patients to designate one visitor who would be permitted access to their room in accordance […]

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Why Juneteenth Matters

  June 19, 2020 On Sept. 22, 1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation Order which became effective Jan. 1, 1863. This in itself did not end slavery as the Congress had to pass a constitutional amendment. The 13th Constitutional Amendment that abolished the institution of slavery in the United States did not […]

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Foothills Health District Discusses Covid-19 Response at Board Meeting

May 28, 2020 On Tuesday May 26 Foothills Health District (FHD) had their board meeting in the Rutherford County Annex Building. It was streamed live from the Rutherford County Commissioner’s chamber. Foothills Health District is the organization in charge of the McDowell and Rutherford County Health Departments as well as the organization that handles all […]

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Karen Powell, FHD Director: Duties and Powers of Enforcement for Covid-19

May 21,2020 In my on-going informational series about Foothills Health District today I want to focus on who our health director is and what her duties are, as well as answer a few questions that had been sent to me concerning the recent incident in Spindale with Carolina Cafe.  To do this I referenced NC […]

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Who Are “The Guardians”  (Foothills Health District)

  May 19,2020 In late January of this year it was acknowledged that Covid-19 entered our country. The nation suddenly found itself in the grip of a pandemic. The government turned to national health experts across the country to help, they in time turned to State health officials who then turned to local health department […]

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“Between A Rock And A Hard Place” (Carolina Cafe vs Governor Cooper’s Executive Order)

May 16, 2020 Thursday we had an issue where a small business, Carolina Cafe in Spindale, opened up to inside diners in violation of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 118 “Limiting Operations of Restaurants and Bars…..”  The owners (Mike Spina and Linda Fortner)  posted on Facebook  that they were going to open for inside dining using […]