State Board Releases FAQs on Absentee by Mail Voting in North Carolina

Through Sunday, August 9, North Carolina voters had submitted 163,374 requests for absentee by-mail ballots for the 2020 general election, more than seven times as many as the 22,074 requests submitted at the same time in 2016. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina elections officials are preparing for a significant increase in ballots cast […]

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NC’s Small Businesses Say USPS Needed Now More Than Ever

Many retailers who have made the switch from brick-and-mortar to online-only sales during the pandemic are relying heavily on their local postal service. (Adobe Stock) ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina’s small businesses say they are relying on the U.S. Postal Service to help get them get through the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring their products and […]


RHI Legacy Foundation Redeems Ownership Interest in Rutherford Regional Health System to Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Transition enables foundation to direct more resources toward meeting community needs; RRHS will continue to focus on delivering high quality care and services as part of Duke LifePoint Rutherfordton, N.C., August 5, 2020 — The RHI Legacy Foundation today announced that it has redeemed its ownership interest in Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) to Duke […]

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Isothermal Community College Receives $5,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy

Spindale – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Isothermal Community College a $5,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves. “The impact of adult literacy education extends beyond the […]

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Lake Lure Community Forums Update

The Lake Lure Town Council held a series of Community Forums on 7/28/20. The purpose of the meeting was to share information on the Town’s extensive plans for the Lake Lure Dam renovations, Sewer System rehabilitation, and Lake maintenance.  Protecting and maintaining our community requires an aggressive plan to foster federal and state support, promote […]

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Chase Teacher Jill Francis Wins National Award

Recently, the White House named Jill Francis, a teacher at Chase High School, a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science. With this award, Mrs. Francis will receive $10,000 from the National Science […]

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CONSUMER ALERT: Watch Out for Unsolicited Shipments

The Attorney General’s office has learned that some North Carolina residents have received seed packets from China or other foreign sources that they did not order in the mail. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the shipping of these seeds is likely the product of an international internet scam known as […]

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From the NC Dept. of Commerce… Raleigh, N.C. The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 12.9 percent, remaining unchanged from April’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 1.4 percentage points to 13.3 percent. North Carolina’s May 2020 unemployment rate increased 8.9 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 118,154 […]