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Report: NC gets a “D” for participation of women in politics and government

 By Rob Schofield In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out a sneak preview of the latest report from the state Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement. It’s a sobering assessment of the rates at which North Carolina women are participating in politics and government. The bottom line assessment: Despite progress […]

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Deer Park Health & Rehab. in McDowell County Covid-19 Report

The McDowell County Health Department has been notified that 6 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are saddened to report two additional deaths related to COVID19. “I am cautiously optimistic and excited about the decrease in numbers again today.  McDowell County continues to work hard, and it shows.  Let’s […]

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Congregate outbreaks pose key challenge for NC mountain health care

Interventions by ‘strike teams’ help manage outbreaks at nursing homes; COVID-19 cases mount at Mission Health; St. Luke’s hastens test results through a partnership by Neil Cotiaux , Carolina Public Press August 11, 2020 _________________________________________________________________ When a COVID-19 outbreak hit an assisted living center in Henderson County in April, a “strike team” was formed to assist […]

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Attorney General Josh Stein Announces Formal Investigation into PFAS Contamination

RALEIGH—Attorney General Josh Stein  announced on Monday that he has launched a formal investigation into manufacturers and other parties responsible for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination in North Carolina. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down once they are released into the environment and because they build up in […]

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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 […]

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Equestrian fraud scheme leads to federal guilty plea for former Buncombe commissioner

Ellen Frost admits to role in fraud conspiracy in federal court plea, could get up to 5 years in prison. by Staff Reports  August 10, 2020 The federal courthouse in Asheville. Carolina Public Press file photo Ellen Frost, the 65-year-old former Buncombe County commissioner facing accusations of using federal funds to sponsor equestrian activities, pleaded guilty […]


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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NC may turn to low-performing virtual charters in response to demand for online education

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch   Last year, after four consecutive years of poor academic performance, state lawmakers rewarded North Carolina’s virtual charter school pilot program with an extension that allows its two schools to operate through the 2022-23 school year. The pilot program created in 2015 was supposed to end after the 2018-19 […]

Library News Rutherfordton

Ross Appointed as Norris Library Director

The Town of Rutherfordton is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Ross as Director of the Norris Library, effective August 10, 2020. A distinguished librarian, Mrs. Ross has spent the last 7 years with the Cleveland County Library System and currently holds a BS in Media Studies from UNC Greensboro, along with vast knowledge […]

Education News RC Schools

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 […]