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DISTRICT RAVAGED BY INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING AS INDICATIONS OF LOCAL OFFICIALS’ INVOLVEMENT BEGIN TO SURFACE

RUTHERFORD & MCDOWELL COUNTIES, NC —Judicial District 41 has been ravaged by drugs for decades. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable individuals in our society – the addicts, those living in poverty, and those with prior criminal histories who are easily discredited and overlooked – have been actively exploited, wrongfully imprisoned, and far too many have died […]

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Advisory: McDowell County Courthouse will reopen on Monday

Advisory: McDowell County Courthouse will reopen on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. McDowell County Courthouse will reopen on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. All court sessions will resume on Monday. July 20, 2020 as orignially scheduled. Court matters missed during this closure will be rescheduled and notices mailed out once new […]

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Deans’ List for Spring 2020 announced

  SPINDALE (July 13, 2020) – The Isothermal Community College deans of Business Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology, and Health and Public Services have announced the names of 344 area students who were named to the Deans’ List for Spring Semester 2020. To achieve this academic distinction, a student must be […]

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Rep. David Rogers, Sen. Ralph Hise Violate Legal & Ethical Mandates for PD Creation Outside of Public View

After the most recent article in the RC Catalyst series examining the state of our local government, additional information has been obtained regarding David Roger’s involvement in establishing the Public Defender’s Office. This information further illuminates the efforts to conceal the creation of this office, the identities of the officials involved, and the financial benefit […]

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Swim Guide Results for the Broad River – July 9

Each Thursday evening throughout the spring, summer and fall, the Broad Riverkeeper releases new, up-to-date bacteria monitoring results for six monitoring sites at public access points within the Broad River Basin. Results are posted to the Swim Guide website at theswimguide.org – the public’s best resource for knowing which streams and river recreation areas are […]

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Delicious Local Fare for All

FOREST CITY —Rutherford County’s Farmer market is now open. Local producers are offering a bounty of locally foods. These delicious foods supply “close to home” nutrients that far surpass foods you can purchase in grocery stores. (FYI-Chefs thrive on food challenges. They enjoy a basket of raw ingredients to create dishes from scratch. It’s like […]

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Government Officials Engage in Illicit Actions Enriching Themselves at Costs to the Community

In comments made in response to the most recent article by RC Catalyst regarding actions facilitated by the Judicial Council, former Superior Court Judge Laura “Suzy” Bridges implicated a number of local officials in engaging in actions expressly prohibited by North Carolina State ethics laws. THE CREATION OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE As previously reported, […]

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As NC reopens, child care facilities struggle to bounce back from pandemic closures

By Aditi Kharod, NC POLICY WATCH While the North Carolina General Assembly tries again and again to reopen gyms and bars, there is another type of business that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and is struggling to rebound: child care centers. Thirty-three percent of all child care facilities remain closed, according to a presentation NC […]

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NC faith leaders call for action on neglected policy proposals

By Rob Schofield, NC PUBLIC PRESS In case you missed it, be sure to check out the following new and powerful letter to Gov. Cooper, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore that was put together by the North Carolina Council of Churches and signed by a diverse array of faith leaders from […]

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Off Price Luxury* Charlotte store Grand Opening July 1-4 10 A.M. till 6 P.M.

Retail innovator Off Price Luxury* announced today its Charlotte store grand opening July 1-4 10:00 AM untll 6:00 PM. It’s conveniently located at 7004 Smith Corners Boulevard, Suite B near Northlake Mall and the intersection of I-77 & Harris Boulevard. This new store is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lotz International recognized in 2019 by […]