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Back to School Plans

Rutherford County Schools remains deeply committed both to the health and well-being of students, employees, and the broader community and to its mission to prepare all students for lifelong learning in partnership with families and communities. The Governor’s Office and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), in consultation with the State Board […]

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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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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 […]

Obituaries

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 […]

Library News

Rutherford County Library System introduces mobile checkout as part of new library app launch

In June 2020, Rutherford County Library and its branches Haynes and Mountains, started offering virtual library cards, mobile checkout and interactive receipts to all library users through the cloudLibrary app. With cloudLibrary, a patron’s library card is just a touch away, eliminating the frustration of a forgotten or misplaced card. The virtual card can be […]

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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 […]