There are many jewels in the crown of Rutherford County. One bright and shining star is The Robert And Janice McNair Educational Foundation, offering darn near incredible opportunities to students at Chase, East, and RS Central.
There is probably only one spot on planet earth where you can eat a livermush burger, groove to great music, and hang out with hundreds of cool cars on August 17 this year.
If you've been abused, some friends are waiting on you.
Dr. Johnnie Martin and Sally Clorina have run a support group for survivors of the storm of domestic violence for seven years and built many community projects around their work. They group also includes others who offer a hand up.
Few businesses symbolize Rutherford County as well as Smith's Drugs.
Feeding the hungry?
Like Yokefellow, Chase Corner Ministries, like local churches with clothes closets and food pantries, the Washburn Community Outreach Center is a Jesus-based mission that touches hundreds of lives across Rutherford County and beyond.
Rutherford County has produced its share of stars. From Smoky Burgess to Tonya Philbeck Hobbs, these parts have studded the skies.
After a career spanning more than four decades at the helm of town, county and city government, John Condrey is retiring on June 30.
It was sports talk big time.
The Rutherford County Sports Hall of Fame revealed five new names on June 12 that tell remarkable stories.
Carolyn Dewberry Bratton, Venson Hamilton, Tommy Hicks, Tonya Philbeck Hobbs, and Randy Ingle will be celebrated at a dinner on September 26 at The Foundation.
Forest City is fixing to rock.
Over the next two weeks, the town is sponsoring the Cherry Bounce festival and Alive After Five featuring music, food, and splash pads in the new POPS just off Main Street downtown.
It was a hard rain.
Rutherford County has known its share of hard rains, but few can compare to May 31, 1979.
The future is in their hands.
And they are learning some pretty dramatic facts about environmental damage from longtime science teacher, Karl Bradley, at RS Central.
Maybe they will lead us to a cleaner, healthier future.
Bradley calls them, "among the most courteous, hard working groups of students I have ever worked with."
Blue Ridge Hope is here to help.
The Rev. Travis Smith, who holds a masters degree in pastoral counseling will not only be there for survivors of recent family deaths, those going through other individual or family crisis, but his services are often available for free.
It's pretty simple. The government doesn't do it all. Food Stamps (now known as SNAP) don't pay for everything.
Soap, toilet paper, and toothpaste are not paid for by the government, and the SNAP program has been reduced in recent years. Those who qualify are at lower and lower levels of income.
While High School Baseball and Softball playoffs begin next week, unfortunately, this will be my last column for the Rutherford Weekly.
A retired teacher and poet practices old traditions making soap, maintaining family.
Teresa Price grew up in urban sprawling California, but spent her summers in Shingle Hollow, the mountain community near Lake Lure. The contrast could not have been more radical.
High School Baseball Update
R-S Central (16-5, 9-4) won an Easter Baseball Tourney in Burke County last week with three consecutive wins. They beat Bandys in the finals. East Rutherford and Central play each other twice this week.
At 90 years old Mattie Lackey has no plans to quit.
For 45 years, she and a team of dedicated van drivers, volunteer and staff teachers and workers have served the mentally and physically handicapped through The Church of the Exceptional in Henriett
Last week, it looked like t
It has been the calling card of soup kitchens and homeless shelters from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu. It is the faith of many Christians who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, make peace, and visit the sick and imprisoned. No matter how gut shot, blind or crazy, to serve another human being is to serve that Jesus they find in the Bible.
Many preachers tell the same story. You can't outrun the call to preach.
Renee Kimbrough is in the fourth year of a preaching ministry that she ran from for decades.
High School Baseball
East Rutherford (14-2, 9-2) now has the Southwestern 2A lead over Chase (12-3, 8-3) with R-S Central (11-5, 7-4) and South Point (7-8, 6-6) trailing them both.
Only four Conference games remain with R-S Central playing twice this week and then East Rutherford on 4/30 and 5/3. While all four will have to come to play every night, I have a feeling that all four are going to cause a problem when the playoffs begin, should South Point make it.
The key to winning? A positive mental attitude and balance.
Those are only six of the words of wisdom from Coach Tami Matheny who will be at Next Door Books on Thomas Street, Forest City, April 13. Her talk, reading, book signing gets underway at 11:30, but it will be standing room only so get there early.
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