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Hilltop Festival postponed  until Saturday, October 22nd  due to weather concerns
Hilltop Festival postponed until Saturday, October 22nd due to weather concerns

The 2022 Hilltop Fall Festival is returning to downtown Rutherfordton on October 22 with plenty of fun for the community. Nearly 50 vendors will be on Main Street beginning at 10am and the fun concludes with fireworks at 8pm.

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AmeriCorps team working with RHP
AmeriCorps team working with RHP

Ten AmeriCorps young adults are in Rutherford County working with Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP). The Tide 3 NCCC team headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, will work with RHP through October 21, leaving on October 22.

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Colfax Free Fair, school carnival opens Tuesday
Colfax Free Fair, school carnival opens Tuesday

More than 90 years ago the Colfax Free Fair in Ellenboro began at the school grounds of Hollis Road in Ellenboro in order for farmers to have a venue to display their summer crops and other wares.

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Rutherford County Swim Team invites new members
Rutherford County Swim Team invites new members

The Rutherford County Swim Team has been in existence since 1986 and very successful, said longtime Coach Mike Kernodle just days before this year's open house /recruitment session on September 10 at the ICC pool. The event will include a mock practice and demonstrate all the competitive strokes. The coaches will speak with visitors and their children. Interested children may "try out" for the team by demonstrating that they are water safe.

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Local couple serving in flooded areas of Kentucky
Local couple serving in flooded areas of Kentucky

Areas of eastern Kentucky were devastated by flooding between July 25 and July 30 with billions of dollars in property loss and dozens of lives lost. In subsequent days there was additional flooding with property losses even greater.

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Not-A-Sprint raises money in memory of Kirk Wilkerson
Not-A-Sprint raises money in memory of Kirk Wilkerson

The family of the late Kirk Wilkerson hosted the impact Throwing Bones 2022 Not-A-Sprint event August 5 and August 6.

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A man's love  of art, music and his town
A man's love of art, music and his town

Paul Rodriguez came to Rutherfordton 33 years ago from Toledo, Ohio and has never looked back.

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The many faces of Camp Innovate
The many faces of Camp Innovate

With the first day of the school year 2022-23 set to begin for students on Monday August, students all across Rutherford County have been active throughout the summer in a number of various camps.

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An outdoor school classroom, Gold Award project; a passion of a young environmentalist
An outdoor school classroom, Gold Award project; a passion of a young environmentalist

Cora Goforth said she was told that as a three year old she was prone to pick up trash wherever she was. Whether walking with her parents, Curtis and Jennifer Goforth, in a park, along a street or around the house, if there was a piece of trash Cora grabbed it up. Trash was out of place in the environment.

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Hundreds of YouthWorks volunteers work with numerous nonprofits
Hundreds of YouthWorks volunteers work with numerous nonprofits

Young people from across the United States and close to home have worked in Rutherford County during the past six weeks. This week the YouthWorks teams wrap up their summer mission assignments across the county.

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Rutherford, Cleveland students attend GWU's Science Academy
Rutherford, Cleveland students attend GWU's Science Academy

Students from 16 schools recently participated in the 2022 Science Academy hosted by Gardner-Webb University and sponsored by the Stonecutter Foundation in Spindale. They learned about the Department of Natural Sciences at GWU and studied various aspects of science and applications, such as crime scene investigation and forensic anthropology.

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So good to be back together again, Camp Harmony returns
Camper and volunteer ready to bowl.
So good to be back together again, Camp Harmony returns

When Jonathan Keeter showed up at Camp Harmony's summer camp for Special Needs children and youth recently he was beyond thrilled.

He expressed his excitement to Camp Harmony Director Nikki Brock, "It's great to be back," he told her.

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Scouts gather for day camp:  numerous activities
Scouts gather for day camp: numerous activities

When 40 Girl Scouts ages ranging from 5 to 74 gathered recently for Day Camp in Forest City the girls and their leaders spent quality time together while earning camp patches and learning new skills.

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When a Village comes together Rutherford residents receive free fresh produce
When a Village comes together Rutherford residents receive free fresh produce

"It takes a village" is certainly the case this summer at the Rutherford County Farmers Market.

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Robots, garden worms and colorful snacks
Worms were the topic of Monday's gardening class taught by Hannah Bundy and Master Gardeners.
Robots, garden worms and colorful snacks

Most children enjoy summer camp and this year in Rutherford County the consensus from one group of campers is no different.

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Rutherford Rollers are winners at State's Special Olympics
Rutherford Rollers with their trophies and awards (left to right) Dakota Collins, Brendan Thompson, Billy Callahan, Yanessa Ortiz, Amber Dysart, Michael Cobb, Kato Porter, Steven Camp. Photo contributed.
Rutherford Rollers are winners at State's Special Olympics

Nine Special Olympic Rutherford County Athletes have returned home after participating in the Special Olympic North Carolina Summer Games June 3-5 in Raleigh.

Rutherford County's Olympians were the Rutherford Rollers bowling team. Athletes were Dakota Collins, Brendan Thompson, Billy Callahan, Yanessa Ortiz, Amber Dysart, Michael Cobb, Kato Porter and Steven Camp.

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2022 RecycleBots Challenge Winners Announced
"Mad Recycler" by Jackson Appling at Rutherfordton Elementary School took first Place as Best Overall RecycleBot
2022 RecycleBots Challenge Winners Announced

The votes have been tallied and recounted and the winners for the 2022 RecycleBots Challenge have been chosen. Keep Rutherford County Beautiful (KRCB) is thrilled to have the broad and creative field of over 90 entries from Rutherford County third-graders. It made for a tough, but impressive judging process.

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Honeycutt recognized for  10,000 days of volunteer service
Trimming shingles -- Honeycutt on a roof. - Contributed photo
Honeycutt recognized for 10,000 days of volunteer service

Former Lt. Governor Walter Dalton described Rev. Billy Honeycutt as an "angel among us" during an informal recognition ceremony in his honor recently.

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Arts & Crafts festival benefits outreach organization
Arts & Crafts festival benefits outreach organization
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Local Memorial Day ceremonies
Local Memorial Day ceremonies

Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, the public is invited to join the annual Memorial Day Service to be held at the Veterans Memorial, followed by a followed by a complimentary continental breakfast.

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"We Belong Here"

A common phrase mentioned by coaches, parents and members of the Omegabytes robotic team when they were in Houston, Texas recently for the international championship was, "We Belong Here."

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Trooper John Horton's family honored by Back the Blue
Ashley Horton (left) with Lindsay LiCausi, a representative from Back The Blue NC. Photo by NCSHP.
Trooper John Horton's family honored by Back the Blue

The law enforcement community gathered Sunday, April 24 to remember State Trooper John Horton of Rutherford County. Horton died in the line of duty in January in Mooresboro.

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From five people to 162
Mother and daughter- Helen Lynch and Renee Lynch- relaxing after their soup kitchen work on Wednesday.
From five people to 162

Nearly 20 years ago Bobby and Helen Lynch of Gilkey had a desire to help feed the public.

As members of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Ridgecrest Street in Rutherfordton the couple started the weekly Jericho Road Soup Kitchen with one can of green beans, luncheon meat and five pounds of potatoes.

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Addi now has a  full functioning heart
Addi received a huge Welcome Home from the hospital on April 1.
Addi now has a full functioning heart

Addi Byers is an 11-year-old sixth grader at Thomas Jefferson but she is far from a typical young school girl. Her mother, Melanie calls her a "heart warrior."

On March 15, the petite red-head underwent heart transplant surgery at Levine Children's home, Atrium Health in Charlotte and since then and for the first time in five years, Addie has a "fully functioning heart."

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Historical landmark has new home on Lake Lure
Historical landmark has new home on Lake Lure
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