From state budget surprises to freedom on the line: The week’s top stories on Policy Watch

 By Clayton Henkel  NC POLICY WATCH  July 3, 2022  In Commentary, News In this issue: 1. State budget has plenty of surprises, including lots of earmarks and lower raises than state employees wanted Developing a state spending plan in secret, North Carolina Republicans used most of the state’s water and sewer improvement money for earmarked projects, lifted financial limits for families who want private school vouchers, and helped subsidize hog…Read More »

Making Laps with Bruce Wayne

Hello race fans of Rutherford county and to my readers in surrounding areas, I’d like to wish you all a happy 4th of July from your hometown Level 5 Racing… Been absent from writing to you for a few weeks as I’ve…Read More »

Fireworks in Lake Lure

Fireworks in Lake Lure Sunday, July 3, 2022 – 9:00pm The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge will be hosting a Fireworks Show near the Lake Lure Beach on Sunday, July 3rd, 2022. The Fireworks generally begin immediately after the sun sets. Note…Read More »