News: Tri-County

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 06:58 PM

Reaching a compromise

North Carolina teachers could be getting the raises they have been waiting for.

A state committee agreed on a $21.3 billion compromise budget Wednesday that included an average of 7 percent increases to teachers’ pay and preserves teacher assistant positions at a cost of $282 million.

Discussion of pulling from the North Carolina Education Lottery and decreasing Medicare reimbursements — the budget includes a 1-percent cut — have been proposed to accommodate it.

The compromise has yet to be approved by both chambers or signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Vance County Board of Education member Ed Wilson said he was happy teachers could see raises, and he hopes nothing else — such as teacher tenure — suffers in the process.

“That is as good as you can hope for as it is,” he said. “If we can preserve that and get a 7-percent raise, then I think that’s a good commitment coming from the state.”

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 06:54 PM

Vance jobless rate unchanged

The Tri-County’s unemployment rate remained largely unchanged from last month ­— but the area saw a sizable decrease from the same period last year.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

Future still uncertain for Thorndale Country Club

Thorndale Country Club’s backyard will not be renovated — for now.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 10:09 PM

Police find $75,000 of heroin during traffic stop

Robert-Korey White, 31, of 666 Vance St., Henderson, was charged with one count of trafficking heroin.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

Maria Parham one of the Most Wired hospitals

Henderson’s hospital is advancing with technology — and getting recognized for it.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 04:56 PM

Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County

Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

Shoppers adjust to no tax-free weekend

Many Tri-County residents were unaware that purchases would have been tax-free this weekend without last year’s reform.

The General Assembly signed a bill repealing the holiday — a weekend-long exemption on sales tax for retail items such as clothing, school supplies and electronics — effective this year.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

Kerr Lake tragedy was first in swimming area

The drowning incident on Saturday in Kerr Lake marks the first time a death has occurred at the Satterwhite Point swimming area, according to Kerr Lake Park Superintendent Bryce Fleming.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

State sets special filing period

Eligible Tri-County residents can file for a vacant judicial seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals during a special filing period the first week in August.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

Owner of safe with marijuana pleads to misdemeanor

The 26-year-old Henderson man charged with felony drug possession — after four men attempted to rob his safe filled with marijuana — has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug offense in Vance County Superior Court.