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Bouncing back

Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson

The ravages of COVID-19 took a toll on many of us, and Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson was no exception. The virus, which has killed more than a million Americans, tried its best to take Thompson out …

Burke County

Epley outlines game plan for Burke


Basketball teams are at their best when all five players work in sync to achieve a common goal. That lesson was not lost on Brian Epley during his time as a player in high school and college. …


Anthony leads a little town with a big history

Dennis Anthony is committed to keeping the Drexel Recreation Center functioning and to continuing the clean-up and development of the old Drexel Furniture site.

From town limit sign to town limit sign, south to north, Main Street in Drexel stretches for just over a mile. Yet contained within that short length of side-walked street are two reasons Mayor …

Rutherford College

Native son proudly leads Rutherford College

Rutherford College Mayor Yates Jensen, a native son and a longtime social studies teacher, puts his knowledge to work as mayor of Rutherford College.

For nearly 30 years, Yates Jensen taught students at East Burke and Draughn high schools about the roles and responsibilities of government, from the White House in Washington to the town hall on the …


Fighting fires or helping residents, it's all service to Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts decided to run for mayor out of a sense of service to the people of Valdese.

Why wouldn’t a 15-year-old boy want to be a firefighter?After all, said Charlie Watts, “I loved the lights and the sirens and flying down the road in that big red truck on the way to a …

Glen Alpine

Service is a family tradition for Glen Alpine mayor

Glen Alpine Mayor Bob Benfield enjoys an early morning cup of coffee at the downtown Green Wave restaurant.

“I’d never planned to be mayor.” Bob Benfield was happily retired from a long career in criminal justice and “doing just as little as I could get by with” when his cousin, former Glen Alpine Mayor Christine Abernathy, began nudging him toward the mayor’s office. …