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The Burke County Chamber of Commerce and Burke County United Way Emerging Leaders are excited to host Miles Kirksey as speaker for the Emerging Leaders meeting, which will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Rutherford College Town Hall at 980 Malcolm Blvd. in Ruther…

VALDESE — Meridian Specialty Yarn Group Inc. ushered in a new era for the U . S . textile supply chain in July, officially opening its new, high-tech yarn dyeing plant at the site of its current operations in Valdese.

After Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant told commissioners on Tuesday he doesn’t think he can operate a new jail with the number of positions allocated in the proposed 2019-20 county budget, officials seem to have come to an agreement on an appropriate number.

The proposed county budget for next year would keep the tax rate the same, even though the county is looking at an overall 7 percent tax revenue increase due to a property tax revaluation this year.

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