Manufacturing company to invest $1 million, bring 70 jobs to McDowell County

A new manufacturing company is coming to Old Fort, creating 70 new jobs in McDowell County.

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On Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Triple Aught Design, a US-based adventure gear company, will invest $1 million to build and operate a cutting-edge apparel and gear production facility and experience center in Old Fort.

“Today, the second largest industry in our state, manufacturing, is continuing to grow with Triple Aught choosing North Carolina for their East Coast operations,” Cooper said. “Companies like Triple Aught Design are drawn to our strong manufacturing workforce and premier quality of life to support their company’s growth.”


Triple Aught Design designs, engineers, produces and retails high-quality adventure apparel and equipment. Founded in 2010, the San Francisco-based manufacturer sells its products directly to consumers online, in their flagship retail

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Thousands of people have asked me about portable air purifier recommendations in the past few weeks, but the most urgent inquiry came from one of my own lifelong friend, 49-year old Patrick Bryson.

Bryson and his family live in Portland, Oregon, where nearby wildfires created some of the worst air quality in the world. The smoke triggered his allergies and caused his teenage daughter to break out in hives.

He had five high-end Molekule air purifiers loaded into a virtual shopping cart, but before he spent thousands of dollars on devices with a couple notably poor reviews online, he wanted my advice.

“I really like the two models I’ve reviewed,” I texted back right away. “They’re so much better looking than most. The app is glitchy, but I have (Molekule’s) earliest devices. Without the app working well, it’s tough to tell what it’s doing. Except, that I’m never hoarse anymore,

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Here are ways to make the most out of a less-than-perfect job

If you’ve smacked into a plateau, you’re not alone. According to research published by Gallup last fall, only 40 percent of American workers said they’re in good jobs.

Add the pandemic to the mix, and things have only gotten worse. A poll by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, an independent nonpartisan research institution, in June revealed that only 14 percent of Americans are happy — a five-decade low.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. These authors weigh in on how you can make the most out of a ho-hum role to not only survive, but thrive, even in a so-called dead-end job.

Define joy, find meaning

Carson Tate, author of “Own It. Love It. Make It Work: How To Make Any Job Your Dream Job” (McGraw-Hill Education, out Oct. 6), said employees should identify what they need to be more fulfilled, stimulated

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Ask Amy: Racy Instagram postings alarm family friend

Dear Amy: Recently, I noticed that the 13-year-old daughter of some close friends has been posting sexually provocative photos of herself on Instagram. This is a public account, and strange men make sexual comments on her posts and she responds with lewd remarks that couldn’t be printed in a family newspaper.

I find it alarming, and so I notified the girl’s mother (who’s not on social media) and she thanked me for speaking up, but she also gave an excuse along the lines of, “she’s just precocious.”

Meanwhile, the content continues. I think this is dangerous for the girl, but I also feel like it’s in the parents’ hands now. Is it right to continue to stay silent, once I’ve said my piece?

— Worried

Dear Worried: The feelings underlying this behavior are developmentally appropriate for a girl her age. But being sexually precocious at 13 is different now than

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Defence is the best form of attack for our challenges

At a time of unprecedented economic challenges, the Government will have to make tough decisions. It’s more important than ever that we find new ways of designing and building military equipment to ensure these capabilities, which are essential to our national security, are adaptable and affordable.

Tempest is a great example. BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo and MBDA are working together with the Royal Air Force to design and develop a future combat air system that will be both cutting-edge and cost-effective. This critical partnership will ensure that the UK maintains its position at the forefront of the combat air sector and that our Air Force is capable of tackling and defeating the rapid technological advancements being made by our adversaries.

Together, and working closely with our trades unions, we’ve continued work on Tempest throughout the pandemic with the support of more than 1,800 people, including hundreds of apprentices. We will

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The Young Vic’s 50th Birthday

BWW Feature: The Young Vic's 50th Birthday
Kwame Kwei-Armah

It was gutting to hear that the Young Vic had to cancel their plans for a gigantic street party to celebrate their 50th birthday in September. Like many of us who have celebrated birthdays during the pandemic, the theatre was forced to opt instead for a smaller, more socially distanced affair. Nevertheless, the work they produced was a compelling reminder of why the Young Vic is such an important part of the theatre industry.

Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah kicked off the celebration with three major commissions – two of which brought the work beyond the four walls of the building, and onto its exterior for the community to enjoy. The third commission was the first piece of live theatre performed to an audience at the Young Vic since lockdown.

The first commission, the YV 50th Projection Project, saw the nightly illumination of the Waterloo venue with video

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American Dream mall reopens, seeking to regain momentum

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When the American Dream megamall opened in New Jersey last autumn, visitors could only gape at its unfinished signature attraction: a massive DreamWorks-themed waterpark with room for up to 5,600 bathers.

A year and a global pandemic later, Benkos Quinones, his wife and two small children had the place largely to themselves as the mall officially reopened Thursday after a six-month closure due to the coronavirus crisis.

“After everything that’s been going on, we just wanted to have some family time together,” Quinones said as his wife and two small children splashed in the waves behind him. Only a few dozen others cavorted in the cavernous space.

“Of course, I was concerned,” Quinones said about the risk of being in a public place with the virus still circulating. “We asked ourselves a lot of questions, whether we should really go forward and buy tickets to

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Inside Emma Roberts’ “Casual” Yet Chic Baby Shower – E! Online

Emma Roberts has a lot to look forward to this year!

The Scream Queens alum celebrated her baby shower on Saturday, Oct. 3 and the chic affair would make Chanel Oberlin proud. The soon-to-be mom enjoyed a fun and festive party with her boyfriend and father-to-be Garrett Hedlund. It appears the pair’s loved ones also joined in on the special occasion, including the couple’s parents, Kristen Stewart, Camila Morrone and more.

A source tells E! News, “Emma’s baby shower was Saturday afternoon at a friend’s house. It was a co-ed shower with about 15 people. It was outside and everyone stayed distanced.”

“Kristen Stewart was there with Dylan Meyer, Camilla Morrone came with her mom, Lily Kershaw. Emma’s mom and Garrett’s mom were both there,” the insider adds. “Emma wore a long dress that showed off her baby bump. She seemed excited to see friends and

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The Dreamy Costumes of Lovecraft Country’s Nightmarish World

Thanks to one simple shirt, Lovecraft Country‘s dreamy wardrobe was born. 

If you have been tuning in to Misha Green‘s supernatural horror series on HBO, you know the show is no casual watch. The anthology series, which hones in on the supernatural experiences of a Black family in 1950s Jim Crow America, can be exciting, moving, puzzling and downright horrifying with each passing twist and turn. But, there is something about the show that won’t make you want to cover your eyes—and that’s the clothes.  

With Dayna Pink at the helm of the costume design, the show visually transports us back to the colorful, glamorous dress of the 1950s in fresh ways, all while against the nightmarish backdrop of the period. 

“[I was] lucky enough that I didn’t have to keep to the letter of exactly what that period was we had—because this is a fantasy in a

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The Italian resort that soothed my pandemic paranoia

Covid tests passed, Bryony Gordon and her family enjoyed a much-needed break in Sardinia

The last time I came to Forte Village, the luxurious family resort on Sardinia’s south coast, we were greeted with a welcome drink. 

Today, we are greeted with a welcome drink and a coronavirus test, which is an interesting way to start your holiday – or what you hope will be the start of your holiday, for if it comes back positive, you’re off to self-isolation within the resort, where the sound of the lapping Mediterranean will torment you until you have managed two negative tests. 

The stakes are so high here that for the week leading up to our trip to Sardinia, I had worked myself into a state of such heightened anxiety about catching the coronavirus, that my husband warned I was going to “make myself ill with stress”. As if we aren’t

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