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

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A deep dive into the best ones, why you should buy one

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

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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.


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Best Birthday Cupcake Recipe You’ll Ever Make

Have a birthday party coming up? Don’t run to the bakery! Put down that box mix! You can make cupcakes right at home that taste amazing and will be a hit with the whole fam. Your friends and family will be fooled into thinking these heavenly cupcakes are from a professional baker. Spoiler: The professional baker is you!

Hey, baker! Come on over to Bakeable, our online baking community,
where you’ll find our best tips

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Our favorite ice cream parlors that ship nationwide

Summer may be over but it’s never a bad time for ice cream; even if you don’t regularly reach for a pint once the temperature drops, you’ll at least need a scoop or two for your autumn apple desserts and pumpkin pies.

And sure, you could grab a generic carton from the grocery store or dash to the corner store to satisfy that craving, but sometimes you simply need something a little more special. 

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Drubbed in 2018, California GOP looks to regain House seats


FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo, Rep. T.J. Cox, D-Calif., of California’s 21st Congressional district, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cox is facing a challenge from David Valadao, the incumbent he defeated in 2018. California’s tarnished Republican Party is hoping to rebound in a handful of U.S. House races but its candidates must overcome widespread loathing for President Donald Trump and voting trends that have made the

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Fincher, Facebook and the Faking of an Empire

See Mark angry. His girlfriend has just broken up with him at a bar. See Mark run. Run, Mark, run! He gets back to his Harvard dorm room and he opens up his laptop; because it’s 2003, it is already set to See Mark type out several angry missives and continually hit “send,” releasing a little bit of online bile out into the world. It’s not the first time something like this has happened

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When You’re Retired and Stuck at Home, a Broken Washer Qualifies as a Crisis

Our columnist’s washing machine is no longer making a strange noise. This isn’t his washing machine.


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We had our first household crisis as the coronavirus pandemic shut down the country in March.

Sickness? Nope. Job loss? Nope. We’ve been lucky on the big stuff.

“The washing machine is making a strange noise,” my wife told me. She was worried it was going to give up the ghost, and we’d end up with

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How to create your own next stimulus check (and stop counting on Congress)

How to create your own next stimulus check (and stop counting on Congress)
How to create your own next stimulus check (and stop counting on Congress)

Here we go again. The U.S. House has passed another coronavirus relief package including a second round of those $1,200 “stimulus checks,” to help family budgets and stimulate the economy.

But the last COVID aid measure from the Democratic-controlled House died in the Republican-led Senate, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling the new bill “outlandish.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is

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Chris Wallace, Trump campaign adviser spar over first family’s refusal to wear masks at debate

Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallacePost-debate poll finds Biden with leads in two key states Trump’s performance was a gift to American democracy Chris Wallace: Trump arrived too late to be tested in Ohio before debate, relied on ‘honor system’ MORE and Steve Cortes, an adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’,

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Our city may be rescued yet: Steve Duin column

You understand, I trust, why I must begin with the rescue dog.

Her name is Kailani. A “Lab-Great-Dane-something-Border-Collie mix,” says Valerie Carey, who lives on North Denver Avenue, just ’round the corner from Portland Police Association headquarters.

Kailani doesn’t easily rattle. “Fourth of July fireworks? They don’t bother her at all,” Carey says. Nor was the dog alarmed on the summer nights when Black Lives Matter protesters first descended on union headquarters. “The first march?

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From Family Separation to Remote Learning

Every weekday morning, a 12-year-old refugee named Génnezys logs into her seventh grade online classroom. She sits at a tiny table in a corner of her cluttered living room. Before logging in, she tapes her phone to a chair and dials my number on FaceTime. Once we’re connected, I peer into the screen of a laptop lent to her by her public middle school. For hours, I observe coronavirus pandemic-era education for Génnezys and about

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8 products that inspired today’s smart home

The 2010s ushered in the modern age of smart home technology, complete with affordable voice assistants, design-forward thermostats that adjust for you and robot vacuums you control from your phone

But smart home products existed long before the 21st century. 

Let’s travel back in time to acknowledge the early tech that inspired today’s smart

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