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  • Logan Sherrill

    Logan Sherrill

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-03-19 16:28:40 GMT
    I’m a local boy from Claremont, North Carolina. I attended Western Carolina University where I received a B.S. in Communication with a double concentration of broadcasting and journalism. While in college I was the General Manager of WWCU-FM and color commentated WCU football basketball games.
    I’m a local boy from Claremont, North Carolina. I attended Western Carolina University where I received a B.S. in Communication with a double concentration of broadcasting and journalism. While in college I was the General Manager of WWCU-FM and color commentated WCU football basketball games.
  • A Brotherhood Formed on the Track

    A Brotherhood Formed on the Track

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:01:42 GMT

    A friendship was born 15 years ago on the track. Now that friendship is a brotherhood.

    A friendship was born 15 years ago on the track. Now that friendship is a brotherhood.

  • Charlotte Catholic Football: New Look, Same Game

    Charlotte Catholic Football: New Look, Same Game

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:16:07 GMT

     Charlotte Catholic head coach Mike Brodowicz is eager to get the season started.

     Charlotte Catholic head coach Mike Brodowicz is eager to get the season started.

Spring is here, and that means spring cleaning and home improvements. However if you don't do your proper research before calling a contractor you can run the risk of being ripped off.

12 of the top 15 types of businesses most searched in the Southern Piedmont are home-related.

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont (based in Charlotte) has put together a top 10 list of tips for hiring contractors.

According to the BBB consumers should hire a local contractor with a good track record of doing business locally. They also advise homeowners to be wary of contractors who promise work at reduced prices.

    BBB Checklist: 10 Tips for Hiring a Contractor:

1) Track record – Check out a company’s BBB rating and complaint history. You can search by company name, telephone number, or website.

2) Cost comparisons - Get at least three bids in writing.

3) Licensing - Check to see if the company you plan to hire has the proper licensing.

4) Insurance - Verify the company’s liability insurance to protect you against damage.

    N.C. Dept. of Insurance - 1-800-546-5664 toll-free from N.C.

    S.C. Dept. of Insurance - 803-737-6180 or 1-800-768-3467 toll free from S.C.

5) References – Ask for references from the company’s last three jobs and check them out.

6) Written contract – Do not sign a contract until you have read the terms and conditions, warranty and payment schedule carefully.

7) Deposit and payment – Final payment should not be made until the work is completed. Do not pay in cash; pay by check or credit card.

8) Warranty – Get warranty information in writing on products and installation.

9) Bonding – Be sure all workers are bonded to protect you against theft or damage.

10) Criminal history – Check out anyone you allow into your home to see if they have a criminal history.


Visit Better Business Bureau for more information.


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