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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.
  • Rivera Pleased With Panthers Defense

    Rivera Pleased With Panthers Defense

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:44:15 GMT
    Last week, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said his team's fourth quarter defense would improve. That improvement showed Sunday against the Detroit Lions, and Rivera was happy with the performance.
    Last week, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said his team's fourth quarter defense would improve. That improvement showed Sunday against the Detroit Lions, and Rivera was happy with the performance.
  • Fans Welcome Back Football

    Fans Welcome Back Football

    Sunday, September 7 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-09-08 02:40:29 GMT
    Hundreds of Panthers faithful flooded bars in Charlotte to cheer on for their team.
    Hundreds of Panthers faithful flooded bars in Charlotte to cheer on for their team.

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.


  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Veterans Affairs Hospital in Salisbury To Hold Town Hall

    Veterans Affairs Hospital in Salisbury To Hold Town Hall

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:23:41 GMT
    The VA Hospital in Salisbury will hold a town hall for veterans Tuesday night from 5:30-7:00 pm.
    The VA Hospital in Salisbury will hold a town hall for veterans Tuesday night from 5:30-7:00 pm.
  • Charlotte NAACP To Host Prayer Vigil for Jonathan Ferrell

    Charlotte NAACP To Host Prayer Vigil for Jonathan Ferrell

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:13:59 GMT
    The Charlotte NAACP will host a prayer vigil Tuesday night at 8 p.m. for Jonathan Ferrell.
    The Charlotte NAACP will host a prayer vigil Tuesday night at 8 p.m. for Jonathan Ferrell.
  • Isabella Santos Foundation: Battling Neuroblastoma

    Isabella Santos Foundation: Battling Neuroblastoma

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:37:22 GMT
    No family should have to endure the hardship of caring for a child with cancer, and one local family knows the pain cancer can cause all too well.
    No family should have to endure the hardship of caring for a child with cancer, and one local family knows the pain cancer can cause all too well.
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