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The world watched with bated breath last week as 12 young boys and their soccer coach found themselves trapped in a Thailand cave system with an oncoming monsoon that threatened the group with drowning. more

A Bradley County man has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Bradley County government and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Carlton Walls and Bo Collins. Both deputies are being sued as individuals and in their official capacities.

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  Fifty years ago, church and community leaders gathered on the current campus of the Church of God International Offices to dedicate and cut the ribbon on a new four-story “general … more
Timothy J. Payne, 57, of Calhoun, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.   more
Weiss is candidate for Republican State Executive Committee more
Cleveland Urban Area Transit System will be closed today, but will reopen on Thursday.——— more
KELLY WELLS shared this photo of a rooster and his hens. more
Hardwick Stove Co. and The Maytag Co. have agreed in principle for Hardwick to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Maytag. Terms were not disclosed pending ratification of a definitive agreement by the companies’ boards of directors. Hardwick, located in Cleveland, is a privately held, 101-year-old manufacturer and marketer of gas and electric ranges and microwave ovens. Maytag, headquartered in Newton, Iowa, is a leading producer of home laundry appliances, dishwashers and food waste disposers, as well as a major factor in the commercial self-service laundry field. The companies produce no competing products. With the merger, Hardwick would continue as a separate entity with no changes planned for its personnel, products or facilities. The merged sales volume would represent a significant addition to Maytag’s current volume. The announcement was made by both companies today, but officials did not further elaborate on the merger. Hardwick Stove is Cleveland’s oldest industry, having been established in 1879. It is one of America’s largest range manufacturing plants. The sprawling Hardwick plant includes about three quarters of a million square feet or over 15 acres of manufacturing area. In a report issued during its 100th year anniversary in 1979, Hardwick said that during its century of existence it had manufactured about 9,750,000 stoves, going to all 50 states of the union, to Canada, Central and South America and to many other foreign nations. The history of Hardwick is tied closely to the history of Cleveland and Bradley County. Today’s vast complex is a far cry from the little backyard foundry started in 1879. In that year, Christopher L. Hardwick and his eight sons (and four daughters) were making a remarkable recovery from the War Between the States that had impoverished them all. No stranger to hard work, though his father was a well-to-do hotel owner and one of the original commissioners of the town of Cleveland, Christopher Hardwick went to work in a local brickyard at the age of 15 and helped to build the first brick house in Cleveland. A farmer and later a merchant in Cleveland, he was on his way to a modest fortune when the guns began to rumble at Fort Sumter. The war left Hardwick penniless. His recovery was rapid. He rebuilt his mercantile business, educated his sons and by the late 1870s had accumulated enough capital to expand his business ventures. He helped two of his sons, Joseph H. Hardwick and John M. Hardwick, get a start building cast iron cookstoves in a small building in the backyard of their home. The original site is part of the Hardwick complex today. By the late 1880s, Hardwick reported a capital of $10,000 and was producing 12 stoves per day. The first large expansion of the plant was made in 1913. By 1927, the company reported 200 employees out of a total of 2,200 in the city of Cleveland. During the year 1929, it was reported that Cleveland then boasted 30 industries and the Hardwick Stove Co. was the largest foundry in the South devoted exclusively to the manufacture of stoves. In its 1979 anniversary report, Hardwick Stove was employing more than 1,000 persons and manufacturing more than 250,000 stoves annually. more
  Lee University’s Voices of Lee will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Wednesday, May 2, as part of “Worship in New York,” featuring Bradley Knight.   “With … more
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