Casey White

Casey White is the city government and business reporter for The Shelby Star, a daily newspaper located in Cleveland County, North Carolina. In addition to writing, he takes photos and video, copy edits, and assists in social media management for the paper.


Prior to his work with The Star, Casey graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in communications and served as a freelance reporter with two publications in York County, South Carolina.

Meet Shelby's Radio

David Rhodes fumbles with the dial on his portable boombox, searching for a station playing the perfect song. This is a routine for the 61-year-old, who is better known around Shelby by his nickname. “They call me Radio,” he said. But even those who don’t recognize the name have likely seen Rhodes dancing his way down Grover Street, almost always carrying his radio. His favorite is “old school music,” but he likes anything with a good beat. He is also known at the businesses on Grover Street

Growing solar farms in Cleveland County

Cleveland County has proven an attractive landscape for companies looking to install solar farms. Proposals have met with mixed reviews over the years, but the national trend continues to knock on Cleveland's door. Another such proposal will be discussed at an upcoming commissioners meeting with the hopes to add more than 58 acres of solar panels. In February 2015, council approved a rezoning request for a solar farm on 151 acres of land off of McCraw Road in the Mooresboro area. The project

Evacuees find shelter with family in Cleveland County

Sarah Haire heard rumblings about a storm approaching the coastline, but she expected it all to blow over. So the Cleveland County native was caught off guard when a powerful hurricane developed in the Atlantic. By Monday, an evacuation order was issued for Jacksonville, North Carolina, where Haire lives now. �It really caught me by surprise,� she said. �I was not expecting this at all.� Haire and her husband, Austin, packed their two cars and headed west toward Cleveland County on Tuesday. A

Shelby golf course set to close

Golfers only have a few more months to tee off at the Royster Memorial Golf Course. Shelby City Council voted 4-1 in favor of closing the city-owned golf course during itsr Monday meeting. The course will cease operation on or before Nov. 1, as outlined in a motion made by councilmember Eric Hendrick. �With all parks and rec, you expect a loss. It�s a service the city provides to its tax base,� Hendrick said. �But you also expect a certain amount of usage. My goal here, and the reason for maki

Once homeless, Tyler Osborne is headed to UNC-Chapel Hill

Tyler Osborne was already familiar with the Kings Mountain High School graduation stage when he walked across it in June. Stored outdoors under an aluminum canopy, the stage was where Osborne spent nights when he couldn't find a place to stay. With the school's Wi-Fi reaching just far enough, it was also where he did homework for his AP classes. Osborne became homeless in November 2016 due to a rocky family situation. But when temperatures dropped below freezing and the winter snow began to f

Drug overdose leads to organ donations

Jonathan Ledbetter's family remembers two very different sides of him. They often recollect on the good-natured, outdoor loving person he was in his younger years, but they also never forget the way his personality changed when opioid addiction took over his life It wasn't like we were dealing with Jonathan in the past two years. It was like we were dealing with the drugs, his mother Jane Ledbetter said. But there was always hope things would turn around for Jonathan. After short stints in
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