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Homeschooler completes part of his project

Thanks to help from community members and people from around the globe, youngster Colton Loftin has completed part of his project to help the elderly.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Juvenile justice changes proposed
Posted: March 31, 2015

A new bill in the N.C. General Assembly seeks to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction so that 16- and 17-year-olds who commit misdemeanors would be handled in the juvenile system and not charged as adults.

Class preps students for manufacturing careers
Posted: March 31, 2015

A new class at the NC Works Career Center is helping prepare and connect perspective employees with jobs in manufacturing.

Black Mountain fire consumes 500 acres near McDowell line
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 9:10 pm

9:10 p.m.: WLOS and The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the Black Mountain fire had consumed more than 500 acres near the McDowell County line.

Monday 03/30/2015
Martial arts school to open on Wednesday
Posted: March 30, 2015

A new martial arts school is opening in Marion.

Propane blaze lights up Old Glenwood Road
Posted: March 30, 2015

Folks in the Old Glenwood Road area of McDowell County may have seen a big bright flame shooting up into the sky Monday.

Authorities seek info on runaways
Posted: March 30, 2015

Authorities still need the public’s help locating two local runaway teens.

Report: Uncle tatooed underage niece
Posted: March 30, 2015

An uncle is in trouble for tattooing his underage niece, authorities said on Monday.

Carson House's Jubilee Arbor under construction
Posted: March 30, 2015

After much planning and fund-raising, the Jubilee Arbor at Historic Carson House is finally being built.

Saturday 03/28/2015
McDowell students attend Heartbeat event at UNCA
Posted: March 28, 2015

Eighteen students from East McDowell Middle School, West McDowell Middle School and McDowell High School recently attended a special event at the UNC Asheville called Heartbeat.

New book tells the story of Old Fort
Posted: March 28, 2015

In 2013, Arcadia Publishing released the book “Marion” as part of its “Images of America” series. That popular work, which was written and compiled by local author and researcher Kim Clark, featured more than 200 vintage photographs of Marion’s rich history, people and landmarks.

Thursday 03/26/2015
Teen crash study released
Posted: March 26, 2015

The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely a much more serious problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports.

Join the Easter Bunny for annual eggstravaganza
Posted: March 26, 2015

This Saturday, local youngsters will be able to hunt for Easter eggs and show off their Easter bonnets.

Two schools tops in state in nutritional increases
Posted: March 26, 2015

Two local schools were recently recognized by No Kid Hungry North Carolina for dramatic increases in breakfast participation.

Wednesday 03/25/2015
Forest Service to burn 2,200 acres near Lake Tahoma
Posted: March 25, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a 2,200-acre prescribed burn in McDowell County.

Do you know where they are? Probation/parole seek 3 absconders
Posted: March 25, 2015

 Help catch these outlaws and earn some money.

Detective: Pair stole from landlord
Posted: March 25, 2015

Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 41-year-old Brenda Joyce Hicks and 35-year-old Crystal Leigh Wilson, both of Seagle Street in Marion, with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering.

Authorities seek break-in suspect
Posted: March 25, 2015

Investigators need the public’s help locating a man who is allegedly stealing from residences across the county.

Fundraiser helps Stuttering Foundation of America
Posted: March 25, 2015

Old Fort Elementary has found an interesting way to raise money for the Stuttering Foundation of America.

Tuesday 03/24/2015
NJROTC students place 10th in event
Posted: March 24, 2015

McDowell High NJROTC recently competed in the NJROTC Area 6 drill meet.

Proposed sales tax reform could benefit McDowell
Posted: March 24, 2015

A measure introduced into the N.C. General Assembly to make the sales tax distribution fairer for rural and struggling counties is getting strong support from local officials in McDowell County.

Bear Crawl 5K has locals getting dirty for a good cause
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 10:27 am

By the time they crossed the finish line they were unrecognizable. Covered in mud, some battered and bruised, the triumphant finishers of the 2015 Bear Crawl Obstacle Course Race had raised more than $4,000 for the local nonprofit organization Aliveˆ3 (cubed).

Cooperative Extension classes to focus on raising, preserving fruits and veggies
Posted: March 24, 2015

A series of classes over the next few months will help folks learn how to grow their food “from plant to plate.”

Monday 03/23/2015
MHS Olympiad Team moving on to state finals
Posted: March 23, 2015

McDowell High School’s Science Olympiad Team will soon be competing in the state Science Olympiad competition because of recent success at regionals.

PG students film newscast about Titanic tragedy
Posted: March 23, 2015

Students at Pleasant Gardens Elementary recently gave modern news coverage to a tragedy that occurred more than 100 years ago.

Carson House setting for new children's book
Posted: March 23, 2015

A new children’s book about McDowell County’s most important historic site is now available for young and old to read.

Marion father charged with child abuse
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 1:26 pm

A Marion father will face charges of child abuse after authorities found his children living in unsafe and unsanitary surroundings.

Saturday 03/21/2015
McDowell unemployment at 6 percent
Posted: March 21, 2015

For the month of January 2015, McDowell County reported a jobless rate of 6 percent, which is almost unchanged from the month before.

Students' poem will grace downtown building
Posted: March 21, 2015

Later this spring, the poetic creations by some local children will grace a wall on a building in the middle of downtown Marion.

Purse snatch suspect indicted
Posted: March 21, 2015

A woman accused of stealing an elderly woman’s purse from a grocery store will face a judge in McDowell County Superior Court after being indicted by the grand jury.

Friday 03/20/2015
Sponsors needed for special needs trip to Washington
Posted: March 20, 2015

A lesson in history has inspired educators at East McDowell Middle School to raise money for a trip to Washington for special needs students.

Gas line ruptured at First Baptist Church of Marion
Posted: March 20, 2015

Firefighters from the Marion Fire Department and other emergency officials were on the scene of a natural gas leak next to the First Baptist Church of Marion. The gas leak happened just after 2 p.m. today when a construction worker accidentally ruptured a natural gas line during the building of the new fellowship hall for the church. Children at the adjacent First Baptist Children’s Center were moved to the sanctuary for safety and the drive-through for Wells Fargo Bank was shut down. Firefighters contacted the natural gas company so the valve can be shut off. The company arrived on the scene at 2:41 p.m. (Photo by Mike Conley/McDowell News)

Car overturns Friday on U.S. 221 Bypass in Marion
Posted: March 20, 2015

This Buick car overturned and ended up on its side shortly after noon on Friday. It was in traveling in the southbound lanes of the U.S. 221 Bypass just north of the Tate Street exit. The Marion Fire Department and the McDowell County EMS responded to the scene. Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol told The McDowell News at the scene that no one was transported by EMS to the hospital and the driver of the car ended up with a busted lip. (Photo by Mike Conley/McDowell News)

MACA to host book signing for seasonal tale
Posted: March 20, 2015

A regional artist will sign copies of her festive book “The Rabbits Dance” at MACA on Saturday.

Revolutionary War Days set for this weekend at Davidson's Fort
Posted: March 20, 2015

This weekend, the Revolutionary War era will come alive at Davidson’s Fort Historic Park in Old Fort.

Thursday 03/19/2015
Meth lab found in car after chase
Posted: March 19, 2015

A former Florida man will face drug charges and more after authorities say they found a meth lab in his vehicle following a chase with N.C. Highway Patrol troopers Wednesday afternoon.

Fire, Rescue & EMS College has plenty to offer
Posted: March 19, 2015

The 38th annual McDowell Fire, Rescue & EMS College will be held this weekend in McDowell County with more than 1,300 students already registered from across North Carolina and throughout the Southeastern United States.

Jewelry worth $15,000 stolen from house
Posted: March 19, 2015

Investigators with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office need help solving a $15,000 jewelry heist from a Marion home.

Sheriff's Office, DEA offer medicine disposal
Posted: March 19, 2015

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

Early College to host Green Gallop 5K on Saturday
Posted: March 19, 2015

Members of the public are invited to an event meant to get their blood going.

Public Pay: 10 highest paid government workers in McDowell County
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 12:25 am

As part of Sunshine Week 2015, we’ve compiled a list of 1,636 employees working for the state or local governments in McDowell County that together make nearly $65 million. These employees -- all making $25,000 or more -- have an average salary of $39,575. The McDowell News excluded those making under $25,000 from its list.

Wednesday 03/18/2015
First Saudi exchange student from McDowell travels to DC
Posted: March 18, 2015

McDowell County’s first foreign exchange student from Saudi Arabia recently attended an event designed for the best of the best of foreign exchange students.

City Council adopts new vehicle unlocking rules
Posted: March 18, 2015

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Marion City Council adopted the new rules about how and when police officers should unlock vehicles.

Van owner could help authorities with investigation
Posted: March 18, 2015

Investigators with the Marion Police Department are looking for the owner of this van, who didn’t commit a crime but was actually a Good Samaritan.

City closes new section of greenway, Community Building's park for improvements
Posted: March 18, 2015

Both the newest section of the greenway and the Marion Community Building’s park will be closed for a few weeks so contractors can make improvements to them.

Two homes burglarized while residents at church
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 3:46 pm

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies are trying to stop a theft suspect they say is preying on residents’ homes while they are in church.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
School board talks AD position, stadium upgrades
Posted: March 17, 2015

The McDowell County Board of Education took a long look at the future of McDowell High School’s athletics program at its regular monthly meeting on Monday.

Metal recycler retiring, hopes others will carry on
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 5:03 pm

After 27 years of operation, McDowell Recycling will soon close its doors and its property, buildings and equipment will all be sold to the highest bidder.

Human skull found near Lake James
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Police are searching for a body after discovering a human skull off of Powerhouse Road near Lake James in Morganton.

Monday 03/16/2015
Home repair loans, grants available for some McDowell residents
Posted: March 16, 2015

Folks in McDowell and other nearby counties who are in need of home repairs can qualify for loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.