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2 guilty in food stamp fraud

A local business owner and his nephew were found guilty of food stamp fraud and have been ordered to pay back thousands of dollars to the state.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
Deputies: Help us find stolen dirt bike
Posted: September 30, 2014

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating a stolen dirt bike.

McDowell Hospital CEO stepping down
Posted: September 30, 2014

McDowell Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Lynn Boggs will step down from her current position at the end of 2014.

The Diamondback: Resident objects to marketing of steep, curvy 226A
Updated: September 30, 2014 - 5:10 pm

A resident of N.C. 226A is asking McDowell County officials to do something about what he says is the loud noise and the dangers posed by motorcyclists and sports car drivers who are racing up and down the Diamondback.

North Carolina ranked last for teachers in new report
Posted: September 30, 2014

Here’s something else for the Senate candidates to argue about:

Monday 09/29/2014
Ceremony will celebrate construction for Phase II of the greenway
Posted: September 29, 2014

A formal ground-breaking for the second phase of the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway will be held Wednesday.

Marion man facing assault charges
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 4:32 pm

McDowell authorities said Monday a Marion man was charged with choking and assaulting a female during a dispute.

District Highway Patrol First Sgt. retires after 25 years
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 4:36 pm

For 25 years, First Sgt. Chris McClelland has worked diligently to keep the roadways of North Carolina safe as a state trooper.

I-40 accident kills one, closes down interstate for two hours
Posted: September 29, 2014

A chain reaction of car collisions took the life of one motorist and shut down I-40 westbound for two hours on Saturday evening.

Saturday 09/27/2014
West McDowell seventh-graders extract DNA during lab
Posted: September 27, 2014

A classroom full of inquisitive seventh-graders at West McDowell Middle School recently got to see science up close and personal.

McCrory: Match training to employers’ needs
Posted: September 27, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. — More than 18,000 people in Guilford County are looking for a job. But employers can’t fill 1,500 openings for skilled workers.

Friday 09/26/2014
UPDATE: Missing Marion teenager located
Updated: September 27, 2014 - 11:09 am

Marion police issued a statement Saturday saying Andrew Farley has been located and the public's help is appreciated.

Missing man prompts 8-hour search
Posted: September 26, 2014

After a nearly eight-hour search on Friday, a missing Nebo man walked out of the woods unharmed, according to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeb Bush touts Tillis’ efforts to improve business climate
Posted: September 26, 2014

GREENSBORO — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stumped for U.S. Senate hopeful Thom Tillis here Wednesday.

Kay Hagan rallies Iredell supporters: 'We're kicking Tillis out'
Posted: September 26, 2014

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan made a stop in Statesville Wednesday that was mostly used to rally the troops heading up the ground game for the Iredell County portion of her re-election campaign.

UPDATE: Missing Nebo man found unharmed
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:43 pm

UPDATE: Joseph Brian Swann was located shortly before 3 p.m. Friday near the area where he went missing on Walker Road.

Thursday 09/25/2014
Update: Water in Old Fort running again
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 1:19 pm

The water in Old Fort was repaired and is working as of early Friday morning, according to Old Fort authorities.

Medicaid authority proposal gains traction
Posted: September 25, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. – The creation of an authority to oversee the state’s Medicaid program may be emerging as the top compromise proposal for separating it from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials promoting unique Foothills Pilot Plant
Posted: September 25, 2014

For more than two years, the Foothills Pilot Plant has been the only USDA-inspected facility serving independent and small poultry and meat growers in the Southern Appalachians. But lately, this unique and innovative plant has seen more business with growers from as far away as Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia than from the surrounding area.

Two events showcase area history
Posted: September 25, 2014

This weekend, re-enactors will bring the colonial era to life at Davidson’s Fort Historic Park. And Tuesday evening, some more colonial-era re-enactors will honor those men who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution.

Candidate forum set for Tuesday; Dobson will also host town hall event
Posted: September 25, 2014

This Tuesday, local voters will have a chance to learn more about the candidates for the McDowell County Commission, the Board of Education, judgeships, the district attorney’s office, N.C. House and other races.

Suspect charged with kidnapping
Posted: September 25, 2014

A Nebo man is behind bars after detectives said he kidnapped and tried to sexually assault a woman.

Man parked at church faces drug charges
Posted: September 25, 2014

Authorities say they arrested a Marion man after finding drugs in his car while parked at a church.

Retailers to ramp up hiring for holidays
Posted: September 25, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Retailers are ready for your holiday dollars.

Duke Energy plans at least $2 million for Dan River recovery
Posted: September 25, 2014

DANVILLE, Va. - The utility that polluted the Dan River with coal ash announced plans today to spend $2 million or more on efforts to improve its water "quality, quantity and conservation."

Eric Holder resigning as attorney general, White House says
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 3:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general.

Festival for 'Andy Griffith Show' reaches 25th year
Posted: September 25, 2014

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — The Mayberry Days festival has now been running more than three times as long as the television series that inspired it.

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Officials hope to curb underage drinking
Posted: September 24, 2014

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- North Carolina leaders hope a new program will help curb underage drinking.

Greensboro man sues Wells Fargo for $31.1 million
Posted: September 24, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro blogger and former mayoral candidate sued Wells Fargo on Monday, claiming the bank hid charges on investments from hundreds of thousands of clients.

Enterovirus cases confirmed at Brenner Children's Hospital
Posted: September 24, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said Tuesday it has received confirmation of a “small number” of patients with the respiratory virus enterovirus D68.

Annual Conley Memorial Church yard sale is Saturday
Posted: September 24, 2014

Conley Memorial Presbyterian Church will hold its annual yard sale and cookout on Saturday to raise money for local charities and other mission activities.

Former Globetrotter shares anti-bullying message with East students
Posted: September 24, 2014

East McDowell Middle School’s gym recently came alive with the sound of excited students, words of encouragement and a trick shot or two.

Battle of the Brushes: Artists compete in unique event
Posted: September 24, 2014

The 2014 Battle of the Brushes is over and the artists have been recognized for their beautiful and colorful images of Old Fort captured on canvas. But the public can still vote on the People’s Choice Award for these paintings.

Sheriff’s Office holding medicine drop on Saturday
Posted: September 24, 2014

Got drugs?

Marion man gets prison sentence
Posted: September 24, 2014

A Marion man will spend up to 15 years in prison for a sex crime against a young child.

N.C. Zoo launches contest to name lion cubs
Posted: September 24, 2014

ASHEBORO — The N.C. Zoo is holding a naming contest for the four lion cubs that were recently born.

HPU Poll: Tillis better on economy; Hagan leads on health, education
Posted: September 24, 2014

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Likely North Carolina voters give state Rep. Thom Tillis higher marks on the economy than U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

Tuesday 09/23/2014
Senior center to offer new Tai Chi class
Posted: September 23, 2014

An upcoming class at the McDowell Senior Center will help participants improve their flexibility and balance.

Freedom Life Ministries has new home
Posted: September 23, 2014

An organization with new headquarters is investing in people’s lives.

Four from McDowell charged in Yancey
Posted: September 23, 2014

Officers with the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office arrested four individuals from McDowell County on multiple charges.

Demolition work continues at Drexel site
Posted: September 23, 2014

The demolition of the old Drexel Heritage plant continues and workers are busy salvaging materials from the site.

Regional Artist Projects Grants applications available now
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Applications for 2014-2015 Regional Artist Projects Grants for artists residing in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba or McDowell counties are now being accepted. This annual grant, for up to $1,500, provides financial support to professional artists at any stage in their careers.

Duke Energy to unveil 'important environmental philanthropic initiative' Wed.
Posted: September 23, 2014

Duke Energy plans to unveil an "important environmental philanthropic initiative" Wednesday that will affect North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

HPU Poll: Hagan holds narrow lead over Tillis
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 2:45 pm

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holds a 2-point lead in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a HPU Poll released today.

US begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria
Posted: September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military expanded its war against the Islamic State late Monday by sending waves of warplanes and launching Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria to attack an array of targets in an aggressive and risk-laden operation that marks a new phase in the conflict.

Monday 09/22/2014
Poll: Pay raise for teachers too low
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Remember how state lawmakers patted themselves on the back for giving teachers a raise this year? North Carolinians think teachers deserved more.

Siblings are winners at Mountain State Fair
Posted: September 22, 2014

Two local youths, who are brother and sister, earned awards in the livestock show at the N.C. Mountain State Fair in Fletcher.

Troopers use data to ID high-collision areas
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 4:14 pm

There are five highly travelled roads in McDowell County that troopers say yield the most accidents each year.

Police: Powerlifting champ had steroids
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 4:12 pm

A champion powerlifter and gym owner was arrested on Monday and charged with possession of steroids, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said.

16-year-old pilot celebrates birthday with 11 solo flights
Posted: September 22, 2014

MOUNT AIRY – Many teenagers spend their 16th birthdays preparing to get their driver’s license, but Wyatt Angel spent his birthday in the sky.