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DHHS gets another stern letter from USDA

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The U.S. Agriculture Department has sent another stern letter to state health officials citing concerns about the state’s oversight of its food-stamp program.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Car slams into church
Posted: September 18, 2014

A driver lost control of his vehicle Thursday afternoon while travelling on Reservoir Road in Marion around 3 p.m. His silver Mitsubishi Eclipse slammed into the Cross Mill Pentecostal Holiness Church, taking out a brick wall and two windows. The driver and a passenger were not injured in the wreck. Lt. Jamie Harkelrode of the Marion Police Department said the wreck was still under investigation. No other information was available at deadline. Marion Fire Department, McDowell EMS and McDowell Rescue responded to the scene.

Authorities: Help us find stolen dirt bike
Posted: September 18, 2014

McDowell County investigators need the public’s help locating a stolen dirt bike like the one pictured.

Man charged with stealing from acquaintance
Posted: September 18, 2014

Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Marion man who allegedly stole items from an acquaintance.

McDowell hosting Court of Appeals
Posted: September 18, 2014

Three state judges will be seated for a session of the N.C. Court of Appeals in the McDowell County Courthouse today.

McDowell man is state Wildlife Officer of the Year
Posted: September 18, 2014

One local wildlife officer was recently recognized for his hard work and dedication at the 51st annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards.

McCrory: Northern Beltway would be priority for $1 billion transportation loan
Posted: September 18, 2014

The eastern leg of the Northern Beltway around Winston-Salem would be one of 21 priority state transportation projects if the General Assembly approves about $1 billion in revenue bonds during the 2015 session, Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday.

ASU student Anna Smith likely died shortly after she went missing
Posted: September 18, 2014

Preliminary autopsy reports released Wednesday show Anna Smith had indications of asphyxiation and that she likely died shortly after she was reported missing, authorities said.

Power of community: Friends help woman pay Duke bill
Posted: September 18, 2014

PINNACLE, N.C. — Joy White paid her power bill Wednesday — including a $524 deposit charge that attracted a lot of attention.

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Foothills Community Theatre opens season Friday with 'On Golden Pond'
Posted: September 17, 2014

A classic tale of an aging man and wife who revisit their family cabin for the summer kicks off Foothills Community Theatre’s 2014-15 season.

Work on phase two of the greenway begins
Posted: September 17, 2014

Construction work for the second phase of the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway is now underway.

Railroad Day is Saturday in Old Fort
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 1:27 pm

On Saturday, Old Fort celebrates its railroad heritage with transportation-related exhibits, guest speakers and various vendors.

8 schools in McDowell County to have telemedicine
Posted: September 17, 2014

Additional students will be able to take advantage of the school system’s new telemedicine program thanks to some generous community members.

Police: Preliminary autopsy shows Anna Smith had indications of asphyxiation
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:52 pm

BOONE, N.C. — Boone police released the preliminary autopsy reports on Anna Smith today, stating she had indications of asphyxiation.

Jail search turns up drug pipe
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 2:45 pm

A Marion woman has been charged after authorities discovered she had a drug pipe in jail, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday

McCrory to discuss transportation at Winston-Salem stop
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 9:30 am

The N.C. Transportation Department expects the momentum from a new state law and a 25-year “vision” proposal unveiled today to allow it to fund more than twice as many projects as before.

Tuesday 09/16/2014
Music may return to Rockett building
Posted: September 16, 2014

Banking changes, the Rockett building, privilege licenses and Oktoberfest were among the topics discussed at the monthly Board of Aldermen meeting in Old Fort on Monday.

McDowell High students embrace new courses in ag, fire tech , public safety
Posted: September 16, 2014

An update on new Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses shows that McDowell’s students are embracing the new programs.

County hopes to get more kids in new after-school program
Posted: September 16, 2014

The county’s new after-school club is up and running and even has a formal name and logo. County officials are also hoping more students will participate in the innovative effort.

Marion man charged with stealing clothes, hats
Posted: September 16, 2014

Deputies charged a Marion man with stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from a home.

Four-day event at the Y promotes being active
Posted: September 16, 2014

The Corpening Memorial YMCA will host four days of activities for folks 50 and older who want to stay active.

Polls show Hagan building a lead over Tillis
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 10:14 am

Republican challenger Thom Tillis lags behind U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as their race moves into its final leg, according to two polls released Monday.

Monday 09/15/2014
Police: Note found near ASU student Anna Smith's body
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Police found a note with the body of Anna Marie Smith, the Appalachian State student whose body was found by a couple about 11 days after her disappearance, investigators said.

Old Fort man charged with felony child-sex offenses
Posted: September 15, 2014

An Old Fort man was recently charged with one felony count each of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child.

The future of downtown: How our neighbors do it
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 5:25 pm

While Marion is having trouble finding new and productive tenants for old downtown buildings, two neighboring communities seem to have revitalized their downtowns.

Update: Missing 18-year-olds located Tuesday
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 9:29 am

McDowell authorities need help locating two missing teen girls
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

The McDowell County Sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help in locating two missing teens that may be in each other’s company.

Authorities searching for missing teen girl
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating an 18-year-old who disappeared from her residence Saturday night.

Deputies looking for missing teenager
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff’s department are looking for a 15-year-old who left home Saturday evening and hasn’t returned.

ASU student Anna Smith remembered; autopsy planned for today
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:32 pm

ARCHDALE, N.C. — Known for her smile, friendly hug and love of sunflowers, Anna Smith was remembered at a candlelight memorial service Sunday night.

Sunday 09/14/2014
GoFundMe page created to help Anna Smith's family
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:32 pm

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A GoFundMe page was created to help Anna Marie Smith's parents cover the mounting costs they face.

Saturday 09/13/2014
Body of missing App State student likely found near college
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:32 pm

BOONE, N.C. -- Boone police said about 5 p.m. that investigators believe the body of a missing Appalachian State University student from High Point was found Saturday morning.

The future of downtown: Are leaders doing enough?
Posted: September 13, 2014

Running a business is never easy.

Two charged with stealing from employer
Posted: September 13, 2014

Two Old Fort women were arrested and charged with stealing from their employer.

Friday 09/12/2014
Man accused of stealing from father
Posted: September 12, 2014

Authorities said Friday a Nebo man was arrested for allegedly stealing items from his father’s residence.

Man charged with sex offense
Posted: September 12, 2014

Marion police officers have charged a man with a sexual offense against a young child.

Rapist gets 20 to 29 years in prison
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 4:21 pm

A Marion man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to multiple sex offenses.

Father of missing App State student: 'Until Anna is back home, I am disappointed in the search'
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 9:56 am

BOONE, N.C. — At 1 a.m. every day, Daniel and Laurie Smith debrief volunteers in a hotel lobby in this college town, more than 100 miles from their home in High Point. The Smiths are still in the lobby when the hotel begins serving breakfast at 6:30 a.m.

Va. police searching for Asheville, N.C., men suspected of swiping steel smoker
Posted: September 12, 2014

BRISTOL, Va. – Two men backed a white Chevrolet truck into the lot of Smokey Mountain Barbeque and Grill in Bristol, Virginia last January, hooked up a custom-built stainless steel smoker and hit the road.

Thursday 09/11/2014
Owner of Hotel James: We have plans
Posted: September 11, 2014

One of downtown Marion’s most historic and impressive structures could soon see a rebirth.

5 homes hit in theft spree
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 4:41 pm

A Nebo man was taken into custody after authorities charged him with break-ins and thefts at five homes.

The future of downtown: Will Marion's empty buildings see new life?
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 4:46 pm

As Laughridge Furniture winds down 80 years of doing business, it leaves behind a very large void in downtown Marion. The imminent closing, due to the owner’s retirement, will result in three large empty buildings that will soon go on the real estate market.

Audience-participation mystery begins Saturday
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Combine feuding families, a whiskey empire dependent on a secret ingredient and the failing health and mind of the keeper of that ingredient and you have the perfect mix for murder, mayhem and comedy. The Watermark Theater Collective is offering up that mix in “Eat, Drink and Be Murdered” an audience-participation murder mystery comedy.

Four wanted for assault on fishermen
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 4:40 pm

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office investigators need the public’s help identifying four people believed to have assaulted a couple of Old Fort residents while fishing on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Tillis campaign accuses Hagan of ducking debate
Posted: September 11, 2014

GREENSBORO — N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis’ campaign accused U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday of ducking a proposed TV debate next month.

Family of missing App State student: “We need Anna to come home”
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 9:56 am

BOONE, N.C. — Eight days after their 18-year-old daughter was reported missing, the parents of Anna Smith continue to ask for the public’s help in finding the Appalachian State University student.

Two face drug, gun charges
Posted: September 11, 2014

Two suspects were arrested last week with a stolen handgun and drugs, authorities said.

Tip leads officers to theft suspects
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 8:54 am

Officers arrested a couple they say broke into a storage building and stole thousands of dollars worth of property.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Hospice of McDowell helps children work through the grief
Posted: September 10, 2014

Editor’s note: The name of the student in the following story and certain details of the student’s life have been changed to protect his identity and privacy.

County OKs Soil and Water move
Posted: September 10, 2014

The McDowell County Commissioners agreed Monday to allow the Soil and Water Conservation District to move their offices into the MEDA building on South Garden Street, once it becomes vacant,