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Marion photographers capture the beauty of national monument in Utah

For the second year, portrait and fine art photographers James and Jenny Tarpley of Marion were selected as “Artists-in-Residence” at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

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Saturday 07/23/2016
Friends, colleagues remember businessman Joe Jones
Posted: July 23, 2016

Since 1982, his business has produced thousands of T-shirts, caps, jackets and other items with custom printing and embroidery for countless customers in McDowell County and throughout the Southeast. He was also an advocate for the downtown community and shopping local.

Friday 07/22/2016
Report: Authorities seize 26 grams of meth
Posted: July 22, 2016

A Nebo man faces charges after a search of his home turned up methamphetamine, authorities said Friday.

Donald Trump says he will fix America's crisis 'fast'
Posted: July 22, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) — Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters Thursday night that as president he will restore the safety they fear they're losing, strictly curb immigration and save the nation from Hillary Clinton's record of "death, destruction, terrorism and weakness."

Thursday 07/21/2016
Grant will provide healthy snacks to elementary schools
Posted: July 21, 2016

Every elementary school in McDowell County will receive a healthy snack thanks to the expansion of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).

City of Marion hopes loan fund will promote new businesses
Posted: July 21, 2016

Marion will participate in a revolving loan fund from the state which could support more small business development in the downtown area. City officials said they hope this will attract more food and beverage businesses and specialty shops to the downtown and fill some buildings that have stood empty for a long time.

UPDATE: Fire at IAC in Old Fort
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 6:44 pm

Firefighters from across McDowell responded to the International Automotive Components (IAC) plant in Old Fort after a fire was reported Thursday afternoon.

Horse put down after being shot
Posted: July 21, 2016

An Old Fort family is offering a cash reward for information on who shot their horse.

Report: Kids had meth in systems
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Authorities said Thursday they arrested a Marion couple after their two sons tested positive for meth.

Miniature wall appears around Donald Trump's Hollywood star
Posted: July 21, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the day Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, a miniature wall appeared around the former reality TV host's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Wednesday 07/20/2016
The Literacy Cafe will serve minds and bodies this summer
Posted: July 20, 2016

McDowell County Schools is providing mobile library services and serving lunch for students Pre-K through 12th grade throughout the summer.

Marion seeks grant money for park upgrades
Posted: July 20, 2016

The city of Marion hopes to get a state grant to take care of the problem with ground-dwelling wasps flying around the playground equipment at the Community Building’s Park. The proposed rubber surface around the playground equipment would also make it more accessible for the disabled.

Group protests recent murder conviction
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Members of a Charlotte-based civil rights group and community members held a press conference outside the McDowell County courthouse Wednesday morning to protest a recent murder conviction.

Mystery man: Conflicting stories emerge about 'Magic'
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

A man folks called “Magic” seemed to have pulled the ultimate disappearing act as conflicting stories of his whereabouts and how he died have surfaced.

Report: Marion men charged in month-long crime spree
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Authorities said Wednesday they arrested two Marion men connected to a month-long stealing spree.

North Carolina teens struck by lightning on Florida beach
Posted: July 20, 2016

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two North Carolina teens were struck by lightning as they walked on a Florida beach.

Tuesday 07/19/2016
People, Places and Critters
Posted: July 19, 2016

McDowell County Schools is currently hosting the third annual Summer Reading Camp. Summer Reading Camp is designed to provide supportive reading instruction for students in first, second and third grades.

Old Fort Aldermen meeting
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Flower pots, fiber optic power lines and false alarm problems were among the topics discussed at the monthly Board of Aldermen meeting in Old Fort on Monday.

Report: Marion teen breaks in, steals food
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 12:43 pm

A 16-year-old reported missing from a group home is accused of breaking into a building and eating the food inside.

Monday 07/18/2016
New blend of coffee seeks to support local non-profit
Posted: July 18, 2016

Ingenious Coffee Roasters in Marion has already gained a devoted following across the region for the tasty and aromatic blends. But now the wholesale coffee distributor has a new blend with a special purpose.

Leroy helps tiniest victims
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 4:32 pm

A service dog trained by Canine Companions for Independence is being used as a furry aid in court cases involving children.

Marion robbery suspect captured
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Authorities said they arrested the suspect who allegedly robbed a Virginia woman and hit her with his truck on Friday morning.

Sunday 07/17/2016
Did you hear that? A few items from the police scanner this week
Posted: July 17, 2016

Each day, McDowell News staffers listen to the police scanner for goings-on around the community. And, many times, we hear something, look at each other and say, did we hear that correctly? We decided to jot down a few of the calls throughout the week and share them with our readers. The time of each call is approximate.

3 officers dead, 3 hurt in Baton Rouge shooting
Posted: July 17, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three officers are confirmed dead and three others wounded after a shooting in Baton Rouge, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said.

Summer Meals menu for week of July 18
Posted: July 17, 2016

Monday: Pepperoni pizza, Caesar salad, mixed fruit, milk

Saturday 07/16/2016
Inaugural Farm to Table dinner to showcase local food
Posted: July 16, 2016

An elegant evening of food, friends and music awaits those attending McDowell County’s first-ever Farm to Table event on Saturday, Aug. 20.

'Long time coming': new elevator installed in McDowell courthouse
Posted: July 16, 2016

After years of planning and renovations, a new elevator was officially installed in the McDowell County District Courthouse Friday morning.

Marion's Tailgate Market is very busy this summer
Posted: July 16, 2016

Wow, it is very busy at the Marion Tailgate Market. I love, love, love heirloom tomatoes. Fresh corn and a tomato sandwich taste like manna from Heaven.

From our archives: Here’s a look back at this week in 1975
Posted: July 16, 2016

Editor’s note: This feature mines our archives for what was going on this week in local history.

Marion City Council to talk about grant money for parks
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 9:59 am

The Marion City Council will talk about grants for the Community Building’s Park at the regular Tuesday meeting.

Friday 07/15/2016
Advisory: Deputies looking for dumping suspect
Posted: July 15, 2016

McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies are hunting for the people responsible for dumping a pile of shingles in North Cove.

Report: Marion woman found with meth, pistol
Posted: July 15, 2016

Authorities said Friday they arrested a Marion woman for possessing meth and carrying a concealed weapon.

Robbery turns into hit-and-run
Updated: July 15, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Police are investigating a robbery and hit-and-run at Love’s Truck Stop that sent a Virginia woman to the hospital.

Advisory: Old Fort teen missing
Updated: July 15, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Authorities continue their search for a teen that ran away from home last month.

Thursday 07/14/2016
Truck slams into revelers in France, at least 75 dead
Posted: July 14, 2016

NICE, France (AP) — A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, plowing through Bastille Day revelers who'd gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice late Thursday in what some officials and eyewitnesses called a deliberate attack. Authorities said at least 75 people were killed.

Rewind will perform Friday evening in downtown Marion
Posted: July 14, 2016

Friday evening, you can come to downtown Marion and unwind with Rewind.

McDowell County Board of Education: East McDowell Middle considered a Title I school
Posted: July 14, 2016

At Monday night’s monthly meeting, school board members voted to approve the county’s Title I application and a new plan for academically gifted students.

Old Fort native named dean at state college
Posted: July 14, 2016

Dr. Annette L. Ranft, originally from Old Fort, has returned to her home state to serve as dean at the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management in Raleigh. She began in her new role on July 1, filling a vacancy created when Dr. Ira R. Weiss stepped down following 12 years of service as dean. He is joining the college’s faculty as a professor of strategy.

Suspect stole medication from regional hospital
Posted: July 14, 2016

ASHEVILLE – The SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit is investigating multiple thefts at area hospitals along the Interstate 26 corridor. The thefts occurred during the late evening or early morning hours at hospitals in Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania counties.

Foothills Community Theatre announces shows for the 2016-2017 season
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 1:08 pm

Encores, musicals and shows that have been big on Broadway fill up Foothills Community Theatre’s 2016-17 season.

Local, regional entertainment calendar
Posted: July 14, 2016

The GRILLE AT LIGHTENING LANES—80 Finley Road, Marion. Saturday, Smoke N’ Mirrors, 9 p.m.; July 23, Contagious, 9 p.m.

Marion firefighter assaulted at Wal-Mart
Updated: July 15, 2016 - 9:58 am

*CORRECTION: In Thursday's article, it stated that Mark Revis was punched from behind by Donald Taylor in his assault. The article has been correct to reflect that Revis was punched once in the face by Taylor, then fell and hit his head on the pavement, according to Lt. Jamie Harklerode of the Marion Police Department.

Report: Old Fort woman charged with larceny of Oxycodone
Updated: July 14, 2016 - 3:09 pm

Authorities said Thursday they arrested an Old Fort woman for stealing Oxycodone from the clinic where she worked.

McCrory signs North Carolina budget changes into law
Posted: July 14, 2016

MONROE, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory signed a budget Thursday that he says fulfills his promise to increase average teacher salaries above $50,000.

Wednesday 07/13/2016
Pokemon run wild in Marion
Posted: July 13, 2016

Monsters are running wild in Marion. Thankfully, they’re small, virtual and can be captured in your pocket.

Small group attends city's parks and recreation meeting
Posted: July 13, 2016

Tuesday evening, just nine people came to the Marion City Hall to give their ideas and suggestions about how to improve the city’s parks and recreation. But this small group provided some valuable input.

Report: Side-swipe at Animal Hospital
Updated: July 13, 2016 - 4:19 pm

Authorities responded to a traffic accident near the Marion Animal Hospital Wednesday afternoon that sent one person to the hospital.

Report: 180 pot plants found in Old Fort
Updated: July 13, 2016 - 1:35 pm

A follow-up on information about patches of marijuana being grown in Old Fort led officers to seize 180 plants.

Advisory: Duke Energy siren test at noon
Updated: July 13, 2016 - 10:02 am

Duke Energy at Bridgewater and the Lake Tahoma Warden will be doing test of their Sirens today July 13, 2016 at Noon. No action required by the Public.

Tuesday 07/12/2016
Carolina Cross Connection works at Mountain Gateway Museum
Posted: July 12, 2016

Volunteers from Carolina Cross Connection braved both heat and threatening storm clouds Friday morning to help beautify the grounds of Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center in Old Fort as part of a Christian outreach program.