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Music may return to Rockett building

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.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
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 15, 2014 - 6:02 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: 15-year-old runaway located Monday night
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 8:45 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 15, 2014 - 6:02 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 15, 2014 - 6:02 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 15, 2014 - 6:02 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,

Deputies charge two with selling drugs
Posted: September 10, 2014

Two people from Gastonia have been charged with selling drugs to an undercover officer in McDowell County, authorities said Wednesday.

Hospice of McDowell to benefit from weekend’s film
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 8:52 pm

On Friday and Saturday, McDowell Technical Community College will hold a special fundraiser for Hospice of McDowell County and the program, A Safe Harbor.

Tuesday 09/09/2014
ASU police chief: "Our goal is to find Anna"
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 9:56 am

BOONE, N.C. -- Appalachian State University officials are working to restore students' peace of mind as the search for a missing student continues.

Mountain Gateway Museum gets new director
Posted: September 09, 2014

RoAnn Bishop of Raleigh has been named the new director of the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center in Old Fort.

River becomes classroom for eighth-graders
Posted: September 09, 2014

Eighth-graders from East McDowell and West McDowell middle schools recently learned about water quality using one of McDowell County’s scenic waterways.

Monday 09/08/2014
Missing ASU student classified as "endangered"
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 9:56 am

BOONE, N.C. -- Police now classify a missing Appalachian State University student as a possibly endangered person, according to a press release from the college.

Artists with Nebo ties to host show at MACA
Posted: September 08, 2014

An artist with local ties will showcase the stories and places that have made an impact on her life at MACA on Saturday.

Woman faces bigamy charge
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:28 pm

An Old Fort woman was arrested for being married to multiple men at the same time and lying about it, authorities said Monday.

Report: Search continues for missing Appalachian State student from High Point
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 11:45 am

Police continue to search for a missing Appalachian State University student from High Point who has been missing since Sept. 3, according to a report from Fox 8 WGHP. 

Sunday 09/07/2014
No trace of missing App State student after wooded areas searched
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 9:56 am

BOONE, N.C. -- Authorities searched several wooded areas on Appalachian State University's campus Saturday morning as college officials continue to look for missing student Anna M. Smith of Hight Point, according to the latest press release.

Saturday 09/06/2014
YMCA helping restaurants identify healthy items
Posted: September 06, 2014

The Corpening Memorial YMCA wants to help local restaurants offer their customers “smart choices”

Reading scores hold some third-graders back
Posted: September 06, 2014

Eleven percent of third-graders in McDowell County were retained for not demonstrating reading proficiency on a third-grade level.

Alcohol sales proponents: Old Fort needs the revenue
Posted: September 06, 2014

Nearly 50 people attended a meeting at the Old Fort Depot on Friday evening, most of them agreeing that Old Fort needs alcohol sales to promote economic growth.

Friday 09/05/2014
Old Fort man faces child pornography charges
Posted: September 05, 2014

McDowell authorities have arrested an Old Fort man on charges of child pornography, deputies said Friday.

Starting Monday: High school, middle schools to see transportation changes
Posted: September 05, 2014

Beginning Monday, a new transportation schedule will start at the high school and both middle schools, which school officials and local law enforcement hope will help traffic flow during afternoon dismissals.

Thursday 09/04/2014
Elementary school meal program shows early success
Posted: September 04, 2014

McDowell County Schools Child Nutrition is seeing an increase in breakfast and lunch participation at elementary schools across the district.