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Trump, Sanders victorious in New Hampshire primaries

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and underscoring the insistence of voters in both parties on shaking up American politics.

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Tuesday 02/09/2016
CTE Career Clusters: Hospitality and Tourism students learn service industry skills
Posted: February 09, 2016

Hospitality and Tourism students at McDowell High School are diving right into the service industry.

Board OKs Foothills Community School
Posted: February 09, 2016

Members of the McDowell County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to open Foothills Community School, a new school housed at West McDowell Middle School that would promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

County officials looking at possible sites for shooting range
Posted: February 09, 2016

McDowell County officials have made progress on finding a possible location for a shooting range after the idea was first proposed last month.

Nebo woman in serious condition after rollover wreck
Posted: February 09, 2016

A Nebo woman is in a medically-induced coma after partially ejecting from her vehicle Monday afternoon.

Can you spare a minute for this survey?
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 4:34 pm

Students in Melissa Smith's fourth period math class at McDowell High School are currently conducting different surveys on a modern day issues.

Health Department to close part of Thursday
Posted: February 09, 2016

Due to an emergency response exercise, the local Health Department will be closed Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Suspect charged in assault of Marion man
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 3:36 pm

A Morganton man has been charged with beating a Marion man and sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, deputies said Tuesday.

Panthers' Cam Newton defends 'sore loser' reaction after Super Bowl
Posted: February 09, 2016

CHARLOTTE — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Tuesday that he's "sore loser," but defended walking out of a press conference after the Super Bowl by saying he didn't feel like talking to the media after Carolina's 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Marion man held on $3.9 million bond; DA: Dalton ‘has no respect for the court or the law’
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 4:34 pm

A Marion man who authorities say violated a domestic violence protection order multiple times has been jailed under a $3.9 million bond.

Monday 02/08/2016
McDowell Board of Education approves new magnet school -- Foothills Community School
Posted: February 08, 2016

The McDowell County Board of Education voted tonight to establish a STEM magnet school called Foothills Community School, which will be housed at West McDowell Middle. Students in grades six through eight will be able to apply and around 150 applicants will be accepted. The school will focus on problem-based learning. Find out more on Tuesday right here at

Group vows to 'fight for justice;' questions punishment in McDowell County statutory rape case
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:31 am

Family, friends and civil rights leaders joined forces at the McDowell County Courthouse Monday in support of four black men accused of statutory rape for having sex with a 15-year-old girl last year.

Woman dies after mobile home fire
Posted: February 08, 2016

A Marion woman lost her life after a fire in her home early Saturday morning.

Sex offender in jail for registry violation
Posted: February 08, 2016

A convicted sex offender is back behind bars, this time for violating registry rules, authorities said Monday.

McDowell is now a Work Ready Community
Posted: February 08, 2016

On Monday, McDowell County officially received the designation as a Work Ready Community, which seeks to develop a better workforce and help employers find trained and talented people ready to work.

Looking ahead: Events happening this week in McDowell
Posted: February 08, 2016

»A genealogy class focusing on Africa-American families will be taught by Jane Gouge at the McDowell Public Library’s downstairs meeting room today from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and Thursday from 3-6:45 p.m. The class will focus on materials in the Abe Simmons Genealogy and NC History Room as well as online resources.

Civil rights leaders plan gathering at McDowell County Courthouse today
Posted: February 08, 2016

Activists with the civil rights group THUG (True Healing Under God) are planning a press conference today at the McDowell County Courthouse at 1:15 p.m.

Saturday 02/06/2016
Black History Month: Michael Smith recalls integration in McDowell
Posted: February 06, 2016

“Mountain View provided me a unique and valuable privilege that I will never forget and always celebrate. I gladly wave goodbye to segregation, but black schools worked. Self-fulfilling prophecy is a reality, and those educators taught and treated us in a way that fostered pride and dignity within ourselves without engendering hate or resentment toward others. “

Nebo students create unique marbled paper
Posted: February 06, 2016

A different way of creating art had fourth- and fifth-graders from Nebo Elementary getting creative.

City leaders discuss a variety of topics at workshop
Posted: February 06, 2016

Improvements to downtown festivals and events, safer streets and roads and a possible third mausoleum at Oak Grove Cemetery were just a few of the items discussed in detail last week by the Marion City Council.

STEAM Expo award winners announced
Posted: February 06, 2016

McDowell County Schools along with support from McDowell Technical Community College and Duke Energy held the Third Annual STEAM Expo on Saturday, Jan. 30. During the expo, student’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math projects were on display. Different presenters were also on site to share different science demonstrations with members of the public.  The following students were recognized during awards ceremonies at this year’s event.

Friday 02/05/2016
Police: Man walks away from crash, brandishes knife
Posted: February 05, 2016

A man was Tased and arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident and walking toward an officer with a knife, according to a report by from the Marion Police Department.

Report: Shots fired into house, bullet hits woman
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 12:01 pm

Four people are charged with firing a gun at a house and hitting one of the residents, deputies said Friday.

School board to discuss Stadium updates, magnet program
Posted: February 05, 2016

The McDowell County Board of Education will meet on Monday in the Central Office boardroom at 6:30 p.m.

Marion man found beaten in roadway; Authorities searching for information, suspects
Posted: February 05, 2016

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office investigators need information to help solve an assault early Friday morning that left a Marion man with serious injuries.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Former group home resident sentenced
Posted: February 04, 2016

A former mental health patient at Cedarbrook Residential Center in Nebo was sentenced to a decade in prison for killing his roommate at the facility in 2009.

Deputy: MHS student had gun in car at school
Posted: February 04, 2016

A high school student was arrested on a felony charge for having a handgun in his car on school property, deputies said Thursday.

MCSO names 2015 Officer of the Year
Posted: February 04, 2016

McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputy Kent Smith has proven that he’s as versatile as they come, which earned him the title Officer of the Year for 2015.

Eating fresh in Old Fort: Subway open in Old Fort’s Mill Creek Village
Posted: February 04, 2016

Subway in Old Fort opened its doors on Wednesday to provide a fresh alternative in fast-food eating.

Fourth fake money suspect arrested
Posted: February 04, 2016

The fourth person charged in a counterfeit money scam was taken into custody Wednesday night.

MTCC students to hold art reception Monday
Posted: February 04, 2016

On Monday, members of the public are invited to an event that will showcase the work of McDowell Technical Community College’s Advertising and Graphic Design students at MACA.

Greenway closed because of flooding
Posted: February 04, 2016

Both sections of the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway are closed due to flooding along the Catawba River.

Wednesday 02/03/2016
McDowell Tech, SECU events help students complete FASFA forms
Posted: February 03, 2016

College financial aid officers and specialists will be available at McDowell Technical Community College on Saturday, Feb. 20, to help high school seniors, their families, and college students complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online. 

Marion City Council holds meeting, hears quarterly report on business activity
Posted: February 03, 2016

From October through December of last year, Marion saw five new businesses open while two closed their doors. In addition, other local businesses have either moved to new and better locations in Marion or are seeking to expand.

McDowell reports 5.1 percent jobless rate for December
Posted: February 03, 2016

For the month of December 2015, McDowell County reported a jobless rate of 5.1 percent, which is almost unchanged from the month before and very close to the statewide rate.

Heavy rains cause trouble across McDowell
Posted: February 03, 2016

All day Wednesday, heavy rains and flash flooding caused problems around McDowell County.

Man charged with stealing pants, returning them
Posted: February 03, 2016

One man is charged with returning items he stole from Wal-Mart and receiving cash for them, according to a report from Marion police.

Report: Deputy finds meth in man’s car
Posted: February 03, 2016

A Nebo man is charged with drug possession after deputies stopped his vehicle for being suspicious.

Weather update: Flash flooding in McDowell
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 2:32 pm

The latest at 2:30 p.m.: Emergency Management reports Gilbert Byrd Road in Nebo and Marlowe Road in Glenwood are currently blocked due to high water.  Polly Spout Road has been shut down at request of Glenwood Fire Chief due to potential high water threat from a private pond. The EOC has fielded multiple calls related to damage from high water.  

Flash flood watch through Wednesday evening in McDowell
Posted: February 03, 2016

A flood watch has been issued Wednesday morning through 7 p.m. by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Greenville-Spartanburg.

Tuesday 02/02/2016
Remembering Dr. Shamshad Ali and decades of care giving
Posted: February 02, 2016

As he got ready to retire, Dr. Shamshad Ali spent much of his time taking down the hundreds of photos that hung on the walls of his waiting room. Each one showed a child or teen needing his care during his more than 30 years of practicing pediatric medicine. Through vaccinations, infections and other childhood diseases, Ali has been there to care for many of McDowell’s youngsters.

A night of partying turns into a burglary, assault arrest
Posted: February 02, 2016

After a night of partying and drinking, police said, a Marion man allegedly broke into his friend’s house while he was asleep, assaulted him and stole $1,000 worth of his property.

Bond referendum could help MTCC, state park
Posted: February 02, 2016

A proposed $2 billion bond issue could result in $4.5 million for McDowell Technical Community College and approximately $3 million for Lake James State Park.

Deputies searching for theft suspects
Posted: February 02, 2016

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies are looking for theft suspects who struck in the Veterans Drive area last month and stole backpacks, tennis shoes, chainsaws and other items.

3 arrested, 1 sought in forgery, counterfeiting
Posted: February 02, 2016

McDowell deputies said Tuesday they are searching for a fourth suspect involved in a counterfeit money ring.

Monday 02/01/2016
Local farm earns agricultural grant
Posted: February 01, 2016

A small family-owned farm in McDowell County will be able to stay open year-round and expand its operations thanks to a $6,000 grant from WNC Agricultural Options.

Charges mount for man accused of rape
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 7:42 pm

A Marion man faces additional charges for allegedly abusing a young girl for nearly a decade, authorities said Monday.

Text a tip: McDowell Crimestoppers offers a free texting service for the public
Posted: February 01, 2016

Got a tip but can’t make a phone call? Now you can simply text 274637 (CRIMES) and report it to McDowell County Crimestoppers.

Terror suspect indicted in murder of John Bailey Clark
Posted: February 01, 2016

Justin Nojan Sullivan, the Morganton teen who was charged by the federal government on June 19, 2015, with helping the terrorist organization ISIL, was indicted by a Burke County grand jury Monday afternoon in the murder of 74-year-old John Bailey Clark.

Saturday 01/30/2016
Race On In: Top Fuel Grill opens in Old Fort
Posted: January 30, 2016

If you hear your stomach growling, it might be time for a fill up at Old Fort’s newest eatery.