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Man sues county, sheriff

A Columbus, N.C. man has filed a lawsuit against McDowell County government, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Dudley Greene due to an incident that occurred in December 2008.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Patch offers free blueberries to the public
Posted: July 21, 2014

The echo of children laughing and conversations between parents fill Gypsy Mountain Blueberry Patch on most days during the late summer.

Homeless in McDowell: More than 800 students considered homeless
Posted: July 21, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series exploring resources currently available to McDowell County’s homeless population.

Saturday 07/19/2014
Homeless in McDowell: Shelter provides a place for a fresh start
Posted: July 19, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series exploring resources currently available to McDowell County’s homeless population.Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series exploring resources currently available to McDowell County’s homeless population.

Friday 07/18/2014
Group: Same-sex couple will ask McDowell Register of Deeds for marriage license
Posted: July 18, 2014

The issue of same-sex marriage will be brought before the McDowell County Register of Deeds office on Tuesday.

Marion woman arrested on sex charges
Posted: July 18, 2014

A Marion woman was recently arrested for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage girl.

Thursday 07/17/2014
Shade, water essential for pets during summer months
Posted: July 17, 2014

Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can be dangerous to both man and beast.

Convicted felon faces weapon charge
Posted: July 17, 2014

A Marion woman was recently charged and arrested by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Marion chef's reality TV spot airs Sunday on Spike TV
Posted: July 17, 2014

Marion’s own celebrity chef Bruce Brown and his Halloween Hangover Cheesecake will appear on Spike TV’s competition reality show “Frankenfood” this Sunday night.

Carson House to host Civil War living history event
Posted: July 17, 2014

History will come alive with a bang on Saturday at Historic Carson House.

Marion City Council hears about new program to help elderly
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 10:51 am

On Tuesday, the Marion City Council heard about a new project to help senior citizens when they are faced with a medical emergency.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Senior Center masquerade tickets now on sale
Posted: July 16, 2014

An elegant night of dancing and music await those who take part in the first-ever Midsummer Nights Dream Masquerade at the McDowell Senior Center.

Teens accused in break-ins at school, businesses
Posted: July 16, 2014

Six teenagers were charged in connection with breaking into two businesses and a school, Marion police said Wednesday.

Investigators hope public can ID suspects
Posted: July 16, 2014

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for these three men believed to have stolen items from a Nebo residence over the weekend.

Counties partner for behavioral health crisis facility
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Residents of McDowell, Caldwell and Alexander counties who are experiencing a mental health crisis or need medical detox from alcohol or drugs will be served by a new behavioral health crisis facility scheduled to open by the end of 2015 in Lenoir.

Police looking for stolen heating/air conditioning van
Posted: July 16, 2014

The Marion Police Department is investigating the larceny of a 2013 Ford E-250 van, white in color. The vehicle was stolen from A/C Heating and Air Conditioning at 829 East Court St., Marion on July 15. The vehicle has the following business name and marking on both sides and rear door: Bryant A/C Heating and Air Conditioning (828) 652-8477. The vehicle was displaying a NC registration tag# CCY-5345, VIN# 1FTNE2EWXDDA14132.

Tuesday 07/15/2014
Library to host presentation on Cane Creek battlefield
Posted: July 15, 2014

Thursday evening, the public can participate in a discussion about a significant skirmish that happened during the American Revolution in what is now McDowell County.

McDowell Commission approves new non-profit policy
Posted: July 15, 2014

The McDowell County Commissioners approved Monday a new policy for the various non-profit agencies that get county money.

Two arrested on meth charges
Posted: July 15, 2014

Two suspects were taken into custody after law enforcement agents searched a Marion home.

Crisp family receives K9 painting
Posted: July 15, 2014

The family of fallen U.S. Forest Service officer Jason Crisp received a heartwarming surprise in June from a woman many states away.

Monday 07/14/2014
New group critical of Rutherford Electric rates
Posted: July 14, 2014

A new group is being formed to give a voice for customers with Rutherford Electric Membership Corp. who are worried about the rising costs of their electrical service. But a statement from the electrical cooperative contends that this new group may have a “hidden agenda.”

Owen Wilson tours Mountain Gateway Museum
Posted: July 14, 2014

Movie star Owen Wilson took in some local history during his visit to Old Fort, stopping by the Mountain Gateway Museum on Friday.

Marion native on world tour with Creed front man
Posted: July 14, 2014

Guitar player Andy Wood can now check “world-travelling rock star” off his bucket list.

Sunday 07/13/2014
Hollywood comes to Old Fort: First day of local shooting for Galifianakis comedy complete
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Bystanders in Old Fort were out star gazing on Friday as film crews with the new Zach Galifianakis comedy steadily moved into town.

Saturday 07/12/2014
LINC program graduates 6th class
Posted: July 12, 2014

One of the largest LINC classes recently graduated from McDowell Technical Community College.

Couple sues city of Marion over raw sewage damage
Posted: July 12, 2014

A Marion couple has filed a lawsuit against the city of Marion because of raw sewage that backed up through sewer lines and into a structure on their property, causing more than $40,000 worth of damage.

Friday 07/11/2014
Woman charged with stealing from neighbor
Posted: July 11, 2014

A Marion woman has been charged with stealing her neighbor’s property, authorities said on Friday.

Thursday 07/10/2014
Carolina Cross Connection looking for projects
Posted: July 10, 2014

This summer, the young volunteers with the Carolina Cross Connection are back in McDowell County to help deserving folks with their minor home repairs.

Police: Marion man assaults wife, child
Posted: July 10, 2014

Officer Matthew Huggins, of the Marion Police Department, charged Michael Thomas Brown, 38, of Clinchfield Loop, Marion, with assault on a female, false imprisonment, assault on a child under 12, and felony assault by strangulation.

Marion man charged with 3 break-ins
Posted: July 10, 2014

A Marion man was taken into custody after authorities say he broke into several residences in April.

Police: Help us find wanted man
Posted: July 10, 2014

Marion police officers are asking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for several crimes.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
Boy, 11, struck by car
Posted: July 09, 2014

An 11-year-old boy was hurt Tuesday evening when he was hit by a vehicle on U.S. 70 West.

Galifianakis project filming on Friday
Posted: July 09, 2014

Folks in Old Fort are gearing up for Hollywood lights, cameras and action scenes to be filmed on Friday as part of the comedy “Untitled Armored Car Project.”

Race set for Soil and Water board
Posted: July 09, 2014

This fall, local voters will have three candidates to choose from as they pick their new members for the McDowell County Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors.

Middle school bands accepting new members before band camp
Posted: July 09, 2014

A late recruitment event at both middle schools will offer rising sixth- and seventh-graders who haven’t signed up for band one more chance to register for the class during the 2014-15 school year.

McDowell Trails Association to hold public meeting
Posted: July 09, 2014

The McDowell Trails Association (MTA) invites the public to its annual meeting at the Marion Depot on Tuesday, July 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 07/08/2014
Operation Backpack accepting school supply donations
Posted: July 08, 2014

For the 16th year in a row, one local organization is making sure students in McDowell County Public Schools have the supplies they need when the bell rings.

Foothills Community Theatre announces lineup
Posted: July 08, 2014

Foothills Community Theatre (FCT) recently announced shows for its 2014-15 season.

Woman airlifted to hospital on July 4
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 4:59 pm

A suspect has been charged in a boating accident over the holiday weekend that sent one person to the hospital by helicopter.

Monday 07/07/2014
Animal rescue group asks for public's help
Posted: July 07, 2014

The clock is ticking for one local animal organization to meet a state requirement needed to keep its dog rescue licensed.

Authorities: Suspect sold it for $2,000
Posted: July 07, 2014

Authorities said Monday an Old Fort man was charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of tubing from a Marion plant.

Sunday 07/06/2014
Update: Missing 13-year-old girl found
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 11:24 am

13-year-old Jessie Bowen has been located, according to the Marion Police Department.

Saturday 07/05/2014
City of Marion upgrades downtown Wi-Fi
Posted: July 05, 2014

This summer, folks in downtown Marion can enjoy surfing the web faster and more reliably while watching their kids play at the splash pad or the playground.

Disease Detectives: McDowell students look at health topics during GEAR UP camp
Posted: July 05, 2014

Disease Detective Camp, a summer enrichment program sponsored by GEAR UP in McDowell County Schools, recently ended its first session.

Bill could impact moped owners in McDowell, across NC
Posted: July 05, 2014

Moped owners could find themselves having to register and pay insurance on their scooters.

Friday 07/04/2014
Phone service out for Dysartsville community in McDowell
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Phone service is currently out for a large part of the Dysartsville community in McDowell County. The Dysartsville Fire Department is being manned and citizens are asked to report emergencies to fire officials there if phone service is unavailable. Current projected time of restoration is 4 p.m. McDowell County Emergency Management is monitoring this situation and will pass on additional information as it becomes available.

Thursday 07/03/2014
Old Fort, Marion host Fourth of July festivities
Posted: July 03, 2014

On Friday, Marion will celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday with the traditional Independence Day parades and fireworks. Old Fort will have a parade too and fireworks for the first time in almost a decade.

Caldwell County inmate escapes prison
Updated: July 03, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Escaped convict Michael Calloway,39, of Buncombe County was captured after he was found swimming in Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, the Watauga Democrat reports.

Two face charges of drug possession
Posted: July 03, 2014

Two people have been arrested and charged with drug possession, Old Fort authorities said Thursday.

Authorities seek ID of alleged card thief
Posted: July 03, 2014

Investigators with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who allegedly used a stolen debit card.