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Probation absconder arrested following wreck

A probation absconder landed himself in handcuffs after causing a wreck Wednesday afternoon.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Participants ready for 68th Junior Livestock Show
Posted: July 31, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series commemorating the 100th year of Cooperative Extension in the U.S.

Greenway expansion to begin this month
Posted: July 31, 2014

The Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway is about to double its size.

Stolen: $4,000 in scuba gear
Posted: July 31, 2014

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office detectives need assistance locating $4,000 worth of scuba gear stolen from an Old Fort residence on Wednesday, July 23.

Actor Galifianakis grabs a bite in Old Fort
Posted: July 31, 2014

Although rain may have cancelled Thursday’s filming in Old Fort for the movie currently known as “Untitled Armored Car Project,” it didn’t stop a major movie star from popping into a local business for some breakfast.

Flash flood watch in effect for McDowell
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 11:30 am

A flash flood watch is in effect for McDowell County and surrounding areas until noon on Friday.

County phone lines down until further notice
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Phone service is currently out for County offices located at 60 East Court St in Marion. Crews are working to repair this issue.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
DSS to host healthy living event
Posted: July 30, 2014

One event promises a slew of healthy and fun activities for families in McDowell County.

Wreck sends one to hospital
Posted: July 30, 2014

A man was sent to the hospital after witnesses say he traveled across U.S. 221 North and struck another vehicle.

Master Gardeners a big part of Cooperative Extension program
Posted: July 30, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series commemorating the 100th year of Cooperative Extension in the U.S.

Escaped inmates in custody
Posted: July 30, 2014

Two inmates who escaped Avery County authorities on Tuesday were captured in the early morning hours on Wednesday in Georgia.

Tuesday 07/29/2014
Marion, Mooresville hit 48 hours apart
Posted: July 29, 2014

Marion and Mooresville authorities believe the same bandit likely robbed banks in both towns 48 hours apart.

Man charged with sexually abusing teens
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 5:54 pm

A Marion man is behind bars after authorities say he sexually molested two teens.

Cooperative Extension: Helping for 100 years
Posted: July 29, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series commemorating the 100th year of Cooperative Extension in the U.S.

Update from McDowell County Sheriff's Office: Escapees captured in Georgia
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 10:27 am

Two inmates who escaped custody from Avery County authorities Tuesday afternoon are back in custody in Gordon County, Ga.

Update: Cash reward offered for information
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 2:45 pm

A tip from the public led McDowell County sheriff’s deputies and Marion police officers to a wanted sex offender Tuesday.
Jesse Dean Burse, 29, was captured at a residence on State Street in Marion at 12:39 p.m.
He was wanted on two counts of failure to change his address (sex offender registry violations) and one count each of failure to appear in court and failure to pay child support.
Burse was convicted of one count of sexual battery in Rutherford County on Sept. 26, 2007. He was sentenced to 2 months and 15 days in prison and was released from the N.C. Department of Corrections on Dec. 10, 2007.
After his release, he registered as a sex offender in Rutherford County. He moved to McDowell in August 2013. In October of last year, he allegedly changed his address without notifying the Sheriff’s Office, which he is required to do by law. He was charged with a registry violation. That case is still pending in Superior Court and was scheduled to be heard last week. When Burse failed to show, the judge issued a warrant for failure to appear.
Burse had been living at 6 Eagle Drive in Nebo until mid-June of this year, when, once again, it is alleged that he left that residence without notifying the Sheriff’s Office. On July 10, Capt. Ricky Crisp issued another warrant for a registry violation.
Burse had been on the run from law enforcement since mid-June. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $41,000 bond.

Monday 07/28/2014
Trail inspires artists, leads to show
Posted: July 28, 2014

One familiar walking spot has been recreated on canvas by several local artists and will be featured in the upcoming Greenway Art Show at MACA.

Marion native named chief judge of N.C. appeals court
Posted: July 28, 2014

N.C. Chief Justice Sarah Parker has named Judge Linda McGee as chief judge of the N.C. Court of Appeals.

Strangulation charge filed against care home resident
Posted: July 28, 2014

One Cedarbrook resident has been charged with choking another resident, authorities said on Monday.

Report: Man breaks tombstones, smears them with grease
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Deputies say they arrested a Marion man for destroying tombstones at a local Baptist church.

Sunday 07/27/2014
Tornado watch in effect until 1 a.m. Monday for McDowell
Posted: July 27, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for McDowell and other western North Carolina counties. The watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday. A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a tornado. A warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or picked up on radar.

Saturday 07/26/2014
NC Works to offer class for those seeking employment
Posted: July 26, 2014

One local job hub may have gone through a name change, but that hasn’t lessened the training they provide for individuals looking for employment.

Friday 07/25/2014
Hunt for Marion bank robber continues
Posted: July 25, 2014

Authorities were still searching on Friday for a man who robbed Fifth Third Bank on South Main Street in Marion Thursday.

Thursday 07/24/2014
Authorities searching for Fifth Third Bank robbery suspect in Marion
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 10:51 am

Marion police officers and McDowell County sheriff's deputies are currently searching for this man, who allegedly robbed Fifth Third bank on Main Street shortly before 5 p.m.

Fire destroys warehouse used by Habitat for Humanity
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 5:29 pm

A Wednesday night fire destroyed a building which was used as a warehouse by the local Habitat for Humanity.

Construction continues at McDowell High
Posted: July 24, 2014

Progress continues on construction at McDowell High School to make room for ninth-graders.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Affordable Care Act will impact schools
Posted: July 23, 2014

Stipulations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” are causing McDowell County Schools to rethink how their employees are spending their hours on payroll.

Deputies: Felon found with handgun
Posted: July 23, 2014

Additional charges are pending for a Marion man who was recently charged by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office with felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

Upcoming events at McDowell High School
Posted: July 23, 2014

With the beginning of McDowell County Schools 2014-15 school year just weeks away, McDowell High School would like to announce the following important dates for students.

Two years later, Kate B. Reynolds effort making a difference in McDowell
Posted: July 23, 2014

Two years ago this summer, McDowell County was invited to be a part of a multi-million dollar, long-range effort by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to improve the health and quality of life of its people.

Tuesday 07/22/2014
A cultural divide: Groups gather at courthouse as same-sex marriage license denied
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 4:34 pm

McDowell County was confronted Tuesday with the issue of same-sex marriage when a local lesbian couple sought to apply for a marriage license at the Register of Deeds office.

Homeless in McDowell: Men’s shelter gives help, hope to clients
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Deciding to make a change is the first step in turning one’s life around.

Tempers flare at Old Fort meeting about music program
Posted: July 22, 2014

Tempers flared, angry accusations were made and two police officers were called to the Town Hall so they could escort the leaders of Old Fort Mountain Music out of the boardroom in an attempt to restore order during Monday’s meeting of the town’s Board of Aldermen.

Monday 07/21/2014
Man sues county, sheriff
Posted: July 21, 2014

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.

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.