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Fire shuts down Interstate 40 in McDowell on Friday

A grass fire Friday afternoon shut down parts of Interstate 40 for nearly two hours while crews battled the roadside blaze.

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Friday 01/30/2015
Marion man charged with solicitation
Posted: January 30, 2015

McDowell deputies said Friday they have arrested a man who tried to solicit sex with a teenage girl.

I-40 hazardous in McDowell due to grass fires
Posted: January 30, 2015

Motorists were advised to use caution on Interstate 40 in McDowell due to multiple grass fires and low visibility. The N.C. Highway Patrol instituted a "rolling roadblock at" 3:15 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic.

Thursday 01/29/2015
NJROTC rifle team prepares for upcoming championship
Posted: January 29, 2015

McDowell High School’s NJROTC recently participated in the Area 6 Rifle Championship and a drill meet at Daniel Boone High School in Gray, Tenn.

3 charged in home break-in
Posted: January 29, 2015

Three suspects were arrested for stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of property, McDowell deputies said Thursday.

McDowell's free health clinic to close; another group hopes to keep it open
Posted: January 29, 2015

After five years of providing free medical care to the uninsured and underserved, the Good Samaritan Clinic of McDowell County announced this week it would close its doors. But a small group of people are seeking to find a way for the clinic to stay open.

Deputies seeking break-in suspect
Posted: January 29, 2015

Editor's note: The following is a feature provided by The McDowell News in conjunction with McDowell County Crimestoppers. On a rotating basis, members of local law enforcement agencies will submit unsolved crimes for publication. Investigators hope citizens can provide the missing pieces that will solve these offenses and/or help apprehend those responsible. The Crimestoppers Spotlight feature will run each week in The McDowell News.

Schools, Health Coalition celebrate attendance achievements
Posted: January 29, 2015

The McDowell Health Coalition’s Work Group on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) is conducting a yearlong pilot program to reduce absenteeism in the McDowell County Schools System during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Horse struck, killed on I-40
Posted: January 29, 2015

A horse being transported by an animal rescuer was killed Tuesday night after it was struck by a tractor trailer on Interstate 40.

Driver causes wreck, walks away from scene
Posted: January 29, 2015

Troopers are looking for the driver of a car who caused a wreck Wednesday afternoon on Nix Creek Road.

Pre-K program looking for new students
Posted: January 29, 2015

Pre-K students at Marion Elementary have spent the first part of their school year learning about all kinds of things, including bears and their hibernation habits.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Woman injured in wreck
Posted: January 28, 2015

An Old Fort woman lost consciousness while driving Wednesday afternoon and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

United Fund spotlight: McDowell Endowment Fund
Posted: January 28, 2015

Editor’s note: The McDowell News is highlighting agencies supported by the United Fund.

Victim chased and held suspect until officers arrived
Posted: January 28, 2015

An Old Fort man caught a thief breaking into his house and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived, officials said on Wednesday.

Local Wendy's to get a facelift
Posted: January 28, 2015

Another fast-food eatery in McDowell County is about to get a major facelift.

McDowell Health Coalition to host clinic on Thursday
Posted: January 28, 2015

The McDowell County Health Coalition and numerous regional partners will host a health clinic for those in need Thursday at Clinchfield United Methodist Church.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Emergency service students receive promotions
Posted: January 27, 2015

Parents, emergency service workers and students gathered inside McDowell High School’s auditorium on Tuesday to recognize six students who were promoted to officers in the school’s Emergency Services Academy.

Marion officer hurt, cruiser damaged in wreck
Posted: January 27, 2015

After investigating an accident Monday evening, an on-duty Marion police officer was involved in his own collision shortly after.

Meeting on Thursday offers help on Affordable Care Act
Posted: January 27, 2015

Local people who need more information about enrolling with the Affordable Care Act will have a “last chance” opportunity this Thursday in Marion.

Family: Help find missing man
Posted: January 27, 2015

Family members of a missing Tennessee man are still searching for answers on his whereabouts after his truck was discovered in McDowell County almost a year ago.

Prescribed burn planned for Grandfather Ranger District in McDowell
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 1:02 pm

The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Grandfather Ranger District, PisgahNational Forest, on Wednesday. The agency plans to burn North of Lake James Road in McDowell County approximately 850 acres of the 1950 acre unit at this time. The rest of the acreage will be burned at a later date this spring when conditions are right.

Monday 01/26/2015
Mission Health lifts visitor restrictions at hospitals
Posted: January 26, 2015

Mission Health has lifted its visitor restriction policy at its member hospitals and affiliates in western North Carolina, including McDowell Hospital. But some limitations remain as the incidence of the flu is still a concern.

DSS offers overview to county commissioners
Posted: January 26, 2015

McDowell’s Department of Social Services gave a report last week to the County Commissioners about how their agency is “people focused and service driven.”

Fire damages Marion home
Posted: January 26, 2015

A cast iron pan left on a stove was the cause of an afternoon fire on Grove Street in Marion, resident Ann Parker said as she stood outside of her burning home.

Jury clears man of drug charge
Posted: January 26, 2015

A Marion man was found not guilty in court after being charged in 2013 for possessing a large amount of drugs.

Deputy: 1 stabbed in dispute
Posted: January 26, 2015

A Marion man has been jailed for allegedly stabbing another man, deputies said Monday.

Rodriguez named MPD Officer of the Year
Posted: January 26, 2015

Narcotics detective Eric Rodriguez was named Officer of the Year for the Marion Police Department and was recognized for his efforts in several big cases in McDowell last year.

Saturday 01/24/2015
Edwards eyes run for Asheville City Council
Posted: January 24, 2015

A former member of the Marion City Council may seek a seat on the Asheville City Council this year.

YMCA expanding, adding equipment
Posted: January 24, 2015

With the new year of 2015, the Maxwell M. Corpening Jr. Memorial YMCA is announcing some changes and expansions in its programs.

Woman guilty of shooting husband
Posted: January 24, 2015

A Marion woman will spend the next five to seven years behind bars for shooting and injuring her husband.

Grand jury inspection: Replace courthouse building
Posted: January 24, 2015

A grand jury that recently inspected the McDowell County Courthouse had a message for county commissioners: Build a new one.

Friday 01/23/2015
Father charged with assault by strangulation
Posted: January 23, 2015

Deputies said Friday they arrested a Marion man for allegedly strangling his 6-year-old son.

Board hears about school maintenance projects
Posted: January 23, 2015

Folks who attend McDowell County Board of Education meetings will now get to hear a monthly report on the projects and repairs that local schools require.

Thursday 01/22/2015
Teen father faces felony abuse charge
Posted: January 22, 2015

A Marion teenager is behind bars after allegedly abusing his 2-month-old son, deputies said Thursday.

McDowell House restoration in the works
Posted: January 22, 2015

Near the greenway, the McDowell House is also undergoing some changes in addition to the new paved entrance and parking lot.

Second phase of greenway open to public
Posted: January 22, 2015

For the most part, the second and latest phase of the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway is complete. Workers got it ready well ahead of schedule and folks are already enjoying it.

McDowell Rotary to host bowling fundraiser on Sunday
Posted: January 22, 2015

The McDowell Rotary Club wants to strike out student homelessness with a fun-filled event this Sunday,

McDowell deputies searching for suspect who fled
Posted: January 22, 2015

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating Robert Scott Cowart, 41, of 285 Deep Woods Drive in Marion, who is wanted for felony larceny by employee and felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Officers: Help us find 2 absconders
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Editor's note: The following is a feature provided by The McDowell News in conjunction with McDowell County Crimestoppers. On a rotating basis, members of local law enforcement agencies will submit unsolved crimes for publication. Investigators hope citizens can provide the missing pieces that will solve these offenses and/or help apprehend those responsible. The Crimestoppers Spotlight feature will run each week in The McDowell News.

Marion man shot to death in Georgia in December
Posted: January 22, 2015

SAVANNAH, GA—A third suspect has been arrested and charged in the death of a Marion man whose body was found near a highway in Savannah, Ga. on Dec. 23.

Winter weather advisory in effect for McDowell
Posted: January 22, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the western North Carolina Foothills.

City of Marion to replace 4,300 water meters
Posted: January 22, 2015

The city of Marion is about to start replacing thousands of water meters used for homes, small businesses and other buildings.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Fire damages home in P.G.
Posted: January 21, 2015

A home in Pleasant Gardens burned Wednesday afternoon as multiple fire departments and rescue crews fought the blaze.

Bridge at Catawba Falls will reopen
Posted: January 21, 2015

The Old Fort Board of Aldermen discussed several town improvements, along with the grand opening of the bridge at Catawba Falls during Tuesday’s monthly meeting at Town Hall.

1 hurt when car hits motorcycle
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 5:36 pm

The driver of a motorcycle was taken to the hospital after a car ran a red light Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Report: Woman stole coins from mother-in-law
Posted: January 21, 2015

Deputies arrested a Marion woman who they say stole coins from her mother-in-law.

Neighbors oppose apartment complex for Airport Road
Posted: January 21, 2015

Around 20 to 30 residents of the Airport Road community spoke to the Marion City Council Tuesday evening about the proposed 60-unit Harrison Terrace apartment complex, with the majority of them saying they were against it.

Program will let middle schoolers, teachers connect
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 9:20 am

Over a million dollars in grant money will be used over the next three years to help middle school students and teachers better connect after school.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Reception will highlight elementary students’ art
Posted: January 20, 2015

Some of McDowell’s youngest artists will present their work at an upcoming reception at MACA.

United Fund spotlight: Foothills Community Theater
Posted: January 20, 2015

Editor’s note: The McDowell News is highlighting agencies supported by the United Fund.