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Friday 06/24/2016
This week's Entertainment Calendar
Posted: June 24, 2016


Old Fort police chief’s house broken into
Posted: June 24, 2016

The home of Old Fort’s police chief was broken into on Thursday while his 10-year-old daughter was inside.

Scott Hollifield: When Ralph Stanley made me cry
Posted: June 24, 2016

American music legend Ralph Stanley died Thursday at the age of 89 from complications of skin cancer. The music he and his late brother Carter made, what Ralph Stanley referred to as mountain music, helped develop the template for bluegrass. Scott Hollifield wrote the following column about Ralph Stanley in August 2008.

Global stocks tumble after Britain votes to leave the EU
Posted: June 24, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are plunging in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what will come next for Britain, Europe and the global economy.

Britain votes to leave EU: Cameron to resign; markets rocked
Posted: June 24, 2016

LONDON (AP) — Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the prime minister Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

Thursday 06/23/2016
New HOPE: State official tours domestic violence shelter
Posted: June 23, 2016

The secretary of the N.C. Department of Administration (DOA) made a stop at McDowell’s domestic and sexual assault shelter, New HOPE, on Thursday to learn about how they serve the community and what needs they have.

Grand jury: Suspect indicted on identity theft
Posted: June 23, 2016

Almost eight months after an 80-year-old Marion woman was robbed of thousands of dollars allegedly by her niece’s husband, a grand jury indicted the suspect on 46 felony counts of identity theft.

Dan Mays joins team at Morrow Insurance Agency
Posted: June 23, 2016

Morrow Insurance Agency Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Daniel C. “Dan” Mays effective June 27.

Former Alderman Thurman Padgham dies at 89
Posted: June 23, 2016

J. Thurman Padgham served the community where he grew up as an Old Fort alderman, a member of the McDowell Tech board of trustees and a newspaper publisher.

BREAKING NEWS: Charter customer outages possible
Posted: June 23, 2016

From McDowell County Emergency Management: Charter cable/phone customers may experience a disruption of service tonight starting between midnight and 6 a.m. This is due to repairs needing to be made to a damaged fiber line. Please share on your Facebook pages and let everyone know.

Police driver acquitted of all charges in Freddie Gray death
Posted: June 23, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge acquitted a police van driver of all charges including "depraved-heart" murder on Thursday in the death of 25-year-old arrestee Freddie Gray, whose broken neck on the way to the station set off Baltimore's worst riots in decades.

Wednesday 06/22/2016
Marion City Council agrees to help new restaurant get grant
Posted: June 22, 2016

At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Marion City Council agreed to help a new restaurant get started on the five lane which the owner says will bring something new and different to Marion.

Marion man found naked on front porch
Posted: June 22, 2016

Police charged a Marion man with exposing his privates to an 8-year-old girl and her mother.

Whitewater rafter dies from amoebic infection after NC trip
Posted: June 22, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Ohio woman who went whitewater rafting in North Carolina has died of an infection after being exposed to an amoeba naturally present in warm fresh water.

Sex offender charged with strangling 13-year-old boy
Posted: June 22, 2016

A registered sex offender is now accused of choking a teenage boy, deputies said Wednesday.

Gallup: 123,000 same-sex marriages in US since Supreme Court ruling
Posted: June 22, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — A new Gallup survey estimates that 123,000 same-sex marriages have taken place across the U.S. in the year since the Supreme Court ruling that legalized such unions nationwide.

Mayor says Old Fort is 'taking off'
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 10:26 am

The president of the Old Fort Chamber of Commerce declined to speak about the future of his organization at Monday night’s board of aldermen meeting, but elected officials took the opportunity to tout what they see as the town’s success.

FBI warns of dangers of sextortion in North Carolina
Posted: June 22, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI in Charlotte is trying to increase awareness of the dangers of sextortion, a type of online sexual exploitation.

Tuesday 06/21/2016
North Cove High School alumni set to hold reunion Saturday
Posted: June 21, 2016

On Saturday, the alumni of North Cove High School will gather again to reminisce, renew old ties and build a scholarship for future students.

MHS junior wins state medal for essay
Posted: June 21, 2016

McDowell High junior Brooke Ramsey is the North Carolina state winner in the Invest Write competition, an innovative national writing competition, produced by The Stock Market Game program that adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.

McDowell teacher selected for South Africa program
Posted: June 21, 2016

McDowell County teacher Melissa Stout is participating in the 2016 Global Teachers program to South Africa.

Monday 06/20/2016
Fundraiser started for disabled warrior
Posted: June 20, 2016

An online fundraiser to rebuild a disabled veteran’s barn has received nearly $3,000 in just two weeks.

Old Fort chamber to members: Should we quit?
Posted: June 20, 2016

The board of directors from the Old Fort Chamber of Commerce said Monday they want to hear from their members before taking action to dissolve the non-profit organization.

Man faces 4 felony domestic violations
Posted: June 20, 2016

A Marion man has been charged with four felonies after detectives said he continuously harasses his ex-girlfriend.

Summer Feeding Program: Free lunch all summer for kids 2-18
Posted: June 20, 2016

A free lunch program is available throughout the summer for children ages two through 18 at several sites throughout McDowell County.

Sunday 06/19/2016
McDowell High seniors earn millions in scholarships
Posted: June 19, 2016

Before graduation, 58 McDowell High School seniors accepted nearly $2.5 million in scholarships, financial aid and grants. During that evening, colleges, community organizations and school associations recognized students who had earned scholarships from their organizations. The following students were recognized:

Saturday 06/18/2016
Report: Marion man in hit-and-run, pulls over to eat
Posted: June 18, 2016

Authorities said Friday they arrested a Marion man following a hit-and-run accident after he pulled over to eat at a nearby restaurant.

Going for the gold: McDowell Senior Games winners announced
Posted: June 18, 2016

The 2016 McDowell Senior Games was held April 25 through May 13.

Friday 06/17/2016
Old Fort chamber may cease to exist
Updated: June 17, 2016 - 3:47 pm

The Old Fort Chamber of Commerce may soon cease to exist.

Report: Rape suspect turns himself in
Updated: June 17, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Authorities said Friday a man wanted on child sex charges turned himself in.

Thursday 06/16/2016
Small business wins big: Local coffee house awarded Marion's Business of the Year
Posted: June 16, 2016

One of Marion’s favorite gathering spots was celebrated by the community as the best small business of the year.

Linville Falls Mountain Club event is Saturday
Posted: June 16, 2016

On Saturday, Linville Falls Mountain Club will hold the summer debut of new homes complete with food, local artisans, wine, craft beer and a visit by North Carolina’s best-known artist, Bob Timberlake.

McDowell authorities: Don't fall for bail money scam
Posted: June 16, 2016

Authorities said Thursday they are advising local residents not to fall for a phone scam.

Wednesday 06/15/2016
Free downtown concert set for Friday
Posted: June 15, 2016

This Friday evening, the Rockabillys will kick off the 2016 Summer Concert Series in downtown Marion.

'Glass Menagerie' debuts at MACA Friday
Posted: June 15, 2016

On Friday, Foothills Community Theatre will present a classic tale at MACA during its off main summer show “The Glass Menagerie.”

'Don't lose faith': St. John's Episcopal remembers Orlando victims
Updated: June 15, 2016 - 6:00 pm

A prayer service and vigil held at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Marion provided support and condolences for victims and families of the Orlando, Fla. shooting massacre.

Body of Nebraska boy snatched by gator found in Disney lagoon
Posted: June 15, 2016

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater was recovered Wednesday, ending a ghastly search at one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

School board cuts one CTE program
Posted: June 15, 2016

The McDowell County Board of Education voted to eliminate one CTE course and increase paid lunches by 10 cents at Monday night’s monthly meeting.

MACA rolls out art, theatre camps
Posted: June 15, 2016

The McDowell Arts Council has some exciting camps coming up for kids looking to keep their creative wheels turning this summer.

Florida authorities search for boy dragged into water by gator
Posted: June 15, 2016

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials pulled four alligators from a lagoon at Walt Disney World after a 2-year-old boy was dragged into the water by an alligator near the upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as his father frantically tried to rescue his son.

Tuesday 06/14/2016
McDowell Commissioners approve county budget
Posted: June 14, 2016

After holding a public hearing, the McDowell County Commissioners approved Monday a $40.8 million budget for fiscal year 2016-2017.

All about Nebo: Students, teachers give update on their school
Updated: June 14, 2016 - 4:31 pm

Nebo Elementary students presented curriculum from each grade level at their school to the McDowell Board of Education during their monthly meeting Monday night.

St. John’s Episcopal Church to hold healing service for Orlando
Posted: June 14, 2016

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marion at 329 South Main Street will hold a service of healing, reconciliation and hope for all the people of Orlando, Fla. and the country Wednesday at noon in the sanctuary of St. John’s.

Report: 520 pounds of food dumped in Mill Creek
Updated: June 14, 2016 - 10:52 am

Authorities said Tuesday they are looking for someone who dumped more than 520 pounds of food in Mill Creek.

Monday 06/13/2016
Back in the spotlight: film crew returns to focus on murder mystery
Updated: June 14, 2016 - 11:08 am

A McDowell County murder mystery was revisited for a new series by TV channel Investigation Discovery on Friday.

Motorcyclist hurt in Old Fort crash
Updated: June 14, 2016 - 2:07 pm

An Old Fort man was hurt Friday in a motorcycle accident.

Victim in motorcycle crash was Michigan man
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 1:44 pm

The N.C. Highway Patrol has identified the victim of Friday’s fatal motorcycle crash on N.C. 80.

Report: Marion man opens fire in residence
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 1:43 pm

Authorities said Monday they arrested a 19-year-old Marion man and charged him with shooting into a residence, possession of marijuana and assault on a female.

3 students awarded highest honor at EMMS
Posted: June 13, 2016

Three students at East McDowell Middle School were recently awarded the highest honor given to students at the school.