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From recreation-seeking visitors exploring the community to millennial entrepreneurs launching businesses, McDowell County is attracting attention and dollars, say local leaders.
As McDowell Tech celebrates the legacy and work of retiring President Bryan Wilson, college staff members are hard at work transitioning to new leadership under John Gossett, who was named in May to succeed Wilson.
Today, McDowell Technical Community College is celebrating a major milestone in the college’s nearly fifty-year history, the retirement of the college’s fourth president.
Old Fort authorities said they arrested a wanted man driving a stolen car.
A Marion woman got a rude awakening Thursday morning when a car slammed into her parked vehicle and ended up in her yard.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hours of testimonials, urgent pleas and persuasion have led to this. Now, it's time to hear from Hillary Clinton.
Marion’s newest eatery promises to offer a place for quality dining and also something different for the local community. It is housed in a familiar location in the downtown.
Summer break is almost over but there are still a few opportunities to entertain kids, and parents, at the McDowell Arts Council Association.
Cadets from McDowell High School’s NJROTC unit spent a week brushing up on their leadership skills in preparation for Basic Leadership Training course they will host starting Monday.
Authorities said Wednesday they arrested a Marion man for stealing a Ford Explorer.
MIAMI (AP) — The Republican presidential ticket projected mixed signals Wednesday to claims that Russia is meddling in the U.S. electoral process.
After weeks of bloodshed across the country and clashes between police and citizens, some McDowell county residents are showing their support for local law enforcement in their own way.
Not all students are still out on summer break, as Eastfield Global Magnet students have been back in session for almost two weeks.
A three-car collision happened Tuesday on Sugar Hill Road after one driver apparently blacked out behind the wheel.
The Marion City Council will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon for the recently improved Peavine Trail.
McDowell County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two 17 years olds who reportedly left SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort early Tuesday morning.
This Thursday, three authors who have produced books about Little Switzerland, Spruce Pine and Mount Mitchell will be the guest speakers at the regular meeting of the McDowell Historical Society.
On Thursday evening, members of the public are invited to an event that preserves history using the world’s oldest tradition — storytelling.
The Mercy Fund Animal Rescue is known for taking in homeless animals and caring for them until they can be adopted.
McDowell County Sheriff’s Office investigators are searching for 23-year-old Dylan Ryan Grindstaff, whose last known address was 88 Riverview Acres Drive in Marion.
Authorities said Monday they searched an hour and a half on Friday for a Marshall man accused of stealing a tractor then a golf cart and eventually fleeing on foot.
Editor’s note: This feature mines our archives for what was going on this week in local history. These photos came from The McDowell Express.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A shooting at a Florida nightclub early Monday morning killed two people and wounded at least 16, police said. The attack apparently occurred at a teen party, billed as a "Swimsuit Glow Party," at Club Blu in Fort Myers, according to local media.
A justice rally was held at Addie’s Chapel Saturday morning to protest a recent murder conviction in McDowell County.
For the second year, portrait and fine art photographers James and Jenny Tarpley of Marion were selected as “Artists-in-Residence” at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.
Since 1982, his business has produced thousands of T-shirts, caps, jackets and other items with custom printing and embroidery for countless customers in McDowell County and throughout the Southeast. He was also an advocate for the downtown community and shopping local.
A Nebo man faces charges after a search of his home turned up methamphetamine, authorities said Friday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters Thursday night that as president he will restore the safety they fear they're losing, strictly curb immigration and save the nation from Hillary Clinton's record of "death, destruction, terrorism and weakness."
Every elementary school in McDowell County will receive a healthy snack thanks to the expansion of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).
Marion will participate in a revolving loan fund from the state which could support more small business development in the downtown area. City officials said they hope this will attract more food and beverage businesses and specialty shops to the downtown and fill some buildings that have stood empty for a long time.
Firefighters from across McDowell responded to the International Automotive Components (IAC) plant in Old Fort after a fire was reported Thursday afternoon.
An Old Fort family is offering a cash reward for information on who shot their horse.
Authorities said Thursday they arrested a Marion couple after their two sons tested positive for meth.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the day Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, a miniature wall appeared around the former reality TV host's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
McDowell County Schools is providing mobile library services and serving lunch for students Pre-K through 12th grade throughout the summer.
The city of Marion hopes to get a state grant to take care of the problem with ground-dwelling wasps flying around the playground equipment at the Community Building’s Park. The proposed rubber surface around the playground equipment would also make it more accessible for the disabled.
Members of a Charlotte-based civil rights group and community members held a press conference outside the McDowell County courthouse Wednesday morning to protest a recent murder conviction.
A man folks called “Magic” seemed to have pulled the ultimate disappearing act as conflicting stories of his whereabouts and how he died have surfaced.
Authorities said Wednesday they arrested two Marion men connected to a month-long stealing spree.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two North Carolina teens were struck by lightning as they walked on a Florida beach.
McDowell County Schools is currently hosting the third annual Summer Reading Camp. Summer Reading Camp is designed to provide supportive reading instruction for students in first, second and third grades.
Flower pots, fiber optic power lines and false alarm problems were among the topics discussed at the monthly Board of Aldermen meeting in Old Fort on Monday.
A 16-year-old reported missing from a group home is accused of breaking into a building and eating the food inside.
Ingenious Coffee Roasters in Marion has already gained a devoted following across the region for the tasty and aromatic blends. But now the wholesale coffee distributor has a new blend with a special purpose.
A service dog trained by Canine Companions for Independence is being used as a furry aid in court cases involving children.
Authorities said they arrested the suspect who allegedly robbed a Virginia woman and hit her with his truck on Friday morning.
Each day, McDowell News staffers listen to the police scanner for goings-on around the community. And, many times, we hear something, look at each other and say, did we hear that correctly? We decided to jot down a few of the calls throughout the week and share them with our readers. The time of each call is approximate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three officers are confirmed dead and three others wounded after a shooting in Baton Rouge, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said.
Monday: Pepperoni pizza, Caesar salad, mixed fruit, milk
An elegant evening of food, friends and music awaits those attending McDowell County’s first-ever Farm to Table event on Saturday, Aug. 20.