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Mission Health lifts visitor restrictions at hospitals

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.

  • icon Posted: January 26

Recent Headlines

Monday 01/26/2015
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.

47 animals seized at home
Posted: January 20, 2015

A Marion couple has been charged with animal cruelty after deputies seized 47 animals from their residence last week.

Nebo woman charged with child abuse
Posted: January 20, 2015

A Nebo mother is charged with abusing her 7-year-old daughter, authorities said on Tuesday.

Tag office employee charged with embezzlement
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 4:45 pm

A McDowell County government employee was arrested for allegedly stealing money from the tag office, deputies said on Tuesday.

Clarification: Investigation into care of local horses
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 12:53 pm

After publication of Tuesday’s story on the investigation into the care of a local herd of horses, veterinarian Justin Jornigan said some of the information supplied to The McDowell News by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office was not an accurate interpretation of his findings.

Monday 01/19/2015
Pastor calls for action at MLK service
Posted: January 19, 2015

On this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, local leaders and citizens were challenged to use their lives in changing their community.

Old Fort police charge woman with meth possession
Posted: January 19, 2015

A vehicle stop led Old Fort authorities to a stash of meth, police said on Monday.

Two charged in shooting death of Marion man
Posted: January 19, 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. —A three-week investigation into the death of a Marion, N.C. man whose body was found near Georgia Highway 204 on Dec. 23 has led to murder charges against two suspects.

Wanted: Two involved in gas theft
Posted: January 19, 2015

Old Fort authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspects or vehicles involved in a gas drive-off earlier this month.

Saturday 01/17/2015
King Day service Monday at Addie's Chapel
Posted: January 17, 2015

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a federal, state and local holiday that honors the late civil rights leader who fought and struggled for equality and justice for all.

Concern for horses prompts action in McDowell
Posted: January 17, 2015

A frenzy of social media posts and calls to authorities have forced an investigation into care for a herd of horses off Ashworth Road in Marion.

Marion City Council to consider rules for indoor firing range
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 10:32 am

The Marion City Council will consider Tuesday some new rules that will allow for an indoor firing and archery range. City officials will talk about creating some new residential districts in Marion too.

Friday 01/16/2015
Two-year probe nets drugs, cash, guns in McDowell
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 6:46 pm

A Marion man was busted with a stash of drugs, guns and cash after a two-year investigation by the McDowell County Drug Task Force, authorities said Friday.

Mother charged with kidnapping biological child
Posted: January 16, 2015

An Asheville mother was arrested for allegedly kidnapping her son and stealing the father’s truck, according to deputies on Friday.

Two charged in connection with theft of 80-year-old woman's purse in Marion
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 6:50 pm

Police have arrested two women in connection with the theft of an 80-year-old woman’s purse at Ingles on Jan 9.

Thursday 01/15/2015
Superintendents unveil guide to strengthening schools
Posted: January 15, 2015

RALEIGH – More than 90 of the state’s 115 local superintendents stood together on Tuesday to unveil the “North Carolina Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools.”

McDowell officers, emergency workers get training on dealing with mentally ill
Posted: January 15, 2015

Smoky Mountain LME/MCO is currently offering officers in western North Carolina training that will help them better communicate with people dealing with mental illness.

Nebo man busted on drug charges in Morganton
Posted: January 15, 2015

A Nebo man was arrested by Morganton officers on drug charges after allegedly causing a disturbance at a hotel.

Wednesday 01/14/2015
Lab helps seventh-graders learn about genetics
Posted: January 14, 2015

A lesson in genetics recently left some students at West McDowell Middle School with a bad taste in their mouths.

Gillespie out as environmental assistant secretary, lands new state post in Asheville
Posted: January 14, 2015

North Carolina's new environmental secretary has replaced two assistant secretaries at the state agency. This means that Mitch Gillespie will be taking on a new job as director of western outreach for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

County Commissioners get details on new hospital
Posted: January 14, 2015

At their regular meeting on Monday, the McDowell County Commissioners heard more about Mission Health’s plan to build a new McDowell Hospital right in front of the existing 32-year-old structure.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
County manager to retire, become full-time economic development director
Posted: January 13, 2015

Chuck Abernathy, who’s been the county manager for 28 years, announced Monday at the McDowell County Commission meeting that he plans to retire from that job later this year and start working full time as the economic development director or executive director of MEDA.