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South Korea wants to thank Korean War vets

The Republic of South Korea wants to formally thank all those who fought to defend their country during the Korean War by presenting those veterans with a special medal. And that includes the Korean War veterans of McDowell County,

  • icon Posted: August 21

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Thursday 08/21/2014
St. John's Episcopal Church to host dinner for migrant workers
Posted: August 21, 2014

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marion will hold a special service on Sunday evening as a way of celebrating the hard work of migrant farm workers in McDowell County.

Marion mayor to give presentation at train show
Posted: August 21, 2014

This weekend, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will have its train show complete with train rides, model railroad layouts and numerous vendors. And Marion Mayor Steve Little will be among the presenters at this event.

Local car salesman charged
Posted: August 21, 2014

A Marion car salesman has been indicted on 37 charges in Buncombe County.

3 charged with stealing motorcycle
Posted: August 21, 2014

Three Marion men were charged with stealing a motorcycle and selling it in another county.

Explorer program molding future officers
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Marion Police Department Explorer program has been molding future law enforcement officers for many years, and organizers are looking for a few more participants.

Justice Dept. announces $17B settlement with BofA
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 10:59 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Ninth-grade teachers prepare for first day of school
Posted: August 20, 2014

Teachers were unpacking boxes, moving desks and getting classrooms ready at McDowell High School’s new ninth-grade academy on Wednesday.

Marion Pilot Club presents first Vials of Life to EMS
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Last week, the Pilot Club of Marion presented the first batch of the Vials of Life to the McDowell County Emergency Medical Services so that paramedics can better help local senior citizens and the homebound in critical moments.

McDowell retail sales growing
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 10:23 am

On Tuesday, city of Marion officials announced some good economic news: local retail sales are up and Marion gained several new businesses during the past year.

Authorities searching for gas thief
Posted: August 20, 2014

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help identifying this vehicle and its occupants, believed to have been at Riverside Food Mart when 95 gallons of gas was stolen from three trucks.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Topic of County Commission closed session: Same-sex marriage
Posted: August 19, 2014

McDowell County officials met in closed session last week to talk about an ongoing litigation and the issuing of marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

Task force releases action plan for rural areas
Posted: August 19, 2014

A statewide task force announced Monday that a close link exists between economic, mental and physical health for rural communities in North Carolina. And a comprehensive action plan has been developed to address some of the health issues in rural places in the state.

Aldermen work to solve Andrews Geyser problem
Posted: August 19, 2014

At the Old Fort’s Board of Aldermen regular monthly meeting, new roofs, Andrews Geyser and town ordinances were discussed.

127 NJROTC students attend leadership training
Posted: August 19, 2014

Cadets from McDowell High School NJROTC and nine other units from western North Carolina recently graduated from the 37th annual Basic Leadership Training course held at Camp Bud Schiele in Union Mills.

Police charge two with drug offense
Posted: August 19, 2014

A McDowell couple was taken into custody after police say they discovered drugs in their car around their children.

Two hurt in Tuesday collision
Posted: August 19, 2014

Two people were transported to the hospital after their vehicles collided head-on Tuesday morning.

Man faces felony abuse charge
Posted: August 19, 2014

A Marion man is behind bars after authorities say he severely injured his 3-month-old daughter.

Monday 08/18/2014
Companies looking for employees at job fair
Posted: August 18, 2014

The second annual McDowell County Job Fair will get underway in a brand new location at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Last year’s event, held in mid-November, was at the National Guard Armory. This year, however, organizers have moved the event to McDowell High School off of North Main Street in Marion.

Summer Reading Camp helps raise scores
Posted: August 18, 2014

A review of McDowell County Schools’ first Summer Reading Camp shows a majority of third-graders who attended benefitted from the new program, McDowell County Board of Education members learned at their August meeting.

Suspect faces murder charge
Posted: August 18, 2014

McDowell detectives are still searching for answers in the slaying of a Marion man on Saturday.

Sunday 08/17/2014
Deputies charge man with murder
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff’s office arrested a man early Sunday morning for allegedly committing murder.

Saturday 08/16/2014
Photography students to show work at MACA
Posted: August 16, 2014

For the remainder of August, MACA’s gallery will show a variety of photos from students in McDowell Technical Community College’s photography program.

Friday 08/15/2014
County launching after-school program
Posted: August 15, 2014

County officials approved Monday the creation of a new after-school program for middle school students in McDowell County.

Facebook expands grant program to McDowell
Posted: August 15, 2014

FOREST CITY — Facebook on Wednesday announced the opening and expansion of its 2014 local grants program in Western North Carolina.

Thursday 08/14/2014
Lost grandmother, grandson found unharmed
Posted: August 14, 2014

A 70-year-old grandmother and her 6-year-old grandson who were reported missing Thursday in the Crooked Creek area were found unharmed hours later after a multi-agency search.

3-day music event attracts crowd to Marion
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Tradition is a word that was passed around most during the first day of the 40th annual North Carolina Bluegrass Festival at Tom Johnson Rally Park.

Home damaged by fire in Nebo
Posted: August 14, 2014

Firefighters battled a blaze Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. at a home on Calvin Drive in Nebo.

911 Center upgrade to improve response
Posted: August 14, 2014

The McDowell 911 Center has upgraded their protocol system in an effort to improve call quality in an emergency.

Principal changes made at North Cove Elementary, West Marion Elementary
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Administrative changes have been made at two different elementary schools in McDowell County for the 2014-15 school year.

UPDATE: Missing grandmother, grandson found
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 5:39 pm

The McDowell County’s Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing grandmother and her grandson.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
McDowell rescuers respond to Mill Creek area
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 11:11 am

Several McDowell agencies assisted Buncombe County authorities Tuesday evening when a suspect fled on foot across county lines and ended up being bitten by a police dog.

Pair charged with break-in, theft
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 5:11 pm

McDowell authorities charged two women with breaking into a storage building and stealing thousands of dollars worth of property.

Bluegrass festival hits milestone in Marion
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Today’s schedule

Roger White remembered for service to community
Posted: August 13, 2014

Friends and associates are remembering significant contributions made by Marion businessman and civic leader Roger White.

Bluegrass festival hits milestone in Marion
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Today, the 40th Annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival kicks off at Tom Johnson Rally Park with another impressive three-day lineup of pickers and singers.

Tuesday 08/12/2014
Construction nearly complete at McDowell High
Posted: August 12, 2014

Construction is nearing an end at McDowell High School.

McDowell Tech strikes deal to show films in trial run
Posted: August 12, 2014

McDowell Technical Community College will usher in a new movie series this weekend for a three-week trial run.

11 McDowell High seniors take part in summer workshop
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Eleven seniors recently joined GEAR UP facilitators Brook Thompson and Pat Gross to learn what they can do to prepare for life after high school graduation.

County officials decline to talk tethering; animal advocates leave meeting unsatisfied
Posted: August 12, 2014

The McDowell County Commissioners did not talk about the issue of dog tethering at their regular Monday meeting even after one commissioner asked that it be placed on the agenda and around a dozen local residents showed up to discuss the matter,

Monday 08/11/2014
New meals program launches for 2014-15 school year
Posted: August 11, 2014

Eastfield Global Magnet School is seeing breakfast participation grow, something the school attributes to McDowell County Schools decision to take part in the federal meals program known as Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

Report: Woman kicks officer in the head
Posted: August 11, 2014

A Nebo woman was arrested Saturday night by local authorities after she kicked a Marion police officer in the head and broke out the rear passenger window of a patrol car, according to a report.

Inmate charged with having phone in cell
Posted: August 11, 2014

A Marion man imprisoned in the McDowell County jail was recently charged with misdemeanor possession of a telephone by an inmate.

Saturday 08/09/2014
Flash-flood warning issued for McDowell County
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 3:41 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for McDowell. Here is the announcement: * AT 650 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED AN

A bird’s eye view: Drone offers a look from high above
Posted: August 09, 2014

High above in the sky, a drone is now offering a unique view of Old Fort.

Friday 08/08/2014
Charges mount for suspected shooter
Posted: August 08, 2014

A Forest City man who police say fired shots at a local night club last year had new charges filed against him.

Marion woman stole property from business
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:54 pm

A Marion woman was arrested after police found her behind the business she allegedly had just broken into.

Deputies: Help find scrap metal bandit
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Deputies are asking the public for help in identifying the suspect in the photos who took scrap metal and fencing material from 2133 Landis Lane in Nebo.

Update: Missing McDowell County 12-year-old girl found unharmed
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 6:15 pm

4:15 p.m. update:

Thursday 08/07/2014
Pharmacist accused of stealing drugs
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 6:20 pm

A pharmacist at Walmart has been charged with stealing drugs, according to a report from the Marion Police Department.