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McDowell Chamber, city of Marion report economic growth

From recreation-seeking visitors exploring the community to millennial entrepreneurs launching businesses, McDowell County is attracting attention and dollars, say local leaders.

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Thursday 07/28/2016
New MTCC president to hold meet and greet
Posted: July 28, 2016

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.

MTCC says goodbye to outgoing President Bryan Wilson
Posted: July 28, 2016

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.

Report: Fugitive caught driving stolen car
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 3:46 pm

Old Fort authorities said they arrested a wanted man driving a stolen car.

Car plows into parked vehicle
Posted: July 28, 2016

A Marion woman got a rude awakening Thursday morning when a car slammed into her parked vehicle and ended up in her yard.

President Obama passes baton to Clinton, imploring nation to elect her
Posted: July 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hours of testimonials, urgent pleas and persuasion have led to this. Now, it's time to hear from Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday 07/27/2016
Masies 105 open for lunch, dinner and brunch in downtown Marion
Posted: July 27, 2016

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.

MACA’s painting classes, parties for kids announce August schedule
Posted: July 27, 2016

Summer break is almost over but there are still a few opportunities to entertain kids, and parents, at the McDowell Arts Council Association.

NJROTC students will host 39th Basic Leadership Training
Posted: July 27, 2016

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.

Report: Marion man charged with stealing SUV
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 3:31 pm

Authorities said Wednesday they arrested a Marion man for stealing a Ford Explorer.

Trump says Russia should find Clinton's missing emails
Posted: July 27, 2016

MIAMI (AP) — The Republican presidential ticket projected mixed signals Wednesday to claims that Russia is meddling in the U.S. electoral process.

Tuesday 07/26/2016
No hate, just hugs and ‘kisses’
Posted: July 26, 2016

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.

In Session: Eastfield Global Magnet School students return to the classroom
Posted: July 26, 2016

Not all students are still out on summer break, as Eastfield Global Magnet students have been back in session for almost two weeks.

Three cars collide on Sugar Hill Road
Updated: July 26, 2016 - 4:30 pm

A three-car collision happened Tuesday on Sugar Hill Road after one driver apparently blacked out behind the wheel.

City to hold ribbon-cutting ceremony for Peavine Trail
Posted: July 26, 2016

The Marion City Council will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon for the recently improved Peavine Trail.

Two missing from therapeutic boarding school
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 1:25 pm

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.

Three authors to speak about their works at Historical Society meeting
Posted: July 26, 2016

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.

Monday 07/25/2016
Stories to tell: Legacy film premiere is Thursday
Posted: July 25, 2016

On Thursday evening, members of the public are invited to an event that preserves history using the world’s oldest tradition — storytelling.

Help Mercy Fund help animals in McDowell County
Posted: July 25, 2016

The Mercy Fund Animal Rescue is known for taking in homeless animals and caring for them until they can be adopted.

Marion man wanted on larceny charges
Posted: July 25, 2016

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.

Report: Thief drives in on tractor, out on golf course
Updated: July 25, 2016 - 3:40 pm

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.

From our archives: Here’s a look back at this week in 1980
Updated: July 25, 2016 - 2:10 pm

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.

2 killed, at least 16 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting
Posted: July 25, 2016

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.

Sunday 07/24/2016
Group rallies in McDowell to protest murder conviction
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 10:39 am

A justice rally was held at Addie’s Chapel Saturday morning to protest a recent murder conviction in McDowell County.

Saturday 07/23/2016
Marion photographers capture the beauty of national monument in Utah
Posted: July 23, 2016

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.

Friends, colleagues remember businessman Joe Jones
Posted: July 23, 2016

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.

Friday 07/22/2016
Report: Authorities seize 26 grams of meth
Posted: July 22, 2016

A Nebo man faces charges after a search of his home turned up methamphetamine, authorities said Friday.

Donald Trump says he will fix America's crisis 'fast'
Posted: July 22, 2016

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."

Thursday 07/21/2016
Grant will provide healthy snacks to elementary schools
Posted: July 21, 2016

Every elementary school in McDowell County will receive a healthy snack thanks to the expansion of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).

City of Marion hopes loan fund will promote new businesses
Posted: July 21, 2016

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.

UPDATE: Fire at IAC in Old Fort
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 6:44 pm

Firefighters from across McDowell responded to the International Automotive Components (IAC) plant in Old Fort after a fire was reported Thursday afternoon.

Horse put down after being shot
Posted: July 21, 2016

An Old Fort family is offering a cash reward for information on who shot their horse.

Report: Kids had meth in systems
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Authorities said Thursday they arrested a Marion couple after their two sons tested positive for meth.

Miniature wall appears around Donald Trump's Hollywood star
Posted: July 21, 2016

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.

Wednesday 07/20/2016
The Literacy Cafe will serve minds and bodies this summer
Posted: July 20, 2016

McDowell County Schools is providing mobile library services and serving lunch for students Pre-K through 12th grade throughout the summer.

Marion seeks grant money for park upgrades
Posted: July 20, 2016

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.

Group protests recent murder conviction
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 3:27 pm

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.

Mystery man: Conflicting stories emerge about 'Magic'
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

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.

Report: Marion men charged in month-long crime spree
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Authorities said Wednesday they arrested two Marion men connected to a month-long stealing spree.

North Carolina teens struck by lightning on Florida beach
Posted: July 20, 2016

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two North Carolina teens were struck by lightning as they walked on a Florida beach.

Tuesday 07/19/2016
People, Places and Critters
Posted: July 19, 2016

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.

Old Fort Aldermen meeting
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 4:58 pm

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.

Report: Marion teen breaks in, steals food
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 12:43 pm

A 16-year-old reported missing from a group home is accused of breaking into a building and eating the food inside.

Monday 07/18/2016
New blend of coffee seeks to support local non-profit
Posted: July 18, 2016

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.

Leroy helps tiniest victims
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 4:32 pm

A service dog trained by Canine Companions for Independence is being used as a furry aid in court cases involving children.

Marion robbery suspect captured
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Authorities said they arrested the suspect who allegedly robbed a Virginia woman and hit her with his truck on Friday morning.

Sunday 07/17/2016
Did you hear that? A few items from the police scanner this week
Posted: July 17, 2016

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.

3 officers dead, 3 hurt in Baton Rouge shooting
Posted: July 17, 2016

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.

Summer Meals menu for week of July 18
Posted: July 17, 2016

Monday: Pepperoni pizza, Caesar salad, mixed fruit, milk

Saturday 07/16/2016
Inaugural Farm to Table dinner to showcase local food
Posted: July 16, 2016

An elegant evening of food, friends and music awaits those attending McDowell County’s first-ever Farm to Table event on Saturday, Aug. 20.