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From our archives : Here’s a look back at this week in 1966

Editor’s note: This feature mines our archives for what was going on this week in local history.

  • icon Posted: August 28

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Saturday 08/27/2016
Broadband Internet service expanding in McDowell
Posted: August 27, 2016

Residents of McDowell County will soon have another option for broadband Internet service thanks to cooperation between local agencies and Asheville-based Skyrunner.

Friday 08/26/2016
Report: Marion man charged with sex crimes
Posted: August 26, 2016

Authorities said Friday they arrested a Marion man for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a 6-year-old girl almost 10 years ago.

Back-to-school safety: Use these tips to keep children safe on and around buses
Updated: August 26, 2016 - 12:11 pm

Every day millions of students use school buses as transportation to and from school. Although school buses represent the safest form of highway transportation, there are a number of safety factors of which both student and drivers should be aware. Hoping to ensure school bus safety, McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene encourages caution whenever school buses are present.

Upcoming road closures in Marion
Posted: August 26, 2016

The following roads will be closed for upcoming events, according to the Marion Police Department. The roadways and times of closure are as follows:

Thursday 08/25/2016
McDowell's early voting period set
Posted: August 25, 2016

The McDowell County Board of Elections has decided the early voting period for the November general election and it is unchanged from the last one-stop voting for a presidential election in 2012.

Foothills Conservancy receives $1 million grant to protect Wildacres Retreat
Posted: August 25, 2016

A $1 million grant from North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund recently awarded to Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina brings the 1,100-acre Wildacres Retreat one step closer to permanent protection.

McDowell’s Teacher of the Year in the running for ‘Ride With Us’ award
Posted: August 25, 2016

McDowell County Schools Teacher of the Year Carrie Franklin has an opportunity to win a new car from Mike Brown Ford-Subaru of Spruce Pine Teacher of the Year “Ride With Us” Award.

Entertainment Calendar
Posted: August 25, 2016

All music calendar submissions must be made by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the week of an event. Submissions can be emailed to

Report: Marion man leaks lewd video
Posted: August 25, 2016

A Marion man facing previous charges of statutory rape has been arrested and charged with leaking a private, sexual video on Facebook.

2 wheels, a lot of luck: Marion student bests 130,000 others to win new motorcycle
Posted: August 25, 2016

An Appalachian State student from Marion blew the competition away and won a brand new Yamaha motorcycle in a nationwide sweepstakes.

McDowell Hospital gets five-star rating
Posted: August 25, 2016

High-quality healthcare and reinvesting in facilities has earned McDowell Hospital a top rating from a national financial consulting firm.

NC Forest Service wants your seeds
Posted: August 25, 2016

It is that time of year when a lot of hardwood species are dropping their seed.

Wednesday 08/24/2016
BELIEVE RUN 5K: Event proceeds to benefit the family of Shane Wyatt
Posted: August 24, 2016

The staff at Nebo Elementary is hosting a 5k to benefit the family of an Old Fort man who recently lost his life while on vacation.

City officials, business owners brainstorm on downtown
Updated: August 25, 2016 - 2:05 pm

Tuesday evening, the Marion City Council met with some Main Street business owners to come up with ideas on how to best use more than $94,000 in state money for downtown Marion.

Marion man wanted in Arkansas
Posted: August 24, 2016

Authorities said Wednesday they arrested a Marion man for allegedly possessing a stolen vehicle and for having pending charges in Arkansas.

Sleeping man leads to drug bust
Posted: August 24, 2016

Authorities said Tuesday they arrested three suspects for possessing meth and drug paraphernalia in a Marion hotel room.

Tuesday 08/23/2016
Preparing to Lead: School personnel attend Professional Development Day
Updated: August 23, 2016 - 4:55 pm

More than 700 educators from McDowell County schools gathered at East McDowell Middle School on Tuesday for the annual Professional Development Day.

Trouble mounts for counterfeiting suspects
Posted: August 23, 2016

Authorities said Tuesday that new charges have been filed against four McDowell suspects involved in the recent counterfeit bust.

McDowell Planning Board OKs 1st phase of Lake James development
Posted: August 23, 2016

The McDowell County Planning Board gave its unanimous approval Monday evening for the first phase of a controversial housing development on Lake James. Opponents say this development will make the lake and its shoreline more crowded and would harm the quality of Lake James.

South Carolina Mom killed newborn by putting him in refrigerator
Posted: August 23, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina mother charged with killing her newborn son by putting him in the refrigerator for several hours was expected to appear before a judge on Tuesday.

Monday 08/22/2016
Encore! Encore! Naughty Broadway Musical Review returns Friday
Posted: August 22, 2016

On Friday and Saturday, Foothills Community Theatre (FCT) will hold encore performances of last season’s Naughty Broadway Musical Revue at MACA.

Marion felon sentenced to prison
Posted: August 22, 2016

A Marion man who led deputies on a two-day manhunt in April has been sentenced to prison on several felony charges.

Judge tosses out school lawsuit
Updated: August 22, 2016 - 3:51 pm

A lawsuit filed by a McDowell County teacher was thrown out by a judge on Friday.

Report: Marion man breaks into friend's home
Posted: August 22, 2016

Authorities said Monday they arrested a Marion man with breaking into his friend’s home.

Supporting Education: Curriculum and Instruction team discuss plans for upcoming school year
Updated: August 22, 2016 - 3:47 pm

McDowell County School directors spoke to the board at their monthly meeting about their goals and plans for the upcoming school year in areas such as technology, testing, scoring, data, elementary and secondary instruction and federal program money. Here are brief highlights from their presentation. For more information on each particular subject, each director below can be contacted at 652-4535. More information about local schools and programs can also be found at

Sunday 08/21/2016
Did you hear that? A few items from the police scanner this week
Posted: August 21, 2016

1:34 p.m. Wednesday, July 27: Subject sleeping on the side of the road.

Saturday 08/20/2016
Superior Court: Marion pair guilty in shooting
Posted: August 20, 2016

A Marion pair pleaded guilty in McDowell County Superior Court to firing a gun inside of a residence and hitting one person.

Police: Marion man steals from mother
Posted: August 20, 2016

Authorities said Friday they arrested a Marion man for trying to cash $100 from a check he stole from his mother.

MHS student inducted into National Society of High School Scholars
Posted: August 20, 2016

ATLANTA—A McDowell High School student was selected to become a member of The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Operation Backpack: Nearly 800 helped
Posted: August 20, 2016

Operation Backpack distribution has stopped for the summer after helping nearly 800 students in McDowell County.

Friday 08/19/2016
McDowell High women's tennis team to play home matches at Marion Community Building Park courts
Posted: August 19, 2016

The Marion Community Building Park tennis courts will host McDowell High School Women’s Tennis home matches during the Fall 2016 season.

COLLECTION: Check out this photo gallery of the MHS Marching Band
Updated: August 19, 2016 - 10:36 am

The McDowell High School Marching Band previewed their half time show to parents and the public Thursday afternoon. The 160-member band has been practicing for two weeks during their annual band camp at the high school. The group will perform “From the Earth to the Moon,” a story of space exploration tonight during halftime at the Titans’ first football game.

Nebraska man finds pot brownies, eats 4 of them, says mean things to cat
Posted: August 19, 2016

An Omaha dad who mistakenly ate some marijuana brownies didn’t enjoy the experience.

Thursday 08/18/2016
‘From the Earth to the Moon’: MHS marching band performs Friday at first football game
Updated: August 19, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nothing pairs better with football and Friday night lights at the stadium than the heart-pumping sounds of the McDowell High School marching band.

How will city use revitalization money? Council schedules Tuesday meeting to discuss it
Posted: August 18, 2016

The Marion City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to talk about how to best use a $94,000 in state money which is intended for downtown revitalization.

McDowell's Rep. Josh Dobson explains campaign spending report
Posted: August 18, 2016


Marion man charged with meth possession
Posted: August 18, 2016

Deputy Jason Cook of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Lance Winfield Tilley, 27, of Zion Hill Road in Marion, with possession of methamphetamine.

Wednesday 08/17/2016
Violent storm rolls through
Posted: August 17, 2016

One person was struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon as a short, violent storm rolled through McDowell, downing trees and phone lines.

Excessive false alarms will mean fines
Posted: August 17, 2016

Frequent false alarms are plaguing police officers in Old Fort

Recommended for city: Parks & rec department
Posted: August 17, 2016

Marion should have a parks and recreation department which would expand and improve existing parks, create new ones and provide more activities for residents to enjoy.

Felon charged with stealing from nephew
Updated: August 18, 2016 - 10:30 am

Authorities said Wednesday they arrested a Marion felon for breaking into his nephew’s home and possessing a weapon while in custody.

Virginia couple robs neighbors' apartments
Posted: August 17, 2016

Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 41-year-old Carrisa Jenkins Berry and 43-year-old John Raymond Smith III, of Bland, Va., each with two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of larceny.

Man to serve 16 years for stabbing at church on reservation
Updated: August 17, 2016 - 10:45 am

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for stabbing a companion to death inside a church on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina.

Tuesday 08/16/2016
Report: Old Fort man assaults, strangles wife
Posted: August 16, 2016

Authorities said Tuesday they arrested an Old Fort man with allegedly choking his wife.

Bluegrass festival runs Thursday through Saturday at Tom Johnson Rally Park
Updated: August 16, 2016 - 5:51 pm

The North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival comes back to Marion this week with some of the biggest names in bluegrass music.

Aldermen: Garbage issue is being addressed
Posted: August 16, 2016

Garbage took center stage at Monday night’s Old Fort Board of Aldermen meeting.

Two face felony drug charges
Posted: August 16, 2016

MORGANTON – Two McDowell men face felony charges after a routine traffic stop turned into a drug bust in Morganton.

Monday 08/15/2016
Updated: August 16, 2016 - 12:50 pm

A Marion woman is showing her support for the N.C. Highway Patrol with small gifts and encouraging letters and others have joined her in her efforts.

Marion woman steals jewelry, property
Posted: August 15, 2016

Authorities said Monday they arrested a Marion woman with breaking into a storage trailer and stealing jewelry.