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Upcoming road closures in Marion

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

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Thursday 08/25/2016
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

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.

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.

Tuesday 08/16/2016
Aldermen: Garbage issue is being addressed
Posted: August 16, 2016

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

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.

Friday 08/12/2016
Marion PD hunts for counterfeit suspect
Posted: August 12, 2016

Police are searching for a suspect possibly connected to an ongoing counterfeit money investigation.

Thursday 08/11/2016
MHS graduates receive award from Academy of General Dentistry
Posted: August 11, 2016

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) announced that Teresa Ellis Bare, DDS, FAGD, of Asheville; and Angela G. Ellis, DDS, FAGD, of Chapel Hill, received the association’s prestigious Fellowship Award during the AGD 2016 annual meeting, which took place July 16 in Boston, Mass.

Fill the Bus: Operation Backpack donation drive set for Saturday
Posted: August 11, 2016

Operation Backpack is geared up and ready to meet the school supply needs of local students for the 18th year, but they are still in need of supplies and donations.

Wednesday 08/10/2016
PHOTOS: ‘Kabuki Ugly Duckling’ starring theatre camp
Updated: August 10, 2016 - 3:29 pm

Check out these photos from opening weekend of Kabuki Ugly Duckling at MACA. The production is being performed by Summer Theatre Camp students who have been working for weeks to put on this classic tale with a Japanese twist.

Tuesday 08/09/2016
Marion PD hunts for counterfeit cash suspects
Posted: August 09, 2016

Polices are searching for two suspects possibly connected to a recent counterfeit money investigation.

Friday 08/05/2016
MTCC graduation: 200 students earn degrees, certificates, diplomas tonight
Posted: August 05, 2016

Nearly 200 students will obtain a certificate, degree or diploma from McDowell Technical Community College as several programs come to a close and students graduate tonight.

Theatre Camp performs ‘Kabuki Ugly Duckling’ tonight, Saturday
Posted: August 05, 2016

Summer Theatre campers are getting ready to take the stage to perform a production of Kabuki Ugly Duckling starting tonight.

Thursday 08/04/2016
Old Fort man drowns in Atlantic Ocean
Updated: August 04, 2016 - 4:28 pm

An Old Fort man drowned in ocean waters at Atlantic Beach Wednesday evening making it the third death from rip currents the area has seen in the past few weeks, fire officials confirmed on Thursday.

Flash flood watch extended to Friday morning
Updated: August 04, 2016 - 10:22 am

A flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon has now been extended until Friday morning with slow moving showers and thunderstorms that could cause heavy rain in the next 24 hours.

Wednesday 08/03/2016
Flash flood watch issued for McDowell until Thursday morning
Updated: August 03, 2016 - 4:09 pm

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a flash flood watch through Thursday morning for portions of North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, including McDowell County.

Tuesday 08/02/2016
Cost of stolen road signs: Nearly $10K
Posted: August 02, 2016

Someone is stealing dozens of road signs, and investigators want to know who they are.

Monday 08/01/2016
Project Revive aims to help local youth
Posted: August 01, 2016

A Marion group is seeking to unite McDowell County through a program aimed at the youth and community alike.

Summer Meals Menu for week of Aug. 1
Posted: August 01, 2016

Monday: Cheeseburger, baked beans, peaches, milk, mayo, mustard

Saturday 07/30/2016
National Night Out 2016
Posted: July 30, 2016

The Marion Police Department will host their 13th annual National Night Out in downtown Marion Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.

Friday 07/29/2016
First trail bridge at Catawba Falls complete
Updated: July 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

The first of two trail bridges on the Catawba Falls Trail on the Grandfather Ranger District is complete.

Wednesday 07/27/2016
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.

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.

Monday 07/25/2016
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.

Tuesday 07/19/2016
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.

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.

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

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

Saturday 07/16/2016
'Long time coming': new elevator installed in McDowell courthouse
Posted: July 16, 2016

After years of planning and renovations, a new elevator was officially installed in the McDowell County District Courthouse Friday morning.

Thursday 07/14/2016
Local, regional entertainment calendar
Posted: July 14, 2016

The GRILLE AT LIGHTENING LANES—80 Finley Road, Marion. Saturday, Smoke N’ Mirrors, 9 p.m.; July 23, Contagious, 9 p.m.

Monday 07/11/2016
Summer Meals menu for week of July 11
Posted: July 11, 2016

Monday: Chicken pie, mixed vegetables, applesauce, milk

Sunday 07/10/2016
Did you hear that? A few items from the police scanner this week
Posted: July 10, 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.

Thursday 07/07/2016
An evening with Buster: Pianist Nathan Shirley accompanies silent classics tonight
Posted: July 07, 2016

Who says you can’t go to the movies in McDowell County? Tonight, you can.

Wednesday 07/06/2016
Amateur radio group participates in National Field Day
Posted: July 06, 2016

McDowell Amateur Radio Association (MARA), of 29 North Garden Street, Marion, participated in an annual Field Day hosted by the American Radio Relay League, a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs across the U.S. Thirteen members in McDowell County worked for 24 hours around the clock to make as many contacts across North America as possible. One participant sent Morse code for the entire 24 hours.

Summer Meals menu for week of July 4
Updated: July 06, 2016 - 11:15 am

Summer Meals menu for week of July 4

Sunday 07/03/2016
Summer Meals menu for week of July 4
Posted: July 03, 2016

Monday: Hot dog, tater tots, peaches, milk, ketchup/mustard

Saturday 07/02/2016
Sheriff: Have fun but keep it safe
Posted: July 02, 2016

With the July 4th weekend upon us, McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene asks all citizens to join him in making holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone.

Wednesday 06/29/2016
Truck hauling coleslaw loses brakes, goes over cliff
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 7:48 pm

The driver of an 18-wheeler narrowly escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when he had to jump to safety before his truck plummeted down the side of Old Fort Mountain.

Police: Two charged with stealing TVs; third suspect being sought
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 1:49 pm

Can you help find the truck or the driver who helped two others steal property from a storage unit?

Monday 06/27/2016
Police: Teen runaway broke into 2 buildings
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Marion police said they apprehended a runaway teen Monday morning after he broke into a church and the Marion Community Building over the weekend.

Summer Meals menu for week of June 27
Posted: June 27, 2016

*The program is available for any child from ages 2 to 18 years old.

Sunday 06/26/2016
Did you hear that? A few items from the police scanner
Posted: June 26, 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.

Saturday 06/25/2016
Rodeo returns for Independence Day weekend
Posted: June 25, 2016

Bucking bulls and riding cowboys will be kicking dirt at the Old Fort Stampede Championship Rodeo set to take place Independence Day weekend.

Rising MHS senior completes firefighter challenge
Posted: June 25, 2016

ASHEVILLE-- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin congratulated students from High School Firefighter Academies across North Carolina at the second annual N.C. High School Firefighter Challenge graduation on June 17.

Thursday 06/23/2016
New HOPE: State official tours domestic violence shelter
Posted: June 23, 2016

The secretary of the N.C. Department of Administration (DOA) made a stop at McDowell’s domestic and sexual assault shelter, New HOPE, on Thursday to learn about how they serve the community and what needs they have.

Dan Mays joins team at Morrow Insurance Agency
Posted: June 23, 2016

Morrow Insurance Agency Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Daniel C. “Dan” Mays effective June 27.