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Old Fort Aldermen meeting

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.

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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.

Monday 06/20/2016
Fundraiser started for disabled warrior
Posted: June 20, 2016

An online fundraiser to rebuild a disabled veteran’s barn has received nearly $3,000 in just two weeks.

Summer Feeding Program: Free lunch all summer for kids 2-18
Posted: June 20, 2016

A free lunch program is available throughout the summer for children ages two through 18 at several sites throughout McDowell County.

Thursday 06/16/2016
Small business wins big: Local coffee house awarded Marion's Business of the Year
Posted: June 16, 2016

One of Marion’s favorite gathering spots was celebrated by the community as the best small business of the year.

Wednesday 06/15/2016
School board cuts one CTE program
Posted: June 15, 2016

The McDowell County Board of Education voted to eliminate one CTE course and increase paid lunches by 10 cents at Monday night’s monthly meeting.

MACA rolls out art, theatre camps
Posted: June 15, 2016

The McDowell Arts Council has some exciting camps coming up for kids looking to keep their creative wheels turning this summer.

Tuesday 06/14/2016
St. John’s Episcopal Church to hold healing service for Orlando
Posted: June 14, 2016

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marion at 329 South Main Street will hold a service of healing, reconciliation and hope for all the people of Orlando, Fla. and the country Wednesday at noon in the sanctuary of St. John’s.

Wednesday 06/08/2016
Marion City Council holds public hearing about Drexel Heritage cleanup
Posted: June 08, 2016

The city of Marion and McDowell County will seek to get still more grant money to help clean up the massive amounts of debris left behind by the unfinished demolition of the old Drexel Heritage furniture plant.

MHS grad recognized for bravery
Posted: June 08, 2016

A former McDowell High School graduate has been recognized for his brave efforts after he encountered a shootout with a suspect in Charlotte.

Wednesday 06/01/2016
Marion market manager earns award
Posted: June 01, 2016

Asheville Savings Bank (ASB) recently recognized David Wooten, vice president and market manager of the Marion and Black Mountain banking centers, with its Community Ambassador Award. Established in 2014, the Community Ambassador Award was created to honor and celebrate an employee who exemplifies the bank’s core value of commitment to the local community with both their time and financial resources. This award is given out each year at the ASB STARS event, an annual event organized to thank, reward and celebrate the performance of the bank’s 160 employees throughout the previous year.

Tuesday 05/31/2016
Baxter incident sends 3 to hospital
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Emergency crews were called to Baxter Healthcare’s North Cove facility on Saturday to investigate a possible chemical exposure to a lab worker.

Hey, kids, the rides are back in town
Posted: May 31, 2016

The Marion Firefighters Association is sponsoring their annual carnival at the old truck stop parking lot on Sugar Hill Road.

A plethora of Porsches: Blue Ridge Boxster Summit begins today
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Starting today and continuing through this weekend, scores of Porsches will be zipping around the roads of McDowell County and western North Carolina when the Switzerland Inn hosts the 18th annual Porsche Blue Ridge Boxster Summit.

Thursday 05/26/2016
Courtroom theatrics: Former House Theatre on standby for District Court
Posted: May 26, 2016

The House Theatre has seen black and white movies, bluegrass music, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe impersonators and now it will be used as the county seat of justice, at least temporarily.

Phone outages possible tonight in Glenwood/Montford Cove area
Posted: May 26, 2016

Frontier will be doing maintenance Thursday night in the 738 exchange area (Sugar HIll - Montford Cove and Glenwood) between the hours of 11 p.m. and midnight.

Entertainment Calendar
Posted: May 26, 2016


Wednesday 05/25/2016
McDowell Tech honors their first Adult High School graduates
Posted: May 25, 2016

What began as another option for students to earn an adult high school credential has already resulted in success for Sean Lea Major and Billy Ray Kimbrell. Both students completed the state requirements for an adult high school diploma this week.

Memorial Weekend Motor Mania: Tailgate Market hosts Cruise-In on Saturday
Posted: May 25, 2016

If you are in downtown Marion this weekend and feel the need for rock-n-roll and rumbling engines, you might want to make a stop at the Marion Cruise- In.

Monday 05/16/2016
Point Lookout Trail closing for repairs
Posted: May 16, 2016

The Pisgah National Forest will temporarily close the Point Lookout Trail on the Grandfather Ranger District for repairs starting May 31.

Glaze of Glory: Doughnut-eating contest to raise money for local charity
Posted: May 16, 2016

Three local law enforcement leaders are sweetening the deal for three local charities during this weekend’s Donut Festival in Marion on Saturday.

Friday 05/13/2016
McDowell native, former Henderson commissioner dies
Posted: May 13, 2016

McDowell County native Larry R. Young, a three-term Henderson County commissioner who styled himself as a fiscal conservative while later endorsing a variety of major capital improvements, died Thursday after a period of declining health. He was 75.

Old Fort-area business cuts ties to town over HB2 support
Updated: May 13, 2016 - 5:22 pm

A McDowell County business said in a letter to the town of Old Fort they no longer want them as a customer because of elected leaders’ support of HB2.

Thursday 05/12/2016
41st Assault on Mount Mitchell happening Monday
Posted: May 12, 2016

Monday is the 41st Assault on Mount Mitchell and the 23rd Assault on Marion.

Monday 05/09/2016
AMBER Alert: Search for missing Tennessee child continues; $10k reward offered for her safe return
Posted: May 09, 2016

A Middle and East Tennessee AMBER Alert has been issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on behalf of the Rogersville Police Department for 9-year-old Carlie Marie Trent.

McDowell native is newest attorney at law
Posted: May 09, 2016

McDowell High School alumnus Ryan Allen Clayton graduated from law school at the New England School of Law in Boston, Mass. and passed the North Carolina State Bar Exam.

VIDEO: Relay for Life 2016, Walk for a Cure
Updated: May 09, 2016 - 11:03 am

Friday night’s Walk for a Cure hosted by Relay for Life of McDowell County drew a large crowd from all over the county in support of cancer research and loved ones affected by the disease. Forty-six teams participated in the Walk for a Cure event at Tom Johnson’s Rally Park, where they also set up booths and sold food, drinks, cupcakes and popcorn. Survivors with their families walked the first lap led by the NJROTC, and the crowd clapped and cheered as they made their way around the loop. Luminaries lined the track in remembrance of those who succumbed to the disease and a candlelit memory walk took place after dark to a bagpipe version of “Amazing Grace.” Live entertainment and dancing under the pavilion, raffles, food, bull riding, putt-putt, fireworks and bouncy houses were just a few of the attractions at Friday’s well-attended event. All of the proceeds from Relay for Life go to support the American Cancer Society.

Saturday 05/07/2016
US Forest Service Officer of the Year: Dedicated officer covers 192,000 acres by himself
Posted: May 07, 2016

As the sole law enforcement officer for 192,000 acres of the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest, U.S. Forest Service Officer Wade Keener of McDowell County covers a lot of territory.

Thursday 05/05/2016
Walking for a Cure: Relay for Life of McDowell event is tonight
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 10:58 am

Tonight’s Relay for Life walk event is expected to draw thousands of folks to honor and support those affected by cancer and help raise money for research.

Wednesday 05/04/2016
Board seeks new executive director
Posted: May 04, 2016

Historic Carson House recently opened to receive visitors for the 2016 season.

Arson: Second-leading cause of N.C. wildfires in past 10 years
Posted: May 04, 2016

Arson is the second-leading cause of wildfires in North Carolina over the past 10 years, according to the N.C. Forest Service.