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A driver lost control of his vehicle Thursday afternoon while travelling on Reservoir Road in Marion around 3 p.m. His silver Mitsubishi Eclipse slammed into the Cross Mill Pentecostal Holiness Church, taking out a brick wall and two windows. The driver and a passenger were not injured in…
Rain appeared to be a factor in a rollover accident on Friday that sent one woman to the hospital.
Marion police officers have charged a man with a sexual offense against a young child.
A champion powerlifter and gym owner was arrested on Monday and charged with possession of steroids, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said.
McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating an 18-year-old who disappeared from her residence Saturday night.
One man was killed and two others injured Friday morning when a man lost control of his vehicle, crossed into a construction zone on Interstate 40 and struck three construction workers, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Deputies charged a Marion man with stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from a home.
While Marion is having trouble finding new and productive tenants for old downtown buildings, two neighboring communities seem to have revitalized their downtowns.
Authorities are searching for an Old Fort man who they say violated his probation and committed several crimes in the past few weeks.
Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Marion man who allegedly stole items from an acquaintance.
BOONE, N.C. — Boone police released the preliminary autopsy reports on Anna Smith today, stating she had indications of asphyxiation.
Pastor Ronald Carpenter said the Cross Mill Pentecostal Holiness Church is a loving church. And members are not mad, just disappointed, after learning their building may be a total loss after Thursday’s car wreck.
There are five highly travelled roads in McDowell County that troopers say yield the most accidents each year.
One local wildlife officer was recently recognized for his hard work and dedication at the 51st annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards.
The McDowell County Sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help in locating two missing teens that may be in each other’s company.
A Marion woman has been charged after authorities discovered she had a drug pipe in jail, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday
Additional students will be able to take advantage of the school system’s new telemedicine program thanks to some generous community members.
Roger William "Heavy" Bailey OLD FORT Roger William "Heavy" Bailey, 52, of Old Fort, following a yearlong battle with cancer, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at his residence, with his loving family by his side. A native and lifelong resident of McDowell County, born Oct. 19, 19…
McDowell County investigators need the public’s help locating a stolen dirt bike like the one pictured.
An Old Fort man was recently charged with one felony count each of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child.
Preliminary autopsy reports released Wednesday show Anna Smith had indications of asphyxiation and that she likely died shortly after she was reported missing, authorities said.
Construction work for the second phase of the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway is now underway.
Emergency personnel from multiple departments will participate in an emergency drill simulating a mass-casualty incident on Monday.
A classic tale of an aging man and wife who revisit their family cabin for the summer kicks off Foothills Community Theatre’s 2014-15 season.
On Saturday, Old Fort celebrates its railroad heritage with transportation-related exhibits, guest speakers and various vendors.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The U.S. Agriculture Department has sent another stern letter to state health officials citing concerns about the state’s oversight of its food-stamp program.
Banking changes, the Rockett building, privilege licenses and Oktoberfest were among the topics discussed at the monthly Board of Aldermen meeting in Old Fort on Monday.
Three state judges will be seated for a session of the N.C. Court of Appeals in the McDowell County Courthouse today.
Doris Autrey Deaton MARION Doris Autrey Deaton, of Marion passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at her home. Doris was born in Mitchell County and was a daughter of the late William M. "Bill" Autrey and Nettie Boone Autrey. She lost the love of her life when her husband of alm…
A final report on construction at McDowell High School by lead architect Chuck Hamrick from Holland Hamrick Architects gave McDowell County Board of Education members a better understanding of how the overall construction process went during transition-to-middle-school construction.
MOUNT AIRY – Many teenagers spend their 16th birthdays preparing to get their driver’s license, but Wyatt Angel spent his birthday in the sky.
Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff’s department are looking for a 15-year-old who left home Saturday evening and hasn’t returned.
Ernest Thompson OLD FORT Mr. Ernest Allen Thompson, 69, of Old Fort, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m., at the Friendship Baptist Church, Old Fort. The family will receive friends hour prior at the church. A full obituary will fol…
The county’s new after-school club is up and running and even has a formal name and logo. County officials are also hoping more students will participate in the innovative effort.
Max Boyd MARION Max Russell Boyd of the Woodlawn/Sevier community left his earthly body to be present with the Lord Friday morning, Sept. 12, 2014. Born the fifth child and fourth son of Everette Paul and Jessie Opal Washburn Boyd Sept. 28, 1938, he attended North Cove High School and liv…
SWANNANOA – The Jager Gardner show was a little late getting started, but once it did, it brought the house down.
PINNACLE, N.C. — Joy White paid her power bill Wednesday — including a $524 deposit charge that attracted a lot of attention.
Deborah Byrd Effler MARION Deborah Byrd Effler, 62, of Marion, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of First Methodist Church of Marion. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service, at the …
Two local youths, who are brother and sister, earned awards in the livestock show at the N.C. Mountain State Fair in Fletcher.
An update on new Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses shows that McDowell’s students are embracing the new programs.
Police found a note with the body of Anna Marie Smith, the Appalachian State student whose body was found by a couple about 11 days after her disappearance, investigators said.
The eastern leg of the Northern Beltway around Winston-Salem would be one of 21 priority state transportation projects if the General Assembly approves about $1 billion in revenue bonds during the 2015 session, Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday.
Editor’s note: The name of the student in the following story and certain details of the student’s life have been changed to protect his identity and privacy.
Kenneth "Kenny" Benfield MORGANTON Kenneth "Kenny" Benfield, 56, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.
With no fanfare — and without the governor’s signature — the state’s new coal ash law took effect Friday.
Note: "Tonight" in the story refers to Friday.
It took every last second of Thursday night’s battle, but the McDowell Titans junior varsity football team squeezed out a 20-19 win against Owen at Titan Stadium to improve to 3-0 on the season as the team’s non-conference portion of the 2014 schedule concludes.
BOONE, N.C. -- Boone police said about 5 p.m. that investigators believe the body of a missing Appalachian State University student from High Point was found Saturday morning.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Motorists can accelerate pay raises for North Carolina’s best teachers with license plates unveiled Thursday by state Republican leaders.