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At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Marion City Council unanimously approved the $10.6 million budget for fiscal year 2018-2019, which does not call for an increase in the city’s property tax rate.

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The McDowell Chamber of Commerce was pleased to celebrate a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 15 with Titan Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Titan BJJ adds to the list of new and growing businesses in the downtown business area.

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Editor’s Note: McDowell News’ multimedia journalist Virginia Rhodes is a long-time resident of Old Fort and a volunteer with the planning team for the Old Fort Community Forum.

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Kismet, a gentle sweet dog, was brought in to the McDowell County Animal Shelter with horrific injuries from being hit by a car and left for dead. Kismet stood almost no chance for survival without being rescued.

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A Marion man was arrested and charged with allegedly stealing a pistol from his grandfather and damaging his truck, authorities said Thursday.