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HPU Poll: Hagan holds narrow lead over Tillis

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holds a 2-point lead in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a HPU Poll released today.

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Tuesday 09/23/2014
Poll: Pay raise for teachers too low
Posted: September 23, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Remember how state lawmakers patted themselves on the back for giving teachers a raise this year? North Carolinians think teachers deserved more.

US begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria
Posted: September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military expanded its war against the Islamic State late Monday by sending waves of warplanes and launching Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria to attack an array of targets in an aggressive and risk-laden operation that marks a new phase in the conflict.

Monday 09/22/2014
Siblings are winners at Mountain State Fair
Posted: September 22, 2014

Two local youths, who are brother and sister, earned awards in the livestock show at the N.C. Mountain State Fair in Fletcher.

Troopers use data to ID high-collision areas
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 4:14 pm

There are five highly travelled roads in McDowell County that troopers say yield the most accidents each year.

Police: Powerlifting champ had steroids
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 4:12 pm

A champion powerlifter and gym owner was arrested on Monday and charged with possession of steroids, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said.

16-year-old pilot celebrates birthday with 11 solo flights
Posted: September 22, 2014

MOUNT AIRY – Many teenagers spend their 16th birthdays preparing to get their driver’s license, but Wyatt Angel spent his birthday in the sky.

Sunday 09/21/2014
Inside Scoop: PPP poll shows Hagan leading Tillis
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 5:02 pm

The latest in a series of polls that shows Sen. Kay Hagan leading N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in the race for U.S. Senate comes from Public Policy Polling.

NC fares well on federal dollars for solar projects
Posted: September 21, 2014

The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday it has provided a combined $55.2 million in loan guarantees for 18 projects solar energy projects in North Carolina, along with a combined $399,000 in grant money to 21 projects.

White lightning set to strike Concord with moonshine distillery
Posted: September 21, 2014

CONCORD, N.C. — Thomas Thacker never had the pleasure of meeting the infamous moonshine maker Popcorn Sutton, but Thacker has been able to taste some of the bootlegger’s famous product.

Fourth generation at Fiddler's Grove blend old, new traditions at 3B festival
Posted: September 21, 2014

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- The roots of bluegrass and old time traditions run deep at Fiddlers Grove, and the notes played by Doc Watson and other greats still echo there.

Saturday 09/20/2014
SURVEY: N.C. teens smoke less, use e-cigs more
Posted: September 20, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- State health officials said Friday that smoking levels among public high-school and middle-school students reached an historic low rate during 2013.

Architect reviews middle school construction with board
Posted: September 20, 2014

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.

Emergency drill set for Monday evening
Posted: September 20, 2014

Emergency personnel from multiple departments will participate in an emergency drill simulating a mass-casualty incident on Monday.

Coal ash law goes into effect despite McCrory’s objections
Posted: September 20, 2014

With no fanfare — and without the governor’s signature — the state’s new coal ash law took effect Friday.

New 'specialty plate' in NC to support top teachers
Posted: September 20, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Motorists can accelerate pay raises for North Carolina’s best teachers with license plates unveiled Thursday by state Republican leaders.

Friday 09/19/2014
I-40 wreck kills 1, injures 2 in Morganton construction zone
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 6:10 pm

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.

Wanted man accused of break-ins, larcenies
Posted: September 19, 2014

Authorities are searching for an Old Fort man who they say violated his probation and committed several crimes in the past few weeks.

Church regroups after car damages building
Posted: September 19, 2014

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.

Rescuers free woman trapped in wreckage
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Rain appeared to be a factor in a rollover accident on Friday that sent one woman to the hospital.

Increase in N.C. unemployment rate is largest in three years
Posted: September 19, 2014

Another sizable drop in the state’s labor force during August contributed to the largest month-over-month increase in the N.C. unemployment rate in three years, the N.C. Commerce Department reported today.

DHHS gets another stern letter from USDA
Posted: September 19, 2014

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.

Thursday 09/18/2014
Car slams into church
Posted: September 18, 2014

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 the wreck. Lt. Jamie Harkelrode of the Marion Police Department said the wreck was still under investigation. No other information was available at deadline. Marion Fire Department, McDowell EMS and McDowell Rescue responded to the scene.

Authorities: Help us find stolen dirt bike
Posted: September 18, 2014

McDowell County investigators need the public’s help locating a stolen dirt bike like the one pictured.

Man charged with stealing from acquaintance
Posted: September 18, 2014

Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Marion man who allegedly stole items from an acquaintance.

McDowell hosting Court of Appeals
Posted: September 18, 2014

Three state judges will be seated for a session of the N.C. Court of Appeals in the McDowell County Courthouse today.

McDowell man is state Wildlife Officer of the Year
Posted: September 18, 2014

One local wildlife officer was recently recognized for his hard work and dedication at the 51st annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards.

McCrory: Northern Beltway would be priority for $1 billion transportation loan
Posted: September 18, 2014

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.

ASU student Anna Smith likely died shortly after she went missing
Posted: September 18, 2014

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.

Power of community: Friends help woman pay Duke bill
Posted: September 18, 2014

PINNACLE, N.C. — Joy White paid her power bill Wednesday — including a $524 deposit charge that attracted a lot of attention.

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Foothills Community Theatre opens season Friday with 'On Golden Pond'
Posted: September 17, 2014

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.

Work on phase two of the greenway begins
Posted: September 17, 2014

Construction work for the second phase of the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway is now underway.

Railroad Day is Saturday in Old Fort
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 1:27 pm

On Saturday, Old Fort celebrates its railroad heritage with transportation-related exhibits, guest speakers and various vendors.

8 schools in McDowell County to have telemedicine
Posted: September 17, 2014

Additional students will be able to take advantage of the school system’s new telemedicine program thanks to some generous community members.

Police: Preliminary autopsy shows Anna Smith had indications of asphyxiation
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:52 pm

BOONE, N.C. — Boone police released the preliminary autopsy reports on Anna Smith today, stating she had indications of asphyxiation.

Jail search turns up drug pipe
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 2:45 pm

A Marion woman has been charged after authorities discovered she had a drug pipe in jail, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday

McCrory to discuss transportation at Winston-Salem stop
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 9:30 am

The N.C. Transportation Department expects the momentum from a new state law and a 25-year “vision” proposal unveiled today to allow it to fund more than twice as many projects as before.

Tuesday 09/16/2014
Music may return to Rockett building
Posted: September 16, 2014

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.

McDowell High students embrace new courses in ag, fire tech , public safety
Posted: September 16, 2014

An update on new Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses shows that McDowell’s students are embracing the new programs.

County hopes to get more kids in new after-school program
Posted: September 16, 2014

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.

Marion man charged with stealing clothes, hats
Posted: September 16, 2014

Deputies charged a Marion man with stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from a home.

Four-day event at the Y promotes being active
Posted: September 16, 2014

The Corpening Memorial YMCA will host four days of activities for folks 50 and older who want to stay active.

Polls show Hagan building a lead over Tillis
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 10:14 am

Republican challenger Thom Tillis lags behind U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as their race moves into its final leg, according to two polls released Monday.

Monday 09/15/2014
Police: Note found near ASU student Anna Smith's body
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:32 pm

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.

Update: Missing 18-year-olds located Tuesday
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 9:29 am

Old Fort man charged with felony child-sex offenses
Posted: September 15, 2014

An Old Fort man was recently charged with one felony count each of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child.

The future of downtown: How our neighbors do it
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 5:25 pm

While Marion is having trouble finding new and productive tenants for old downtown buildings, two neighboring communities seem to have revitalized their downtowns.

McDowell authorities need help locating two missing teen girls
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

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.

Authorities searching for missing teen girl
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating an 18-year-old who disappeared from her residence Saturday night.

Deputies looking for missing teenager
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff’s department are looking for a 15-year-old who left home Saturday evening and hasn’t returned.