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Man charged with burning home, cars

A former Old Fort man was charged with illegally burning a house and two cars, authorities said Tuesday.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
EMS promotes two paramedics
Posted: September 02, 2014

McDowell County EMS is pleased to announce that Jason McKinney and Brenda Agreda have each been promoted to lieutenant/ field training officer.

3rd annual event to benefit McDowell Pregnancy Care Center
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 4:12 pm

McDowell Pregnancy Care Center (MPCC) is gearing up for an event that will let community members show their support for babies and moms.

MTCC to continue movie series
Posted: September 02, 2014

Under ordinary circumstances, Sharon Smith, librarian at McDowell Technical Community College, would be beside herself with frustration if the college got hit by a book thief. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances.

Monday 09/01/2014
Church’s garden, pantry feeds thousands
Posted: September 01, 2014

Volunteers with the Martha T. Simmons Food Pantry at St. John’s Episcopal Church have been getting their hands dirty this summer in order to bring something fresh to the nearly 400 families they feed a year.

District gets 3 new state troopers
Posted: September 01, 2014

Three new troopers have joined the ranks of the G2 district of the N.C. Highway Patrol in McDowell and Rutherford counties.

Eastfield celebration helps students add to library
Posted: September 01, 2014

At the end of each month, one event at Eastfield Global Magnet School has students celebrating their birthdays and literacy.

Saturday 08/30/2014
Laughridge Furniture, a downtown fixture, closing after 80 years
Posted: August 30, 2014

After 80 years of doing business in McDowell County, Laughridge Furniture Company is closing its doors for good.

Portion of former Drexel plant coming down
Posted: August 30, 2014

Ten years after it stopped operating for good, a large section of the former Drexel Heritage plant in Marion is being demolished.

Depot hosts annual Labor Day concert
Posted: August 30, 2014

The annual Labor Day Concert at the historic Marion Depot is scheduled for Monday.

Friday 08/29/2014
Old Fort man charged in theft
Posted: August 29, 2014

An Old Fort man was arrested for allegedly stealing from his family members.

Thursday 08/28/2014
McDowell Healthcare Foundation celebrates donor recognition wall unveiling
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:38 pm

McDowell Healthcare Foundation recently celebrated its new donor recognition wall unveiling in a ceremony at McDowell Hospital.

3-day event in Old Fort begins Saturday
Posted: August 28, 2014

This Labor Day weekend, Camp Grier is hosting the first-ever Old Fort Sports Fest, a family-friendly event with high-energy sporting activities for athletes and spectators.

Group helps bring local produce, other goods to families in McDowell
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:39 pm

One new venture is bringing local, organic produce to tables across McDowell County.

Wreck closes U.S. 70 West for nearly an hour
Posted: August 28, 2014

Two cars collided on U.S. 70 West Thursday morning, shutting down the two-lane road for almost an hour.

Wednesday 08/27/2014
Deputies search for robbery, assault suspect
Posted: August 27, 2014

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies are looking for Brian Keith Guzman, 39, of 94 Alabama Avenue in Marion. He is wanted on charges of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Second suspect charged in murder probe
Posted: August 27, 2014

A second man has been charged in the shooting death of a Marion man earlier this month.

McDowell native finds success as a mentalist
Posted: August 27, 2014

Internationally touring mentalist and former McDowell resident Jonny Zavant will bring his “applied psychology, showmanship and moxie” to the Old Rock School in Valdese Friday night.

Troopers identify victim of fatal wreck
Posted: August 27, 2014

High speed was a main factor in a wreck that took a Marion man’s life Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 221 North.

McDowell's latest unemployment rate: 7 percent
Posted: August 27, 2014

For the month of July, McDowell County reported a jobless rate of 7 percent, which is a very slight increase from the month before.

Tuesday 08/26/2014
Murder suspect under $500,000 bond
Posted: August 26, 2014

A bond was set for Marion man accused of murdering his neighbor.

Pair charged in construction company break-in
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Two men were charged with breaking into a building owned by a construction company, authorities said on Tuesday.

Band program looking for instruments
Posted: August 26, 2014

Music enthusiasts who may have an instrument or two collecting dust can now give their gently-used musical tools to the West McDowell Middle School band program.

New standards limit snack options for students
Posted: August 26, 2014

New nutrition standards are making it difficult for schools in McDowell and across the nation to stock vending machines used during school hours.

Trooper: Speed appears to be a factor
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 5:45 pm

One man was killed after his car overturned on U.S. 221 North near Linville Falls Golf Course Tuesday afternoon.

'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy Awards
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 10:48 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black."

Monday 08/25/2014
Ranger station to be renamed for Jason Crisp
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) presented the family of fallen U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp with two plaques at the Grandfather Ranger District in Nebo on Monday.

Manhunt suspect gets prison time
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 6:26 pm

A Nebo man who ran from authorities and initiated a day-long manhunt back in June will spend the next eight to 19 months in prison.

Students in McDowell County Schools begin 2014-15 school year
Posted: August 25, 2014

Ice breakers and new surroundings greeted students coming back to school on Monday.

Saturday 08/23/2014
June 15, 1975: An emergency stop in Marion
Posted: August 23, 2014

One incident that happened on the excursion train pulled by No. 1 is still remembered by long-time residents of McDowell County. And a section of the book is devoted to this event, which left many unfortunate folks feeling queasy.

Clinchfield No. 1: New book compiles history of famous steam engine
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 2:53 pm

From the late 1960s through the 1970s, Clinchfield No. 1 was truly “the little engine that could.”

Apartment complex coming to Marion
Posted: August 23, 2014

Marion will get a new apartment complex which will provide affordable housing to families and single people too,

Friday 08/22/2014
Jeep catches fire
Posted: August 22, 2014

The driver of a 2007 Jeep Wrangler narrowly escaped her vehicle after it caught on fire while she was travelling down U.S. 70 East Friday afternoon. Around 3:45 p.m., fire and emergency crews were called out to the area beside Hoppy Tom Hollow on U.S.70 East in reference to a vehicle fire that also ignited a utility pole. According to Harold Wilson of Nebo, his wife Linda was driving down the road when her car started smoking and flames were shooting out from underneath. Wilson said his wife jumped from the vehicle and then it rolled into a utlity pole, catching it on fire. Linda was not injured in the accident. One firefighter said on the scene that it looked like an apparent fuel-fed fire. Marion Fire Department, Nebo Fire Department, McDowell Rescue, McDowell EMS, and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Truck owner sentenced in death of motorist
Posted: August 22, 2014

After appealing his judgment in May, a Newland business owner was sentenced in McDowell County Superior Court this month.

Thursday 08/21/2014
South Korea wants to thank Korean War vets
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Republic of South Korea wants to formally thank all those who fought to defend their country during the Korean War by presenting those veterans with a special medal. And that includes the Korean War veterans of McDowell County,

St. John's Episcopal Church to host dinner for migrant workers
Posted: August 21, 2014

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marion will hold a special service on Sunday evening as a way of celebrating the hard work of migrant farm workers in McDowell County.

Marion mayor to give presentation at train show
Posted: August 21, 2014

This weekend, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will have its train show complete with train rides, model railroad layouts and numerous vendors. And Marion Mayor Steve Little will be among the presenters at this event.

Local car salesman charged
Posted: August 21, 2014

A Marion car salesman has been indicted on 37 charges in Buncombe County.

3 charged with stealing motorcycle
Posted: August 21, 2014

Three Marion men were charged with stealing a motorcycle and selling it in another county.

Explorer program molding future officers
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Marion Police Department Explorer program has been molding future law enforcement officers for many years, and organizers are looking for a few more participants.

Justice Dept. announces $17B settlement with BofA
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 10:59 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Ninth-grade teachers prepare for first day of school
Posted: August 20, 2014

Teachers were unpacking boxes, moving desks and getting classrooms ready at McDowell High School’s new ninth-grade academy on Wednesday.

Marion Pilot Club presents first Vials of Life to EMS
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Last week, the Pilot Club of Marion presented the first batch of the Vials of Life to the McDowell County Emergency Medical Services so that paramedics can better help local senior citizens and the homebound in critical moments.

McDowell retail sales growing
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 10:23 am

On Tuesday, city of Marion officials announced some good economic news: local retail sales are up and Marion gained several new businesses during the past year.

Authorities searching for gas thief
Posted: August 20, 2014

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help identifying this vehicle and its occupants, believed to have been at Riverside Food Mart when 95 gallons of gas was stolen from three trucks.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Topic of County Commission closed session: Same-sex marriage
Posted: August 19, 2014

McDowell County officials met in closed session last week to talk about an ongoing litigation and the issuing of marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

Task force releases action plan for rural areas
Posted: August 19, 2014

A statewide task force announced Monday that a close link exists between economic, mental and physical health for rural communities in North Carolina. And a comprehensive action plan has been developed to address some of the health issues in rural places in the state.

Aldermen work to solve Andrews Geyser problem
Posted: August 19, 2014

At the Old Fort’s Board of Aldermen regular monthly meeting, new roofs, Andrews Geyser and town ordinances were discussed.

127 NJROTC students attend leadership training
Posted: August 19, 2014

Cadets from McDowell High School NJROTC and nine other units from western North Carolina recently graduated from the 37th annual Basic Leadership Training course held at Camp Bud Schiele in Union Mills.

Police charge two with drug offense
Posted: August 19, 2014

A McDowell couple was taken into custody after police say they discovered drugs in their car around their children.