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Federal child porn investigation results in an arrest

Federal child porn investigation results in an arrest

A federal child porn investigation that spanned many months came to an end Tuesday, April 11, when Detective Paul Alkire of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Homeland Security agents arrested Carl Jay Whitson, 65, of 2159 Goose Creek Road in Marion, at his residence. Federal authorities contend that Whitson “knowingly received and attempted […]

Missing 13-year-old girl found unharmed

Missing 13-year-old girl found unharmed

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies report: Missing teen, Furie Nikayla Benge, has been located unharmed; we thank the public for their assistance.

McDowell raids massive drug network today

McDowell raids massive drug network today

McDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. — What began as an investigation into a Nebo man’s drug activity has led local, regional, state and federal authorities to dozens of suspects in a massive narcotics conspiracy that spans from McDowell County to California. The investigation began in July 2016 with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm […]

Marion rabies clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday

Marion rabies clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office will hold a May 13, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the gravel lot beside Animal Hospital of Marion, on U.S. 70 West. A rabies shot will cost $10; parvo-distemper (7 and 1 shots) will cost $15. For more information, call the Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235.

Dobson Knob Wildfire causes Air Quality Alert

Dobson Knob Wildfire causes Air Quality Alert

McDOWELL COUNTY – …AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT FRIDAY NIGHT… The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in Raleigh NC has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulates, in effect until midnight EDT Friday night, for the following counties: Burke and McDowell. An Orange Air Quality Action Day […]

McDowell air quality alert until midnight tonight

McDowell air quality alert until midnight tonight

AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR MCDOWELL COUNTY. …AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT WEDNESDAY NIGHT… The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in Raleigh NC  has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine  Particulates, in effect until midnight EDT Wednesday night. An Air Quality Action […]

Zero containment on Dobson Knob Wildfire

Zero containment on Dobson Knob Wildfire

Crews continue to battle the Dobson Knob Wildfire early this morning. Dense smoke has been reported in northern parts of McDowell. The fire is burning on private land, within the Dobson Knob development, off Old Linville Rd. Fire spread onto USFS property affecting the Pisgah National Forest near Dobson Knob. Personnel were on scene throughout […]

Blue Ridge Recovery Rally – April 29 – For positive change

Blue Ridge Recovery Rally – April 29 – For positive change

MARION — More people die from overdoses than in car crashes. Four people die from addiction every day in N.C. N.C. has a problem that is shared nationwide. There are those that talk about it and there are those who do something about it. The Blue Ridge Recovery Rally is going to be held on […]

Sugar Cove wildfire 20% contained

Sugar Cove wildfire 20% contained

Marion, N.C.  — Firefighters began burnout operations Wednesday in fires near Marion and Old Fort in an attempt to slow a wildfire burning in part of Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina. The burnout will allow firefighters to remove fuel near fire containment lines to help reduce growth of the 220-acre Sugar Cove fire. The fire […]

Dog attack seriously injures Marion toddler

Dog attack seriously injures Marion toddler

MARION, N.C.  — Two little girls got too close to a chained up dog in the family’s backyard. The 2-year-old, Ashlynn Cash, was viciously attacked while the 4-year-old cried for help. No one at the home was outside. Two nearby neighbors came rushing over to assist. One saw the dog latched on the girl and […]

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