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Man’s Body Recovered from Elk River Falls

Officials say a body that matches the description of the 26-year-old man who fell into Elk River Falls on May 20th was found at the falls around noon on Wednesday, May 30th and was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for positive confirmation of identification.  According to law enforcement officials, Thomas McCardle Jr., of Martins Ferry, Ohio was attending a wedding in ...(more)

Governor Declaring State of Emergency for WNC

Governor Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for Western North Carolina after heavy rains, mudslides and road closures. He is also issued a transportation waiver to expedite the movement of utility vehicles and others engaged in relief efforts. In a 24 hour period, four to seven inches of rain fell across portions of the mountains adding to the already heavily saturated ground. Areas ...(more)

Western North Carolina Flooding

The National Weather Service calls it “Abundant Tropical Moisture” and it has been happening for days. Rain yesterday was the tipping point with many areas reporting several inches of rain as roads flooded around the region. A state of emergency has been declared for Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village.   Interstate 40 was closed for several hours late last night and early this ...(more)

Trial Date Set for Phillips Stroupe II

Almost exactly one year later the trial of accused killer Phillip Stroupe II is set to begin July 23rd  at the Henderson County Courthouse. Phillip Michael Stroupe II is accused of killing Thomas Bryson, a Mills River man, on July 26, 2017 with a gunshot wound to the head. Stroupe was captured in McDowell County on July 27th  after a massive, multi-county manhunt.  Stroupe went through ...(more)