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Mitchell Commissioners Secure Needed Funding

Mitchell County Commissioners were able to secure additional funding for the new 911 building. Funding problems arose when bids came in for the building that were much more than the county had available. Mitchell County originally was awarded $2 million from the State 911 Board for construction and building of the new 911 center. After administrative fees and other associated costs the county ...(more)

Nix Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement

Marshall, NC – On Monday, April 23, 2018, Tara Dawn Nix, age 43, was sentenced by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus to serve between 51 and 74 months in prison for committing the felony offense of Embezzling more than $100,000.00. In March of 2017, during a regular audit irregularities were discovered, consisting of a series of checks made payable to Nix, who was, at that ...(more)

New Program for Rural Communities Kicks Off in Madison County

Governor Roy Cooper kicked off a new initiative for rural communities on Tuesday morning April 24th in Madison County.  The pilot program, called Hometown Strong, will begin in Madison and Burke counties. The goal is to identify the priorities of each rural area in North Carolina and then how to address those problems. A roundtable discussion was held at the Madison County Library with 50 ...(more)

Voluntary Evacuation As Rivers Rise

High rivers from several days of rain and a forecast of even more rainy weather has people concerned about low lying areas.  People who have campers in the Patience Park Campground on the South Toe River have been notified they may want to pull their campers out due to possible flooding. McDowell County Emergency Management has issued a voluntary evacuation order for Riverbreeze Campground in ...(more)

Former Store Manager Charged with Embezzling

Detective Paul Alkire of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has charged Kayla Nicole Renfro, age 25, of 3616 U.S. 221 North in Marion, with embezzlement. Renfro worked as a manager for Samir’s at Double R convenience store on Sugar Hill Road in Marion. Financial officers for Samir’s noticed discrepancies in the deposits Renfro was making. It is alleged that she stole $16,942.97 from ...(more)