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Monday 10/12/2015
Rezoning could add new Dollar General
Updated: October 12, 2015 - 7:22 pm

    Morganton could get another Dollar General.

U-Haul bank robber pleads guilty
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 7:08 pm

A man who used a U-Haul to make a get-away after he robbed a Valdese bank last year has pleaded guilty.

Students make a difference with Band-Aids
Updated: October 12, 2015 - 5:57 pm

Seventeen Junior Kindergarten students at Morganton Day School are making a difference in the community, and asking for the community’s support to make a bigger impact.

Economists still expect rate hike before end of 2015
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 5:09 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A survey of business economists finds that a majority still expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates before the end of the year, with the broader economy expected to grow at a slightly faster pace in 2015 than previously forecast.

Dissolving stent for heart arteries passes first large test
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Now you see it, now you don't. A new type of heart stent that works like dissolving stitches, slowly going away after it has done its job, passed its first major test in a large study, doctors said Monday.

Dell buying EMC in $67 billion bet on data storage
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 5:06 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

Budweiser's parent AB InBev raises offer for SABMiller
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 5:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev raised its takeover bid for SABMiller to 70.4 billion pounds ($108.2 billion) Monday in its latest effort to win backing for its plan to create "the first truly global beer company."

Sunday 10/11/2015
County, city officials to discuss future of courthouse
Posted: October 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

It appears Burke County commissioners may go back to the drawing board with its plans to build a justice center.

Saturday 10/10/2015
Courthouse debate: No more games
Updated: October 10, 2015 - 11:25 pm

To say it’s past time for city and county leaders to come together is an understatement.

Friday 10/09/2015
Local fire departments teach students about fire safety
Posted: October 09, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Students at Drexel Elementary were visited by a special canine and firefighters Thursday and Friday during Fire Prevention Week.

Campus security a priority at WPCC
Updated: October 09, 2015 - 11:44 pm

With the recent fatal shootings at a community college in Oregon, security and safety precautions at educational institutions are in the spotlight.

Agency moves back to previous building, plans fundraiser
Updated: October 09, 2015 - 11:14 pm

A nonprofit organization that began almost 30 years ago has recently moved back to its former home in Drexel.

Thursday 10/08/2015
Runway additions planned at airport
Posted: October 08, 2015 - 7:03 pm

Foothills Regional Airport officials are planning some additions to the runway.

Continental to sponsor science fair
Updated: October 08, 2015 - 11:46 am

Continental and Burke County Public Schools announced they have extended their Partners in Education relationship with a $3,000 donation from Continental to the school system.

New recreational field to be built at FHES
Updated: October 08, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Local schools and recreation leagues will have a new place to play thanks to the addition of a new athletic field being built by Burke County Public Schools.

Wednesday 10/07/2015
A platform of passion brings awareness
Updated: October 07, 2015 - 7:51 pm

A junior at Patton High School has a passion for children with cancer and is taking one step at a time to raise awareness.

Officer, Good Samaritan act fast to help save driver
Updated: October 07, 2015 - 7:43 pm

DREXEL — A Drexel officer and a Good Samaritan are being hailed for rescuing a woman from a vehicle fire Tuesday evening.

UPDATE: More details emerge in homicide
Updated: October 08, 2015 - 12:28 pm

CONNELLY SPRINGS — A man is dead and another man is being detained after a stabbing near Connelly Springs Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: Man stabbed to death after dispute
Updated: October 07, 2015 - 1:16 pm

A man is dead and another man is being detained after a stabbing near Connelly Springs this morning. 

Crime Roundup Aug. 24-29, 2015
Updated: October 07, 2015 - 8:20 am

The following charges were served by the Morganton Department of Public Safety:

Breaking: Deadly stabbing under investigation; one man in custody
Updated: October 07, 2015 - 8:47 am

A man is dead and another man is being detained after a stabbing near Connelly Springs this morning.

Tuesday 10/06/2015
Council efforts aim to help bring businesses to Morganton
Updated: October 06, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Morganton City Council voted to modify its loan agreement with Avery Avenue Partners in connection with that company’s lease of the old Harris Teeter building to Food Matters Market.

Busted at Wal-Mart
Updated: October 06, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Getting charged with crimes at Wal-Mart in Morganton seems to be a continuing trend. Find out who was charged during the weeks of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3:

Registration open for Wilkes Community College Nov. 6-8 Fire and Rescue College
Posted: October 06, 2015 - 3:10 pm

WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College will hold its 32nd annual Northwest Fire and Rescue College on Nov. 6-8. Registrations and fees to participate should be received by Oct. 23. Registrations on this date will determine which classes will run and which will be cancelled due to lack of enrollment. All classes and sections will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Re-enactors relive historic crossing
Updated: October 06, 2015 - 12:28 pm

A momentous moment in history was replayed as many men and women waded through the Catawba River on Thursday to honor those who made the trek 235 years ago.

Monday 10/05/2015
Hickory man pleads guilty to wife’s murder
Posted: October 05, 2015 - 8:07 pm

HICKORY — A Hickory man pleaded guilty during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday to beating his wife to death nearly two years ago.

Unsolved Case: John Bailey Clark shot three times in head, says autopsy report
Posted: October 05, 2015 - 7:46 pm

An elderly man found in a shallow grave in December was shot three times in the head.

Tyra the Serval cat can stay in Morganton, council says
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 7:35 pm

A Serval cat whose owners were told she violated a city ordinance was granted amnesty at Monday’s city council meeting.

Man charged with strangling, cutting girlfriend
Posted: October 05, 2015 - 4:29 pm


Morganton City Council to consider amending 'exotic animals' ordinance
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 2:51 pm

The Morganton City Council is slated to consider amending its animal control ordinance regarding "wild or exotic animals" at tonight's meeting.

Students learn about historic battle, experience colonial era life
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Fourth graders across Burke County traveled back in time to the 1700s to experience the history of The Overmountain Men during Revolutionary War Week.

Water service shut off on N.C. 126
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 10:17 am

The Morganton Water Resources Department plans to shut off water service on NC 126 to repair a water leak on a 4-inch water line, according to a release from the city. Water service will be shut off from Watermill Road to Frank Whisnant Road. About 70 homes will be affected. Workers expect to have the water back on by noon today, barring any unforeseen problems.

Sunday 10/04/2015
Wellness clinic for county staff opens
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Burke County officially opened its employee health and wellness clinic last week with the hopes that it will help save the county on health care costs. 

Weather event causes minimal problems
Posted: October 04, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Rainfall throughout the weekend left some homes without power and raised the level of local lakes, but did not hit as hard as expected, officials say.

Website to link workers with jobs
Posted: October 04, 2015 - 2:45 am

A website that will compile available furniture jobs in the Unifour and Catawba Valley went online Friday. 

Saturday 10/03/2015
Rescue crews on standby for flooding
Updated: October 03, 2015 - 7:48 pm

With flooding and high winds expected, all Burke County school events scheduled for the weekend were cancelled and the county and some towns declared a state of emergency on Friday. 

Man charged with threatening sheriff
Updated: October 03, 2015 - 1:32 pm

A Hickory man was arrested Thursday after investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation say he threatened Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant and other members of the sheriff’s office.

Friday 10/02/2015
Greenway, local parks closed due to weather
Updated: October 03, 2015 - 2:12 pm

The Catawba River Greenway, Catawba Meadows Park, and Bethel Park in Morganton are officially closed and will remain closed until the Flash Flood Watch and hazardous weather outlook for the area has passed.

Rain contributes to 2 wrecks on I-40
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Five vehicles piled up near Exit 107 on Interstate 40 westbound in Burke County on Friday afternoon.

New evidence released in fatal hit-and-run
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Police have released new evidence in the hit-and-run that killed a 16 year old in Burke County on Sept. 20.

Crime Roundup Aug. 21-23, 2015
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 7:50 pm

The following charges were served by the Morganton Department of Public Safety:

Weather cancels weekend events
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Due to North Carolina being in a state of emergency and Burke County being under a flood watch, some events previously scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled.

Thursday 10/01/2015
Awaiting the Storm: Agencies prepare as flash flood watch is in effect
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 8:58 am

Morganton and Burke County are under a flash flood watch as weather conditions continue to worsen around the state.

County on alert for potential ‘historic flooding’
Posted: October 01, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Burke County officials are preparing for what forecasters told them could be historic flooding this weekend.

School system to monitor roads to ensure safety
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Many counties in North Carolina, including Burke, have been put under a flash flood watch and Burke County Public Schools transportation department is prepared for whatever Mother Nature may bring.

Gunman opens fire at Oregon college; at least 12 killed
Posted: October 01, 2015 - 6:06 pm

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least a dozen people before dying during a shootout with police, authorities said....

Flash flood watch issued for Burke County
Updated: October 01, 2015 - 4:11 pm

The city of Morganton, along with Burke County and most of western North Carolina, is currently under a flash flood watch through Monday, according to the National Weather Service. According to NWS, a “period of heavy rainfall will begin on Friday and continue through the weekend.”

Gov. McCrory declares State of Emergency in preparation for severe weather
Updated: October 01, 2015 - 3:16 pm

RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency in all 100 counties in preparation for severe weather that is predicated to cause severe flooding throughout the state. At a news conference at the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center, the governor said that weather systems, independent of Hurricane Joaquin, are likely to dump flooding rains on the state. Hurricane Joaquin will increase rainfall totals should it make landfall in North Carolina. Presently, the hurricane is predicted to brush the Outer Banks.

Public Safety initiative aims to raise breast cancer awareness
Updated: October 01, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Police in Morganton are up against a tougher enemy than they’ve ever faced before — breast cancer.

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Marion woman faces new charge after shooting
Posted: September 30, 2015 - 8:48 pm

MARION — A woman accused in an August shooting on Newton Drive in Marion is facing another felony offense.

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