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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Blueberries are an easy crop for Burke
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 7:14 pm

Everyone likes to grow things, whether they eat the end product or just enjoy its blooms in the garden. It is true that not all crops are so easily grown by the amateur gardener, but there are lots of crops that are very simple to grow. 

Growing asparagus in Burke County
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 6:57 pm

One of the earliest crops in the garden is asparagus. One of its greatest features is that it is a crop that comes back year after year, giving the gardener many harvests from one planting. Of course, like anything else, what is done in the beginning to an asparagus bed is going to make a difference in how many years the gardener gets to enjoy this perennial crop.

Senator Burr takes steps to protect children at military child care facilities
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 6:44 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An infant’s death has prompted some new changes in child care standards.

Overheard on the scanner
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 6:38 pm

Police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other personnel answer hundreds of calls every day. Sometimes, the chatter overheard on an emergency scanner is frightening, humorous, or just plain odd.

New plan needed to fill Morganton City Council vacancy
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Even the best laid plans can go awry.

Man charged with stabbing his two brothers in the chest
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 1:25 pm

HILDEBRAN — A family dispute ended with one man in jail and his two brothers in the hospital recovering from stab wounds.

How many 2008 campaign veterans still work for Obama? You'd be surprised
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 11:00 am

WASHINGTON - As President Obama heads to Springfield, Ill., Wednesday to mark the ninth-anniversary of his first White House bid, it raises a question: how many men and women involved in that campaign are still working for him?

Tuesday 02/09/2016
Trump, Sanders victorious in New Hampshire primaries
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 8:39 pm

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and underscoring the insistence of voters in both parties on shaking up American politics.

NCDOT Warns Public to Stay off Railroad Tracks
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 7:33 pm

RALEIGH – Julia Littlejohn just wanted to find her lost dog. She didn’t think twice about climbing up onto the tracks. “I’m up on the tracks, and I hear this loud horn,” she said.

Authorities still looking for answers in deadly hit-and-run
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 7:27 pm

Nearly two months after his death, authorities are still looking for information about a hit-and-run that killed a local man.

Two people airlifted after being stabbed
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 7:22 pm

One person was detained and a landing zone was been set up at Hildebran Elementary after two victims, including a 17-year-old, were reportedly stabbed Tuesday afternoon.

Organized Retail Crime Alliance formed to combat theft
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 7:10 pm

RALEIGH — Retail theft schemes are increasing in the Carolinas and they’re becoming more sophisticated.

Registered sex offender sentenced for online enticement of minor
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 6:48 pm

Crime Roundup
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 6:57 pm

Listed information, including addresses, has been gathered from arrest and incident reports publicly available at area law-enforcement agencies. If your name appears here and your case was dismissed or you were cleared of the crime, let us know by calling Lisa Wall at 828-432-8939, or by emailing

BREAKING: Teenager airlifted after being stabbed
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 6:24 pm

HILDEBRAN -- One person has been detained and a landing zone has been set up at Hildebran Elementary after a 17-year-old was reportedly stabbed this afternoon.

22nd-annual ACC Chili Cook-off upcoming
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 5:13 pm

A popular downtown event will be returning to Morganton for the 22nd year in a row. The Morganton Downtown Development Association’s ACC Chili Cook-off will take place on March 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fries with that? Man accused of tossing gator at drive-thru in Florida
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 3:34 pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon.

Morganton man charged in assault
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 4:49 pm

MARION — A Morganton man has been charged with beating a Marion man and sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, deputies said Tuesday.

Car thieves reportedly armed and dangerous
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 2:12 pm

A couple of auto thieves are still on the loose and possibly armed and dangerous.

Panthers' Cam Newton defends 'sore loser' reaction after Super Bowl
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 12:27 pm

CHARLOTTE — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Tuesday that he's "sore loser," but defended walking out of a press conference after the Super Bowl by saying he didn't feel like talking to the media after Carolina's 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Students become entrepreneurs for a day
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 11:51 am

The third grade students at Morganton Day School were given the opportunity to become entrepreneurs for the day in their classroom during Market Day Monday.

Winery to expand, open new restaurant
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 6:59 pm

Silver Fork Winery plans to expand on its property and open a restaurant in downtown Morganton this year.

Man accused of stealing police badges while being questioned
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 10:47 am

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man stole several police badges while he was being held for questioning in a domestic dispute.

Saturday is Archaeology Day at the History Museum of Burke County
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 10:06 am

Folks will get a chance on Saturday to see some artifacts that have been discovered at a Burke County archaeology site.

Monday 02/08/2016
Man dies after starting Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 5:38 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man has died after starting a Raleigh race in which contestants are supposed to also eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts midway through the competition.

WPCC financial aid personnel offer advice to students pursuing college
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 12:16 pm

According to the Institute for College Access and Success, North Carolina is ranked No. 37 in average student loan debt in the United States averaging more than $25,000 a student.

Donald Trump always talks about winning, but can he do it?
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 10:53 am

MANCHESTER, N.H. - For nearly eight months, Donald Trump has talked winning. If he is president, the country will finally win on trade, on health care, on education, on jobs and against terrorists. Under his leadership, Trump likes to say, there will be so much winning that some Americans will beg him to stop winning so much.

A Trifecta of Good Taste - Burke County Notebook
Posted: February 08, 2016 - 9:57 am

The Waldensian Trail of Faith and the Valdese Heritage Arts Center teamed up Saturday, Jan. 30 to offer the public an in-depth experience of art, literature and delicious coffee. I’m a big fan of all those, so I was in!

Sunday 02/07/2016
Deadline for voter registration approaching
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Local brewery receives high-profile mention
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 11:20 am

In the spirit of Super Bowl 50, a recent article by Men’s Journal examined the craft brew industries of Colorado and North Carolina. Morganton brewery Fonta Flora was one of the top craft breweries mentioned in the article.

Saturday 02/06/2016
Poverty rates increase in Burke County; children affected at higher rates
Posted: February 06, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Morganton establishments open for Super Bowl
Posted: February 06, 2016 - 12:59 am

For locals looking for a place to celebrate and watch Super Bowl 50, Morganton will provide several options tonight. There will be plenty of places for fans of both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos to watch the game.

Friday 02/05/2016
Most Wanted
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:15 pm


Schools show off Panther pride
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 6:36 pm

Burke County Public Schools was a vision of black and blue when they officially declared Friday “Black and Blue Panthers Day” to show their support for the Carolina Panthers, who will be participating in the Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

Public servant is now the one who needs help
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 5:52 pm

A local man who has always given back now needs the help of the community he’s served for decades.

Panthers 'coach' Braylon Beam given Super Bowl 50 tickets
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 4:53 pm

Those familiar with the story of Braylon Beam, the North Carolina boy who is battling cancer and still spreading his positive energy by dancing, will want to see this video of Braylon and his family on The Ellen Degeneres Show!

Churches renew commitment to walking for health
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 3:36 pm

Six local churches, the Burke County Health Department, and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust of Winston-Salem invite groups to step on board with a county-wide monthly walking challenge that renewed Wednesday.

WPCC not currently considering surcharge
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 2:30 pm

The North Carolina Community College System has presented an item of business that will allow member schools to apply a surcharge to tuition. Community colleges are expected to be able to use the extra money for various state-approved purposes and capital improvement projects.

Board will not vote on 80/20 plan
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 2:25 pm

The North Carolina State Health Plan Board of Trustees is putting off a controversial vote that could have eliminated the 80/20 plan for state employees, teachers and retirees.

Crime Watch: Jan. 24-30
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 1:46 pm

Crime Watch

Youth groups compete to collect food for assistance agency
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 12:55 pm

Several local churches will collect food and money for Burke United Christian Ministries again this year in support of a national movement called “Souper Bowl of Caring.”

McCrory's 1st re-election campaign ad linked to Super Bowl
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 5:10 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory's first television commercial of his re-election campaign seeks to connect the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl run with the Republican's time in office.

Elementary students complete science fair
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 11:52 am

The 2016 Burke County Public Schools Elementary Science Fair was held Tues day, Feb. 2 at Burkemont Baptist Church. The school-level winners from the county's 15 elementary schools competed in the district-wide event.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Annual award recognizes volunteers in community
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 8:48 pm

The City of Morganton Human Relations Commission is now accepting nominations for the Citizens of the Year awards.

Leading Role
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 8:43 pm

CoMMA’s new director said he has some big shoes to fill, but he’s ready to carry on the facility’s long-standing tradition of quality programs and wants to have the community become even more involved with the auditorium’s success.

Thousands of gallons of sewer spill during heavy rains
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 8:34 pm

Heavy rain Wednesday caused thousands of gallons of sewer water to spill at the City of Morganton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

NC Supreme Court sessions coming to Burke
Posted: February 04, 2016 - 8:16 pm

The N.C. Supreme Court will come to Morganton for two sessions in May.

Are you ready to adopt a pet?
Posted: February 04, 2016 - 7:49 pm

Would you have a baby or adopt a child or invite an elderly relative to live with you without first doing some planning and maybe a little research? No? You might be surprised how many people, with good intentions no doubt, adopt a pet without thinking much about how that sweet cat or cute dog will affect their lives.

Recent snow aids in flooding around Burke
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 11:53 am

Rain came pounding into Burke County early Wednesday morning, drenching many areas with inches of water in a matter of hours.

News Herald publisher welcomed as speaker at Rotary Club
Posted: February 04, 2016 - 10:19 am

The Rotary Club of Morganton welcomed Lamar Smitherman, publisher of The News Herald, as the guest speaker at its Wednesday luncheon.

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