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Sunday 05/01/2016
Teacher of the Year awarded
Posted: May 01, 2016 - 9:27 am

Last week, fifth-grade teacher Tracy Heape went to work thinking it was just a normal day, but little did she know what awaited her.

Friday 04/29/2016
Most Wanted (May 1-7)
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 9:11 pm


North Carolina lawmaker defends law, acknowledges fallout
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:45 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top lawmaker has told business leaders he respects their right to speak out against a North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people — but that he's not changing his mind about it.

MayDay Duathlon, Kids' Biathlon to offer opportunity to compete, get healthy
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 2:59 pm

The city of Morganton, in conjunction with Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge and other health and exercise related companies, will sponsor two races this weekend for the community to participate in.

Exploring Joara Foundation invites residents to Community Day
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 2:54 pm

The Exploring Joara Foundation has planned hours of fun, archaeology-related activities for area residents at its Community Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its living history village at Catawba Meadows Park.

First Advent Christian Church thanks law enforcement with meal
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Members of First Advent Christian Church welcomed nearly 40 law enforcement officials from the Morganton Department of Public Safety and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office on April 22 to enjoy a meal provided in appreciation of their hard work and dedication in keeping residents safe.

National Day of Prayer to be observed with service, Bible reading marathon
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 2:33 pm

The Burke County National Day of Prayer 2016 committee has planned a community-wide prayer service to be held Thursday at noon on the grounds of the old courthouse in Morganton. Mount Home Baptist Church has planned a Bible reading marathon as an extended recognition of the special day.

Restaurant inspections (April 22-28)
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 2:18 pm

The following food service facilities underwent safety inspections in the past few weeks:

New jail decision continues to stall
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 1:14 pm

Burke County commissioners held another meeting on building a new jail and walked away without taking any action on Tuesday.

Man shot at Baltimore TV station thought world was ending
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 10:22 am

BALTIMORE (AP) — The father of a man shot and wounded by police after walking into a Baltimore TV station wearing an animal costume and a fake bomb says his son believed the world was ending and might have been trying to get the message out.

Students battle in 3-D printing competition
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 9:41 am

More than a dozen teams from Burke County Public Schools and surrounding counties spent their Thursday morning competitively testing out 3-D products they created.

Panthers take DT Vernon Butler from La. Tech with 30th pick
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 10:01 am

CHARLOTTE — Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman couldn't help himself.

Thursday 04/28/2016
APNewsBreak: Investigators look at overdose in Prince death
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 2:30 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Body identified as missing man
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 8:57 pm

The Burke County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday that the body found near Steels Creek Falls in Burke County on Wednesday is a man who had been reported missing by his family.

DWI leads to crash, hospital visit
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 7:03 pm

A local man was taken to jail after he wrecked while he was so inebriated he told officers he didn’t know where he was.

Overheard on the scanner
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 6:31 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.

Fatality: woman struck by two vehicles
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 6:43 pm

LENOIR - Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle which struck and killed a woman on Thursday.

Mother charged after hosting prom party
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 6:28 pm

A local woman is facing charges after hosting an after prom party where nearly two dozen minors were drinking.

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Burke County
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 5:58 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. tonight for Burke and surrounding counties.

Caterpillar to close Morganton facility
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:56 pm

More than 100 workers will be looking for a job when a local manufacturing facility closes its doors next year.

Actors sought for production of ‘The Sessions’
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Locals will soon have a chance to be included in a full-length feature indie film, “The Sessions,” that will be filmed nearby. Phillip Lehn, Julie Whitis and the Western Piedmont Community College filmmaking group Artivational will hold a casting call for actors on May 11 at the college’s theater.

Artist finds her passion in the classroom
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:16 pm

The first time Kathryn Ervin ever enrolled in an art class was at Western Piedmont Community College and it was in that class that she discovered her passion.

Wednesday 04/27/2016
Man escapes wreck without serious injury
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:21 am

GLEN ALPINE -- A man escaped serious injury after becoming entrapped in his vehicle after it ran off the road and overturned Wednesday night.

Sheriff: No positive ID on body made; missing man's vehicle found 3 miles away
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 10:24 pm

The Burke County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the discovery of a man's body near Steels Creek Falls in Burke County on Wednesday but have yet to positively identify the victim.

County jobless rate goes down
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 7:36 pm

Burke County and the other 99 counties in the state saw unemployment rates decrease in March.

Moped owners required to have insurance
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 7:20 pm

RALEIGH – Moped owners will now be required to have their vehicles insured or else have their license revoked.

Timmy Mac's Comics to offer free comic books during event
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 6:27 pm

Timmy Mac’s Comics and Games in Morganton is one of thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the comic book world Saturday, May 7. On Free Comic Book Day, more than two million comic books will be given away by participating stores worldwide, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books.

Body found, investigation underway
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 6:36 pm

More than two dozen search and rescue crew members were headed to the scene where the body of a man was found on Wednesday.

Investigation beginning after body found
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 7:59 pm

Detectives from Burke County Sheriff’s Office were just arriving on the scene around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon to make the grueling two mile hike to where a body was discovered earlier in the day by a man who was camping in the area off N.C. 181 near Steele Creek Falls.

Causes for 2 fires revealed, 1 still undetermined
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 5:08 pm

Three different structure fires in Burke County that have occurred in the past month have been investigated by local fire marshals and a fire captain to uncover the causes for each one.

Body found off N.C. 181 near God's Country
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 7:59 pm

A body has been discovered near Steele Creek Falls off of N.C. 181, according to the Burke County Sheriff's Office. The body was discovered at the end of God's Country near the water in rocky terrain, according to scanner traffic. Extraction teams have been called in to remove the body, scanner traffic said.

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 4:08 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

Ford recalls 202K pickups, SUVs, cars to fix transmissions
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 10:25 am

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 202,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and cars in North America because the automatic transmissions can suddenly downshift to first gear.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
A town in turmoil: Hildebran meeting gets heated
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 1:44 pm

HILDEBRAN - It seems Hildebran has become a hotbed for controversy with state officials digging into the town’s books and residents complaining that the current council is ignoring the questions and concerns of its citizens.

Veterans office may reopen in July
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 12:15 pm

Several folks recently made impassioned pleas to the county commissioners to reopen the Burke County Veterans Services office.

Springtime bring abundance of kittens
Posted: April 26, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Spring brings kittens, lots of them, most of them born to stray, homeless moms. Many are born as “oops” litters, the “I didn’t know she could get pregnant this young,” or “I meant to get her fixed before she got pregnant,” or “She just showed up; she’s not my cat.” Whatever the reason, pregnant cats and mother cats need human intervention if they and their kittens are going to be healthy and survive. At the very least, they need safe shelter and daily food and water.

Award Winning 48 Hour Films viewing planned
Posted: April 26, 2016 - 1:53 pm

Western Piedmont Community College invites the community to a screening of award winning films produced by WPCC students and graduates on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Leviton Auditorium on the College’s main campus at 1001 Burkemont Ave., Morganton. These films showcase ten years of the College’s participation in the annual 48 Hour Film Project competition in Asheville.

Pinwheel gardens planted around county for child abuse prevention month
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 1:55 pm

The Burke County Public Schools Future’s Program has been planting pinwheel gardens all over the county to spark awareness of childhood abuse prevention for the month of April.

Monday 04/25/2016
BREAKING: Town of Hildebran under investigation
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 10:01 pm

The Town of Hildebran is under investigation by auditors from the state.

Commissioners meet on jail Tuesday
Posted: April 25, 2016 - 8:42 pm

What Burke County commissioners may or may not do about a new jail is anyone’s guess at this point.

Lives saved by Athlete at Heart free sports physicals
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 7:53 pm

Will and Amanda Grady are grateful they took advantage of the free sports physicals offered last year by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge’s Sports Medicine Center. It saved their son’s life. They are urging other parents to take advantage this year.

Foster families needed during kitten season
Posted: April 25, 2016 - 7:05 pm

A local organization that is highly dedicated to saving furry felines is in need of more foster families to open their hearts and their homes to these animals in need.

Citizens of the Year to be recognized at banquet
Posted: April 25, 2016 - 7:01 pm

Each year, the city of Morganton Human Relations Committee chooses people in the Burke County community who dedicate themselves to helping others and making a difference. This year’s two recipients will be recognized and honored at the annual banquet Thursday.

Concerned citizens stop scam
Posted: April 25, 2016 - 5:58 pm

A would-be scammer was shut down thanks to a couple of concerned citizens looking out for a member of their community.

Stabbing victim refuses to name attacker
Posted: April 25, 2016 - 5:38 pm

A local man refused to cooperate with police and name his assailant after being stabbed.

Pet dog fatally mauls 3-day-old baby in San Diego
Posted: April 25, 2016 - 2:30 pm

SAN DIEGO — A 3-day-old boy was mauled to death by the family dog while they were in bed with the child's parents, police said Friday.

Trump bristles at Cruz-Kasich collaboration
Posted: April 25, 2016 - 2:28 pm

BORDEN, Ind. (AP) — Donald Trump says an extraordinary collaboration between Ted Cruz and John Kasich aimed at unifying the anti-Trump vote in some remaining primaries is a desperate move by "mathematically dead" rivals.

Family searching for missing man
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 12:43 pm

CONNELLY SPRINGS - The search is on for a local man who’s been missing since last week.

Strange by true: Thieves steal trapeze equipment
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 1:33 pm

ASHEVILLE - The ladies of Dare to Fly Trapeze were looking forward to kicking off their fly season this week. Unfortunately, someone saw to it that is not possible.

‘Bad Girl’ bondsman lives up to her name
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 12:34 pm

A local bondsman is in even more hot water after she failed to appear in court for shoplifting and drug charges.

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