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Raleigh sees orgy of meanness
Protesters cheers as they gather on Halifax Mall near the General Assembly on Monday, June 3, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C. More than 100 people have been arrested in the largest demonstrations yet in the state chapter of the NAACP's campaign against the Republican-led General Assembly.
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Faye T. Causey, 65
The funeral will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel.
FDA Issues Warning Letter to Baxter Healthcare
FDA cites cGMP violations of finished pharmaceuticals at the company's facilities in Marion North Carolina and Jayuya, Puerto Rico.
Showstopper Series: Saliva rocks The Swamp Fox Tavern
Deep in the mountains of North Carolina lies a modest venue named The Swamp Fox Tavern in Marion, N.C. On Saturday, June 8, American hard rock band Saliva performed at Swamp Fox to the delight and excitement of many.
McDowell County shuts down skatepark in Marion
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:38 pm
The skatepark at the McDowell Recreation Center is closed indefinitely because of problems with people loitering, littering and vandalizing.
County officials shut down the skatepark Monday of last week and it will remain closed for the immediate future.
“There were several incidents including drug paraphernalia and beer bottles left at the site that concerned us,” said County Manager Chuck Abernathy. “Larger crowds were beginning to gather at the park including our thoughts that many were coming in from other locations.”
Recreation Director Sue Huskins said there were some people coming there to use their skateboards but there were also crowds of people just hanging out and causing problems.
“It was mainly a hangout area,” she said, adding there were rumors of fights taking place there after hours.
Huskins said she consulted both the Marion Police Department and the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office about what should be done. Both agencies suggested that the county close it down. She also spoke to City Manager Bob Boyette about the decision.
“You hate to do something like that,” said Huskins. “At this point in time, we are weighing our different options about what we should do.”
The skatepark originally opened in January 2006. It was constructed for an estimated $90,000. The city raised more than $32,000 in private donations and used city money for the remainder. City employees and contractors built the facility on the former site of the tennis courts at the McDowell County Recreation Center.
Meadows meets with Marion-area cancer providers, tours radiation therapy center
Today, Representative Mark Meadows toured Radiation Therapy Associates of Western North Carolina, a local free-standing radiation therapy center offering the latest cancer technologies and therapies, to meet with cancer care specialists to learn more about radiation therapy offerings in the area.
The Morganton-based brewery could open late this summer.
Scott and Billy Pyatt, co-owners of Catawba Valley Brewing, surprised almost everyone when they announced the location of their second brewery.