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Woman killed after SUV, Burke Public Schools truck collide in Morganton

MORGANTON, N.C. - Police are investigating after they said one person was killed in a head-on crash in Morganton Friday morning. The wreck happened around 8 a.m. on Sanford Drive and involved an SUV and a Burke Public Schools truck, officials said.


BREAKING: 1 dead, 2 injured in morning crash

One person is dead and two others are injured after a Friday morning crash. The driver of an SUV was killed when someone crossed the center line of Sanford Drive near Tate Street at around 8:15 a.m., said Maj. Ryan Lander with the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Police are working to figure o


Mayor shares news on challenges during annual address

Editor’s Note: This is the final part of a three-part series. Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson has been speaking to community organizations in Morganton this year to share his annual State of the City address. He stopped by to speak with the Morganton Recreation Seniors at the Collett St. Recreation


Marquee Cinemas - Movie Times (Feb. 15-17)

Friday.– 2D – 6:40 3D – 3:40, 9:30 p.m. Saturday Sunday – 2D – 12:40, 6:40 p.m. 3D – 3:40, 9:30 p.m. Friday.– 4:10, 7:10, 9:40 p.m. Saturday Sunday – 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40 p.m.


UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal crash

The victim in a fatal crash on Sanford Drive has been identified. Anndrel Royal, 29, was driving an SUV on Sanford Drive when witnesses told police she crossed the center line and hit a Burke County Public Schools truck driven by Jeffrey Cook, according to a release from the Morganton Department of


Dancers sought for Black History Festival

Organizers of the 2019 Black History Festival are calling for dancers of all ages and experience levels to perform during the annual event. The festival will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon.


Letter to the Editor: Commissioner should visit the library

I was astounded to read in Tuesday's paper that Burke County Commissioner Maynard Taylor questioned whether libraries were as needed as in the past "with the instant knowledge that the Internet gives."


Morganton’s Panera Bread targeting April opening

Morganton’s newest dining option is targeting the month of April to open its doors. That is when Panera Bread is scheduled to start doing business in the Morganton Heights Shopping Center, according to Danielle Farmer, a marketing manager for Panera through Covelli Enterprises. The eatery will occup


Black Widow Killer is North Carolina's oldest woman on death row

In October of 1990, President George H.W. Bush condemned Iraq's takeover of Kuwait. Famed American conductor Leonard Bernstein, composer of "West Side Story," died at 72. And a meteorite exploded above the Pacific Ocean.


Waves of rain headed for Burke, again

Anyone hoping for sunny weather this week likely won’t find it in Burke County. Several waves of rain are headed for the area, with the first round starting Friday night into Saturday, said Harry Gerapetritis with the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg.


Calendar of events (Sunday, Feb. 17 to Saturday, Feb. 23)

Check out these events taking place around Burke County this week (Feb. 17-23) South Mountains State Park will offer a wintergreen hike at 11 a.m. starting at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and a wilderness survival course at 2 p.m. in its visitors’ center.


Police Arrest Man Accused Of Stabbing Woman At Hickory McDonald’s

HICKORY, NC — Police in Hickory have arrested the man they say stabbed a woman in a McDonald’s parking lot Monday night. Richard Church III was arrested Friday and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury.


Former teacher sentenced for child sex crimes

CHARLOTTE — After he pleaded guilty to child sex charges in federal court last year, a former Burke County teacher was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison. But an attorney for Michael Harrison Lowman, 32, filed an appeal earlier this month on his behalf.


9 Investigates: Calls for trampoline park regulations in North Carolina

HICKORY, N.C. - Grayson Huffman, 20, is learning how to get around on crutches, unable to put weight on his right foot for another month. [ALSO READ: Father warns parents after son breaks both ankles at Hickory trampoline park]


North Carolina student asked to ‘cover up’ after teachers found shirt offensive

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A Cumberland County student was asked to cover up after teachers found her shirt to be offensive, WTVD reports. The shirt reads, “Why be racist, sexist homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”


UPDATE: Attempted murder suspect from Bristol captured in North Carolina

A suspect that police said tried to run over officers during a pursuit earlier this week in Bristol has been apprehended in North Carolina. Authorities tell News 5 that Billy Stratton, 26, of Kingsport, was arrested in the Davidson County area in Thomasville after he tried to break into and steal a


Adopted daughter gives North Carolina pastor transplant

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Billy Houze is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lawndale. An area of the state that’s in desperate need. “We’re in the upper part of Cleveland County, which is the poorest part of the county,” Houze said.


North Carolina woman convicted of DWI in fatal crash ordered to speak about dangers of drunk driving

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A judge sentenced Trisha Thompson to 120 days in jail after she was convicted of two felonies connected to a deadly crash in April 2018 that killed 911 dispatcher Nicole Schieb, WSOC reports.


Kaepernick, Eric Reid Settle Collusion Lawsuits With NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL. In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:. “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As


Mother searches for answers 2 years after son's murder outside North Carolina mall

LENOIR, N.C. - A mother from Lenoir is still hoping for answers two years after her son was murdered outside a popular mall in North Carolina. Wezley Tugman was gunned down at the Four Seasons Town Centre Mall in Greensboro in 2017.