McDowell County News
Although healthcare is one of McDowell County’s largest industries, history has not been kind to the overall health of people who live here. Carter Florence & Nick Byrd, buildhealthyplaces.org, July 12, 2017
The YMCA of Western North Carolina was awarded a grant to increase access to high-quality after-school childcare and activities for youth and their families in McDowell County. McDowellNews.com, June 19,2017
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust awarded a grant to the YMCA of Western North Carolina to increase access to high-quality after-school childcare and activities for youth and their families in McDowell County. This investment is part of the Trust’s long-term Healthy Places NC initiative, which announced a series of grants awarded to local organizations.
The YMCA will run licensed child care sites at all McDowell County elementary schools starting in August under a five-year agreement with the school system, and will customize the operating hours to support shift work in McDowell County. Citizen-Times, May 20, 2017
On a windy and cool Saturday, the West Marion community took a major step toward “keeping it fresh.” The West Marion community held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new garden that will provide fresh and nourishing food for folks living in this neighborhood. McDowellNews.com, May 8, 2017
On the fourth Thursday of every month, you can find up to 40 local community members gathered at Addie’s Chapel in West Marion, a predominantly African-American community nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. They are laughing and welcoming, and they are discussing solutions to long standing issues such as woefully inadequate transportation or a lack of child care options for second shift employees.
For some time, a dedicated group of folks have taken upon themselves the goal of making their community an even better place to live. And their hard work is starting to pay off through various projects. Mike Conley, McDowellNews.com, April 15, 2017
McDowell County is making progress towards establishing a community food and health hub. Such a hub would help local farmers with selling their goods while providing food to those in our community who need it the most. It will also promote healthier eating in McDowell. Mike Conley, McDowellNews.com, March 20, 2017
It was a sleepy little town where farmers worked the rich land along the Linville River. The Burke County town of Fonta Flora was also once home to a post office, the Rhyne School and Old Sardis Church of 1838. Karen Chávez, Citizen Times, January 8, 2017