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Kidney surgery scheduled for Burke County man whose son wrote President Trump

Around Christmas, 8-year-old Fore Putnam wrote letters to Santa Claus, Ivanka Trump, and President Donald Trump. In them, he made an emotional plea for help in finding his dad, Trae, a kidney.

  School still closed for many in Anson County because of Florence

Rains from Hurricane Florence have made driving conditions perilous. Sinkholes, potholes and flooded roads throughout the county have kept students out of school for 7 days and counting.

Life Store Bank in Ashe Co engulfed in flames after landslide

A landslide started a fire at Life Store Bank in Ashe County Tuesday afternoon.

More than dozen locomotives and railcars derail in Anson County

Nine locomotives and five railcars derailed in Anson County, North Carolina Sunday evening, leading to at least one road closure in the area.

Caldwell County firefighter injured while removing tree

A Caldwell County firefighter was injured while attempting to remove a tree from an intersection.

App State vs Southern Miss game postponed, no makeup date scheduled

Appalachian State’s home football game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, against Southern Miss will not be played over the weekend in Boone due to increasing concerns associated with Hurricane Florence.

Confirmed case of meningococcemia in App State student

According to the Appalachian District Health Department, meningococcemia is a bloodstream infection caused by bacteria that can also cause meningitis.

Caldwell County candidate for Sheriff hit with felony drug charges

Both men were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver and also maintaining a home to do it. Robert Crump is on the ballot as the Democrat party’s candidate for Sheriff.

Married couple charged with murder in Lincolnton, third suspect sought

Jason and Carolyn Carwile went before a judge in Lincolnton Wednesday morning, charged with murder in the death of a man found beaten to death early Tuesday.

Lenoir woman upset over state of veteran dad's gravesite

The woman's dad was a Vietnam veteran. He died nine years ago at the age of 64. Since then, she says it is a constant fight to keep his final resting place in order.

New helmets to monitor hits to the head for Burke County HS football players

Each of the four high schools has been supplied with special helmets with sensors built in that can measure hits to the head and electronically alert trainers on the sidelines when those hits reach the level of possible concussion.

Body found off gravel road in Burke County, one person in custody

The body was found off of Costner Road.

Burke County elementary schools to debut new language program

Two classes of kindergarten children will be a part of the county's new dual language immersion program. Instead of a language class once or twice a week, the entire day will be a language class of sorts.

Funeral service held for three lives lost in Burke County crash

Hundreds of people from Burke County and across the state came together Monday for a funeral service for the three people killed in a crash last Wednesday in Burke County. The crash happened on Henry River Road and killed 21-year-old Cody Myers, 4-month-old Piper Myers, and 17-month-old Adaline Hullette.

Vigil honors man and babies killed in Burke Co. crash, funeral arrangements set

The group lit candles, prayed, and shared memories.

2.4 magnitude earthquake reported between Lenoir, Blowing Rock

According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was located two miles away from Buffalo Cove, about 10 miles away from Lenoir and 13 miles away from Boone.

Daycare workers honor three lives lost in Burke County crash

Troopers say 21-year-old Cody Myers, 4-month-old Piper Myers, and 17-month-old Adaline Hullette all died after a crash Wednesday along Henry River Road.

Two babies, driver killed in Burke County crash

According to Highway Patrol, the accident happened on Henry River Road near Henry River Baptist Church just south of Hildebran.

Three suspects arrested, charged with multiple car break-ins

Officials in Burke County have arrested three people on breaking and entering related charges. According to a Burke County Sheriff's report, the department was investigating numerous reports of car break-ins near Hopewell Road from June 27 through July 24. The suspects were stealing miscellaneous items including gas from the victims' vehicles.

Body found in Boone river identified

According to the Boone Police Department, around 3 p.m. a family was exploring Brookshire Park when they discovered a dead man face down in the Southfork of the New River.

Mountaineers cornerback Clifton Duck gets huge honor

Duck is tied for first place nationally with 11 interceptions since the start of the 2016 season.

  Missing 68-year-old man found dead in Watauga County

A Silver Alert was issued for 68-year-old Lester Allen Trivette, who was last seen on the 1200 block of Soc Houck Road in Boone.

Flood watch continues in mountains and foothills, no major issues yet

A flood watch is in effect for the area, and in fact, has been extended into Friday.

Boone Police Department brings community together for lip sync video

Before the singing and dancing gets underway, Boone PD shares a message stating that the video is dedicated to the citizens and business owners in the town of Boone.

Foothills bracing for heavy rain, possible flooding

Barely two months after serious flooding hit the area, Caldwell County communities along the Johns River and Wilson Creek are bracing for trouble again.

Pilot program allowing some cannabis patches in NC

Andy Stancil never considered that one day he would be a cannabis grower, but in the summer of 2018 all of that changed.

Morganton man accused of soliciting minor for sex on social media

Investigators say he solicited the minor for sex acts, but law enforcement officials showed up at his Morganton home instead.

Inn employee charged after co-worker found dead near Blue Ridge Pkwy

The female was found deceased at 10:30 p.m. near a path connecting the inn to employee housing.

Two cases of whooping cough confirmed in Caldwell County

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an infection that affects the airways and is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing.

Cause of flea market fire still 'undetermined' as burned-out businesses vow to reopen

Fire investigators say the blaze began in or near a trash can, but they have not been able to pinpoint the ignition source. For now, the cause is ruled as "undetermined."

Six businesses destroyed in fire at Burke County Flea Market

Multiple buildings were reportedly involved, including a furniture store.

  Big patch of plants that cause 3rd degree burns found in Blowing Rock neighborhood

State agents are following tips to locate patches and destroy them. The plant is native to central Asia and has been around for a while, but lately there has been an increase in sightings.

One person killed in Burke County house fire

The fire broke out just before 6:30 p.m. at a home on George Hildebran School Road. Officials said the victim's body was found as firefighters were putting the fire out.

'Prayer tree' brings hundreds of people together

Take a moment to read the prayers, it might just make your day.

Man suspected of shooting deputy, killed during confrontation with SWAT team ID'd

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday evening that the suspect, whose name has not been released, was killed when a SWAT team went into a home on Zacks Ford Road in Lenoir earlier in the afternoon.

Detectives seek thousands of dollars worth of stolen park equipment

Caldwell County investigators are trying to find out who stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from a local park owned by a non profit group.

Person critically injured in Hickory crash involving moped and SUV

According to the Hickory Police Department, the incident took place on McDonald Parkway NE.

Man wanted in Burke County shooting arrested

A man who was wanted in connection with a shooting in Burke County that happened in the beginning of July has been arrested.

App State Tennis adds to 2018 Class

Heaven is rated as a four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net. Recently, Heaven reached the finals of the DT-USTA Summer Junior Section title match.

Two injured after tractor trailer overturns on I-40 in Burke County

The accident appears to have caused considerable damage to the guard rail in the median of the highway.

Multiple crews work to control fire in Catawba County

The Conover Fire Department was assisting the Newton Fire Department to control the structure fire.