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Burke County Public Schools' media centers reflect a diverse community

Have you ever wondered how books end up on the shelves of your child’s school media center? All supplemental materials go through a selection and approval process before they are made available to …

Two Burke squads claim WYAA girls crowns

The Burke County No. 1 squad won the 8U championship, going 4-0 en route to the title. Burke County also claimed the 10U championship on Sunday, also winning four times in as many games.

Hospital construction brings new level of care

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Burke County in 2020, UNC Health Blue Ridge put future building plans on hold indefinitely.“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we focused our attention on taking care …

Mayor battles peach cobbler and measured measurements at Rotary Club meeting

At this time of year mayors everywhere are on the civic circuit giving State of the Town presentations. They speak to Kiwanis. Pilot Clubs. Youth Groups. And Rotaries. I’ve attended many Mayoral …


Warren Wilson senior forward Jeremiah Daye recently crossed the 1,000-point mark for his collegiate career in the Owls' Coast 2 Coast Conference tournament opener in California, an 87-72 loss versus UC Santa Cruz.

Three Patton players named all-conference

The Mountain Foothills 7 2A Conference recently announced its boys and girls basketball all-conference team selections, and three Patton High School players made the lists.The fourth-place finishing …

Cozorts’ love of Red Sox a family tradition

Not gameday attire since they don’t match well with the Wildcats’ black and gold, but make no mistake: Chris and Katie Cozort’s favorite sox are red.The Draughn High School softball father and …

Xcell swimmer Jacob Jensen wins top award at state meet

In an NCHSAA 1A/2A swimming state championship meet that featured six top-10 local showings, Burke County also in a way helped produce a double state champion who was the meet’s most outstanding …

Coach who’s trained Olympians teaching fencing locally

Fencing doesn’t just come in the chain-link, chicken-wire and picket varieties around Burke County anymore.The sport, one of 10 when the Olympics were reborn in 1896, has found a home locally since …

Betty Sanford

Betty Jo Holden Sanford, 75, of Granite Falls, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at her residence following a period of declining health. Betty was born March 16, 1947 in South Carolina, to the …

Ruth Secrest Kahler

Ruth Secrest Kahler, 84, of Morganton, NC, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, February 27, 2023. She was born on July 12, 1938 in Burke County to the late Jacob Albert Secrest and Lois …

City of Morganton Recreation Department 40-and-over basketball leaguestandings through March 3

City of Morganton Recreation Department 40-and-over basketball leaguestandings through March 3.

Around Burke

Around Burke County: The Morganton City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The Drexel Board of Aldermen will meet on Tuesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 202 Church …

American Roller Bearing sold to The Timken Company

Employing 190 workers in Burke and Alexander counties, American Roller Bearing (AMB) was recently sold to Ohio-based The Timken Company, a global enterprise specializing in engineered bearings and …

Chris Taylor to rock TGIF Concert on Friday, May 12

Chris Taylor is no ordinary musician.He is the complete package. Energy. Talent. Looks. Charm. Humor. And showmanship in spades.He can pack the house and have the crowd screaming for more. He …

Applications due March 13 for Chamber's Leadership Burke program

Leadership Burke is our community's premier program for current and future leaders.Applications from participants must be submitted by March 13th to the Chamber by Monday, March 13.This …

Two novels of different eras highlight our shared humanity

"The Wife of Willesden"by Zadie SmithI know very little about the mathematical study of probability but like most people I sometimes experience strange and arbitrary coincidences I can't …

On Netflix, 'The Outer Banks' and the Kooks vs. the Pogues

Have you seen the show, “The Outer Banks,” on Netflix yet? If you haven't I suggest you watch it immediately. You will agree that “The Outer Banks” (OBX) is paradise on Earth.It's no …

Thomas enters 1st full season with D-Backs

A dozen years ago, Alek Thomas was attending Forest Hill Elementary opposite spending his summers playing for the Morganton Little League baseball all-stars.Thomas is now set for what should be his …

Celebrate the outdoors at Discover Burke Trails Day

There is no doubt that North Carolina is rich in trails and walking paths from coast to coast but no other county in the state has a more diverse and verdant trail community than our very own Burke …


Mr. and Mrs. Noel Hall of Morganton and Ms. Mendy Harvey of Morganton announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaytlin Noelle Hall of Morganton, to Blake Isaac Grindstaff of Hickory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jody Grindstaff, and Ms. Heather Swanson, all of Hickory.

Progressive fly tying yields its rewards

Anyone who enjoys the fascinating art of fly fishing will derive much more satisfaction from the sport if they tie their own flies. Surprisingly, only 20-25% of those actually tie.For …

Confederate statue draws fire; subject of upcoming symposium, forum

Several citizens spoke to the Burke County Board of Commissioners about the Confederate memorial statue at the Historic Courthouse Square during Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting.The statue has …

Deciding just what appraisal will mean to taxpayers

Burke County property owners who took the time to go through their mail last Saturday morning probably did not like what they found. Waiting for them there was a property revaluation notice from Burke …


Mr. Chris Worley of Hickory and Mrs. Michelle Worley of Morganton announce the engagement of their daughter, Savanah Ashlynn Jasson Worley of Morganton to Benjamin Calvin Phillips, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Phillips of Rutherford College.

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