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For more than a year, the Burke County Board of Commissioners has bandied about the idea of implementing a quarter-cent sales tax that several surrounding counties already employ. Now, the board is …

A drive or walk through downtown Morganton reveals bursts of beautiful color made possible by a small team of city employees. You might not know their names but you know their work. The eye-catching …

In only its second year publication, The Paper recently won 17 awards in the 2023-24 North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) contest for its coverage of Burke County’s communities and local news. …

Broadband coverage for 100% of Burke County homes and businesses is now within sight. The county is one of 19 in North Carolina to receive funding from the state’s Completing Access to Broadband …

A lucky group of 15 Morganton residents will soon get an insider look into Public Safety’s operations.  Through the Citizens Public Safety Academy, attendees learn about an array of topics …

Burke County is officially in a drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor has Burke classified in the Moderate Drought (D1) category currently. More than 75% of the state is in either moderate or severe …

The proposed multi-million dollar Valdese-Lenoir water project remains two years out, but progress is being made.  This interconnection will link the City of Lenoir and the Town of Valdese as …

The City of Morganton’s strategic future land use plan, IMAGINE Morganton 2040, is a step closer to completion now that the City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission held a joint meeting on …

Opioid usage isn’t slowing down in Burke, but deaths caused by opioid overdose have. Burke Recovery paired with the Burke County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to host three training sessions for …

Each year, the Rotary Club of Morganton collects nominations and selects one person who has contributed significantly to the betterment of our community. It is a special honor that transcends …

Burke County is edging towards drought, currently classified as Abnormally Dry by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Neighboring areas already face Moderate Drought conditions, and 75% of North Carolina is …

Burke County, NC, is set to expand broadband coverage to over 90% of homes and businesses with a $3.5 million grant from the state's Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) program. The project will …

Drivers on Old N.C. 18 now have an all-way stop at the road's intersection with Mountain Home Church Road and Colony Road near Mull Elementary School. An intersection with an elementary school on one …

A regular reader of The Paper dropped by our offices earlier today. Pearl, who has lived in the area for decades, brought with her two young ladies – one a recent graduate of App State and the …

The 60-acre woods blaze that scorched Burkemont Mountain late last week was 100% contained by Friday morning, but Burke County isn’t out of the woods for fires just yet. Despite some locally heavy …

Morganton residents may notice water discoloration when the City of Morganton tests fire hydrant flows around the city in July and August.  Water pressure may also be temporarily impacted. The …

Henry Beall, a rising senior at Freedom High School, balances a full plate of academics, community service, as well as writing for The Paper as a part-time columnist ...

The N.C. Department of Transportation is currently about a year away from sending out bids for the building of a new Castle Bridge, linking Burke and Caldwell counties near Rutherford College. …

Morganton’s homeless population is always more visible during the summer months than during cold weather, and some unsheltered people can often be seen hanging out on the square at the Historic …

Editor's Note: The U.S. housing market has shifted dramatically in recent years with huge swings in interest rates, home prices, and availability. This is the prelude to a series of stories that will …

Every year, taxpayers of the City of Morganton and the Town of Drexel who follow municipal budgets see line items referring to the nebulous topic, The Electric Fund, with sizable dollars attached. …

For a fella who’s only lived there for a couple of years, the Rev. Kaury Edwards makes a pretty bold boast: “The greatest small town in all of rural North Carolina is Rutherford College.” But …

The Paper office will be closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. The Saturday, July 6, edition will be delivered to homes and posted online on the usual …

The month of July in Burke County tends to be quiet for most municipalities with the absence of monthly regular meetings. Elected leaders in Morganton, Valdese, Drexel, and Glen Alpine all skip the …

Three seats on the Rutherford College Town Council are up for grabs in the upcoming November election, and two of the incumbents say they will run for another four-year term while the third remains …

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