August 21, 2018

Two Readers’ Choice voters win $50, one chance remains

Readers have a few more days to tell The Times which restaurant has the best barbecue in Alexander County. Or help decide who’s the best florist, surveyor, or pet groomer. Readers can choose their favorite school, church, or civic club, too. You can cast your vote for all these and more in the 2018 Readers’…

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Benjamin Arthur Setzer, Jr. (Ben)

Benjamin Arthur Setzer, Jr. (Ben) of Granite Falls, 84, died Monday, August 20, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends at home. Mr. Setzer was born July 12, 1934, in Catawba County, son of Benjamin and Elsie Setzer. He retired as owner from Total Scope Health Care, Construction & Real Estate Services, Inc. He was…

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John Charles Johnson

John Charles Johnson, 58, of Taylorsville, passed away August 19, 2018 at Wake Forest Medical Center. John was born May 23, 1960, in Anchorage, Alaska, to the late Zeb Boyd and Lona Luann Steely Johnson and step-mother, Margaret Ann Johnson. John was a supervisor for Schneider Mills in Taylorsville, a former member of Lions Club,…

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Peggy Marie Barker

Peggy Marie Barker, 64, of Northmont Ext, Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 19, 2018. She was born May 15, 1954, in Alexander County, to Summa Watts and the late Jimmy Barker. Peggy was a member of New Zion Baptist Church and was very active in church activities. She served on the usher board,…

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Susan Bentley Meade

Susan Bentley Meade, 57, of the Bethlehem Community, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior unexpectedly on Sunday, August 19, 2018. She was born on March 21, 1961, in Catawba County, to the late Ralph and Mabel Link Bentley. Susan had two associate’s degrees from CVCC in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration.…

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Cougars roll over Burns 40-7 in opener

Alexander scores 33 points in dominant second half By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. The Alexander Central Cougars dominated play in the second half and rolled to a 40-7 win over the Burns Bulldogs in the 2018 season opening football game played in Lawndale on Friday night, August 17. After leading 7-0 at the half, the Cougars…

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Guy Edward Barnes

Guy Edward Barnes, 83, of Taylorsville, passed away Friday, August 17, 2018 at Valley Nursing Center after an extended illness. Guy was an avid hunter for many years and a huge sports fan. He loved NASCAR racing, Braves baseball, Carolina Panthers football, and ACHS football, but he especially loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play…

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John Allen “Bub” Hines

John Allen “Bub” Hines, 85, of Woodridge Drive, Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Gordon Hospice House. Mr. Hines was born December 24, 1932, in Alexander County, the son of the late Clifford Sims Hines and Helen Allen Hines. He was a member of Hiddenite Baptist Church, where he had served as Deacon.…

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Kylie Cockrell Hamby tapped new Alexander Central Softball Coach

Former Cougar star chosen to lead one of NC’s top programs   On Tuesday night, August 14th, the Alexander County Board of Education approved the hire of former standout player Kylie Cockrell Hamby as the Head Coach of the Alexander Central High School Softball team. Hamby will fill the position that came open earlier this…

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