Alexander County requests proposals for broadband assessment, feasibility study

Alexander County, NC is requesting proposals (RFPs) from qualified professional consulting firms to conduct a comprehensive broadband assessment and feasibility study. The study will include: an assessment of broadband service(s) in Alexander County to identify and evaluate service and/or adoption gaps, and a broadband strategy for Alexander County that creates the greatest opportunity to support…

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CVCC’s Ingle named Excellence in Teaching winner

Catawba Valley Community College’s Early Childhood Education faculty member Alexandra “Andra” Earp Ingle was recently presented the college’s 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award for full-time faculty, according to a news release from the college. Criteria for the prestigious award include effective and innovative teaching techniques, leadership and skill in motivating high quality student performance, effective…

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Motorist charged after shooting into air on local road

A Taylorsville man faces several charges after authorities say he shot into the air while driving near other motorists on an Alexander County road this week. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at approximately 8:00 PM, Alexander County 911 received a call in reference to shots being fired from a vehicle that was traveling on Millersville…

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Five Lady Cougars earn All-District honors

By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. Five members of the 2017 Alexander Central Softball Team have been recognized as North Carolina Softball Coaches Association All-District players. The State’s All-District players were announced last week and five members of the Lady Cougar Team were included on the District 7 Team. ACHS graduate and Pfeiffer signee Kendra Mayes was…

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CVCC’s Riley Smith named ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Winner

Local standout heading to App State next season After notching their 6th connective All-American the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team notches their 3rd consecutive ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Winner.  Sophomore catcher Riley Smith (Alexander Central HS) has been named the NJCAA DII Gold Glove Catcher of the year.  The team consists of one player at…

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Mr. William Thomas Loudermelk

William Thomas Loudermelk, age 87, of Taylorsville went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born in Iredell County on June 28, 1929, the son of the late Smith and Lela Daniels Loudermelk. William was a hard working farmer and raised chickens and cattle. He was an…

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Mr. Grayson LeRoy Thacker

Grayson LeRoy Thacker, 75, of Newton, died Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born March 1st, 1942, he was the son of the late Harry Thacker and Constance Thacker Bright. No services are planned at this time. Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Thacker family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins…

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Raymond Gary “Ray” Lawhorn

Raymond Gary “Ray” Lawhorn, 51, passed away Sunday June 18, 2017. He was born October 15, 1965 to Richard Lawrence and Annabel Pena Lawhorn. Lawhorn was an employee of Taylorsville Savings Bank since 2009. He was preceded in death by his father, sister Margie Lawhorn. Surviving are his wife Dianne Donald Lawhorn; Mother Annabel Pena…

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Kim Herman Darden

Kim Herman Darden, 57, of Conover passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 at her residence following a long period of declining health. She was born August 7, 1959 in Catawba County to the late Winfred (Bud) and Frances C. Herman. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Stephen C.  (Steve) Darden of the home; daughter, …

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Donald Floyd “Duck” Grigg

Donald Floyd “Duck” Grigg, 73, of Iron Station died Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Lincolnton. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 2:30pm at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel with the military Chaplin officiating. A private burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends…

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