January 25, 2020

Florence “Flo” June Felice

Our beautiful, caring, and loving Florence “Flo” June Felice passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 82 years young. She was born Monday, June 7, 1937, in Hartford County, Connecticut to the late Gustove Charles Jehning and Lucille Helen Henzel Jehning. Flo was a selfless woman who put her family and others first. She…

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Kevin “Mark” Sipes

Kevin “Mark” Sipes, 54, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on January 17, 2020. Born to William Richard and Judith Bryant Sipes in Caldwell County, Mark was of the Baptist faith, was a marine mechanic, and was the owner and operator of Taylorsville Beach Boat Shop. Mark’s passion was boats. He was an avid…

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Melissa Jill Matheson

Melissa Jill Matheson, 51, of Hiddenite, passed away at her residence on January 16, 2020. Born to Linda Canter Fox in Iredell County, Melissa was a member of Rocky Face Baptist Church and a sewer in the furniture industry. Melissa was preceded in death by her mother. Those left to cherish the memories of Melissa…

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Woodrow Aldean Nicholson

Woodrow Aldean Nicholson, 85, of Statesville, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Gordon Hospice House. A Memorial Service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Chapman Funeral Home. There will be no formal visitation. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Nicholson Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.

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School Board salary increase approved in 5-1 vote

By TOSHA BROWN [Editor’s Note: This article was updated Jan. 17, 2020, to include more detailed quotes from the Public Comment portion of the meeting.] The Alexander County Board of Education met on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the Central Office. Much discussion was had regarding the per diem pay raise the school board requested…

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Ellendale man dies after he was injured in crash

A man from the Ellendale Community has passed away this week after being severely injured in a traffic collision on January 7. According to the collision report of Trooper T.C. Hayes of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at the intersection of US 64 and NC 127 in…

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Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith, 66, of Goble Road, Hiddenite, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at his residence. Johnny was born February 23, 1953, in Alexander County, the son of the late John Ed Smith and Annie “Estelle” Haithox Smith. He was a truck driver and a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. He always enjoyed…

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ACHS Varsity Basketball Teams stumble at Freedom

Cougars drop league pair to talented Patriots clubs By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. Alexander Central’s Varsity Basketball Teams made the trip to Morganton to face the talented Freedom Patriots squads in a NW 3A/4A twinbill on Tuesday evening, January 14. The Patriot squads grabbed a sweep over the visiting Cougars, winning both contests by double figures.…

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Graydon Eugene Sipe

Graydon Eugene Sipe, 79, of Taylorsville, passed away on January 14, 2020 at Wake Forest Medical Center. Graydon was born to Eula Norine Sipe of Alexander County. Graydon was preceded in death by his daughter, Nathalie Sipe Murphy. Graydon served in the US Army, enjoyed fishing, shooting pool, but especially loved pitching horseshoes. In addition…

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Betty Jane Cannon

Betty Jane Cannon, 71, of North Duncan Hill Lane, Taylorsville, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Carolina Caring in Newton. Betty was born June 18, 1948, in Iredell County, the daughter of the late John Annas and Junnie Estes Annas. She was a nurse and had worked at local hospitals and nursing homes.…

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