August 03, 2020

Helen Elaine Lankford

The Lord has welcomed into His presence our dear wife and mother, Helen Elaine Lankford, on Friday, July 24, 2020. Elaine was born to the late George and Florence Effler, in McDowell County, on May 13, 1944. The sixth of ten children, Elaine was raised in a Christian home where she was taught, by her…

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Barry Lee Barlow

Barry Lee Barlow, 64, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2020 at his home. He was born to James Rowe and Lillian Novella Barlow in Catawba County. Barry worked in the furniture industry, specifically for Leather Craft Furniture for 40 years. Barry enjoyed anything outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and metal detecting. Those left…

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Information on DMV Road Test waivers and credential expiration dates

NCDMV Waives Road Tests for Some Drivers 18 and Older With the time frame for resuming road tests remaining unknown because of the continued impacts of COVID-19, starting this week the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has begun waiving road tests for regular Class C licenses for qualified drivers who are 18 or older. To…

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NCDOT Sec’y explains delays on Liledoun Road

The Alexander County Commission Chairman, Ryan Mayberry, received word this month from Raleigh about the continuing delay of repairs on the Liledoun Road culvert, which washed out due to torrential rains in June 2019. N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary J. Eric Boyette wrote the following letter to Chairman Mayberry, received on July 15, 2020, which…

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Juanita May Rutherford Dunn

Juanita May Rutherford Dunn, 90, of Taylorsville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Trinity Ridge-Hickory. She was born July 12, 1930, in Lewisburg, West Virginia, to the late Owen Cara “O.C.” and Tennis Grey Ripley Rutherford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death…

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David Arlen Noble Sr.

David Arlen Noble Sr., 85, of Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at his daughter’s residence. He was born in Coopers Creek, West Virginia on March 27, 1935. He was the son of the late Cecil W. and Anna Connelly Noble. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife…

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Kanupp Kennels opening in Bethlehem

Kanupp Kennels LLC will open its doors on Thursday, July 30, 2020. At 12:00 p.m., the red ribbon will be cut to officially open the one-stop shop for canine needs. The kennel is located at 8574 NC Hwy. 127 in Bethlehem (between Telephone Exchange Road and Heritage Farm Road). Owner and operator Marty Kanupp said…

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Mimi G’s Boutique opens in new location

Owner Melinda Goforth has relocated her women’s apparel store, Mimi G’s Boutique, to 282 West Main Avenue in downtown Taylorsville. The building has been transformed into an inviting clothing store for all ages and all sizes. Melinda Goforth is working with the Alexander County Economic Development Corporation to host a ribbon cutting on Friday, July…

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Brush fire claims 37 acres

Multiple crews battled a brush fire last week south of Taylorsville. The fire began as a controlled burn of logging debris on property along Paynes Dairy Road, said David Huffman, Alexander County Ranger for the N.C. Forest Service. Huffman said the fire jumped out of containment Monday evening, July 13, and was slow to spread…

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