Area Breaking News

RR crossing closure planned July 21-24 on White Plains Road

Motorists on a well-traveled local road will have to follow a detour this weekend while a rail crossing is being upgraded, according to a local railroad official. The intersection is where NC 90 East and White Plains Road meet, east of Taylorsville. “We have coordinated with NCDOT to close White Plains Road at the railroad…

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Joint Undercover Investigation Leads To Multiple Arrests

Alexander & Wilkes authorities round up alleged drug dealers On July 12, 2017, NarcotiControlled Substance Investigators with the Alexander and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Offices have charged and arrested 8 individuals as a result of a joint undercover investigation that began in May of 2017. The undercover investigation looked in to the street level distribution of…

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New state law will prohibit use of light bar devices on roads

Motorists will soon be outside the law if they are operating LED light bars while driving on public roadways. Gov. Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 182 into law on July 13, 2017. It is “An act to prohibit the use of light bar lighting devices on a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is being…

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Local agency has funds to assist with water quality on agricultural land

Do you have water quality concerns on your agricultural land? The Alexander Soil & Water Conservation District has funds to help. The Conservation Sign-up Period runs July 1 – July 31, 2017. Alexander Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff are waiting to receive the first allocation of funding from the North Carolina Agriculture Cost…

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Domestic shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured; suspect later found dead

Estranged husband believed to have killed wife, shot father-in-law A manhunt has ended for a suspect in a double shooting that occurred in the Ellendale Community of Alexander County on Saturday evening, July 1, 2017, after the suspect was found dead on Sunday, July 2, in Caldwell County. According to Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman,…

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Shopper with arm wrestle challenge arrested for drug charges

The Taylorsville Police have arrested a local store customer after she challenged a police officer to physical contest, which alerted police to other problems. On Sunday, June 25, 2017, officers of the Taylorsville Police Department arrested Jessica Maureen Bridges, age 36 of Statesville, for variety of drug charges. Bridges drew attention to herself by challenging…

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Alexander Schools’ early dismissal days announced for 2017-2018

Alexander County Schools administrators have announced early dismissal days for the 2017-2018 school year, including ten early dismissal days designated for elementary schools only. The decision to increase the number of early dismissal days only for elementary schools was based on the need for more planning time for elementary teachers. The high school operates on a…

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Man charged with armed robbery of local Dollar General store

A clerk at the Dollar General store in Stony Point was victim of an armed robbery this week and authorities have a suspect in custody. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on June 25, 2017, deputies and detectives responded to a reported Armed Robbery at the Dollar General Store on Taylorsville Hwy. (NC 90), in…

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Suspects nabbed just minutes after break-in

Fast work by local officers resulted in the quick apprehension of suspects in a breaking, entering, and larceny in Taylorsville this past week. On Thursday, June 22, 2017, at approximately 6:00 PM, Alexander County 911 was notified of a possible Breaking & Entering located on Payne’s Dairy Road in Taylorsville. A witness called 911 and…

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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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