February 25, 2020

Area Breaking News

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 Billion penalty

Wells Fargo & Company and its subsidiary, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., have agreed to pay $3 billion to resolve their potential criminal and civil liability stemming from a practice between 2002 and 2016 of pressuring employees to meet unrealistic sales goals that led thousands of employees to provide millions of accounts or products to customers…

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Evans Drug closes, license surrendered

By MICAH HENRY A local pharmacy has closed its doors this week, according to state and local officials. Evans Drug, located at 10187 NC Hwy. 127, Hickory (Bethlehem Community in Alexander County), closed on Tuesday, February 18. Calls placed to Evans Drug’s phone number are transferring callers to a nearby Walgreens drug store in Hickory,…

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Snow falling in Taylorsville

Conditions have combined to produce a thickly falling snow as of mid-afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Taylorsville and the vicinity. Alexander County Schools dismissed at 12 noon on Thursday, ahead of the snow. Due to the inclement weather, all three early voting sites in Alexander County will be closing today (2/20/2020) at 5:00pm. Also,…

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Hiddenite Junior Beta kicks off first year, qualifies for Nationals

In Fall 2019, seventeen students at Hiddenite Elementary School were inducted into the first Junior Beta Club chapter in Alexander County Schools, stated Charles Draper, Principal at Hiddenite Elementary. These students reflect the pillars of the Beta Club in their pursuit of academic excellence, service, and leadership. Meeting every Wednesday without fail, students quickly identified…

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Montgomery chosen for East/West All Star Game

Record setting back is 13th Cougar to garner a spot in prestigious game Wittenburg resident Steven Montgomery has been selected to play in the 2020 East/West All Star Football Game planned for Wednesday, July 22, in Greensboro. The game is played each year in conjunction with the North Carolina High School Coaches Clinic in Greensboro.…

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Code-In issued Tuesday at WAMS

A code-in was issued for West Alexander Middle School on Tuesday morning, Feb. 18, based on a social media threat. The code was later lifted about 2 p.m. that day, according to Alexander County Schools Public Information Officer Renee Meade. A code-in is used when school officials and local law enforcement determine it is best…

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Alexander’s Blake Martin earns spot in 3A State Finals in Greensboro

Junior is lone Cougar to advance By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. Alexander Central junior Blake Martin posted a 4-2 record and earned a trip to the NCHSAA State Wrestling Championships during mat action at the 3A West Regional Tournament this past weekend. Martin was the lone Cougar to advance to the State Finals Tournament, which is…

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Hamlin edges Blaney in Daytona 500

Ryan Newman hospitalized after last lap crash By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service   DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With the car of Ryan Newman sliding upside-down trailing sparks behind him, Denny Hamlin joined elite company on Monday night in the second-closest finish in Daytona 500 history. Hamlin beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line at Daytona…

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Rain pushes completion of Daytona 500 to Monday afternoon

  By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service   DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rain stopped the Daytona 500 after 20 laps of a scheduled 200 Sunday afternoon, forcing postponement of the Great American Race until Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania…

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Body found in Virginia identified as local woman

Virginia authorities have determined that remains found in that state in November 2019 are those of a Taylorsville woman missing since last June. On Tuesday, February 12, 2020, at approximately 12:48 PM, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Sheriff Richard Vaughn of Grayson County, Virginia. This call was to inform the Sheriff’s Office…

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