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February 02, 2023

Area Breaking News

Minors charged with burglary, armed robbery

Four minors have been charged with burglary and armed robbery following an early morning home invasion in eastern Alexander County, according to Alexander County Sheriff Chad Pennell. The Alexander County 911 Communications Center received a call on Springfield Drive in Stony Point for a breaking and entering to a vehicle on February 2, 2023, at…

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ACHS senior is heading to Stanford Univ.

Suppose a trip to college is more than 2,600 miles and takes 39 hours to get there. That’s the reality for Alexander Central High School senior Ana Gray, who has a full scholarship to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and starts in the fall, according to Dr. Denita Dowell-Reavis, Public Information Officer for Alexander…

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School employee fired, charged with assault on a child

An Alexander County Schools’ employee has been fired after she was charged with assaulting a student last week. According to a statement released by the school system, the employee is no longer employed with the system and was sent home immediately after the event was reported. The incident happened on Thursday, January 26, but administration…

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Fire claims home in Sugar Loaf

A home in the Sugar Loaf Community burned in a nighttime fire on Tuesday, Jan. 24, displacing two people. According to Alexander County Fire Marshal Mark Earle, the fire was reported at 11:30 p.m. that night. Firefighters who arrived on the scene described heavy fire on the back porch of the doublewide mobile home at…

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Officer recognized for lifesaving efforts

By ANGELA FARR KING December 13, 2022, was a normal day in the cafeteria for sixth grade students at West Alexander Middle School. The cafeteria is typically a social place with students having some free talk time and teachers watching from the stage. On this particular day, sixth grader Jaxen Hubbard, was eating his lunch,…

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Free CPR and AED training planned

Free CPR and AED training for the citizens of Alexander County planned every Tuesday in February 2023 Alexander County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) invites the public to sign up for free CPR and AED training to be held every Tuesday in February. According to Alexander County EMS Director Jeff Sigmon, knowing how to perform CPR…

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Information sought on missing Taylorsville woman

It’s been nine months since the family of Taylorsville resident Bethany Lee Brown has had any word of her whereabouts, according to her sister, Jenna Laywell. Brown, age 39, a mother of three, was last seen on April 8, 2022, at her home at 81 Caldwell Drive just north of Taylorsville. Bethany Lee Brown was…

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Rep. Elmore to chair House Appropriations Cmte.

On January 11, Rep. Jeffrey Elmore was officially sworn-in and seated for the 2023-24 session of the North Carolina House of Representatives. The 120 members of the House took their oath of office and set the rules for the upcoming session. Rep. Elmore will serve District 94, which consists of Alexander and Wilkes counties. “I…

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Research begins on Downtown Historic District

In November 2022, the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee began working with ACME Preservation Services, which was hired to conduct the research required for the Downtown Taylorsville Historic District to be nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, according to a county press release. The proposed Downtown Taylorsville Historic District consists of…

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Celebration recalls King’s life

By MICAH HENRY Clergy, community leaders, and youth encouraged all to work together to improve Alexander County during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial celebration held Monday, January 16, 2023, at Macedonia Baptist Church on NC 90 East in Taylorsville. Ms. Helen Chestnut served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The congregation joined in singing “Lift…

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