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December 01, 2021

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Candidate filing begins Dec. 6

Candidate filing for most contests in 2022 elections begins at noon on Monday, December 6, and ends at noon on Friday, December 17, 2021. Each person seeking to become a candidate must file a notice of candidacy form and pay the filing fee with the proper board of elections. The fee is generally 1% of…

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Christmas at Lucas Mansion set Dec. 2-3

On Thursday, December 2, and Friday, December 3, 2021, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will host their annual Christmas at the Lucas Mansion Holiday Open House from 6p.m. until 8p.m. both evenings The Mansion is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Hiddenite. Christmas tours will open to the public on Saturday, December 4.…

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N.C. UNDER BURN BAN

Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits statewide effective at 5 p.m. today until further notice. “It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve…

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ACHS, SSC plan remote day due to water line break

Alexander Central High School and the Student Success Center will operate remotely Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, due to a broken water line behind the auditorium. All other schools will operate in person, according to ACS Public Information Officer Renee Meade.  

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Office holiday closings listed

The Alexander County Landfill will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Landfill and Convenience Centers will return to regular schedule on Friday, Nov. 26. Alexander County offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26. Taylorsville Town Hall will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov.…

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Coy Reese named Alexander Christmas Parade Grand Marshal

The Alexander County Christmas Parade is scheduled for the first Saturday in December, which is Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. This year’s parade is the 74th annual opening of the holiday season in Alexander County. There are numerous holiday observances throughout the month of December, and the annual Christmas Parade has long served…

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Employee Retention Bonus announced at Board of Education meeting Nov. 9

By Angela Farr King The Alexander County Board of Education met on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the Central Office. This month’s board meeting was well attended and many recognitions were made, but the biggest news of the night came in the superintendent’s report: certain school employees will receive a bonus. Superintendent’s Report Dr. Jennifer…

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Flag Retirement Box debuts at Register of Deeds Office

      In time for Veterans Day, a Flag Retirement Box has been installed at the Alexander County Register of Deeds office. The American Legion Post 170 Past Commander Dale Chapman and current Commander Scott Hines show off the flag retirement box for old, faded, worn, and torn U.S. flags that are no longer serviceable. Everyone…

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County: Tap on to the new water lines soon for lower fee

Alexander County water projects mostly complete Two water projects in Alexander County are almost finished, and residents are encouraged to tap on to the new water lines before December 31 to take advantage of the discounted tap fee, according to a county news release. At their November 1 meeting, the Alexander County Board of Commissioners…

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Masks optional in schools Nov. 1-5

There were 18 new COVID-19 cases confirmed among Alexander County Schools students and teachers during Oct. 25-29, 2021, which pushed the 3-week rolling average of cases below the threshold for mandatory masking, according to a school system website post. (Masks are required on school buses.) Masks will not be required when the number of positive…

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