December 04, 2020

Area Breaking News

Man charged with child rape

A local man has been charged with the rape of a child. On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist on a search warrant being executed by the Homeland Security Investigations taskforce at a residence in the Bethlehem Community of Alexander County, according to Sheriff Chris Bowman. The search warrant…

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Custodian charged with peeping at local school

A custodian at a local elementary school has been arrested after he allegedly hid a camera in a restroom at the school. On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to Wittenburg Elementary School in reference to a video camera that had been located in a staff restroom.  The camera…

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COVID-19 update: 19 dead

The Alexander County Health Department has reported that 123 people are in quarantine with COVID-19, with a cumulative total of 1,611 confirmed cases. Currently, there are 25 people in the hospital. Sadly, there have been 19 deaths associated with COVID-19. Of the 1,611 total cases, 1,444 people have recovered. Local updates will be provided as…

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Wanted local gang member arrested

A man from Taylorsville who is a known gang member and was wanted in multiple counties, was arrested last weekend by authorities. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on Saturday, November 21, 2020, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Sergeant L. J. Hayes, and Deputy E. Settle with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team, stopped…

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Alexander Christmas Parade goes virtual for 2020

In this year of change, pandemic and confusion, the Alexander County Christmas Parade will be different — it will be a virtual parade, made up of videos from the eight previous years’ parades, according to Dwaine Coley, Parade Coordinator. The Parade Committee spent a significant amount of time trying to decide what is the best…

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Bethlehem Star Lighting changed to virtual event

The Bethlehem Star Lighting program scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2020,  has been changed to a virtual online program.  (This change comes after an earlier announcement that the evening would be a drive-thru event.) After speaking with the law enforcement and health department representatives, recognizing the ever-increasing numbers of COVID infections, and hearing the Governor’s…

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Mobile Cafe plans Thanksgiving Lunch drive-thru

  The 957 Mobile Cafe will hold a Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 26, 2020, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings. Everyone is invited to drive-thru and pick up “Thanksgiving” to go. The Mobile Cafe is located in the Mission Campus of First United Methodist Church, at 54…

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Online talk by Ramona Moore Big Eagle Nov. 29

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, The Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center is very pleased to offer a talk by Ramona Moore Big Eagle on Sunday, November 29th at 3:00pm via Facebook Live.  Visit the Center’s webpage to log on for a captivating Family Event of storytelling, demonstrations and artifact display: https://www.facebook.com/HiddeniteArtsandHeritageCenter Since the…

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Commissioners urge citizens to use caution on Thanksgiving

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners issued the following statement on the afternoon of Nov. 24, 2020:   North Carolina has now surpassed 5,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and almost 340,000 positive cases. When this pandemic began early this year, none of us expected the virus to have affected our way of life to this…

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Alexander Correctional inmate dies with COVID-19

An Alexander Correctional Institution offender with pre-existing medical conditions, who tested positive for COVID-19, has died at a hospital, according to a state prison press release. “His death is saddening. We are working hard to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our prisons,” said Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons. “The health and safety of the…

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