September 21, 2020

Area Breaking News

About 18,000 gallons of wastewater overflows Town sewer

Notice from the Town of Taylorsville Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. In accordance with this regulation, the following news release…

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Alexander Co. Schools statement on reopening elementary grade classrooms

Following Governor Cooper’s announcement on September 17, the Alexander County School system released the following statement about elementary grade reopening plans:   “Today, Governor Cooper announced that schools can open under a Plan A option of in-person instruction for all PreK – 5th-grade students, effective October 5th, 2020. Alexander County Schools will be intentional and…

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Fire claims Bethlehem home Sept. 16

A large home in Bethlehem was gutted by fire on Wednesday afternoon, September 16, 2020. Alexander County Fire Marshal Mark Earle stated the fire was located at 45 Alexander Point Drive, in the Oliver’s Landing subdivision. Bethlehem, Ellendale, Hickory Engine 6, and Wittenburg fire departments responded, along with Alexander EMS, Alexander Fire Marshal’s Office, Alexander County…

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Commissioners ask LGC to refinance jail debt

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing at the September 14th meeting to discuss refinancing of the existing debt for the Alexander County Law Enforcement and Detention Center. Bob Jessup, Attorney with Sanford Holshouser Law Group, is assisting the county with the refinancing process, which could save the county $145,000 in interest…

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Boy dies in motorcycle accident

A motorcycle accident has claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy and injured his father, according to a press release from the National Park Service. The report states the incident occurred just before noon on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, on the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 297, which is near Price Lake. Jason Kruk, of…

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School Board discusses livestream of athletics, Virtual Academy issues

The Alexander County Board of Education met for their regularly scheduled meeting at Alexander Central Auditorium on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, with all board members present. The meeting was closed to the public due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Chairwoman Brigette Rhyne read one public comment submitted prior to the meeting. Mr. John Dyson, parent of…

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Alexander Sports Hall of Fame will induct four

New Class will be inducted in November The Alexander County Public Education Foundation and the Alexander County Sports Hall of Fame have announced the Ninth Hall of Fame Class of inductees. The Hall of Fame was established in 2012 to recognize, honor, and memorialize those individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to sports in Alexander…

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True Value donates Health and Safety Kits to schools

  True Value Foundation recently donated KN95 face masks, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and cleaner solution to Alexander County Schools, made possible through a grant process. Taylorsville True Value Hardware manager Jeff Davis and assistant manager Tanaye Goehring applied for the grants on behalf of Alexander County Schools. True Value Foundation is focused on helping…

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YMCA to reopen for first time since March

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina leaders are excited to announce that YMCA indoor wellness facilities are reopening. The YMCA is able to reopen its doors to its members after Gov. Roy Cooper announced earlier last week that indoor fitness centers can reopen as part of the state’s Phase 2.5 of easing COVID-19 restrictions. Stan Law, President…

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Brown reflects on Iowa’s decision to cut men’s gymnastics program

Taylorsville native prepping for his junior season By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. Despite being 950 miles away from Alexander County, last month’s decision to drop gymnastics by the University of Iowa hit close to home in downtown Taylorsville. On Friday, August 21, Stewart Brown, a rising junior at Iowa and a standout member of the Hawkeye…

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