January 25, 2020

Area Breaking News

Brushy Mountain Brews Taproom opens; ribbon cutting held Jan. 23

  A large crowd was in attendance for a ribbon cutting at Brushy Mountain Brews on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Owners Ken and Lacey Young are excited to open a new craft beer and wine taproom in Alexander County. Located at 42 West Main Avenue in downtown Taylorsville, the grand opening celebration continues this weekend…

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Two men arrested, stolen farm machinery recovered

Two Taylorsville men have been arrested in connection with allegedly stealing farm equipment. On December 19, 2019, it was reported to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office that a John Deere Tractor LV5400 with an attached 540 Front End Loader and a 6’ Bush Hog was stolen from Hammer Road in the Taylorsville Community of Alexander…

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Former teacher charged with assault

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, Dottie Lynn Bailey, W/F, age 45 of the Wittenburg Community, was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor Assault on a Handicapped Person, according to Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman. Bailey was charged with assaulting and striking an individual with a disability, at a local school, by forcefully grabbing her arm and…

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Fires displace families, kill pets during past week

House fires in Alexander County proved deadly to pets in two different locations and displaced two families last week. Ellendale woman displaced in Jan. 12 fire On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, a fire was reported about 2:33 p.m. at a residence at 11 Center Lane, off Jake Reese Court, off Church Road in the Ellendale…

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Absentee voting is now underway in 2020 Primary

The Primary Election is planned for March 3, 2020. (A Primary Election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the General Election. You are only eligible to participate in a primary election of the political party for which…

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School Board salary increase approved in 5-1 vote

By TOSHA BROWN [Editor’s Note: This article was updated Jan. 17, 2020, to include more detailed quotes from the Public Comment portion of the meeting.] The Alexander County Board of Education met on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the Central Office. Much discussion was had regarding the per diem pay raise the school board requested…

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Ellendale man dies after he was injured in crash

A man from the Ellendale Community has passed away this week after being severely injured in a traffic collision on January 7. According to the collision report of Trooper T.C. Hayes of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at the intersection of US 64 and NC 127 in…

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ACHS Varsity Basketball Teams stumble at Freedom

Cougars drop league pair to talented Patriots clubs By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. Alexander Central’s Varsity Basketball Teams made the trip to Morganton to face the talented Freedom Patriots squads in a NW 3A/4A twinbill on Tuesday evening, January 14. The Patriot squads grabbed a sweep over the visiting Cougars, winning both contests by double figures.…

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Lillin Rector to portray teen Harley Quinn in new film

      By MICAH HENRY An Alexander County teen will soon be acting in a movie based on the successful DC Comics character Harley Quinn, the Joker’s girlfriend in the Batman comic world. Lillin Rector, 18, is a senior at Alexander Central High School. She is the daughter of Rick and Melissa Rector of the Liledoun…

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Board hears DOT plans on NC 127 4-lane project

Commissioners received an update on the NC Hwy. 127 widening project at their January 6 meeting from Brian Horton, Transportation Planning Manager for the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG). The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is planning right-of-way acquisition in 2021 with construction to begin in 2023 on the $30 million state project.…

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