June 24, 2018

Area Breaking News

Health Dept. investigating outbreak of E. Coli at local restaurant

  The Alexander County Health Department has received numerous reports of illness from patrons who ate at a local restaurant on Wednesday, June 20; therefore, the department is investigating the possibility of an E. coli outbreak.     According to Leeanne Whisnant, ACHD Health Director, one individual has tested positive for E. Coli (EPEC) with…

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McLain turns heads in Class A debut

Hiddenite native goes four for five in first game with Great Lakes By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. Josh McLain of Hiddenite started his Class A professional career with a huge bang on Thursday evening, June 21. In his first game with the LA Dodgers’ Class A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons, McLain went four for five…

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Suspected meth dealer nabbed after accidental 911 call

A local man suspected of selling illicit drugs has been arrested after a person at his home accidentally called 911. On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Taylorsville Police Department, arrested John Paul Hammer, W/M, age 45 of Taylorsville. Hammer was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled…

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Youth Camps continue next week at ACHS

Alexander Central High School will be offering numerous youth sport camps during summer vacation starting in June. LADY COUGAR  SOFTBALL  CAMP The 2018 ACHS Lady Cougar Softball Camp is scheduled for June 25-27 at Central Park in Taylorsville. The camp will run from 9am – 12 noon for campers ages 5-9, and from 1 pm…

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Gordon Palmer to be ACHS principal

Draper, Frizsell to helm Hiddenite, Bethlehem schools, respectively The Alexander County School Board of Education named three new principals to replace outgoing administrators at Alexander Central High School, Hiddenite, and Bethlehem schools during their work session meeting held Monday, June 18. Gordon Palmer as principal of Alexander Central High School effective July 1, 2018. Charles…

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Collision kills mother, injures children and local firefighter

An Alexander County mother lost her life this week in a tragic highway collision. The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, on U.S. Hwy. 64/90 about 3.5 miles west of Taylorsville, near Church Road, according to Trooper A.P. Millsaps with the N.C. State Highway Patrol. It involved two vehicles. The mother…

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CVCC’s new Construction Careers Academy info session set June 26

The CVCC Alexander Center for Education will host an information session on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, for CVCC’s new Construction Careers Academy. The session, which will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., is open to anyone interested in starting a career in construction. Refreshments will be provided.   The Construction Careers Academy is a cooperative…

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Methamphetamine trafficking is charged

Members of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, along with Taylorsville Police Department, assisted officers with the NC Probation and Parole in a compliance search at a residence located on Kerley Road in Taylorsville recently. Officers seized a quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana. Charges have been filed against Joao Victor Dos-Passos, age 22 of Taylorsville. He…

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Habitual felon sentenced in Alex

A local man, convicted of sex offenses and being a habitual felon, has been sentenced in Alexander County Superior Court this week. In June of 2017, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation on Jeremy Lewis Leatherman, white male, age 27 of Burke County, for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender in Alexander…

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Former Cougar Nick Bazzle named North Lincoln HS Head Football Coach

Cougars will face former Coach September 7 By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. After spending the last three football seasons on the sidelines, former Alexander Central High School Head Coach has come out of retirement to accept the Head Coach position at North Lincoln High School in Pumpkin Center. Bazzle, who spent four seasons at ACHS before…

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