October 17, 2019

Area Breaking News

Little Caesars Express opens in Hiddenite

Little Caesars Express® opened its doors at 5190 NC Highway 90 East in Hiddenite on Tuesday, October 8. A ribbon cutting was held to officially welcome Little Caesars Express® to Alexander County. Alexander County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dr. Jeff Peal, Vice-Chairman Ronnie Reese, and Commissioner Marty Pennell participated in the ribbon cutting. “We are…

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Greenway offers free ride to the polls

In order to ensure all citizens have access to their constitutional right to vote, Greenway Public Transportation will offer a free ride to the polls during the 2019 local elections in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties. This offer includes a ride to-and-from voting sites along fixed or flex routes in Catawba, Burke, and Alexander…

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Vaping may harm fertility in young women

Led by Kathleen Caron, PhD, UNC School of Medicine researchers found that e-cigarette use during pregnancy impairs metabolic health in animal models. E-cigarette usage may impair fertility and pregnancy outcomes, according to a University of North Carolina School of Medicine study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. Many young and pregnant women are…

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Researchers publish comprehensive review on respiratory effects of vaping

UNC School of Medicine researcher Rob Tarran, PhD, led a review of all published scientific literature on the effects of e-cigarette use on the respiratory system. The team of four authors strongly recommend tighter regulation of e-cigarette products. Four scientists from four leading universities in the United States conducted a comprehensive review of all e-cigarette/vaping…

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Watauga spoils ACHS Homecoming in one-sided affair

Watauga races to big lead, rolls to 42-10 victory By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. For the second straight season, the Watauga Pioneers rolled over the Alexander Central Cougars in resounding fashion on the NWC gridiron. The Pioneers rolled up 381 total yards and built a 22-3 halftime lead in a 42-10 victory over the homestanding Cougars…

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AC Junior Varsity blanks outmatched Pioneers

JV Cougars roll past Watauga 46-0 in NWC opener By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. The Alexander Central Junior Varsity Football Team opened NW 3A/4A play in rousing fashion with a 46-0 road win over the Watauga Pioneers on Thursday evening, October 3, in Boone. Sophomore Harrison Brashear accounted for three touchdowns and passed for a pair…

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Do you have money owed to you? Check this list

Danny T. Dyson, Alexander County Clerk of Superior Court, has announced the 2019 list of unclaimed property for residents of Alexander County. You may log on to www.nccash.com to complete an online claim for the property or call 866-622-2741. Dyson asks that if anyone sees names of people they know, to please pass along the information…

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Little Caesars Express to open in Hiddenite Oct. 8

Little Caesars Express® begins serving “Pizza! Pizza!” in Hiddenite on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, according to a news release from the Alexander County Economic Development Corp. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting planned at 11:00 a.m. to officially welcome Little Caesars Express® to Alexander County. The public is invited to attend.…

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Water line project to begin soon in Wittenburg Springs

Residents of Wittenburg Springs in Bethlehem are advised that water line repairs are scheduled to begin soon in the subdivision. Over the past several years, there have been numerous water main breaks and leaks in the area resulting in interruption of water service.   Alexander County recently acquired funding to extend water lines to additional…

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Alex Health Dept. warns of e-cigarette use

The Alexander County Health Department is participating in the multi-state investigation of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette use, also known as vaping, according to Bria Marlowe, CHES, Health Educator I, Alexander County Health Department. As of September 11, 2019, 380 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported to CDC from…

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