January 23, 2019

Area Breaking News

Public hearing on proposed shooting range tabled to Jan. 10

A proposed shooting range and gun shop has drawn considerable interest among residents of Teague Town Road and the surrounding area. On Thursday, January 3, 2019, in the Taylorsville Town Council Chambers (67 Main Ave. Drive), the Alexander County/Taylorsville Planning and Zoning Commission postponed a public hearing originally planned to consider Conditional Use Permit 18-2. The application…

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Dozens attend, give input at Bethlehem Planning meeting

A number of people expressed interest during a public input meeting of the Bethlehem Community Plan Advisory Committee on December 18, 2018, at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church. Jon Pilkenton, Director of Planning and Development for Alexander County, told The Times that the meeting was about future land development in the Bethlehem Fire District and was…

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Taser deployed after car chase

An Ellendale Community man faces multiple charges after officers say he led them on a car chase on New Year’s Eve. On Monday, December 31, 2018, at approximately 2:00 PM, an Alexander County Sheriff’s officer responded in the area of Walker and Bryant Road, which is located in the Ellendale Community of Alexander County, in…

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ACHS Men slip past Bears in OT

Cougars win fifth straight, advance to tourney semi-finals By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. The Alexander Central Varsity Men’s Basketball Team slipped past Bunker Hill 70-67 in a hard-fought, overtime clash in the opening round of the Dicks Sporting Goods Classic on Thursday evening, December 27, in Hickory. Jem Lowrance led three Cougars in double figures as…

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Lady Cougars down Saint for first win

ACHS knocks off second seed in tourney opener By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. The Alexander Central Varsity Women’s Basketball Team picked up its first win of the season in a 45-34 victory over the St. Stephens Indians in the opening game of the Dicks Sporting Goods Classic on Thursday morning. ACHS led 20-18 at the half…

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Cougars take three of four in home set with Ashe County

ACHS Men claim fourth straight, improve to 5-2 By D.N. PENNELL, Jr.  The Alexander Central High School Basketball Teams enjoyed a great day on Wednesday, December 19, claiming three out of four contests against the Ashe County Huskies in Taylorsville. Alexander Central swept the junior varsity contests against the Huskies, and closed the night with…

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West Alexander Sweeps Middle School Tourney

Bulldogs close out strong seasons with tourney crowns By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. The West Alexander Middle School Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Teams closed out the 2018 hoops seasons with impressive first place showings in the NW Middle School Post Season Tournament at Granite Falls Middle School on December 19. The West Girls’ put a resounding…

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School bus overturns Dec. 17

Driver of other vehicle charged with DWI, child abuse UPDATED Dec. 18, 3:07 p.m. West Alexander Middle School Bus 159, transporting Alexander County Schools students, overturned on Icard Ridge Road, about 1/4 mile south of West Alexander Middle School, around 7:30 a.m. on the morning of Monday, December 17, 2018. There were 19 people on…

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West Sweeps Hoops Doubleheader over Falcons

Bulldog Teams complete perfect regular seasons By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. The West Alexander Middle School Basketball Teams closed out perfect regular seasons with a doubleheader sweep over cross-county rival East Alexander on Thursday, December 13, in the ACHS Cougar Den. The West Lady Bulldogs broke their game open early and cruised to a 56-29 win…

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ACHS Athletics Department plans several events

The Alexander Central High School Athletics Department has announced several special events for the public in the near future. MOE’S SPIRIT FUNDRAISER On Thursday, December 27, Moe’s Southwest Grill in Hickory will hold a Spirit Fundraiser to support the Alexander Central High School Athletics Department. From 4 pm until 9 pm that day, Moe’s will…

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