January 19, 2021

Area Breaking News

Town receives good audit

By TOSHA BROWN The Taylorsville Town Council met for the first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Town Hall. Commissioner Kim Brown opened the meeting in prayer. Commissioner Jack Simms was not present. Mr. Matt Braswell from Martin Starnes and Associates presented the 2020 audit for the Town. The report…

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Lucas Mansion designated Alex’s first Local Historic Landmark

Alexander County now has its first Local Historic Landmark as the Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance at their January 4th meeting that designates the Lucas Mansion for the prestigious distinction, according to a county press release. Connie Kincaid, Business Development Manager for the Alexander County EDC and staff liaison for the Historic Preservation Committee,…

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COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Phase 1b start Jan. 6

The Alexander County Health Department has received notice from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) that they can begin Phase 1b – Group 1 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The health department has received more than 2,000 doses of the vaccine. Phase 1a was…

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Wreck claims life of orchardist, injures three people

A nighttime crash in the fog has claimed the life of a long-time Alexander County orchardist and caused injuries to three other people over the weekend. On Saturday, January 2, 2021, at approximately 7:15 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Alexander County on NC 16 near the Wilkes County…

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Man arrested for impersonating officer

A Bethlehem man has been charged with impersonating an officer after an incident this week at a Lake Hickory access point, said Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman. On the night of Tuesday, December 29th, 2020, at approximately 9:25 p.m. Sheriff deputies responded to the area of the Wittenburg Wildlife Access, off of Shiloh Church Road…

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Adult, four teens face charges in burglary, shooting

Four teenagers and an adult man have been charged in a burglary and subsequent shooting that occurred over the Christmas weekend, according to Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman. On Saturday, December 26, 2020, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers with the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department responded to a residence on Gravel Hill…

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Governor extends North Carolina Evictions Moratorium

Today (Dec. 30, 2020), Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 184, extending North Carolina’s evictions moratorium through January 31, 2021. Research shows that eviction moratoriums help prevent the spread of COVID-19. States that let their eviction moratoriums lapse saw a COVID-19 incidence rate that was 1.6 times higher than states that kept a moratorium in…

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DOT provides update on flood-closed roads

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has provided an update on the roads that are or were closed due to flooding on November 12, 2020, in Alexander County. According to Jason Willis, Staff Maintenance Engineer for Division 12, the total damage is estimated at $5.7 million. Below are the latest updates as of December 29,…

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Teen suffers burns, home damaged by fire Dec. 22

A house fire has ruined a home and injured a teenager in the Ellendale area on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Ellendale Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief David White said a structure fire was reported Tuesday morning at 1249 Caldwell Pond Road, and his department was dispatched at 9:09 a.m. Mark Earle, Alexander County Fire Marshal, said…

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White Christmas is possible in some areas of NC

It will certainly be cold on Christmas Day, 2020, although there are no guarantees of snow in Alexander County, as shown in the predictions below: National Weather Service forecast for Taylorsville Christmas Eve — Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before 1pm. High near 59. South wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12…

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