September 15, 2019

Area Breaking News

Town Board meets, De La Riva joins Taylorsville Police

By TOSHA BROWN The Town of Taylorsville Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Town Hall for the regular scheduled monthly meeting. The meeting was opened in prayer by Mayor George Holleman. Mayor Holleman swore in part time Taylorsville Police Officer Joseph De La Riva at the meeting. Officer De La Riva,…

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Public meetings on parks planned

Park survey also being conducted Alexander County Government is conducting a parks survey to gather input from local citizens. The anonymous survey asks general questions about park usage, needed improvements to existing parks, and ideas for future additions and facilities. The survey contains 16 questions, and only requires approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The deadline…

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Chris Parsons art exhibit, book signing Sept. 6

The Alexander County Library will host an Art After Hours reception honoring “Other Wonders: Works by Christopher Parsons,” on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 6pm – 7:30pm at the Main Library, located at 77 First Avenue SW in Taylorsville. The exhibit, which features “spacescape” paintings created using a unique combination of spray painting and other…

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Alex Sports Hall to add five

Eighth Class to be inducted November 25  The Alexander County Public Education Foundation and the Alexander County Sports Hall of Fame have announced the eighth  Hall of Fame Class of inductees. The Hall of Fame was established in 2012 to recognize, honor and memorialize those individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to sports in Alexander…

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Walmart to cease selling handgun ammunition

Walmart has announced it will soon stop the sale of handgun ammunition in its stores, a response to the deadly mass shootings in the company’s Texas and Mississippi locations. CEO Doug McMillon, a gun owner whose family raised bird dogs from his childhood, released a statement Sept. 3 about the company’s decision. “We’ve been giving…

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Bridge replacement timeline announced for Herman Rd.

A bridge on Herman Road will soon be replaced, thanks to a $560,000 contract the N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded to R.E. Burns and Sons Co., Inc., of Statesville, according to NCDOT. Both approaches to the bridge washed out during heavy storms in early June, forcing the closure just north of Summit Road. Drivers…

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Severe pulmonary disease associated with using E-Cigarette products

Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing: 1) background information on the forms of e-cigarette products, 2) information on the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges), and 3) clinical features of patients with severe pulmonary disease. This health advisory also…

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Sluggish Cougars escape with win at Wilkes

ACHS tops Eagles, 28-12 By DN PENNELL, Jr. Alexander Central ran its record to 2-0 on the season with a hard-fought 28-12 win over Wilkes Central on Friday evening, August 30, at Wes Steele Stadium in Moravian Falls. The Cougars scored the game’s final 14 points to pull away from the feisty Wilkes Central Eagles…

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Bethlehem residents, business owners invited to community meeting on Sept. 3

Bethlehem residents and business owners are invited to a community meeting on Tuesday, September 3, to review the final draft and recommendations of the Bethlehem Community Plan. The drop-in meeting will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bethlehem Elementary School. Members of the Bethlehem Community Plan Steering Committee, Western Piedmont Council…

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Man faces 20 child sex crime charges

A local man has been charged with over a dozen sex crimes against a child. On August 27, 2019, Jackie Rand Robinette, age 68 of Taylorsville, was charged with ten counts of felony First Degree Statutory Sex Offense and ten counts of felony Indecent Liberties with a Minor. These charges stem from an ongoing investigation,…

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