February 18, 2019

Area Breaking News

Cougars Split Varsity Contests with Warriors

ACHS Men rebound, snap two-game skid By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. The Alexander Central Varsity Cougar Basketball Teams split a pair of contests against the West Caldwell Warriors on Friday evening, January 25, in Gamewell. The Lady Cougars dropped a 69-57 decision against the West Caldwell Lady Warriors in the varsity opener on Friday. West’s Jaleah…

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Hit and run motorist strikes house

An arrest has been made in connection with a hit-and-run situation where the driver left the scene after his vehicle crashed into and damaged a local home. On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department conducted a vehicle stop on a gray 2002…

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School board District 4 vacancy: applications due Feb. 8

The Alexander County Board of Education has a vacancy and is accepting letters of interest for residents in School District 4 (Millers, Sharpes, Gwaltney, and Sugar Loaf townships) until February 8, 2019. Interested applicants should verify their home address with the Alexander County Board of Elections, and submit a letter of interest and resume to:…

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Freezing rain prompts school closure Jan. 23

Alexander County Schools will be closed January 23, 2019, with optional teacher workday. Staff may report at 11:00 a.m., due to freezing rain and slippery road conditions, according to Dr. Alisha Cloer, the school system’s Human Resources and Auxiliary Services Director. Alexander Rescue Squad stated on Twitter on Jan. 23, 2019, that “The roadways in @alexandercounty…

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Smith nominated for national Lifechanger of the Year Award

Readers can support Wittenburg Elementary School teacher nominated for award Wittenburg Elementary School kindergarten teacher Brian Smith has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Smith was nominated by his spouse, Elizabeth Smith, for going above and beyond for his students. He truly believes in creating long-lasting connections with his students,…

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Local inmate back in custody after escape

A local inmate in the county jail is back in custody following his escape in Taylorsville. On Thursday, January 17, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m., inmate Jason Todd Mullen, W/M age 33, of Statesville, was assisting two other inmates, along with a detention officer, in removing trash from the Alexander County Detention Center to be…

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Alexander, Iredell now in 32nd prosecutorial district

Superior Court Judge Lori Hamilton administers the oath of office to District Attorney Sarah Kirkman Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in Iredell County Superior Court as Kirkman’s Administrative Assistant, Jamie Whitley, holds the Bible. Kirkman was re-sworn because the N.C. Legislature renumbered the Prosecutorial districts. Former District 22A, which includes Iredell and Alexander counties, is now…

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New trial set in Clary case

In the murder of Travis Harold, in which Hiddenite resident Jason Dean Clary is the defendant, a new trial is set to begin February 11, 2019, according to Clary’s defense attorney, Robert Campbell. Clary stands charged with murder in the shooting death of Travis Harold, also of Hiddenite, at Clary’s home on April 11, 2016.…

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Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it

By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Que Tucker, Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in North Carolina, this message is primarily for you. When you attend an athletic event that…

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P&Z board shoots down proposed gun range

  By MICAH HENRY A proposed shooting range on Teague Town Road has hit with opposition from the local zoning board. However, the matter must still be heard at the February meeting of the Alexander County Board of Commisioners. On Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Alexander Central Auditorium, the Alexander County/Taylorsville Planning and Zoning Commission…

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