February 23, 2020

Area Breaking News

Board hears DOT plans on NC 127 4-lane project

Commissioners received an update on the NC Hwy. 127 widening project at their January 6 meeting from Brian Horton, Transportation Planning Manager for the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG). The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is planning right-of-way acquisition in 2021 with construction to begin in 2023 on the $30 million state project.…

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Commissioners relinquish control of school board’s salaries

At their Monday, January 6th meeting, Alexander County Commissioners considered a request from the Alexander County Board of Education for a salary increase for board members. [See Dec. 18 article, beginning with a red headline near the bottom of this page, for a comparison of local elected boards’ salaries.] According to NC General Statute 115C-38,…

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Sheriff proposes 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County Proclamation

Jan. 9, 2020 — In light of recent concern of threats to the Constitutional right of United States citizens to keep and bear arms, Sheriff Chris Bowman (D-Alexander) and the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office want the citizens of Alexander County to be assured that the protection of such rights is of utmost importance. Sheriff Bowman…

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Two men face drug charges after traffic stop

Two men face drug charges after officers stopped of a suspicious vehicle in the Ellendale area. On Monday, January 6, 2020, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Alexander County Communications received a call in reference to a suspicious vehicle on Friendship Church Road in the Wittenburg Community of Alexander County. Deputies B. Caudle, C. Weitzel, and J.…

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EMS Station 3 opens in Sugar Loaf Community

            A ribbon cutting was held on Friday, January 3, to celebrate the opening of Alexander County EMS Station #3 in the Sugar Loaf community. EMS Station #3 is located in the former site of the Sugar Loaf Volunteer Fire Department, adjacent to Sugar Loaf Elementary School. The county is leasing the property from…

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Cougar cagers pick up four wins Tuesday

Three ACHS teams improve to 2-0 in NWC By D.N. PENNELL, Jr. The Alexander Central JV and Varsity Basketball Teams recorded four total wins on Tuesday, January 7, when the Cougars hosted North Iredell and St. Stephens for games in Taylorsville. Alexander’s JV Women grabbed a win over North Iredell, while the JV Men and…

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Need help with heating costs? DSS accepting LIEAP applications

The Alexander County Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced that applications are being accepted for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) through March 31, 2020, for all households in Alexander County. Energy payments will be paid directly to the heating provider. Households must complete an application for LIEAP assistance. Verification of income is…

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New principal named at EAMS

      Effective Jan. 21, 2020, Mrs. Kristie Love will serve as the principal at East Alexander Middle School, according to a press release from Alexander County Schools. Mrs. Love currently serves as the assistant principal at East Iredell Elementary School. “I am so happy to be a part of the East Alexander family! I will…

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Two sentenced in Mr. G’s Pawn gun thefts

            U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell handed down prison terms on January 6, 2020, to two Statesville-area men for the theft of four firearms, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western district of North Carolina. Niseem Booquan Clay, 19, was sentenced to 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised…

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Commissioners’ Choice Awards applications sought

Have you, your volunteer group or someone you know done a noteworthy job volunteering to benefit your community in Alexander County?  If so, the Alexander County Commissioners and the Alexander County Cooperative Extension Service would like to recognize volunteers, organizations, communities, etc. for the hard work they did in 2019.  This is the county’s way of…

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