July 28, 2021

Area News

Vote for your favorite Library Opossum name by Sept. 3

“So, what’s its name?”   Alexander County Library has been asked this question many times since the whimsical opossum sculpture was revealed on June 18 at the Tails & Tales kickoff event. Bethlehem artist, Richard Sinclair, created the piece for the summer learning program and the Libraries Transforming Communities Grant project.   Naming the creature…

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Late Commissioner Jeff Peal to be returned to Alexander July 24

Alexander County Commissioner Dr. Jeff Peal, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in Ohio on July 19, will be returned to Alexander County on Saturday, July 24 at approximately 9:00 a.m.  The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office will escort the hearse from the Oxford Dam Bridge along NC Hwy. 16 to Adams Funeral Home…

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Croteau sentenced to 75-105 years

A man has been sentenced to at least three-quarters of a century in prison after being found guilty in a child rape case, according to authorities. On July 21, 2021, Shawn Beau Croteau appeared in Alexander County Superior Court to face four counts of First Degree Statutory Rape of a Child and four counts of…

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United Way initiative to help small businesses

United Way of Alexander County Launches “365 Drive” to Help Local Small Businesses Dianne Little, United Way of Alexander County President, has announced a new program designed to give local small businesses more exposure. The “365 Drive” is open to businesses of fewer than 25 employees in exchange for a yearly contribution of $365 (one…

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Crash claims life of County Commissioner

Dr. Jeffrey Peal, who was a current member of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners, has succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile collision on Monday, July 19, 2021, at approximately 1:30 p.m. while traveling in Ohio, according to a county news release. He was 57 years old. “We are truly saddened and devastated to…

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County Commission meeting postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Alexander County Commissioners’ Meeting set for tonight, July 19, 2021, will be postponed until the August 2, 2021, regularly scheduled meeting, according to County Manager Rick French.

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Soil & Water funds can help improve water quality on farms

Deadline to sign up is July 30 Do you have water quality concerns on your agricultural land? The Alexander Soil & Water Conservation District has funds to help.The Conservation Sign-up Period runs through July 30, 2021. The Alexander Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has received the first allocation of funding from the North Carolina…

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Alex. couple arrested in Marlow murder

U.S. Marshals nab Parkers in Arizona A local couple, wanted since January in the shooting death of a co-worker, has been arrested. On Tuesday afternoon, July 13, 2021, the United States Marshals Service located and arrested Tangela Parker and Eric Parker in Phoenix, Arizona after receiving tips concerning their location. Hickory Police Department declined to…

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Taylorsville man charged in shooting near Caldwell Courthouse

A Taylorsville resident has been charged with two felonies after a man was injured in a shooting that took place on Monday, July 12, 2021, outside the Caldwell County Courthouse in Lenoir. According to a press release from the Lenoir Police Department, Chad James Emke, age 48 of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of…

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New camera helps officers find stolen car, missing person, drugs

New technology used in Alexander County has been instrumental in helping police officers fight crime. On Thursday, July 8, 2021, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a “hit” confirmation was received on a stolen vehicle via the Flock Safety License Plate Reader Camera that is being utilized by the Taylorsville Police Department and Alexander County Sheriff’s Office…

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