November 27, 2020

Area News

Mobile Cafe plans Thanksgiving Lunch drive-thru

  The 957 Mobile Cafe will hold a Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 26, 2020, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings. Everyone is invited to drive-thru and pick up “Thanksgiving” to go. The Mobile Cafe is located in the Mission Campus of First United Methodist Church, at 54…

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Online talk by Ramona Moore Big Eagle Nov. 29

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, The Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center is very pleased to offer a talk by Ramona Moore Big Eagle on Sunday, November 29th at 3:00pm via Facebook Live.  Visit the Center’s webpage to log on for a captivating Family Event of storytelling, demonstrations and artifact display: https://www.facebook.com/HiddeniteArtsandHeritageCenter Since the…

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Commissioners urge citizens to use caution on Thanksgiving

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners issued the following statement on the afternoon of Nov. 24, 2020:   North Carolina has now surpassed 5,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and almost 340,000 positive cases. When this pandemic began early this year, none of us expected the virus to have affected our way of life to this…

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Alexander Correctional inmate dies with COVID-19

An Alexander Correctional Institution offender with pre-existing medical conditions, who tested positive for COVID-19, has died at a hospital, according to a state prison press release. “His death is saddening. We are working hard to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our prisons,” said Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons. “The health and safety of the…

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Online flood victim donations halted; mail-in donations continue

(updated Nov. 24, 2020) East Taylorsville Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jamie Steele related that the church has suspended the online donation webpage for the ETBC Hiddenite Family Campground Benevolence Fund. Although online donations are stopped, mail-in donations are still welcome. Checks may be sent to ETBC (memo: Flood or Hiddenite Family Campground), P.O. Box 906,…

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NCDOT asks public input on Trails Plan

NCDOT needs your help during the final stages of the Great Trails State Plan. The initiative will use existing plans and recommendations to identify a network of shared-use paths and trails connecting every county in North Carolina. For this plan, “Trails” refer to shared-use paths, also known as greenways, multi-use trails, sidepaths (along roadways) and…

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Brunswick County facility named for late Judge Lewis

A county courthouse in eastern North Carolina has been named in memory of a judge with Alexander County ties. On Monday, Nov. 16, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners discussed naming that county’s courthouse in honor of the late Ola M. Lewis, Superior Court Judge. According to The Brunswick Beacon, the board passed a resolution…

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Gov. Cooper speaks about Alexander “Red” COVID rating

During a COVID-19 telephone press conference on Nov. 17, The Times asked N.C. Governor Roy Cooper about how COVID positive cases among inmates affect the county’s numbers and ranking in the new County Alert system, which maps viral spread. The County Alert System pinpoints counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offer specific…

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Alexander man: $1 million prize will go to daughter’s education

Jonathan Hayes of Taylorsville nearly fell out of his chair when he scratched off his ticket and saw he’d just won $1 million. Hayes, who owns a landscaping company, said he stopped to buy a new Holiday Countdown scratch-off game at the R Shoppe on N.C. 16 South in Taylorsville on Thursday. “I stopped at…

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Post-flood Alexander roads update

From NCDOT Division 12 Maintenance Engineer Cole Gurley: The NCDOT has provided a list of damaged sites resulting in road closures in Alexander County, as of Nov. 18, 2020. Please note there are also minor damage areas across the county that did not result in closures. Crews are working to repair these sites as diligently as possible.…

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