September 21, 2018

Area News

Federal drug case nets local suspects

United States Attorney Andrew Murray announced Sept. 13 that 16 individuals are facing federal drug conspiracy charges for their involvement in a drug distribution ring, including one Taylorsville resident. A federal criminal indictment was filed on August 23, 2018, and was unsealed Sept. 13 in federal court. “The 16 individuals charged in the criminal indictment…

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Transforming Tragedy Into Triumph

The Story of NC State Grad Kelly Blanton   By Chelsea Kellner Editor, CALS Magazine NC State University Imagine sitting down to do your calculus homework – but not being able to use your hands. Figure out in your head how to solve each complex equation, then explain to a stranger how to write it…

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Schools closed Sept. 17

Alexander County Schools will be closed for students on Monday, September 17. It will be an optional staff workday. Staff report at 10:00 a.m. according to Alisha Cloer, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services and Human Resources for Alexander County Schools.

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Heavy rains expected from Hurricane Florence

Alexander County will see heavy rainfall this weekend, Sept. 15-16, 2018, from Hurricane Florence. Russell Greene, Alexander County Emergency Management Director, noted that Saturday and Sunday wind gusts would be around 30 MPH, but the precipitation could be about 1.5 inches of rain Saturday and 7.5 inches of rain on Sunday, or possibly a total…

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Hurricane Florence: What you need to know to stay safe

As Hurricane Florence approaches landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, a state of emergency has been declared for North Carolina. Federal authorities encourage all residents to follow the advice of local officials, and comply with any evacuation recommendations and mandates. Additionally, you can find the Red Cross’ hurricane preparedness tips at https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html. The following resources…

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Fatal collision Sept. 12 in Alexander

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at approximately 6:35 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated a fatal collision in Alexander County on Old Landfill Road, according to Jeffrey S. Swagger, Master Trooper, North Carolina State Highway Patrol. A 1992 Toyota Camry was traveling north on Old Landfill Road, ran off the road to the right…

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Clary case ends in mistrial

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, the jury ended its third day of deliberations without a unanimous verdict in the murder of Travis Harold, in which Hiddenite resident Jason Dean Clary is the defendant. A mistrial was declared, according to court officials. Clary is charged with murder in the shooting death of Travis Dean Edward Harold,…

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With impending storm, schools urge parent use of multiple information sources

Automated call system may not reach every family Alexander County school officials are alerting parents to use multiple communication sources for weather-related information over the next few days. Although the school system uses the automated call system to alert parents of school delays, dismissals, and cancellations, please plan to use alternate sources in the event…

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Bethlehem Day Festival postponed

The Bethlehem Community Development Association’s 9th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival, originally set for September 15, 2018, will be held Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with fun for everyone. The postponement is due to the impending severe weather from Hurricane Florence. Located at the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethlehem, the annual…

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