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March 04, 2024

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Primer for 2024 Primary Election

Alexander County Board of Elections issues primer for 2024 Primary Election The 2024 statewide primary election is Tuesday, March 5, and the Alexander County Board of Elections wants to be sure that media representatives, candidates, and voters have answers about election day and post-election processes. Election Day voting Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to…

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Young Taylorsville driver dies in Caldwell crash

A teenage driver from Alexander County died this week as a result of a three car accident in a neighboring county. According to Master Trooper Christopher M. Casey of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision…

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Board of Education begins superintendent search

By ANGELA FARR KING In the last monthly Alexander County Board of Education meeting, the board voted to employ the Masonboro Group as a firm to assist in the search for a new Superintendent of Schools, following Dr. Jennifer Hefner’s announcement that she will be retiring effective July 1. The Masonboro Group estimated the costs…

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Spring Wildfire season begins, two grass fires extinguished

March will officially cue the start of spring wildfire season in North Carolina, and the N.C. Forest Service is urging residents to use caution with all outdoor fires, especially yard debris burns. Grass fires burned 2/10 acre in two different location this week, according to Alexander County Forest Ranger David Huffman. A grass fire on…

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Black History Celebration speaker urges education, community input

By MICAH HENRY The NAACP and Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center hosted a Black History Celebration and Banquet on Saturday, February 24, at the Center. Mrs. Donna Latham, Center Director, served as mistress of ceremonies and Rev. Sterling Howard, President of the Alexander County Chapter of NAACP, served as master of ceremonies. Guest speaker, Mr.…

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Hickory Fire Captain Eric Sprinkle retires

Hickory Fire Captain Eric Sprinkle has retired after 30 years of service. He began his firefighting career on October 16, 1995. Sprinkle moved through the ranks and was promoted to Captain in December 2009. Captain Sprinkle is certified as a level II firefighter through the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission. He has also completed…

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Black History Celebration Feb. 24

On Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., the Alexander County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center (HAHC) will co-sponsor the Black History Month Celebration at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Brian Summers. Mr. Summers is a native North Carolinian…

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Candidates for State House tell their goals

Five candidates, four Republicans and one Democrat, are running for the N.C. State House seat for District 94. The district includes all of Alexander County and most of Wilkes County. The candidates are Blair Eddins (R), Stoney Greene (R), and Steve Moree (D), all of Wilkes County, and Alexander residents Dwight Shook (R) and Larry…

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School Board plans Work Session Feb. 26

A Work Session of the Alexander County Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, February 26, 2024, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education Office, 700 Liledoun Road, Taylorsville, NC. The purpose of the Work Session is Discussion of Selection Criteria for Superintendent of Schools with The Masonboro Group, Inc. A link for…

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School Board split on superintendent search, staff cut ideas

By ANGELA FARR KING The Alexander County Board of Education held a special called meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. Board Chairman Rob Arguelles made a motion to approve the agenda for the meeting, which contained two items: A) to give a Budget Committee Update and options to ensure focused implementation and…

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