September 22, 2018

Area News

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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Alex Sports Hall of Fame Class announced

Seventh group of inductees to be enshrined November 19  The Alexander County Public Education Foundation and the Alexander County Sports Hall of Fame have announced the Seventh Hall of Fame Class of inductees. The Hall of Fame was established in 2012 to recognize, honor and memorialize those individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to sports…

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Area Trio releases first EP on music sharing sites

    The Hickory-based trio, run with me, has released its first music EP entitled “I Met a Seer” on the web and social media through all major music streaming sites.      The four-song, completely original project was officially released on August 31, and can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and any other…

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Hiddenite man charged with rape of child by adult

On Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Alexander County Department of Social Services which involved allegations of Statutory Rape of a Child. Further investigation revealed that the suspect in this case was Benjamin Rustin Gilreath, 34 years old of the Hiddenite Community. Gilreath was arrested without incident and…

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Three Readers’ Choice voters win $50

Readers have a few more days to tell The Times which restaurant has the best barbecue in Alexander County. Or help decide who’s the best florist, surveyor, or pet groomer. Readers can choose their favorite school, church, or civic club, too. You can cast your vote for all these and more in the 2018 Readers’…

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Dozens booked in drug roundup

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Dept. Narcotics Units have concluded a long term investigation into the sales and use of Illicit Narcotics throughout Alexander County and the Town limits of Taylorsville, according to Sheriff Chris Bowman. During the investigation, illegal narcotics, prescription pain pills, and U.S. currency derived from the sales of…

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AXCI still under partial lockdown August 14

A portion of Alexander Correctional Institution is still on lockdown on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, where incidents occurred, but not the entire facility, a prison official said. Multiple online media sources are reporting the lockdown is due to inmate fights at the facility.   The facility was locked down on Sunday afternoon, August 12, 2018, after…

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State prison in Taylorsville on lockdown

The Alexander Correctional Institution is on lockdown today (Monday, August 13, 2018), according to Jerry Higgins, Communications Officer/Adult Correction, North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Multiple online media sources are reporting the lockdown is due to inmate fights at the facility on Sunday, August 12. Some inmates were injured and at least one prison worker…

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Hiddenite man charged with murder

A Hiddenite man has been arrested on a charge of murder in connection with an elderly man’s death this week. On Thursday, August 9, 2018, at approximately 11:42 a.m., a call came into Alexander County Communications in reference to a deceased person that had been located, by a concerned friend, in the woods off of…

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School open house dates are announced

In Alexander County, public school starts Monday, August 27, 2018. School Open House Dates Alexander Central High School will hold open house for all students on Tuesday, August 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Freshman Academy will host open house during the same time as the high school. Freshmen will meet with seminar teachers…

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