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March 04, 2024

Area News

Early voting underway

In-person early voting for the 2024 primary election began Thursday, February 15, at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Saturday, March 2, at 3:00 p.m. The Alexander County Board of Elections offers the following tips for early voters: 1. Voters may cast a ballot at any of the (3) early voting sites in Alexander County during…

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Commission candidates tell their goals for the County

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners race in the March 5 Primary Election has four Republican candidates: incumbents, Joshua Lail and Kent Herman, and challengers, Brigette Rhyne and John Whisnant. Lail, age 46 of Bethlehem, is married to Mollie Boan Lail. Their children are: Hannah, Haley, Lizzie, Lawson, Grant, Barrett, and Junie Kate. Lail served…

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White retires as Ellendale Fire Chief

On Monday, February 12, 2024, Chief David White retired as the Chief at Ellendale Fire Department after serving the Ellendale Community for just over 20 years, including the past six years as Chief of the Department. Chief White wants to express his thanks to the citizens of the Ellendale Community, Alexander County, the Board of…

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Fundraiser assisting family who lost home to fire

A family in the Sugar Loaf Community is trying to rebuild their lives after suffering a devastating fire last month which left them without a home. The home belonged to Jamie Sue Johnson and husband, Robert, who lived there with their children, they told The Times via Facebook. “We lost everything except our lives and…

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New Finance Director hired by Town of Taylorsville

  By ANGELA FARR KING The Taylorsville Town Council held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Rev. Allen Fox, Pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Taylorsville, opened the meeting with a prayer for the town. This was the first meeting for the new Finance Director, Zachary Greene. He has been on the…

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Commissioners approve bids for Bethlehem Park project

  Improvements will soon begin at Bethlehem Park as the Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved bids at their February 5 meeting for the highly-anticipated parks and recreation project, according to a county press release. County Manager Shane Fox said the total project cost is $2,355,000, which includes $1,295,000 for construction (Lail Builders, Inc.), $510,000…

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Mayberry, other candidates speak Feb. 3

  By MICAH HENRY Bethlehem resident and Republican Congressional (NC-5) primary candidate Ryan Mayberry greeted fellow Republicans and was emcee at a meet-and-greet event held Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Wilkes Agriculture Center in Wilkesboro. Mayberry stated he is a family man, businessman, and proven leader, having served three terms (2008-2020) on the Alexander County…

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Board of Education plans Special Called Meeting Feb. 7

  A Special Called Meeting of the Alexander County Board of Education is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education Office, 700 Liledoun Road, Taylorsville. The purpose of the Special Called Meeting is to give a Budget Committee Update and Options to Assure Focused Implementation; the Superintendent…

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Local pastor faces multiple charges after crash Jan. 24

(updated Feb. 7, 2024, to reflect an additional charge and court date) An incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 24, which prompted local schools to use heightened security measures and blocked traffic in a portion of Taylorsville. Taylorsville Police Chief Michael Millsaps released a statement on the incident on Friday, Feb. 2, about 5:00 p.m.,…

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