September 16, 2019

Area News

Walmart to cease selling handgun ammunition

Walmart has announced it will soon stop the sale of handgun ammunition in its stores, a response to the deadly mass shootings in the company’s Texas and Mississippi locations. CEO Doug McMillon, a gun owner whose family raised bird dogs from his childhood, released a statement Sept. 3 about the company’s decision. “We’ve been giving…

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Bridge replacement timeline announced for Herman Rd.

A bridge on Herman Road will soon be replaced, thanks to a $560,000 contract the N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded to R.E. Burns and Sons Co., Inc., of Statesville, according to NCDOT. Both approaches to the bridge washed out during heavy storms in early June, forcing the closure just north of Summit Road. Drivers…

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Severe pulmonary disease associated with using E-Cigarette products

Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing: 1) background information on the forms of e-cigarette products, 2) information on the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges), and 3) clinical features of patients with severe pulmonary disease. This health advisory also…

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Bethlehem residents, business owners invited to community meeting on Sept. 3

Bethlehem residents and business owners are invited to a community meeting on Tuesday, September 3, to review the final draft and recommendations of the Bethlehem Community Plan. The drop-in meeting will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bethlehem Elementary School. Members of the Bethlehem Community Plan Steering Committee, Western Piedmont Council…

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Synchronous fireflies found on Grandfather Mtn.

The discovery of a special type of firefly on Grandfather Mountain has experts aglow with excitement. The nonprofit nature park in Linville, N.C., is officially home to Photinus carolinus, the only species of firefly in North America whose individuals can synchronize their lighting display, meaning they can flash in unison. Photinus carolinus famously resides in…

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Man faces 20 child sex crime charges

A local man has been charged with over a dozen sex crimes against a child. On August 27, 2019, Jackie Rand Robinette, age 68 of Taylorsville, was charged with ten counts of felony First Degree Statutory Sex Offense and ten counts of felony Indecent Liberties with a Minor. These charges stem from an ongoing investigation,…

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Child sex charges filed against Stony Point man

A Stony Point man is charged with sex offenses against a child, according to law officers. On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Seth Grayson Reeves, W/M, age 37 of Stony Point, was charged with one count of felony Statutory Sex Offense of a Child and four counts of felony Indecent Liberties with a Child, said Alexander…

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Hometown Strong delegation visits Alexander County this week

Members of North Carolina’s Hometown Strong team visited Alexander County on Monday, August 26, at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area’s multipurpose building. The team, comprised of approximately 25 representatives of numerous state agencies, met with county staff to discuss Alexander County’s priorities, needs, and concerns. Topics that were discussed include the Alexander Industrial Park, infrastructure…

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Home lost in Aug. 28 fire

A local family has lost their home and a pet after a tragic fire.   On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Alexander County Communications received a call at 7:31 a.m. in reference to a structure fire located at 99 Wood Rd., Taylorsville. The Taylorsville and Ellendale fire departments were dispatched. Upon arrival five minutes later, responders…

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Local resident warns of car decal scam received in mail

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. That is the case this month for one local resident, Leah Dula, of Hiddenite. She was contacted by mail with a seemingly legitimate check, made payable to her, for $2,950.55 from a construction company in Aurora, Colorado. Dula told The Times she contacted local as…

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