September 21, 2020

Area News

Third COVID-19 death reported in Alexander

COVID-19 UPDATE for Aug. 31, 2020:   The Alexander County Health Department has reported the county’s third death associated with COVID-19. There are currently 46 people in quarantine with COVID-19, with a cumulative total of 394 confirmed cases. Seven people are in the hospital. Of the 394 total cases, 338 people have recovered.

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Home invasion reported Fri. in Bethlehem Community

  On Friday, August 28, 2020, at approximately 4:45 PM, officers with Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received information in reference of a reported assault that occurred at a residence located on Steel Bridge Loop in the Bethlehem Community of Alexander County, near the Highway 127 bridge, according to Sheriff Chris Bowman. The victim was taken…

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Home damaged in Aug. 27 fire

A home north of Taylorsville was heavily damaged by fire on Thursday, August 27, 2020. At 12:15 a.m., Central Alexander-Taylorsville, Sugar Loaf, and Hiddenite Fire Departments were dispatched to a structure fire located at 1631 Jay Burke Road, Taylorsville. Fire Marshal Mark Earle said the first arriving firefighter saw the back porch area of the…

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Alexander receives LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Award

Alexander County received one of 10 LGFCU (Local Government Federal Credit Union) Excellence in Innovation Awards on August 14 during the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. The Alexander County Health Department was selected for the award for developing a Behavioral Health Clinic to provide improved mental health services to…

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Grant, expansion bring Behavioral Health to Alexander Co. Health Dept.

  By MICAH HENRY A grant through the Duke Endowment has provided a new Behavioral Health Clinic at the Alexander County Health Department (ACHD), part of a recent expansion of services. Ashley Moretz, Behavioral Health LCSW, came to ACHD in August 2019. Moretz explained that providing Behavioral Health services at a county health department is…

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Ribbon cutting held August 20 at J & J Garage

A ribbon cutting was held Thursday, August 20 at J & J Garage 24-Hr. Towing, located at 2390 NC Hwy. 16 South of Taylorsville. Commissioners Jeff Peal, Marty Pennell, and Ronnie Reese participated in the ribbon cutting to welcome the new business to Alexander County. The Alexander County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) conducted the ribbon…

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Board of Elections sees early increase in absentee by mail ballot requests

The Alexander County Board of Elections is reporting an early increase in the requests for absentee by mail ballots for the 2020 General Election. Patrick Wike, Elections Director, said the Board has received 518 ballot requests for General Election thus far (through Aug. 21). “Our absentee request volume is 7 times greater compared to the…

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Alexander EMS receives Heart Assoc. Gold Plus Award

Alexander County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks, according to a county press release. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), which is the deadliest…

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Alexander is now in apple season

  By LENNY ROGERS Director, Alexander County Cooperative Extension Well, if you haven’t noticed, it is apple picking time in Alexander and Wilkes counties. Some of the leaves are starting to turn, the mornings are a little chilly, the cornstalks are starting to brown in the fields, but most importantly the apples are getting ripe…

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Liledoun Rd. to be repaired by year’s end

By MICAH HENRY Liledoun Road, which suffered a washout in June 2019 from heavy rains, will be repaired soon. North Carolina State Transportation Board member Andy Wells, of Hickory, told The Times that the NC Dept. of Transportation received the “go ahead” to allow the repair work to begin. He said he hoped to have…

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