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Don Stevenson lives in Morganton. But his roots run through one of the most storied political families and stretch robustly to the farmland of Iredell County.

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Friday 03/27/2015
Rotary clubs support local organizations with annual oyster roast
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 7:41 am

It’s called a roast, but everything edible there is either steamed or deep fried.

Nothing more than semantics, organizers of the 15th Annual Rotary Oyster Roast will tell you.

And irrelevant to the good time had at the Statesville Civic Center Friday night and the good work done for the community.

The important parts of what has become something of a must-attend event in Statesville are fun, fellowship and fundraising. And some good eating.

“This is just a great opportunity for four Rotary Clubs in the area to get together with each other and their friends and have a good meal,” said Robb Collier, one of the event’s coordinators.

Organizers said that more than 400 tickets were sold for the roast, the proceeds of which will be split equally among: Greater Statesville Rotary Club; Fourth Creek Rotary Club; Rotary Club of Statesville; and Rotary Club of Troutman. Each club will then decide which cause to support with their cut.

Troutman Rotary leaders said they are leaning toward donating to the town to be used on the Troutman ESC Park. Fourth Creek is talking about donating to PowerCross.

Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will be given to Amber Davis, a young mother of three children who is battling cancer.

The crowd at the roast was a veritable who’s who in Statesville and Troutman. There were elected officials from almost every level of government as well as business and civic leaders.

But Brenda and Maria Aries were representative of a small group who are new to the Statesville social scene.

The mother and daughter were given a pair of the $60 tickets by Brenda’s boss, Iredell County Clerk of Court Jim Mixson, who held a drawing for them at the office earlier in the week.

“Mr. Mixson said he’s allergic to seafood,” Brenda said. “And when I won them he asked me if I wanted to go and I said, ‘sure.’”

The women were not too keen on eating oysters. Maria said she had dried them a few times.

“You put lemon and hot sauce on them and they just go right down,” she explained.

Statesville Police Department warns of phone scam
Posted: March 27, 2015

The Statesville Police Department issued a warning Friday about a scam involving someone impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Capital Correspondence: March 29
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 9:23 am

Capital Correspondence is a weekly update on votes taken by Iredell County representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Thursday 03/26/2015
18-year-old facing prescription drug charges
Posted: March 26, 2015

An 18-year-old from Mooresville was arrested for selling prescription medications and high grade marijuana in the Brawley School Road area, said Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Principal changes at North, West Iredell middle schools
Posted: March 26, 2015

I-SS' principal deck got shuffled a bit this week.  

Dent Miller remembered: 'He had a heart of gold'
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 4:53 pm

People remember L. Dent Miller, and contrary to the famous cliché, they remember how he made them feel ... and what he said and what he did. Fred Brown won’t ever forget when he learned that the man didn’t stand for racism. 

Charges filed in fatal attack on dog in northern Iredell
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Despite the best efforts of two Iredell deputies to save his life, a dog in North Iredell died after being stabbed, and now the suspect in that attack is facing charges.

Wednesday 03/25/2015
St. Philip Apostle food program tries to keep up with demand
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 1:47 pm

The St. Philip Apostle Catholic Church food closet may not serve as many people as some other distribution programs across Iredell County, but that doesn't make its mission of feeding the hungry any less essential.

COLUMN: Owner brings Molly Malone's to hometown
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 1:47 pm

The feeling of going back home is a good one. There’s a kind of comfort living in a place where everyone knows your name. Amanda Pennell Rogers, 35, has recently returned to Statesville, and brought with her a new franchise of her growing chain of boutiques, Molly Malone’s.

Deal inches closer for purchase of Old Davis
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 8:27 pm

It won’t be long until they tear that sucker down.

Student collecting pet food for Friends of the Animals, Iredell Christian Ministries
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 4:21 pm

For one South Iredell High School student, what started as an effort to complete a school project has morphed into an effort that will benefit the community.

Community briefs: Love Valley Roubaix set for this weekend
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 1:17 pm

The third annual Love Valley Roubaix is expected to bring around 150 cyclists to northern Iredell on Saturday.

Blood drive will honor William and Eaton Sherrill
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive in honor of Statesville residents and long-time Red Cross volunteers William and Eaton Sherrill. William has donated time and blood to the Red Cross for decades. The drive celebrating their contributions will be from 1:30-6:30 p.m. April 7 at Western Avenue Baptist Church, 1206 Museum Road, Statesville.

Former legislator Coy Privette dies at 82
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 10:57 am

THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Coy Privette, a Baptist minister and Statesville native who served in the state House, died Monday.

Tuesday 03/24/2015
Senior surprised with gift trip to see 'The Price is Right'
Posted: March 24, 2015

Toy Houston was moved to making up words on Tuesday.

Love's: 5 things to know
Posted: March 24, 2015

With a victory secured on one front in its apparent war to build and operate a Statesville location, and another win likely in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, questions emerge as to what impact a Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store will have here.

Sources: MCC in talks to buy old Davis
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 10:20 am

A deal to sell the Old Davis Hospital and its approximately four acres of land to Mitchell Community College is being worked out, according to sources close to the matter.

Motorcyclist hurt, charged after wreck
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 6:05 pm

A 24-year-old Mooresville man is recovering after he crashed his motorcycle Tuesday afternoon on Linwood Road near Patterson Farm Road.

GMS Racing opens doors in Statesville
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Statesville Regional Development welcomed GMS Racing during an event Tuesday morning attended by local community leaders.

Gun, computer stolen from Statesville law office
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 10:50 am

A firearm, computer and cash were stolen from the offices of a Statesville law firm.

Monday 03/23/2015
Workshops, award-winning authors at MCC this weekend
Posted: March 23, 2015

Writers, aspiring writers and anyone else who has ever felt the exhilaration and agony of sitting down with a writing tool and a blank piece of paper should circle Friday and Saturday on their calendars.

I-SS looking to federal funds to fill gaps
Posted: March 23, 2015

Iredell-Statesville Schools is going after more federal money to help with support positions, deemed by officials as a proactive approach in a tight budget year.

Our Towns named top Habitat affiliate
Posted: March 23, 2015

How well does Our Towns Habitat for Humanity serve Iredell and north Mecklenburg counties?

Statesville City Council approves Love's site plan
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 8:47 am

A Love’s Travel Center and Country Store operation proposed for east Statesville inched closer to reality Monday when the city council approved site plans for the project by a 4-2 vote following a nearly six-hour quasi-judicial hearing that began last week.

Business briefs: Statesville UPS driver is 25 years accident-free
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 4:00 pm

United Parcel Service driver Glen Lane of Statesville was recently inducted into UPS’ prestigious Circle of Honor for achieving 25 years of accident-free driving.

Community briefs: Mitchell welcomes spring with concerts
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Mitchell Community College recently announced its schedule of spring recitals and concerts.

Out of Our Past: March 23-29
Posted: March 23, 2015

Twenty-five years ago: Record & Landmark, March 23-29, 1990

Doctors find tumor after woman blacks out, wrecks car
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 9:05 am

Not everyone would consider a wreck a blessing.

Families presented with Gold Star Banners
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

Among the family members of deceased military men and women who gathered for a ceremony in downtown Mooresville on Saturday were the parents of David Hickman, a Greensboro native and Army specialist who holds the heartbreaking distinction of having been the very last U.S. serviceman killed in action during the Iraq War.

Key to Statesville found in World War I hero’s home
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 11:28 am

On Oct. 27, 1941, Sgt. Alvin C. York, a Medal of Honor awardee who is perhaps the most famous of all World War I veterans, visited Statesville to speak and have a luncheon.

Sunday 03/22/2015
Iredell new business names: March 8-14
Posted: March 22, 2015

The following persons registered for assumed names in the Iredell County Register of Deeds office from March 8-14.

Blueharbor CEO: We succeed by being nimble
Posted: March 22, 2015

What advantages does blueharbor bring to the market?

Blueharbor to open Statesville office
Posted: March 22, 2015

Mooresville-based blueharbor bank announced Friday it has received approval to open a Statesville office at 245 E. Front St.

Student shares project on teen dating violence
Posted: March 22, 2015

Wendy Escobar is making it her mission to teach others about teen dating violence.

Saturday 03/21/2015
Crime Watch: March 12-18
Posted: March 21, 2015

The following is a list of those arrested on felony and driving while impaired charges from March 12-18 in Iredell County.

Law enforcement sees school safety as partnership
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 9:25 am

Deputy Patrick Dixon was treated like a celebrity when he sat down for lunch at Cloverleaf Elementary School Friday.

Crime in I-SS rises; funds needed for resource officers, gate guards
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 9:29 am

Incidents of crime and violence in Iredell-Statesville Schools have seen a bit of a spike this school year, continuing what now appears to be a three-year uptick in criminal reports on campuses, which school officials are attributing in part to budget reductions.

United Way enters final stretch of campaign
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 9:26 am

The United Way of Iredell County is still trying to get over the $1 million dollar mark in funds raised and distributed during their fiscal year.

Matt McCall picked as Iredell GOP chairman
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 9:53 am

Matt McCall won a contentious fight for the chairmanship of the Iredell County Republican Party Saturday during the group’s annual convention.

Iredell real estate transactions: March 8-14
Posted: March 21, 2015

The following deeds were filed in the Iredell County Register of Deeds office from March 8-14. For more information regarding specific plots of land, visit

Iredell restaurant inspection scores: March 8-14
Posted: March 21, 2015

North Carolina Public Health restaurant and food stand inspections in Iredell County, March 8-14.

Friday 03/20/2015
$4M bond granted for murder suspect
Posted: March 20, 2015

The man accused of killing his estranged wife’s boyfriend in January was granted a $4 million secured bond in a hearing Thursday.

Statesville man accused of sexually abusing 4-year-old
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 12:21 pm

A disturbance call led to sexual abuse charges against a Statesville man involving a 4-year-old child.

West Iredell student Tasered during altercation with deputy
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 11:05 am

A West Iredell High School resource officer used a Taser to subdue a student who punched him in the face during an altercation Thursday, according to Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Capital Correspondence: March 20
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 8:53 am

Capital Correspondence is a weekly update on votes taken by Iredell County representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Thursday 03/19/2015
County to tap $12.9M in savings
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 9:55 am

The Iredell County Board of Commissioners voted to designate nearly $12.9 million for the construction of a public safety facility and the expansion of the jail and courthouse.

'It hurts': Cool Spring alumni say goodbye to old gym
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Bertha Marlowe pointed out her favorite spots on Cool Spring’s classic hardwood gym floor on Thursday.

'Calendar Girls' mixes humor, heart
Posted: March 19, 2015

It’s probably safe to say that the latest Theatre Statesville production — currently being performed at Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill — is unlike anything the group has put on stage before.

Wednesday 03/18/2015
Old Davis Hospital: 30 years of decay, from an aerial perspective
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 10:51 pm

Here’s a rare vantage point of the once-treasured old Davis Hospital.

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