Here's a roundup of some of the best -- and worst -- of the week in Iredell and elsewhere:
FOOD BANKS GET BOOST: In the spirit of the giving season, three local food banks received $500 checks from the Statesville Professional Fire Fighters Association. Representatives from SPFFA recently visited Matthew 25 in Harmony and Yokefellow Ministries and Iredell Christian Ministries, both in Statesville, to present the donations which will help those who need it most this time of year.
FACILITATED BY FACEBOOK: Sure, social media has its downsides, but this week it helped solve a crime. After an Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post with images of a Mooresville break-in suspect was shared more than 1,300 times, tips poured in that helped deputies make an arrest. “This case goes to prove the power social media has,” Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
BELOVED MUSICIAN PASSES: Leaving behind a brilliant legacy, longtime music director Dan Pardue died Monday. A Statesville resident since 1984, Pardue served as music and choir director at First Baptist Church of Statesville, First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Statesville and Mitchell Community College. He also helped start the music department at Mitchell and served as an adjunct professor until 2013. Pardue left a profound mark on the community, one of integrity, talent and compassion.
CRIME SPREE: In what was at least the third in a string of armed robberies recently in Statesville, GameStop on East Broad Street was robbed by at least one armed suspect Wednesday night, according to police. Anyone with information on any of the recent robberies is asked to call 704-878-3406, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.