Sep
19

I-SS, Health Department notify parents of students at five schools of positive COVID-19 tests

FROM STAFF REPORTS Iredell-Statesville Schools and the Iredell County Health Department notified parents of students at five district schools of positive COVID-19 tests involving employees or students at those schools

Sep
19

ICSO Felony Arrests: September 11-17

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office reported the following felony arrests: SEPTEMBER 11 ♦ Erik Michael Bafford, 43, of Birchwood Road, Statesville, charged with trafficking in cocaine, two

Sep
19

Iredell County Partnership for Young Children announces two additions to staff

Special to Iredell Free News Iredell County Partnership for Young Children (ICPYC) recently announced the addition of two new staff members, Allison Pillmear-Martin and Mallory Renegar. Pillmear-Martin joined the Partnership

Sep
19

N.C. prison, juvenile justice facilities to allow limited visitation with COVID-19 precautions

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all the state’s prisons and in its juvenile justice facilities

Sep
18

Iredell health officials report county’s 35th COVID-19 death; number of patients hospitalized with novel coronavirus declines

FROM STAFF REPORTS The number of patients hospitalized in Iredell County with COVID-19 declined this week as the county’s death toll increased. The Iredell County Health Department reported the county’s

Sep
18

MGSD board reluctantly approves childcare agreement with Town of Mooresville

BY MELINDA SKUTNICK The Mooresville Graded School District’s Board of Education reluctantly approved an agreement with the Town of Mooresville for providing childcare services to 60 students during the ongoing

Sep
18

EnergyUnited crews headed to Alabama to help restore power outages caused by Hurricane Sally

Special to Iredell Free News More than 110 lineworkers from 11 of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including 20 lineworkers from EnergyUnited, are traveling to Alabama to help restore power to

Sep
18

Iredell County officials provide update on sinkhole off West Plaza Drive in Mooresville

Special to Iredell Free News Iredell County, Town of Mooresville, and state officials have been notified that a sink hole has developed in a parking lot on private property which

Sep
18

N.C. State Board of Elections sends Judicial Voter Guide to all N.C. households

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — All North Carolina households – about 4.7 million in all – will soon receive the Judicial Voter Guide 2020. The 2020 guide contains

Sep
18

SPD: Two officers sustain minor injuries in low-speed crash

FROM STAFF REPORTS Two Statesville police officers sustained minor injuries when their patrol vehicle crashed into a concrete barrier on Thursday evening. According to an SPD news release, Officer Beene

Sep
17

Census deadline rapidly approaching; undercount could cost North Carolina $70 billion in federal funding

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — With less than two weeks left until the Census deadline of September 30, there are still nearly 4 million North Carolinians who have

Sep
17

I-SS to move to Plan A for elementary schools beginning October 5; parents can still opt for 100 percent virtual instruction

Parents can opt for Plan A or Plan C, but Plan B will no longer be an option for students in pre-K through fifth grade Special to Iredell Free News

Sep
17

Gov. Cooper announces public elementary schools can move to Plan A beginning October 5

Special to Iredell Free News After several weeks of stable COVID-19 trends and continued low virus spread in school settings, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that beginning on October 5 North

Sep
17

I-SS board approves $228.6 million spending plan for 2020-2021

BY KARISSA MILLER The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the proposed $228.6 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year at Monday’s board meeting. Funding comes from federal

Sep
17

MGSD officials discuss possible return to in-person learning for second quarter

BY MELINDA SKUTNICK The Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education heard discussed a potential return to the classroom by students later this school year during its regular meeting. The

Sep
17

Record-setting rainfalls create issues for property owners, city’s stormwater management team

Special to Iredell Free News Statesville is experiencing its highest rainfalls in recent history in 2020. The city recorded 50.49 inches of rainfall through the end of August, and is

Sep
17

Sheriff: Man faces felony drug charges after deputy finds pound of marijuana, products containing THC in truck

FROM STAFF REPORTS An eastern Iredell County resident faces felony drug charges after being stopped for operating a truck with an expired registration plate. Sherriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest

Sep
16

Safe Kids Iredell, Partnership for Young Children to offer virtual car seat checks

Special to Iredell Free News Every 32 seconds in 2018, one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash. Many times, injuries and

Sep
16

Iredell commissioners denounce violent protests, attacks on law enforcement officers across U.S.

BY KARISSA MILLER Iredell County commissioners spoke candidly Tuesday evening at the end of their regular meeting about the wave of protests and violent riots across the nation following the

Sep
16

Daughters of the American Revolution promote study of U.S. Constitution

Special to Iredell Free News Constitution Week is an American observance to commemorate the adoption of the United States Constitution. The observance runs annually from September 17-23. It was officially

Sep
16

EnergyUnited provides financial support for Speak Life & Live Inc.

Special to Iredell Free News The EnergyUnited Foundation recently donated $4,720 made to Speak Life & Live Inc. Speak Life and Live provides supportive social services that strengthen families, promote

Sep
16

Sheriff: Suspect charged with kidnapping, two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery

FROM STAFF REPORTS A Statesville man faces two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and one count of felony second-degree kidnapping following an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff

Sep
15

Iredell commissioners approve $470,000 incentive for FITT USA headquarters

BY KARISSA MILLER The Iredell County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a $470,000 economic development incentive for FITT USA, a global manufacturer planning to build its U.S. headquarters

Sep
15

Iredell health officials report county’s 34th COVID-19 death; 2,490 people now presumed recovered

FROM STAFF REPORTS Iredell health officials on Tuesday reported the county’s 34th death attributed to COVID-19. The Iredell County Health Department does not release personal information about individuals who test

Sep
15

State of North Carolina Virtual Career Expo set for September 29

Recruiters to spotlight public service career opportunities, including temp and remote work Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The State of North Carolina Virtual Career Expo will welcome jobseekers

Sep
15

Iredell Memorial Hospital and Iredell Physician Network establish shared electronic health record portal

Special to Iredell Free News It can be a patient’s greatest annoyance – summarizing information to a medical assistant in an exam room, only to have to repeat the information

Sep
15

I-SS using CARES Act funds to close technology gap during pandemic

BY KARISSA MILLER While most Iredell-Statesville Schools students had the option of receiving 100 percent remote instruction this fall, some students could not make that choice because they did not

Sep
14

Troutman Council approves Smith Village rezoning; developer plans 255 homes and commercial space

BY DEBBIE PAGE debbiepage.iredellfreenews@gmail.com Troutman Town Council had a packed agenda on Thursday night, including consideration of a large mixed-use development, a request for relief from a zoning administrator determination,

Sep
14

Lakeshore Elementary honored as STEM Recognition School

Special to Iredell Free News Lakeshore Elementary School was recently recognized as a North Carolina STEM Recognition School. Lakeshore was one of only two schools in the state that received

Sep
14

Sheriff: Georgia man faces drug, weapons charges after traffic stop

FROM STAFF REPORTS A Georgia man faces drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 77 by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest

Sep
14

Iredell Health System welcomes new psychiatrist to Iredell Psychiatry

Special to Iredell Free News Iredell Health System has hired a new psychiatrist to join its Iredell Physician Network practice, Iredell Psychiatry. Dr. Mona S. Ismail is a psychiatrist with

Sep
14

NCDHHS awarded $35 million State Opioid Response Grant

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $35 million State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the Substance Abuse

Sep
13

Community invited to help paint Statesville-themed mural at Bentley Center

BY KARISSA MILLER The City of Statesville Recreation and Parks Department and the Iredell Arts Council are collaborating on a one-of-a-kind, community art event at Bentley Community Center on Saturday,

Sep
13

State employees eligible for paid leave to help during upcoming elections

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Employees of the State of North Carolina can use up to three days (24 hours) of paid time off to volunteer with their

Sep
13

Health officials notify parents of students at two I-SS schools of positive COVID-19 tests

FROM STAFF REPORTS Parents of students at two Iredell-Statesville Schools elementary schools were notified of positive COVID-19 test results last week. Iredell County Health Director Jane Hinson notified Lake Norman

Sep
13

ICSO Felony Arrests: September 4-10

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: SEPTEMBER 4 ♦ Antonio Shaquan Griffin, 18, of Old Wilkesboro Highway, Statesville, charged with 32 counts of break