Mar
30

District Attorney: Prosecutors, judges committed to administration of justice during coronavirus pandemic

BY SARAH KIRKMAN As our community goes through this coronavirus crisis together, I wanted to let you know what is going on at the District Attorney’s Office and at the

Mar
30

Iredell County health director issues call to action in war against COVID-19

BY JANE HINSON Our country is at war. We are fighting an enemy that you can’t see. It is invisible to the naked eye and waits on door handles, shopping

Mar
29

Viewpoint: An Open Letter to the Employees of Iredell-Statesville Schools

Less than three weeks ago Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency for North Carolina and closed all schools for instructional purposes. The governor mandated three directives for North

Mar
21

Viewpoint: Local health system executives express appreciation for efforts of healthcare professionals, first responders during COVID-19 pandemic

BY JOHN GREEN, STEPHEN MIDKIFF, JOSH SNOW & JEFFREY SMITH As the CEOs of Iredell County’s health systems, we want to thank all healthcare professionals who are working nonstop on

Mar
10

Letter to the Editor: With primary elections behind us, we should focus on what unites Americans

To the Editor: The primary elections may be over in North Carolina, but there is still much political division in our state and across the country. Regardless of which candidate

Mar
07

Letter to the Community: Thanks to everyone who supported school bond referendum

Dear Iredell County Community: On behalf of the Mooresville Graded School District, our Board of Education, our staff, and our students, I want to take a moment to say “thank

Mar
02

Letter to the Editor: Passage of school bond referendums will help I-SS, MGSD address capacity issues

To the Editor: I am writing today as a parent of two children in Iredell-Statesville Schools, as the chairperson of the Iredell County Education Facilities Task Force, and a supporter

Mar
02

Letter to the Editor: New schools are needed to meet population growth; bonds are best way to finance construction

To the Editor: Here we go again! Another School Bond vote. So why are we here when we voted six years ago? Those projects are almost all completed from the

Feb
29

Letter to the Editor: Horn is well qualified to be N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction

To the Editor: Primary election day will be here on Tuesday, March 3, and I would like to urge you to vote for my friend and legislative colleague, Craig Horn,

Feb
28

Viewpoint: Voter approval of bond referendums will boost county’s workforce development efforts and save taxpayers $3.3 million

BY JAMES MALLORY Iredell County citizens have an opportunity on Tuesday, March 3, to posture us for continued strong economic development by attracting new and expanding current businesses. Being in

Feb
22

Viewpoint: Love United Iredell initiative offers chance to change lives across county

BY PAUL COOK Over the last six months, as I have served as the United Way of Iredell County’s 2019-20 Campaign chairman, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with so

Feb
11

Letter to the Editor: Long has comptence, experience required for Superior Court judgeship

EDITOR’S NOTE: Iredell Free News will not publish candidate endorsement letters for the March 3 primary that are received after February 25. Email letters to iredellfreenews@gmail.com To the Editor: Permit

Feb
09

Viewpoint: Passage of school bond referendums will enable MGSD, I-SS to meet needs of growing student population

BY DEBBIE MARSH On Tuesday, March 3, voters in Iredell County will find two referendums on the ballot. If passed, one will fund the building of a high school in

Feb
04

Viewpoint: Investing in our youth today will pay dividends tomorrow

BY DARREN CAMPBELL Interaction with law enforcement can have a lasting impression on a young person. Through our many youth outreach programs, my goal is to make this interaction a

Feb
01

Viewpoint: Why have we abandoned our core beliefs and values?

BY ANDREW DONAWA Why have we turned away from our beliefs during our drive to get on top? If we would go back to our core beliefs, then we wouldn’t

Jan
30

Viewpoint: Congress must enact permanent ban on fentanyl analogues

Editor’s Note: This viewpoint was originally published by The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer, and The Herald Sun. By Robert J. Higdon, Jr., Matthew G.T. Martin, R. Andrew Murray

Jan
26

Viewpoint: The best thing I saw last week was the public recognition of a lifetime of service

BY MIKE FUHRMAN The best thing I saw last week was a community taking time to honor a man who has devoted 50 years of his life to helping families

Jan
23

Viewpoint: School bonds will help MGSD alleviate overcrowding in elementary, middle schools

To Our Community: Since the bond referendum has been placed on the March 3 ballot, we have heard a recurring question from those in our community who are supportive of

Jan
21

Viewpoint: Crowdfunding policy necessary to protect school district and its employees

BY MARTIN PAGE Crowdfunding is the practice of using online sites to solicit donations, whether monetary or in-kind. A crowdfunding campaign is considered to be on behalf of the school

Jan
21

Viewpoint: A fitting tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BY MIKE FUHRMAN Brian Summers honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in a most fitting fashion on a chilly Monday morning. As community residents and elected officials left

Jan
19

Viewpoint: Second Amendment resolution demonstrates our commitment to protecting constitutional rights

BY DARREN CAMPBELL An oath is a solemn calling upon God to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says. An oath is something that I have taken

Jan
18

Viewpoint: Imagine a world in which Dr. King’s dream comes to complete fullness and fruition

EDITOR’S NOTE: LaToya Caesar delivered a slightly abridged version of this speech on Friday evening during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Mitchell Community College. BY LaTOYA CAESAR It’s

Jan
15

Viewpoint: Unending grief, unanswered questions and a call to action

BY MIKE FUHRMAN My parents taught me how to read, how to ride a bike and how to mow the grass when I was a kid. By the time I

Dec
20

Viewpoint: The best thing I saw this week was the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ (Photo Gallery & Video)

BY MIKE FUHRMAN If you’re going to call your last-day-before-Christmas-vacation extravaganza the “Happiest Place on Earth,” you better deliver the goods. The staff and community supporters at N.B. Mills Elementary

Dec
12

Viewpoint: The best thing I saw this week was also tinged with sadness

BY MIKE FUHRMAN The best thing I saw this week was preceded by a sense of profound sadness. Nearly three weeks after retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Leslie Denise

Dec
09

Viewpoint: I-SS board putting its credibility on the line in expected vote over funding for IB program at Statesville High

BY MIKE FUHRMAN When it reconvenes on Monday evening, the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education will likely delay or deny a request by district administrators to help fund expansion of the

Dec
08

Viewpoint: The best thing I saw this week was a video of Bryson Patton rocking the stage at Scotts Elementary

BY MIKE FUHRMAN I’ve never met 7-year-old Bryson Patton, but after watching his performance this week at Scotts Elementary School he’s become one of my favorite little people on the

Nov
25

Viewpoint: The best thing I saw all week was the generosity of the Mount Mourne IB School family (Videos)

BY MIKE FUHRMAN Mount Mourne IB School students weren’t expecting media coverage or a reward for their good deeds. They were excited nonetheless as they dropped off 80 gift baskets

Nov
16

Viewpoint: The best thing I saw this week featured the Mooresville Middle School Red Imps

The undefeated Mooresville Middle School Red Imps football team poses for a photo at Tuesday’s Mooresville Graded Schools Board of Education meeting. BY MIKE FUHRMAN Scott Van Pelt often leads