Nov
19

The Rest of the Story: How I-SS is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic

BY JEFF JAMES COVID-19 has undoubtedly influenced our everyday life and changed the world as we know it. In March, many were sure that this pandemic would be short-lived. Unfortunately,

Nov
11

Viewpoint: Christians should unite against all forms of racial and religious hatred

BY H. STEPHEN SHOEMAKER On November 9 and 10, we remember the beginning of the public and official path to the Holocaust in Hitler’s Germany. We call it Kristallnacht, The

Nov
05

The Rest of the Story: How I-SS officials make decisions about weather-related school closures

BY JEFF JAMES One of the most challenging decisions a school district can make involves deciding when to close schools due to weather. These decisions are not made in a

Oct
25

Viewpoint: Tips for keeping your children safe this Halloween

BY DARREN CAMPBELL With Halloween rapidly approaching, I have received many questions about how this year’s events will be effected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses and churches have canceled

Oct
22

The Rest of the Story: What exactly is a Crosby Scholar?

BY JEFF JAMES Known by some, but not all, Crosby Scholars is a program that all Iredell-Statesville Schools students should explore. It is free to students in grades 6-12 in

Oct
10

Viewpoint: Help is available for victims of domestic violence

Editor’s Note: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. BY PATTI WEST Domestic violence is an uncomfortable issue to discuss. Most would prefer to pretend it doesn’t exist or deny the

Oct
08

The Rest of the Story: Human Trafficking

BY JEFF JAMES It is sad that our society has to deal with the issue of human and sex trafficking. Unfortunately, North Carolina is one of the top 10 states

Oct
04

Viewpoint: How to avoid the most common schemes by scam artists

BY DARREN CAMPBELL Over the past several weeks, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has received an increasing number of reports from citizens and businesses about various scams. In order to

Sep
25

Viewpoint: RBG worked to protect America’s promise of ‘liberty and justice for all’

BY DIANE HAMBY Why do decent, brilliant, fair and open-minded U.S. Supreme Court justices matter? What difference could it possibly make? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18,

Sep
24

The Rest of the Story: It’s time for serious conversations about suicide in Iredell County

BY JEFF JAMES September is designated as Suicide Prevention Month. I think all of us can agree that one suicide is one too many. Suicide is the second-leading cause of

Sep
10

The Rest of the Story: COVID-19 and the challenges of technology access for students

Editor’s Note: This is the first column in a regular series by the new Iredell-Statesville Schools superintendent. BY JEFF JAMES Iredell-Statesville Schools, like many of the 115 school systems in

Sep
03

Letter to the Editor: Please urge Congress to pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

To the Editor: September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time where we especially emphasize reaching out to those who may be struggling, as well as those who may have

Sep
02

Viewpoint: The path to a stronger, healthier future for North Carolina

BY ROY COOPER RALEIGH — This pandemic has affected every corner of our state, including our state budget needs. For many families, it has also shifted their priorities. Last week,

Aug
27

Viewpoint: What kind of sign would Jesus put in his yard?

BY REV. STEVE SHOEMAKER What kind of sign would Jesus put in his yard? Of course, the “Son of Man who had nowhere to lay his head” had no yard,

Aug
23

Viewpoint: New ICSO app helps keep community informed and safe

BY DARREN CAMPBELL We have all heard the saying, “There’s an app for that.” “Dad, what’s the Apple ID?” asked one of my boys the other day. So, of course

Aug
20

Viewpoint: Sen. Tillis has worked hard on behalf of Iredell County residents

BY WILLIAM MORGAN JR. Several few years ago, in my role as a member of Statesville City Council, I was in Washington, D.C., advocating for the Larkin Industrial Development Project

Aug
18

Viewpoint: EnergyUnited is defining a brighter future for co-op members and the community

BY H. WAYNE WILKINS EnergyUnited is defining a future for our members and the community we all share – a brighter future that continues our commitment to delivering reliable electricity

Aug
15

Viewpoint: Our Schools First’s commitment to students, teachers and schools is stronger than ever

Editor’s Note: This viewpoint was submitted by the president and advisory board of Our Schools First. Six and a half years ago, the children at Cool Spring Elementary had to

Aug
11

Viewpoint: Even in a pandemic, North Carolina is prepared for hurricane season

BY GOV. ROY COOPER RALEIGH — North Carolina has seen more than its fair share of devastating storms, particularly in the past few years. When hurricane season comes around, we

Jul
19

Letter to the Editor: The life you save by wearing a mask could be your own parent or grandparent

To the Editor: We have all heard recently from the Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, that we could stamp out COVID-19 in four to eight weeks

Jul
18

Viewpoint: A tribute to Rep. John Lewis, civil rights icon

BY BRIAN SUMMERS Today, we learned of the passing late last evening of Congressman John Lewis, an icon and giant of the Civil Rights Movement and life-long advocate for voting

Jul
05

Viewpoint: All Americans have a duty to protect our constitutional rights

BY DARREN CAMPBELL One of the most poignant and most recognized sentences in the English language, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….” is

Jun
30

Viewpoint: Rewriting history and removing Confederate monuments will not result in healing, reform that protesters seek

BY RACHEL ANDERS What if I told you most of what you learned about the Civil War was incorrect? What if I told you it was written by the victors,

Jun
28

Viewpoint: Iredell commissioners should remove Confederate monument

BY MIKE FUHRMAN A friend and I were discussing the current state of affairs in our country recently when he recited a Bible verse that has really resonated with me:

Jun
24

Viewpoint: District attorney’s response to criticism by NAACP officials

BY SARAH KIRKMAN I am sorry that Mr. Scott thinks that I have declined to meet with him. I spoke with him by phone during the time when we were

Jun
22

Viewpoint: Remembering Wilmer Derr and the tumultuous 1960s

BY THOMAS KIMBRELL It was the late 1960s and we were living in a revolution, arguably the last revolution up until now, 2020. The revolution of the 60s was the

Jun
21

Viewpoint: Please protect yourself and others from COVID-19

BY JANE HINSON I have made exactly three visits to retail stores in the past three months. Two were to my usual pharmacy and one was to a local grocery

Jun
19

Viewpoint: Iredell commissioners should remove monument to lost cause

BY ROBERT W. LEE IV If you were to sit outside the Old Courthouse on Center Street in Statesville, you’d witness many people passing by the old Confederate statue, which was

Jun
14

Viewpoint: Good officers need public’s support during these trying times

BY DARREN E. CAMPBELL As most of us are terribly aware, 2020 has been trying to say the very least. This year has already seen its fair share of major

Jun
13

Viewpoint: Recovering from COVID-19 crisis will take years

BY DALE FOLWELL RALEIGH – North Carolina is reeling from more than 1 million new unemployment claims filed since mid-March, triggered by an economic virus that demands action equal to

Jun
10

Viewpoint: I-CARE Inc. committed to fighting to end racism

BY BRYAN DUNCAN I-CARE Inc. unequivocally denounces all forms of racism and white supremacy. Period. The events we have witnessed in the past few months – the murders of Ahmaud

Jun
09

Letter to the Editor: Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell ready to help those struggling with addiction

To the Editor: All of us, in one way or many, are living through a variety of extreme challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to acknowledge the serious

Jun
08

A Letter from the I-SS Superintendent: We are Stronger Together

BY BRADY JOHNSON Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the countless Americans who have been the victims of racial

Jun
04

Viewpoint: Boys & Girls Club remains committed to helping children during these challenging times

BY JAMES HOGAN The Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont exists to bring hope and opportunity to children in our community who need it most. We seek to provide

May
26

Letter to the Editor: Statesville Human Relations Commission working to promote tolerance, inclusion

To the Editor: The Statesville Human Relations Commission was re-organized in 2016 to provide the community with a resource and vehicle to stand up against acts of hatred and racism

May
20

Viewpoint: Fixing our unhealthy relationship with China will require dynamic leadership

“A leader takes his people to a different place that is better.”