Oct
18

Viewpoint: Say his name every time you fill up

BY KEN ROBERTSON  I am old enough to remember Ronald Regan’s presidency. I recall being surprised the media presented the news as if Reagan personally set the price of gasoline.

Oct
04

Viewpoint: I-SS Board should rethink chaotic redistricting plans

BY BLAKE PALMER The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education is currently engaged in a redistricting effort with the goal of passing a new district map by November 1. The Board

Oct
02

Viewpoint: Chief Deputy Connolly’s recognition as N.C. Jail Administrator of the Year is well deserved

BY DARREN CAMPBELL Vince Lombardi once said, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we

Sep
30

Viewpoint: An open letter to elected officials asking for senior military leaders to be held accountable

Dear Elected Officials: I am a retired Army LTC with 22 years of service. I speak from experience. During my entire career, I was held accountable for every penny’s worth

Sep
22

Theatre Review: Sharpe House Historic Players deliver uplifting and hilarious performance of ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’

BY KRISTIE DARLING If you’re ready to laugh your butt off (and who isn’t these days), run — do not walk — to get your tickets for the Sharpe House

Sep
16

Viewpoint: MGSD student surveys help district staff better understand social and emotional challenges facing today’s youth

BY STEPHEN MAUNEY Recently, the Moorsville Graded School District sent out surveys to our students that created a fair amount of chatter on social media. As the superintendent of schools,

Aug
28

Viewpoint: Let’s fight displacement, not development

An understanding of gentrification and its impact on communities should guide local policies and decisions BY JOSEPH GLASGOW The term “gentrification” was coined in the 1960s by sociologist Ruth Glass,

Aug
23

An Open Letter to the Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education about protecting our students and I-SS employees from COVID-19

Dear Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education: Thank you for the job you do for our local school system and our students. Thank you for prioritizing in-person education over the past

Aug
22

Viewpoint: ICSO school resource officers exemplify meaning of ‘to protect and serve’ every day

BY DARREN CAMPBELL Psychologist Abraham Maslow described a hierarchy of needs common to all human beings. This hierarchy demonstrates that some basic needs must be met before children can focus

Aug
20

Viewpoint: I-SS Board of Education should mandate masks in schools

 BY MIKE FUHRMAN The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education is running out of time. The new school year starts on Monday for most I-SS schools — the district’s early college

Aug
09

Letter to the Editor: Aftershock Youth Empowerment needs community support to continue providing bullying prevention and intervention services

To the Editor: We Need Your Help! Aftershock Youth Empowerment is a bullying prevention and intervention services nonprofit organization located in Harmony. Our mission is to create and maintain stress-free

Aug
07

Viewpoint: Protect yourself and your loved ones from surging COVID-19 Delta variant by getting vaccinated before it’s too late

BY JANE HINSON I know that there is not a person reading this viewpoint that isn’t sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19. I get it. We all feel that

Jul
27

Viewpoint: Public schools should protect younger students by requiring face masks when schools reopen

BY JENNY MEDLEN School districts should require masks indoors for all students and staff in elementary and middle schools. Sure, these words are from the N.C. Department of Health and

Jul
18

A Change of Pace: My Week on the Idaho Main Salmon River (Photos)

BY KARISSA MILLER I recently disconnected from daily life and lived on the Idaho Main Salmon River for six days. My husband and I, along with 22 other people, ditched

Jul
18

Viewpoint: ICSO has responded to call to protect and serve in South Statesville following tragic shooting

BY DARREN CAMPBELL One of my primary directives to the deputies, detention officers, and staff members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is to be citizen-focused and responsive to all

Jul
06

Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at The Historic Sharpe House

BY KRISTIE DARLING Theatre in the manner of Shakespeare in the Park has always been a favorite of mine, and over the years I’ve had the pleasure to see many

Jul
05

Viewpoint: Southside community victimized by broken promises, violent crime

BY JOSEPH GLASGOW The recent drive-by shooting of 8-year-old Ah’Miyahh Howell highlights need for fresh approach to improve opportunities in Statesville’s Southside community. The Southside community is known by many

Jul
02

The Rest of the Story: Hundreds of students take advantage of I-SS summer school and summer camps

BY JEFF JAMES Summer reading camps have been around for many years. Typically, Iredell-Statesville Schools works within our district and also with agencies across the county to provide reading opportunities

Jun
20

Viewpoint: Your shot at a million will help N.C. defeat COVID-19 for good

BY GOV. ROY COOPER Hugging our friends. Cheering on our local sports team in person. Eating indoors at our favorite restaurant after months of take-out. We’re now able to do

Jun
16

Viewpoint: Rush Limbaugh era comes to an end with this week’s broadcasts

BY JOHN ALLEN I write to remind you that Thursday and Friday will probably be the last-ever broadcasts of the “Rush Limbaugh Show.”  Many of you are of course busy

Jun
11

The Rest of the Story: I-SS finished the year strong despite challenges of global pandemic

BY JEFF JAMES  In August of 2020, Iredell-Statesville Schools students started the school year from their homes, something we never dreamed could happen. We all limped through the first weeks

Jun
04

Winning Essays: American Renaissance students stress the importance of having an “I Can” attitude

EDITOR’S NOTE: Iredell Free News is excited to publish the winning essays in American Renaissance School’s end-of-year “I Can” Essay Contest. Participating students were encouraged to write essays inspiring their

May
27

Viewpoint: In these uncertain times, how can we best honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation?

BY M.G. SPIESE We enter this weekend, as a nation, recognizing the Memorial Day holiday. The significance of the day is generally overlooked — honoring members of the Armed Forces

May
10

Viewpoint: Employees of hospitals in Iredell County have worked tirelessly throughout pandemic

BY JOHN GREEN Each May, we celebrate National Hospital Week and look to thank our healthcare team for the tireless and selfless work performed to make our community healthier. Thinking

May
07

The Rest of the Story: We will do what it takes to keep I-SS students in school

BY JEFF JAMES On November 23, 2020, Gov. Roy Cooper signed N.C. Executive Order 180, mandating masks for North Carolinians. Gov. Cooper was able to mandate masks because of the

May
06

Viewpoint: Rainbow Kidz program provides lifeline for children in the worst of moments

  BY AMY FUHRMAN The hardest words I have ever spoken were telling my two children that their Uncle D had died by suicide. Their anguish in the minutes, hours,

May
05

The Year of the Nurse: Celebrating Nurses Week in 2021

BY BECKY WAGNER In 2020, the American Nurses’ Association (ANA) decided to honor Florence Nightingale — who would have celebrated her 200th birthday on May 12, 2020 — with the

May
02

Viewpoint: Education is key to avoid becoming victim of financial fraud schemes

BY DARREN CAMPBELL We have all received one of these calls: “Good afternoon, we are trying to reach you regarding your car’s extended warranty” or “ I am Agent Jones

Apr
28

Viewpoint: We must address the underlying causes of poverty in our community

BY BRYAN DUNCAN Hunger hurts. We saw it. It was on the faces of many who drove through The Big Pop Up event held a few weeks ago. We saw

Apr
23

Viewpoint: Love United Iredell campaign is addressing ‘unsolvable’ issues in our community

BY SARA LEWIS While growing up, we all heard someone tell us that the only way a community can truly be successful is to work together to chip away at

Apr
15

The Rest of the Story: I-SS will continue to be vigilant in protecting students, staff from COVID-19

BY JEFF JAMES Iredell-Statesville Schools returned to full-time face-to-face learning in pre-K through 12th grade on April 7. For many students, April 7 was like the “first day of school”

Apr
12

Viewpoint: Iredell County Health Department staff has worked tirelessly to serve community during pandemic

BY JANE HINSON Every single person in Iredell County has been touched by public health in some manner. If you’ve ever eaten food prepared at a restaurant or football concession

Mar
28

Viewpoint: Teaching young people to follow the Golden Rule and trust law enforcement remains important

BY DARREN CAMPBELL There is no better investment of time than that which is spent working with a child. Teaching children right from wrong is one of the most important

Mar
27

The Rest of the Story: All I-SS students can return to school on April 7

BY JEFF JAMES As it currently stands, Iredell-Statesville Schools is operating in Plan A for students in grades K-5 and Plan B for students in grades 6-12. I-SS has worked

Mar
23

Viewpoint: Davis Regional Medical Center remains dedicated to serving Statesville and the surrounding community

BY CLYDE WOOD I write today with optimism for the future and a grateful heart for our team’s resilience over the past year. The pandemic has demonstrated how interconnected we

Mar
14

Letter to the Editor: Clergy for Healing and Justice supports Iredell commissioners’ vote to relocate Confederate monument

To the Editor: The Iredell Clergy For Healing and Justice, an interfaith and interracial organization of local faith leaders, wishes to express our support for the vote of the Iredell