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

Feb
25

The Rest of the Story: It’s time to go back to school

BY JEFF JAMES I think we can all agree that students need to return to school. After what has been an unimaginable year, it’s time to give our children the

Feb
22

Viewpoint: N.C. lawmakers should resist calls to tax PPP loans that helped businesses, workers stay afloat during pandemic

BY SEN. VICKIE SAWYER We are currently engaging in discussions at the N.C. General Assembly about how to treat the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. In my opinion, the PPP

Feb
20

Letter to the Editor: Iredell County Republicans have important work to do in 2021

TO THE EDITOR: Were you upset or even just plain mad with all the issues during this past election? Are you happy that in North Carolina we didn’t have the

Jan
29

The Rest of the Story: The unfulfilled promise of the N.C. Education Lottery

BY JEFF JAMES I get asked at least once a week about the N.C. Education Lottery. I’m reminded of that old Wendy’s commercial that begs the important question: “Where’s the

Jan
19

Viewpoint: The long road to the ‘Beloved Community’ envisioned by Dr. King

Editor’s Note: Bryan Duncan delivered the following address during Mitchell Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Friday, January 15. BY BRYAN DUNCAN Thank you for taking time from

Jan
17

Viewpoint: COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

BY DARREN CAMPBELL In January of 2020, the world started learning about COVID-19. The following month it hit home when we learned of the first positive case in the United

Jan
08

The Rest of the Story: Our students need to be on campus to learn and thrive

BY JEFF JAMES Like many of you, my prayer was that COVID-19 would run its course by now, and we could return to some form of normalcy in our daily

Dec
27

Viewpoint: For law enforcement community, 2020 has been a challenging year

BY DARREN CAMPBELL I think that it would suffice to say that this Christmas was different for most of us. This year has been met with many challenges and quite

Dec
24

The Rest of the Story: Community support has helped I-SS weather pandemic

BY JEFF JAMES Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! As we head into the holidays, my hopes and wishes for all our students, staff, and stakeholders are to have a

Dec
21

Viewpoint: AJ’s Christmas Wish

BY FRANCIE HARTSOG This past year has been one we will never forget. I can’t remember another time in my life coming close to the chaos we have lived through.

Dec
11

Viewpoint: We have to dig deep to weather COVID-19 pandemic until vaccine arrives

BY ROY COOPER RALEIGH — When I announced North Carolina had its first known COVID case on March 3, most of us didn’t expect to be living like this in

Dec
10

The Rest of the Story: School funding is a complex topic

BYJEFF JAMES As a resident of Iredell County my entire life, I have watched Iredell County grow from a population of 50,000 in the 1960s to 167,000 residents in 2020.