Jan
19

Viewpoint: Statesville Council demonstrates lack of vision, strategy for moving city forward

Correction: An earlier version of this column incorrectly reported that Councilman Frederick Foster represents Ward 4. He represents Ward 6. BY MIKE FUHRMAN If you were expecting – or hoping

Jan
11

Viewpoint: A New Year, Same Mission at Fifth Street Ministries

BY AMY FREEZE Fifth Street Ministries saw growing needs, change and so much community support in 2021! In 2021, Fifth Street’s emergency shelter provided 8417 nights for 131 men, women

Jan
10

Viewpoint: Thanks for letting us be part of your life for the past six years

BY MIKE FUHRMAN As we mark our sixth anniversary today, I want to take the opportunity to thank our readers and advertising partners for your continuing support of Iredell Free

Jan
06

Viewpoint: A call for the Iredell County Board of Commissioners to exercise fiscal restraint

BY BLAKE PALMER A conservative governing philosophy encompasses fiscal discipline. Such self-restraint has eluded our Board of Commissioners, which has engaged in reckless spending that has led to a ballooning

Jan
03

Viewpoint: Iredell County’s frontline healthcare workers need community’s help in fight against COVID-19

BY MIKE FUHRMAN Too many Iredell County residents continue to be admitted to the hospital — and far too many are dying — after testing positive for COVID-19. During the

Jan
02

Viewpoint: Desire to provide face-to-face instruction guides I-SS decisions

BY JEFF JAMES Like many of you, I hoped that 2022 would see an end COVID-19, and all of its variants would be subsiding. That has not happened, and just

Dec
26

Viewpoint: City of Statesville would benefit from oversight by new Office of Public Integrity

BY JOSEPH GLASGOW The Statesville City Council should create an Office of Public Integrity to ensure that city officials act in the public’s interest. It is quite evident that ethics

Dec
25

Merry Christmas from your friends at Iredell Free News

If you woke up in Iredell County today, Merry Christmas! We are all fortunate to live in such a caring and giving community. Here’s a list of Christmas blessings: We

Dec
13

Viewpoint: One gift can serve many in our community

BY NELSON GRANADE As we enter the Christmas season, you can just feel the excitement in the air. Children smile a bit wider. Holiday lights take over the dark winter

Dec
12

Viewpoint: I-SS Board should take a stand against Howell and the resistance

  BY MIKE FUHRMAN Years from now, when the history of the COVID-19 pandemic is written, the scientists who developed the vaccines and the frontline healthcare workers who risked their

Dec
08

Viewpoint: Infrastructure bill will help build a stronger North Carolina

BY JOHN A. FRALEY Throughout my career in the private sector as well as during my service as a member of the N.C. House of Representatives, I have witnessed firsthand

Nov
29

Viewpoint: Seeking the harder right over the easier wrong

  BY KEN ROBERTSON JR. There are moments in our lives when we see or hear something that has a profound impact on how we think, and more importantly, how

Nov
27

Letter to the Editor: Statesville Council should reject flawed land-development plan

TO THE EDITOR: Our city hall has conceived a 2045 Land Development Plan which will direct growth in our town for the next two decades. The new plan, created behind

Nov
20

Viewpoint: City officials, community leaders must do more to fight homelessness, hunger in Statesville

BY JOSEPH GLASGOW Homelessness and hunger are colossal problems in America. No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over

Nov
19

Viewpoint: City of Statesville’s proposed land development plan benefits Martin Marietta, threatens to harm residential neighborhoods

BY DAVID L. PRESSLY JR. In the fall of 2019, the City of Statesville Planning Department requested proposals from qualified planning firms to update the city’s land development plan. City

Nov
15

Viewpoint: Community support critical to Fifth Street Ministries’ efforts to help the homeless

BY AMY FREEZE Saturday, November 13, marked the beginning of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. In the United States, 44 million people are at risk of suffering from hunger while

Nov
03

Viewpoint: A call for community support of United Way partner agencies

BY NELSON GRANADE We all have heard the following quote from Mr. Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would

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