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.

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