Jun
08

Iredell Firewire Report: County commissioners demonstrate commitment to public safety, first responders

BY DAN GITRO Two big things happened at Tuesday night’s Iredell County Board of Commissioners meeting that will directly impact residents and fire and rescue personnel of this great county:

Jun
05

Iredell Firewire Report: Implementation of countywide radio system will enhance communications for emergency responders

BY DAN GITRO Iredell County officials are moving forward with a plan to implement a countywide radio system for emergency responders. Iredell County currently uses three primary radio systems utilizing

May
16

Viewpoint: The best candidates in the May 17 primary and municipal election are …

BY MIKE FUHRMAN In most elections, you can classify candidates for elected office into two distinct groups — the known and the unknown. The first group is typically made up

May
08

Viewpoint: We are healthcare

BY JOHN GREEN What an absolutely eventful and wild year we have had in healthcare. Each May, in conjunction with National Hospital Week (May 8, 2022 – May 14, 2022), I

May
07

Viewpoint: Nurses make a difference in our community every day

BY BECKY WAGNER Over the course of the last two years, we’ve heard a lot about nurses all across the globe as they’ve helped navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. National Nurses

May
06

Viewpoint: Under Purcell’s leadership, Register of Deeds Office has continued to provide superior service

BY RUSSELL W. CHAPMAN JR. This letter is in response to your recent editorial regarding Maureen Purcell and her competence to continue to serve as Iredell County register of deeds.

Apr
30

Viewpoint: Register of deeds put GOP insiders on Iredell County payroll in months leading up to primary election

BY MIKE FUHRMAN The Executive Committee of the Iredell County Republican Party handed Maureen Purcell the gift of incumbency in January 2021 when its members nominated her to serve as

Apr
25

Viewpoint: Statesville mayoral candidate proposes funding stream to support schools in city limits

BY MIKE FUHRMAN After more than 30 years in this business, I am rarely surprised by anything that happens at a local candidates’ forum. On Thursday night, during the Iredell

Apr
22

Viewpoint: Voters should weigh Summers’ questionable conduct before casting ballot in Statesville mayoral race

BY MIKE FUHRMAN The stakes are incredibly high as Statesville voters prepare to go to the polls to select the city’s next mayor. It has become abundantly clear to me

Apr
20

Viewpoint: Banning books hinders student learning

Books that deal with controversial topics often reflect teens’ real-life situations BY COOPER HALL All around the world books are being banned in schools. This means a lot of students

Apr
17

Viewpoint: Honoring two women who were the driving force behind creation of Statesville library

BY SHELLIE TAYLOR This year, the Statesville library will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To wrap up Women’s History Month and celebrate National Library Week in April, I’d like to highlight

Apr
13

Viewpoint: I-SS Board, administration following district policy and legal advice while handling book challenges

BY TODD CARVER The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education has experienced a great deal of scrutiny lately due to certain books in our schools’ libraries. I would like to take

Apr
11

Viewpoint: Downtown Statesville Art Crawl showcases everything great about our community

BY JOE HUDSON Don’t bother calling me for continued discussion of the Duke and Carolina basketball game; I’m not home. I must go down to the seas again, to the

Apr
10

Viewpoint: Iredell County telecommunicators are proud to serve during challenging times

Edtor’s Note: Paula Price made the following comments during the April 4 meeting of the Iredell County Board of Commissioners. BY PAULA PRICE Good evening, Mr. Chairman and Members of

Apr
03

Viewpoint: Iredell County Health Department staff is dedicated to serving community

BY JANE HINSON April 4-10, 2022, is National Public Health Week. I want to take this opportunity to thank the individuals who work at the Iredell County Health Department, which

Apr
01

Viewpoint: It’s time for community to rally around distressed school district

BY THERESA KNIGHT The Mooresville Graded School District Board February meeting included over three hours of school improvement plan presentations by the principals of each school in the district. Presenter

Mar
20

Viewpoint: Iredell-Statesville Schools takes common-sense approach to book challenges

BY MIKE FUHRMAN The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education has taken a stand for common sense and for parental rights in the face public pressure from a group of would-be

Mar
09

Celebrating Women of Iredell County: Celeste Henkel (1884-1935)

BY SHELLIE TAYLOR During Women’s History Month, it’s important to recognize the contributions of women from around the country. It always means a little bit more to us when we

Mar
03

Viewpoint: Iredell commissioners waste taxpayer money with corporate handouts

BY BLAKE PALMER During their March 1 meeting, our Board of Commissioners approved of an astounding $11 million in corporate economic incentives for two companies. In one meeting, our Board

Mar
02

Viewpoint: Upgrading Statesville’s infrastructure is critical to city’s future and your pocketbook

BY JOE HUDSON Iredell Free News recently reported that the Statesville City Council “waded through eight separate public hearings for residential and industrial projects that city officials believe signal a

Mar
01

Viewpoint: Search for new police chief should be transparent, involve input from city residents

BY JOSEPH GLASGOW If I was the mayor of Statesville, my involvement with the selection of the next police chief would be paramount given the city council-manager system that our

Feb
06

Viewpoint: Prosecuting repeat offenders protects community and law enforcement officers

“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.” President Ronald Regan BY DARREN CAMPBELL I have struggled to comprehend that 2021 was one of the deadliest years on record for

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