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

Sep
02

Viewpoint: The path to a stronger, healthier future for North Carolina

BY ROY COOPER RALEIGH — This pandemic has affected every corner of our state, including our state budget needs. For many families, it has also shifted their priorities. Last week,

Aug
27

Viewpoint: What kind of sign would Jesus put in his yard?

BY REV. STEVE SHOEMAKER What kind of sign would Jesus put in his yard? Of course, the “Son of Man who had nowhere to lay his head” had no yard,

Aug
23

Viewpoint: New ICSO app helps keep community informed and safe

BY DARREN CAMPBELL We have all heard the saying, “There’s an app for that.” “Dad, what’s the Apple ID?” asked one of my boys the other day. So, of course

Aug
20

Viewpoint: Sen. Tillis has worked hard on behalf of Iredell County residents

BY WILLIAM MORGAN JR. Several few years ago, in my role as a member of Statesville City Council, I was in Washington, D.C., advocating for the Larkin Industrial Development Project

Aug
18

Viewpoint: EnergyUnited is defining a brighter future for co-op members and the community

BY H. WAYNE WILKINS EnergyUnited is defining a future for our members and the community we all share – a brighter future that continues our commitment to delivering reliable electricity

Aug
15

Viewpoint: Our Schools First’s commitment to students, teachers and schools is stronger than ever

Editor’s Note: This viewpoint was submitted by the president and advisory board of Our Schools First. Six and a half years ago, the children at Cool Spring Elementary had to

Aug
11

Viewpoint: Even in a pandemic, North Carolina is prepared for hurricane season

BY GOV. ROY COOPER RALEIGH — North Carolina has seen more than its fair share of devastating storms, particularly in the past few years. When hurricane season comes around, we

Jul
19

Letter to the Editor: The life you save by wearing a mask could be your own parent or grandparent

To the Editor: We have all heard recently from the Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, that we could stamp out COVID-19 in four to eight weeks

Jul
18

Viewpoint: A tribute to Rep. John Lewis, civil rights icon

BY BRIAN SUMMERS Today, we learned of the passing late last evening of Congressman John Lewis, an icon and giant of the Civil Rights Movement and life-long advocate for voting

Jul
05

Viewpoint: All Americans have a duty to protect our constitutional rights

BY DARREN CAMPBELL One of the most poignant and most recognized sentences in the English language, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….” is

Jun
30

Viewpoint: Rewriting history and removing Confederate monuments will not result in healing, reform that protesters seek

BY RACHEL ANDERS What if I told you most of what you learned about the Civil War was incorrect? What if I told you it was written by the victors,

Jun
28

Viewpoint: Iredell commissioners should remove Confederate monument

BY MIKE FUHRMAN A friend and I were discussing the current state of affairs in our country recently when he recited a Bible verse that has really resonated with me: