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:

Jun
24

Viewpoint: District attorney’s response to criticism by NAACP officials

BY SARAH KIRKMAN I am sorry that Mr. Scott thinks that I have declined to meet with him. I spoke with him by phone during the time when we were

Jun
22

Viewpoint: Remembering Wilmer Derr and the tumultuous 1960s

BY THOMAS KIMBRELL It was the late 1960s and we were living in a revolution, arguably the last revolution up until now, 2020. The revolution of the 60s was the

Jun
21

Viewpoint: Please protect yourself and others from COVID-19

BY JANE HINSON I have made exactly three visits to retail stores in the past three months. Two were to my usual pharmacy and one was to a local grocery

Jun
19

Viewpoint: Iredell commissioners should remove monument to lost cause

BY ROBERT W. LEE IV If you were to sit outside the Old Courthouse on Center Street in Statesville, you’d witness many people passing by the old Confederate statue, which was

Jun
14

Viewpoint: Good officers need public’s support during these trying times

BY DARREN E. CAMPBELL As most of us are terribly aware, 2020 has been trying to say the very least. This year has already seen its fair share of major

Jun
13

Viewpoint: Recovering from COVID-19 crisis will take years

BY DALE FOLWELL RALEIGH – North Carolina is reeling from more than 1 million new unemployment claims filed since mid-March, triggered by an economic virus that demands action equal to

Jun
10

Viewpoint: I-CARE Inc. committed to fighting to end racism

BY BRYAN DUNCAN I-CARE Inc. unequivocally denounces all forms of racism and white supremacy. Period. The events we have witnessed in the past few months – the murders of Ahmaud

Jun
09

Letter to the Editor: Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell ready to help those struggling with addiction

To the Editor: All of us, in one way or many, are living through a variety of extreme challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to acknowledge the serious

Jun
08

A Letter from the I-SS Superintendent: We are Stronger Together

BY BRADY JOHNSON Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the countless Americans who have been the victims of racial

Jun
04

Viewpoint: Boys & Girls Club remains committed to helping children during these challenging times

BY JAMES HOGAN The Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont exists to bring hope and opportunity to children in our community who need it most. We seek to provide

May
26

Letter to the Editor: Statesville Human Relations Commission working to promote tolerance, inclusion

To the Editor: The Statesville Human Relations Commission was re-organized in 2016 to provide the community with a resource and vehicle to stand up against acts of hatred and racism

May
20

Viewpoint: Fixing our unhealthy relationship with China will require dynamic leadership

“A leader takes his people to a different place that is better.”                                    

May
17

Viewpoint: EMS personnel are working hard to save lives in our communities every day

BY SARAH KIRKMAN When I was looking up the dates of National Police Week (May 10-16), I happened to notice that May 17-23, 2020, is National Emergency Services (EMS) Week.

May
11

Viewpoint: Davis Regional Medical Center team stands with community during COVID-19 pandemic

BY JOSH SNOW Hospital Week has deeper meaning this year as the Davis Regional Medical Center team celebrates our work to provide safe, high-quality care for patients. The COVID-19 pandemic

May
10

Viewpoint: Strong, compassionate nurses are the foundation of quality healthcare

BY JOHN GREEN Every year during the first two weeks of May, we celebrate National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week. This year, National Hospital Week is May 10 –

May
09

Viewpoint: Let’s remember the heroes in our midst the week of May 10-16 and every week

BY SARAH KIRKMAN May 10-16, 2020, is National Police Week. In normal times, there would be a big ceremony in Washington, D.C., which would draw people from all over the

May
07

Viewpoint: Child care providers need more than appreciation during these challenging times

BY LISA FAMILO Every day, we learn more about how COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on families, businesses, and communities. This frightening pandemic has hit homes and our community with hardships

May
06

Viewpoint: Ending our dependence on China for cheap drugs and medical products will not be easy

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”                                

Apr
29

Viewpoint: How we came to be so dependent upon China and the path forward

BY KEN ROBERTSON As I asked you to do last week, before you read this and my next few columns, please Google “Chesterton’s Fence.” The premise is that one should

Apr
21

Viewpoint: Chesterton’s Fence and the new coronavirus

BY KEN ROBERTSON Before you get started reading this and the next few columns I am writing, please Google “Chesterton’s Fence” or “Chesterton’s Gate.” The premise of the concept is

Apr
20

Viewpoint: Questions linger about hiring process after I-SS board appoints new superintendent

  BY MIKE FUHRMAN Incoming Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Jeff James’ academic credentials are solid, his success as an administrator well-documented, and his professional references are impressive. But the optics for

Apr
19

Viewpoint: DA’s Office and victim services agencies seek justice while protecting victims’ rights

BY SARAH KIRKMAN April 19-25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. It is a time to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights, and a time to raise awareness