the county news
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 through Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 through Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Mitchell Announces New Computer Integrated Machining Program

STATESVILLE, NC – Mitchell Community College recently announced the addition of a new Computer Integrated Machining program beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

Mitchell will offer North Carolina state recognized curriculum certificates, a two-year Associates in Applied Science degree program and Continuing Education certificates in the manual/CNC machining sciences. Twelve additional classes have been added to curriculum offerings. The College has invested in new state-of-the-art equipment for the machine shop, including hybrid, manual/CNC milling and turning equipment. “The Computer Integrated Machining program will ensure students are not only workforce ready,” said Dr. Camille Reese, vice president of Instruction, “but that they are prepared to excel in a competitive job market. The program is designed to meet workforce needs in Iredell County and beyond.”

Public open visits and tours will be available beginning in June. To learn more about the Computer Integrated Machining program, contact Colin Robinson at (704) 978-1319 or

Mitchell Community College serves 10,000 students annually through a variety of curriculum, continuing education and workforce development programs. With campuses in Statesville and Mooresville, Mitchell offers quality, affordable education options to residents of Iredell County and the surrounding area. For more information, visit or call (704) 878-3200 (Statesville Campus) or (704) 663-1923 (Mooresville Campus).


Pete Teague joins Institutional Advancement team at Livingstone College


Pete Teague

SALISBURY – President Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. has announced the appointment of Pete Teague as special assistant to the president for community development.
As a 34-year resident and local leader of Rowan County, Teague is very familiar and well invested in the community, and intends to leverage his existing relationships to better tell the Livingstone College story.
“I want to help the community and the region become more aware of Livingstone and its ministry,” he said.
Teague began in mid-April and will be working More ↠

McCrory Charged With “Racebaiting” In Post-Primary Remarks
Pat McCrory
Former NC Governor Pat McCrory


A prominent Republican former governor has sent what some are saying is a “racist sounding” “dog whistle” about mounting black political power in North Carolina, and at least one Democratic member of Congress has called it “appalling.”
Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12), who represents the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area in her congressional district, was among several public officials last week outraged by former Gov. Pat McCrory’s remarks, chiding the election of so many black-elected officials to government leadership there.
“I’m worried about the segregated aspects of Charlotte-Mecklenburg politics, and lack of diversity we might have,” the Republican former governor, who many recall enthusiastically signed the 2013 law restricting early voting and instituting voter ID before it was eventually struck down, told his listeners the morning after the May 8th primary.
McCrory has since claimed that he was acting as a “political analyst,” and not a partisan when he expressed dismay last week on his daily WBT-AM radio show about the successful influence of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Political Caucus, and the fact that so many of the candidates it endorsed won their primaries, including candidates for sheriff and district attorney. More ↠

Poor People's Campaign Targets Poverty for Kickoff


Poor People's Protest

In 39 state capitols Monday – from Raleigh, NC to Sacramento, California - protestors holding signs saying, “Systematic Racism is Immoral, and “Fight Poverty, Not the Poor,” vowed to steer the nation and public policy back towards caring about the least of us.
Organizers called it “the most expansive wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in U.S. history.”
Then, to emphasize the point, protestors committed deliberate “direct acts” of civil disobedience, and promised more of the same over the upcoming six-week period, to put the spotlight on issues such as racial and economic injustice, militarism, and the need for affordable health care.
The North Carolina “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival,” launched May 14th with approximately 250 demonstrators gathered in Bicentennial Mall across from the NC Legislative Building in downtown Raleigh, in over 90 degree heat, demanding sweeping changes in policies addressing poverty, and education. More ↠