October edition features ACHS Football Coach Nick Bazzle, Apple Festival, Brushy Mountain Golf Club, Upcoming Events
ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (October 1, 2014) — The October 2014 edition of “Alexander County Now,” a monthly news program dedicated to coverage and promotion of Alexander County, features an interview with ACHS Football Coach Nick Bazzle, the 2014 Taylorsville Apple Festival, a “Business Spotlight” on Brushy Mountain Golf Club, and much more.
The October episode also includes information about the upcoming election, flu vaccinations, Alexander County history, upcoming events, and more. This month’s show is now available for viewing on the county’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/alexandercountync) and on the Government Channel (Charter channel 192 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99).
If you’re watching the show on YouTube, you can use the time stamps to go to the segment you want to watch first.
• 8:20 — This month’s episode features an exclusive video interview with Coach Nick Bazzle. Coach Bazzle is in his third year at ACHS, but never dreamed he’d be coaching the Cougars when he moved to Alexander County. The former Newton-Conover High School football coach said, “I had planned on living in Alexander County and commuting to Newton… It ended up working out. Everything just fell into place. I couldn’t be happier where I am, honestly… I know Cougar football is big here… The blend of the people here is what attracted me.” Learn more about Coach Bazzle and his take on this year’s team.
• 0:40 – Gina Kay Honosky provides in-depth information about the 2014 Taylorsville Apple Festival, which is set for Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will consist of 325 booths, including crafts, food, jewelry, novelties, and much more. The “Kidz Corner” is always popular with families. There will also be three stages of music, featuring bluegrass, country, pop/rock, gospel, dance/cheer, and more. “This is one of the best apple festivals in western North Carolina. We still have a hometown feel,” Honosky said.
• 39:30 — The “Alexander County Business Spotlight” features Brushy Mountain Golf Club and its new restaurant, McLindon’s. EDC Small Business Development Coordinator Gary Herman interviews owner Baxter Hayes, and they discuss the history of the golf course, the recent construction of a new clubhouse and restaurant, upgrades to the course, and current construction of a lodge. Hayes said the new facilities are keeping locals here, and attracting visitors as well. “We’re just going to try to do some stuff for Alexander County that we’ve always had to go across the river or county line to do,” Hayes stated. For more information, visit www.BrushyMountainGolf.com or call (828) 632-4804.
• 30:15 — Judy Lail, Director of the Alexander County Board of Elections, provides in-depth information about voter registration and the upcoming election on November 4, 2014. Lail informs viewers about one-stop voting, absentee ballots, and much more in this episode. For more information, call (828) 632-2990.
• 36:32 – Kent Kerley, of Alex History Group LLC which published “Alexander County Treasures,” speaks about local historian Barry Johnson and others who were inspired by the Native American history here in Alexander County.
• 7:05 — Learn more about the flu vaccine from Emily Vick, Registered Nurse with the Alexander County Health Department. While most folks aren’t thinking about the flu right now, it’s never too early to get protected. For more information, call (828) 632-9704 or visit alexanderhealth.org.
• 51:41 — Mark your calendars for these upcoming events in Alexander County: Taylorsville Apple Festival 5K on October 18 at 8:30 a.m. at Matheson Park; Camp Fear every Friday and Saturday in October at Hiddenite Family Campground; Alexander County Friends of the Library Book Sale October 2-4 at the National Guard Armory; CVCC Small Business Center seminar entitled “Writing a Winning Business Plan” on Thursday, October 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the CVCC Alexander Center for Education; Alexander County Garden Club meeting on October 9 at 6:30 p.m.; Bluegrass & BBQ with the Sugarloaf Ramblers on Friday, October 10 at The Hiddenite Center; Fulda Gap Airsoft event October 10-12 at Command Decisions Wargames Center; Ray Johnson Presents an evening of bluegrass music at the ACHS Auditorium on October 11 at 7:00 p.m. featuring The Gibson Brothers and The Idle Time Band; ACHS athletics; book signing and reception for NASCAR Hall of Fame member (and Alexander County native) Rex White on Sunday, October 12 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at The Hiddenite Center; Apple City Street Rodders Halloween Cruise-In at Scotty’s Hometown Grill on Saturday, October 25 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.; and more. Learn more about these events at www.VisitAlexanderNC.com.
“Alexander County Now” is a monthly news program dedicated to coverage and promotion of events, people, business, history, and community information for citizens and visitors of Alexander County. Chad Ritchie, of the Alexander County Information Technology Department, serves as the videographer and editor for “Alexander County Now,” while Gary Herman, of the Alexander County Economic Development Corporation, is the main host of the show. Ritchie and Herman combine to produce and direct the show, while numerous other county employees and agencies contribute to the program.
Recently some great changes have been made to recycling procedures at Alexander County Convenience Sites. Residents no longer have to sort household recyclables! That’s right, all paper, metal/aluminum cans, plastic containers, and glass go into the same bin. The only material to be sorted is cardboard. More plastics are also accepted now including cool whip/butter tubs, microwave dinner trays, and other plastic containers labeled 1-7.
Of course all material needs to be clean and free of food debris.
The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service has just published their annual listing of county per-capita recycling rates.
Alexander County rates 16th in both Total Public Recycling Per Capita Recovery and Common Household Recyclables Per Capita Recovery. Download Press Release
Alex History Group, LLC presents Alexander County Treasures, A History of Remarkable People and Precious Gems. The completed volume has many contributors — individuals who donated their writing skills, research, time, energy, photographs, proofreading, editing and background knowledge of the county. The book has been a work in progress since 1997 and covers the county’s history from its origin to the present. Alex History Group, LLC is composed of Kent Kerley, editing coordinator; Marie O. Chapman, secretary/treasurer; and Lee Sharpe, president. You may purchase the book for $49.95 at The Taylorsville Times, Taylorsville Savings Bank and Custom FrameCrafters.
For more information, call (828) 632-2532.