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By: SANFORD TEAGUE “Bless, bless, and I give God all the glory,” says Miss Carrie E. Johnson, who turned 100 years old Wednesday, December 21. Ms. Johnson was born in 1911 in small town Jonesville, NC .Her parents were the late Rev. Peter Forney Johnson and Mrs. Christine Daisy Johnson. She was the seventh child [...]
There are many football teams that go undefeated, only allowing their opponents to score a few touchdowns. Rarely has there been a football team that goes undefeated and un-scored upon. In 1964, Ridgeview High School’s all black football team accomplished that. The Panthers won 12 games including the state championship, under coaching great [...]
By Sanford Teague On Monday, May 9, 2011, Ny-Keia (Keia) Faye Miller became the first black female of Alexander County to be sworn-in as an attorney at the Alexander Courthouse in Taylorsville. It was witnessed by lawyers and friends. Judge Deborah Brown administered the Oath of Office. Keia is the daughter of William and Faye [...]
By Sanford Teague Courageous, wise and a committed Christian, that’s Elizabeth B. Johnson. Johnson, 91, a native of Elkin, says she’s come this far by the grace of God. One of 14 sisters and brothers, Johnson said she had it hard growing up. But in 1942, when she was 21, she enlisted in the Army. [...]
By Sanford and Celia Teague On the date of February 2, 1957—54 years ago—four former Happy Plains School all-star basketball players from Alexander County were killed, and a fifth was critically injured in a wreck. Their 1954 Dodge Sedan crashed on Highway 90, six miles from Lenoir. The victims, Haney Smith, age 26, and his [...]