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Quotes of the week

“So in 10 months, we have dedicated two years of our lives to the COVID response. It really hit me. I do think it’s pretty impactful.”

— Nina Oliver,  Rowan County Public Health Director on staff spending more than 19,000 hours on the pandemic when about 8,600 hours generally make up one year

“I hope that everybody will buy a pair of gloves, a toboggan, some socks and hang them on the tree.”

— Carol Comer, president of Rowan Redbuds Garden Club speaking of the ‘warmth tree’ put up at the library


“The King holiday is a day on, not a day off. Even in a pandemic, the council was really committed to trying to figure out how to serve the community, how we can support the community this year.”

— Anne Little, human relations manager for the city of Salisbury on Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

“I think that school is such a part of our kids’ lives, it’s a social center for them, it’s the norm for them, and being out of school just throws everything out of whack.”

— Tony Watlington, new Rowan-Salisbury Schools superintendent as he begins a tour of each of the system’s schools

“It won’t be the intimate sort of setting we’ve had at the Crystal Lounge, but this event has just about outgrown the Crystal Lounge anyway.”

— Jim Gantt, Catawba baseball coach on the annual ‘First Pitch’
fundraising dinner being held outside at the West End Plaza this year

“We’re hopeful that by
pushing the date back we’ll be able to move forward with this year’s festivities.”

— Joy Ritchie Harper, on the 2021 Cheerwine Festival being rescheduled for Sept. 18

“If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you right now. On March 22, I died in my living room and these guys saved my life; they brought me back, and I’m here tonight to tell you this is a first-class bunch of guys.”

— Kim Cress, alderman speaking as Granite Quarry became one of 16 fire districts in North Carolina
with an Insurance Services Office Class 1 rating



In letter, PETA criticizes Salisbury Police for K-9 video


Three deaths, 29 new COVID-19 positives reported


Blotter: Bullet holes found in woman’s Park Avenue apartment


Man faces assault charges for domestic incident

High School

Photo gallery: Carson girls win West Regional, headed to state championship

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls headed to state championship game


Commissioners set date for public hearing on potential solar energy system rule changes


Two of Rep. Sasser’s bills successfully pass through Health Committee


Rep. Warren’s measure to allow removal of public notices from newspapers put on back burner

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs future of previously rejected housing development


Salisbury City Council hears public comments, receives presentation on Main Street reconfiguration


Blotter: Man charged with felony drug offenses


California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV


Biden vows enough vaccines by end of May


State to vaccinate medically vulnerable starting March 24


One new death, 20 new COVID-19 positives reported in Rowan


Kannapolis man dies in moped crash


Salisbury Police chief addresses K-9 video, says officer separated from animal


Rowan Rescue Squad sets record straight on fundraising typo


City approves DOT agreement, Salisbury Station project could begin next year


County plans to use vulture effigy, enforce violations to remedy animal carcass feeding problem


Two weeks after ending enhanced protocols, Catawba has no COVID-19 cases


Council to hear revised version of Downtown Main Street Plan


Veto override of NC school reopening bill fails in Senate