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Quotes of the week

“There are properties on that block that definitely need some attention.”

— James Osborne, Spencer code enforcement officer speaking of efforts to control a rat problem in town

“If the kids don’t want a smoothie and would rather have a scoop of sweet cream or chocolate, then the mom or whoever brings them in can still get a healthy alternative.”

— Traci Williams,  who with husband Brad have added Planet Smoothie to their Cold Stone
Creamery location

“I’m really concerned because if we don’t increase the vaccination rates well before August, I just want to be sure we’re not in the same position with a lot of parents wanting to keep their kids out of school because of the increase in quarantine rates.”

— Tony Watlington, Rowan-Salisbury Schools superintendent and  new member of the county Board of Health on boosting student vaccination numbers

“It feels normal again. People have been tired of being cooped up. People are ready to get out and do stuff.”

— Randall Barger, events coordinator at the Rowan County fairgrounds speaking of those at Hippie Fest over the weekend

“I try to be here every day at lunch. I try to speak to everybody I can. I want all my cashiers and
waitresses to make people feel at home. If you give customers that personal touch, that makes them feel good.”

— Gary Ritchie, speaking about his 50 years in the barbecue business

“The fueling system that’s in place was not designed for everyone to fuel up at the same time. Panic buying puts an increased stress on the system.”   

— Gary Harris, executive director of North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers on current crunch at the gas pumps

“We never pushed him academically. If he showed interest in something, we would try to get him exposure to whatever he was interested in.”

— Melissa Wimmer, speaking of son Mike as he wraps up his junior and senior years of high school as
valedictorian and gets an associates degree at RCCC at age 12

Comments

Local

Political Notebook: Gov. Cooper vetoes Ford-backed bill allowing firearms at churches that are also schools

Crime

Blotter: June 21

News

Body of fourth tuber, age 7, found in North Carolina river

Nation/World

8 kids in youth van among the 13 lives lost to Claudette

Local

Hundreds turn out for annual Juneteenth celebration on newest federal holiday

Local

Between local champions and an upcoming state tournament, pickleball putting Salisbury on map

Business

Business leaders hope to draw big crowd for job fair at West End Plaza

News

Officers cleared in Mooresville shooting

Business

From firefighter to photographer, Brianna Mitschele is ready to capture more moments in downtown Salisbury

News

25 years later, runners reflect on Olympic torch’s trip through Rowan

News

Commissioners to consider designating Newberry Hall House as county historic landmark

Farm & Garden

51st annual Old Southeast Threshers’ Reunion set for July 1-5

Business

Biz Roundup: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Foundation awards grants from Salisbury to Jerusalem

Lifestyle

Kristy Woodson Harvey: For Dad

News

South Salisbury Fire Department activates new weather siren

Lifestyle

Library Notes: Meet the ‘Dare Devil Dogs’ in Week 5

Faith

Q&A with Bishop Tim Smith

College

Wolfpack tops Stanford falls in College World Series opener

Lifestyle

‘Down by the Praise Pond’ shares local author’s faith in debut children’s book

Nation/World

Driver crashes into crowd at Pride parade in Florida; 1 dead

News

Search continues after 3 tubers die, 2 disappear at dam

News

Research from NC State professors is aboard space station

Education

Livingstone College celebrates federal recognition of Juneteenth

College

Wolfpack faces Stanford today in College World Series