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Quotes of the week

“We’re trying to get anybody back into the labor force we can. I get calls every single day from employers begging and saying, ‘I’ve got 50 openings, I’ve got 80 openings, I’ve got 13
openings and I’m only getting two applicants.”

— David Hollars, of the Centralina Workforce Development Board on funding to create an ‘opportunity site’ for job resources in East Spencer

“There is a vision. It just hasn’t been talked about in two years.”

— Meredith Smith, Landis mayor after opening a call for interested citizens to join a committee beginning work to create a passive park

“I also play golf, but I am much better at flying.”

— Larry Macon, who received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, the most prestigious honor issued by the Federal Aviation Administration

“None of us could have imagined that we’d be here in 2021 talking about that same property being home to the largest economic development investment in the history of Cabarrus County. It’s a reflection on the resilience of this community.”

— Steve Morris, Cabarrus board chairman discussing a $740 million investment at the former Philip Morris plant in Concord     

“It’s to encourage our small farmers and give them a little push, a little help to do something that they wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.”

— Dottie Hoy, Bread Riot’s president on distributing five grants to support local farmers who are providing food

“Nowadays, people don’t want … to get out, they don’t want to socialize. They don’t want to help others. Between motivation and intention, something is lacking.”

— Heather Resino, president of the Spencer Jaycees, which has suffered membership declines over the past several decades like similar groups

“Justice has been my guiding principle throughout my entire career, and it’s going to continue to be. What it means to me, is within the law, you try to do the right thing.”

— Tim Gould, at a ceremonial swearing in for his position as Rowan County Superior Court judge



Rowan County’s COVID-19 death toll tops 40 for September


Catawba-Wingate football game canceled


Blotter: Sept. 24


Crowd turns out to raise money for hospitalized sheriff’s deputy


COVID-19 death tally continues rising, now at 391 in Rowan County


‘No winners’: Mason found guilty in fish arcade murder trial


Dixonville task force working to engrave names, quotes at cemetery


Stage set for COVID-19 booster shots


Family finds unknown woman’s body in mother’s casket


A third of workers in Cooper order not vaccinated


Remains of WWII soldier from North Carolina identified, will be buried in Robeson County

High School

State officials reach deal on prep sports governing, but details remain to be worked out


Mason found guilty in deadly fish arcade shooting


Blotter: Men stripped, robbed en route to buy beer


Jury begins deliberations in Fishzilla murder case


East Rowan culinary students feed staff who helped build new classroom

Local Events

Rowan County Fair makes pandemic return Friday with COVID-19 protocols in place


Education briefs: Schultz selected to NCDPI’s Teacher Leadership Council


Catawba to induct six into Blue Masque Hall of Fame


Cavs After Hours: A new tutoring space at North Rowan




Salisbury Police: Toyota Prius is most popular target for catalytic converter thieves


Salisbury City Council will vote on whether to exempt Goodwill developer from setback requirements


Rowan Sheriff’s Office holding fundraiser for deputy hospitalized with COVID-19