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Quotes of the week

“It could help me be better at thinking and it’s fun to play.”

— Dermyis Sloan, Knox Middle School sixth-grader on playing chess  as Eugene Brown taught youngsters at Power Cross Ministries

“We’re definitely having a lot of fun. The kids are playing the game very hard. When they do that, it makes it a lot easier game to coach.”

— Blake Cauble, coaching his seventh season of Carson Junior Legion baseball

“Everyone is so excited to be back together again since we weren’t able to do the event in 2020. We just really want to celebrate how this community came together.”

— Elaine Spalding, president of the Rowan Chamber of Commerce on the seventh annual Dragon Boat festival that will be Saturday at High Rock Lake      

“We went to the one source we knew we could go to and that’s when we took the girls out to the center of the field, with their backs turned to the dugout so they didn’t have the images burned into their mind. We just dropped to our knees and we prayed.”

— Brad Wilkinson, who coaches Kassidy Sechler after she suffered medical emergency on the softball field that left her hospitalized

“We don’t want to see tragedy. We don’t want to have situations where people don’t decide to get vaccinated until something serious happens to them or someone they love.”

— David Priest, Novant Health’s chief safety, quality and epidemiology officer on how people admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 now are almost universally unvaccinated

“Instead of making things harder for me, the scheduling changes actually made them better. I really didn’t have to juggle sports.”

— Sutton Webb, Salisbury High soccer star who was named Rowan County Female Athlete of the Year after she also excelled at track and cross country this past school year

“I have two boys, and I try to let them see me doing positive things like this or let them know I’m doing positive things like this so they know they don’t have to be a part of this gun violence. Guns aren’t bad, but the way you use them can be a problem.”

— Vivica Chambers, taking part in an event that was part of the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP’s and Police Department’s Cease Fire program



Defense witness gives tearful account of deadly shooting in Fishzilla murder trial

News Main

High school football: Hornets easily handle unbeaten Thomasville, plus the local roundup


Judges strike down state’s voter ID law


Jury finds Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder


Jeffrey MacDonald ends release appeal from infamous 1970 slayings


State unemployment rate falls to 4.3% in August

High School

West looking like a post-season contender in 49-14 rout of Carson


Outside experts back COVID-19 booster shots only for seniors, high-risk individuals


China Grove man jailed for possessing child pornography, assault, kidnapping


Spencer man arrested for rape


Blotter: Boy served with juvenile justice petition for shooting


North Rowan High student creates artwork for Community Care Clinic


Rugby coming to Kannapolis on Sept. 25


RSS superintendent talks to Chamber of Commerce about renewal, state of public education


Prosecution in Fishzilla murder case introduces more witness accounts, handgun used in shooting


Volunteers needed as High Rock Lake to host fourth annual Clean Sweep event on Saturday

High School

High school volleyball: West back on track after sweeping Carson


GOP candidate, Lexington attorney Jim Snyder dead at 76


Judge says farm workers’ union law provision is unconstitutional


For second day in a row, six new COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan County


Main Street repaving scheduled to start Monday evening


Sex offender faces new charges for living too close to Head Start in China Grove


Salisbury man wanted for August murder on Carpenters Circle


One-of-a-kind barn quilt goes up in western Rowan County