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State names Rowan among most economically distressed counties

SALISBURY — In what local leaders called both a “gut punch” and a “blessing in disguise,” Rowan County ... Read more | Add your comment

High school volleyball: South Rowan wins another CCC match

By Mike London mike.london@salisburypost.com LANDIS — Since moving from 3A to 2A and joining the Central Carolina Conference, ... Read more | Add your comment

Red wolves have been busy growing up at Dan Nicholas Park

By Carl Blankenship carl.blankenship@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — The red wolf is one of the most critically endangered species in ... Read more | Add your comment

Catawba College honors employees for length of service

SALISBURY — Catawba College took a moment Monday to recognize people who have worked for the institution for ... Read more | Add your comment

Local

Rowan’s Sen. Ford ‘honored’ to be chosen as joint caucus leader

By Natalie Anderson natalie.anderson@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — After a unanimous vote among state Senate Republicans on Monday, Sen. Carl Ford will now serve as the Republican ... Read more | Add your comment

by Natalie Anderson.

Local

City council approves six road repaving projects, encourages input on development priorities

By Natalie Anderson natalie.anderson@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — City council members on Tuesday approved a nearly $400,000 contract for street paving in Salisbury and set a deadline ... Read more | Add your comment

by Natalie Anderson.

Sports

Area Sports Briefs: Cross county and volleyball

  From staff reports HS cross country Carson swept a cross country meet with South Iredell, North Iredell and Statesville that was held at McAnderson ... Read more

by Post Sports, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 11:07 am

Education

Catawba College’s Service of Lessons and Carols moves virtual

By Carl Blankenship carl.blankenship@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — A Catawba College concert tradition of more than three decades will go on this year, but people will be ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

Sports

Jordan jumped at chance to get Hayward to join Hornets

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE — Hornets owner Michael Jordan and general manager Mitch Kupchak had no intentions of spending money on a ... Read more

by Post Sports, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

Local

Spencer’s Park Plaza financing gets OK from state’s Local Government Commission

SPENCER — The Local Government Commission on Tuesday approved Spencer’s plans for interim financing of its Park Plaza project. The $3.9 million project will renovate ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

Guest columns

John Hood column: When shorthand gets it wrong

By John Hood RALEIGH — If the Republican Party were only the party of white men, it would never win an election. When discussing electoral ... Read more

by Post Opinion, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

College

NC A&T tops Charleston Southern; UNC-Greensboro falls

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Fred Cleveland Jr. had 15 points off the bench to lift North Carolina A&T to a 70-63 win over Charleston Southern ... Read more

by Post Sports, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

Education

Kannapolis City Schools to hold public hearing on construction equity policy

KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis City Schools Board of Education will hold a virtual hearing on Dec. 15 about requiring minority business participation in construction projects. ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

Local

Drivers identified in I-85 double vehicle crash, fire

By Shavonne Potts shavonne.potts@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — N.C. State Highway Patrol troopers have identified the drivers in a Nov. 22 Interstate 85 collision that killed one ... Read more

by Shavonne Potts, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

College

Friars squeak by Davidson in consolation bracket of Maui Invitational

ASHEVILLE (AP) — Nate Watson scored 22 points and Providence held on to defeat Davidson 63-62 in the consolation bracket of the Maui Invitational on ... Read more

by Post Sports, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

Guest columns

Pitts column: It’s time to break our addiction to Trump

Dear Colleagues: Well, that was … normal. President-elect Biden slips while playing with his dog on Saturday and has to go to the hospital, where ... Read more

by Post Opinion, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

College

No. 8 Michigan State tops No. 6 Duke

Associated Press DURHAM —  Rocket Watts scored 20 points and Julius Marble had a career-high 12 to help No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 6 ... Read more

by Post Sports, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 am

Local

Driver cited in two-vehicle Mooresville Road collision

SALISBURY — Police cited a driver for failing to stop at a red light Tuesday morning after a two-vehicle collision at Mooresville Road and U.S. ... Read more

by Shavonne Potts, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 7:21 pm

College

Leaky Black helps No. 14 UNC edge Stanford in Maui semifinals

By Aaron Beard AP Basketball Writer ASHEVILLE — Leaky Black had a big driving basket at the 1:02 mark followed by a clinching free throw ... Read more

by Post Sports, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:59 pm

Crime

Tractor stolen from Ritchie Road

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the larceny of an International Model 966 tractor that was stolen from 740 W. Ritchie Road on Nov. ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 5:25 pm

Coronavirus

North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd tests positive for COVID-19

ADVANCE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina said on Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will complete his ... Read more

by News Service Report, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:40 pm

Crime

Blotter: Vehicles broken into overnight at Marriott, Comfort Suites hotels

By Shavonne Potts shavonne.potts@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — One handgun and other items were taken from a vehicle parked at a local hotel where Salisbury Police investigators ... Read more

by Shavonne Potts, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 2:05 pm

Coronavirus

County reports two new COVID-19 deaths, two weeks of 50-case daily increases

By Natalie Anderson natalie.anderson@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — County health officials on Tuesday reported two additional COVID-19 deaths as the county reached 14 consecutive days with at ... Read more

by Natalie Anderson, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:40 pm

Sports

NFL: Ravens-Steelers moved to Wednesday afternoon

Baltimore back Mark Ingram By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer The Baltimore Ravens’ struggle to contain an extended outbreak of the coronavirus forced their rescheduled ... Read more

by Post Sports, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 2:36 am

Sports

NFL: Metcalf delivers huge Monday night game for Seattle

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — DK Metcalf got extra motivation he didn’t even need. Metcalf caught 10 passes for 177 ... Read more

by Post Sports, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 2:30 am

College

College basketball: Shaky start, but UNC romps in relocated Maui Invitational

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina started its first game of the relocated Maui Invitational so badly that it ... Read more

by Post Sports, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 2:26 am

Local

Salisbury City Council to consider contract for street paving

By Natalie Anderson natalie.anderson@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — City council members today will consider a nearly $400,000 contract for street paving in Salisbury along with a discussion ... Read more

by Natalie Anderson, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 am

High School

High school football: Clay hopes for big senior season

By Mike London mike.london@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — For Salisbury senior defensive lineman Isaiah “Zae” Clay, these are the best and worst of times. There aren’t many ... Read more

by Mike London, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 am

Editorials

Editorial: Be consistent in application of restrictions

This year has been challenging for businesses of all types, especially businesses whose revenue has fallen off a cliff because of COVID-19 restrictions or lockdowns. ... Read more

by Salisbury Post Editorial Board, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 am

Local

Helen, Ralph Brown contribute to Christmas Happiness to help people in need

SALISBURY — Helen and Ralph Brown donate to The Post’s Christmas Happiness fund each year. This year, they did so, donating $200, in honor of ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 am

Columnists

Gary Pearce: ‘Defund the police’ undid the Democrats

By Gary Pearce In science and philosophy, it’s called “Occam’s Razor:” the problem-solving principle that the simplest explanation is usually the right one. The rule ... Read more

by Post Opinion, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 am