Letters: Two who make Rowan a better place to live

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 15, 2008

Two who have made this a better place to live
I really enjoyed the Post’s coverage of Dr. Richard Brownell’s retirement, which covered the amazing transition of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College from a manufacturing education to what will be a highly technical and two-campus college. His dedication and foresight have been a blessing to the community.
Talking about benefits to the ongoing growth of the community, its schools and services, it will be hard to surpass the generosity and foresight of the Robertson Foundation to recognize and fund the many public service agency needs and programs, the arts and the school on an on-going basis.
Both of these contributions greatly enhance the life of the people of Rowan County and the area. Thanks are well deserved to both.
ó Evelyn Schaffer
Players’ prayers answered
Most churches don’t have mascots, but that’s not the case for the Neel Road Bears!
Every Wednesday night when Neel Road Baptist Church members meet for prayer, they mail a “prayer bear” to someone they’ve prayed for.
They once sent a prayer bear to a soldier serving in Iraq. When he left Iraq to come home, he left the prayer bear with an Iraqi child there. So when their basketball team needed a mascot, someone suggested the Neel Road Bears! This year the Bears of Neel Road Baptist Church finished third in the regular season of the Salisbury YMCA’s Church Basketball League.
When the tournament began, their prayers were answered! After a bye in the first round, Neel Road won three straight games capturing their first ever championship title on Tuesday night!
Congratulations, Neel Road Bears!
ó Neil Westbrook
Editor’s note: Westbrook is pastor of Neel Road Baptist Church.