China Grove pledges $1,400 for South JROTC event, challenges Landis to pledge also

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Jessie Burchette
CHINA GROVE ó Aldermen have agreed to give $1,400 to the South Rowan JROTC for a trip to compete in a championship event in April.
And Mayor Don Bringle issued a challenge to the town of Landis: Ante up.
The South Rowan High School JROTC Drill Team is trying to raise $5,000 to pay expenses for the event in Landover, Md.
Initially, the board agreed to disburse $400 each to South Rowan and Carson high schools ó money already in the budget.
Recalling that in past years the board has made special appropriations, Alderman Ron Overcash, supported by Alderman Allen Welter, offered a motion to give $1,000 more to South.
Aldermen briefly discussed the possibility of running afoul of Carson High School with the contribution to South Rowan.
Carson is located in China Grove, while South Rowan is in Landis.
After members of the audience assured the board that both Carson and South students are in the combined JROTC program at South, the board unanimously approved the extra $1,000.
Bringle weighed in with the challenge.
“If we can step up to the plate ó and since South is in Landis, not China Grove ó it’s time for Landis to step up,” he said.
Contact Jessie Burchette at 704-797-4254.