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Quotes of the week

“If we have kids who are working on walking, he can walk with them, or we can have them move to Sparky.”
— Lindsey Johnson,

certified educational assistant, Paws4People

“A lot of people don’t know how close the Germans were to us in World War II.”
— Gib Russell, veteran,

who searched for German subs off NC and Va. coasts

“Either our elected bodies step up to plate to resolve the problems that face our communities or we’ll continue to dig ourselves deeper into a hole that we cannot get out of.”
— John Barber, Rowan commissioner
At mediation session over school budget

“In January it started raining, and it hasn’t stopped yet.”
— Kevin Huffman, owner

Huffman’s Peaches and Produce

“Our town hall is something our citizens can be proud of. … [E]specially with government, sometimes you get what you pay for.”
— Lee Withers, town councilman

on China Grove’s new facilities

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Elections

Democratic candidate for 13th District will host virtual fundraising event with actor Mark Hamill

Crime

Blotter: Charlotte man charged with weapons-related offenses after vehicle stop, chase

Crime

Fugitive wanted in two states arrested in traffic stop

Crime

Sisters charged with assaulting mom during argument over colored pencils

Crime

Police looking for Salisbury man in shots fired incident

Crime

Charlotte woman faces drug charges after being stopped in rental car

Business

Multi-building development on East Innes begins to take shape after years of delays

Education

‘We know what time it is’: Livingstone students hear from local candidates for office

Education

Shoutouts

Local

Lee Street theatre pivots after positive COVID-19 tests cancel live shows

Elections

Local voters say first presidential debate devoid of substance, contained little to change minds

High School

Interest is spiking in South volleyball

Education

Education Briefs: Superintendent survey now available for community members

Education

Celebrating national 4-H week

Education

Robots with phonics: Rockwell Elementary is blending subjects to engage with kids

Crime

Agreement to divert minor disciplinary incidents from court ready for public feedback

Nation/World

Biden, Trump snipe from road and rails after debate chaos

Nation/World

Debate commission says it will make changes to format

Coronavirus

County moves up to fourth in state for COVID-19 deaths

Crime

Photo: Truck wanted in connection with Reaper’s Realm shooting

Coronavirus

North Carolina moves to Phase 3, but COVID progress is ‘fragile’

Coronavirus

Changes to expect when phase three starts Friday

Crime

Blotter: Concord man faces weapons, marijuana charges after traffic stop

Elections

Political sign stealing on the rise in Rowan as campaign season heats up