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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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