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Quotes of the week

“I would say this to you, Mr. City Manager. When you become a county commissioner, you can have that decision. But until then, it’s none of your damn business.”
— Craig Pierce, vice chair, Rowan County Board of Commissioners,
to Doug Paris at a Rowan County GOP Men’s Breakfast

“I don’t expect everyone to agree with me and Chairman Sides. We tend to be able to articulate our feelings a lot faster than a lot of other people.”
— Craig Pierce,
in response to complaints he and Sides bullied Paris

“It’ll take a number of years, a lot of planning and a lot of different commissioners working together — and elections. I don’t think there’s any need for immediate fear …”
— Gary Page, Rowan County manager,
on moving downtown county offices to the mall

“My teachers all felt like I would make a good farmer or a good mechanic because I was good at both.”
— Bishop George E. Battle Jr., senior bishop, AME Zion Church

“There’s absolutely no doubt that teacher compensation needs to be improved, but … many positive changes are being made in public education that are not being communicated effectively …”
— N.C. Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan,
touring West Rowan High during walk-in day

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