Published 12:00 am Friday, November 15, 2013

Rescue Squad has many to thank
I would personally like to thank the Board of Directors, officers and members of the Rowan County Rescue Squad for a great year in 2013. The members and the board have worked closely to make positive changes throughout the entire operation of the department allowing members to focus on their primary objective, providing professional rescue and medical care to Rowan County.
New vehicles and equipment have been purchased to replace what was outdated. New bylaws were written to produce a comprehensive document that is easily understood.
A five-year plan is now in effect, allowing the department to work towards established goals in replacing equipment and acquiring new technology and tools to do the job more efficiently. The relationships with emergency services, fire departments and law enforcement agencies, along with other United Way-sponsored community organizations, continues to grow in a positive direction.
And most of all, the community support is overwhelming, thanks to the wonderful citizens of Rowan County.
To show our appreciation, the Rescue Squad will host an open house this Sunday, Nov. 17 from noon to 4:40 p.m. with demonstrations, food and good fellowship with the members. Working with the EHD Chapter of the American Red Cross, a blood drive will also be held during those hours.
We would like to invite everyone to bring their families and come out and visit the men and women who provide such a valuable service to our community. Thanks again to those who volunteer their time to provide a service to our community and a special thanks to all of our supporters.
— Steve Schenk
The writer is president of the Rowan Rescue Squad Board of Directors.

Raised & stays here
99.5 percent ain’t good enough!! That was the surprise highlight of the United Way September kickoff at the County Ag Center. Livingstone College chorus had the volunteers and guests smiling, laughing and clapping to the beat of the rousing rendition of the popular Gospel song.
It had a WOW effect on those in attendance as a good plan came together through volunteer efforts of 15 United Way agencies, Livingstone and Catawba presidents, the Ag Center staff, and Chairman Jim Duncan and Michelle Patterson and her PR committee.
The collaborative effort continues as we near the finale if this year’s Raised Here Stays Here campaign for $1,825,000. The 15 agencies that provide needs for basic health and human services for over 70,000 of the 140,000 county residents have gone beyond their goal and were the first division to exceed 100%. Now it’s our turn to support what they do for our friends and neighbors, children and seniors, physically and mentally challenged, disaster victims, and those who need crisis assistance or have been raped or abused.
Your pledge to the United Way Raised Here Stays Here campaign can make the difference, because 991/2% Ain’t Good Enough.
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— Greg Dunn
Rowan County