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Weekly news quiz: Test your nose for local news

1. Zane Pollard, a member of Cub Scout Pack 317 at Christiana Lutheran Church, recently received The Honor Medal for doing what?
A. Selling the most popcorn in the state
B. Saving his parents from a house fire in 2013
C. Teaching 25 other Cub Scouts how to swim
D. Being the first Cub Scout to reach the top of Mount Mitchell five times

2. Catawba College sophomore Rebecca Aclin has moved on to the final round of competition for what?
A. The All-American Quiz Bowl in Phoenix
B. A $100,000 “tuition giveaway” from Dr Pepper
C. The National Arm-Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas
D. An all-expense-paid trip to Italy, if she is selected as one of 15 “Math Geeks” nationwide

3. Wilmer Melton, director of public works for Kannapolis, recently received an appointment to what body?
A. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Sludge Task Force
B. The National Drought Emergency Response Team
C. The executive board of the U.S. Bridge Builders Association
D. The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council

4. Rowan Public Library currently has a special exhibit of prints related to the work of Mark Catesby. Who was he?
A. A naturalist and illustrator from England who was the first to produce an American natural history
B. An astronomer who made many important discoveries, including Halley’s Comet and the rings around Saturn
C. A signer of the Declaration of Independence who would go on to become an important publisher in Raleigh
D. An artist who lived briefly in Salisbury before becoming recognized in the late 1800s as one of the world’s greatest muralists

5. The N.C. Department of Transportation had news this past week for motorists who travel on St. Matthew’s Church Road. What was it?
A. That the causeway going over a finger of High Rock Lake was determined to be structurally sound and will be reopened
B. That the causeway will be replaced by a new bridge
C. That the causeway cannot support vehicle traffic and will remain closed until repairs can be made
D. That the 85-year-old causeway is beyond repair and St. Matthews Church Road will become a dead-end road on both sides of the water

6. On Black Friday, downtown Salisbury merchants participated in a shopping promotion they called what?
A. Shop Til You Drop
B. Shop Around the Clock
C. Shop the Block
D. Street Music

7. This past summer, Paulette Lambert of Kannapolis received a desk clock for her 50 years of working for whom?
A. Taylor Mattress Co.
B. Cheerwine
C. Cabarrus Creamery
D. Cannon Memorial YMCA

8. Eight people from Rowan County participated together in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What did they do?
A. Played in the “Pride of the Mountains” marching band from Western Carolina University
B. Held the ropes and helped to steer the Cape Lookout Lighthouse balloon — its first appearance in the parade
C. Sang on the float carrying the Southern Baptist Choir, making its 50th appearance in the parade
D. Drove tractors that were part of a John Deere entry, celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary

9. Even though pending permits for Rowan County farmland to accept sludge as fertilizer from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities have drawn criticism, Salisbury-Rowan Utilities already applies biosolid materials to how many different fields in the county?
A. 69
B. 89
C. 109
D. None. SRU has not received permits to land-apply its sludge, a byproduct of the waste treatment process

10. What caused Livingstone College graduate Mark Thomas, the most valuable player in last year’s CIAA basketball championship, to give up a professional basketball career?
A. A heart condition
B. His acceptance as a Rhodes Scholar
C. His opportunity to take over the family hardware store
D. His decision to attend divinity school

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