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Weekly quiz: Test your nose for local news

1. Airing last Tuesday night, a PBS documentary, “Klansville, U.S.A.,” focused on the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina during the 1960s. Who was the KKK’s grand dragon from Rowan County during this time?
A. George Dorsett
B. Bob Jones
C. Robert Chilton
D. Bill Friday

2. Alisha Bryd has founded a program which will meet every second Saturday of the month at Miller Recreation Center. What’s the name of the program?
A. The Leadership School
B. West End Academy
C. Integrity Class
D. Gemstones Academy

3. A Salisbury city employee has been fired for misappropriating more than $1,000. What was the employee’s job?
A. Finance officer
B. Planner
C. Codes enforcement officer
D. Customer service clerk

4. The list of candidates for Salisbury city manager has been narrowed to six or seven people. Who will interview the finalists next?
A. A panel of city residents
B. Officials with the Chamber of Commerce
C. Representatives of the Institute of Government.
D. Developmental Associates, the search firm assisting the city in the hiring process

5. Historic Salisbury Foundation has offered an incentive to anyone wishing to save from demolition the circa 1900 house on North Main Street that has long been home for Shulenburger Surveying Co. What is the incentive?
A. Paying the moving costs
B. Paying taxes on the property for the next 10 years
C. A vacant lot
D. Lifetime membership in HSF

6. President Obama’s “America’s College Promise” would mean what for some students attending Rowan-Cabarrus Community College?
A. Scholarships of $1,000 a year for students in health-related fields
B. Scholarships of $5,000 to any community college student who goes on to a four-year school
C. Two years of free tuition
D. Guaranteed government jobs for graduating students who want them

7. Post sportswriter Mike London’s Jan. 2 story about basketball player Tony Propst, now 36, helped him to reunite with Patti Safrit of Woodleaf. What had brought Propst and Safrit together for the first time more than a decade earlier?
A. A car accident
B. A trip to Europe
C. The Special Olympics
D. The 1994 NCAA men’s basketball championship game between Arkansas and Duke

8. The San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League named Jim Tomsula as their new head coach last Wednesday. What is Tomsula’s connection to Rowan County.
A. His grandparents live in Rockwell
B. He once played and coached football at Catawba College
C. He once drove a delivery truck for Cheerwine
D. He was a summer intern in 1989 at the Food Lion headquarters

9. Under a new “10-point” grade scale approved by the N.C. Board of Education, a high school student who has an 89 average for a class would receive what corresponding letter grade?
A. A
B. B
C. A-minus
D. B-plus

10. N.C. Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz, former mayor of Salisbury, is visiting several sites in North Carolina to promote what?
A. Events connected to the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War
B. More visits to the state’s top tourism sites, including the N.C. Transportation Museum
C. Support for local symphonies
D. Restoration of state historic preservation tax credits



1. B. Using his Granite Quarry home as a base for operations, Bob Jones grew the KKK’s membership in North Carolina to more than 10,000 people by 1966.

2. D. Gemstones Academy aims its program of scholarship, leadership, integrity and responsibility at students in fifth through 12th grades.

3. D. The fired customer service clerk will receive an invoice for $1,500 in missing money and will be given 30 days to reimburse the city or face legal action.

4. A. The panel of city residents will consist of “community leaders,” according to Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson.

5. C. Historic Salisbury Foundation has offered a vacant lot at 717 N. Main St. to anyone willing to move the Shulenburger Surveying house and save it from demolition.

6. C. Under the proposed America’s College Promise, two years of free tuition would be awarded to any community college student who maintains a 2.5 grade-point average, attends community college at least half-time and makes steady progress toward completing his or her program.

7. A. Driving on Mount Hope Church Road, Safrit hit Propst with her Volkswagen Beetle while he was out for a jog. Propst had veered toward the middle of the road to avoid a dog running toward him. He broke a thigh bone in the accident.

8. B. Tomsula played two football seasons for Catawba College before graduating in 1989. He later coached for 10 seasons at Catawba before moving on to the NFL.

9. B. The letter grade of “B” will be awarded to any score between 80 and 89. The new scale eliminates plus and minus classifications on letter grades.

10. D. Kluttz says a proposal to the General Assembly will be to restore historic preservation tax credits of 15 to 25 percent in North Carolina, depending on the type of restoration project.




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