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Weekly quiz: Test your nose for local news

1. Plans for a new central office for Rowan-Salisbury Schools possibly passed the final hurdle last Wednesday when what happened?
A. The Rowan County Board of Commissioners approved a 1-cent, local-option sales tax to finance the project
B. Salisbury City Council approved a zoning change needed in the North Main Street section where the office will be built
C. The Local Government Commission approved a $6.5 million loan for the project
D. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources declared the site free of contamination

2. To ensure future funding for Hurley Park, the popular walking trails and garden spot near City Park in Salisbury, the Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Memorial Park Foundation will be closed, and the Hurley family will replace it with a fund falling under the auspices of what organization?
A. Robertson Family Foundation
B. Foundation for the Carolinas
C. The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department
D. The National Parks Association

3. In its ongoing search for a new city manager, Salisbury City Council announced last Tuesday it was junking its plans to have an assessment center for its final candidates. What was the main reason for deciding against the assessment center?
A. Council members said they didn’t have enough time to devote to an assessment center
B. Candidates for the job had told the council they couldn’t go through the public assessment process because of confidentiality concerns
C. Council could not find enough private citizens to sit on the assessment center panel
D. Council decided it would be wasting its time with the extra step of an assessment center

4. Three additional tenants were disclosed last week for The Shoppes at Summit Park, a retail center now under construction off Julian Road. What are they?
A. Tex Mex Tacos, RadioShack and Target
B. Denny’s, Macy’s and Vision Plus
C. Best Buy, Weight Watchers and Pier 1
D. Kirkland’s, Mattress Firm and Salsarita’s

5. Why might today’s Winter Flight 8k be a race to remember?
A. Former Dutch Olympian Hans Koeleman, who won the race in 1988, is returning to compete in the senior division
B. Former U.S. Olympian Bruce Jenner will be the official starter, firing the gun to begin the race
C. N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory is competing
D. Kenyan marathoner Eliud Ngetich will compete, with his sights set on breaking the course record

6. Where did Bob Zirt, first alto saxophone for the Salisbury Swing Band, learn to play the instrument as a teen and young adult?
A. In the Catskill Mountains of New York
B. On summer vacations to the Outer Banks
C. In New Orleans, sitting in on sessions of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
D. In Las Vegas, learning from musicians who were playing Vegas shows

7. Carrie and Eric Webster have opened a new kind of school in Salisbury. What is it?
A. A folk art school
B. A truck-driving institute
C. A cat obedience school
D. A beekeepers academy

8. Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson recently attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. What did Woodson tell his peers when they asked about Salisbury’s experience with providing a high-speed, fiber-optic broadband utility?
A. Don’t do it
B. Wait for the private sector to step in and provide better service
C. Be willing to accept the political fallout that comes with doing a major project such as Salisbury’s
D. They should have installed fiber-optic cable five years ago

9. For now, Charlotte Water has withdrawn an application to the state to expand its biosolid (sludge) application program in Rowan County. Why?
A. There was too much opposition from adjoining landowners in Gold Hill
B. The Environmental Protection Agency served Charlotte Water with a temporary injunction prohibiting expansion of the program.
C. Charlotte Water’s permit for sludge application has expired and must be renewed with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
D. Because of several violations DENR has found on the land of Gold Hill farmer Phil Cline

10. How many schools in the Rowan-Salisbury system received an “A” in the performance grades released by the State Board of Education Thursday?
A. None
B. Two
C. Five
D. Nine

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