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Weekly news quiz: Test your nose for local news

1. The Rowan County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 last week to cancel all contracts and stop any work at the former Salisbury Mall, now owned by the county. What is the board waiting for?
A. Approval of a $3.95 million loan from the Local Government Commission
B. Presentation of a space needs study
C. The new budget year, which begins July 1
D. A real estate appraisal to determine what the former mall is worth

2. Deah Barakat, one of three young Muslims shot to death in Chapel Hill Feb. 10, had some strong connections to Salisbury. Those connections included what?
A. He graduated from Catawba College in 2012
B. His uncle, father, mother and sister once lived in Salisbury
C. His grandfather donated the land that became Salisbury Community Park
D. His father was a popular player for two seasons with the Salisbury Astros, once a minor league team that played here

3. Catawba College theater arts professor Dayna Anderson is wrapping up her 34-year career at the school by directing what Shakespeare play?
A. “Comedy of Errors”
B. “Hamlet”
C. “MacBeth”
D. “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”

4. Salisbury City Council announced it has hired W. Lane Bailey as new city manager. Bailey will take over the job in mid March. Where is he serving as city manager now?
A. Morganton
B. Lenoir
C. Chester, S.C.
D. Valdese

5. John Sofley has been serving as interim Salisbury city manager since last June. Council voted Wednesday to give him a bonus for each month he has served as interim city manager. How much was approved?
A. $380 a month
B. $480 a month
C. $580 a month
D. $680 a month

6. Erica Lynn Parsons, the adopted daughter of Casey and Sandy Parsons, is still missing. How long has it been since her brother Jamie said he last saw Erica?
A. Two years
B. Three years, three months
C. Four years
D. Four years, five months

7. At the beginning of the school year, 10 minutes were added to each school day for Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Why?
A. To make the schedule more conducive to daylight saving time
B. The state required the extra 10 minutes each day
C. To add instructional time and give the administration more flexibility when dealing with inclement weather
D. To give bus drivers 10 minutes of extra time in the afternoon.

8. Rowan County will be going through a $500,000 “rebranding” effort, directed by the Tourism Development Authority. What’s going to be the biggest cost item in the rebranding effort?
A. Stationery
B. Billboards
C. Television spots
D. Digital infrastructure

9. Daniel Gardner and Gary Jenkins have started a new business in the South Main Street building that used to hold the Farm Fresh Marketplace. What is it?
A. A $2 movie theater
B. A sign company
C. A weekly newspaper
D. A recording studio

10. Livingstone College students and other residents of Rowan County participated Feb. 14 in the ninth annual HKonJ in Raleigh. What does “HKonJ” stand for?
A. Helping Kids on Jobs
B. Honoring King on Justice Day
C. Historic Thousands on Jones Street
D. Hope and Knowledge on Jefferson Day

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