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Weekly quiz: Test your nose for local news

1. The Stoneman Gazette, an online newspaper created by Tom Layton, has been marking the progress of Stoneman’s Raid with daily posts. Which of the following is not true about this campaign at the end of the Civil War?
A. Salisbury was its easternmost destination
B. Stoneman’s cavalry met resistance near Salisbury at Grants Creek
C. Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, for whom the expedition was named, guided the tactics through Pony Express-type messengers from Washington and actually was never in North Carolina
D. Remnants of Stoneman’s cavalry ended up capturing Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Georgia.

2. Terry Holt and Rowan Museum Inc. were honored with the “Award of Excellence” at the annual meeting of the N.C. Museum’s Councils in Durham. Rowan Museum’s winning exhibit, still on display, deals with what subject?
A. World World I
B. The Civil War
C. Integration
D. The life of Elizabeth Hanford Dole

3. N.C. Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie, and Rep. Carl Ford, R-Rowan, are co-sponsors of companion pieces of legislation in their respective chambers that could prove to be controversial in North Carolina. What is the title of those bills?
A. The Fair Tax Act for North Carolinians
B. The Right to Home Militias Act
C. The Gay and Lesbian Freedom Act
D. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

4. The annual Mayor’s Spirit Luncheon in Salisbury honored Albert Stout, Rebecca Stinson and Phyllis Partee. What was particularly noted about the trio?
A. Their longtime membership on the Habitat for Humanity board
B. Their musical talents
C. Their work for the American Legion
D. Their volunteer assistance at the Hefner VA Medical Center

5. Crosby Scholars of Rowan County has a mission to ensure that every public school student in the county has the opportunity to attend college. What percentage of Rowan County residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree?
A. 6 percent
B. 10 percent
C. 12 percent
D. 17 percent

6. A portion of Faith Road was dedicated Thursday in honor of the late Eugene McCombs. Of the following elected positions, which one did McCombs never hold?
A. U.S. congressman
B. State representative
C. County commissioner
D. Faith alderman

7. Carolyn Barger, clerk to the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, was named this year’s top clerk in North Carolina during the N.C. Association of County Clerks’ annual conference. Barger started her clerking career with a part-time position in what Rowan County town?
A. Rockwell
B. Cleveland
C. Faith
D. Spencer

8. The Rowan County Veterans Council recently showed its appreciation to Harris Teeter because the Salisbury store does what for veterans?
A. Offers a 10 percent discount on their food bills
B. Provides red-white-and-blue shopping carts designed for veterans use only
C. Reserves two parking spaces for veterans
D. Has a “Veterans Happy Hour” every Tuesday when the deli offers lunches at half-price

9. State officials have announced a $2.2 million renovation plan for which building at the N.C. Transportation Museum, formerly the Spencer Shops repair facility of Southern Railway?
A. The roundhouse
B. The master mechanic’s office
C. The old Barber Depot
D. The powerhouse

10. What seems to have been the key strategy for Cabarrus County in attracting the new Amazon distribution center in Concord?
A. Having trained workers ahead of time at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
B. Proximity to a rail line
C. Building a large shell building that Amazon could move into quickly
D. Constructing a new access road to give a direct route to Interstate 85

 

Answers below:

1. C. Stoneman was present every day during his cavalry’s march through western North Carolina. He stayed with the campaign through its arrival and occupation in Salisbury April 12, 1865.

2. A. Holt, president of Rowan Museum’s board of directors, was the chief builder and designer of the award-winning World War I exhibit.

3. D. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act carries the same name as the law in Indiana that has been controversial of late.

4. B. Stout, Stinson and Partee were honored at the Spirit Luncheon for their years of bringing “harmony” to the community through their music.

5. D. 17 percent of Rowan residents over the age of 25 have bachelor’s degrees. Crosby Scholars, a college access program for students in sixth through 11th grades, hopes to see that percentage rise in the future.

6. A. McCombs was never a U.S. congressman.

7. B. Barber started clerking in Cleveland in 1994 and was hired as a deputy clerk for Rowan County in 1999 before being promoted to her present position in 2005.

8, C. The Veterans Council presented a plaque of appreciation to Harris Teeter for reserving two parking spaces for veterans.

9. D. The first phase renovation of the powerhouse will focus on restoring the structural integrity of the building, the original portion of which dates back to 1896.

10. C. The Silverman Group, a private developer, built a 400,000-square-foot shell building in the Concord Airport Business Park, and Amazon occupies 220,000 square feet of that facility. The city of Concord is giving The Silverman Group an 85 percent rebate on taxes on that building for three years.

 

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