• 37°

County looks to honor softball team on Rowan welcome signs

The Rowan County Little League softball team is coming to a welcome sign near you.

Since returning from Portland, Ore. with the Little League World Series championship in hand, the Rowan team’s coaches and players have become local celebrities. On Aug. 20, the team was welcomed back to Rowan by a few hundred people, who cheered loudly as the team rushed off a bus to friends and family at West End Plaza. The team was then the subject of a well-attended parade through Salisbury. They’ve also been invited to the governor’s mansion and professional sports games.

Now it appears county officials are working to permanently remember the team at Rowan’s two most prominent entrances. Rowan County Manager Aaron Church has drafted a resolution that asks the Department of Transportation for permission to place a sentence noting the softball team’s championship on Rowan’s Interstate 85 welcome signs.

Currently, signs at the county line on I-85 say “Welcome to Rowan County. A County Committed to Excellence. Home of Dan Nicholas Park.”

The county’s resolution proposes to add “Home of the Little League Softball World Series champions 2015.”

County commissioners Chairman Greg Edds said the sign idea came about as Rowan residents and leaders were looking for an appropriate way to honor the team.

“Everyone was so proud of what happened, and we were all grasping for ideas of ways to honor the ladies and coaches,” Edds said. “We started getting a bunch of emails and texts asking if we would look into doing it along the roadway. It’s something that we started looking at right away.”

Rowan-Salisbury School System Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody was one of the many who suggested the sign idea, Edds said.

“It’s just been such a big deal for this community,” Edds said. “I said it during the celebration at Hurley Park and I’ll say it again and again. We could have spent $20 million on a national advertising campaign, and we could never have come close to doing what these girls did for our community in nine short days.”

Rowan County would pay for the two signs, which would cost $2,000 each, according to Church.

The exact date when signs would be posted is unclear. Rowan County Commissioners would first need to approve the drafted resolution. It then would be sent to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

Comments

News

Defendant convicted in attempted murder case on the run after fleeing from trial

Business

Downtown Gateway Building to be renamed for late Paul Fisher

Coronavirus

Rowan County COVID-19 data for April 15

Local

Rep. Warren’s bill would prohibit parking in electric vehicle charging stations

Local

Historic Preservation Commission approves Integro Technologies expansion, Paint the Pavement project

Education

Faith Academy, RSS will negotiate over what goes, stays in elementary school

Crime

Teacher killed in Alamance County shootout with Mexican drug cartel

Coronavirus

Bill would give more tax breaks on COVID-19 loans

Nation/World

No response as divers knock on capsized ship’s hull

Local

Quotes of the week

Crime

Blotter: Man found on church property with litany of drugs

Crime

Man charged in connection to 2019 overdose death

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session

Education

Shoutouts

Business

Groundbreaking on Pennant Square signals next phase in downtown Kannapolis revitalization