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Quotes of the Week, May 21-27

• “My sons know Mom don’t play when it comes to school. That will get them into doors. … I want them to not be a statistic, but to do well.

— Karen Brown, whose son Joshua Ruggs,  a junior at Salisbury High School,  hopes to raise enough money to take part in a pre-college summer program at
Harvard University

• “You know I love to cut waste in the budget, but this is more important than money.

— State Rep. Carl Ford, who opposes a proposal in the N.C. Senate’s budget to combine some of the 100 county social services departments into no more than 30 regional agencies

• “If I can cheat death, why not?

— David Karczewski, who is trying to raise money to travel to India to undergo a new treatment for multiple sclerosis, which he has been battling since 1998

• “No matter what it takes or no matter what I’ve got to do, I’m going to get justice for my daughter. I just want them to come forward. I want peace.

— Shequita Woodberry, whose daughter A’yanna Allen was shot to death while she slept in her grandmother’s bedroom when someone sprayed the front of the house with bullets, a case for which law enforcement authorities will erect a billboard
asking the public for information to help find the killer

• “I still get to do about what I want in this nice little quiet place. If I had kept a diary, I would have had a good book.

— John Yelton, a lifelong resident of Gold Hill, relating stories about the history and people of the town

• “There are a lot of people killed, a lot of people injured, a lot of people missing. And we just feel so lucky that we are all together.

— Shauna Hardy of Newcastle, England, whose family was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester when a suicide bombing killed 22 people and injured 59



Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide


RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey


Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County


Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park


History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County


‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove


Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations


‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation


Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year


Ester Marsh: What body type are you?


The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone


Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million


US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency


Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs


FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight


Gastonia man sentenced for crash into restaurant that killed his daughter, daughter-in-law


Some call for charges after video of police shooting 13-year-old in Chicago


State unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in March


NASCAR approach to virus vaccine varies greatly


Judge rejects Cherokee challenge against new casino in Kings Mountain


Jackson tops NC Senate fundraising; Walker coffers also full


Kiwanis Pancake Festival serves thousands of flapjacks for charity