• 52°

Q&A with Shon Barnes

1. What is your favorite book?
Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun by Reginald Lewis (the richest African-American man in the 1980s)
The author came from humble beginnings, graduated from a historically black university and was able to negotiate at times being the only minority in the room.

2. Who inspires you?
Grandmother Essie Barnes. She was the hardest working person that I know. Essie Barnes is 87 now, but picked cotton, earned around $8 shortly after giving birth. He said if she could do all of that under those conditions he has no reason to complain.

3. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Advice or mentorship. He mentors several young men and women (some of whom are former students).

4. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Fitness. I would be in the gym eight hours a day.

5. What are some small things that make your day better?
Get a call from my wife to check on me or funny things that my kids do. I like completing tasks.

6. What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
Waking up in the morning and going for a nice run, cooking breakfast for the kids, watching a movie, an afternoon nap and a nice dinner with friends.

7. What could you give a 30-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Leadership. He’s currently working on his Ph.D. in leadership studies and community and civic engagement.

8. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Laugh until they cry.

9. What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
I took my 8-year-old son to visit the branches of government. They went to see the White House, visited the African American Museum of History.

10. What movie title best describes your life?
“The Pursuit of Happyness.” The Y symbolizes your definition of happiness. You have to define it for yourself. He said who you are is a reflection of your service to others.

— Shavonne Walker




City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event


Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race


Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children


Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot


Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting


Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?


Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina


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