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People & Places Sunday, Oct. 29

Rockwell High School Class of 1950


Rockwell High School Class of 1950 held its 67th class reunion Sept. 22 at Blue Bay Seafood Restaurant, with 12 class members and 12 guests present. President Norman File welcomed everyone and remembered the two class members, Irving Casper and “Pete” Connor, who passed away since the last reunion. After orders from the menu were filled, people ate lunch and reminisced with former classmates about events that occurred in days long gone by. Following lunch, information was shared about former classmates that could not be present for the reunion. Also, Norman, reading from a 1932 booklet “Remember When: A Nostalgic Look Back In Time,” astonished everyone that they had lived through a period of time in which prices of food, cars, gasoline, housing, university tuition, etc., were so low. The booklet also included national and world news, movies, music, sports events and famous births that occurred during that time.

In addition to those pictured, also attending were: Effie File, Ann Troutman, Sue Beaver, Don Holshouser, Mavis Shue, Jake Setzer, Deborah Holshouser, Angelo Wagoner, Margaret Gentry and Rita Hiatt.

The class plans to meet again next year to keep former friendships alive and share memories of past events. The planning committee consisted of Norman File, Betty Morgan, Betty Rose Setzer and Martha Arey.


East Rowan High School Class of 1967 


East Rowan High School’s Class of 1967 held its 50th reunion Sept. 16 at The Abbey of Salisbury.

After the social hour, Chairman John Linker welcomed everyone. Pastor Bill Ketchie remembered the 28 classmates who have passed away. “The Missing Chair” was adorned with streamers containing their pictures and names. He then blessed the meal, which was catered by Sue Choat.

Johnny Sides was recognized for the donation he made to the treasury. Linker thanked other classmates who donated extra money and door prizes to make this reunion special. Nelda Freeze created a quilt in school colors: red, white, and blue. Raffle tickets were sold on her quilt, and $800 was raised for scholarship. The class added $200 and presented the total to East Rowan.

Eric Sifford read a letter he had written to Governor Cooper informing him that the class of 1967 was the first at East to be integrated, and the first black student was Calvin Strawder. Eric explained how much he had learned from Calvin and what an honor it was to have known him. He presented Calvin with a framed letter from the governor.

Veterans of this class were honored with their pictures on another special chair designed by Rita Chastain. They were given a standing ovation while deejay Chad Sain played “Proud to Be an American.”

Entertainment was provided by Rita Chastain pantomiming “She’s Got You.” Tony Drew sang several numbers, including “Poison Ivy” with Wanda Nixon that they had performed in 5th grade.

Committee members were Kathy Brown Ketchie, Freddie Eller, Wanda Fesperman Nixon, Bill Ketchie, Alice Kirk Riddle, Don Kluttz, John Linker, Tim Smith, Rita Taylor Chastain, Nelda Trexler Freeze, Tana Trexler Howe, and Mitch Upright.

Other class members attending: Sadie Barger Wagner, Shelia Barringer Efird, Dan Beaver, Tony Brown, Linda Burleson Cooper, Max and Linda Cauble Eller, Linda Clawson Miller, Linda Corn Wilson, Bill Dover, Chip Earnhardt, Abby Freeman Gerardi, Jean Freeman Edwards, Pat Gentry Cranford, Mike Goodman, Ray Goodman, Eddie Hampton, Steve Hannah, Brenda Hartley Campbell, Charles Heilig, Ronnie Hill, Marla Hopkins Blake, Howell Kesler, Richard Ketchie, Judy Kirk Matthews, Jason Lesley, Judy Lindler Key, Frances Lundy Shepherd, Melinda McBride Polansky, Kathy Mesimer Blanc, Louise Miller Harrison, Donnie Moose, Linda Owens Ketner, Steve Ritchie, Mitchell Rowland, Linda Shoe Shelton, June Sifford Misenheimer, Darrell Simpson, Bonnie Stokes Hoffner, Mona Swindell Sellers, Kathleen Thomason Davis, Doug Trexler, Marlene Trexler Sweatt, Carolyn Trexler Thomason, Jackie Troutman Griffiths, Ron Vanhoy, David Weaver, Steve Webster, Joyce Wrenn Fowler, and Donny Yost.


Salisbury-Rowan Heart Fund Ball

The Salisbury-Rowan Heart Fund Ball committee members recently held a meeting to begin planning the 50th anniversary of the Heart Ball to be held at the Country Club of Salisbury on Feb. 10, 2018.

This year’s event raised more than $23,000. Donations were made to the Community Care Clinic, Novant Health Medical Center, and Rowan-Salisbury Schools, all for heart related needs.

The members of the 2018 Heart Ball Committee are:

President/chair: Kari and James (Chip) Comadoll

Vice President/co-chair: Heather and Brad Brady

Secretary: Vickie and Victor Wallace

Past President: Missie and Greg Alcorn

Tina and Reid Acree

Diane and Luke Fisher

Kelly and Ben Goodman

Jessica and Nick Goodman

Sandy and Stan Jordan

Elizabeth and Gary Langford

Katie and Erik Lipscomb

Leigh Ann and Tom Loeblein

Fran and Gavin Misner

Barb and Cliff Sorel

Scotti and Billy Webb


Cannon Memorial Lodge Masons

KANNAPOLIS — On Nov. 4, the Masons at Cannon Memorial Lodge 626 will present “The Secrets of Masonry … Unfolded.” Beginning at 5 p.m., this event is open to the public, and will answer many questions about who we are, what we do, and illustrate our interactions with our community.


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