• 30°

Special Operation Toy Soldier collection will take place at Walmart this weekend

Staff report

SALISBURY — Representatives of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and Powles Staton Funeral Home will collect new toys as gifts for military families from noon Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday at the front entrance to Walmart.

The effort is part of Operation Toy Soldier, a nationwide not-for-profit program. New, unwrapped toys collected in Rowan County will be distributed to N.C. military families before Christmas.

Last year, Powles Staton Funeral Home — with the help of the Sheriff’s Office, the Register of Deeds Office and many others — collected 5,664 toys that were distributed to family members of active-duty N.C. National Guard members through its Family Readiness Program.

Throughout the year, the Rockwell-based funeral home accepts contributions for Operation Toy Soldier. It has many collection barrels in place around the county, makes a “Christmas in July” push for toys, and also accepts toy contributions at its occasional appreciation meals for military veterans and law enforcement.

Besides the special weekend at Walmart, unwrapped (new) toys can be dropped off at the following Rowan County locations by Dec. 15:

• Powles Staton Funeral Home in Rockwell.

• Carolina Cremation in Salisbury.

• Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in Salisbury.

• Rowan County Register of Deeds Office in Salisbury.

• Salisbury Eyecare and Eyewear.

• Salisbury Square Antiques.

• Veterans Coffee in Salisbury.

• Crescent Pharmacy in Rockwell.

• Hot Dog Shack in Granite Quarry.

• Made Man Barber Shop in Salisbury.

• Sidewalk Deli in Salisbury.

• Granite Quarry Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

• Mc ‘N’ Tires in Rockwell.

• First Bank in Salisbury.



City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions


High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later


With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee


Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education


Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021


A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month


Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair


Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month


Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later


Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship


Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge


Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill


Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval


Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash


Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students


PETA protesters gather in front of police department


UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week


Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep


Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County


Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes


Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds