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Quotes of the week: ‘You know chrome don’t get you home …’

“You know chrome don’t get you home, but it sure looks pretty on the road.”

— Don Stickler, 79, who spent 15 years restoring a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, one of many vintage cars he has brought back to glory over the years

“It’s great to see all this action, because it means things are happening in this town.”

— Mayor Lee Withers, on the busy agenda for the China Grove Town Council on Monday that included hearings on new commercial and residential development

“As a country, we can’t move forward until we assess how we got to where we are.”

— Isabel Wilkerson, a journalist and author who was among an overflow crowd at Rowan Public Library on Monday for the screening of a documentary on lynching followed by a discussion about how that painful past resonates today

“Anger is a very, very strong emotion. … When you’re angry, or when we’re holding anger, it takes up a lot of space.”

— Timothy Demers, who dealt with anger after a traumatic brain injury by breaking glass bottles and now offers others the chance to let go by shattering glass on the wall of his Grievous Gallery in downtown Salisbury

“People ask me why I’m still doing it, because I could’ve retired a while back. But coaching football is what I do. And every year when that first week of August comes around, this is what I want to be doing.”

— Joe Pinyan, who’s entering his 34th season as a football coach, leading the Carson High School Cougars

“Have pride in where you come from. But more importantly, have pride in where we are going.”

— Josh Wagner, chairman of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, at a kickoff Wednesday for the renewal schools initiative that will bring greater flexibility to the district for planning and policy

“I’m glad to be able to work this long. It’s been rather pleasant in those 50 years.”

— Nancy Jacobs, who began working at Granite Knitwear on Aug. 20, 1968, and was among those celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary Wednesday

“We have the Cadillac of hematology analyzers.”

— Amanda Kuykendall, anatomic pathology supervisor at the Salisbury VA Medical Center, which held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday for a state-of-the-art clinical lab and intensive care unit

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