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Quotes of the Week: ‘I’m not trying to tell people how to mow their yard.’

“Until you visit death, you never realize how short life is. You revisit the things you really need to do.”

— Mike Neely, manager of the maintenance and grounds crew at Country Club of Salisbury, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and says his boss and co-workers rallied to help him during chemotherapy and surgery

“Some of our schools are up, some of our schools are down, some of our schools are just level. Flat is the word of the day when it comes to test scores.”

— Lynn Moody, superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools, after Wednesday’s release of student test scores showed progress at a few district schools but no improvement or reduced grades at others

“I don’t necessarily race to win; I race to finish.”

— Mary Burrage, who pushed her baby in a stroller and ran with her 7-year-old daughter at her side during last weekend’s Sunrise 5K to benefit Rowan County United Way

“This is the worst feeling a father could have.”

— Jamie Heun, speaking Wednesday at the sentencing hearing for a man who pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of Heun’s 15-month-old daughter, Malaya, in 2014

“I’m not trying to tell people how to mow their yard. I just want them to be considerate of the two- and three-wheeled motorists we have out on our roadways.”

— Craig Pierce, a Rowan County commissioner, advocating for an ordinance to ban littering roads with grass clippings that present a slippery hazard for motorcyclists

“There was a spark here or there, but we never could ignite a fire.”

— Curtis Walker, head football coach at Catawba College, after his team struggled in a 34-3 loss to West Georgia last Saturday

“It gives them a chance to give it a test run, and it also gives people a chance to do a bucket-list item.”

— Marcus Neubacher of the N.C. Transportation Museum, which last weekend gave rail fans the chance to sit at the controls of a vintage steam engine

“People stopped by to ask, look or complain.”

— Noelle Loebe, who with her husband, Jeff Motes, dressed up their Fulton Street home with yard art that includes graffiti on the garage, flower-bed edging made of old license plates, and 10 ironing boards attached to the house

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