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Quotes of the week

“I’ve been telling everybody just
to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

— Gray Gruff, fire chief in Spencer, on
what people should do to prepare for
Hurricane Florence

“Turn around, don’t drown. Don’t walk, swim or drive through
moving water.”

— Jay Baker, battalion chief of the Salisbury Fire Department, on the advice he gives to
people in the path of flooding caused by
Hurricane Florence

“It’s better to prepare for nothing than not
prepare for something.”

— Steve Monday, chief forecaster with Rowan County Weather, advising local residents to be wary of the damage that
Hurricane Florence can inflict in this area

“This storm is a monster. It’s big and it’s vicious. … Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster.”

— Gov. Roy Cooper, advising North
Carolinians to evacuate ahead of the advance of Hurricane Florence

“It’s a win, but we still have a lot of work to do, fixing mistakes. But we’ll take it.”

— Daniel Yow, football coach at South
Rowan High School, which held on for a 26-20 win over East Davidson last weekend

“It hurts my heart; it always does. … I don’t think it will ever get
better.”

— Nancy Fezler, who as an employee
of United Airlines knew many of the crew
members of Flight 93 that crashed in
Pennsylvania when passengers and crew
overtook the terrorist hijackers who were taking aim at targets in the nation’s capital on Sept. 11, 2001

“My job was easy. The holes were there. I saw the openings, and I just hit the gas pedal.”

— Demarcus ‘Flip’ Blackwell, a senior
running back for South Rowan High School’s football team, who had three touchdowns and 163 rushing yards in the Raiders’ 26-20 win over East Davidson last weekend

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Crime

Lawsuit: Salisbury Police, Rowan Sheriff’s Office tore woman’s shoulder during traffic stop

Business

‘Believe me, they’ll be fresh’: Patterson Farm welcomes strawberry crop

Local

City appoints more members to boards, commissions, with 9 seats left to be filled

News

Virtual play groups the new norm at Smart Start

Local

City meets in closed session to consult with attorney on two ongoing litigation cases

Education

Summit takes art out of the classroom, into the student’s home

Education

Education briefs: Gene Haas Foundation donates $12,500 to RCCC

Business

County’s restaurant grant program dishes out funding to eight local eateries

High School

High school football: Yow out as South head coach

Education

Shoutouts

Local

City moves forward on greenway extension, traffic signal upgrades

Business

State broadband survey could help fund local infrastructure

Education

Happy Roots adds to programming with Bic recycling program

Education

RCCC small business center partners 53 Ideas Pitch Competition

Nation/World

Sheriff: Deputy fatally shot Black man while serving warrant

Nation/World

Garland announces sweeping police probe after Floyd verdict

Crime

District attorney won’t bring charges against former Salisbury officer depicted in K-9 video

Coronavirus

Cooper plans to lift gathering, distancing limits by June 1

Crime

Convicted sex offender charged with having child pornography

Crime

Rowan County woman faces drug crimes for gas station incident

Crime

Blotter: Thousands of dollars in lumber taken from Newsome Road house

Local

Locals react to Chauvin verdict, reflect on work still to do

Business

With remote expansion, outsource provider FCR looks to become an ‘exceptional part’ of Rowan community

Local

City expects $1.5 million surplus in current budget, ability to raise some wages for police, public works