March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 1, 2019

SALISBURY — The March issue of Salisbury the Magazine covers everything from a French boxcar to a NASCAR tire specialist, from Irish grub to a major downtown renovation.

Also look for operatic singer Teresa Moore-Mitchell, bowlers at Woodleaf Lanes, longtime high school trainer Larry Sides and new Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Nicole Matangira.

The latest edition has reached subscribers and has been distributed to locations throughout Rowan County. Copies of this issue — and past issues — also are available at the circulation desk in the Salisbury Post lobby at 131 W. Innes St.

Salisbury the Magazine is a publication of the Salisbury Post.

Photographers Jon C. Lakey and Wayne Hinshaw provide the feature photography throughout the March issue, whose cover features NASCAR tire specialist Liz Prestella.

She also has launched a line of durable clothing for active women, and veteran NASCAR writer Ben White tells Prestella’s story.

Another feature delves into the history of the 1949 Merci (Gratitude) Train from France, the N.C. Transportation Museum’s restoration of the state’s Merci boxcar and how the story inspired the 49 Days of Gratitude in Rowan County.

Elizabeth Cook checks in with Diane and Michael Young, the couple who created several apartments (including their own) and a new retail space by tackling the major renovation of what once was the O.O. Rufty General Store.

Shavonne Walker writes about Moore-Mitchell, an accomplished Salisbury singer who recently had an audition with the Metropolitan Opera. In plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day, Deirdre Parker Smith offers recipes for Irish fare, including Irish stew, soda bread and coffee.

Sportswriter David Shaw caught up with Larry Sides, who is heading toward retirement after 40 years on high school sidelines as a trainer.

Believe it or not, Salisbury’s Woodleaf Lanes bowling center is almost 60 years old, and you’ll learn that it’s still going strong.

Liz Moomey conducts a quick Q&A with Matangira, who is this issue’s Rowan Original.

Andy Mooney, the magazine’s creative director, contributes a Through the Lens circle of photos showing various stages of the Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse in January.

Smith gives five reading recommendations in Bookish. Barbara Duffy supplies the artwork for Salisbury’s the Place.

Scene photos in the March edition cover the Wellness Expo, RoBoJo Theater, the Chamber of Commerce Gala, Voices of Hope and a reception for Cook, who recently retired as Post editor.

Salisbury the Magazine publishes nine times a year. To advertise or subscribe, visit the Post, call 704-797-POST or go to

— Mark Wineka