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Demolition derby: Cleveland School, Rusher Tire on North Main buildings come down this week

Demolition equipment this week has torn into two familiar Rowan County structures — one a school, the other a former business — piling up a ton of memories on their debris heaps.

Major sections of the former Cleveland School, which was close to 100 years old, have been torn down and carted away, including the old gymnasium and two-story classroom.

Parts left behind will provide a West Rowan Library and possibly quarters for an EMS station.

Cleveland School originally served students in all grades before construction of West Rowan High School, which opened in the fall of 1959. It most recently served as Cleveland Elementary School until January of this year — when the new West Rowan Elementary School opened nearby.

Meanwhile, in Salisbury, demolition equipment made big gains Thursday tearing down a former location for Rusher’s Tire Service. Rusher’s Tire on South Main Street continues in business.

The Rusher’s location at North Main and Kerr streets dated to 1954. Rusher’s Tire stopped selling gas there in 1990, and this particular Rusher’s Tire location closed in the fall of 1998. It has been vacant for many years.

In March, the Salisbury Historic Preservation Commission approved site plans for a new Sharonview Federal Credit Union on the corner.

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