• 77°

Law enforcement monument to be dedicated

What began as an idea among local leaders and law enforcement agencies has morphed into a monument designed to commemorate the lives of officers who died in the line of duty while in service to the community.

The public is invited for the unveiling of the monument at 2 p.m. today in front of the Rowan County Courthouse on North Main Street.

Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten said County Commissioner Mike Caskey floated the idea for some sort of memorial. Auten said he then heard from Sgt. Wes Smith, who along with his wife, Trish, have visited several law enforcement monuments across the nation. The couple pitched the idea for a memorial to honor fallen law officers. The monument was put in place last week.

Auten said there are many who had a role in making the monument a reality, including county Planning Director Ed Muire, County Manager Aaron Church, Mark Loman, local police chiefs, and Rowan Public Library Services Director Jeff Hall and his staff, who helped with historical information. 

There are 12 names on the monument, and “we hope we never have to add another name,” Auten said.

Some of the speakers during the ceremony will include Salisbury Mayor Al Heggins, Rowan County Commissioner Greg Edds, U.S. Attorney Matthew Martin, Caskey and Robert Clement, whose father, Robert Clement, is listed among those who died in the line of duty.

This week is National Police Week, during which communities nationwide pay tribute to law enforcement officers.

Comments

Business

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College unveils tenants, training partners at Advanced Technology Center

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with drug, assault crimes

Local

City of Salisbury to resume normal operations, return to in-person council meetings

Local

Dreams of flight become reality at ASCEND summer camp

Local

Base salary for SPD officers increases to nearly $42,000 next week

News

‘He loved people:’ Larry Ford leaves behind legacy of legal achievement, community service

Local

Statewide pickleball tournament at Catawba College in September expected to draw hundreds of visitors

Local

Resources still available for those dealing with lingering impacts of pandemic

Education

Shoutouts: Misenheimer completes master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College

Education

State expands Principal of the Year to charter schools

High School

All-county baseball team: Norris Award winner Honeycutt made the most of a dozen games

Education

Partners in learning raises $3.2 million for new facility

Education

Tar Heel Boys State creates miniature government at Catawba College

News

NC medical marijuana legalization gets hearing in Senate

News

N. Carolina bill ending extra $300 benefits heads to Cooper

Coronavirus

New COVID-19 positives in Rowan at lowest point since start of pandemic

Education

Rowan Wild’s animal camp makes a comeback at Dan Nicholas Park

Coronavirus

Health officials say financial incentives helped vaccination rates; lottery drawing today

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry adopts budget that keeps tax rate flat

Business

Airport Advisory committee endorses plans for expansion at Mid-Carolina Regional

China Grove

China Grove will celebrate 40th Farmers Day with week full of festivities

Sports

Pistons win in NBA draft lottery; Hornets will get 11th pick

Crime

Officers in Locust arrest drivers who tried to flee; one was on motorcycle reported stolen from Rowan

News

Panel OKs NC Senate budget bill; Dems pan policy provisions