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Rockwell couple find lasting love at Faith parade

Well, it’s about time. I’m glad Mason’s plan worked. So let’s start planning. Mason, I think my son needs to rent your sign.

— Kim Ledbetter Sheeks

Rowan authorities cite teens caught swimming …

Years ago, 1963 in fact, our sixth-grade Granite Quarry school teacher, Mrs. Roselyn Misenheimer, took us on a geological trip to one of the quarries nearby. She told us of such swimming dangers. That lesson has been taught (and probably preached, too) over the years, but with some kids it has yet to “take.”

— Jay Mack Williams

People drown because they dont know how to swim, not because of the quarry itself.

— Haley Marie

11 candidates file for municipal office on first day

Reckless journalism, really? Is that what you call it when it is not favorable to you or the city you represent?

— Kyle J. Huffman

Letter about President Trump in poor taste

The military draft ended when Obama was 5 years old.

— William H. Moffitt

… White supremacy’s history critical in ‘Fame’ debate

Thank you, Dr. Mobley, for this detailed historical context.

And thank you for your work with the Equal Justice Initiative bringing enlightenment to those of us needing to honestly confront and correct the sins of the lesser angels in our ancestral heritage.

— GeoRene Jones

… Is America better because of supply-side economics?

It was “voodoo economics” then, and it is “voodoo economics” now. Or perhaps it’s zombie capitalism?

I am so very tired of paying for other people’s yachts since my first paycheck back in 1984 while being told that their tax cuts will help ultimately help me pay for my groceries, my medicines and save for retirement.

— Teresa Rowell

Thank you professor Hake for this easy to understand economics lesson. The rich keep getting richer, the middle class is shrinking rapidly and the poor are getting poorer.

— Renee Wimbish

… What authority does it have around ‘Fame?’

“Fame” has been a part of Salisbury for many generations. No one was offended by it until the media began following and reporting all the stories of the offended. “Fame” has been a beautiful monument and public icon for this city all my life, and no one ever blinked an eye in disgust over it until the last few years.

— James Lambert

Meanwhile, when google “Salisbury NC,” you get this: With a crime rate of 50 per one thousand residents, Salisbury has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.

— Robert Cranwell

Authentic Mexican restaurant coming to Fulton Heights

I’m so happy and proud of my friends’ new venture.

It takes a very brave person to start a small business.

They are some of the hardest working people I know and I wish them the best of luck.

— Evelyn Medina

We are very excited to see a new restaurant join the Fulton Heights neighborhood. I don’t see anything wrong with calling the food “authentic.”

Most food served at Mexican restaurants has been Americanized.

— Ulises and Mary Torres

… Council should finally create separate mayoral election

To be clear, we had several meetings. The same people came to each meeting. Council member Tamara Sheffield and I agreed that nothing should be changed for the 2019 election and to place the matter on the city council agenda this month for discussion on whether council should submit the question to the public on a ballot referendum during this election cycle.

— David Post

Brien Lewis to step down as Catawba College president

The pressure got to him. What goes around always comes back around, good or bad. The timing of his resignation doesn’t make him or the situation look better.

— Amanda Fuller

Brien has been a wonderful leader for Catawba and a very involved member of his community. Salisbury has benefitted from his, and his wife Laura’s presence. I’m wishing you all the best, Brien, in your future endeavors.

— Gregory Shields

Caldwell embraces transition …

Dari Caldwell has done an incredible job during the most tumultuous of times. Her positive, can-do attitude, ability to work with all parties, focus on continuous improvement and community involvement were of particular note. She will be missed, but leaves a great legacy.

— Roy Christopher Agner

Letter: Consider words from Union officer

That’s an interesting sentiment, and had the statue been erected around that time, people may feel differently now.

But, it wasn’t. It was erected during a time when the black community was becoming successful and there were people who felt threatened by that.

— Jenni Efird Pfaff



Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators


Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police


Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies


After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status


39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual


Biz Roundup: Chamber of Commerce to host ‘Salute to Agri-Business’ at March Power in Partnership


Local legislators back bills ranging from new restrictions on sex offenders to Holocaust education


After surviving COVID-19 scare, Lois Willard set to celebrate 100th birthday

High School

Carson rolls over South 41-0 as about 600 allowed in to see season opener for both


East Spencer after-school program looks toward opening, nonprofit status


Frank Ramsey inducted into the NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame


Livingstone’s Stoutamire inducted into 2021 CIAA Hall of Fame


J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine


13 deaths reported in Rowan, county stresses need to receive second dose


10% of Rowan residents receive first dose; eight COVID-19 deaths reported this week


North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander to retire


UNC School of the Arts may go for online learning due to COVID-19 spread


Greensboro site to administer 3,000 daily vaccine doses starting March 10


Update: $1.9 trillion relief bill passes House, moves on to Senate


Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely


Update: FDA follows advisers’ recommendation, OKs single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J


Post wins 18 N.C. Press Association Awards


Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen


Lanning named Spencer’s fire chief