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Darrell Overcash fills vacant Landis alderman seat

Appointing Overcash to Brown’s seat and not waiting to allow the newly elected members to make the appointment is just the outgoing mayor giving the newly elected members the middle finger.

— Kenny Goodman

Online poll results: Rowan-Cabarrus bond referendum

While advanced education is a necessity for the future, current needs deem a referendum for a Knox-Overton replacement is a more urgent need.

— George W. Benson

… Kiwanis Club donates $100,000 to Bell Tower Green

Congrats and many thanks, Kiwanis. It’s a pleasure to know that you folks are looking after our community like you do. Keep up the great work.

— Bill Bucher

David Freeze remains ‘Fearless & Determined’

Kudos to David for riding everyday, completing his journey on schedule and writing such an inspiring and entertaining book. The Alcan Highway is amazing, and I encourage everyone to make the journey.

— Janis Hill Ramsey

Municipal election results remain the same …

I contacted the Board of Elections last week with a complaint from one early voter that his name was not on a voter list that I had posted on Facebook.

— Danny Patterson

… Chris Masingo keeps up the family tradition …

This is a great story. I will have to go visit this shop soon. I worked with Randy’s brother Jeff Masingo back in the 1990s. Great family.

— James Lambert

Chris is passionate, working on customers cars as if they were his own. He truly loves what he does, and it shows in the quality of his work. I’ve got to tell you: once people see the work you do and the passion and quality with which you do it, you’re going to need a bigger shop with lots of employees.

— Tom Megale

My Turn, Phil Kirk: Rowan must think big for best school …

A wonderful, logical mind at work (something fairly rare these days), is evident in this article.

— Jay Mack Williams

My Turn, Shawn Campion: Make the tough decisions …

Would be curious to know the percentage of actual parents and/or guardians who would be affected by the closer of said school who participate in our elections.

— David Holman

Quality schools are a driving factor when recruiting and keeping business and industry and the jobs they create. City schools take a back seat when dividing up the new school construction pie. It is reprehensible that Knox has been neglected for so long.

— Michael Young

The most vocal of these parties typically contribute the least to the tax base.

— Edward Rene Whitney

Hotwire consistently late on rent payments

Hotwire’s service is competitive and good, just like Fibrant was before it. I hope they work this through, to reach a win-win for everyone.

— Jeff Morris

As a user of the service I have to beg them to let me pay my bills. They are so confused with how much people owe them that I’m sure they’ve lost millions in revenue. I called many times, and their website does not show my monthly bills. I have to call every time to make my payments.

— Hugo Fernando Correa

Letter: Trump brings more nonsensical actions

Does anyone know what negotiations Trump is doing with China? Or are you just spewing anti Trump hate with the rest of the Democratic socialists.

— David Gearhart

Kannapolis council approves 278-unit housing …

OK. We know this reporter was in favor of more overcrowded development and not for the poor residents in the area.

— Angie Balken

The writer reports the events of the meeting, describes the positions of the speakers both for and against the rezoning proposal and reports the vote that was taken. The reporter does not take a position for either side at all.

— Doug Sokolowski

Letter: Bitter taste after meal in downtown Salisbury

The city paid a considerable sum for a study that said there is no parking problem. That was an exercise in wasting taxpayer money — something that doesn’t surprise skeptics of government bureaucracy.

Until the city takes this seriously, downtown shoppers will continue to get towed and businesses will suffer blame, one-star reviews, and lost revenue.

— Mikey Wetzel

Letter: President should use some common sense

His morals and patriotism are also in question. He likes to say “America First” but puts his self interests above the well-being of our nation. He must be a nationalist..

— Reginald Brown

Thank you Mr. Leather for this common sense approach to rethinking one’s support of Trump. Yes, he needs to be fired — sooner rather than later.

— Renee Wimbish

Gary Pearce: Meet the 2 percent who will pick next president

Wouldn’t the result of this proposal be that a handful of the largest cities pick our next president? And they would be large cities which don’t necessarily have the same needs as Main Street America.

— Gil Zino

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Crime

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High School

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Business

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Coronavirus

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Coronavirus

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Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

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Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

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Crime

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City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide

Local

City names downtown recipients for federal Parks Service grant

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs 2021-22 budget priorities, supports buying body cameras

Education

Educators reflect on Teacher Appreciation Week

Education

Livingstone College wins $30,000 Home Depot grant

Education

Shoutouts

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COVID-19 infection, quarantine numbers in Rowan-Salisbury Schools reach new highs

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