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Legal settlement will keep Silent Sam monument …

Let’s tear down all Martin Lither King Jr. road signs, outlaw cotton and immediately destroy all history books and never teach history again. Pretty stupid, right? What is the difference?

— Rusell Eller

Letter: View of jury duty changed after being called to serve

I’ve been there twice, we all dread it, but it is democracy and civic duty in action.

— Bruce LaRue

There is still mass incarceration, injustice and prosecutorial misconduct within the system.

— Jackie Miller

… This Thanksgiving has new meaning for Luz ‘Paty’ Bodine

I’m proud and very fortunate to have been born in Salisbury, but I have a lot of family who took this test years ago. When they studied for the test, I didn’t know half the stuff they were learning and I was a pretty good student.

— E. Hanh Dang

18-year-old killed Wednesday night in single-vehicle crash

I don’t know this family, but my heart is broken for them, and I’ve been praying for them from the moment I found out this happened.

— Maria Rossi

Letter: Where’s disgust today with lack of decency?

People can disagree, but to totally degrade and disparage people because one has a different opinion reflects the crude influence of the person currently occupying the White House.

— Joanne Bryla

Many Republicans feel the same way and are not happy with the party moving away from what it means to be Republican. It is time for Republicans to return to putting country above party.

— Natalie Errante

RINOs (Republicans in name only) are the ones who moved the party away, not Trump. He’s trying to fix the mess they’ve made for the past few decades.

— Maria Rossi

Letter: Veteran’s quality care contradicts negativity

I am glad you received good care from our local VA. More good news should be published to combat those who want to privatize a good service for our veterans and relegate it solely to the free market.

— Reginald Brown

I would like to see reports on civilian hospitals also. I’m sure we will hear something horrible about treatment at them.

— Scott Springstead

… Downtown boutique fulfills owner’s longtime dream

We went in on the first day and it even carries clothing from a Second Amendment-friendly clothing company.

The store is a welcome addition to Salisbury, and Karlee is very nice and helpful.

I highly recommend shopping with her.

— David Bates

… Teacher donates kidney for student’s transplant

You never know the blessings around you until your eyes are opened to them.

— Maddie and Johnathan Luce

Angie is my daughter-in-law, and I could not be any prouder of her. I have another son in the family who has had a kidney transplant but on the receiving end.

So our family has felt the true gift on both ends and praises God for two lives saved.

— Alice Lester Peterson

Old Beatty Ford Road store deals with downturn in traffic

If they’re really concerned about their business, they should make renovations within their station and lower their gas prices.

They’re about 10 cents higher per gallon than other gas stations in Rockwell.

— Debbie Lloyd 

Letter: President tearing apart society, Constitution

Hearing today’s Democrats talk about the Constitution is like listening to an atheist preach a Sunday morning church sermon.

— Zachary Sink

Salisbury police solve 35-year-old murder of Reesa Dawn Trexler

It’s so tragic that this family has gone so long without an answer and now has no chance to see justice for the crime.

— Pat Sledge

I hope the people of Salisbury apologize to any family members they ostracized and/or accused over the years.

— Tammy Howard Ofsanik

I wish the killer had been caught before he died, but now hopefully Jodie can find some peace. She lost her sister but was never allowed to grieve.

— Megan Kristin Ross

Editorial: User’s guide to court-approved congressional map

This is a heavily gerrymandered district. Independently drawn maps are needed.

— George W. Benson

Mount Ulla now has a sign for all times

Thank you to everyone in the Mount Ulla Historic Preservation Society for this beautiful sign, which marks the spot where I grew up.

My mind wanders back to so many wonderful memories of growing up in a community that was full of good, caring people.

— Glenda Kearns

Thank you so much for the beautiful sign and everyone’s hard work in making it happen.

I love living in Mount Ulla.

— Carol Hart Oliphant

I had moved away but this area keeps drawing me back. Beautiful country and people.

— Melissa Plyler-Frick



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High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker


Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank


North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys


Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools


Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house


Quotes of the week


Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid


When will gas situation return to normal?


Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart


GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire


Black high school softball player told to cut hair


State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan


CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors


One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday


Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases


‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack


Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store


Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem


West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant