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Talkback, what online readers are saying about …

… City and Downtown Salisbury, Inc. warn  of towing …

Fisher Street is a victim of its own success. Parking is scarce and not everyone is willing to park behind City Hall and walk through an alley. I would suggest the city invest in and advertise security cameras for pedestrian safety. It could be a deterrent to crime and make downtown shoppers feel safer walking more than half a block to buy a burrito.

— Jeff Morris

Local leaders give ‘backpacks of love’ to Essie Mae Kiser …

Craig Pierce and his wife have believed in us from the beginning. To have them make such a big and beautifully thought out gift for each student in Essie Foxx’s name,  is indeed special.

— Whitney Peckman

China Grove’s Lee Withers files for county commissioner

Mr. Withers brings a legacy of community service to the table.

— Jeff Morris

Rowan County needs stronger county commissioners than this guy.

— Bob Bartlett

County’s audit shows dip in unassigned fund balance

Sheriff’s Office needed a raise to be competitive. Then again, might want to tighten up next year. A socialist could win the presidency and the stock market and the economy could tank in late 2020.

— Todd Paris

Former Mayor Heggins … will run for state legislature

Last liberal to win this district was when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

— Chadwick Kluttz

I’m glad to see her running for office. I’m excited to see her lose big time.

— David Holman

White noise: Are these squirrels in Spencer …

We have a colony of white squirrels that hang out in our yard near the library park. They love to run across the top of the fence. We were told that a former mail carrier of ours had rescued some white squirrels and returned them to nature once they were healed.

— Laurie Deal Wilson

I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a white squirrel, until I had seen one. So I was very shocked about that.

— Tina Lynn Zollars

Richard Hudson: Impeachment was dark day …

The darkest day in the history of this country was when the “bogus POTUS” asked a foreign government to interfere in our election and tried to tweet intimidations to career non partisan witnesses testifying before the House of Representatives..

— Reginald Brown

As irascible, petty, childish, crude and petulant as President Donald Trump is, surely we can look back in history and find darker days.

— Bruce LaRue

Letter: Rowan County bands together to help China Grove man

Tami left someone out of this heart-warming Christmas story, herself. Thanks to all those who stepped up to help James, but without her tireless effort over the past year it would not have happened. Tami is truly an example of a person acting as God’s hands and feet in the world and loving her neighbor.

— Gail Angira Poulton

For now, Rowan-Salisbury Schools lunch debt paid off

According to several students at Carson, if your lunch account is in debt you are made to get an alternative lunch, which consists of fruits and vegetables.

My son said he watched a cafeteria worker instruct a child that couldn’t pay to throw his perfectly good lunch in the trash and go back for the alternative lunch.

— Brandy Blalock Mitchem    

All public schools should provide free lunch to all students.

— Amanda Doyle

Students should not have to pay for their breakfast or lunches. Our jails and prisons are packed with murderers, rapists and child molesters and they get three free meals a day.

— Marsha Rinehart

This could be and should be paid out of the North Carolina “Education” lottery. Personally, I think the name should be changed to something else since education only receives a mere 35% of the proceeds.

— Wayne Smith

That part about denying a child lunch is crap because East didn’t let my daughter eat because she didn’t let me know she needed lunch money.

— William Barringer

If parents would go online and apply for free lunch, then we wouldn’t have so many kids in debt. Parents need to take responsibility for this, too.

— Jody Barringer

New traffic pattern in China Grove starting next week

State transportation contractors have already made a mess on Highway 152 with their roundabouts. I have almost seen several accidents because of them.

— Joe Ruble

If people would learn how to drive, they would understand that the roundabouts make traffic flow smoother. Just use common sense and pay attention.

— Christopher Michael Swarmer

Editorial: Data tell story of coming 76th District race

There’s no good reason to be unkind to Warren. So, I’ll just say there is an excellent more-connected type of representation on the way.

— Brian Pfaff

… Two-time teacher of the year Theresa Pierce …

Theresa’s classroom style and activities and love for all extend well beyond her classroom. If you need a good word for the day or need to feel loved see Mrs. Pierce.

— Linda Broadway Duncan



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Man faces new charge of attempted murder for father’s shooting


Gov. Cooper lifts indoor mask mandate for most situations, gathering limits


Barnes gets new punishment of two life sentences in Tutterow couple’s 1992 murder

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