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Talkback, what online readers are saying about …

… Storm brings tornadoes, flooding, high winds

There was severe damage along Irish Potato Road and Phaniels Church Road near Pless Road. Entire roofs were blown off and trees snapped.

— Jeanne Dennis

Salisbury man found with pills, cocaine following traffic stop

Posting someone’s personal information before there is a trial and conviction is pretty messed up. I know this is common practice, but it always seems unfair.

— Rena Nicole

John Hood: What if Bernie Sanders wins NC?

You seem scared.

— Vann Thomas        Powell

Letter: Don’t merge Knox Middle, Overton Elementary

Close Knox and Overton and spread the students to North and surrounding schools. Why build new school with enrollment so low at other schools? The school board didn’t have any problem closing Woodleaf and shipping students to Cleveland.

— Teresa Sides Eller

… Police Department works to ensure makeup of officers …

Should the 911 operator ask for victim race,color and sex in order to assign the “right” officer to respond? Sounds Orwellian. All I ask for is a professional officer regardless of race, creed or color. Social engineering does not work.

— James Bostwick

Letter: As a conservative, what’s it all about?

As long as poverty exists, education continues to fail our children, the right to vote is suppressed, taxes remain unfair to the lower class, health care is not affordable and our U.S. Constitution is under attack, there will be a Democratic Party.

Democrats believe in betterment for all not just a few..

— George W Benson

Letter: Shame on Burr, Tillis for impeachment vote

Perhaps if the case against Trump would have actually been proven, they’d have voted to impeach. It is innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.

— Maria Rossi

Shame on the Democrats for the political and legal sham they demonstrated throughout the congressional impeachment hearings.

Democrats stated that if it was not biparitsan, they would not proceed with the impeachment process.

— Mark Riley

… Trash collection part of city’s litter problem

Thanks to Susan and Mike for all their efforts in keeping Fulton Heights clean. I seem them out daily cleaning our neighborhood.

— Julie Apone

An anti-litter plan needs to be started in the elementary and middle schools to guilt the parents and adults to stop littering.

—Shawn Campion

Blotter: Two vehicles broken into at Innes Street Market

I stared down a panhandler walking between Old Navy and Dollar Tree until he left. Wearing a winter coat with long hood, there’s our problem.

— Terry Pie

… Closure of Faith, Enochville elementary schools

Meanwhile, Woodleaf Elementary School is a pile of rubble and, while the community grieves for the loss of the school, we were hoping to at least keep the gym as part of a community park.

We believe it is a historic structure and would be an asset to our area. Sadly, not one person has had a return phone call from the board of education or Rowan-Salisbury School.

— Cyndy Ward

Landis sees fund balance grow to state’s …

The Landis budget that former manager Roger Hosey worked on was praised by the state but you know who will be taking the credit.

— Rebecca Copley

My response is unfortunately necessarily restrained due to the on-going investigation – but I can say the town’s finances were an absolute mess when I took over as interim finance officer in February 2019. The changes we implemented from February forward were transformative, as the Local Government Commission staff will attest.

— Roger Hosey

School board looks at new $12.3 million contract …

The same iPads can be purchased from a local Best Buy for $250 each without a quantity discount.

The total cost of 20,800 iPads would be $5.2 million. I know the system will say “maintenance and software,” but the software updates occur on their own and to purchase a few hundred extra would save the system millions — literally $7.1 million.

— John Davis

… Replace valedictorian and salutatorian honors

This is Rowan-Salisbury School’s version of one giant participation trophy.

— Vera Cope

Why would you take this achievement away from students that have worked so hard for 4 years?

— Sheri Lyerly Halpin

Lt. Gov. Forest tells Rowan County gathering …

Run Forrest Run? Seriously?

Did anybody tell him where that slogan comes from?

— Anthony Smith

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Crime

Blotter: Man faces drug charges after being reported as ‘suspicious’

News

Duke Energy, NC officials announce coal ash expense deal

Local

Police, firefighters parade for hospital staff

Coronavirus

Demand continues to exceed supply as county shifts to vaccine appointments

Local

‘Uncommonly good man:’ Local appraiser Scott Robinson dies after fall at home

News

Rowan Planning Board settles on screening requirements for solar farms

News

Transition to mass vaccination sites irks NC health systems

Crime

Mississippi sheriff: One dead after Salisbury children left in woods; father sought

Crime

Man faces misdemeanor child abuse charges

Crime

Two charged with breaking into building on South Main Street, drug possession

Coronavirus

Nina Oliver: County will move to appointments for vaccines

News

Political Notebook: North Carolina lawmakers say they look forward to working with Biden

Ask Us

Ask Us: How will county administer second doses of vaccine?

News

White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Coronavirus

81 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday as county hints at appointment model

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with shooting at police, robbing Goodwill in December

News

During early mornings and weekends, F&M Bank handled hundreds of Paycheck Protection Program loans

Coronavirus

Salisbury VA uses appointment model for COVID-19 vaccinations, tops 3,300 doses

Local

Response remains mixed as city continues gathering public input on downtown street plan

Education

Community offers support for, memories of Knox teacher Beaver

Business

Loan program for women, minority entrepreneurs expected to launch in spring

Entertainment

Symphony offers virtual performance of ‘Resounding Romance’ Feb. 12-14

Local

Pops at the Post scheduled for Sept. 11

Education

Kannapolis City Schools searching for an architect to explore A.L. Brown expansion