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Quotes of the Week

“I didn’t feel nothing.”

— Thomas Vaughn, Army veteran who was the first to get a COVID-19
vaccine at the Salisbury VA

“It was just a fun way to welcome our kids into the building.”

— Jennifer Brown, principal at
Hurley Elementary School on 
holiday-themed shenanigans meant to excite students as they arrived

“It has been hard to keep training and to keep going when you know it could all end any day. But I’ve tried to find ways to stay positive, and here we are, still running. I’m very thankful we’ve gotten this season in.”

— Nolan Miller, South Rowan senior cross country runner on the unique challenges athletes have faced in 2020

“He clearly wanted to be a police officer for the right reasons. Jason didn’t want to be a cop to resolve some sort of curiosity for a few years and then move on to do something else.”

— Gary Gacek, Concord Police Chief speaking of Jason Shuping and his
ultimate sacrifice when he was killed while on duty Dec. 16 during a shootout

“I hate that we had to do it this way, but at least it’s something and it’s acknowledging our achievement.”

— Kimberly Allred, paramedic who earned an associate degree in emergency medical science after taking  part in  Rowan-Cabarrus Community College graduation ceremonies at
Charlotte Motor Speedway

“Places of gatherings are largely closed or restricted, so those areas have been hurt substantially more. Many restaurants and accommodations haven’t been able to recover at the same pace as other businesses have.”

— James Meacham, Rowan County Tourism executive director on the prospects of a COVID-19 relief package to include special provisions to help the hospitality industry

“We were like little elves. We didn’t have Santa, but he put us to work and said he needed us to run it this time.”

— Queen Williams, who helped
deliver gifts from Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 to schools so their Christmas tradition wouldn’t be deterred by COVID-19

“In the back of my mind, I always had this process of, when I leave, I want to make sure I’m leaving it in a better position than when I arrived. I can honestly say that is the case now.”

— Rick Parker, outgoing executive director of the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation

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Local

PETA protesters gather in front of police department

Coronavirus

Seven new COVID-19 deaths, 166 positives reported in county this week

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep

Crime

Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds

Local

Salisbury Station one of several ‘hot spots’ included in NCDOT rail safety study

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, school considering options

News

Iredell County votes to move Confederate memorial to cemetery

Nation/World

Lara Trump may have eyes on running for a Senate seat

Local

Rowan among counties in Biden’s disaster declaration from November floods

Local

PETA plans protest at Salisbury Police Department on Friday

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, charter revoked

Coronavirus

29 new positives, no new COVID-19 deaths reported

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with drug crimes

News

Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station

Business

The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road

Education

Shoutouts

High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West

Local

Salisbury to show off new fire station

Education

Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month

Local

City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color

Education

Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association

Local

Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget