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Quotes of the week

“We watched other districts who have had clusters before so we were prepared.”

— Andrew Smith, assistant superintendent of transformation for Rowan-Salisbury Schools after the first COVID-19 cluster surfaced at Corriher-Lipe Middle School

“It gives us a chance to reflect on the word of God, to begin this period of penance.”

— Father John Eckert, after Ash Wednesday services minus the traditional ash cross on foreheads at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

“How could we possibly top the national championship we won in 2020? Well, one way to do that was by going undefeated.”

— Phillip Brown, one of the co-head coaches of the Carolina Thundering Herd semi-pro football team based in Salisbury after completion an 11-0 season

“We’re spending money elsewhere now.”

— George Wilhelm, board chair of Faith Academy on rescinding a $250,000 bid for Faith Elementary School since it can’t proceed with mobile units and purchase the existing facility at the same time

“It has been very challenging.”

— Gail Funderburke,  West Rowan’s principles of business and entrepreneurship teacher speaking about the hurdles of COVID-19 and Career and Technical Education National Appreciation Month

“I remember talking to Richard (Reinholz) when we were planning camp last year in April, and how this thing might still be here in June. Now we’re approaching the second June.”

— Alan Lambert, Hurley YMCA associate executive director speaking of summer camps

“There was a lot of Black and white mixing there. I lived on Liberty Street, which was two blocks away from Mrs. Lash’s store. It’s where I went to buy candy.”

— David Post, City Council member after a presentation on former Black-owned businesses that included Mary Lash’s grocery store on West Innes Street

“Now it comes down to who can play the best for two weeks. … We just have to shoot it better.”

— Joe  Witherspoon, after North Davidson beat Salisbury for the  Central Carolina Conference boys basketball title heading into the state tournament



Political Notebook: Interim health director to talk COVID-19 at county Democrats breakfast


‘Their names liveth forevermore:’ Officials dedicate Fire Station No. 6 to fallen firefighters Monroe, Isler


Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking into Salisbury high, getting juvenile to help


With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes


City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions


High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later


With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee


Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education


Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021


A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month


Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair


Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month


Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later


Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship


Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge


Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill


Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval


Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash


Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students


PETA protesters gather in front of police department


UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week