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Quotes of the week

“If you had to stay home or felt like you needed to stay home, that $1,000 where you were going to take the family down to Florida or out to the coast, people spent it here.”

— Jim Howden, county finance director on the $1.5 million increase in tax revenue from a year earlier

“We’re not going to eliminate flooding. … Flooding will occur. This is to try to resolve issues and manage those issues and decrease the frequency of them, maybe.”

— Chris Tester, public works assistant director on Salisbury’s master plan to improve the city’s stormwater system

“Believe me, if Zae was 6-foot-3, his recruiting would have been done long ago.”

— Brian Hinson, Salisbury football coach after defensive lineman Zae Clay chose to play collegiately at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky

“Just being able to come out and see our team play in a facility like this that’s $50 million plus is pretty cool.”

— Bradley Pole, Charlotte student on the 49ers playing in the first game ever at Atrium Health Ballpark

“We need people to see things as being fun … (Music) can take you away from the stress of dealing with all these issues.”

— David Hagy, Salisbury Symphony’s music director on plans for a gradual return to a normal and particularly special season

“This summer, we’re kind of experimenting to see how can we come back in-person … while
vaccinations are catching people up and everyone is moving toward a time where we can be back more normal.”

— Michael Quillen, vice president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College academic programs

“I ordered no rain that night.”

— Kim Etters, Salisbury High School English teacher who is planning this year’s in-person prom that comes with modifications

“We think this is a good start to restore opportunities for this

— Scott Shelton, of the Rowan Economic Development Commission voicing support for the Dunbar
Village at East Spencer development



RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey


Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County


Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park


History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County


‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove


Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations


‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation


Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year


Ester Marsh: What body type are you?


The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone


Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million


US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency


Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs


FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight


Gastonia man sentenced for crash into restaurant that killed his daughter, daughter-in-law


Some call for charges after video of police shooting 13-year-old in Chicago


State unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in March


NASCAR approach to virus vaccine varies greatly


Judge rejects Cherokee challenge against new casino in Kings Mountain


Jackson tops NC Senate fundraising; Walker coffers also full


Kiwanis Pancake Festival serves thousands of flapjacks for charity


Rowan remains in state’s middle, yellow tier for COVID-19 community spread