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Quotes of the week

“We’re talking about just doing the right thing here. We shouldn’t even need to codify doing the right thing.”

— Rodney Phillips, China Grove mayor pro-tem on allowing some discretion on the size of tree limbs the town will pick up

“Hannah (Waddell) is a natural athlete with a positive attitude and an awesome work ethic. … If she sticks with it, she can do about whatever she wants to do in golf.”

— Rhett Teems, East Rowan golf coach on his freshman standout who won the county meet by six strokes after starting to play just a year ago

“Inventory is still spotty. There’s still worldwide a boom. … All the bikes everywhere around the world were sold out and they’re still hard to get.”

— Eric Phillips, Skinny Wheels Bike Shop owner speaking of bicycle supplies as his shop reopens
following renovations

“It might be Easter Sunday, but what better way to spend your afternoon? The Easter bunny shows up in the morning and they’re like, ‘Hey, look kids, Monster Truckz tickets are in your Easter basket.’ ”

— Paul Slimick, Monster Truckz show director after record crowds showed up at the Rowan County
Fairgrounds spectacle

“I can really relate to people’s suffering. I know that may sound strange, but as a pastor I’ve been at a lot of bedsides whenever people were suffering.”

— Dawn Rister, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church on her lingering effects from a bout with COVID-19

“My excitement is that we get one more opportunity in this current state of our society to come face-to-face with truths.”

— Rev. Olen Bruner, co-chair of  Actions in Faith and Justice after a marker commemorating Jim
Crow-era lynchings and present-day racial injustice was approved

“In my 20s I felt panicked to make money, make ‘my mark’ in a big way. Then I came to realize it’s really about making your corner of the world beautiful, make it work for yourself and show some kindness to the rest of the world.”

— Wendy Alexander-Persse, owner of The French Nest vintage decor store downtown

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Business

‘Believe me, they’ll be fresh’: Patterson Farm welcomes strawberry crop

Local

City appoints more members to boards, commissions, with 9 seats left to be filled

News

Virtual play groups the new norm at Smart Start

Local

City meets in closed session to consult with attorney on two ongoing litigation cases

Education

Summit takes art out of the classroom, into the student’s home

Education

Education briefs: Gene Haas Foundation donates $12,500 to RCCC

Business

County’s restaurant grant program dishes out funding to eight local eateries

High School

High school football: Yow out as South head coach

Education

Shoutouts

Local

City moves forward on greenway extension, traffic signal upgrades

Business

State broadband survey could help fund local infrastructure

Education

Happy Roots adds to programming with Bic recycling program

Education

RCCC small business center partners 53 Ideas Pitch Competition

Nation/World

Sheriff: Deputy fatally shot Black man while serving warrant

Nation/World

Garland announces sweeping police probe after Floyd verdict

Crime

District attorney won’t bring charges against former Salisbury officer depicted in K-9 video

Coronavirus

Cooper plans to lift gathering, distancing limits by June 1

Crime

Convicted sex offender charged with having child pornography

Crime

Rowan County woman faces drug crimes for gas station incident

Crime

Blotter: Thousands of dollars in lumber taken from Newsome Road house

Local

Locals react to Chauvin verdict, reflect on work still to do

Business

With remote expansion, outsource provider FCR looks to become an ‘exceptional part’ of Rowan community

Local

City expects $1.5 million surplus in current budget, ability to raise some wages for police, public works

Education

Enochville Elementary to host farewell event May 1