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Quotes of the week

“We can’t enjoy a drink on the back porch after a long day of work because we have sounds of murder and mayhem in our backyard.”

— Taylor Deyton, speaking against a rezoning request  for the Reaper’s Realm haunted attraction

“It is extremely disheartening to see these reports and know that these deaths were potentially preventable. Vaccines are the safest way for people to get immunity from the virus to protect themselves, their families, and our community.”

— Alyssa Harris, Rowan County health director

“We have so many people coming to downtown as a destination and this is one more way for people to say, ‘Kannapolis has it going on. There’s some good things happening there.’ ”

— Annette Privette Keller, Kannapolis communications director after the Pump House on West Avenue  was named a  finalist for America’s Best Restroom 2021

“After a year of planning, site research and the preparation, ‘Fame’ is now in her final location, placed in historical context, overlooking the graves of the soldiers for which she was originally created in perpetuity.”

— Karen Alexander, Salisbury mayor as the Confederate statue’s relocation was completed

“It would be nice for everything to be in place.”

— Dyke Messinger, on the possibility that Bell Tower Green Park will be turned over to the city before completion of a light fixture replacement effort

“It’s a miracle.”

— Kathy Therrien Sechler, Kassidy Sechler’s mother after 15-year-old was cleared to return home after being hospitalized when she collapsed during a softball game

“Through all this statewide and national attention that he’s gotten, he’s been an amazing representative of not only Salisbury High, but all of Rowan County. He’s as good an athlete as you’ll ever want to see, but he’s also as good a person as you’ll ever want to meet.”

— Brian Hinson, Salisbury football coach speaking about Jalon Walker, who was named Rowan County Male Athlete of the Year



Defense witness gives tearful account of deadly shooting in Fishzilla murder trial

News Main

High school football: Hornets easily handle unbeaten Thomasville; North, Davie also romp


Judges strike down state’s voter ID law


Jury finds Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder


Jeffrey MacDonald ends release appeal from infamous 1970 slayings


State unemployment rate falls to 4.3% in August

High School

West looking like a postseason contender in 49-14 rout of Carson


Outside experts back COVID-19 booster shots only for seniors, high-risk individuals


China Grove man jailed for possessing child pornography, assault, kidnapping


Spencer man charged with rape


Blotter: Boy served with juvenile justice petition for shooting


North Rowan High student creates artwork for Community Care Clinic


Rugby coming to Kannapolis on Sept. 25


RSS superintendent talks to Chamber of Commerce about renewal, state of public education


Prosecution in Fishzilla murder case introduces more witness accounts, handgun used in shooting


Volunteers needed as High Rock Lake to host fourth annual Clean Sweep event on Saturday

High School

High school volleyball: West back on track after sweeping Carson


GOP candidate, Lexington attorney Jim Snyder dead at 76


Judge says farm workers’ union law provision is unconstitutional


For second day in a row, six new COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan County


Main Street repaving scheduled to start Monday evening


Sex offender faces new charges for living too close to Head Start in China Grove


Salisbury man wanted for August murder on Carpenters Circle


One-of-a-kind barn quilt goes up in western Rowan County