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Quotes of the week

“I don’t think you can make any decision that’s wrong when you put the student’s best interest at heart.”

— Travis Billings, candidate seeking to fill the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education vacancy left after Susan Cox resigned

“We have to acknowledge our mistakes before we can correct them. So I think that it’s really meaningful that you’ve done this.”

— Bryan Beatty, speaking as the Rotary Club of Salisbury granted posthumous membership in the organization to his father, the late O.K. Beatty   

““Treat all guns as if they’re loaded. Talk to children about gun safety, but it’s not a substitute for storing guns securely.”

— Sgt. Russ DeSantis, Salisbury Police Department spokesman after a 14-year-old was shot and killed as a group of juveniles passed around a gun

“This is a chance for their voice to be heard and if they’re passionate about something that’s going on in this community, this is a great way to share that information. We want to hear from everybody.”

— Alyssa Harris, Rowan County health director on a survey for the 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment

“It didn’t demoralize us. It didn’t defeat us. It brought us together. … The bottom line comes down to this: you attack us, we are one people … We are the United States of America. And we can fight amongst ourselves — that’s our prerogative. But if you attack my brother or sister, you’ve attacked me.”

— Rep. Harry Warren, who represents Rowan County in the N.C. House speaking at a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

“You’ve got to take care of your ground, or it’s not going to take care of you.”

— Jacob Watson, who manages Wetmore Farms on the honor of receiving the Outstanding Conservation Farm Family of the year award

“I’m not sure you can recover from this big of a mistake.”

— Trish Fore, trainer in an emailed message to medical examiner Lakisha Hayes, who was later fired after not finding a gunshot wound in the head of a car crash victim

“This thing is never going away. It will be with us until we croak.”

— Sam Morgan, alderman in Spencer as the town extended additional sick leave time to vaccinated full-time employees who miss work due to COVID-19



Man jailed for shooting at Davie detectives in Rowan County, given $560,000 bond


County Commissioner Craig Pierce pleads guilty to driving while intoxicated


Overdose call turns into homicide investigation on Ted Lane


Court judgement requires occupants to vacate Gheen Road home, site of two murders


Blotter: Oct. 17


Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection


Early voting creeps along as county holds first municipal voting on Sunday


5 killed in single-vehicle crash in Raleigh


Knightdale police officer dies in crash on Interstate 540

Granite Quarry

Granite Fest makes a comeback with music, vendors and fun for kids


State budget process could mean big gains or loss of funding for schools


Biz Roundup: Downtown Salisbury vying for $25,000 cash prize


Kannapolis native serves as a member of U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’


Snyder promoted to deputy city clerk


Woman arrested for flashing rear end at Sheriff’s Office after previous charges overturned


Hall wins bronze medal in SilverArts


Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342 holds 75th anniversary celebration


Salisbury-based Integro Technologies acquired by Kaman Distribution Group


World War II veteran, longtime Rowan County farmer, celebrates 100th birthday


Rowan commissioners will discuss body cameras for bailiffs, arrowhead donation, plumbing fix for lead levels


Downtown move gives Salisbury Eyecare and Eyewear chance to expand offerings, add new doctor


Clinton recovering from infection 


Teen charged in shooting at Mount Tabor High School held without bond


Marine officer receives reprimand for Afghanistan criticism