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Ben Stansell, Author at Salisbury Post

Business

Frustrated and confused by COVID-19 restrictions, local bar owners near breaking point

SALISBURY — Last year, Chris Ostle felt like he was on top of the world. The Fish Bowl, the downtown bar he co-owns with Branson ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 29, 2020 12:10 am

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury-Rowan utilities honored for exceeding drinking water standards

SALISBURY — Salisbury-Rowan Utilities was recently honored for exceeding federal and state drinking water standards for 2019. The water and wastewater provider for the city ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 29, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Businesses plan to continue using practices driven by COVID-19 after pandemic is over

SALISBURY — The idea was so good that Stephanie Potter says she wishes she thought of it a decade ago. It took a pandemic for ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 29, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Always on the hunt: Local entrepreneur grows real estate firm, earns accolade for success

SALISBURY — As Garrett White pulled into the parking lot of the smoking duplex, flashing blue and red lights came racing in behind him. “I ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 29, 2020 12:00 am

Local

‘Whoever we feed is a blessing:’ Providence Baptist Church distributes free meals on Thanksgiving

EAST SPENCER — Around 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, Providence Baptist Church Pastor Sy Ponds walked into the church’s fellowship hall and started a pot ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Friday, November 27, 2020 12:13 am

Crime

Blotter: Nov. 26

In crime reports: • Carl Mitchell Riley, 34, of Spencer, was charged by the Spencer Police Department on Wednesday for assault on a female. Riley ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:38 pm

News

From poult to Thanksgiving centerpiece, Evans Family Farm knows how to raise turkeys

MT. ULLA — The sound of a shovel sinking into rocks rings out as Jessica Evans picks up a load of gravel and dumps it ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:10 am

Local

‘Tis the Season Spectacular Christmas parade provides entertainment, holiday spirit

SALISBURY — Of all the sights there were to see during the ‘Tis the Season Spectacular parade on Wednesday night, Shari Graham’s favorite was the ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:52 pm

News

Catawba College researchers say invasive beetle will kill significant portion of ecological preserve’s ash trees

SALISBURY — In five years, most of the green ash trees that compose the leafy canopy in the Catawba College’s Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Preserve ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:10 am

Business

Small business owners seek lifeline in new grant program offered by Rowan County

SALISBURY — Shelly Corriher, Suzanne Phillips and Jeff Penfil were among a handful of small business owners sitting in the J. Newton Cohen Sr. Room ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:04 pm

Local

United Way celebrates campaign with lively finale, but work will continue

SALISBURY — Under the bright sun at the Rowan County Fairgrounds, the United Way celebrated its 2020 fundraising campaign on Friday afternoon with hijinks, a ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:05 am

Business

‘Having your doctor at home’: Local optometrist goes above and beyond for patients

SALISBURY — Most optometrists don’t have a YouTube channel, but Dr. Melanie Denton Dombrowski isn’t most eye doctors. When Dombrowski opened Salisbury Eyecare and Eyewear ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Biz Roundup: Students can join employers for virtual Groundhog Job Shadow Day 

SALISBURY — The 2021 Groundhog Job Shadow Day will be held virtually. The program, coordinated by Rowan Salisbury Schools’ Career Technical Education, pairs students with ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:00 am

Lifestyle

Adopt-an-Oscar: Innovative litter-catching device cleans waterways, teaches lessons

SALISBURY — Students at Catawba College don’t have a class pet, but they have adopted an Oscar. Nicknamed for the furry green Sesame Street character ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Commissioners finalize rules for COVID-19 business grant program

SALISBURY — During a called meeting on Friday evening, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners approved final changes to their COVID-19 small business grant program. ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Saturday, November 21, 2020 4:13 pm

Business

Heart and Oak vintage decor store finds home in downtown Salisbury

SALISBURY — It was just a dusty bushel basket lid sitting among a slew of other vintage items in a now defunct antique store in ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Friday, November 20, 2020 12:00 am

Local

Toys for Tots teaming up with ‘Tis the Season Spectacular to collect toys for families in need

SALISBURY — When cars line up near the law office of Wallace and Graham to go through the ‘Tis the Season Spectacular drive-thru parade on ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Friday, November 20, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Rowan Chamber of Commerce’s speaker talks about navigating new paid leave law

SALISBURY — Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the spring, it has disrupted many aspects of everyday life, including work. Parents who are employed have ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, November 19, 2020 1:03 pm

News

Moving to higher ground: Construction underway on new Rockwell law enforcement building

ROCKWELL — This time next year, Rockwell Police Chief Hugh Bost Jr. won’t have to reach for a mop when a heavy rain comes. The ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:05 am

Business

County government creates grant program to help local businesses hurt by COVID-19

SALISBURY — Help is on the horizon for some local small businesses. The Rowan County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Monday night approved ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:00 am

News

Despite citizen pushback, commissioners approve rezoning for 5-acre plot

SALISBURY — After lengthy discussion and comments from citizens, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Monday night approved a request to rezone a plot ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Downtown merchants want people to shop early, local during holiday season

SALISBURY — As the Christmas shopping season begins, Pam Coffield has some advice for customers who shop at Stitchin’ Post Gifts — if you see ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:00 am

Crime

Blotter: Man arrested for trafficking of meth, other charges

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man is being held on a $100,000 bond after being charged Sunday for felony trafficking of methamphetamine and other crimes. Kenneth ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:44 pm

Local

After success of ‘Everybody Was Happy,’ Hap Roberts looks to give back

SALISBURY — Hap Roberts hasn’t strayed far from the place where he grew up on Merritt Avenue in Salisbury. Roberts attended and graduated from college ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:05 am

Business

Biz Roundup: Rowan Chamber readies for November Power in Partnership program

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce has announced Kenny Colbert from The Employers Association as the speaker for November’s Power in Partnership virtual ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:00 am

Local

Commissioners to consider funding for organization that works to prevent overdoses, stop opioid abuse

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Monday will hear a request from the Health Department for more than $300,000 in funding to ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Tallest cone in town: New restaurant seeks to promote family, fun next to mini golf course

KANNAPOLIS — In search of an “iconic symbol” for his new restaurant, Brian Freeman found inspiration in ice cream. To accompany Jocko’s Mini Golf, which ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:00 am

Local

First responders save three stranded kayakers on Yadkin River

SPENCER — First responders rescued three people from the surging waters of the Yadkin River on Saturday afternoon after their kayaks overturned and left them ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Saturday, November 14, 2020 7:50 pm

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