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Education

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

SALISBURY — Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Tony Watlington on Thursday was the featured speaker during the kickoff of this year’s Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Power ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Friday, September 17, 2021 12:00 am

Education

Local colleges finds spots on latest U.S. News and World Report rankings

SALISBURY — U.S. News and World Report this week released its closely watched college rankings. Catawba College and Livingstone College are both featured on the ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:00 am

Local

Spencer authorizes COVID-19 sick leave for vaccinated employees

SPENCER — The Spencer Board of Alderman on Tuesday night adopted a resolution extending additional sick leave time to vaccinated full-time employees who miss work ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:00 am

Education

RSS school board approves $207.6 million initial budget, discusses federal aid

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education on Monday approved an initial budget resolution to administer $207.6 million in anticipated revenues from state and ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:10 am

Education

RSS school board interviews Marsh, Billings for vacant seat

SALISBURY — Two candidates have been interviewed to fill the vacancy on the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education. The board spoke to two candidates during ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:05 am

Education

After mask mandate, RSS COVID-19 numbers improve dramatically

SALISBURY — Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ COVID-19 quarantines and infections have declined sharply after previous record-setting numbers. On Friday, the district recorded 106 student infections and 1,178 ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:10 am

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools gets back to work creating K-8 facility

SALISBURY — After being on hold for more than a year because of frozen funding, Rowan-Salisbury Schools has resumed work on a combined K-8 facility ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:05 am

Education

RSS to talk resuming Knox-Overton K-8 project

SALISBURY — A memo to the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education and included with Monday’s agenda says funding to build a new K-8 school is ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, September 12, 2021 12:05 am

Elections

State Board of Elections approves Sunday voting for 2021 municipal elections in Rowan County

SALISBURY — The North Carolina State Board of Elections on Friday sided with Democrats on the Rowan County Board of Elections in approving two days ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Friday, September 10, 2021 8:31 pm

Education

More valuable than ever during pandemic, RSS celebrates its substitute teachers

SALISBURY — This week, Rowan-Salisbury Schools is celebrating its substitute teachers, who have been particularly valuable during a pandemic that’s brought more absences than usual ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Friday, September 10, 2021 12:04 am

Education

RSS in talks about using federal relief money to provide faculty stipends

SALISBURY — Rowan-Salisbury Schools is looking for ways to use federal relief funding to offset the extra work being taken on by its teachers. With ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Friday, September 10, 2021 12:00 am

Education

Salisbury Academy third graders learn sign language basics to communicate in class

SALISBURY — If you step into a third grade class at Salisbury Academy, you may see silent communication mixed in with all the noise. The ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:00 am

Local

9/11 20th anniversary: Local educators look back at classroom experience

SALISBURY —Tonya German was outside with an earth science class at South Rowan High School when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. The ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:00 am

Local

9/11 20th Anniversary: Veterans reflect on 9/11, conflict in the Middle East

SALISBURY — Bernie Sahadi was devastated when the planes hit the World Trade Center in 2001. The career Marine was stationed in California at the ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:00 am

Local

City takes firefighter union’s presentation off agenda

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Professional Firefighters Union was on the agenda for the City Council’s Tuesday meeting, but the group’s presentation about pay was voted off ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, September 8, 2021 9:00 pm

Education

Salisbury City Council approves pandemic bonuses, vaccine incentives

SALISBURY — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a pair of proposals that will put some extra cash in the pockets of its employees. ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:10 am

Education

Eight apply for school board vacancy

SALISBURY — Eight people have thrown their hats in the ring for a brief stint on the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education. A seat opened ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:06 am

Education

RSS superintendent talks highs, lows for district during State Board of Education meeting

SALISBURY — Eight months into his tenure with Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Superintendent Tony Watlington last week spoke to the N.C. Board of Education about where the ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Monday, September 6, 2021 12:30 am

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury pair charged with breaking into China Grove residence, stealing list of items

SALISBURY – Two people were charged Saturday with a litany of felony larceny and breaking and entering charges in connection to an August incident. Jordan ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Monday, September 6, 2021 12:00 am

Education

31% of RSS students passed standardized tests during pandemic

SALISBURY — As the pandemic upended traditional learning methods in public schools, Rowan-Salisbury students saw a significant drop in standardized test scores. From 2018-2019 school ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, September 5, 2021 12:05 am

Local

VFW Post 3006 hosts candlelight vigil for soldiers killed in Afghanistan

SALISBURY — A crowd of about 80 people gathered Saturday evening on the lawn in front of the Hudson, Miller, Tatum VFW Post 3006 to ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, September 5, 2021 12:00 am

Local

Brinkley, Barnhardt face off on ballot for Granite Quarry mayor

GRANITE QUARRY — Newcomer Brittany Barnhardt and former alderman Mike Brinkley are on the ballot in 2021 to be Granite Quarry’s next mayor and replace ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:00 am

Education

North Hills fifth graders tackle team building, ecology at Camp Hanes

SALISBURY — North Hills Christian School fifth graders took a camping trip this weekend to learn about themselves and the natural world. The trip to ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:00 am

Coronavirus

For local schools, COVID-19 quarantines, infections vary

SALISBURY — Classes for the 2021-2022 year are underway in all local public and private schools, and COVID-19 is affecting each one differently. Kannapolis City ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:04 am

Coronavirus

Outbreaks, COVID-19 clusters in RSS-schools continue rising

SALISBURY — Local COVID-19 clusters and outbreaks are continuing to climb, with the Rowan County Detention Center representing the largest outbreak and Rowan-Salisbury Schools recording ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:00 am

Education

RSS school board extends mask mandate after lengthy conversation on spiking student quarantines

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education in a split vote on Monday extended its mask mandate for all school facilities until the end ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, August 31, 2021 12:10 am

Education

Ted Budd visits Faith Academy, loans books from Library of Congress

FAITH — Faith Academy added 50 books to its growing library courtesy of the Library of Congress and Rep. Ted Budd. Budd, a Republican whose ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, August 31, 2021 12:05 am

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools mask mandate extended until Oct. 11

SALISBURY – The Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education in a split vote on Monday extended its mask mandate for all school facilities until the end ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Monday, August 30, 2021 6:03 pm

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