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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Trading Ford carried travelers across the Yadkin

Before cars zipped over Interstate 85 or the Wil-Cox bridge carried two lanes of U.S. 29, a similar ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Storied Kerr Mill poised for a water wheel replacement

Constructed by Joseph Kerr around 1823, Kerr Mill was for years the primary source of flour, cornmeal and ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: How China Grove earned its distinct name

The very name of the town seems to beg the question. Why is it called China Grove? Chartered ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Adding ice cream was a sweet treat for Patterson Farm

MOUNT ULLA — Folks at Patterson Farm were busy over the winter getting ready for this year’s growing ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: New lights will spotlight racing activity at Millbridge Speedway

MILLBRIDGE — During COVID-19 pivoting, Millbridge Speedway was forced to split racing night from just Wednesdays to add ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Rosenwald Schools educated Black children in the early 20th century

There is some disagreement between sources on how many Rosenwald schools were built in Rowan County, but the ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Mount Ulla’s rich farmland may only be rivaled by its history

In 2005, Davidson County Broadcasting applied to build a large radio tower in rural Mount Ulla. The close-knit ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Eagle Point Nature Preserve is ‘a neat place to go’

Eagle Point Nature Preserve has been fulfilling its mission for more than 20 years. The park, about 180 ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: At 120th anniversary, Noble & Kelsey moving into fourth generation of family operation

Adrianna and Kimberly Kelsey’s memories of their family’s business, Noble & Kelsey Funeral Home, aren’t too different. “As ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Barn quilts bring meaning, color to western Rowan County

Elsie Bennett knew the feed business wasn’t going to sustain her 100-plus-year-old general store. Looking for a way ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Dan Nicholas’ generosity sparked vision for county’s top park

SALISBURY — Dan Nicholas could sell ice to an eskimo, but he had a tough time giving away ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Food Lion started as ‘little bitty’ grocery store in Salisbury

SALISBURY — Philanthropist Ronnie Smith says there’s no way his father, Wilson, and fellow Food Lion founders Ralph ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Tallest point in county gets Young name from old figure

On a clear day, visitors to Dunns Mountain can see the skyline of uptown Charlotte or further, but ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Livingstone part of historic first Black college’s football game

SALISBURY — History was made on a snowy December day in 1892. Two groups of men gathered on ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: High Rock Lake vital part of Rowan County

High Rock lake is an iconic part of Rowan and Davidson counties for recreation, economic development and manufacturing. ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Spencer Shops were the heart the town before it existed

Spencer was an important place more than 120 years ago, before the town even existed. “The new shops ...

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Spirit of Rowan: Salisbury was center of veteran activity when VA hospital system set roots here in 1945

One of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s last official acts was approving the construction of a VA Medical Center ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: West Rowan’s football dynasty

By Mike London mike.london@salisburypost.com MOUNT ULLA — In 1997, after nearly 40 years of football, West Rowan owned ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Odd facts from Rowan County

SALISBURY — Did you know Rowan County used to stretch to the Pacific Ocean? In theory, at least, ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Interstate 85 expansion continues to spur economic development in Rowan County

Historically, Rowan County’s proximity to transportation routes like Yadkin River and the N.C. Railroad has played a major ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Rowan County’s history is set in stone

When German immigrant Michael Braun was in need of building material to construct his home in eastern Rowan ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: Gold Hill boasts a rich mining heritage

California might be the state most Americans associate with gold mining, but North Carolina experienced its own golden ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: J.C. Price’s legacy still felt today

Even though Salisbury activist Joseph Charles Price died at the early age of 39, his impact in the ...

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Spirit of Rowan 2022: African-American Heritage Trail continues to highlight Black history, culture 20 years later

SALISBURY — Though it only scratches the surface, the African-American Heritage Trial has highlighted historic places, leaders and ...

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Spirit of Rowan: Ryan Stowe, the only Black criminal defense attorney in Salisbury, is growing his law practice

Ryan Stowe’s original plan of getting into politics didn’t work out the way he thought it might, but ...

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Spirit of Rowan: Career in education: Andrew Smith worked his way from teaching to administration

Andrew Smith went to China Grove-area schools, graduated from South Rowan High School and went on to earn ...

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Spirit of Rowan: Dominique Bates steers students down the right path

Dominique Bates is a Salisbury native who attended all the North Rowan schools growing up before he went ...

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Spirit of Rowan: Salisbury High junior Ali Khatib has passion for education reform

Ali Khatib has a long road ahead of him. The soon-to-be-17-year-old Salisbury High School junior is in the ...

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