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June 16, 2021

Week in review: Test your nose for local news

Who ate here?

Historic Salisbury Foundation's History on Tap tour of the Empire Hotel drew hundreds of curious visitors that have never been inside the historic building on Thursday afternoon.

1. Waterworks Visual Arts Center had Scott Mason, WRAL-TV’s “Tar Heel Traveler,” as its guest speaker this past week. Mason’s book “Tar Heel Traveler Eats: Food Journeys Across North Carolina” includes what Rowan County eatery?

A. Gary’s Barbecue

B. Sweet Meadow Cafe

C. Hap’s Grill

D. Stag ‘n Doe

2. Which of these area attorneys is no longer in the running to become attorney for the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education?

A. Don Sayers

B. Graham Corriher

C. Jeff Morris

D. James Middlebrooks

3. The summer’s “History on Tap” series debuted this past week with a tour of the Empire Hotel. Which one of these famous people once had breakfast at the hotel?

A. John Wayne

B. Robert E. Lee

C. Frank Sinatra

D. Eleanor Roosevelt

4. What was the first book discussed by participants in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge?

A. “Gone With the Wind”

B. “Sons and Lovers”

C. “The Sound and the Fury”

D. “Pride and Prejudice”

5. Livingstone College graduate and track star Quanera Hayes competed this weekend in the USA Championships in Eugene, Ore., in hopes of making the U.S. national team. Hayes won the Division II national championship in what two events?

A. 200- and 400-meter sprints

B. Shot put

C. Pole vault

D. 800-meter high hurdles

6. The Rowan County Board of Commissioners is in the process of choosing an architect for renovating West End Plaza. According to the county’s master plan, how much would a total renovation cost?

A. $3.26 million

B. $9.26 million

C. $13.26 million

D. $21.26 million.

7. The Rowan County Department of Social Services has been able to address better a backlog of Medicaid cases that once numbered 12,000 but is now down to 3,000. What’s given the most credit for helping to reduce the backlog?

A. The state’s switch to a new computer software program

B. Better interview techniques in the local office

C. The hiring of temporary, part-time workers to help with processing

D. A decision to eliminate Medicaid benefits for 5,000 individuals

8. What Salisbury native and now Charleston pastor led a community prayer service at Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston a day after the mass shooting that took nine lives?

A. Dr. Tim Smith

B. Dr. Albert Aymer

C. Dr. Sidney Davis Sr.

D. Dr. George Jackson

9. Local runner-cyclist-author David Freeze has hit the road again on a long-distance bicycle trip. From where-to-where is he going this time?

A. Alabama to Canada

B. Michigan to Louisiana

C. North Carolina to Texas

D. North Carolina to Idaho

10. Another retailer has signed on as a tenant for Shoppes at the Summit, now under construction off Julian Road. What is it?

A. Bed, Bath and Beyond

B. Five Below

C. Plow & Hearth

D. Fred’s


1. C. For his food book on N.C. eateries, the Tar Heel Traveler stopped at Hap’s Grill.

2. A. Sayers, who has been school board attorney for years, is no longer in the running for the job.

3. B. Lee, the famous general of the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, ate breakfast with his daughter at the hotel on April 1, 1870.

4. D. Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” was the Summer Reading Challenge’s first book. On deck for discussion: “First Impressions” by Charlie Lovett.

5. A. Hayes won the Division II national championship in the 200- and 400-meter races. At the USA Championships, she is competing in the 400 meters.

6. D. A total renovation of the former Salisbury Mall is estimated to cost $21.26 million. Finding adequate space for all county departments, including other sites, is estimated at $27 million.

7. C. State funding for the part-time workers, who have helped to reduce the backlog of Medicaid cases, runs out this week.

8. C. Salisbury native Dr. Sidney Davis Sr. led the service at Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, located behind Emanuel AME.

9. A. Freeze is going from Mobile, Ala., to Ontario, Canada, and tracing the route of the Underground Railroad.

10. B. Five Below, a retail chain that sells products for $5 or less, will take a spot in the new shopping center next to Dick’s Sporting Goods.



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