Ad Spot

Spirit of Rowan: Spencer

The past year has been a busy one for the town of Spencer.

Fred and Alice Stanback Educational Forest

The town kicked off the summer with the grand opening of the Fred and Alice Stanback Educational Forest. Formerly known as Spencer Woods, the 53-acre park features more than 2 miles of trails and was the culmination of seven years of community work.

Salisbury Community Development Corp. partnership

Spencer recently tied the knot on its partnership with Salisbury Community Development Corp. The arrangement allows the town to begin sprucing up, renovating or demolishing dilapidated homes on South Carolina Avenue.

Park Plaza

In the fall, town officials proposed an idea that could kill two birds with one stone: using the empty Park Plaza shopping center as the location for new town and police offices. On Feb. 20, the town entered a purchase agreement with PI REO LLC to buy the property for $668,000. The town plans to purchase 20,000 square feet of space and use 12,000 of it for a new police station and municipal offices. An outparcel along Fifth Street would be turned into a park.

DeVita Dialysis

A new DeVita Dialysis center is nearing completion. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in 2017 determined the need for another area dialysis center, and Spencer offered to be the new location.

Stormwater project

Much of the past year has been devoted to upfitting and renovating stormwater drains along Fourth Street. The project is state-funded.

Homerun Halloween

In 2017, Spencer partnered with Spencer Cal Ripken for the second year to host Homerun Halloween. The trunk-or-treat program, held on the Cal Ripken baseball field, drew more than 1,700 visitors.



Recreation centers keep legacy of Evans, Miller, Hall alive


Candidates discuss rural internet needs at Woodleaf forum


School board to look at more renewal plans, valedictorian and salutatorian honors


No bond, no building: Supporters say RCCC programs would stagnate without bond issue


Biz Briefs: Local hiring event to recruit military personnel


High school students from across the state compete in trade skill event


James Greene recounts working as one of the first black probation officers


Black business owners celebrate progress in community


Ellis, Hoy campaign for increased education funding in Senate race


Commissioner candidates talk future of space at West End Plaza


Wells Fargo to pay $3 billion to resolve probes into fake accounts


RSVP to attend Hood Theological Seminary symposium in March


McConnell-linked group funding ads to help North Carolina Democrat


Council executive says local scouting won’t be affected by bankruptcy


Victory 45: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II


Blotter: Two arrested, charged after domestic assault in vehicle


Kannapolis mayor appointed to new statewide committee

Check this out

Rowan weather: Warming up a bit


Photos: Weather sprinkles Rowan County with snow


Search warrant: Cohen shown on surveillance video at time of fire


Civil Rights leader visits Salisbury High, speaks to students


Blackbeard exhibit comes ashore at N.C. Transportation Museum


State senate candidates square off on economic concerns, health care


Blotter: Officers witness road rage incident in Walmart parking lot, driver charged