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January 17, 2021

Quotes of the week

“Our community should be proud of what we’ve accomplished together to reduce crime.”

— Jerry Stokes, Salisbury Police chief on early numbers showing overall crime stats at or below last year’s   

“What I would like to do is to get more proactive with recognizing the people in our community that have made a difference to China Grove.”

— Charles Seaford, China Grove mayor on plans to honor people like     beloved elementary school custodian Carl Wilkerson before they are gone

“I really, really enjoy seeing the homeless part in there. It’s obviously the invisible part of our city.”

  Tamara Sheffield, Salisbury City Council member on $40,000 allocated for efforts to prevent homelessness

“Our vision for Rowan
County is that every child will receive the education, nurturing and support
needed to provide the foundation for them to grow into healthy, productive citizens.”

— Sarah Paynter, Smart Start
Rowan’s outreach and development specialist after the first baby of the year was born in Rowan

“She’d just bought a
suitcase that was packed with everything she’d owned in it.”

— Alissa Redmond, on bringing newly adopted daughter Tin Yan home to Salisbury from Hong Kong

“I’m here today to caution the commissioners of changing the structure of the current system, especially during the pandemic.”

— Dan Mikkelson, former Health Board member on plans to consolidate the Department of Veterans Services and Health Department under a new human services director

“I think we were all worried over the holiday season there may be a larger spike in COVID cases.”

— Andrew Smith, assistant
superintendent of transformation for Rowan-Salisbury Schools on plans for students to return to class since
infection numbers remained low


“After Christmas, people just throw out their Christmas trees, but we can use them as enrichment items for our animals.”

— Aubrey Taylor, director of wildlife at Tiger World

“Back then when you got there, whatever you could do that’s what your title was.”

— Kenny Miller, firefighter who saw East Spencer change from an all
volunteer force to a more structured unit during his 20 years of service



Human Relations Council honors Martin Luther King Jr. with modified fair


Local lawmakers talk priorities for 2020-21 legislative session


From a home office to a global company, Integro Technologies celebrates 20th anniversary


‘Quarantine Diaries’ — Jeanie Moore publishes book as ‘foundation of stories for my family’


‘It pays for itself:’ Study shows economic impact of Mid-Carolina Regional Airport


Gov. Cooper sending another 100 National Guard members to Washington


Rowan County set rainfall record in 2020


Biz Roundup: Chamber prepares for January Power in Partnership program


Former, current congressmen for Rowan County opposed second impeachment


Essie Mae holding COVID-19 testing Monday, recognizes honor Roll


County will have hearing on new ordinance about feeding large animal carcasses to domestic animals


Complaints to BBB up 36% in 2020


Some in GOP talk of chance for coming civil war


More National Guard troops pour into Washington


Kannapolis native Corey Seager agrees to $13.75 million deal with Dodgers


NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas


Pedestrian safety among concerns in latest public input for Downtown Main Street plan


Kannapolis resident Dorothy Schmidt Cole was oldest Marine when she died at 107


UPDATED: County reports 27 COVID-19 deaths this week


Search warrant produces half-dozen drug charges for Salisbury man


Crime blotter: Jan. 15


National Guard troops move in as Washington locks down


Biden unveils $1.9 trillion plan to stem virus and steady economy


Paycheck Protection Program opens for community banks, larger lenders next week