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September 26, 2020

Ben Stansell, Author at Salisbury Post

Local

Rowan County United Way sets $1.5 million goal at drive-in kickoff event

SALISBURY — A chorus of car horn honks filled the air at the Rowan County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon as the Rowan County United Way unveiled ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Saturday, September 26, 2020 12:00 am

Local

New finance director excited to prove himself, continue on path set by predecessor

SALISBURY — To describe his situation, Jim Howden on Thursday relied on a football metaphor featuring one of the game’s greatest coaches. “When you lose ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Friday, September 25, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Rowan County hires Howden as new finance director

SALISBURY — Days after Rowan County announced it was losing longtime Finance Director Leslie Heidrick to retirement after 23 years, her replacement has been named. ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:18 pm

Business

Fall fun, with a twist: Patterson Farm adjusts to guidelines, offers new version of traditional events

MT. ULLA — Being the director of fun has never been so complicated. Michelle Patterson, the “director of fun” who oversees Patterson Farm Market and ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:05 am

Business

Chamber adds more than 50 new businesses during Total Resource Campaign

SALISBURY — In early August, members of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce gathered around their computer cameras for yet another Zoom meeting. For this ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Commissioners receive analysis of county’s development application process

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Monday received a report giving an in-depth review of its development application process. The presentation, delivered ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:43 am

Local

County government losing assistant manager, social services director

SALISBURY — Rowan County government is losing its assistant manager to retirement and the director of its largest department to a new job. Finance Director ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:10 am

Local

Local state trooper, firefighter returns home after Army deployment

SALISBURY — For the first time ever, Shane Herrin held his 5-month old daughter in his arms this weekend. After serving a yearlong deployment with ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 20, 2020 10:32 pm

Local

Blast from the past: Concordia Lutheran Church opens time capsule from previous century

CHINA GROVE — The keys to a time capsule were found in January — exactly when the congregation of Concordia Lutheran Church planned 20 years ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 20, 2020 10:29 pm

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with damaging video camera, tresspassing

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man faces several charges after being arrested for trespassing on property and allegedly damaging a Ring video camera. The Rowan County ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 20, 2020 10:19 pm

News

Collecting garbage: Locals work to beautify High Rock Lake during Clean Sweep

HIGH ROCK LAKE — Rocky Phillips held the white barrel steady as Barry Childers fired up his power saw and cut a chunk off the ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 20, 2020 12:05 am

Business

From fantasy to fact, Cherry builds a Hobbit House at his Treesort

CHINA GROVE — Trent Cherry has never seen a Lord of the Rings movie. Nor has he ever read J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. But that hasn’t ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 20, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Biz Roundup: CSP seeking to hire 100 new employees for plant expansion

SALISBURY — After announcing a $45 million capital investment expansion to its Rowan County facility, Continental Structural Plastics is seeking 100 new employees. The global ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 20, 2020 12:00 am

Lifestyle

Going virtual: How the iconic October Tour was translated to a digital format

SALISBURY — For the past several months, DKM Media has been shooting pictures, flying drones and mapping out rooms digitally in order to transition the ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 20, 2020 12:00 am

Business

China Grove soap store sets sights on expansion into Kannapolis

KANNAPOLIS — The deal was almost done when COVID-19 began to impact the United States. After finding success at their China Grove location, Brent and ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Friday, September 18, 2020 12:00 am

Local

New environmental specialists begin work on backlog soil evaluations

SALISBURY — The county’s Environmental Health Department is making some progress toward eliminating a long wait time for inspections. After untimely terminations and retirements left ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Chewy passes job projection in Rowan, looks to add 200 more workers

SALISBURY — When Chewy in 2019 announced its arrival into Rowan County, it projected the company’s fulfillment center would create 1,200 jobs by 2025. Since ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:00 pm

Business

Don’t let perfect become enemy of progress, Charlotte entrepreneur tells Minority Business Council

SALISBURY — The words spoken by Christopher Moxley immediately resonated with Veleria Levy. After Moxley, an entrepreneur and partner at the retail store 704 Shop ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:00 am

Local

Artist seeks to uplift, inspire patients with painting donated to Wallace Cancer Institute

SALISBURY — After beginning his artistic career in Salisbury decades ago, Rowan County native Kevin Moss is now giving back to the community where he ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:10 am

Business

Pandemic accompanied by fever for home buying in Rowan County

SALISBURY — Victor Wallace has been in the realty business for over four decades, but even he is shocked by what he’s seeing in the ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:00 am

News

A brighter Bell Tower could be used to commemorate special events, show solidarity

SALISBURY — On the night of Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Bell Tower in downtown Salisbury lit up in an array of colors, transitioning from soft ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:10 am

News

Virginia Graves receives recognition for decades of public service

SALISBURY — Even after working as a nurse in the Korean War and caring for patients in the W.G. Bill “Hefner” VA Medical Center for ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:05 am

Business

Downtown cruise-ins create more business for restaurants, retailers

SALISBURY — As Evelyn Medina walked out of her shop on North Main Street a couple weekends ago, she was excited to see people watching ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Business roundup: Chamber offering street map, service guide

SALISBURY — Rowan County Chamber of Commerce members will have the opportunity to advertise their services in the 2021-22 Salisbury/Rowan County Street Map and Resource ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Home at last: Stringbean’s returns to old digs, brings back same sought-after food

By Ben Stansell ben.stansell@salisburypost.com LANDIS — When Raymond and Dawne Stafford closed Stringbean’s BBQ and Family Restaurant in the middle of the 2009 recession, they ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Friday, September 11, 2020 12:00 am

Business

Learning under limitations: Leadership Rowan program adapts to COVID-19 restraints

SALISBURY — Emotions were high as 22 local leaders discussed the most pressing issues facing the country, state and county at Morgan Ridge Vineyards late ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:00 am

Local

Highway Patrol: Man sustained fractured skull, internal injuries in crash caused by domestic incident

SALISBURY — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating a two-vehicle collision on Mooresville Road that left multiple people hospitalized Friday. The collision happened ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:36 pm

Local

Water testing, broadband expansion approved by commissioners

SALISBURY — A new chemical booster station may be needed to ensure residents in northeast Rowan County have water that meets the state’s standards. After ... Read more

by Ben Stansell, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:52 pm

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