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January 18, 2021

Carl Blankenship, Author at Salisbury Post

Local

38th Winter Flight Run moves to Mt. Ulla

MT. ULLA – Salisbury-Rowan Runners on Sunday migrated its 38-year-old Winter Flight Run out of of its historic course in Salisbury and to the countryside. ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Monday, January 18, 2021 12:04 am

Local

Cherry, Duren honored during all-virtual MLK celebration

SALISBURY – Mount Zion Baptist Church on Sunday kept a 44-year tradition going. The church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration honors the life and ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Monday, January 18, 2021 12:00 am

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man charged with statutory rape

SALISBURY – Michael Benjamin Gobble, 43, of Rockwell, was charged Saturday with felony statutory rape of a child and felony indecent liberties with a child. ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:20 pm

Local

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

SALISBURY — Cars filtered through the parking lot at the Salisbury Civic Center on Saturday. Some people planned to come to the resource fair, and ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 17, 2021 12:10 am

Local

Rowan County set rainfall record in 2020

SALISBURY — Rowan County saw the wettest year on record in 2020, adding another point of interest to one of the most remarkable years of ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 17, 2021 12:00 am

Education

Teachers adapt to all-virtual school

SALISBURY – Summit Virtual Academy is unique because it has drawn teachers and students from all over the county into its virtual space. Carlton Jackson ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:00 am

Local

Spencer welcomes new finance, code enforcement officers

SPENCER — Spencer welcomed its two latest hires at Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting. Faith Wilson is the town’s new finance officer and James ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:00 am

Education

New RSS Superintendent Watlington begins district tour

SALISBURY — Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Tony Watlington on Tuesday began his plan to visit every school and facility in the district. He started at the ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:10 am

Education

RSS reports steady COVID-19 cases, talks draft calendar

SALISBURY — Rowan-Salisbury Schools Associate Superintendent Kelly Withers says there’s been a leveling off of COVID-19 cases in the district. Withers during Monday night’s school ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:00 pm

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry becomes smallest town in state to receive elite fire protection classification

GRANITE QUARRY — The town’s Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday brought a surprise visitor with some top-notch news. N.C. Commissioner of Insurance and State ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2:39 pm

Education

New superintendent takes the helm of Rowan-Salisbury Schools

SALISBURY — Superintendent Tony Watlington was sworn in on Monday at the Rowan-Salisbury School’s regular meeting. Watlington was tapped to take over for the district ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:10 am

Education

Critical for working parents, child care centers navigate COVID-19 challenges

SALISBURY — Similar to schools, local child care centers are struggling to keep doors open because staffing is uncertain day to day. The state currently ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:10 am

Education

State-funded pre-K seats from last year still available

SALISBURY — There are about 50 slots of state-funded pre-kindergarten still available in Rowan County as of Tuesday, and families can still apply for them. ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:00 am

Education

New RSS superintendent to be sworn in Monday

SALISBURY — New Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Tony Watlington is set to be sworn in on Monday and begin his district tour on Tuesday. Watlington was ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:00 am

Education

State approves Faith Academy, moves to revoke Essie Mae charter

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Education on Thursday approved one local charter school and took a step toward closing another. Faith Academy’s accelerated application ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, January 7, 2021 7:00 pm

Local

Town cautions walkers to look out for hawks at Centennial Park

GRANITE QUARRY — If you happen to be walking in the Centennial Park in Granite Quarry, watch out for hawks. Red-tailed hawks have been nesting ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:05 am

Education

State talks future of Faith Academy, Essie Mae charters

SALISBURY — The North Carolina Board of Education on Wednesday viewed recommendations for the approval of charter hopeful Faith Academy and revocation of the charter ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:00 am

Education

RCCC uses recyclable caps and gowns

SALISBURY – If it suits them, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College graduates can put their caps and gowns straight in the recycling bin after they have been ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:00 am

Education

No changes to Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ plan B when classes start back this week

By Carl Blankenship carl.blankenship@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — COVID-19 infections among Rowan-Salisbury Schools staff and quarantine figures have remained remain low enough to reopen school buildings on ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:00 am

Education

Salisbury native oversees large-scale street mural in Greenville

GREENVILLE — A Salisbury native’s latest large-scale project is now emblazoned across West First Street in Greenville. The mural, reading “UNITE AGAINST RACISM,” is the ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:05 am

10 to Watch

10 to Watch: Marvin Moore

SALISBURY — Marvin Moore just wrapped up his first semester at the helm of Salisbury High School after transitioning from the principalship Isenberg Elementary School. ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:00 am

10 to Watch

10 to Watch: Sarah Hensley

FAITH – Faith Academy is looking forward to final approval of its charter by the state Board of Education in a few days. And with ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:00 am

10 to Watch

10 to Watch: Tony Watlington

GREENSBORO — Tony Watlington is on his way to Rowan County after 26 years working in Guilford County. The outgoing Guilford County Chief of Schools ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:00 am

10 to Watch

10 to Watch: Peter Franzese

SPENCER — Peter Franzese is fresh on the job as Spencer’s town manager, appointed by the town’s Board of Aldermen in December after spending a ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:00 am

Education

Outgoing, incoming superintendents look forward to 2021

SALISBURY – Rowan-Salisbury Schools is about to enter a transition. Superintendent Lynn Moody will retire after Thursday and her replacement, Tony Watlington, will take over ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Friday, January 1, 2021 12:00 am

Education

Smart Start provides Christmas for six local families

SALISBURY – Smart Start Rowan has been providing Christmas for local families through its Angel Tree program for 18 years. Started by program manager Laura ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:00 am

Local

City arborist Mark Martin retiring after 26 years with city

SALISBURY — Mark Martin was late to his own retirement celebration Wednesday, but it was for a good reason. Martin saw a little dog in ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:00 am

Education

Beginning Teacher of the Year Makenna Pate found her starting place close to home

CHINA GROVE — Makenna Pate grew up in Rowan County, went to Catawba College and is now teaching at her old middle school. The China ... Read more

by Carl Blankenship, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 12:10 am

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