Brisk Pace on the First Day of Voting at the Rowan Public Library

April 24, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦  Already 153 folks voted when I showed up to vote sometime after 11 a.m.  A beautiful spring day in the 70′s with candidates and their supporters standing in the parking greeting a steady flow of voters.  Colorful signs and sunshine.  Commissioner Jim Sides and commission candidates Joe Coladarci, Gregg Edds, and […]

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Laugh Tracks/Spoken Space Theater Folds after Cast Walks Off

April 24, 2014

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Diane Goldstein, Spencer, N.C. ♦ Laugh Tracks/Spoken Space Theater prematurely folded its first season in a crescendo of name calling as the entire Laugh Tracks cast quit on Director Sam Post. The cast expressed strong misgivings about the final script described as “creeped out”.  Apparently the Spoken Space scene grew strange and ugly with bad house counts in the final days.  Audiences […]

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Video: Republican Candidates Forum at the Tea Party Meeting on April 22nd

April 24, 2014

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Mike Bebber, Videographer ♦ Video: Republican Candidates Forum at the Tea Party Meeting on April 22nd:

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A Constitutional Conversation: The Story of Our Founding

April 24, 2014

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Public Announcement ♦  

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Letter to the Editor: Unions in the VA

April 24, 2014

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Rodney Cress, Veterans Advocate ♦If you as a veteran or family member have gone to any VA for medical care or survivor’s information, then you know how frustrating it can sometimes be. Like any large company, there are good employees and there are bad employees who claim your opinion does not matter because their job […]

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The “Snakes in Suits Syndrome”: White Collar Psychopaths in Politics and Business

April 23, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor Many of us encountered individuals triggering our early warning systems.  Our intuition and past experiences warned us about people giving every indication of being untrustworthy. They often stick out because of their angling or they press our boundaries.  Maybe we’ve seen these persons saying one thing to one person and then something entirely different to another to advance their ambitions.  Likely we’ve […]

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Did Salisbury, N.C. Export a “Knockout Gamer” to the Concord Mills Mall? 5 Randomly Assaulted Tuesday

April 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Tuesday afternoon, according to Concord Police sources, a Salisbury man identified David Leon Simpson, 32, went on a random simple assault rampage at the Concord Mills Mall, attacking 5 people.  Mr. Simpson entered “Jared Vault” at the mall at around 2:45 p.m. and began randomly punching people. Witnesses allege Mr. Simpson would walk […]

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Video: La Resistance Report on “Tell Anyone What They Want to Hear” Chameleons

April 23, 2014

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La Resistance ♦ A video report from Downtown Salisbury ONLY’s La Resistance on “tell anyone what they want to hear” chameleons ready to use anyone to advance their own ambitions.

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Sky Caves in on Fibrant as AT&T U-Verse Goes 1 Gig in Charlotte Region and Greensboro

April 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Future competitive nightmares were predicted for Fibrant during its regrettable “soft rollout” in the Fall of 2010.  Now the worst possible scenarios are coming to bare fruit.  When the dust clears, Fibrant may be one of the slowest internet providers in North Carolina by 2015.  The first high-speed shoe to drop was […]

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Poll: Who Would Be Your Top Republican Choice for Rowan County Commissioner?

April 22, 2014

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Republican Candidates for Rowan Co Commissioner

RFP Poll ♦Who would be your top choice Republican choice for Rowan County Commissioner? Choose one. Poll closed due to attempted hacking. Prior to Hacking: Jim Sides 35% Joe Coladarci 19% Brandon Cupp 10%   **poll appears as if some software was used to very rapidly run up the numbers for a candidate.  One candidate went from […]

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Associated Press Videos Now on Rowan Free Press Front Page

April 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Associated Press national and international videos now appear on the right hand side of the Rowan Free Press front page. These AP videos will change throughout the day and will focus on headline news.

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2014 Spring Special Recycling Event on May 7th

April 22, 2014

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Public Notice ♦  

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday Evening April 21st

April 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Video of the Rowan County Commission Meeting on Monday evening April 21st at the County Administration Building in Salisbury, N.C. http://rowancountync.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=442

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Letter-to-the Editor: SALISBURY, N.C. FIGHTING FOR A FIX!

April 21, 2014

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Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ranger Ret. and Rowan Sheep Baron ♦ Let’s face it Salisbury no longer needs to protect its historic character.  That’s over with.  All the ridiculous pretention and historic charm nonsense is finito.  Salisbury, N.C. is known throughout the state and across the nation for it’s “soaring poverty” and hardcase character.  Time for […]

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Primary Election: One Stop Early Voting Sites in Rowan County

April 20, 2014

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Remember to Vote

 Public Announcement ♦ Primary Election: May 6, 2014 NO EXCUSE ONE-STOP ABSENTEE VOTING Rowan County will have three (3) early voting sites open for the Primary Elections this year. Information on dates & times open are as follows: • Rowan Public Library, MAIN Branch • 201 West Fisher Street, Salisbury • April 24th - May […]

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Video: Dave Gaubatz Presents “Radical Islam in North Carolina”

April 20, 2014

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Dave Gaubatz, Presenter/Mike Bebber, Videographer ♦ Dave Gaubatz speaks about Radical Islam in North Carolina:

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Letter-to-the-Editor: My Response to the Property Tax Poll

April 20, 2014

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Joe Coladarci, High Rock Lake, N.C. Are You Happy with the Current Property Tax Rate? Thank you for responding to our latest survey the results were interesting as you will see below.. No the rates are too high 44.29 % Yes they are adequate 21.43 % New Central office 12.86 % Soak the rich 8.67 […]

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Videos: Carolyn Rice and Scott Teamer on Violence and Disrespect in Salisbury, NC’s West End

April 19, 2014

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RFP Staff/City of Salisbury, N.C. Video ♦ Carolyn Rice speaks about the violence and break-in plagued West End where the understaffed Salisbury Police appear challenged with patrolling.  Shootings and break-ins on Grim Street have become too common place.  The city government claimed recent “statistical victory” over crime in the West End while area residents deride these claims as […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: La Resistance Candidates to Be Sacrificial Lambs?

April 19, 2014

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Larry Wright ♦ Recently, the gang calling its self La Resistance and led by GeoRene Jones and Todd Paris said they were on the “cusp” of endorsing candidates for the County Commission. They planned to interview candidates and endorse two of them, along with the one they have already picked (Klusman). Part of the interview was […]

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Hillbilly Heroin Bust at Volonte Motel Near Salisbury, N.C.

April 18, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ 37 year old Wayne Lee Morrison, II was arrested on several charges after a search of his vehicle turned up 94 hydrocodone tablets (Hillbilly Heroin) according to sources at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. After 12 a.m. on April 16th, sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic checkpoint on White Farm Road when they […]

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Republican Ranks Grew in Rowan County During 2014. Democrats Shrank Drammatically

April 18, 2014

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RFP Press ♦ From January 2014 until April 11th Republican and Unaffiliated ranks grew in Rowan County due from 518 Democrat and Libertarian voters switching party registration.  According to Board of Election figures some 470 Democrats and 5 Libertarian voters changed to Unaffiliated. As of April 11th Rowan County has 91,632 voters registered in 45 precincts. 37,235 are Republicans, […]

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Video: Joe Coladarci, Candidate for County Commissioner, Focus on Our County Employees

April 18, 2014

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Rick Johnson, Videographer Joe Coladarci, Candidate for County Commissioner, Focus on Our County Employees

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NC Senator Gene McLaurin’s Report

April 18, 2014

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McLaurin with Young Leaders Advisory Council

NC Senator Gene McLaurin – 25th District: Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, and Stanly ♦A few weeks ago I decided to contact young leaders from my 5 county senate district and invite them to come together. Many of them are taking on leadership roles within their communities in business, in government, in education, within the legal […]

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Video: 5 Things to Know about Changes in the N.C. Election Law

April 18, 2014

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NC Center for Voter Education 5 Things to Know about Changes in the N.C. Election Law:

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It’s Official: Gary Page Retires as County Manager Effective August 31st

April 17, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The Rowan Free Press learned today that Rowan County Manager Gary Page announced his retirement effective August 31st, 2014.  The highly regarded manager, according to sources in the Rowan County government, will be replaced by Leslie Heidrich who presently serves as the assistant County Manager. Vice-Chairman Craig Pierce confirmed the retirement date, […]

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Joe Coladarci, Candidate for Rowan County Commissioners, Speaking at Catawba College Forum

April 17, 2014

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Mike Bebber, Videographer ♦ Joe Coladarci, candidate for Rowan County Commissioners, speaking at Catawba College Forum:

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Video: Commission Chairman Jim Sides Speaks at Candidates Forum at Catawba College

April 17, 2014

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Mike Bebber, Videographer ♦ County Commission Chairman Jim Sides speaks at Tuesday evening’s Republican County Commission Candidate’s Forum at Catawba College: Complete video of the entire county commission candidates forum:

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Letter-to-the-Editor: It’s All about Priorities

April 17, 2014

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Travis Allen (2014 candidate for the Board of Education) Salisbury, N.C. ♦ I would like to start this letter with a resounding thank you to all of the teachers and support staff that work in our school system. My daughter graduated from West Rowan High School last year, and my wife and I have 3 […]

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Rep. Harry Warren’s (District 77) Newsletter for 4/16/14

April 17, 2014

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Rep. Harry Warren (District 77) 611 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 (919) 733-5784 Harry.Warren@ncleg.net ♦ Hello, Friends!           Here is the latest update on Interim Committee meetings that have taken place over the last two weeks. As usual, I have included links to other stories that you might find of interest as well as […]

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Video: Debate Between Rep. Harry Warren and Chad Mitchell for the 77th District Seat at Catawba College on April 15th

April 16, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Debate Between Rep. Harry Warren and Chad Mitchell for the 77th District Seat at Catawba College on April 15th: http://rowancountync.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=440

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Video: Rowan Commissioner Candidate Forums at Catawba College on Tuesday April 15th

April 16, 2014

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Mike Bebber, videographer ♦ Video: Rowan Commissioner Candidate Forums at Catawba College on Tuesday April 15th

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Final Republican Commissioner Candidates Forum at the Republican Men’s Club Breakfast Saturday Morning May 3rd

April 16, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ A final Republican Commissioner Candidates Forum will be held at the Republican Men’s Club Breakfast on Saturday Morning May 3rd at Ryan’s at 730 Jake Alexander Blvd S in Salisbury, N.C. Rowan County Republican Chairman John Leatherman and Republican Men’s Club President Steve Mensing will co-moderate this forum. Interested persons are encouraged […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Change Needed at the Rowan County Sheriff Department

April 16, 2014

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Traci Sharp, Landis, N.C. ♦ After reading the letter sent to Rowan Free Press from Crystal Lineberry, I’ve decided to share my experience with the Rowan County Sheriff Department and some its past administration. In 2002, my son Cody was diagnosed with Myelodysplasia, which is a type of pre-leukemia. The doctors informed us at Baptist […]

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Joe Coladarci, Candidate for Rowan County Commissioner, Talks about Economic Growth and Development

April 15, 2014

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Rick Johnson, Videographer ♦ Joe Coladarci, candidate for Rowan County commissioner, talks about economic growth and development in Rowan County:

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Komrades, We Must Purge All the Kapitalist Swine in the County

April 15, 2014

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Siglunde Hoess ♦ “Komrades, we must purge all the Kapitalist swine in the county.  Only then can my son ascend to the throne of county manager.” Komrade Paris

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Video: What if Doug Paris Became the County Manager?

April 15, 2014

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Salisbury City Manager on Local Safari

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Yesterday a nightmare fastball came screaming across the county’s plate. Several sources are circulating the story that if Downtown Salisbury ONLY’s candidates somehow prevailed over the County’s favorites Jim Sides and Joe Coladarci, that Doug Paris might well become the next County Manager. Almost anything is possible in this region of the world.  Know that […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Support Jim Sides and Joe Coladarci at the Catawba College Forum

April 15, 2014

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Larry Wright, Rowan County ♦ Be sure you attend the County Commissioners forum at the Tom Smith Auditorium at 7 pm at Catawba College on Tuesday, April 15. Preceding that, at 6 pm, will be the forum featuring Harry Warren and Chad Mitchell. No hard questions are likely to be asked that might expose the […]

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Today’s Agreement Document Between the Rowan-Salisbury School System and the Rowan County Commissioners

April 14, 2014

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Treaty of Versailles

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Video: County Commissioners and School Board Sign Agreement. A New Central Office in Our Time!

April 14, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ A Video of the County Commissioners and the School Board reaching an agreement on the school system’s capital needs.  A new Central Office will be going to 504 N. Main Street in Salisbury, N.C.: http://rowancountync.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=438 We will post the final agreement as soon as it’s scanned.

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Another Shooting in Salisbury, N.C.’s West End. Grim Street Card Game Goes Sour Saturday Night

April 14, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources another shooting occurred down on the 400 block of Grim Street in Salisbury, N.C.’s notorious West End.  A yet identified 47 year old black male was shot in the chest after a card game went sour last Saturday around 11 p.m.  It was the 2nd reported shooting on Grim Street […]

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“La Resistance”, Extremist Front PAC for Downtown Salisbury ONLY, Will Announce Their Candidates

April 14, 2014

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RFP Staff “La Resistance”, an extremist front org for Downtown Salisbury ONLY, is about to make their support known in the upcoming county commission primary. Group insiders maintain they will support ultra lib Judy Klusman, Johnny Love, and Jim Greene in the upcoming primary. In the fall they will throw 2 of the 3 supported […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Why Downtown Salisbury ONLY Must Be Crushed in the Coming Election

April 13, 2014

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Jonathan Morris, U.S. Army Ranger, Ret. and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ Look at Downtown Salisbury ONLY’s record of destruction in the City of Salisbury and their parasitism of the county taxpayers over the years.  The special interest bankers and real estate families try to dominate the city and the county for their own profit and no […]

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Will Building Apartments in Downtown Salisbury Add to the Vacancies?

April 13, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Recently the idea was floated about constructing high-end apartments in Downtown Salisbury which drew snickers from those gathered around a table at Bangkok Downtown. Everyone assembled was all too familiar with the Salisbury desperation to revive its blighted and vacant downtown area. “Don’t they have enough empty apartments, condos, and office spaces as it is?” said one local […]

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Operation Dragoon: A Forgotten, but Critical Battle of World War II

April 12, 2014

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Rodney Cress, Vietnam Veteran ♦ There shall never be and hopefully, will never be, another WWII that put the world as we know it nearly to a stop. In all 104 countries were affected by the war. The axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan battled against the allied powers of the U.S., Great Britain […]

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Tuesday, April 15 Primary Election Candidate Forum at Catawba College

April 12, 2014

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Vote Here Rowan County

Press Release ♦ Tuesday, April 15 Primary Election Candidate Forum Location: Catawba College’s Tom Smith Auditorium (Ketner Hall) Time: 6 – 6:45 p.m. – State House District #77 Seat, 7 – 8 p.m. – Rowan County Commissioner Candidates (Republicans) Details: Open to the Public, Free to attend Moderator: Dr. Michael Bitzer Sponsors: The Rowan County […]

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