Sex Offender Michael Lee Harris Busted with Coke while Cruising the Streets of Salisbury, N.C.

March 4, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Convicted sex offender Michael Lee Harris of Wildwood Drive in Salisbury drew police attention when they noticed him driving his Mazda Tribute erratically on Jake Alexander Blvd towards Stokes Ferry Road and later tossed a small bottle out of the window which later proved to be cocaine. Soon the Salisbury Police pulled […]

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Garrett Seth Young Arrested for the Alleged January Robbery of a Homeless Man in Burger King Parking Lot in Salisbury, N.C.

March 4, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Garrett Seth Young, 21, of the 800 block of Maupin Avenue was arrested today for allegedly stealing a Chik-fil-A gift card and $10 dollars and knocking down Ernest Erdman a homeless man with a gold Ford Ranger in the Burger King parking lot on E. Innes street in Salisbury. Young was charged with misdemeanor […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Jim Sides’ West End Plaza and the “Insurance Salesman”

March 4, 2015

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, N.C. ♦ Ten years down the road former Commission Chairman Jim Sides will be praised to the sky for his and the old commission’s purchase of the West End Plaza.  The mixed use government plaza will save Rowan Taxpayers millions in much needed space and it will continue to stabilize the Salisbury […]

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Mid-State Manufacturing, After Its Devastating January Fire in Mount Ulla, Will Not Be Reopening

March 4, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Sadly we were informed today by sources inside of Rowan County government that Mid-State Manufacturing at 2960 Corriher Grange Road in MT. Ulla, after suffering its devastating January fire, will not be reopening. The cost of rebuilding was prohibitive.  The closing will spell the loss of 80 jobs in Rowan County. Mid-State Manufacturing […]

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The FCC’s Anticompetitive Greenlight: Commission is Wrong to Override North Carolina Law for Municipal Broadband

March 4, 2015

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JohnLocke.Org/Jon Sanders ♦ The FCC’s Anticompetitive Greenlight: Commission is Wrong to Override North Carolina Law for Municipal Broadband:

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Salisbury City Council Votes 5 to 0 for Rowan County’s Request for West End Plaza’s Conditional District Overlay

March 3, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ At Tuesday’s City Council’s 4 p.m. hearing for Rowan County’s request for a Conditional District Overlay for the West End Plaza, Salisbury’s City Council voted 5 to 0 in favor of county’s request. Previously the West End Plaza was zoned highway business. The request for the government use permit included the West End […]

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Rowan’s Most Wanted Criminal Maurice Boyd Woodward Captured in Tickfaw, Louisiana

March 3, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Maurice Boyd Woodward, 52, from Woodleaf, N.C., a fugitive from Rowan justice since 2007, was captured without incident Saturday in a Louisiana trailer park in Tickfaw, Louisiana.  Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Det. Carl Dangerfield is credited with dilegently uncovering Woodward’s whereabouts and alerting authorities in Louisiana. The Rowan County District Attorney’s Office is […]

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Sheriff’s Office Hunting for E. Rowan YMCA Wallet Thief Who Used a Credit Card at Salisbury, N.C. Walmart

March 3, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office are looking for thief who stole a wallet from a YMCA member at the E. Rowan YMCA and later used a credit card from the wallet at the Walmart Super Center in Salisbury, N.C.  The Sheriff’s Office is focusing on a black male with dreadlocks toting a baby carrier who was videoed on the Y’s […]

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Rep. Harry Warren’s Newsletter

March 3, 2015

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♦ Hello, Friends! Once again, Mother Nature rearranged the legislative calendar and a session that was already moving as slow as molasses, was brought to a complete halt. Unlike the week before, when cancellations were called daily, frequently at the last minute, this past week, the snow on the ground and the dire weather forecast […]

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Presentation on Terrorism at Rufty Holmes Senior Center on Tuesday, March 17th at 5:30 P.M.

March 3, 2015

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Public Announcement ♦ There will be presentation on Terrorism on Tuesday, March 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the Rufty Holmes Senior Center at 1120 South Martin Luther King Ave. in Salisbury, N.C. The Terrorism Presentation will be conducted by Rick Ervin, Special Investigator with the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office and former Special Agent with Naval […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting at 3 P.M. Monday March 2nd

March 2, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting at 3 P.M. Monday March 2nd:

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COLD CASES: Rowan County, N.C.’s Unsolved Murders Going Back Decades

March 2, 2015

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Rowan County Sheriff’s Office ♦ Rowan County, N.C.’s unsolved murders with all the known facts and photographs going back several decades. The Sheriff’s Office “Cold Case” files:

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Salisbury, N.C. Gets an “F” on Its Economic Development Report Card

March 2, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The City of Salisbury. N.C.’s economic development future, even if examined through the most extreme rose-tinted glasses, has very little to attract industry, business, major retail, restaurants, or hyper-adventurous entrepreneurs.  Salisbury’s current big selling ticket is its “gig” municipal fiber optic network.  Having a “gig” fiber optic network in Salisbury is much like wearing a $12,000 wedding dress and a diamond […]

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City Council Meets Tuesday to Hear the County’s Request for a Conditional District Overlay for the West End Plaza

March 2, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ On Tuesday at 4 p.m. Salisbury’s City Council will conduct a public hearing for Rowan County’s request for a Conditional District Overlay for the West End Plaza. At present the West End Plaza is zoned highway business. The request for the government use permit will include the West End Plaza’s main buildings […]

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Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education “Called Meeting” at 9 A.M. Tuesday at 314 N. Ellis Street in Salisbury, N.C.

March 1, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education “Called Meeting” at 9 A.M.  Tuesday at 314 N. Ellis Street in Salisbury, N.C.:

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Some Highly Recommended Reading: “Understanding the Debate Over Government-Owned Broadband Networks” and “Wi-Fi Waste”

March 1, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor/Pacific Research Institute/New York School of Law’s Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute ♦  Here are two excellent studies on Municipal Broadband in the United States.  Back in 2007, prior to my arrival in Salisbury, I read a copy of the conservative flavored “Wi-Fi Waste: The Disaster of Municipal Communications Networks”.  This very excellent research […]

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The Most Common Insurance Agent Scams and What You Can Do about Them

February 28, 2015

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CIAS ♦ The files of state and federal law enforcement and Better Business Bureaus across the U.S.A. are bulging with insurance agent fraud cases and complaints. Here are the most common of these white collar crimes perpetrated by “licensed” insurance agents: Selling Coverage You Don’t Require: You get sold expensive and unneeded coverage that your present […]

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The 10 Most Distrusted Professions in America

February 28, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ In a random review of 14 polls conducted on the “Most Distrusted Professions in America” the following “professions” stuck out as the sleaziest: 1. Insurance Agents 2. Used Car Salesmen 3. Lobbyists 4. Car Mechanics 5. Telemarketers 6. Accident, Divorce, and Criminal Lawyers 7. Politicians 8. Bankers 9. Stock Traders 10. Funeral Directors. Often the […]

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Icebergs Ahead for Fibrant’s Expansionist Visions Despite the Recent FCC Ruling

February 27, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ What Mayor Woodson said yesterday at Salisbury’s City Hall about the FCC ruling is one of the many reasons why Salisbury should never have gotten in over its head with Fibrant in the first place. The mayor and city council repeatedly betrayed a lack of expertise in broadband matters. Woodson expressed a delusional vision about Fibrant’s ability […]

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Internet Providers Fall Under Title II After Title II 3 to 2 Vote. Congress and State Lawmakers Vow to Fight Federal Overstep

February 26, 2015

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CED Magazine/Andrew Berg ♦ Internet Providers Fall Under Title II After Title II 3 to 2 Vote.  Congress and state law makers vow to defeat federal overstep:

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Deandre Damon Crawford and His Sister Busted for Allegedly Selling Crack and Reefer in Drug Plagued Salisbury, N.C.

February 26, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Wednesday Salisbury Police arrested Deandre Damon Crawford, 21, and his sister Denetra Danelle Crawford, 23, at the Pine Hills Apartments on the 400 block of West 15th Street in Salisbury.  Also rounded up was Christopher Wayne Jackson, 27, of the 200 block of Pickle Avenue.  Three youngsters were in the apartment at the time the […]

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Rep. Carl Ford Photographs Rowan County’s Winter Wonderland

February 26, 2015

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Rep. Carl Ford, Photographer ♦ Rep. Carl Ford took time from his busy schedule in Raleigh and at Radio Station WRNA to send the Rowan Free Press these stunning photographs of Rowan County’s “Winter Wonderland”:        

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Private Investors Are Giving Struggling Salisbury, N.C. Homeowners a Boost in Unloading Their Houses Pronto!

February 25, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Among the fastest growing real estate investment firms in Salisbury are the little talked about enterprises where private investors buy up homes for quarters (or less) on the dollar.  These enterprising rapid real estate firms have assisted many in putting the Bury in their rear-view mirrors and trucking down the road to prosperity […]

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Salisbury, N.C.: Photo Galleria of Urban Death

February 25, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Travel through ground zero of Salisbury, N.C., a city drowning in intense 25% poverty, and visit our photo galleria of urban death and decay found in Downtown Salisbury.  **WARNING: These graphic photographs may disturb many especially if you haven’t visited Salisbury in the last 4 years when the city bottomed out. Intense poverty, […]

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Snow Frames Long Vacant “George’s” and Fire-Ravaged “Okey Dokey” in End Times Salisbury, N.C.

February 24, 2015

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RFP Camera Team 2 ♦ Snow Frames Long Vacant “George’s Restaurant” and Fire-Ravaged “Okey Dokey” in End Times Salisbury, N.C.: Click on above photo to enlarge.

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Keyows Weeks, 19, Shot in the West End Plaza Parking lot in Salisbury, N.C.

February 24, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Monday morning Keyows Weeks, 19, was shot in his upper thigh in the vicinity of an ATM in the West End Plaza parking lot.  Salisbury Police investigators were said to be dubious about Week’s account about how he received the gunshot wound.  His story appeared to conflict with statements made by witnesses […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Will Salisbury, N.C. Go the Way of East St. Louis? A Dead End Ghost Town?

February 24, 2015

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Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ranger Ret. & Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ It’s hard to stomach what has become of the Salisbury.  A desperate city where more and more businesses are closing down and the city’s top minds want to blockade Downtown to motor vehicles and make it a bicycle and pedestrian only. On top of […]

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Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Meeting Highlights from Monday, February 23rd

February 24, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ On Monday the Rowan-Salisbury School Board met at 5 p.m. at the South Long Street offices in East Spencer.  Here are the highlights of that meeting: • The Board of Education moved closer to videoing and broadcasting school board meetings for improved transparency and to more involve the public in the workings of the school […]

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The Gigabit Distraction: Google is Bringing Americans What They Need—Not Superfast Speeds, But a Choice of Providers

February 23, 2015

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SiliconInvestor.com/Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. Here is a stimulating article: “The Gigabit Distraction” that simultaneously appeared in the Wall Street Journal and several tech savvy online journals. The article’s writer Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. is trumpeting some basic truths about super high-speed internet that we’ve been writing about for several years.  It is an article City […]

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John Wilburn Harmon, from Rockwell, Allegedly Battled Firefighters, Stole a Ford Taurus, and Resisted Arrest Saturday Night

February 23, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ John Wilburn Harmon, 28, residing at 215 Shinn Street in Rockwell and an interstate criminal roosting at times in Bibb County, Georgia, allegedly added to his extensive criminal resume Saturday night.  On Saturday John allegedly stole a Ford Taurus, dragging its owner caught in a chain for a distance, helped himself to the Taurus owner’s rifle, and battled a trio […]

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Fibrant Experiencing Disruptions in Internet Service Since Last Week. Will Shut Down Service In the Early A.M. Monday

February 22, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Have received a number of heads up from frustrated Fibrant subscribers since the start of last week about outages and disruptions in Fibrant’s unstable internet service.  On Wednesday there was a lengthy outage in some parts of the city.  Sources in the city are unsure what to attribute these chronic disruptions.  Some […]

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William Stanley Jacobs III, of Salisbury, N.C. Charged with 7 Counts of Statutory Rape with a 13 Year-old. Bond $700,000

February 22, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ William Stanley Jacobs III, 20, of the 2800 block of Agner Road in Salisbury, was booked into in the Rowan County Detention Saturday evening on a $700,000 secured bond for 7 charges of statutory rape of a 13 year-old youngster. (statutory rape of a person aged 13, 14, 15, by a person at least six years […]

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Find Out Where the Sex Offenders are Living in Salisbury and Rowan County, N.C.

February 22, 2015

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NCDOJ.Gov ♦ Find Out Where the Sex Offenders are Living in Salisbury and Rowan County, N.C.:

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Golden Quotes from the Recent Salisbury City Council Retreat

February 22, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Golden quotes from the recent Salisbury City Council Retreat: FIBRANT “I’m concerned about the city moving too slow in getting the word out about Fibrant. The timeframe to capitalize on having a fiber-optic network is limited as other cities race to catch up.”  Maggie Blackwell, Mayor Pro Tem City Council RFP: You’re […]

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Tony Lamont Luther of Salisbury, N.C. Plead Guilty to the 2013 Stabbing Murder of Ex-Girlfriend Tasha Nicole West. Gets Life

February 21, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Tony Lamont Luther, 41, of Salisbury, N.C. plead guilty Friday to the May 2013 stabbing murder of his ex-girlfriend Tasha Nicole West, 28, and will receive a sentence of life without parole. Luther, after stabbing his off and on again former girlfriend, turned himself into the magistrate’s office on the evening of […]

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Updated: Manhunt for the “King of Salisbury, N.C.’s Auto Break-in Artists” Over. Arrested Friday Night.

February 20, 2015

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RFP Staff **Updated: Joesph Patrick Lightsey, II, 28, a man accused of over 500 break-ins was arrested Friday evening by the Salisbury Police.** ♦ The hunt is on.  Joseph Patrick Lightsey II, 28, is alleged to be on a one-man crime spree in the city of Salisbury, N.C. Lightsey is said to be responsible for multiple […]

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Warning: There’s a Major Uptick in Vehicle Break-ins, Vehicle Vandalism, and Vehicle Theft in Salisbury, N.C.

February 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Warning: There’s a major uptick in vehicle break-ins, vehicle vandalism, and vehicle theft in Salisbury.  Much of the vehicle break-ins and thefts may be attributable to the legion of revolving door professional car thieves and break-in artists in the city’s neighborhoods.  Especially hard hit are the country club, Catawba College area, Fulton […]

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A Hatchet Swinging Salisbury Man Goes After Sheriff’s Deputies When a Taser Failed to Stop Him

February 20, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Donald Eugene Rayfield, 60, of the 1000 block of Rock Pond Lane was arrested Wednesday night and charged with multiple assault with a deadly weapon on a government official (felony), Communicating threats (misdemeanor), and assault on a female. He is currently in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $27,500 secured bond. Rowan […]

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Julia Renea Peeler, 58, State “High Rise” Prison Employee, Allegedly Had Sex with a Male Inmate on Multiple Occasions

February 19, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Julia Renea Peeler, 58, of the 900 block of Mitchell Avenue in China Grove was alleged to have had sexual relations with an inmate at the N.C. State Correctional Facility at 1245 Camp Road in Salisbury, N.C.  Peeler was employed in the “High Rise’s” prison kitchen at the time the incidents allegedly took place […]

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Salisbury’s New City Manager Lane Bailey Once Battled “Frosty the Snowman” Making Regional Headlines

February 19, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor/Waitsel Smith.com/Waitsel Smith ♦ In what must be music to the ears of every code enforcement vigilante and “yard cop” in the Salisbury, N.C., City Council just signed up the city manager of Lenoir, N.C.  That city manager just happens to be Lane “Rules are Rules” Bailey.  Lenoir’s City Manager made regional headlines  by doggedly defending an arbitrary Lenoir ordinance against “Frosty the Snowman”.  […]

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Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. Nationally Ranked Among the 25 Most Dangerous College Campuses. Achieves 19th Place

February 19, 2015

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StartClass.Com ♦ Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. achieved a national ranking among the 25 Most Dangerous College Campuses in America, finishing in 19th place on StartClass.com’s list. The venerable West End college has been hailed at various times as “Gangsta U.” for its affiliated Salisbury gang members, its large scale spring campus riots, and its record setting […]

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Lane Bailey, City Manager at City of Lenoir, Named New Salisbury City Manager

February 18, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Lane Bailey, 51, the City Manager at the City of Lenoir, N.C., was named new Salisbury City Manager today.  Lane Bailey’s linked-in account shows extensive government management experience.  He was the City Manager of Lenoir, N.C. from 2004 to present and prior to that the City Manager of the City of King, N.C. and […]

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Okie Dokey Gutted by Fire on East Innes Street in Salisbury, N.C. Smoke Lifting Skyward Over Downtown

February 18, 2015

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RFP Staff   (Updated Thursday) ♦ Historic landmark building “Okie Dokey”, a general store on the 100 block of East Innes Street, was gutted by an afternoon blaze originally called in as a 2 alarm fire sometime after 3 p.m. before quickly graduating to a 3 alarm fire. By 4:30 the fire was declared under control. At one point […]

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Look Up Your Rowan-Salisbury Utilities Water and Wastewater Rates or Any Water and Waste Water Rates in N.C.

February 18, 2015

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RFP Staff/UNC Environmental Finance Center ♦ Find out your current Rowan-Salisbury Utilities water and wastewater rates for Salisbury or any other Rowan municipality stuck with Rowan-Salisbury Utilities.  The rates and rate structures are supplied by “Project: North Carolina Water and Wastewater Rates and Rate Structure”. The Rowan Free Press is posting this extremely valuable project link due to […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Commissioner Craig Pierce Represents Rowan County Not “Eight Block”

February 18, 2015

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, N.C. ♦ I watched the video on Monday night’s commission meeting where Commissioner Craig Pierce, not one for mincing words, shook up the rookie commissioners when verbally spanked them, “All I’ll say is this is the best commissioners that city council’s money can buy.”  Let’s be real these new commissioners are not representing the […]

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Downtown Salisbury Dressed in Winter White

February 17, 2015

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Rolf Koenig, Photographer ♦ Downtown Salisbury dressed in winter white in the early morning hours.  No signs of humanity save for windswept trash.  The mole people are warm in their burrows North of City Hall.  The city has an deceptive innocence about it. Fear has yet to venture out.

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Dwayne Jaquan Means, Jr., Armed Robbery Fugitive, Arrested After Fleeing Reeds Lane Hideout in Salisbury, N.C.

February 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Dwayne Jaquan Means, Jr, 22, a homeless armed robbery fugitive from Salisbury, N.C., was arrested Saturday by Salisbury Police after fleeing out the back door of a home on the 700 block of Reed Street. Means, facing felony warrants from the Spencer Police for an April 2014 robbery with firearms or other […]

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Video: Tensions Flare Between Commissioner Craig Pierce and New Commissioners Over the Up-Fitting of the West End Plaza

February 17, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Conflict over the West End Plaza suddenly erupted during Monday evening’s Rowan County Commissioner’s meeting. In a discussion among the commissioners concerning the West End Plaza’s up-fitting and roof repairs, Commissioner Craig Pierce chastised the three newest commission members, saying: “All I’ll say is this is the best commissioners that city council’s […]

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Mystery Shrouds the Deaths of Kimberly Allen and Her Husband Steve in China Grove. Gunshot Murder-Suicide Suspected

February 16, 2015

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at a home in the 500 block of Eudy Road in China Grove, N.C. where they discovered the bodies of Kimberly, 40, and Steve Allen, 47, at 2 p.m. Sunday. The husband and wife both died of gunshot wounds to the head.  According to sources in the Sheriff’s Department the […]

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TIPS: Are You Considering Starting a Business or Restaurant in Downtown Salisbury, N.C.?

February 16, 2015

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Steve Mensing, Editor/U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) ♦ So you are considering starting a business or a restaurant in Downtown Salisbury, N.C.?  Maybe its your life-long dream to start a business or a restaurant somewhere?  Really think any business or restaurant through before you make the “plunge”.  It’s easy to be sold a worthless bill […]

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