Letter-to-the-Editor: A Response to Comments in the Post‏

October 20, 2014

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Chuck Hughes

Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ The dedicated men and women serving in our military are just a small portion of their peer population. In fact only ½ if % of the population serves in the armed forces at any one time. Remove those older than 21, mostly career orientated members, and you have far less […]

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Steve Mensing and the Rowan Free Press Doing Measurable Damage

October 20, 2014

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City Hall Waits for the Storm to Blow Over1

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ I watched a video yesterday where a candidate for County Commissioner danced around and side-stepped several questions.  Claimed to be respectful of others and said he would never duck interviews (yet has dodged interview requests with the Rowan Free Press).  If you enjoy folks who answer questions in a calculating manner or defer answers […]

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Videos: Greg Edds and Judy Klusman Get a Thumbs Down After “Confessions”

October 20, 2014

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Joshua Young, videographer ♦ “Greg Edds, have you now or have you ever been a member of the Tea Party?”  “Judy did you ever attend a Tea Party meeting?” Videos: Greg Edds and Judy Klusman get a thumbs down after providing “confessions”.  Absolutely hysterical videos of two chumps being dominated, broken down, and humiliated “Joe McCarthy” style.  Very likely the […]

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The New North Carolina Health and Human Services Ebola Website

October 20, 2014

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Ebola Virus via CDC

RFP Staff ♦ The New North Carolina Health and Human Services Ebola Website:

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The Chamber Will Host A Candidates Forum on October 26th At Ryan’s Family Steak House in Salisbury, N.C.

October 20, 2014

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Chris Sifford Anthony Smith and Chamber Members

Press Release ♦ The October 26, 2014 Think Tank will be at Ryan’s Family Steak House at 4:00 p m. We as a group have tackled multiple situations in our respective communities to improve our lot in life. We question the status quo, protect one another as well as socialize to make for effective relationships. […]

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Video: Thomas Eric Duncan, First Victim of Ebola to Die in the USA, Remembered in Salisbury, N.C.

October 19, 2014

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YouTube ♦ Video: Thomas Eric Duncan, First Victim of Ebola to Die in the USA, Remembered in Salisbury N.C.  Duncan, a Liberian native who contracted Ebola prior to flying to United States was remembered Saturday by family and friends gathered Saturday at Rowan International Church on N. Lee St. in Salisbury.  Duncan’s mother and family live in Kannapolis, but […]

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Video: Board of Education Candidates at Livingstone College Forum

October 19, 2014

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Joshua Young, Videographer ♦ Video: Board of Education Candidates at Livingstone College:  

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Voter Information in Support of Biblical Curriculum

October 19, 2014

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Letter

Carole Anne Hallyburton, Cleveland, N.C. ♦ With a Biblical curriculum in our schools at stake, local winners of the Nov. 4 election will set the course of the curriculum’s future. Western Rowan Curriculum Matters is an online community-based group that shares voting information and related news with supporters interested in keeping the curriculum in place and […]

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Peleliu: Forgotten Battle of WWII

October 19, 2014

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Rodney Cress ♦ On September 15, 1944, the Navy had just completed a 10 day aerial bombing of the island of Peleliu in the Central Pacific. The island was inhabited with 11,000 Japanese soldiers ready for battle. General MacArthur viewed Peleliu, part of the Palau Island group, as a threat to the invasion of the […]

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Rowan County Commission Meets Monday October 20th at 6 P.M. at 130 West Innes in Salisbury, N.C.

October 18, 2014

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Rowan Co Bd of Commissioners 2013

RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Commission meets on October 20th at the Rowan County Administration Building at 130 West Innes Street, Salisbury, N.C. ROWAN COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA Call to Order Invocation • Provided By: Chairman Sides Pledge of Allegiance Consider Additions to the Agenda Consider Deletions From the Agenda Consider Approval of the Agenda […]

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Video: Meet the Candidates: Clerk of Courts, Register of Deeds, and Sheriff at Catawba College

October 18, 2014

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Vote Here, Rowan County

RFP Staff ♦ Video: Meet the Candidates: Clerk of Courts, Register of Deeds, and Sheriff at Catawba College:

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Best Advice

October 17, 2014

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Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ After reading my posting on the RFP, “To Vote or Not to Vote”, criticizing him for joining the other commissioner candidates (except Chris Cohen) in signing the letter to the County Commissioners asking them not to sue the city, Greg Edds called me. Regretfully, this was a courtesy I denied […]

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Video: Thursday Evening’s County Commission Candidate’s Forum at Catawba College:

October 17, 2014

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Catawba College Postcard

Rowan Free Press ♦ Video: Thursday Evening’s County Commission Candidate’s Forum at Catawba College:

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Antowane Dennis Koontz Arrested for Allegedly Badly Battering a Woman in Salisbury, N.C.

October 17, 2014

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Salisbury, NC Police Department

RFP Staff ♦ Antowane Dennis Koontz, 35, of the 100 block of East Horah Street in Salisbury, N.C. was arrested and charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.  Koontz alleged target Wednesday at 1 p.m. was a woman near the 300 block of South Lee and East Horah streets.  Koontz was seen starting a conversation with a […]

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Could an Ebola Epidemic Spread to Salisbury, N.C. and Rowan County? The Probability Exists

October 17, 2014

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Ebola Virus via CDC

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Let’s look at the risk of an Ebola epidemic occurring in the United States.  It depends on what health experts you follow.  There’s some who say the probability of an Ebola outbreak is fairly low and there are other physicians and health experts who believe the probability is fairly substantial.  In […]

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(Updated) Darius O’bryan Abel, 24, of Salisbury, N.C., 2nd Suspect Arrested in Spencer Double Homicide

October 16, 2014

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Darius Obryan Abel

RFP Staff ♦ Sources in the Spencer Police Department are reporting that Darius O’bryan Abel, 24, Salisbury, N.C is the 2nd Suspect arrested in the double homicide robbery in Spencer, N.C. Spencer Police, charged Abel with 2 counts of murder and delivered him to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office where he was booked into the Rowan County Detention […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Salisbury, N.C the 330th Ranked City/Town in North Carolina and First Blood for Pazuzu Alagard!

October 16, 2014

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John Lawson aka Pazuzu Algarad

Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ranger (Ret.) and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ Happy Halloween!  Salisbury, N.C is the 330th Ranked City/town in North Carolina and First Blood for Pazuzu Alagard.  Hey if you’ve got it flaunt it!  http://www.areavibes.com/salisbury-nc/livability/?r=&zip=28144&ll=35.7+-80.46603Th Good grief yesterday Salisbury, N.C. added to its growing notoriety by having one of its long lost residents show […]

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Suspect Kenneth Wayne Abel, Jr. of Salisbury, N.C. Arrested for Spencer Double Homicide

October 15, 2014

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Kenneth Abel Jr

RFP Staff ♦ The Spencer Police Department along with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) arrested Kenneth Wayne Abel, Jr., 27, 702 Candlewick Drive, Salisbury, N.C. and charged him with 2 counts of felony murder. This arrest stems from a double homicide occurring in Spencer on October 8th where Antonio “Tony” Walker […]

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Spencer Police Release a Sketch of the Spencer Walgreens Bandit. A $1,000 Reward Being Offered

October 15, 2014

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Walgreens Robbery Suspect

RFP Staff ♦ A Spencer Police Department sketch of the Spencer Walgreens Pharmacy Bandit is pictured above. Please find attached the original information sent out to you on 09/24/2014.  Also attached is a police sketch of the suspect.  Of course it is not 100% accurate since it is merely a sketch.  It should jog the memory […]

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Video: Tuesday Night’s School Board Candidates Forum at Catawba College

October 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The Complete Video of Tuesday Night’s School Board’s Forum at Catawba College:

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Video–Super Patriot Greg Edds, Warrior for Tea Party Values, Sings “Our National Anthem” at “Freedom Fest”

October 15, 2014

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, N.C. ♦ We salute super patriot and Rowan Tea Party icon Gregg Edds in his run for the Rowan County Commissioners.  Working tirelessly in the background for freedom and Tea Party values, here is the Tea Party’s favorite son Greg Edds singing “Our National Anthem” at the Tea Party’s “Freedom Fest” in Salisbury.  Come join […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: My Decision to Support Chris Cohen for County Commissioner

October 15, 2014

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Chuck Hughes 2013

Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ The most pressing decision for me this election cycle is which County Commissioner candidates deserve my vote. I had decided to vote for only two candidates since I could not find a third I could support. I considered Mr. Cohen but believed him to be a wild card. That left me with […]

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Jason Bradley Reid, 37, from Salisbury, N.C., Accused of “Felony Indecent Liberties” with 13 and 14 Year-old Girls

October 14, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Jason Bradley Reid, 37, of the 5900 block of Stokes Ferry Road, Salisbury, N.C. was charged Monday with six counts of felony indecent liberties with children. The victims 13 and 14 year-old girls, accused Reid of sexual abuse in Rowan County starting in January 2011.  Recently they reported […]

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Salisbury, N.C.’s Joshua Wetzler, Missing Since 2009, Allegedly Murdered by Suspected Serial Killer Pazuzu Algarad

October 14, 2014

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Pazuzu Algarad & Amber Burch

RFP Staff ♦ The disappearance of Salisbury resident Joshua Fredrick Wetzler, 37, in June 2009 was solved on October 5th when his skeletal remains and the remains of another victim Tommy Dean Welch, 36, were found buried in shallow graves in the backyard of  Pazuzu Illah Algarad, 35.  Algarad, formerly known as John Lawson, is  a self-proclaimed Satanist and possible serial killer who boasted to friends and family he […]

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An Interview with Chris Cohen, County Commission Candidate: Part I Economic Growth

October 14, 2014

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Chris Coen

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ This morning Chris Cohen took time off from his hectic work schedule and non-stop campaigning around the county to interview with the Rowan Free Press.  Chris is well known in the city and county’s business community and is the owner of Cohen Roofing and Metal Company.  A native of Rowan County, he graduated from West Rowan […]

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Chris Cohen Nixes a Petition to Block the County from Obtaining a Special-Use Permit for the West End Plaza

October 13, 2014

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West End Plaza Sign

RFP Staff ♦ On Monday County Commission candidate Chris Cohen refused to sign the petition posted below to block the county from obtaining a special-use permit for governmental uses for the West End Plaza through Superior Court. The West End Plaza was purchased to be a “repurposed mall” with the idea of it being utilized for much needed inexpensive government office and […]

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Salisbury, N.C. Man Tries to Elude State Trooper and Smashes into 3 Parked Vehicles before His Car Catches Fire Saturday

October 13, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Damon Antoine Cotton Jr., 23, of the 500 block of East Liberty Street in Salisbury, N.C, driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima on Saturday around 3 a.m. attempted to elude a state trooper in Salisbury after Cotton allegedly ran a stop sign on Old Concord Road and Monroe Street.  Cotton was said to have […]

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Salisbury N.C. Plummets to 330rd Ranked City/Town in North Carolina According to Areavibes.com

October 13, 2014

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Walgreens Robber Salisbury NC

RFP Staff ♦ According to highly regarded Areavibes.com who ranks cities and towns in North Carolina in terms of livability, Salisbury, N.C has now sadly tumbled to 330rd ranked city/town in North Carolina well below their 233rd ranking of a year ago.  Going with the recent horrific rating, Areavibes is calling Salisbury, N.C. somewhat livable? Was it the 28% soaring poverty […]

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Dabiq: ISIS’s English Language Magazine–the First 4 Issues

October 13, 2014

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ISIS

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ If you ever desired to know about ISIS in their own words, the world’s next big Religious/Political cult preaching the liquidation of nonbelievers and acting on it, here are the first 4 issues of their English language magazine “Dabiq”.  The voice of reason doesn’t exactly shine through and neither does any […]

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World War I Exhibit at the Rowan Museum on Tuesday, October 21st from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

October 13, 2014

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Public Announcement ♦

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Battle of Tunisia: Forgotten Battle of WWII

October 13, 2014

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British paratroops leaving Tunisian campaign

Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ Tunisia is located in the northernmost country in Africa and is 64,000 sq. miles in area and proved to be easy to defend by the Germans and Italians in the North African Campaign as part of their Axis powers control to take over all of North Africa. The Axis powers, […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Google Disses Salisbury in Favor of Cornelius as its Annual “E-City Award” Winner

October 12, 2014

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Green Plan for Salisbury NC

Joe Blint, Salisbury, N.C., 8 Block loft Dweller, and Fibrant supporter ♦ The Google awards are blatantly unfair!  The Town of Cornelius, North Carolina has made nowhere near the sacrifices and spent no where close to the public funds that Salisbury has invested into Fibrant and making it a “gig City”. As a taxpayer of Salisbury […]

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From Boots to Suits: Empowering Veterans’ Transition into the Workforce

October 12, 2014

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Boots to Suits

Public Announcement ♦

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All New Elect Chris Cohen 2014 for County Commissioner Website Up and Running

October 12, 2014

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Chris Coen

Public Announcement ♦ All new “Elect Chris Cohen 2014″ website up and running: http://www.electchriscohen.com/2014/

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Vietnam Veterans Park Dedication Saturday, November 15th in Concord, N.C.

October 12, 2014

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Vietnam Veterans Park

Public Announcement ♦

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Chamber Think Tank will Present a Candidates Forum at Ryan’s Steak House in Salisbury at 4 p.m. on October 26th

October 12, 2014

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Chamber Think Tank - Mental & Physical Health

Chris Sifford, the Chamber ♦ The October 26, 2014 Chamber Think Tank will be at Ryan’s Family Steak House in Salisbury at 4:00 p m. We as a group have tackled multiple situations in our respective communities to improve our lot in life. We question the status quo, protect one another as well socialize to make for effective […]

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Aaron Phillip Vaughn, 37, Shot to Death on Victory Street in Salisbury, N.C.’s West End Saturday Morning

October 11, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Violent crime is on the uptick again in Salisbury’s West End. Saturday morning at 1 a.m. Salisbury Police and emergency responders were summoned to a home on the 700 block of Victory Street where they found Aaron Phillip Vaughn, 37, sprawled on his living room floor shot to death.  The street became a behive of activity a short time […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: The County’s Strong Stand Showing at Our Last Board Meeting

October 11, 2014

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Chuck Hughes

Chuck Hughes, Board of Education ♦ As a board member, I sincerely appreciate the county’s strong showing at our last board meeting and the continued support of Rowan County while we work our way through this process. Our board, as with most boards, is frequently divided on a variety of issues. However, divergence of opinion […]

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Another Drive-by Shooting in Salisbury, N.C.’s West End on Thursday Night. Two Shooters Rode Mo-peds

October 11, 2014

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Salisbury, NC Police Department

RFP Staff ♦ The Salisbury Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in Salisbury’s West End Community taking place on the 1600 block of West Horah Street sometime after 11 p.m. Thursday.  Two young black males, riding mo-eds, motored up West Horah Street and shot at a 22 year old man sitting on his family’s front porch. Hearing the mo-peds approach, […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: This November I will be supporting Dean Hunter, Travis Allen, & Phil Hardin for School Board

October 11, 2014

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Letter

Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ranger (Ret.) and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ This November I will supporting three outstanding candidates for the Rowan-Salisbury School Board: Travis Allen, Dean Hunter, and Phil Hardin.  Voting for these outstanding candidates will be an easy choice.  They will put the school children, teachers, and taxpayers of Rowan County first […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Salisbury City Council Abused Their Authority

October 10, 2014

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Chuck Hughes

Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ I believe the City Council abused its authority when it denied the county’s request for a special-use permit in order for it to move forward with relocation of some county departments is clearly a pathetic attempt at reprisal against a County Commission that de-annexed the airport, wants to consolidate county employees […]

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Homeless Man Busted for Allegedly Pushing “Toot” in Walmart’s Parking Lot in Salisbury, N.C.

October 10, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Derrick “D-Ray” Ray McDonald,30, homeless, was charged Thursday with two counts of felony trafficking in cocaine and three counts of parole violation. Under a $10,500 secured bond, McDonald remains in the Rowan County Detention Center. Salisbury Police observed the vehicle containing McDonald and driver LaCharles Anthony Clark of Salisbury in Walmart’s parking […]

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Anonymous Tips about Crimes are Often the Way Many Major Crimes are Solved

October 10, 2014

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Rowan Undercover

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ One of the outstanding weapons in the fight against crime is the “anonymous tip” and the anonymous tip hotline frequently called “Crime Stoppers” or “Anonymous Tip Hot Line” in many cities.  The anonymous tip protects the tipsters identity from harm and vendetta.  Make no mistake, persons who turn in major crimes […]

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(Updated) How Can We Spot Our Own Hidden Racism and Prejudice? The Stereotyping Test

October 10, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ “I hate everybody equally and most of all I hate hate groups”, Steve Allen, social philosopher, TV host, comedian, and jazz pianist This article and test is an updated version of an article appearing in the early weeks of the Rowan Free Press.  Racism and prejudice are an ever present part of the human condition–it is […]

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Rowan-Salisbury School Board Voted Unanimously to Evaluate and Adjust Bible Curriculum to Meet Constitutional Requirements

October 10, 2014

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RSSS Long Street Amin Building

RFP Staff ♦ Before a packed and overflowing house at the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education listened to approximately 75 minutes of public commentary all from persons in strong support of continuing Bible classes at 3 elementary schools, and then spent another 60 minutes in closed session consulting with attorneys.  When the school […]

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Anonymous Tipsters Allege Drugs Sold at the Double Homicide House in Spencer. Tony Walker Previously Arrested on Drug Charges

October 9, 2014

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Fishing for Money

RFP Staff ♦ This morning the RFP received anonymous tips alleging that drugs were being dealt out of the home where a last evening’s robbery and double homicide at 611 5th Street in Spencer, N.C.  While we could not substantiate these claims, we did locate a 2009 article in the Salisbury Post archives showing that Anthony […]

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Woman Allegedly Head Butts, Severely Beats, and Bites Man in Attack at Quality Inn in Salisbury, N.C.

October 9, 2014

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Salisbury, NC Police Department

RFP Staff ♦ Courtney Quinn Breault, 38, was arrested for allegedly for severely beating her boyfriend at the Quality Inn at 825 Klumac Road in Salisbury, N.C. Salisbury Police were summoned to Room 214 at the Quality Inn Wednesday at 7 p.m. where Breaux and her boyfriend made their residence. The son, of the allegedly […]

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(Updated) Double Homicide During Home Invasion Shooting on 5th Street in Spencer, N.C. on Wednesday Night

October 9, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Spencer Police sources reported a double homicide during a home invasion shooting in the 600 block of Fifth Street in Spencer, N.C. around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday evening. Family members identified the robbery- shooting victims as James Walker, Jr, 44  (known to his family and friends as Junior Walker) and Tony Walker, 29. Spencer and East Spencer Police […]

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Video: Salisbury City Council Meeting on October 7th. Quasi-Judicial Hearing for Special-Use Permit for West End Plaza and Vote

October 8, 2014

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Salisbury NC City Council

RFP Staff ♦ Video: Salisbury City Council Meeting on October 7th, 2014. Quasi-Judicial Hearing for Special-Use Permit for West End Plaza and Vote begins at 8 minutes and 7 seconds:   http://rowanfreepress.com/2014/10/08/county-attorney-going-forward-with-an-appeal-to-superior-court-over-city-councils-denial-of-a-special-use-permit/

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County Attorney Going Forward with an Appeal to Superior Court over City Council’s Denial of a Special-Use Permit

October 8, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ As mentioned earlier this morning the Rowan County commissioners will go forward with an appeal of yesterday’s decision by Salisbury’s City Council to deny a special-use permit for government services at the West End Plaza. During Monday’s closed-session at the county commission meeting County Attorney Jay Dees was instructed by the commissioners […]

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