Internet Sweepstakes Cafes Operating Illegally and Openly in Salisbury, N.C. Why Haven’t These Been Shut Down?

August 28, 2014

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Money Money Money

RFP Staff ♦ In late May of this year, Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten sent cease and desist letters to four area sweepstakes cafes, threatening to criminally charge those operating sweepstakes pursuant to last year’s State legislation which closed all legal “loop holes” in prior law. All four who received cease and desist letters from Sheriff […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: The Latest City Council Fiasco at the Miller Recreation Center

August 28, 2014

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RedBlueLetter

Jonathan Morris, U.S. Ranger (Ret) & Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ I’ve been watching this latest City Council fiasco with the Miller Recreation Center. Mr. Kenny Hardin’s article in the Rowan Free Press was spot on. One key matter caught my eye:  Salisbury’s leadership fails over and over to involve the people impacted by their […]

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2 Men Robbed in Wolf Pack Style Attack Near Sonic Drive-in. Thieves Make Off with Shoes, Wallets, Cell Phones, and Backpacks

August 28, 2014

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Salisbury, NC Police Department

RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources two young men were robbed Wolf Pack style on Monday at 9 p.m. by 4 to 5 males on the 300 block of Institute Street near the Sonic Drive-in on West Innes. Walking with 2 women, the 2 victims noticed 4 to 5 young males who rapidly […]

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The Salisbury City Hall Pattern: Feigning Listening, Making Insincere Promises, and Faking Action

August 27, 2014

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City Council and The Wall

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ It appears Salisbury’s city council has adopted a system of patterned responses incurring a great deal of frustration and anger in those traditionally disenfranchised communities residing outside “8 Block”.  Any student of the city quickly notices that City Council, the city manager, and their allies have their own agenda separate and apart from the traditionally disenfranchised […]

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Looking for Firsthand Accounts of Grave Robbing in Salisbury, N.C.

August 27, 2014

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grave

RFP Staff ♦ We’re looking for firsthand accounts of grave robbing in Salisbury, N.C. taking place within the span of 1955 to the present.  We’d like to hear from law enforcement officers past or present, cemetery workers/managers, or families with firsthand knowledge of these crimes said to be prevalent in Salisbury during economic downturns and during the Great Depression. […]

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The Country Music Legends Band at the Rowan Public Library on Thursday August 28th

August 27, 2014

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Rowan Public Library Logo

Public Announcement ♦  

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Sen. Gene McLaurin (25th) Endorsed by NC League of Conservation Voters

August 27, 2014

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SenMcLaurin

Sen. Gene McLaurin (25th District) ♦ “I am proud to have the endorsement of NC League of Conservation Voters.  Our children and grandchildren are depending on their elected officials for safe and clean drinking water, land and air. As your state senator, I believe we can create good jobs and protect our natural resources.” http://nclcv.org/news/cib/20140825/

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Salisbury’s City Hall’s Mishandling of the Miller Recreation Center

August 26, 2014

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Miller Center

Kenny Hardin, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ This is my personal view and assessment of the Miller Rec situation, and if anyone has anything that can disprove or support, please feel free to share. The way the City handled this entire matter, was absolutely horrible.  Again, they failed to involve the people that would be impacted by […]

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Monday’s Rowan-Salisbury’s Board of Education Meeting. Progress on the Central Office at 500 N. Main

August 26, 2014

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504 North Main Salis NC

RFP Staff ♦ The highlight of yesterday’s Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education meeting was the final authorization of a land swap deal permitting the school system’s Central Office to be built at 500 N. Main St. in Salisbury.  The vote for the authorization was 5 to 2 with Richard Miller, Kay Wright Norman, Jean Kennedy, L.A. […]

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Manual of Rowan-Salisbury School System’s Code of Conduct PDF.

August 26, 2014

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Sen McLaurin and Anson High Civics Students

RFP Staff ♦ Manual of Rowan-Salisbury School System’s Code of Conduct PDF.: http://www.rss.k12.nc.us/rssys/pdfs/13-14CodeConduct.pdf http://www.rss.k12.nc.us/rssys/pdfs/13-14CodeConduct_SP.pdf

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Video: The Chamber Community Healthcare/Mental Health Forum

August 26, 2014

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Chamber Think Tank - Mental & Physical Health

RFP Staff ♦ The Chamber Community Healthcare/Mental Health Forum met Sunday, August 24th, at the Blue Bay Restaurant on East Innes in Salisbury, N.C.  The forum was lead and facilitated by Chamber member Chris Sharpe. This month’s topic was Healthcare and specifically focused on how to effectively deal with Mental Health concerns, care access challenges, and youth behavioral concerns. Ronnie […]

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County Commissioners Down to a Single County Manager Finalist. Will He Accept?

August 25, 2014

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Rowan Co Bd of Commissioners 2013

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Monday the county commissioners met at 4 p.m. in closed session. The meeting lasted less than hour to decide on a final candidate to offer the county manager’s job.  Gary Page, the present county manager, will leave office this coming Friday after being on the job since 2008. After the meeting I met with […]

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Emily Ford Resigned from Her City Reporter Position at the Salisbury Post

August 25, 2014

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Salisbury Post Loading Dock

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ In a major shakeup at the Salisbury Post, insiders at the Post confirmed that the Post’s highly-regarded city reporter Emily Ford resigned to take a job at Duke’s Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C. where she will be employed as a communications specialist. She will now spend more time with her three children.  Rumors about […]

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NFL 2014 Media Guides: A Treasury of Knowledge about the Panthers or Any Other NFL Team–Right Here!

August 25, 2014

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Football

NFL.com ♦ If you are a fan of the Carolina Panthers or any other pro football team for that matter and want to know everything possible about the 2014 team, its team history, its records, its players–anything and everything, just click on your favorite team and ready yourself for an encyclopedic pro football journey.  All the NFL […]

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Propaganda: The Art of Hidden Persuasion

August 25, 2014

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This World of Creepers

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Election year is prime time for propaganda abuse by political parties and their candidates. Propaganda techniques are employed in advertising, by dictators, during wartime, by corporations, by religious groups, and by just about anyone attempting to persuade others to their viewpoints. Propaganda is a fact of everyday life and is the […]

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The City of Salisbury, N.C.’s Non-Stop Setbacks. When will the State Intercede and Provide Legal Guardianship?

August 24, 2014

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City Hall

John Q. Public, at Large ♦ It’s been a very long year.  The alliance between Jon Barber and the Salisbury establishment suffered a number of major setbacks. • The FOIA emails revealing that the “mutually terminated” Doug Paris wrote Mr. Barber’s scripts against fellow county commissioners. • The FOIA email where the former city manager Doug Paris […]

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Travis Lamont Wilson, 24, Shot Saturday Morning on the 700 block of Grace Street in Salisbury, N.C.

August 24, 2014

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Salisbury, NC Police Department

RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Travis Lamont Wilson, 24, was the victim of a possible drive-by shooting at 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning.  Mr. Wilson was at his home on the 700 block of grace Street in Salisbury, N.C. when he was wounded.  Police quickly converged on the scene and found Wilson still conscious […]

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Ag-Gag Laws Being Instituted Against Agricultural and Environmental Whistleblowers Across U.S.A.

August 24, 2014

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Corn field by Lars Ploughmann via Wikimedia Commons

RFP Staff ♦ Ag-Gag Laws are being instituted against agricultural and environmental whistleblowers across the U.S.A.  These laws endanger food consumers, animals being cruelly treated, and environmental concerns and very importantly whistleblowers first amendment rights.  Here are several discussions of why Ag-Gag laws need to be put out of business for the safety of human beings […]

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Practical and Doable Appoaches for Overcoming Salisbury, N.C.’s 28% Poverty

August 23, 2014

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Poverty versus Plenty

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Likely the City of Salisbury, N.C.’s 28% poverty will go up several percentage points over the next few years. The numbers of poor people living at or below poverty will increase due to the following: • Middle and upper class urban flight continues in Salisbury which naturally increases the percentage of people living at […]

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Veterans: Military Commissaries are Having “Case Sales” at Reduced Prices

August 22, 2014

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Rodney Cress MLK Awards

Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ Military commissaries are again having items for sale by the case at a reduced prices. The timing of the sales varies by store, but the overall time window for this year’s sales is from Aug. 16 through Sept. 30. About 200 items are authorized for sale — those selected are […]

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Video: The Line — A Documentary on Poverty In America

August 21, 2014

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Poverty versus Plenty

thelinemovie.com ♦ Poverty in America —It’s not what you think. The Rowan Free Press proudly shares the documentary The Line. This outstanding documentary tells the stories of people across the United States who live at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and I. […]

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The City of Salisbury, N.C.’s Municipal Budget for 2015 (PDF)

August 21, 2014

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Finance

RFP Staff ♦ Here is the City of Salisbury, N.C.’s Municipal Budget for 2015: http://www.salisburync.gov/Departments/FinancialServices/finance/Budget/Budget%20FY2015.pdf  

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Video: Public Unrest During Commentary at Salisbury, N.C.’s City Council on August 19th

August 21, 2014

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Dee Dee Wright August 2014

RFP Staff ♦ Video: Public Unrest at Salisbury, N.C.’s City Council Meeting on Tuesday August 19th.  William Peoples, Dee Dee Wright, Emily J. Perry,  Clyde, and other concerned citizens speak out about what is going on in city hall.

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Video: Cornerstone Church Press Conference Concerning Police Chief Rory Collins

August 20, 2014

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Pastor Bill Godair and Scott Teamer of NAACP

RFP Staff ♦ Complete video:  On Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. news media gathered at the Event Center of the Cornerstone Church on Webb Road.  The President of the Salisbury-Rowan Scott Teamer and Pastor Bill Godair led the news conference attended by Charlotte area TV stations and media from Salisbury. Here is the video:

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Anger and Concerns Boil Over During Public Commenting at Salisbury’s City Council Meeting

August 20, 2014

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Salisbury NC City Council

RFP Staff ♦ Anger and concerns boiled over during public commenting yesterday at Salisbury’s City Council Meeting.  Still reeling from City Council’s cover-up of the “mutual termination” of Doug Paris, his “golden parachute” and the caldron surrounding the calls for resignation of Chief of Police Rory Collins over at a news conference on Webb Road, citizens spoke out about […]

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Tuesday’s Cornerstone Church Press Conference Concerning Police Chief Rory Collins and Officer Misconduct

August 20, 2014

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Pastor Bill Godair and Scott Teamer of NAACP

Steve Mensing, Editor   **The video of Tuesday’s press conference at the Cornerstone Church is up now on the Rowan Free Press. For a more complete account please see this excellent video.** ♦ On Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. news media gathered at the Event Center of the Cornerstone Church on Webb Road.  The President of […]

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Police Hunt for a Shooter After Wounding a Man Early Monday at the Civic Park Apartments in Salisbury, N.C.

August 20, 2014

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Salisbury, NC Police Department

RFP Staff ♦ The Salisbury Police are currently hunting for an identified shooter who wounded a man sitting in a Dodge pickup at the Civic Park Apartments in the 700 block of Hall Street in Salisbury N.C.  The incident occurred at 1:45 a.m. Monday morning.  The gunshot victim, hit by a single bullet, struck a […]

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Recently Arrested North Charlotte Cook-out Robber May Be the Long Sought Salisbury Cook-out Bandit

August 19, 2014

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Cookout Robery Suspect Char Meck Police Dept

RFP Staff ♦ The hunt for the Salisbury Cook-out bandit may be drawing to a close. Monday morning Charlotte-Mecklinburg police arrested Decarlos Sifford, 20, after a failed attempted robbery of a North Charlotte Cook-out on the 4300 Sunset Road last Thursday.  Sifford, wearing a mask and carrying a pistol, attempted to enter the Cook-out, but was […]

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Video: Tsunami Literacy Development Program Moves Closer To Securing a Place in the West End Plaza

August 19, 2014

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Chris Sifford

RFP Staff ♦ The Chamber’s Tsunami Literacy Development Program business plan moves closer to a securing space in the West End Plaza and taking on illiteracy in Salisbury, NC. The Board approved the program to bring a lease proposal to the next County Commissioners meeting on September 15th. The video that follows is the program’s business plan, presented to […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Beavis N’ Butthead Do Salisbury. Vandalism Spree Gone Wild

August 18, 2014

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Hamby and McKeitham Mugshots

Jonathan Morris, U.S. Ranger (Ret) and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ This afternoon I read in the Rowan Free Press about these two Beavis n’ Butthead look-a-likes going on an alleged vandalism spree in the Bury by stickering up everything in sight. The one character is from Salisbury which I can excuse because its the Bury, but the other fella […]

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Video: County Commission Meeting Monday August 18th. Tsunami Development Literacy Program & Concealed Carry

August 18, 2014

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Rowan Co Bd of Commissioners 2013

RFP Staff ♦ Video: Monday evening’s County Commission meeting on August 18th: • Public Comment Period • Consider Concealed Carry Text Amendments • Personnel Policy Considerations for Concealed Carry • Discussion Regarding Tsunami Development Literacy Program • Consideration for Award of Bids on the Veteran Services Office Renovations at the West End Plaza • Budget […]

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Two Suspected Vandals Grabbed During Crackdown on Salisbury, N.C.’s City-Wide Vandalism

August 18, 2014

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Gang Tags Salisbury NC

RFP Staff ♦ While city-wide vandalism in Salisbury continues with little pause, Salisbury Police arrested Robert Corrwin Hamby, 23, of the 400 block of Bringle Ferry Road in Salisbury and Jeremy Wayne McKeithan, 27, of the 3500 block of Potneck Road, in Woodleaf. Both men were tied to “slapping” U.S. postage mailing stickers on buildings, […]

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Spotting Group Manipulation Techniques to Push Agendas

August 18, 2014

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Training Workshop

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Over the years I’ve watched the growth of manipulative training seminars teaching their graduates how to successfully push questionable agendas and level opposition in the path of “progress”.  Often such training seminars teach their students how to flatten those standing in the path of sustainable initiatives and alleged “progressive” agendas.  Many of the new trainings borrow their techniques from the playbook of large group […]

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Updated: Political Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing Test–Vetting the Manipulative Candidate

August 17, 2014

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Wolf in Sheep Clothing

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Just about every election season a wolf or two shows up donning the latest in wool.  We’re talking about the wolf-in-sheep’s clothes–those unethical individuals who mislead others by omission, falsely claiming allegiance to a part of the political spectrum, and wearing two faces.  These are those people we entrust with our votes, contribute money to their […]

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County Commission to Meet on Monday August 18th at 6 P.M. Tsunami Development Literacy Program on Agenda

August 16, 2014

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Rowan County Commissioners

RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Commissioners will meet on Monday August 18th at 6 p.m. at the Rowan County Administration Building at 130 West Innes in Salisbury, N.C.  Highlights of Monday’s agenda include: • A discussion of the Tsunami Development Literacy Program and the possibility of it going to the West End Plaza. • Approval for Veterans […]

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Did Mayor Woodson Attempt a Political Maneuver against Rowan County Board of Commissioners?

August 16, 2014

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Paul Woodson

RFP Staff ♦ Questions regarding inappropriate political maneuvers by one or more City of Salisbury employees and Mayor Woodson arise from emails and information obtained through a request by the RFP for public information via North Carolina General Statute 132. December 1st of 2013, a group of individuals considered influential in Salisbury, NC placed an […]

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Economy Inn in Salisbury, N.C. Raided Yesterday on Complaints of Narcotics Trafficking, Hookers, and Robberies

August 15, 2014

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Handcuffs by foxumon at sxc.hu

RFP Staff ♦ The Economy Inn at 319 Bendix Drive in Salisbury, N.C. was raided on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. by the Salisbury Police and State Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE). Both law enforcement agencies investigated complaints of illegal activity on the premises including narcotic deals, prostitution, robberies, and overdoses. ALE undercover agents made narcotics purchases […]

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(Updated) Craig Settles, Self-Ordained “Consultant”, Pushes “Aggressive Marketing” for Fibrant on the City Taxpayers Dime

August 15, 2014

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Fibrant Workers

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Craig Settles, self-ordained “Consultant”, internet radio host, and author of vanity press books, pushed the un-revolutionary idea that Salisbury, N.C. should involve themselves in “aggressively marketing” the Fibrant “debacle” on the city taxpayers dime.  In essence Mr. Settles is pushing that Salisbury, already blasted by severe economic woes, a massive city hall cover-up, and stunted city […]

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Did “Mutually Terminated” Doug Paris Arrange a Hold on the Mayor’s Contamination Clean-up?

August 15, 2014

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Vogue Cleaners Contamination Site

RFP Staff ♦ UPDATE: Out of respect for a request by Cathy Ackroyd of NCDENR Waste Management to clarify our article, the RFP has adjusted the text of this article. Ackroyd indicated in her correspondence with RFP that “aside from the final exchange between Ms. Brindle and Mr. Paris, all the communication from AMEC (the […]

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Centerpiece Project AKA “Needle Park” KOed After Phase I Failure. City Scuttled Plans for the Visionary Festival Park

August 14, 2014

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Green Plan for Salisbury NC

RFP Staff ♦ “Mutually Terminated” Doug Paris’s pet project the Centerpiece Project AKA “Needle Park” was scuttled by the City of Salisbury after a Phase I study revealed the probability of contamination. The city did not want another 329 S. Main fiasco and decided to move on.   Good sense trumped thoughtless beautification. There will be no […]

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Why Fibrant will Continue to Fail and Fail Badly. Why Salisbury Needs to Find a Way to Unload Fibrant to Survive

August 14, 2014

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IS FIBRANT WATCHING

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The City of Salisbury, N.C. is a financial wreck with little future for at least the next 7 to 10 years due in large part to the Fibrant Debacle and the lack of any intelligent and ethical leadership in City Hall.  Get it straight, Salisbury has limited city services such as an understaffed and underfunded police […]

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(Video) August 12th Joint Planning Committee Meeting Between the Representatives of the County Commission and B.O.E.

August 14, 2014

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TV News Cam

RFP Staff ♦ A complete video of August 12th meeting of the Joint Planning Committee (JPC) between representatives of the Rowan County Commissioners and the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education.  The Joint Planning Committee was created with the intention of fostering better communications between the two bodies about the school system’s capital projects. For an unbiased reporting of any governmental body meeting nothing […]

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Donald Ray Morgan, Alleged ISIS Terrorist Sympathizer, Once Shot Up “Las Palmas Restaurant” in Salisbury,N.C.‏

August 13, 2014

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ISIS

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Salisbury, N.C. is once again in the news for a shooting, this one taking place in 1996 when ex-Rowan County Sheriff’s Special Deputy Donald Ray Morgan, alleged ISIS Terrorist Group Sympathizer, shot up “Las Palmas Restaurant” on what is now Brick Street.  At the time Donald Ray Morgan sent about 100 Las Palmas Restaurant […]

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The County Will Not Submit an LGC Application for Central Office at 500 N. Main, Citing RSSS’s Lack of Required Documents

August 13, 2014

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504 North Main Salis NC

RFP Staff ♦ A few hours after Tuesday’s 4 p.m. Joint Planning Committee meeting held at the County Administration in Salisbury, Commission Vice-Chairman informed the Rowan Free Press the county will not submit the LGC application for the Central Office in the 500 block of N. Main, citing incomplete drawings and documents from the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. The Joint Planning […]

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(Video) Solutions Offered at Miller Center Town Hall Meeting

August 12, 2014

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Chris Sifford

RFP Staff ♦The Chamber, along with the West End Community and West End Pride Organizations, held a second Town Hall meeting Monday, August 11th at the Miller Center. Along with citizens and community leaders from various neighborhoods, many elected officials attended. The meeting focused on recognizing issues compiled by the multiple neighborhood participants, ranking them by importance.  Specifically, the […]

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Why People Avoid Small Cities and Why People Leave

August 12, 2014

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For Sale

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Ever since the conversation in Salisbury, N.C. turned to the “disturbing demographic” concerning the city’s formerly hidden crime, poverty, and poor education statistics many folks here are slowly coming awake. First they learned of the city’s soaring 28% poverty which many in the city government, true to form, began to deny and suppress.  Then came the […]

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Chamber Community Meeting at Miller Recreation Center in the West End.

August 12, 2014

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Community Meeting August 11 2014

Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Monday evening the Chamber organizers Kenny Hardin, Pastor Anthony Smith, and Chris Sifford joined with the West End Community and West End Pride Organizations to host a Community Town Hall Meeting at the Miller Recreation Center in the West End.  Dee Dee Wright (West End Community Organization), Shirley McLaughlin (West End Pride Organization) and […]

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Free Transporation for Veterans in Rowan and Surrounding Counties‏

August 28, 2014

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US Flag

Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ Volunteer Transportation Services (or VTS) was created in 2013 to fill the transportation gap for adults with permanent or temporary disabilities, veterans, and individuals 50 and over, in order to enhance quality of life by providing access to daily life activities. You will need to download an application or call […]

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