Letter-to-the-Editor: Bicycle Riders Need Tags and Insurance for Highway Use

September 23, 2014

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Kenny Lane, Rowan County ♦ I recently watched the video this past week where Commissioner Craig Pierce suggested some potential legislative initiatives for bicycles on highways.  Two of the ideas make good sense for bicycle riders as well as motorists.  Bicycles, like motor vehicles, are involved in accidents that can lead to fatalities, injuries, and […]

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Report 6 Confirmed Cases of Enterovirus D68 in North Carolina

September 23, 2014

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RFP Staff Monday the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the state now had 6 patients under the age of 10 who tested positive for Enterovirus D68. DHHS’s press release said the cases reside in different areas across the state, but did not specify where, citing patient privacy.  North Carolina now joins 27 other states with […]

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Nathan Latta, 25, Attempts to Flee Court in Salisbury, N.C., Gets Restrained, and Winds Up with a $500,000 Bond

September 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Nathan Latta, 25, in court Monday when the judge hearing his case raised his bond to $100,000 for a failure to appear in court. When Latta learned his bail got raised, he attempted to flee the courtroom only to be tackled by a bystander who wrestled him to the floor. Soon Sheriff’s deputies joined […]

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Stop the Silence Rally Set for Saturday, September 27th in Salisbury

September 22, 2014

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Public Announcement ♦ Stop the Silence NC is hosting their second annual Anti-Bullying Community Rally September 27th, 2014 This year the rally will be located at 110 S. Lee Street Salisbury, NC 28144. The 100 block of E. Fisher Street will also be shut down to be part of the rally. The event will go from […]

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Moody’s April 11th “Negative Outlook” for Salisbury May Stymie City’s Ability to Lend or Gift Projects

September 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ How much can Salisbury really afford to lend or gift, in order to get Downtown Salisbury Inc. and local banks off the hook for the Empire Hotel? Historic tax credits expire at year’s end.  If a developer requires Salisbury to back a loan for the Empire, would the Local Government Commission even […]

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Man Arrested for Concealing a Meat Cleaver, Brass Knuckles, and a Wooden Club in Salisbury, N.C.

September 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ David Ray Stiller, 29, of the 300 block of W. Miller Street in Salisbury, N.C. was arrested outside his home on Saturday and charged with concealing a meat cleaver, brass knuckles, and a wooden club. Salisbury Police also found in Stiller’s possession: a hypodermic needle, a spoon with brown residue, and plastic baggies packaging a […]

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NC Public Schools ACCOUNTABILITY AND TESTING RESULTS 2013-2014. Find your school’s testing & graduation reports

September 21, 2014

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NCPublicSchools.Org ♦ NC Public Schools ACCOUNTABILITY AND TESTING RESULTS 2013-2014.  Find your school’s and school system’s testing & graduation reports for 2013-2014 here:

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25 Years Ago Today: Hurricane Hugo. The Untold Story of the Downtown Looting in Salisbury, N.C.

September 21, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Several days ago we made a request in the Rowan Free Press for firsthand accounts of the looting of downtown Salisbury in the aftermath of Hugo where over 20 break-ins took place.  Within a days time we received an email from Steve Canzona, a burglary and robbery detective for the Salisbury Police Department during Hugo.  […]

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Welcome to Salisbury, North Carolina: “The City of Make Believe”

September 21, 2014

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The RFP Staff ♦ Welcome to Salisbury, North Carolina: “The City of Make Believe” • The fabulous city of Salisbury comprises a total area of 17.8 square miles “surrounded by reality”. • According to MSN, Yahoo, and CNN, Salisbury, N.C. has 28% poverty and is touted the 5th ranked city among cities in the USA […]

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Telvin Maurice Morgan, 23, Allegedly Goes Ballistic at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Nets Six Charges

September 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ It’s said that visiting hospitals can be a stressful event for some.  Telvin Maurice Morgan, 23, of the 100 block of East Henderson St. in E. Spencer faces 6 charges for allegedly going ballistic in the parking lot of Salisbury’s Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Mr. Morgan is charged with assault on a female, […]

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Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education on Monday, September 22nd at 5 P.M.

September 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education on Monday, September 22nd at 5 P.M. at Long Street Administration Building, 110 S. Long Street, East Spencer, N.C. Agenda Highlights: • Dr. Julie Morrow, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, and Dr. Chaunte Garret, Director of Testing and Accountability, will examine results from the 2013-14 Accountability Report from the […]

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The Alleged Lack of Rural Internet in Rowan County. Someone Forgot to Mention Hughes.Net Satellite and Windstream

September 20, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Just read an article in the print version of the Salisbury Post that discussed the alleged lack of internet and WIFI to rural areas out in the county.  Somehow our economic and tourism people forgot to mention two internet providers out in the county: Windstream (really big out there) and Hughes.net a satellite […]

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Rash of Burglaries in Salisbury, N.C. this Past Week. Some 8 Break-ins Occured throughout the City

September 20, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦  According to Salisbury Police sources some 8 break-ins occurred during the past week in Salisbury.  Many of these burglaries took place in the North and East sections of the city. Many of those victimized, were burgled at night when they were out working or visiting.  Although the break-ins were not yet tied together, […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Bicycle Insurance a Wise Choice–Check Out Velosurance

September 20, 2014

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William Davis, Seattle, Washington ♦ Read a recent Letter-to-the Editor concerning insurance for bicycles with interest..  Smart move for any bicyclist whether its mandated in your state or not.  Velosurance, developed by bicyclists for bicyclists, is multifaceted form of insurance providing complete coverage for every aspect of bicycle ownership and liability.  Their website: http://velosurance.com/

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Salisbury City Council Meeting on September 16th. Special Use Permit for the West End Plaza, Finding a New City Manager

September 19, 2014

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Salisbury City Council ♦ Salisbury City Council Meeting on September 16th. Discussions on a Special Use Permit for the West End Plaza, Downtown Revitalization Program, and starting the process of finding a new city manager.

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Joshua Michael Evans, 37, of Rockwell N.C., Held for a Half Million Dollar Bond for Child Pornography

September 19, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Joshua Michael Evans, 37, of Rockwell, N.C. was arrested Thursday at his home on  the 2000 block of Edgar Road following an SBI investigation of online child pornography. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies served warrants on Evans, accusing him of engaging in a sex offense with a minor child between Jan. 1 and […]

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Google Voice: A Free VOIP Phone Service You Can Install on Your Computer

September 19, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The very best FREE VOIP phone service is Google Voice which you can obtained with a Google account like Gmail or YouTube.  Basically its a free landline that goes over the internet.  To learn more about Google Voice go here: http://freebies.about.com/od/computerfreebies/p/google-voice.htm

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Video: Downtown Salisbury, NC and the “Great Empty Cities of China”

September 19, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The City of Salisbury, N.C., ever amusing, is dreaming big dreams.  In Salisbury’s downtown area, already awash with plenty of empty apartments and office spaces going unrented, our city government is proposing building more of the same.  Yes–more apartments in downtown Salisbury.  Nobody is pulling your leg.  They are even attempting to sell the […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Why Doesn’t the Salisbury Police Post an Unsolved Murders Website? Justice for Reesa Dawn Trexler

September 18, 2014

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Crystal Lineberry, East Rowan ♦ I read with interest the Sheriff’s Office’s Unsolved Murders–Cold Case Files on the Rowan Free Press.  The Sheriff’s Office is doing a service for the families of the murdered to post information that might lead to closure for some of the them. I was very disappointed to discover when I visited […]

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City Council Begins Plans for the Hiring of a New City Manager. May Take Up to a Year

September 18, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ On Tuesday evening the Salisbury City Council voted 5 to 0 to go ahead with making plans for hiring a new City Manager to replace “mutually terminated” Doug Paris.  City Council decided to seek candidates for the city manager’s position from among their present staff and from outside the city government. Like the […]

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Rowan-Salisbury School System Needs to Revisit Its Priorities for Capital Needs

September 18, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ With dwindling funding available and future financial uncertainty, Rowan-Salisbury School System needs to revisit its priorities for capital needs. Although contracting with SF+a Architects to build a new Knox Middle School and a new West Elementary School for $34 million leaving $6.5 million for a Central Office appears to fit into their total budget, […]

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Tyrone Rufus Davis Wounded in Attempted Drive-Bye Robbery in Salisbury, N.C.

September 17, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Tyrone Rufus Davis, 37, was wounded by a pair of drive-bye robbers on MLK, Jr., Ave. near Cemetery Street at 1 a.m. Monday.  Davis sustained a foot wound when he attempted to flee.  He was transported Novant Health Rowan Medical Center’s emergency department by his sister. In the early morning hours Davis walked […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Crackdown on Freeloading Bicyclists–Get Licensed, Get Insured, Pay Taxes, or Get Off Our Highways!

September 17, 2014

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Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ranger Ret. and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ Kudos for Commissioner Pierce!  It’s time to crackdown on freeloading bicyclists.  I agree 1000%.  If they want to use our highways and endanger the lives of thousands of motorists every year they need to pay the piper.  I couldn’t agree more. • If […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Salisbury’s City Hall Acts in an Illegal Manner Evading Freedom of Information Requests

September 17, 2014

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Kenny Lane, Rowan County ♦ Mayor Woodson recently promised his increased vigilance and greater accountability of city government. I question how serious he is about this.  I have made several requests under the Freedom of Information Act, first on July 11, 2014.  As of today I have not received copies of any of the records […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Violent Crime Swamping Salisbury, NC. Citizens Need to Arm Themselves

September 17, 2014

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, N.C. ♦ Yesterday I read that yet another armed stick-up occurred in Salisbury, N.C.–this one Downtown on Fisher over by Church Street where a female victim got robbed for her cellphone. Violence is a city-wide affair in Salisbury.  People get assaulted on the street almost daily, carjacked, stabbed, shot up, get whacked in gang drive-byes, and get blasted […]

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Sen. Gene McLaurin: Clean Drinking Water Should Not Be Taken For Granted

September 17, 2014

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NC Senator Gene McLaurin ♦ The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades old problem — one that should not take decades to correct. Senate Bill 729, the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 passed, making North Carolina the first state to […]

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Matthew F. Jones, a Homeschooled Student from Salisbury, is the Lone National Merit Scholarship Finalist in Rowan County

September 17, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ At the Rowan Free Press we want to extend our congratulations to the lone National Merit Scholarship finalist in Rowan County this year: Matthew F. Jones, a homeschooled student from Salisbury, N.C.  Matthew F. Jones is one of 16,000 semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship.  Finalists continue in this prestigious competition for some […]

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Gunman Robs Woman Monday Evening at Church and West Fisher in Downtown Salisbury, N.C.

September 16, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported a gunman robbed a woman, 29, of her cell phone near Church and West Fisher sts at approximately 7 p.m. Monday. The woman, walking East on West Fisher, encountered a thin black male, coming from the direction of the Rowan Public Library.  He was in his late teens to early 20’s, between 5 […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: New Breed of Petty Criminals Involved in Vending Machine Vandalism in Salisbury, N.C.

September 16, 2014

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Jonathon Morris, U.S. Army Ranger Ret. and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ While smashing windows and spray painting graffiti and gang tags ranks in the forefront of vandalism in Salisbury, N.C., very near the top is vending machine vandalism.  The Bury has bragging rights once again. Coin operated machines have long been targeted  by petty thieves looking for […]

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Common Sense School Solutions Launched on Facebook in Support of Phil Hardin, Travis Allen, & Dean Hunter for the B.O.E.

September 16, 2014

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Public Announcement ♦ Common Sense School Solutions just launched on Facebook.  “We are a gateway for the people of Rowan County, N.C. to come together and seek common sense solutions to the problems facing our school board and school system.”  Common Sense School Solutions supports the election of Phil Hardin, Travis Allen, and Dean Hunter to the Rowan-Salisbury Board […]

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Video: Monday Evening’s Rowan County Commission Meeting on September 15th in Salisbury, N.C.

September 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Monday Evening’s Rowan County Commission Meeting on September 15th in Salisbury, N.C.:

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Police Bust Two Men Friday for Hillbilly Heroin, Reefer, and Carrying a Concealed .38 in Salisbury, N.C.

September 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Police arrested misdemeanor drug possession and was placed on probation., 47, and Akeem Lamar Blackwell, 24, of Salisbury Friday afternoon for drug possession and carrying a concealed .38 revolver.  Salisbury Police pulled over Keith Douglas Davidson, who was driving a Ford Econoline van and Akeem Lamar Blackwell, his passenger, on the 300 […]

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Rowan County’s Unsolved Murders from the Sheriff’s Office “Cold Case” Files

September 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦  Here are all of 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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Donald Ray Clonch, Jr., 25, of Salisbury, N.C. Arrested Friday for Sex Crimes. Clonch Charged with 14 Counts

September 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Donald Ray Clonch,Jr., 25, of Salisbury, N.C. was arrested Friday by Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies in the 7300 block of Blackwelder Rd.  Clonch was charged with 11 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 3 counts of 1st degree sexual offense.  Clonch is alleged to have had sex with a female younger […]

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Phil Hardin Launches a Facebook Website in His Campaign for the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education

September 14, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Phil Hardin just launched a Facebook website: “Phil Hardin BOE Candidate“.  Phil Hardin is running for the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education’s North Seat 1 currently held by Richard Miller and is drawing heavy support from parents and teachers across the county.  Many parents and teachers are very concerned about the Rowan Salisbury schools having fallen way behind in […]

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The Rowan County, N.C. Government Transparency & Public Records Page

September 14, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County, N.C. Government Transparency/Public Records Page:

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Video: Saturday’s “Stop the Violence March” From Salisbury, N.C. to E. Spencer a Success

September 14, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Saturday evening the “Take Back Our Youth & Stop the Violence March” walked along Long Street from Salisbury, N.C. to East Spencer, drawing knots of waving and cheering onlookers.  Organized by Tiffini Simpson Long, the march attracted several dozen publically-spirited residents concerned with the surge of gang violence, drugs, and young people […]

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Video: Why Did Salisbury, N.C.’s Don Morgan Become a Disciple of the ISIS/the Islamic State Cult?

September 13, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ What attracted American Don Morgan, founder of the Islamic Center of Salisbury, N.C., holy warrior, and disciple of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to travel to Lebanon in an attempt to join the Jihadist Islamic State forming in Syria and Iraq?  Why would an American go on Twitter as  “Abu Omar al-Amreeki” and proclaim: “Mujahid pledging […]

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“Rowan County: A Brief History” by James F. Brawley–Free to Read Online or Download the PDF.

September 13, 2014

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Archive.com/Rowan Public Library ♦ Read online or download a PDF. of the book “Rowan County: A Brief History” by James F. Brawley from Archive.com.  Follow the instructions closely at Archive.com. Brawley created the map below in 1953 to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of Rowan County’s birth. Click on the image for a link to check out an […]

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Dean Hunter Candidate for the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education. Dean’s New Website: WWW.Vote for Dean.com

September 13, 2014

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Public Announcement ♦ Dean Hunter is candidate Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education seat in the South District.  Learn more about Dean from his website and his plans for the  Rowan-Salisbury School System: http://www.vote4dean.com/

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Literacy Summit on Friday, September 26th at the Albert J.D. Aymer Center of the Hood Theological Center

September 13, 2014

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Public Announcement Salisbury, NC (September 10, 2014) – Educational and business leaders in our community are excited to be joining forces in presenting the third Community Forum:   LITERACY SUMMIT Community Forum   Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 am – 12:00 noon   The Albert J.D. Aymer Center at Hood Theological Seminary 1810 Lutheran Synod Dr., […]

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Sen. Gene McLaurin Asks Us to Pray for Our Country

September 13, 2014

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From the office of N.C. Sen. Gene McLaurin ♦ As we reflect this week on the anniversary of September 11, I am reminded of the sacrifices made by our emergency responders, servicemen and women, and the many ordinary Americans who demonstrated heroism and bravery that day and in the weeks and months that followed.   May […]

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Thursday Night’s “Rooftop Discussion” at Go Burrito! A Good time

September 12, 2014

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  Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Thursday night was “Rooftop Discussion” time at Go Burrito!  The burrito fare and Merlot were excellent and the company gathered around the rooftop lounge offered insightful discussion and conversation.  Thursday night’s topic was freedom with many individual reads on it. Later the conversation moved to relationships and became less cerebral.  Among those gathered were […]

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Amazon.Com Distribution Center Goes to Concord, N.C. The First Amazon Distribution Center in North Carolina!

September 12, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Economic development in Cabarrus County added yet another giant trophy as Amazon.com decided to open it first North Carolina distribution in Concord, N.C. The emperor of online retail will occupy approximately 222,500 square feet in one of the Silverman Group shell buildings now under construction at the Concord Airport Business Park.  This Amazon.com distribution center will provide […]

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Rowan & Salisbury History: Videos, Photos, and Postcards from the History Room of the Rowan Public Library

September 12, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ If you’ve never visited the History Room of the Rowan County Public Library at 201 W. Fisher Street in Salisbury, here are some videos, photos, and postcards from their collection you can enjoy online. History Room’s Yesterday’s Photos: http://www.rowancountync.gov/GOVERNMENT/Departments/RowanPublicLibrary/HistoryRoom/YesterdayPhotos.aspx Videos: A Ramble Through Rowan’s History: http://edithclark.omeka.net/ramble-through-rowans-history Theodor Buerbaum’s Salisbury Postcard Collection: http://www.rowancountync.gov/GOVERNMENT/Departments/RowanPublicLibrary/HistoryRoom/TheoBuerbaumsSalisbury.aspx

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Man Carjacks Woman at Knifepoint in Salisbury, N.C. and Threatens to Kill Her During Robbery

September 11, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Deven Anthony Kimble, 33, of Salisbury aka Devon Kimble allegedly carjacked a woman at knifepoint, threatened to kill her, and robbed her in Salisbury, N.C. on August 29th. This past Tuesday he was charged with robbery for the August 29th incident. Kimble was charged with felony robbery with a firearm or dangerous weapon, misdemeanor assault with a deadly […]

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Travis Allen for Board of Education BBQ Chicken Fund Raiser on Wednesday, October 15th at 11 A.M.

September 11, 2014

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Travis Allen for Board of Education BBQ Chicken Fund Raiser on Wednesday, October 15th at 11 A.M. ♦

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The Rumor that Freaked Out Downtown Salisbury and Made the County Commissioners into the Main Street Monsters

September 10, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Yesterday the Salisbury Planning Board voted 7-2  in favor of a special-use permit allowing government uses in the West End Plaza.  Next week their recommendation will be presented to the Salisbury City Council.  City council is expected to give their blessings.  In reality the county commissioners are moving the Veterans Service […]

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A History of Rowan County, NC by Rev. Jeffrey Rumple

September 10, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Our friend Monte Bringle alerted us about a well-regarded area historical account: A History of Rowan County, North Carolina by Rev. Jeffrey Rumple.  This book can be read online by clicking on the photo below or downloaded at your leisure from the Rowan Free Press by clicking here.  Everything you desire to know and […]

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Rowan County Fair 2014 Program: Free Downloadable PDF Guide

September 10, 2014

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Rowan County Fair ♦ Free Downloadable Program (PDF.) for the Rowan County Fair 2014.  Everything you need to know! http://www.rowancountyfair.net/thumbs/2014Programs.pdf Rowan County Fair 2014 Website: http://www.rowancountyfair.net/index.php

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