DSS Board Chairman Sides Calls Reports of DSS & Health Department and Sheriff’s Department Move to West End Plaza Premature

October 1, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Department of Social Services Board Chairman/County Commission Chairman Jim Sides told the Rowan Free Press this morning that reports of moving the Department of Social Services and the Health Department to the West End Plaza were premature as were reports of moving the Sheriff’s Office there as well. “Space needs studies have […]

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Chick-Fil-A, Salisbury, N.C.’s Number 1 Restaurant, Will Close Temporarily October 3rd. Will Reopen in November

October 1, 2014

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Chick-Fil-A ♦ Chick-Fill-A will close temporarily starting Friday, October 3rd at 5pm for restaurant renovations. The restaurant is tentatively scheduled to re-open in November. The store is undergoing the renovations to provide an enhanced customer experience for restaurant guests. It has been Chick-Fil-A’s pleasure to serve you, and they look forward to undergoing renovations that will […]

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Cabarras County Deputies Arrest Rowan County Suspect for the Attempted Murder and Robbery of Scott Shoaf

October 1, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Gerrell McCrae, 31, charged with attempted murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon in Rowan County, is currently being held in the Cabarrus County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond. Last week McCrea was charged with the shooting of Scott Shoaf, 36, during an alleged robbery on Weddington Avenue outside of […]

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Mario Andre Partee, 26, Alleged Salisbury, N.C. Narcotics Kingpin, Sought for 20 Outstanding Warrants

October 1, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Mario Andre Partee, 26, alleged Salisbury, N.C. narcotics kingpin, is sought for 20 Outstanding Warrants. Partee a black male, stands about 5’7 and weights about 120 lbs. His last known residence was in the West End at 1309 W. Horah street in Salisbury. According to Salisbury Police sources Partee sports a tattoo […]

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Will Empire Hotel Plan for Low Income Apartments Only Add to Downtown’s Vacant Apartment Surplus?

October 1, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The Empire Hotel, not open to the public since its 1963 flophouse days, has a lengthy history providing housing for people with “lower income limits”.  Recently Pete Bogle mentioned in the Post that the ballroom would be closed to make space for “tenement rooms”.  Here is an article on tenement housing: http://h62113rebeccahong.wordpress.com/tenement-housing/ What’s a few million fewer dollars going to […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Regarding Board of Education Candidate Lawrence Helms and his “Four Campaign Issues”

October 1, 2014

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Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ Regarding Board of Education (BOE) candidate, Lawrence Helms and the “four issues” he is running on: 1. Mr. Helms is correct when he says that “The school system must stay out of the social issues debate and focus on education.” However, his quest to “over-turn” policy 6-8 does just the opposite […]

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Livingstone College will Host a Board of Education Candidates Forum on Thursday October 2nd at 6 P.M.

October 1, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Livingstone College’s Department of History and Political Science will present a Board of Education Candidates Forum on Thursday October 2nd at 6 p.m.  This forum is free, open to the public, and will be preceded by a 10 minute documentary on the history of voting in North Carolina at 5:45 p.m. The forum […]

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Rowan-Salisbury School System’s ACCOUNTABILITY AND TESTING RESULTS 2013-2014. Testing and Graduation Reports

September 26, 2014

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NCPublicSchools.Org ♦ NC Public Schools ACCOUNTABILITY AND TESTING RESULTS 2013-2014.  Find Rowan-Salisbury School System’s testing & graduation reports for 2013-2014 here:

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Prince Charles Apartments on N. Fulton Allegedly Broken into by Fellow Apartment Dweller in Salisbury, N.C.

September 25, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ As the epidemic of break-ins continue throughout Salisbury, N.C., Kyle Edward Colton Hensley, 26, living in the Prince Charles apartments on N. Fulton Street, was arrested for allegedly breaking into his fellow neighbor’s apartments.  Hensley was charged with stealing jewelry and other valuables from his Prince Charles neighbors. Hensley faces five counts of obtaining property […]

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The Rowan Free Press Will Take a Brief Hiatus from Saturday until Tuesday

September 25, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The Rowan Free Press will take a brief hiatus from Saturday September 27th until Tuesday September 30th or Wednesday October 1st when it will reemerge from a migration. Your editor is relocating to Madison, Wisconsin (The Berkeley of the Midwest and certainly among the most beautiful and forward thinking cities in the […]

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Photographs of Salisbury, N.C. from the 1930’s and 1940’s

September 25, 2014

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Edith Clark History Room at the Rowan Public Library: ♦ A collection of black and white photographs of Salisbury, N.C taken in the 1930’s and 1940’s from the Edith Clark History Room at the Rowan Public Library (Click on each image to enlarge):

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Did Salisbury’s Walgreens Bandit Rob a Spencer Walgreen’s Wednesday Afternoon?

September 24, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Spencer Police are hunting for a masked man who stuck up a Walgreen’s Drug Store 317 N. Salisbury Avenue Wednesday at 2:46 p.m..  Driving a blue Ford Ranger with an extended cab truck, the bandit appeared to be a stocky white male carrying a long gun.  The robber’s description and his gun carried in the crime bore […]

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A Primer on North Carolina Public Records Law: Public Records Overview

September 24, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ A Primer on North Carolina Public Records Law: Public Records Overview:

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County Woman Alleges Sheriff’s Deputy Groped Her and that She Can’t Be Arrested. Woman Becomes Abusive with Magistrate

September 24, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Friday, Trishia Bassett, 36, of 335 Happy Lake Road in Rowan County, alleged a Sheriff’s deputy groped her.  That evening a sheriff’s deputy checked the registration of a black car he followed on Grover Road.  The vehicle belonged  to Bassett who the deputy was familiar with from her involvement in a previous case. […]

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Dr. Avis Williams Blog: “Reading with Dr. Avis”. How to Get struggling Young Readers More Engaged in Reading

September 24, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ This evening noticed a blog on Facebook concerned with reading and literacy: “Reading with Dr. Avis”.  Reading and literacy is an extremely important topic that our Rowan-Salisbury Schools struggle with especially in the city of Salisbury.  The writer of “Reading with Dr. Avis” is Dr. Avis Williams from Salisbury, an educator and recent author, who […]

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Rowan County Board of Elections Sample Ballot for the November 4th 2014 General Election

September 24, 2014

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Rowan County Board of Elections ♦ Rowan County Board of Elections Sample Ballot for the November 4th 2014 General Election:

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Imposters, Passing Themselves Off as Duke Energy, Flatten Elderly Man and Rob Couple in West Rowan

September 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Last Friday at 3 p.m. a pair of imposters, passing themselves off as Duke Energy employees, showed up at the home of an elderly couple and told them they needed to check power lines or the house might catch fire. One suspect walked the 89 year-old husband Glenn Graham around the side of […]

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Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Meeting at 5 P.M. Monday

September 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Yesterdays Rowan-Salisbury’s Board of Education meeting at the Long Street Administration Building began with a children’s award ceremony and a discussion about the school systems’energy performance contract with Energy Systems Group Board. Energy savings were discussed and a list of savings was presented. A brief presentation about draft contracts for the planned […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Salisbury City Council

September 23, 2014

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Rick Johnson, Rowan County ♦ Ladies and Gentleman of the Salisbury City Council, I understand you are considering the county commissioner’s application for a special use permit to place government offices into the Salisbury Mall (West End Plaza). While pondering this decision please take our county’s 13,000+ veterans and their families into consideration. The Veteran […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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