State Budget to Provide Largest Teacher Pay Raise in N.C. History

July 29, 2014

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Press Release ♦ State Budget to Provide Largest Teacher Pay Raise in N.C.History: http://nchouse76.com/budget-to-provide-largest-teacher-pay-raise-in-nc-history/

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Vandalism on the Rise in Salisbury, N.C. Windows Smashed in Old West Innes Business District

July 29, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ With vandalism on the rise throughout Salisbury, N.C., sources in the Salisbury Police report a number of businesses suffered broken windows along Old West Innes Street through the weekend into Monday.  Four rock hurling vandals were caught on surveillance cameras, but so far no arrests were made. The Police are seeking information […]

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City Clerk Myra Heard Responds to Kenny Lane about Missing Information on FOIA Request

July 29, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Yesterday City Clerk Myra Heard responded to Kenny Lane’s email concerning missing information on his Freedom of Information Act request. In fairness to Myra we are reprinting her follow-up email to Kenny Lane.     From:mailto:Mhear@salisburync.gov To: Kenny Lane; Steve Mensing Subject: RE: July 9 Public Records Request Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:21:35 […]

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County Planning Board Votes to Allow “Concealed Carry” in County Parks and Buildings

July 29, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ On Monday the Rowan County Planning Board met at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Building at 130 W. Innes in Salisbury, N.C.  Planning Board members present were Chairman Rip Kersey, Vice Chairman Larry Jones, Joe Coladarci, Darlene Blount, Blake Jarman, Steve Poteat, Joe Teeter, Reid Walters, and Larry Wright. The Planning Board voted 9 to […]

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Future Foods at Rowan Public Library on Tuesday August 11th at 6:30 P.M.

July 29, 2014

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Public Announcement ♦ One part ‘attack of the killer tomato’, two parts ‘pure science’…  Join us as we learn more about the latest technologies for producing food and how it will impact our future in this special workshop. As part of the Literary Elements Summer Reading Program for Adults, Rowan Public Library has put together […]

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White Collar Crime in Government. Where to Contact the SBI, FBI, & N.C. State Auditor

July 28, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Leads on possible criminal wrongdoing in municipal government may be submitted to the NC State Bureau of Investigation or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Their pages and tiplines are linked below: NC State Bureau of Investigation webpage on Public Corruption: http://www.ncdoj.gov/Top-Issues/Public-Integrity/Fighting-Public-Corruption.aspx FBI Website says Public Corruption is their #1 priority.  Here is […]

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State Law Dictates that Doug Paris’s “Mutual Termination” Record Can Be Unsealed

July 28, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ City Hall’s cover-up of Doug Paris’s “mutual termination” and “golden parachute” by conveniently hiding behind employee personnel records is nothing more than an artificial barrier to the public’s need to know about activity in Salisbury’s municipal government.  The evasiveness and obstruction of Freedom of Information Act/N.C. General Statute 132 needs to end concerning […]

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Updated: IPTV & Antenna TV: The Money Saving Switch from Cable and Satellite TV to Antennas and ROKU 3

July 28, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Over the past several years, legions of TV watchers greatly reduced their monthly television bills and ended their relationships with cable and satellite TV. These “cord cutters” ventured over to receiving their television from IPTV devices such as ROKU, Apple TV, XBMC G Box, smart TV’s, Blue Ray players, and gaming […]

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Updated: Negotiating and Winning with Your Internet and TV Provider

July 28, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Just about every year folks in Rowan County notice an upsurge in the price on their internet and TV bills. Savvy consumers know several basic strategies for negotiating those prices down and getting perks to remain with their provider. Know that successful broadband companies operate from the position: “A customer retained […]

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City Hall Demonstrating Evasiveness in Answering Freedom of Information Act Inquiries

July 27, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ It’s been our experience, the experience of city watchdogs, and apparently the experience of regional and area media that sending in Freedom of Information Request inquiries to the City of Salisbury government runs into obstruction and evasiveness.  We’re not surprised.  We’ve been forewarned by former and present city employees not to expect much for our efforts from a […]

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New Page Atop RFP: SALISBURY’S CITY HALL SCANDAL. Article Library on City Hall’s Scandal & Cover-up

July 27, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ New Page Atop RFP: SALISBURY’S CITY HALL SCANDAL.  Article Library on Salisbury, N.C.’s City Hall’s Scandal & Cover-up will be updated daily in the future: http://rowanfreepress.com/salisburys-city-hall-scandal/

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Major Concerns About Salisbury’s City Parks & Recreation Department’s Management and Transparency

July 27, 2014

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Emily J. Perry, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ An incident that occurred several weeks ago regarding an employee of the Salvation Army has sparked both my interest and my concern in the City Parks & Recreation department’s recent management and transparency.   What began as a small complaint regarding how rude, unprofessional, and discourteous a Salvation Army employee […]

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Video: “Who Took Down Stockton?”: When Stockton, California went Bankrupt

July 27, 2014

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Youtube/IFILES ♦ Video: “Who Took Down Stockton”: When Stockton, California went Bankrupt.  Similar processes are at work in most municipal bankruptcies.  Stockton went full tilt on “build it and they will come” projects, then the dominoes began to fall.  Sound familiar?  

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Is Fibrant Watching You? Fibrant Subscribers Beware

July 26, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ While we assume our internet service provider would not read our emails, internet savvy techies know they can. If you don’t know that, your head is in the sand.  In fact an IT is more likely to ask why would they do it rather than ask if they can. Of course, we have to ask, “Is […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Harder Penalties for Failing to Report Child Abusing Creeps!

July 26, 2014

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Jonathan Morris, U.S. Army Ranger Ret. and Rowan County Sheep Baron, “End Senseless Bike Lane Deaths Now!” ♦ I read an article on James Barringer, III this morning, and am appalled that TWO local churches, as well as Boy Scouts of America’s regional council had received reports of his alleged improper touching of children in […]

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Police Arrest Alex Quintel Lynch in the Aftermath of Tuesday’s East Liberty Street Shooting in Salisbury, N.C.

July 26, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police report the arrest of Alex Quintel Lynch, 20, of Salisbury, N.C. after serving a search warrant on a house on the 700 block of East liberty Street and locating firearms. The house was the same one struck by a 9 bullet fusillade last Tuesday evening where slugs struck the front door, gutter, […]

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Salisbury, N.C.’s Wikipedia Fantasy

July 26, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Who keeps the Salisbury, N.C. Wikipedia entry so deceptively wonderful and free of any possible negativity?  Is it purposely baited to lure the unsuspecting here?  It lacks updated statistics especially the “disturbing demographics” of poverty, crime, and substandard education. Would you spend time in a garden of stinkweed and fail to smell or see it?  In a […]

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Legislative Notes from N.C. Sen. Gene McLaurin

July 26, 2014

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NC Sen. Gene McLaurin ♦ I was pleased to present and explain Senate Bill 201 in the NC Senate this week.   This local bill will allow Stanly Community College to save money, by enabling the Stanly County Commissioners to construct classroom buildings on the community college campus – as opposed to leasing buildings off campus […]

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Truth and Communities Coming Together are a Requirement for a City in Dire Need of a Turnaround

July 25, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ It’s 5 a.m. and I’m sipping on my first cup of coffee.  What’s really is important is the sobering fact that Salisbury is in dire need of a reformation and turnaround on many levels: • Unsafe streets where young men are making some seriously bad choices in the name of affiliation, pride, and not-yet-learned values. […]

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Video: West End Chamber Meeting to Overcome Gang Violence and Crime in Salisbury, N.C.

July 25, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The Chamber: Kenny Hardin, Pastor Anthony Smith, and Chris Sifford joined with the West End Community and West End Pride Organizations to organize a Community Town Hall Meeting held Wednesday, July 23rd at the Miller Recreation Center in the West End. Leaders and hosts included Dee Dee Wright of the West End Community […]

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The Carolina Journal: Salisbury Should’ve Listened to Sanera (About Launching Fibrant)

July 24, 2014

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Carolina Journal ♦ From the Carolina Journal: Salisbury Should’ve Listened to Sanera (About Launching Fibrant)

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The Salisbury Community Comes Together for Answers to Gang Violence at West End Meeting

July 24, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦  We were very heartened to witness the Salisbury community coming together last night at the Miller Recreation Center in the West End.  It was well timed wake-up call for a city in dire need of a comeback.  The rec center’s main room was packed to standing room overflow.  The organizers: the Chamber, […]

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Drive-by Shooting on East Liberty St in Salisbury, N.C.. No One Hit in 9 Round Fusilade

July 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ With advisories of heightened gang activity throughout Salisbury, sources in the Salisbury Police reported a drive-by shooting incident on the 700 block East Liberty Street where approximately 9 rounds were fired Tuesday night. The incident occurred at around 9:40 p.m.  No one was hit, but bullets struck a house, lodging in the front door, […]

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When City Hall Receives a “Visit” from the State Auditors and the SBI

July 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ The day will arrive when the state auditors and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) will descend on City Hall.  A key feature will be a forensic auditing process likely to go back several years into city hall’s financial records.  No thoughtlessly drawn up contracts or attempts at silence will protect those who may […]

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Salisbury Police to Open a Twice a Week Substation in the West End at Hall’s Gym on August 12th

July 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources the Salisbury police will open a part-time police substation in the West End on Tuesday August 12th.  The substation will operate twice a week at Hall’s Gym at 1400 West Bank Street.  The idea is to build community trust and deter crime. The new part-time police substation will […]

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Mosquito-Borne Virus Chikungunya Confirmed in Cabarrus County, N.C. 10 Cases Now in North Carolina

July 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Cabarrus Health Alliance confirmed first case of Chikungunya virus, the mosquito-borne virus in Cabarrus county.  According to health officials the patient, a travel-related case, visited a Caribbean country recently where they were infected by a mosquito bite.  The CDC and the N.C. Department of Human Services have been alerted. North Carolina currently has 10 […]

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Letter-to-Skinny Wheels Eric Phillips, Promoter of 3rd World Transportation

July 22, 2014

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Jonathan Morris, U.S. Ranger Retired and Rowan County Sheep Baron ♦ Eric, I’m going to have to pull rank on you in these discussions about bicycle lanes, road diets, and traffic calming.  First off I’ve ridden bikes since my teens and up to the time I sustained injuries in combat.  All told I’ve likely circled the equivalent of […]

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Allison Latos, WSOC TV Channel 9 Investigative Reporter, on the Ground in Salisbury, N.C.

July 22, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ The FOIA inquiry obtained below by the Rowan Free Press from Salisbury’s City Hall clearly demonstrates why we and many area TV news viewers tune-in to the hard-hitting and balanced coverage provided by WSOC Channel 9’s Allison Latos, the station’s morning anchor.  Her TV 9 exposes and on the ground coverage in Salisbury and Rowan County are […]

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“Mutually Terminated” Doug Paris, in a Breach of Ethics, Blocked Taxpayer Input on Newsome Rd Bike Lanes

July 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Obscured because of an “end around” move by former City Manager Doug Paris is that the City of Salisbury will be entirely responsible for financing the bike lane element of the Newsome Road project. The City’s “mutually terminated” City Manager did not properly permit Salisbury taxpayers, who will pay for this element of […]

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Rep. Harry Warren’s (District 77) Newsletter for July 21st

July 22, 2014

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Rep. Harry Warren (District 77), (919) 733-5784, Harry.Warren@ncleg.net July 21, 2014 Hello, Friends! Here is a quick recap of last week’s legislative activities. Although budget negotiations seem to remain at an impasse, there is good reason to expect the current short session to end soon. There comes a time when one has to accept that […]

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The City Mayor’s Code of Ethics

July 21, 2014

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The City Mayors Foundation (www.CityMayors.com) ♦ CITY MAYORS Code of Ethics 2 January 2014: The City Mayors Foundation was established in 2003 to promote, encourage and facilitate good local government. To strengthen local government further, City Mayors has instituted a Code of Ethics for city leaders who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach. Code of […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Kazakhstan the Next Stop for “Mutually Terminated” Doug Paris?

July 21, 2014

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Borat, Kazakhstan, “Where Men are Men and Sheep are Sheep” ♦ Komrade “mutually terminated” Doug Paris now you freed of city manager duties through “no fault” of your own in the 233rd ranked city/town in North Carolina (AreaVibes.com). You need bring your management skills to Kazakhstan.  We love you in Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstan police adore man who kommand with […]

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Email Shows Doug Paris Backed Away from “No Bid” Contract Discussion with Chairman Richard Miller and Superintendent Moody

July 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ During the negotiations for the 504 North Main Street property on which the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education plans to build a new Central Office building, the “mutually terminated” City Manager Doug Paris exchanged emails with Board of Education Chair Richard Miller, Mayor Paul Woodson, and Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody. During May, […]

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The Outer Limits of Municipal Patriotism: Supporting a Municipal Fiasco

July 20, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ A few days ago I came across an email in my Freedom of Information Act inquiry responses from the city of Salisbury, N.C..  The individual writing the email expressed a form of patriotic loyalty aimed at a city government.  In all my years of living in urban areas I’ve never owed any allegiance […]

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Video: How to Create the Illusion of Public Consensus in a City Whose Motto is “To Seem Rather than to Be”

July 20, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ How does City Hall and its friends engineer the illusion of public consensus in the city whose motto is “To Seem Rather than to Be”?  We’ve witnessed this illusion of consensus-building more recently at the county commission public comments.  We’ve seen this illusion-building many times when City Hall wants something done. Today, we will look […]

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Letters-to-the-Salisbury City Hall: Panhandling Epidemic–Floral Grave Robbing–Neighbor Builds a Fort–Break-ins!

July 19, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Read what Salisburians are writing to City Council and the “mutually terminated” City Manager.  All of these letters were obtained through our FOIA requests: ——– Original Message ——– Subject: panhandling-growing epidemic in Salisbury From: Andre and Chris Resner To: Paul Woodson CC: Paul, We were out doing errands this past week and […]

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FOIA Email Exchange Shows How Doug Paris Conspired to Keep Opposition Away from Newsome Rd. Bicycle Lane Meeting

July 19, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Freedom of Information Act obtained emails demonstrates how “mutually terminated” City Manager Doug Paris conspired to keep Salisbury taxpayers from speaking out against the bicycle lane project on Newsome Road.  In the email exchange with Post reporter Emily Ford, Paris conveniently labels taxpayer opposition to bike lanes on Statesville Blvd. as “Tea Party”. The residents on Newsome road […]

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Jonathan Morris’s Dead-on Letter from 2013 Predicted the Fall of City Hall: “The Baby-Faced Fuhrer Must Go!”

July 18, 2014

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RFP Staff Jon “the Rebuker” Morris’s Dead-on Letter from 2013 Predicted the Fall of City Hall: “The Baby-Faced Fuhrer Must Go!”: http://rowanfreepress.com/2013/05/23/a-letter-to-the-editor-the-baby-faced-fuhrer-must-go/

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No Mystery Exists about What Went Down in Salisbury’s City Hall. A Multi-Tiered Investigation Upcoming

July 18, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ What went down in city hall is no longer a mystery.  A small group of publically-spirited individuals are now gathering information provided by city employees, past and present, whistle blower documents, and other materials passed along from city hall.  The picture is quite clear.  There will be no moving on. Without going into […]

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New “Cord Cutting” IPTV Device for Quitting Cable and Satellite TV: XBMC Matricom G-Box

July 18, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Previously we’ve written about the best methods for “cutting the cord” in the article “IPTV  and Antenna TV: the Money Saving Switch from Cable and Satellite TV to Antennas and ROKU 3″ which include using digital TV antennas and IPTV devices like Roku 3, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV: http://rowanfreepress.com/2014/03/28/iptv-and-antenna-tv-the-money-saving-switch-from-cable-and-satellite-tv-to-antennas-and-roku-3/ Here […]

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King Heroin Number 1 in Salisbury, N.C.’s Out-of-Control Hard Drug Scene. Meth Places 2nd

July 17, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Word on the street, among hardcore addicts in Salisbury, N.C., is that heroin is the ruling king here.  Black tar heroin is said to be an easy score on the streets. Meth is gaining ground in Salisbury on heroin because of Meth’s easy availability and its recent growth in popularity in the city’s minority neighborhoods.  In years […]

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State Statute § 160A-168.–Rules Concerning Privacy of Employee Personnel Records

July 17, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Here is the actual state statute  § 160A-168.–Rules Concerning Privacy of Employee Personnel Records.

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Video: Salisbury Citizens Demand Answers Down At City Council and Get “Runaround” from Mayor Woodson

July 17, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Salisbury Citizens Demand Answers Down At City Council and Get “Runaround” from Mayor Woodson.  Activist William Peoples and Citizen  J.R. Dunkley confront City Council about cover-up of Doug Paris’s “mutual termination” and “Golden Parachute” hijack.  State Statutes discredit Mayor Woodson’s reply about personnel issues.

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Mayor and City Council Continue Cover-up: Indesputable Signs Salibury, N.C is Hurting Financially

July 16, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ For weeks Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson, dodged questions about “mutual terminations” “golden parachutes” and “wrongful terminations”.  Oddly, Woodson told us yesterday Fibrant was not yet profitable even though he was quoted a few months ago as saying the city’s fiber optic network turned the corner and was showing a profit.  Make up your mind Mayor.  You surely know Fibrant lost millions […]

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William Peoples Calls for N.C. Attorney General to Investigate City Hall

July 16, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Tuesday afternoon I sat at my computer and watched Salisbury’s City Council on the City ‘s “Live Meeting Webcast”.  Yesterday’s city council meeting was their first meeting since Doug Paris’s infamous “mutual termination” at the end of a late 5 hour closed-session.  The highlight of Tuesday’s meeting was its much anticipated “public commenting” period where citizens […]

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Doug Paris’s Contract Clause Preventing “Disparaging Remarks”

July 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ If you’ve seen former city manager Doug Paris’s highly unusual “no liability” contract you have to scratch your head and wonder.  What mayor would sign off on such a contract?  The easy answer is Mayor Paul Woodson who appears to have little grasp of his statutory mayoral duties or construction contract bidding ethics.  Quite a […]

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Gang Alert Advisory for Salisbury, N.C.

July 15, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Yesterday we received a gang alert advisory from a local neighborhood group. They were advised by the Salisbury Police Department that gang activity was on the upswing and that neighbors need to be vigilant. The recent killing of Marquis Antonio Feamster, 23, shot to death in a backyard on the 300 block East Fisher Street […]

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