Letter-to-the Editor: This Conservative’s Choices

October 31, 2014

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Larry Wright, Rowan County, N.C. ♦ There are eight choices for the County Commission! Usually the Republican candidates are the conservatives, but that is not the case in this election. Each of the Republicans has flaws that disqualify them for my vote. They are either liberal or wishy-washy. Neither of the Democrats meet my approval […]

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2 Letters-to-the-Editor: Chief Collins Stop the Vendetta–Give Jack to His Lifelong Handler

October 31, 2014

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Kenny Lane, Rowan County, N.C. ♦ I read Shavonne Pott’s article regarding Jack the police dog today and several questions immediately came to mind.  Jack’s age is 8.   Police canine handlers and societies have set the upper end of service for aggression trained dogs at between eight and ten years.  Chief Collins states Jack has […]

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Joshua Jerrell Allison, 23, from Salisbury, N.C., Shot Thursday in Desolate Area Near Spencer’s N.C. Finishing Plant

October 31, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Joshua Jerrell Allison, 23, from North Lee Street in Salisbury, N.C., was shot twice near Spencer’s N.C. Finishing Plant around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.  Spencer Police received a report that multiple gunshots were heard in the vicinity of Piedmont Rd. in a desolate area near the former site of the N.C. Finishing Plant.  The […]

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Donald Morgan, ISIS/ISIL Supporter from Salisbury, N.C., Pleaded Guilty to Terrorism Charges in Federal Court

October 30, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Former Salisbury, N.C. resident, founder of the Islamic Center of Salisbury across the street from Salisbury High School, and avowed ISIS (now known as ISIL) follower, Donald Ray Morgan, 44, pleaded guilty to terrorism charges today in a Winston-Salem Federal Court.  Among the crimes Morgan is charged with are attempting to provide material support to a […]

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Video: Debate Between Vince Coakley (R) and Alma Adams (D) for 12th District U.S. Congress

October 30, 2014

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TIME WARNER CABLE TV 14 News ♦ Video: Debate Between Vince Coakley (R) and Alma Adams for 12th District U.S. Congress:

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How Does Your Hospital Score on Safety? Find Out Here

October 30, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ How does your hospital score on the all important issue of safety? Find out here from Hospitalsafetyscore.org:

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Battle of Aachen: Forgotten Battle of WWII

October 30, 2014

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Rodney Cress ♦ The Battle of Aachen took place between October 2nd and October 21st, 1944 and was considered a major battle and the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies. In this battle the Americans, 100,000 strong, were the only Allied force to battle the Germans 13,000 soldiers and the […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: FREE JACK! Chief Collins Claims “Jack was Being Moved for His Own Protection.”

October 29, 2014

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Friends of “Jack”, a Loyal and Aging Salisbury Police Dog ♦  Thank you to all the many, many thousands of kind and caring people from across the United States and internationally who will not sit by and let “Jack” the Salisbury Police dog  suffer continued inhumane treatment at the hands of Chief Rory Collins and his inner circle at the […]

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Despite the Claims of City Councilwoman Karen Alexander, K&W Cafeteria is Not Closing at the West End Plaza

October 29, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury City Councilwoman Karen Alexander, at City Council’s “Special-Use Permit” hearing for the West End Plaza, said that the K&W Cafeteria was closing at the West End Plaza.  This recent letter from K&W’s corporate offices appears to tell us something different.  The K&W Cafeteria at the West End Plaza is alive and well and is crowded […]

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An Interview with Chris Cohen, County Commission Candidate: Part II West End Plaza, Tax Rates, Infrastructure Upgrades and More

October 29, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Chris Cohen took time off from work today and campaign stops around the county to interview with the Rowan Free Press.  Chris is well known in the city and county’s business community and is the owner of Cohen Roofing and Metal Company.  A native of Rowan County, he graduated from West Rowan High in 1975 and […]

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Audio: Rowan County Commission Candidates Forum on “The Week in Politics” Radio Show

October 29, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Audio: Rowan County Commission Candidates Forum on “The Week in Politics” Radio Show on WRNA-FM/WRKB-AM:

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Dick’s Sporting Goods and Hobby Lobby are Coming to Rowan County’s Future “Shoppes at Summit Park”

October 28, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Dick’s Sporting Goods and Hobby Lobby are coming to Rowan County’s Summit Corporate Center south of I-85 on Julian Road. The shopping center will be called “Shoppes at Summit Park”. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Hobby Lobby are both the top-rated chain retail stores in their sporting goods and hobby store niche. […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: The Chamber Forum

October 28, 2014

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Joe Coladarci, High Rock Lake, N.C. ♦ I was pleased to attend the Chamber Forum Sunday afternoon. There was some mix up about who was invited. The School Board candidates were represented by only incumbents. I contacted the 3 challengers on Friday and each of them expressed they had not been invited and only knew of the […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: “Jack”, a Loyal Salisbury Police Dog, Victimized by Inhumane Treatment

October 27, 2014

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Friends of “Jack”, a Loyal and Aging Salisbury Police Dog ♦ Behind the Salisbury Police Department (Salisbury, N.C.), in a cramped chain-link and cement dog run, a Belgian Malinois named “Jack” has been imprisoned, day and night, for almost two weeks. Jack sleeps, exposed to the elements, on the cold cement often with his urine and feces his only company. […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: The Misleading Ad Claiming Allen, Hunter, Hardin are Tea Party When They Are Not

October 27, 2014

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Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ The distance from misleading to a lie is but a few inches. By now you have all seen the MISLEADING political ad paid for by a Downtown Salisbury PAC. Some of you may have shook your head at its laughable allegations and attempts to tie the Board of Education (BOE) […]

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

October 26, 2014

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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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Republican Men’s Club Breakfast at Ryans on Saturday Morning November 1st

October 26, 2014

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Public Announcement ♦ Republican Men’s Club Breakfast at Ryans on Saturday Morning November 1st.  Doors open at 8 a.m. Meeting starts promptly at 9 a.m. Enjoy friendship and lively political discussions over breakfast.  Bring your friends! Women are encouraged to attend.  Hear our local elected officials and special guests. Republican candidates are welcome to speak and […]

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A Man was Shot Tonight at 7:30 P.M. on 2012 West Harrison in Salisbury, N.C.

October 25, 2014

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♦ A black male now identified as Jericho Lamonte White, 21, was shot  in the head sometime around 7:30 p.m. on 2012 West Harrison St.  Wounded and bleeding, White made it over to  the 800 block of South Fulton in Salisbury, N.C.  Crime scene investigators arrived and questioned people in the area. White said to have received […]

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Video: Dee Dee Wright and Harold Poole Provide Wisdom on Choosing a City Manager…3 Years Ago

October 25, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Dee Dee Wright and Harold Poole Provide Wisdom on Choosing a City Manager…3 Years Ago:

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Senator Gene McLaurin’s Update

October 25, 2014

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NC Senator Gene McLaurin (District 25) ♦ Congratulations are in order. I begin by congratulating 16 year old Ashton Locklear, a native of Hamlet, NC for her hard work and amazing performance in the World Women’s Gymnastics Championships. As part of Team USA, Ashton played a significant role in helping Team USA secure the World […]

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Man Shot on the 1000 Block of South Fulton in Salisbury, N.C. Police are Hunting for Demetri Barber, 19, the Alleged Shooter

October 24, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Thursday evening at approximately 9:20 p.m. a shooting took place on the 1000 block of South Fulton in Salisbury, N.C. where a an identified black male was transported to Novant Rowan Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the shin.  Witnesses at the scene unidentified Demetri Barber, 19, of the 500 block of South […]

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Citizens are Asking: “Why Are So Many Salisbury Police Quitting for Better Jobs Elsewhere?”

October 24, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ With all the shootings, break-ins, assaults, drug dealing, gang activity, and senseless killings going on in Salisbury and in some of its neighboring municipalities, the very last thing Salisbury needs is an understaffed and underpaid police department.  The Rowan Free Press has been receiving a heads-up in the last several weeks about key police staff leaving the […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: My Sister Was Shocked by Fibrant’s Deposit and Prices. She Signed up with AT&T U-Verse Instead

October 24, 2014

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Kathy Yost, Rockwell, N.C. ♦ Dianne, my sister, did finally find an apartment in Salisbury. In one of the very few somewhat safe neighborhoods if that’s possible with all the break-ins and shootings that’s been going on. She is really happy with her apartment it. She is trying hard getting everything lined up. She called someone about hooking […]

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Fight at Colonial Village Apartments at West D Avenue. Police are Calling for Backup in Salisbury, N.C.

October 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦  At 9 p.m. a fight is underway at Colonial Village Apartments at West D Avenue, the site of this morning’s homicide.  The Salisbury Police are calling for backup.  All units are responding.  Dispatch warned at least one unit to stay on the North side of Salisbury. Police sources estimate a large group of […]

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Antonio Montreal Chambers, 25, Gunned Down at Colonial Village Apartments in Salisbury, N.C.

October 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Antonio Montreal Chambers, 25, was gunned down at the Colonial Village Apartments in Salisbury, N.C. according to Salisbury Police sources. At around 3:30 a.m. the Salisbury Police were summoned to Apartment 43 in the Colonial Village Apartments on 231 D Avenue.  Mr. Chambers was found in a bedroom and pronounced dead on the scene […]

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Time Warner Cable is Rolling Out an Enhanced DVR in the Charlotte Region which Includes Rowan County, N.C.

October 23, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Time Warner Cable is rolling out an enhanced Arris DVR in its Charlotte region which includes Rowan County in 2015: http://www.twcableuntangled.com/2014/10/introducing-enhanced-dvr-see-and-store-more-tv/

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A Salisbury, N.C. Woman Died from Multiple Yellow Jacket Stings While Doing Yard Work

October 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ A Salisbury, N.C. woman Diane Cupp at her home on the 200 block of Bethel Drive yesterday while her son Brian Cupp accidently uncovered a yellow jacket nest while using a leaf blower.  According to a longtime neighbor Mr. Smith, Brian Cupp was swarmed by a cloud of yellow jackets.  When he ran inside the house, the swarm followed […]

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Fitch Ratings Downgrades Salisbury, N.C.’s Bond Rating Due to Fibrant

October 22, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Fitch Ratings downgraded Salisbury,  N.C.’s bond rating. “Fitch Ratings downgraded Salisbury, N.C.’s water and sewer bonds to A-plus from AA-minus, citing the city’s support of its fledgling fiber optic broadband system. The Sept. 19 downgrade affects $14.7 million in water and sewer system revenue refunding bonds issued in 2010, the only debt […]

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City Council Hires a Search Firm for Finding a New City Manager and Compromises with D.J.’s Over Decibel Levels

October 22, 2014

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ In Tuesday’s Salisbury’s City Council the two “big” stories were City Council’s voted to hire Developmental Associates of Chapel Hill North Carolina as the search firm they will employ in their hunt for a new city manager. The other story was that Police Chief Rory Collins and the police department reached […]

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(Updated) Two Confirmed Dead in Crash at Jake Alexander Blvd. and Ivy St. in Salisbury, N.C.

October 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Two adults were confirmed dead in an accident between a burgundy Honda Accord and white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at the intersection  Jake Alexander Blvd and Ivy Street in Salisbury, N.C.  The accident occurred sometime after 3:15 Tuesday.  The pickup truck driver Brian Keith Hall, 32, of Salisbury was transported to Novant Rowan Medical Center and was released without report […]

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Spencer Police Round up 3rd Suspect, James Michael Robinson, Jr. 23 of Salisbury, for the Spencer Double Homicide

October 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ James Michael Robinson, Jr., 23, of Salisbury, N.C. was collared this morning in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. and charged with 2 counts of murder.  Robinson is currently being held in the Hailfax County Jail pending transfer to Rowan County.  Robinson is the third and final suspect in brutal killing of Spencer’s Antonio “Tony” Walker and James “Junior” Walker […]

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Video: Stuffing the Ole Ballot Box Caught on Camera

October 21, 2014

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Youtube video/ArizonaDailyIndependent.com ♦ Surveillance video allegedly captures man stuffing “hundreds” of ballots into a ballot box in Maricopa County, Arizona, on Aug. 25, 2014. From: http://www.arizonadailyindependent.com/2014/10/16/arizona-primary-ballot-box-stuffing-caught-on-tape/ The Maricopa County GOP chairman provided the Arizona Daily Independent with the following account of what occurred during the August 26th primary election cycle: “Guy: “What’s your problem?” LaFaro: […]

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When Cities Go Bankrupt: An Article List

October 21, 2014

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Liberty Falls Salisbury NC

RFP Staff ♦ When cities go bankrupt: an article list:

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Rep. Harry Warren’s Legislative Newsletter for October 20th

October 21, 2014

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Rep. Harry Warren (N.C. District 77) Harry.Warren@ncleg.net  (919) 733-5784 ♦ Hello, Friends! On August 28th, my Legislative Assistance, Ms. Shara Graham,  retired, after serving more than 10 years with the legislature. It was my good fortune that she spent the last four of those years with me. From the moment my wife and I decided […]

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Video: Rowan County Commissioner Meeting on Monday May 20th

October 21, 2014

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commissioner Meeting on Monday May 20th:

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

October 20, 2014

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Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ The dedicated men and women serving in our military are just a small portion of their peer population. In fact only ½ of 1% of the population serves in the armed forces at any one time. Remove those older than 21, mostly career orientated members, and you have far less than […]

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Steve Mensing and the Rowan Free Press Doing Measurable Damage

October 20, 2014

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

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

October 20, 2014

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

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The New North Carolina Health and Human Services Ebola Website

October 20, 2014

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

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Video: Board of Education Candidates at Livingstone College Forum

October 19, 2014

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

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

October 19, 2014

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

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Peleliu: Forgotten Battle of WWII

October 19, 2014

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

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

October 18, 2014

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

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

October 18, 2014

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Vote Here, Rowan County

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

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Best Advice

October 17, 2014

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

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

October 17, 2014

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Catawba College Postcard

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

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

October 17, 2014

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

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

October 17, 2014

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

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

October 16, 2014

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

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

October 16, 2014

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

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