Happy Valentines Day from Buggsy and the Rowan Free Press!

February 14, 2016

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Bugs and the RFP Staff ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day from Buggsy and the Rowan Free Press Staff!

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Rowan County Commission Meets Monday February 15th at 6 P.M. at County Administration Building in Salisbury N.C.

February 14, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Commission Meets Monday February 15th at 6 P.M. in the J. Newton Cohen, Sr. Room at County Administration Building on 130 West Innes Street in Salisbury, N.C. ROWAN COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA Call to Order Invocation • Provided By: Chaplain Michael Taylor Pledge of Allegiance Consider Additions to the Agenda Consider Deletions […]

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Donald Clair Reynolds, From Salisbury, Arrested Saturday Night and Removed From Rowan County Sheriff’s Office MOST WANTED LIST

February 14, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Donald Clair Reynold, 28, of Salisbury was arrested early Saturday night and was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. Under a secured $20,000 dollar bond, Reynolds was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center. Prior to his arrest, Reynold’s was the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office MOST WANTED LIST. Donald Clair […]

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Deposition of Kenneth S. Lane v. the City of Salisbury: Ex-Chief Rory Collins Discusses Lt. Andy Efird’s Internal Affairs “Activities”

February 13, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rory Collin’s deposition features some very curious answers by Collins on pages 206 through 211. On page 206 line 11 Collins states Sergeant Mahaley was terminated for striking a subordinate officer. (Officer Lancaster happens to be a minority policeman) Officer Lane reported his memorandum showed Sergeant Mahaley appeared to target minorities and females. […]

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“O.K. Wigs”, a Downtown Salisbury Main Street Mainstay, Closes Its Doors after 42 Years in Salisbury, N.C.

February 13, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Downtown Salisbury suffered yet another loss of a mainstay retailer and restaurant as “O.K. Wigs” announced their closing after 42 years at the corner of South Main and West Innes.  Since 1974, when the Yang family opened O.K. Wigs, the leading wig shop in Salisbury has serviced thousands of fashion conscious shoppers, teenagers desiring hair extensions for the “goth […]

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Cameron Mack Thompson, Repeat Felon, Arrested for Allegedly Embezzling at Harbor Freight on East Innes in Salisbury N.C.

February 12, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Cameron Mack Thompson, 38, repeat felon living on the 500 block of Cedar Street in Salisbury, apparently slid through his “background check” at Harbor Freight at 705 East Innes Street in Salisbury. On Thursday evening Salisbury Police arrested Thompson, sporting a tat reading “Money Problems”, and charged him with embezzlement of property […]

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2016 Rowan County Annual Report: A Treasure Trove of Information about Rowan County, N.C. (PDF.):

February 12, 2016

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RowanCountyNC.gov ♦ 2016 Rowan County Annual Report: A Treasure Trove of Information about Rowan County, N.C. (PDF.):

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Fibrant is Outgunned by its Symetrical Fiber Competition in Salisbury, N.C.: AT&T Gigapower and TWC Dedicated Ethernet 10 Gig

February 12, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ “Let them eat fake” Salisbury’s notorious city hall. Salisbury’s city hall well known for its lack of tangible veracity and apparently a lack of ethical business practices among some of its department heads. Do we need to mention their inflated hokum about Fibrant turning the corner and making a profit. Salisbury is […]

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Salisbury, N.C.’s City Hall Attempts to Seal Chief Collins’ Deposition. The RFP, Abiding by the First Amendment, Says “NO DICE”

February 11, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Dateline – Salisbury, NC. It always amuses us to hear that “no one reads” Rowan Free Press while stories persist that Salisbury City Hall H-R spends countless hours each day snooping on city employee’s Facebook pages. In HR’s view reading or posting on RFP is a fire-able offense. We have the ability to […]

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Shannon Clement, the Mother of a Toddler 20 Months Old, Charged with Youngster’s Alleged Overdose in Landis, N.C.

February 11, 2016

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RFP Staff/Landis Police Department/Capt. Hosey ♦ Shannon Clement, 26, mother of a toddler 20 months old, charged with youngster’s alleged over dose in Landis N.C. According to Capt. Hosey of the Landis Police Department on the department’s Facebook page: “Around 10:30 this morning, a 911 call was made from 416 S. Beaver St, Landis, regarding […]

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Todd Paris’s Latest FOIA Requests Ask for MAYOR KAREN ALEXANDER’S “Take” in the Customer Service Building AKA Fibrant Building

February 11, 2016

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Todd Paris, Associate Editor and Salisbury Attorney ♦ My recent Freedom of Information Request response while delayed and only partially answered, has created enormous interest recently and generated many stories by your staff. Kudos to those many talented folks, both above and below the Mason-Dixon line who toil to provide the truth. Those men and women rock! […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Maggie Blackwell Makes Hurtful and Insensitive Facebook Post about Salisbury N.C.’s Late Hallmark Card Shop

February 11, 2016

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Jane Doe, 8 Block, N.C. (Jane works for the city and desires to avoid losing her job at the hands of Zack and Ruth) ♦ I usually don’t get terribly upset when I read the thoughtless negativity being spewed of late by Salisbury’s incumbent city council.  Yesterday I read Maggie Blackwell’s very hurtful and insensitive post […]

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Cori Mayhew Arrested Sunday Night for Allegedly Shooting Boyfriend Justin Joyce in the Face on Barringer Street in Granite Quarry

February 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Cori Brooks Mayhew, a 23 year-old Granite Quarry woman was arrested Sunday night by Rowan County Sheriff’s office deputies for allegedly shooting boyfriend Justin Joyce, 22, in the face on the 700 block of Barringer Street in Granite Quarry. The shooting is said to be a domestic dispute gone haywire. Joyce, with […]

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City of Salisbury Finance Director Wade Furches Violates City Employee Handbook. Gifts from Vendor may also Violate State Law

February 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ As a result of a public records request, Rowan Free Press discovered that City of Salisbury Finance Director Wade Furches requested free tickets to a banquet at the beach for his family from a city vendor that he has influence over. The earlier story was published by Rowan Free Press and includes […]

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Video: Salisbury, N.C. City Council Fibrant Budget Discussion on February 2nd

February 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Salisbury City Council Fibrant Budget Discussion on February  2nd:

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Welcome Home BILLY FLOYD PLESS to Salisbury, N.C. and Spencer on Your Release from the State Pen on Wednesday February 10th!

February 10, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Welcome Home BILLY FLOYD PLESS to the Streets of Salisbury, N.C. and Spencer! We Await your Joyous Release from the State Pen on Wednesday February 10th! Billy Floyd Pless’s Previous Record: http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0325377&searchLastName=pless&searchFirstName=billy&searchMiddleName=f&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

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City Finance Director Wade Furches Asks for Family Perks from Vendor. Vendor Delivers the Goods

February 9, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ In an email dated July 3, 2014, City Finance Director Wade Furches explains to audit company Martin and Starnes that he will be taking his family to the North Carolina Government Finance Officers Conference at the beach and requests free tickets to the banquet from Martin and Starnes for his family. Furches […]

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Kenneth S. Lane v. City of Salisbury Deposition: Who Terminates Salisbury Police Officers? Not the Police Chief, Human Resources Does

February 9, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Under oath in a deposition dated January 7th, 2016 former Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins disclosed that Salisbury Human Resources, which includes Assistant City Manager Zack Kyle and Human Resources Manager Ruth Kennerly terminated four police officers, a decision belonging to the Police Chief. This is proof of a long-awaited rumor that Kyle […]

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Tasha Miller Russ and Daughter Cassidy Russ Arrested in Rowan for Allegedly Allowing a 5 Year-Old to Dwell in Roach-Filled Squalor

February 8, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ This past Thursday Tasha Miller Russ, 40, and her daughter Cassidy Leigh Russ, 18, were arrested in the 5oo block of Tony’s Lane in Rowan County and both charged  for allegedly permitting a 5 year-old boy to dwell in unfit conditions.  The trash strewn interior smelled of rotting food and human fecal matter.  Cockroaches darted along […]

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Nicole Marie Jackson Arrested Saturday for Allegedly Attempting to Run Over China Grove Policeman and Flee the Scene

February 8, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Nicole Marie Jackson, 44, of Heron Glen Drive was arrested Saturday for attempting to run over China Grove Policeman J. Corriher after a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 29 and Ryder Avenue.  In the process of issuing a traffic citation to Jackson, the situation escalated.  Jackson allegedly accelerated and drove […]

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From the Deposition of Kenneth S. Lane v. the City of Salisbury: Ex-Chief Rory Collins Admission of Using the Narcotic Oxycontin

February 8, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Kenneth S. Lane v. City of Salisbury, 14CVS432 apparently settled his case with the city. It appears so on the published Rowan County Civil Superior Court Docket. The terms are not public, however part of the deposition, namely that of ex-Chief Rory Collins, was delivered by late night courier to the satellite offices […]

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Fibrant Fails the Reality Test: Salisbury, N.C. is a Bad Spot for 10 Gigabit Municipal Broadband

February 7, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ I’m drinking a cup of coffee this morning and reading an article in the city of Salisbury’s “newsletter”.  The article is brimming with high gloss baloney about Fibrant one of the better known municipal broadband flops in the U.S.A. Fibrant loses millions every year and touts itself as a success and […]

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City Finance Director Given Audit Governance Letter. Did he Share the Letter with City Council?

February 7, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ In a email dated December 3, 2014 Martin and Starnes Auditor Tonya L. Marshall verified that City Finance Director would print the annual audit document for the City Council and that the only thing she needed to print and bring to the City Council meeting where the audit was to be presented […]

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Salisbury, N.C. Residents: Shawn Sexton, 28, and Mathue Moro, 32, Charged with Alleged Sex Crimes with Children under the Age of 13

February 6, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Shawn Michael Sexton, 28,  of 220 Linda Street in Salisbury, was arrested Saturday by investigators from the Rowan Sheriff’s Office for alleged sex crimes with children under the age of 13.  On Friday Mathue Richard Moro, 32, living at 1220 Bell Street, was also arrested Friday afternoon by Rowan Sherriff’s Office deputies for alleged […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Solving the Problem of Teacher Migration Between Local Education Agencies

February 6, 2016

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Chuck Hughes, RSSS Board  of Education ♦ I understand the State is being lobbied for a 10% pay raise for teachers. Although I believe every teacher should be paid a decent salary, with raises based upon tenure and performance, simply increasing salaries for everyone does little to solve the problem of teacher migration between Local […]

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Salisbury City Finance Director Changed Audit Presentation to Make Fibrant Appear Profitable in 2014

February 6, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Last year city officials celebrated the city’s Fibrant Fund turned a small profit. This was true on a modified accrual basis, but on a full accrual basis the Fibrant Fund lost money. In an email dated December 12, 2014 City Finance Director Wade Furches asked Martin and Starnes auditor Tonya L. Marshall […]

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Fibrant should Follow Google Fiber’s Example and Bring FREE Gigabit Fiber to Low Income Housing throughout Salisbury, N.C.

February 5, 2016

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Steve Mensing, Editor/Cedmagazine.com/Djana Goovarts ♦ Listen up.  I’m going to be “Mr. Positive” today about Salisbury’s city hall and their massive sinkhole Fibrant.  I’m not going to mention today that some folks employed down in city hall will likely practice their ping pong serves in a State or Federal can catering to white collar criminals.  Not today.  I […]

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Salisbury City Attorney Rivers Lawther: Salisbury City Government Currently Under Investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation

February 5, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan Free Press exclusively received new information regarding the City of Salisbury’s inner financial workings and an ongoing SBI investigation into the City of Salisbury, N.C.  This is the first article in a series. In an email dated May 17, 2015 Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell disclosed to an auditor from Martin Starnes […]

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Meghan Lofgren Salter, Felon and “Inhalant Huffer”, Busted by Salisbury, N.C. K-Mart for Alleged “Huffing” and Shoplifting Wednesday

February 4, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Meghan Lofgren Salter, 31, Salisbury felon and “huffer” living at 226 North Long Street, was arrested outside of K-Mart at 815 East Innes Street in Salisbury for alleged “huffing” and shoplifting on Wednesday. She was alleged to have shoplifted air duster from Walmart. Salisbury Police responded to a dispatch to K-Mart where […]

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Tuesday Salisbury, N.C.’s City Council Revealed Fibrant Network Costs City $3.7 Million During First Half of the Year

February 4, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Tuesday during Salisbury’s City Council meeting the city’s mid-year financial update was delivered and it sent collective shivers through those watching on the city streaming website and the few unfortunates remaining in the audience. Another “no turning the corner” year for the city’s hopeless 10 gig albatross being brutally stomped by the […]

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Kevin Tyrone Davis, Sought by Salisbury Police for Alleged Prescription Drug Fraud, Arrested Monday in Salisbury, N.C.

February 4, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Kevin Tyrone Davis, 26, of 701 W. Monroe Street (Livingstone College Campus) in Salisbury was arrested Monday by the Salisbury Police for alleged prescription drug fraud. Davis was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery (felony), larceny (misdemeanor), and failure to appear comply (misdemeanor). Under a secured $6,313 bond, […]

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Rudy Sylvester Caldwell Sought for the Alleged January 12th K-Dee Jewelers Robbery at 112 East Innes in Salisbury, N.C.

February 3, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rudy Sylvester Caldwell, 60, of Keyway Blvd. in Charlotte, is being sought by the Salisbury Police for the alleged January 12th K-Dee Jewelers Robbery at 112 East Innes Street in Salisbury where several thousand dollars in jewelry, necklaces, and watches were stolen. Caldwell’s alleged accomplice, a well dressed Black woman, who walked […]

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin: Random Morning Thoughts on LOYALTY and COMMITMENT

February 3, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury, N.C. City Councilman ♦ RANDOM MORNING THOUGHTS: Yep, I can name a few I no longer have respect or have use for. Some will deny it to their last breath, but whatever helps you sleep. Loyalty and integrity have no meaning for some, but I will never turn my back on a […]

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Rowan County, N.C. 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR PDF.) The County’s Audit

February 3, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County, N.C. 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR PDF.)  This is a yearly audit showing Rowan County’s financial health:

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Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Hunting for Two Salisbury, N.C. Men: Perry Quintin Simmons and Donald Reynolds

February 2, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office are adding two Salisbury area men to its Most Wanted Criminals List: Perry Quintin Simmons, 52, of the streets of Salisbury and Donald Clair Reynolds, 28, last seen in Salisbury.  Simmons is sought for failure to notify law enforcement of his change of address as is required […]

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N.C. Department of Justice Traffic Stop Records for 2014/2015 Reflect that Salisbury Police Stopped Blacks Far More Often than Whites

February 2, 2016

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RFP Staff A racial imbalance was demonstrated in NCDOJ traffic stop records for the Salisbury, N.C. Police for 2014 and 2015. The NCDOJ records data reflect that Police Officers stopped blacks 2x and 3x more often than whites in traffic stops and searches. Know that Blacks presently are still a minority in the City of […]

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Report: 1 in 10 Consumers “Cut the Cord” in the Past Year

February 2, 2016

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CEDmagazine.com/Djana Goovaerts/RFP Staff ♦ Report: 1 in 10 Consumers “Cut the Cord” in the Past Year:

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Pete Kennedy Prophesied Salisbury, N.C. would become the “Silicon Valley of the East”. Saturday it Came to Pass

February 1, 2016

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Rabbi Will McCubbin, China Grove, N.C. ♦  Several years ago Salisbury City Councilman William “Pete” Kennedy prophesied that one day Salisbury would become the Silicon Valley of the East. He might’ve been talking about Fibrant, but sometimes the Almighty works in strange and mysterious ways.  Saturday Pete’s prophesy came to pass when silicon went flying from shot out […]

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Video: Rowan County Commissioners Met at 3 P.M. Monday February 1st at the County Administration Building in Salisbury, N.C.

February 1, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commissioners Met at 3 P.M. Monday February 1st at the County Administration Building in Salisbury, N.C.:

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BLAM! Wendy’s Restaurant Window on East Innes Street in Salisbury, N.C. Gets Shot-up Saturday

February 1, 2016

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Todd Paris, Salisbury Attorney ♦ Readers may remember the East Innes Street Waffle House window blowout a few weeks ago when a window was shot out during a children’s party. This problem was “solved” by a sign that bans all weapons from the property including the parking lot. It must be working. Don’t see many […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: VOTE NO ON THE CONNECT NC BOND IN MARCH

February 1, 2016

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Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ Lobbyists for passing the state’s $2 billion bond (I believe it may have been a $2.8 billion offering at one time) in March, charitably state that, “No tax increases would be necessary given the state’s strong revenue growth and ample debt service capacity.” Hopefully, NC tax payers will understand that […]

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Salisbury, N.C. Police Breakout of SHOTZBURY and Get Real Pay! Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Hiring 125 New Officers

January 31, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Flash: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants to hire as many as 125 new officers and 80 civilian employees! Salisbury Police Officers are YOU tired of being grossly underpaid and under appreciated? Tired of having Ruth and Zack at Salisbury Human Resources deciding who is fired and why, instead of your competent and trusted Interim […]

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Photo Galleria: Salisbury N.C.–“THE PARIS OF THE PIEDMONT”

January 31, 2016

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Shotzbury Visionary Studio ♦ Photo Galleria: Salisbury, N.C.–“THE PARIS OF THE PIEDMONT”: Tour of Salisbury, N.C.

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin Responds to an Email by Scott Maddox about Salisbury’s Racial Divide

January 31, 2016

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ I’m about openness and transparency so I want share an email message I received today from former educator and Council Candidate Scott Maddox. His criticism of my pointing out the racism that exists in our City is indicative of why there is a division in our City. Wouldn’t it […]

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Bellissima in the Plaza Plans February El Foldo in the “Paris of the Piedmont” Salisbury N.C. Moving to Upscale Winston-Salem

January 30, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Life goes on in the “Paris of the Piedmont” Salisbury, N.C.  Earlier this week the Rowan Free Press was alerted that Bellissima in the Plaza would be taking final measurements for their bridal gowns until the end of February and then off to swanky new digs in Winston-Salem, N.C. Downtown watchers marveled at Bellissma’s […]

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Dana Faye Starnes, Alleged Accomplice of “Jimbo” Cloer in Jack’s Grocery “Cash Register” Robbery in Rowan County, Arrested Thursday

January 30, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Dana Faye Starnes, 36, of 170 Swimmer’s Lane in Rowan County, was arrested Thursday on the charge of aiding and abetting (felony) for allegedly driving the getaway for car for her boyfriend James Franklin “Jimbo” Cloer, III in the cash register robbery at Jack’s Grocery at 3785 Bringle Ferry Road. Under a secured […]

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2nd Day: Notes from Thursday’s Salisbury, N.C. City Council and Staff Retreat

January 29, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ The 2nd day of the Annual Future Directions and Goal Setting Retreat for City Council and staff at Livingstone College was packed with presentations. The line up included Downtown Salisbury, Inc., the West End Initiative, School Superintendent Moody, the Knox Middle School co-principals, city department heads, the County Manager and the County Commission Chairman.   During […]

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Man Allegedly Blasts Sawed Off Shotgun from a Truck Driving by the Firehouse Brew Pit in Salisbury N.C. Arrested on Long Street

January 29, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Several gentlemen hanging outside Firehouse Brew Pit on Lee Street at 3 a.m. Friday were startled when red pick-up truck rolled by and the driver allegedly fired a blast from the window.  A “what the F kinda moment” when your ears stop ringing.  No real surprise in Salisbury where a window gets shot out in […]

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Clickable Map of NORTH CAROLINA: Find Out Who Owns Properties and their Current Value in any County, City, or Town in N.C.

January 29, 2016

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RFP Staff/MakeLoveLand.com/NC ♦ Clickable Map of NORTH CAROLINA: Find Out Who Owns Properties and their Current Value in any County, City, or Town in N.C.:

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Notes from Salisbury, N.C. City Council and Staff Retreat: The Good and the Bad

January 28, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ In a city wracked by unsolved murders and violent crime spiraling out of control, a grossly understaffed police department, D and F rated public schools, a meth-heroin-crack and alcohol epidemic, the working class and upper income folks leaving Salisbury, a Downtown that lost Uncle Bucks, Romo’s Pizza, Dead Ed’s, Bellissima at the Plaza […]

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