The Importance of Accuracy and the Pitfalls of Poor Propaganda

January 20, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Our beloved Editor is a kind, generous, and thoughtful man who loves accuracy and transparency. He chuckles when he hears charges from the Salisbury city government, well known throughout North Carolina for claiming grand successes for their abject municipal broadband failure and other hokum, who claims the […]

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Salisbury: Demmanuelle “Spyda” Fincher Arrested Thursday Morning for Allegedly Breaking into Knox Computer Business for a Large Electronics Haul

January 19, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police Department sources Knox Computer Business, what many in Salisbury consider the top computer and electronics repair shop, at 512 Klumac Road, reported their business was burglarized at 12:19 a.m.  Soon neighbors in the area heard the all-too-familiar sirens of the Salisbury Police vehicles pouring into the area. Someone broke a […]

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Salisbury: Attempted Forcible Entry Tuesday at Kmart Costly // Burglary–Unlawful Entry Monday at North Main Street Home. Dryer Gone!

January 19, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ In Salisbury, according to the 2016 Salisbury Police SNAG report for 2016, burglaries rocketed upward from 299 in 2015 to 421 in 2016.  Homes and commercial buildings are taking a citywide shellacking from burglars.  Nothing like coming home to a ransacked house and your TVs, computers, and other valuables are gone. Count your […]

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N.C. Rep. Harry Warren’s NEWSLETTER for January 18th 2017

January 19, 2017

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Hello, Friends! The 2017-2018 North Carolina Legislature has reconvened and as such, I’ll begin to keep you updated on the activities of the General Assembly with weekly recaps, as I’ve done for the past six years. Whether or not you follow politics year round, just during an election cycle or only when something interests you, […]

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Salisbury: Nicole Coursey, Salisbury’s Alleged Queen of Larceny, Arrested Twice in One Day // Matthew Morris Arrested Tuesday on Alleged Drug Charges

January 18, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ “Salisbury is like a magical trip to a serial killer’s basement.  You never know what you might encounter.”  The Editor It’s reported that larceny theft was 1,179 in 2016 according to the Salisbury Police SNAG report which is up over the FBI UCR crime stats recording 1,120 incidents of larceny in 2015.  […]

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City Council Supports a Resolution to Possibly Sell Fibrant, Lease Fibrant, or Bring in Outside Management // Why Selling Fibrant is Highly Improbable

January 18, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Last night the Salisbury City Council passed a resolution to possibly sell Fibrant, lease Fibrant, or turn it over to outside management. Selling Fibrant is a decision three years overdue and perhaps that decision has timed out. During the previous race for City Council, a major mistake […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Tuesday January 17th

January 18, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Tuesday January 17th:

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Salisbury City Councilman Kenny Hardin on the Smile in Your Face Fakeness and Covert Racism Exhibited at Some Salisbury MLK, Jr. Day Events

January 17, 2017

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ I’m sure some of those still reveling in the afterglow of the King Holiday will find discomfort in reading this, but, oh well.  I attended some of the MLK events this past weekend and purposely did not attend others for some of the same reasons stated below. The events […]

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Salisbury/Rowan County Alert: The North Carolina Radon Program–Protect Yourself and Prevent Lung Cancer

January 16, 2017

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RFP Staff/NCRadon.Org ♦ Many of us are aware if we live in Salisbury and Rowan County we encounter a fair number of naturally occurring toxic substances and gases.  More recently we learned that hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen naturally present in the water table in the Piedmont Plateau and in Salisbury and Rowan County. Homeowners in our area are […]

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Greg Edds Fights for a Convention Center Nobody Wants at the West End Plaza. This is Even Bigger than his Giant Clown Signs

January 16, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ At the recent Rowan County Commission Annual Planning Work session this week it was revealed that the architectural firm in charge of renovations and repairs has identified an additional $22 million in “needs” at West End Plaza. It is not clear if these needs are included in […]

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Video: Board of Education Budget Meeting on January 12th 2017

January 15, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Board of Education Budget Meeting on January 12th 2017:

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With the Handwriting Large and Bold on Downtown Salisbury Inc’s Wall, Paula Bohland Resigns

January 15, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ It was announced the other day that Downtown Salisbury Inc. Director Paula Boland was resigning her post to go to work for a charity. DSI is a private “non profit” corporation receiving tax dollars (the Municipal Service District tax) from downtown business owners and spends this money to promote […]

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Veterans Alert: 114th Congress Passes New Veteran Laws // Important News on Exposure to Water Supply Contaminants at Camp Lejeune

January 15, 2017

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Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate ♦ Public Law 114-188, the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act (S. 2487) Amends currently required Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) evaluations of its mental health and suicide prevention programs by adding a specific focus to include the needs of women veterans. Also, the bill requires an independent contractor to VA to […]

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Salisbury: Reginald Oglesby and Daquan Rabouin Arrested for Allegedly Shooting an Occupied Car at the Three Star Mini Mart on January 9th

January 14, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Reginald Dean Oglesby, Jr, 17, and Daquan Bisari Rabouin, 19, were arrested at 200 Grant Street in East Spencer for allegedly shooting up an occupied Lexus, belonging to a Country Club couple from Salisbury, at the Three Star Mini Mart at 1130 N. Main Street on January […]

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Salisbury: Burglars Smash a Window to Break into Dunkin Donuts Early Friday Morning on W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Nail $450 in Cash!

January 13, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ The wolves smell lamb and nobody is watching the pens in Salisbury.  Word is out in the streets.  The breaking and entry set sees a clear path to instant money.  All you need is a brick or a rock or hammer and know where the cash registers and safes are.  Generally you have […]

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Salisbury: Dustin Hinson Arrested on Statesville Blvd. Thursday for an Alleged Armed Robbery Last Sunday. Douglas Patrick Arrested Friday

January 13, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Updated: Friday morning Douglas Martin Patrick, 19, of Granite Quarry, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Morgan Road in Gold Hill and transferred to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. He is now in the Rowan County Detention Center under a secured $500,000 bond. He was alleged to be the trigger man in […]

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City Councilman Kenny Hardin on Salisbury’s Need for Boys & Girls Clubs and Other Initiatives that Positively Impact Young People

January 13, 2017

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ A year ago today, I got a call from a family member that a breaking and entering burglary was going on at a home on the West End. I hurriedly left a lunch and rushed over to the home. This was the scene when I arrived-a 15 and 18 […]

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Autopsy Report for Ferguson Laurent, Jr., Shot to Death During “No Knock” Raid, Says Laurent was Shot 10 Times

January 12, 2017

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RFP Staff/Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ♦ This morning we received a copy of the full autopsy report for the late Ferguson Claude Laurent, Jr., shot to death by a Salisbury Policeman during the execution of a “No-Knock” warrant. The raid at 625 East Lafayette Street in Salisbury on November 3rd, 2016. Chief Jerry Stokes […]

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Updated Salisbury: A Shooting Victim Thursday Morning at West Ridge Place Apartments. Victim Transported to the Hospital

January 12, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources report that Tammy Kirkley Boyd  was shot in her feet just before 7 a.m. at the West Ridge Place Apartments in Salisbury.  She was transported Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Her condition is not life threatening and she is expected to be released later today. Someone shot into her apartment […]

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Salisbury: Arsonist Torches a Car Port and Car Wednesday Evening on Lincolnton Road

January 12, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ According to the latest Salisbury Police crime report for 2016 (Snag) arsons more than tripled Salisbury’s arson record for the previous year as recorded on the FBI UCR crime Stats.  The Salisbury Police recorded 19 arsons in 2016 as opposed to 6 the previous year.  Is arson becoming fashionable as a weapon of […]

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Salisbury: ARMED ROBBERY Early Saturday Morning at 810 S. Main Street. Pistol Packing Perp Grabs Video Game Player and Scoots

January 11, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Nobody murdered in the last few days in Salisbury (As far as we know) although firearms have come into play.  Burglaries and break-ins are running at high-tide.  Our skeletal police force are still showing up to work for pauper’s pay while they wait on better jobs elsewhere.  Give these men and women walking […]

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Salisbury: Country Club Couple Shot at Monday Afternoon at the Three Star Mini Mart on N. Main St. Couple’s Lexus Struck by Bullets

January 10, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police Department sources report they were dispatched to the Three Star Mini-Mart (formerly M & L’s Mini Stop) at 1130 N. Main on the report of a shooting at 2:30 p.m. Monday A couple living in the Country Club section of Salisbury were targets of a pair of gunman in the […]

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Salisbury: Joshua Martorelli, 33, Sought for Alleged Sex Crimes with Children, Turned Himself in Today at the Rowan Magistrates Office

January 10, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Joshua Douglas Martorelli, 33, a Salisbury man sought for sex crimes, turned himself to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigators at the Rowan Magistrate’s Office on 115 W. Liberty St. in Downtown Salisbury prior to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Martorelli is charged with possessing photographic images from secret peeping (felony) and two counts of sexual […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly Report from the Salisbury City Council Meeting on January 3rd 2016

January 10, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ Salisbury City Council met on January 3, 2017 and the public comment has been synopsized by RFP with amazing skill. These videos are highly condensed and highly recommended for voters. The Good. Carolyn Logan epitomizes the old 60’s expression; “Tell it like it is!” She fearlessly appears […]

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Salisbury: Manhunt for Dustin Hinson and Doug Patrick Wanted for Allegedly Shooting a Man During a Home Invasion Sunday

January 9, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources report that a manhunt is on for Dustin Reid Hinson, 26, of China Grove and Douglas Martin Patrick, 19, of Granite Quarry.  The two are being sought for Sunday home invasion at 5595 Old Concord Road around 7 p.m. where they allegedly robbed Kristopher Cruse, 23, of $600 and shot […]

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Videos: Carolyn Logan on Salisbury’s Violence and Mayor Alexander’s Comments // Dee Dee Wright on Salisbury’s Need for Jobs

January 9, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ The two video’s below are from public commentary at the Salisbury City Council meeting on January 3rd 2017. Video: Carolyn Logan on Salisbury’s Violence and the Mayor’s Questionable Comments: Video: Dee Dee Wright on “The problem is Salisbury. We need jobs”:

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Welcome Home Susan Kluttz!

January 9, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Welcome Home Susan Kluttz! Salisbury Desperately Misses Your VISIONARY Leadership! Since You Left for Raleigh, Salisbury has Become the “Dresden of the Piedmont”. The FIBRANT DEBACLE Decimated Our City, the Police Department, the City’s Finances, and Ability to Provide Basic City Services. Our Many Detractors Call Us “The City of Make Believe”. […]

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Video: Greg Edds Presents a Meaningless “Declaration of Interdependence” at Salisbury City Council on December 3rd 2016

January 9, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Gregg Edds Presents a Meaningless “Declaration of Interdependence” at Salisbury City Council on December 3rd 2016:

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Video: Catawba College Zoning Request Granted Over Residents Objections at Salisbury City Council on December 3rd 2016

January 9, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Catawba College zoning request granted over residents objections at Salisbury City Council on December 3rd:

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Salisbury: Friday’s East Franklin Street House Fire Called ARSON // Gun Assault Tuesday on Partee Street! Dodge Durango Damaged

January 8, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Sources in the Salisbury Fire Department and the Salisbury Police report that a fire early Friday morning at a home on 816 E. Franklin Street was purposely set.  The structure was badly burned, but fortunately the family living there were not at home. Neighbors called 911 to report the fire around 6 p.m. when […]

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Updated Salisbury: Wendy Kasper Arrested Friday for Alleged Sex Acts with Dogs and Child Pornography. Joshua Martorelli Sought

January 8, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Updated: Joshua Martorelli, 33, sought for alleged sex crimes with children turned himself in Today (Tuesday) at the Rowan County Magistrates Office in Salisbury: https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/10/salisbury-joshua-martorelli-33-sought-for-alleged-sex-crimes-with-children-turned-himself-in-today-at-the-rowan-magistrates-office/ According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources Wendy Arlene Kasper, 36, of Salisbury, N.C., was arrested Friday for allegedly engaging in sex acts with dogs on numerous […]

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Salisbury: Snow January 7th 2017 and Snow Photo Gallery // Letter-to-the-Editor: Diligent Police Work in Salisbury

January 7, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney/GimmeSomeOven.Com Dateline January 7, 2017 at 5:30 a.m. Salisbury NC, – (RFP) National Weather Service predictions were right on the money this morning. Freezing rain after darkness fell rapidly changed to 4 to 6 inches of beautiful white powdery snow which blanked Salisbury-Rowan. The temperature is 27 degrees and […]

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City Councilman Kenny Hardin Chosen for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Humanitarian Award for Community Service

January 7, 2017

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Kenny Hardin, Salisbury City Councilman ♦ I am very surprised and deeply humbled after receiving a telephone call and the attached information via email this morning from the Hefner VA Medical Center. They shared that they had selected me as the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award recipient for community service. In the […]

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Salisbury: Chevvy SUV Shot Up Wednesday Afternoon on Lloyd Street // Shooting into Occupied Home Wednesday on Kesler Street

January 7, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox SUV and its two occupants Diana Fredrick, 45, and Rashawn Joshua, 24, both of 2nd Street in Spencer, were victims of all other shooting into an occupied property on Wednesday at Lloyd St. near the intersection of W. Fisher St. The crime was […]

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The Salisbury Police Annual Police Report for 2016 (SNAG). Eleven Homicides Recorded in Salisbury in 2016

January 6, 2017

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RFP Staff/Salisbury Police Department ♦ Salisbury: The Salisbury Police Annual Police Report for 2016 (SNAG). Salisbury. Eleven Homicides Reported in Salisbury in 2016:

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Rowan Free Press Awards 2016: Man of the Year and Newsmaker of the Year

January 5, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Not a whole lot of debate went on this year in choosing the Rowan Free Press’s Man of the Year for 2016.  For the first time in nearly a decade the Salisbury City Council had an individual on it who didn’t follow the script and actually stood up for the previously disenfranchised […]

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Declaration of Co-Dependency Rowan County, N.C. Style

January 4, 2017

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Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney ♦ “Codependency; noun: co-dependency: excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically a partner who requires support due to an illness or addiction.” On January 3, 2016 Salisbury City Council voted to “adopt” Rowan County Commission Chair Greg Edd’s “Declaration of Interdependency.” Kenny Hardin, alone, cast the […]

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Letter-to-the Editor: Kenny Hardin Comments on the Declaration of Interdependence and Why He Did Not Vote for the Resolution

January 4, 2017

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Kenny Hardin, City Councilman ♦ Yes, I voted against City Council’s latest resolution the “Declaration of Interdependence” . We have enough feel good measures in this City that do nothing to alleviate the problems or resolve issues like our gun violence and murders. I saw no point to this document as it will do nothing to solve […]

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The Rowan Free Press set a Single Day Readership Record on December 9th. 39,172 People Read Our Articles that Day!

January 4, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ We would like to thank our growing legion of readers (thousands per day) from Rowan County, Salisbury and across the State of North Carolina and the USA for visiting the Rowan Free Press daily.  According to our stats page just about every country on the planet has visited us and every state as well.  We […]

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Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Tuesday January 3rd at 3 P.M.

January 4, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Video: Rowan County Commission Meeting on Tuesday January 3rd at 3 P.M.:

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Are Nonpartisan Elections Democratic?

January 3, 2017

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Chuck Hughes, Salisbury, N.C. ♦ Pretty much every election includes two parties, Republican and Democrat and at times the Libertarians. Other than the Board of Education (BOE), City Counsel and a few judges, the overflow of candidates running are dismissed in a primary election. This results in a winner being elected by a true majority […]

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Updated Salisbury: Man Shot in the 1400 Block of Filbert Street This Afternoon. Transported to Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center

January 2, 2017

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RFP Staff ♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that Tamin Kenyon Benjamin, 17, was shot in the leg while he was walking by 1415 Filbert Street near Willow Street in Salisbury prior to 4 p.m. According to emergency services workers Benjamin was transported to Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center in a private car. His wound is said […]

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Predictions for Salisbury, N.C. in 2017. Should Salisbury Seek Disaster Relief?

January 2, 2017

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Steve Mensing, Editor ♦ Salisbury faces another extremely challenging year in 2017.  Likely little improvement if any from 2016 where violent crime in Salisbury exploded with 10 homicides and plenty of shootings, stabbings, and armed robberies. The city’s 4 public schools continued their woeful D grades from the State Department of Education. Those letter grades are all important–it makes […]

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Reviewing the RFP Editor’s Uncanny 2016 Predictions for Salisbury, N.C.

January 1, 2017

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Rabbi Will McCubbins, China Grove, N.C. ♦ I will go on record that the Editor of the Rowan Free Press Steve Mensing is remarkable individual who no doubt knows more about Rowan County and Salisbury than any other person on Earth.  I’m not kidding.  People who know him tell me his IQ is somewhere in the […]

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Update: Jermail Blake Charged with Voluntary Manslaughter (Felony) in the Death of Altereck Rashad Shields This Morning in Cleveland

December 31, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources report that deputies and EMS were called to a home at 180 Apex Lane near Foster Road North of Cleveland at 3:47 a.m. where a fight and a stabbing were reported. Altereck Rashad Shields was found dead in the backyard. The incident was originally called a criminal […]

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Salisbury: Reynolds Street Fire on December 16th Now Called an ARSON

December 30, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ A noticeable spike in home, commercial building, and vehicle arsons in 2016.  Are persons setting structures and vehicles on fire for revenge, to strike back at love gone sour, or to score on insurance?  Or are these run on arsons a way to get rid of a Salisbury home or building owners can’t unload […]

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Salisbury: Quamesha Djonte Sifford, on the Rowan County Sheriff’s MOST WANTED LIST, Arrested Thursday on Knoll View Drive

December 30, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources report that Quamesha Djonte Sifford, 23, on the Sheriff’s Most Wanted List, was arrested Thursday at a home on 115 Knoll View Drive in Salisbury.  After receiving an anonymous tip, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the house and found Sifford hiding in a closet behind a pile […]

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City Councilman Kenny Hardin Provides an Update on Bringing Boys & Girls Clubs to Salisbury

December 29, 2016

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♦ In the past few weeks, several people have reached out asking about whether Salisbury is planning to have a Boys & Girls Club chapter or offering to help. So, I want to update everyone on our progress. This is an independent effort that’s not a part of or involved with the City of Salisbury. […]

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Southern Spirit Gallery, Closing December 31st, Joins a Long List of Retailers and Eateries in Downtown Salisbury that Closed in 2016

December 29, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ More sad news for Downtown Salisbury this week as we learned that one of Downtown’s true gems the Southern Spirit Gallery, a folksy art gallery specializing in paintings, carvings, pottery, and glass at 102 S. Main Street will be closing its doors on December 31st.  Through the remainder of this week their stock will […]

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Updated Salisbury/Rowan: Burglar Heists $36,000 Monday at High Rock Lake // Jonathan Holshouser Arrested for Alleged Multiple Break-Ins

December 28, 2016

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RFP Staff ♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources reported that Wayne Bradshaw,62, living on the 400 block of Lakeshore Drive in Salisbury (High Rock Lake) was the victim of a burglary–unlawful entry on Monday. Sheriff’s Office deputies were summoned Bradshaw’s home at 6:06 p.m. Investigators found that someone had let themselves into the home and […]

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