Rowan County

Federal, state, local authorities on the lookout for sex trafficking during race weekend

Representatives from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, came together Wednesday and Thursday to target potential human traffickers and aid victims during the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Race.

Sixth annual Dragon Boat Festival set for July 27

  Firefighter injured as flames gut building in Kannapolis

Salisbury Mayor proposes meeting with Daughters of the Confederacy, NAACP on future of Fame

Woman leads police on high speed chase in old police car

  Rowan EMS workers honored as part of EMS Week

Reporter Notebook: As the 60th Coke 600 approaches, I’m thinking back to the 20th running and how things have changed

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Mustang Museum now open in Concord

Important town hall meeting for veterans set for Salisbury VA Medical Center

World of Outlaws gearing up for busy weekend in Concord

  Murdered young Salisbury mother remembered for her love of family, ability to overcome challenges

Can’t miss attractions happening at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week

Officials: An estimated 50,000 people enjoyed Cheerwine Festival

Film crew looking for extras for movie being shot in Salisbury

Salisbury will serve as the backdrop for an upcoming feature film, The 24th, about a historical incident set in 1917 Houston, Texas. Filming will take place beginning, Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 28 in downtown Salisbury and other neighborhood areas (dates are subject to change).

Firefighters stop to do yard work for elderly woman they see struggling with mower

Firefighters with the Concord Fire Department went above and beyond when they saw an elderly woman struggling to mow her yard on Monday.

Mountain biker rescued after fall in Rowan County

A man who crashed while riding a mountain bike near the Salisbury Community Park had to be rescued by emergency workers on Monday.

Three Rivers Land Trust partners with Salisbury Academy to enhance wildlife habitat

Recently, the Salisbury-based Three Rivers Land Trust, formally, The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, partnered with Salisbury Academy through the Land Trust’s Leopold Society Program to bring 75 children in grades 6-8 out to the Land Trust’s Point Property in Davie County to enhance wildlife

Services set for Tuesday for murdered Salisbury mother

Catawba College is first to install high-tech baseball tracking software

Autographs sought for last steel beam in Kannapolis baseball park

Corn Hole tournament adds fun to 113th annual Nazareth Child & Family Connection Fun Fest

Kyle Larson takes the $1 million prize in All-Star Race in Concord

  Community gets update on Rowan-Salisbury Schools Renewal plan

Pair arrested after mistakenly contacting law enforcement officer about drug deal

Two men were arrested on drug charges on Tuesday after accidentally calling and text messaging a former narcotics officer with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department about arranging a sale of methamphetamine.

  Family of murdered teen is heartbroken, but talking about forgiveness

19-yr old Mya Miller had just finished school, just gotten a job, and moved back home to Salisbury to raise her 10-month-old son.On Tuesday afternoon Miller was apparently randomly targeted as she rode in a car with a friend. A man she never met shot her to death, according to police.

  Kannapolis high school students use carpentry class to help struggling veterans

Students in a carpentry class at A.L. Brown High School have made it their mission to help local veterans that are struggling or homeless.

Daughter follows in mom’s footsteps toward Occupational Therapy Assistant degree at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Daughter follows in mom’s footsteps toward Occupational Therapy Assistant degree at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Kannapolis Police honor memory of Roger Dale Carter

The patrol briefing room at the Kannapolis Police Department has now been dedicated to the memory of fallen officer Roger Dale Carter.

  Monument to fallen law enforcement officers to be dedicated on Thursday

A new monumnet dedicated to law enforcement officers from Rowan County who died in the line of duty will be dedicated on Thursday afternoon.

Man charged with armed robbery, threatening workers at Salisbury Marshalls

A man was jailed after police say he threatened workers at the Marshall’s department store on Faith Road on Monday night.

Purpose Prize ceremony honors those helping community

The second annual Purpose Prize ceremony was held on Tuesday night at South Rowan High School to honor six individuals who are making the community a better place.

  Teen killed in Salisbury, suspect arrested after allegedly firing shots at home, car

Mya Michelle Miller, 19, was pronounced dead at the hospital despite the efforts of the emergency room staff.

Charlotte Motor Speedway to honor late Sam Bass with posters

Race fans visiting Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race and the 60th Coca-Cola 600 on May 26 will find a special surprise in their souvenir race programs.

Woman’s actions at Walmart, combined with her criminal history, results in at least 7 years in prison

Elizabeth Dawn Mullis West was convicted this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony obtaining property by false pretenses, felony interfere with an electronic monitoring device and misdemeanor trespass.

  Law enforcement honored during special breakfast in Salisbury

Law enforcement officials from agencies throughout Rowan County were honored on Tuesday morning at the annual Respect For Law breakfast.

  Woman shot in chest in Salisbury, investigation underway

According to officials, the incident happened off Union Heights Boulevard at Crown Point Drive.

Salisbury man sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on sex crime conviction

Thomas James Nicholas of Salisbury was convicted today in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of two counts of felony attempted first degree statutory sex offense and felony indecent liberties with a child.

Fire damages Salisbury apartment, displaces residents

An early morning fire damaged an apartment in Salisbury on Monday, according to firefighters.

Dr. Steve Coggin of Catawba College retires after 34 years of service

Dr. Steve Coggin, a professor of Biology and director of the Center for International Studies who is retiring July 31, was recognized during Catawba College’s Graduation Exercise on May 11.

Great day in Barcelona for Kannapolis-based Haas F1 Team

ich Energy Haas F1 Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean delivered their first double-points result of the season with their finishes of seventh and 10th, respectively in the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Sunday at Circuit de Barcelona.

Public invited to review plans for two new Kannapolis parks

The City of Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department recently held public meetings and hosted an online survey asking for your input on amenities for two new city parks: Westside Park and Eastside Park.

Three members of Catawba’s Class of 2019 receive awards at graduation

Three members of Catawba College’s Class of 2019 received prestigious awards during the institution’s May 11 Commencement Exercises.

  Salisbury boy saves little sister from burning home

A young boy in Salisbury is being called a hero tonight for saving his little sister’s life after their home caught on fire. Today, a special surprise was planned to celebrate 11-year-old Jayden Hampton for his bravery.

Three months after going for a run, Rowan County man has yet to return home

Family and friends are still waiting to hear word about the whereabouts of the Rick Travis, the 66-year-old Spencer man who was last seen leaving on a routine run around his neighborhood.

Salisbury man who stole undercover officer’s gun and pointed it at his face sentenced to 13 years prison on drug and weapons charges

A Salisbury resident was sentenced on Thursday in federal court in Greensboro, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina.

Three accused in murder of Rowan teen appear in court

Three people charged in connection with the grisly murder of 19-year-old Michael Earley in Rowan County all made appearances in court on Friday.

Amazon kicks off new STEM program at Kannapolis Middle School with $10,000 donation

On Thursday, Amazon donated $10,000 in STEM resources and materials to Kannapolis Middle School. The donation includes items like laptops, a 3D printer, drones, and other resources to inspire students who want to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

  Officials: 19-year-old killed, dismembered over drug transaction that went ‘haywire’

Officials began the investigation after Michael Elijah Earley was reported missing by his girlfriend. Earley was last seen around 10 p.m. on May 5 at his home on Sides Road, near Haynes Drive and north of Rockwell Park.

Future of Rowan Rescue Squad being debated

It’s been a significant part of Rowan County for more than 65 years, but now the future of the Rowan Rescue Squad is in question.

Kyle Busch unveils patriotic paint scheme for Coca-Cola 600

Kyle Busch will begin his assault on a second consecutive Coca-Cola 600victory in a patriotic No. 18 M&Ms Toyota Camry that the veteran driver unveiled in a special event on Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. As a prelude to the historic 60th running of the iconic Coca-Cola 600

Nazareth Child & Family Connection Fun Fest set for June 1

Mike Pitts and his bandmates in Jukebox Rehab have June 1 circled on their calendars. It’s the day they bring their old country sound to Nazareth Child & Family Connection’s 113th Annual Fun Fest.

  Woman reports disturbing encounter with man at Salisbury Walmart

A Salisbury woman reported a disturbing encounter with a stranger at Walmart in Salisbury on Tuesday evening.

Community leaders seek to spread the positive news about Rowan County

Organizers of a new effort to tell the spread the positive news about life in Rowan County say that “for too long, Rowan County’s morale has been collectively low. Leaders and community members have striven again and again to leverage our assets to their full potential and offer creative solutions

$150,000 Donation Will Enhance Catawba College Active Learning Center

A $150,000 donation to the Catawba College MIND BODY SOUL campaign from Greg and Missie Alcorn of Salisbury will be used to enhance the college’s growing active learning center, housed at the Corriher-Linn-Black Library.

NASCAR Racing Experience offers Coca-Cola 600 race-week driving opportunities

Race fans hoping to drive in the tire tracks of Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and more of NASCAR’s biggest stars will get their chance May 23-25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Latest details, schedule for Cheerwine Festival

Cheerwine, the iconic family-owned soft drink, and its hometown of Salisbury, will host the biggest “Cheerwine Festival” ever in its third consecutive year. The free event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, in downtown Salisbury from noon-10 p.m.

Community Commission hosts citywide litter clean up day in Salisbury

In an effort to clean up litter throughout Salisbury, the city’s Community Appearance Commission (CAC) will host the first, community-wide Spring Clean ’19, Saturday, May 11, beginning at 7 a.m. through 7 p.m.

Lots of activities in Kannapolis this week from baseball to concerts, fireworks, more.

It is another great year to Discover Fun in Kannapolis. The City has announced its lineup of concerts, movies, special events, Intimidators Baseball and of course - fireworks for 2019.

  Silver Alert cancelled for missing Rowan County man

Officials cancelled a Silver Alert that was issued early Monday evening after a 74-year-old man went missing in Rowan County.

Joint local and federal operation results in several arrests

In a press release, the City of Salisbury has announced that the Salisbury Police Department, in collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended five federal defendants Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2.

  Crews remove overturned trailer leaking fuel on Rowan County bridge

First responders from around Salisbury are en route to the I-85 after a truck overturned on the Yadkin River Bridge.

All-new Cabarrus County, NC Destination & Motorsports Guide available now

The latest edition of the official travel resource for Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina is now available from the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jiggy with the Piggy 5K results announced

With 336 walkers/runners the Jiggy with the Piggy 5K was a huge success Thursday evening. We loved seeing all of the participants in the Jiggiest Costume Contest.

Murder suspect found to be in possession of a weapon in jail

A man in jail, charged with committing a murder in January, was found to be in possession of a weapon, according to the report at the Rowan Sheriff’s Office.

  Armory Brewery to be part of Kannapolis downtown revitalization with an emphasis on helping veterans

With an emphasis on serving veterans, Armory Brewery announced on Friday that it would be opening a new brewery as the first new business in the downtown revitalization project in Kannapolis.

Merle Watson, Big Daddy Kane among inductees for NC Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis

The 2019 inductees for the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis were announced on Thursday.

  Local doctor also part of Salisbury Police Special Response Team

From a hospital emergency room to responding to a dangerous police situation. One new volunteer reserve police officer in Salisbury can bridge both of those worlds. Dr. Bradford Grimm is a physician at the hospital, but he’s also a member of the SRT, or police Special Response Team.

Kannapolis man sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

After a three-day jury trial, Johnny Ringo Wallace of Kannapolis was convicted by a jury of a long list of charges

Kannapolis man charged on weapons, drugs charges

A Kannapolis man faces federal gun and drug charges, as well as court charges in Cabarrus County.

Evelyn Carrasquillo named KCS Teacher of the Year

Kannapolis City Schools named its Teacher of the Year for 2019

National NAACP chairwoman to address Livingstone graduates

A new chapter begins this weekend in the lives of more than a hundred students as Livingstone College holds graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

No more overflow rooms for Landis town meetings, leaders tell residents to watch YouTube

Leaders in the Rowan County town of Landis say the town will no longer set up an overflow room in the fire department for town meetings, but instead, are telling residents to watch the meetings on YouTube.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College ‘charging’ ahead with new program for electric vehicles

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has installed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available for public use at its North and South campuses.

Spencer church plans ‘launch’ service on Sunday

A new church in a familiar location in Spencer has planned a special “launch” service for Sunday.CrossLife Church of Spencer is inviting the community to its official grand opening launch service on May 5th at 10am.

Victim identified in fatal house fire in Rowan County

Officials say the house was engulfed with flames when firefighters arrived.

Plane that crashed and killed NC men was carrying drugs and cash

A plane that crashed, killing two North Carolina men, was carrying drugs and cash, Kentucky police say. Authorities confirmed the plane was stolen from Mid-Carolina Regional Airport in Rowan County, North Carolina.

Vendor at flea market charged with stealing customer’s wallet

A vendor at the Webb Road Flea Market who apparently tried to close her shop a little early was charged with stealing from a customer.

Sheriff: Man tells deputies he has no gun, but can’t explain why he’s wearing a holster

When asked, Brandon Templeton, 23, told Rowan County deputies that he didn’t have a gun, but he couldn’t explain why he was wearing a holster and why someone had called to report that he had fired shots at a car containing three people.

Kannapolis man charged after threatening to kill his grandfather, relatives, and deputies with knife

A Kannapolis man was jailed after deputies say he threatened to kill his 75-year-old grandfather with a knife. Deputies say the grandfather, who was able to pull his handgun, kept his grandson at bay until deputies arrived.

Chase with Rowan deputies ends in crash and injuries to the driver

A man is recovering in the hospital and facing a long list of charges after a chase with deputies in southern Rowan County.

Rowan-Salisbury School Board votes to sell mobile units

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board voted on Monday to move forward with a plan to greatly reduce the number of mobile units at local schools by offering some up for public sale.