Rowan County

Silver Alert issued for missing 62-year-old man in Kannapolis

According to the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons, citizens are asked to be on the lookout for 62-year-old Jeffery Alvin Riley, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Sites announced for 2019 OctoberTour in Salisbury

Man charged with groping girl after she reports alleged crime to child advocacy center

Man pleads guilty in 2017 killing of Kannapolis man in Salisbury

Rowan man pleads guilty, has to register as sex offender for 30 years

  Meeting on Salisbury Confederate monument ‘Fame’ moving to Civic Center

Man wanted in Cabarrus and Rowan counties captured in Iredell

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Local students selected to play in Middle School Bowl Game

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Government Association takes Top Campus award at state competition

Salisbury Police, Fire, offering DJ camp and mentorship for kids

Rankin family and Three Rivers Land Trust conserves 95 acres on Coddle Creek Reservoir in Cabarrus

Rowan County to offer seminars on voter ID requirement

  Summer Feeding Program begins in Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Sheriff: Woman charged after runaways from children’s home found at her house

A Rowan County woman was given a citation by deputies after two runaways from a local children’s home were found at her house.

Trial begins for Rowan man with extensive criminal record

A man well-known in Rowan County for his extensive criminal record is on trial for kidnapping and sexual battery.Testimony is expected to begin on Wednesday in the trial of Billy Pless, 66.

Three teens, including one in wheelchair, charged with car break-in at Salisbury hotel

A Salisbury police officer on routine patrol checking the parking lots of hotels near I-85 caught three teens breaking into a car.

Movie on 1917 Houston riot to begin shooting in Salisbury, road closures planned

The City of Salisbury is one of only a handful of North Carolina locations that will serve as the backdrop for the upcoming film, “The 24th,” directed by Academy Award winning director, Kevin Willmott, who co-wrote the screenplay for “The Black KKKlansman.”

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College student selected for NASA experience

  Man struck, killed by train while walking across tracks in Rowan Co. identified

Funeral services set for teacher killed in accidental shooting

F&M Bank donates $110,000 to Bell Tower Green in downtown Salisbury in commemoration of its 110th anniversary

Rowan man offering $1000 reward for missing beloved Brittany Spaniel

Oh Canada: Challenging day for Kannapolis-based Haas F1 Team at Canadian GP

Public meeting scheduled for June 17 in Salisbury to discuss Confederate monument

The date has now been set for a public meeting to discuss the Confederate monument in Salisbury.

Livingstone’s football team wins CIAA highest GPA award

Livingstone College’s athletic department stresses that its student-athletes are students first, and the awards keep proving it.The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) awarded the Blue Bears football team with the Highest Team Academic Award for the 2018-2019 year.

  Salisbury teen invents special bra for women after breast surgery

A teen in Salisbury is working to make life less painful for women battling breast cancer.

  Rains pushes outdoor graduations indoors for Rowan-Salisbury Schools

This year cap and gown time wil lbe different for Katy and hundreds of other graduates from Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Because of the rain, graduation won’t be in the school’s football stadium, but in the gym.

Iredell deputies looking for Cleveland man in theft of dirt bikes, four wheelers

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Joshua Rick Bass, 32, of Oswalt Amity Road in Cleveland.

Take your dog to the racetrack one night, then watch principals battle in school buses the next night

The 26th season of fender-banging Bojangles’ Summer Shootout action commences on Monday and Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the speedway’s first-ever “Bark Your Engines” night – where fans can bring their dogs to the track – kicking off Monday’s rousing opening-night festivities.

Teen charged for pointing gun after altercation with skateboarders

A 17-year-old faces multiple charges after he and three friends got into an altercation with a group of boys who were on skateboards.

  NC woman reported missing, possibly driving from Tenn. to Salisbury

Officials say a woman last seen possibly in Tennessee traveling back to Salisbury has been reported missing.

Rowan EDC to pitch foreign firms at Select USA Summit

Rowan County Economic Development Corporation President Rod Crider will be joining members of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (CRBA) next week at the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC, according to the EDC.

New partnership in Kannapolis City Schools celebrates first graduates

Fred L. Wilson Elementary School, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, and Kannapolis City Schools are celebrating the first graduates of a new partnership that is helping KCS parents to learn English.

Rowan County honored as 2019 Healthiest Employer of Greater Charlotte

Rowan County has been selected as a winner of the 2019 Healthiest Employers of Greater Charlotte Award. Rowan County will be recognized for outstanding health and wellness initiatives that met or exceeded overall national average scores as measured by the Charlotte Business Journal.

  Firefighters use training to drill on live burn on Salisbury house

A house on Bringle Ferry Road near Newsome Road in Salisbury that was built in the 1920’s, went up in a mass of smoke and flames on Thursday. It didn’t catch fire once, but at least four different times as firefighters used it to put their training into practice.

Autopsy reveals details in 2018 Rowan County home invasion killing

Wanda Gail Kennedy was fatally attacked in a home on Smith Road on a Wednesday morning in August 2018. The woman’s grandson was also attacked.

  Deputies: Gang members toting ski mask and loaded gun flee in multi-county chase, second suspect still being sought

The driver sped off and led deputies on a pursuit that ended in Albermarle where the suspects ran into the woods.

Project Safe Neighborhood looks at violent crime trends in Rowan County

A three-year study of incidents of violent crime in Rowan County was presented to law enforcement, local leaders, and the community on Wednesday.

  One of two suspects in 2017 double murder in downtown Salisbury pleads guilty

One of the two men charged in connection with a 2017 double murder case that happened in the 100 block of West Fisher Street has pleaded guilty.

Salisbury VA Medical Center prepares to launch new VA health care options under MISSION Act

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will launch its new and improved community care program June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (the MISSION Act).

Two killed in multi-vehicle accident on Highway 29 near Rowan County

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is reporting that two drivers are dead following an accident near the Rowan County and Davidson County border.

Man out on bond from SC for attempted murder now faces charges in Rowan County.

A South Carolina man, out on bond for attempted murder charge, was charged with a long list of new offenses after a chase with police in Granite Quarry.

Two get federal prison time for distributing meth in Rowan, Davie, Yadkin

Two North Carolina residents were sentenced this week for distributing drugs in Rowan County, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina.

  Inside the Amazon facility in Kannapolis, and there’s a lot to see

The Amazon fulfillment center on Davidson Highway in Kannapolis opened last July. On Friday, the facility opened up for local officials and reporters to tour the massive operation.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Castle & Cooke North Carolina and the City of Kannapolis win state award

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has announced an honor from the state of North Carolina. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Castle & Cooke North Carolina and the City of Kannapolis have been named the North Carolina Community College System’s 2019 Distinguished Partners in Excellence.

  Ceremonial ‘topping out’ held at site of new Kannapolis Sports and Entertainment venue

On Thursday, the last beam for the Sports and Entertainment Venue was lifted in place by the Barton Malow Company construction crews who are building the facility.

  FBI: Former deputy accused of robbing bank appears to be notorious ‘Ball Cap Bandit’

On Thursday, May 30, officials said 35-year-old Joshua McHone was arrested in Davidson County, NC, and charged in connection to the robbery. McHone was a Rowan Sheriff’s deputy from May 2006 until he was terminated in May of 2013.

Sawyer Brown, Darrell Harwood to kick-off Kannapolis concert series on Saturday

The City of Kannapolis will kick-off the Summer Concert Series with an appearance by Sawyer Brown on Saturday in Village Park.

  Salisbury sees significant drop in violent crime from last year

People are taking notice of some crime statistics just released by police in Salisbury, and what they’re noticing is that many of the most serious crimes have shown a significant from last year at this time. Homicide, down 66%, assaults with guns, down nearly 60%.

Report: Groom shot in both legs, hit in head with gun by new brother-in-law after argument at wedding reception

A China Grove man was shot in both legs and assaulted with a handgun by his new brother-in-law, according to a report at the Rowan Sheriff’s Office.

One person airlifted to hospital in Salisbury crash

One person had to be removed from an overturned vehicle by firefighters and emergency responders after an accident on Jake Alexander Boulevard.

STEM Camp at Salisbury High offers variety of options for students

For the 9th year in a row, the STEM Camp at Salisbury High School is offering students a chance to explore topics such as Virtual Reality, Forensic Science, and Meteorology and many more. The camp is partially funded by Novant Health and offers students chances to to explore their passions.

Supporters of East Rowan baseball coach fill Rowan-Salisbury School Board meeting

Supporters of a local high school baseball coach packed the Rowan-Salisbury School Board meeting on Tuesday. Those supporters don’t want to lose East Rowan coach Brian Hightower, who is now on administrative leave.

Sheriff’s Office adds two men to Rowan County’s Most Wanted list

Deputies say 21-year-old Shane Steven Hobart and 52-year-old Ervin Lee Owens are the two sex offenders who were added to the most wanted list.

City of Kannapolis looking for a developer for downtown townhouse project

The City of Kannapolis City is seeking developers for the Plant 4 Townhouse Project as part of the Downtown Revitalization project. In September 2015 the City purchased 50 acres of land and buildings in the downtown core and adopted a downtown master development plan.

  Salisbury mayor hosts meeting to discuss ‘Fame,’ says public hearing is next

Salisbury’s mayor held a closed meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Confederate monument in downtown Salisbury that has recently twice been the site of vandalism.

  More than 3,000 sign petition in support of East Rowan baseball coach

More than 3000 people have signed a petition to show support for East Rowan High School baseball coach Brian Hightower.

Rowan County gets a boost from national business magazine

According to the latest update from the Rowan Economic Development Commission, Rowan County got a nice boost in a national business publication.

Wiley Cash to speak at Friends of RPL Meeting May 30

New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash finds inspiration for his art in N.C. and its people.On Thursday, May 30, Cash will be in Salisbury, sharing more about his work and his love of N.C. He will be the featured author at the Friend of Rowan Public Library’s Annual Meeting.

Memorial Day service to be held at Salisbury National Cemetery annex on Monday morning

A special service in honor and memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending the United States will be held on Monday at the National Cemetery annex at the Salisbury VA Medical Center.

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. introduces Welcome Home Patriots initiative

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the U.S. Armed Forces,Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK) unveiled on Sunday its plans for Welcome Home Patriots, an initiative to improve the lives of active and post-servicemen and servicewomen.

Kannapolis-based F1 team picks up a point in Monaco GP

Kannapolis-based Rich Energy Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean earned a second consecutive 10th-place result of 2019 while teammate Kevin Magnussen was placed 14th after a five-second penalty Sunday in the Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship at Circuit

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.

  On the eve of its 60th running, Concord’s Scott Padgett recalls the first Coca-Cola (World) 600

On Sunday when the green flag falls at the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, it will mark the 60th anniversary of that iconic race.

Kannapolis City Manager presents proposed FY 2020 budget

Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget to the Kannapolis City Council Wednesday evening. The proposed FY 2020 budget is $75,513,726 which includes all seven operating funds of the City.

Sixth annual Dragon Boat Festival set for July 27

You don’t want to miss the Sixth Annual Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival to be held on Sat., July 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Shrine Club on High Rock Lake (6480 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC).

  Firefighter injured as flames gut building in Kannapolis

Flames ripped through a building in downtown Kannapolis Thursday morning. The fire broke out sometime before 10 a.m. at a building on S. Main Street at Bethpage Road.

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

Salisbury Mayor Al Heggins has sent a letter to the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the NAACP, and several other groups inviting them to a discussion over the future of the Confederate monument known as Fame.

Woman leads police on high speed chase in old police car

A woman led police in two counties on a high speed chase on Wednesday, and they say she was driving what used to be a police car.

  Rowan EMS workers honored as part of EMS Week

This is the week the country honors Emergency Medical Services workers and the lifesaving skills they perform under stressful conditions several times a day, every day.

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

I’ll admit it...I love Charlotte Motor Speedway. Whether as a news reporter or a fan, it’s one of my favorite places on earth.

Mustang Museum now open in Concord

The Mustang Owner’s Museum, located one mile north of Charlotte Motor Speedway, is now open. The Museum will be open Monday-Saturday from 10-5PM and Sunday 12- 5PM. General admission is $10 per person, with children 15 and under free.

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

An important town hall meeting for veterans will be held soon in Salisbury.The meeting will take place at the Salisbury VA Medical Center, 1601 Brenner Ave., in Building 6 on Thursday, May 30, from 6 - 7 p.m.

World of Outlaws gearing up for busy weekend in Concord

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is gearing up for a busy Memorial Day weekend. The inaugural doubleheader United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be on Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25.

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

A funeral service was held today for a young Salisbury mother who lost her life one week ago in what police said was a random act of violence.

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

The historic 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 is less than a week from roaring to life at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Officials: An estimated 50,000 people enjoyed Cheerwine Festival

According to Salisbury Parks and Recreation Director Nick Aceves, at least 50,000 celebrated the iconic Salisbury-born soft drink. Salisbury Police Lt. Lee Walker went even higher, estimating the crowd at closer to 60,000.

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