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Remembering Rowan’s Veterans


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The Rowan Museum will open their new exhibit, The Korean War: Remembering Rowan’s Veteran’s on Memorial Weekend. This special exhibit will open on Sunday May 26, 2013 at 1 o’clock pm at the Museum with a public reception to honor our veterans and sponsors. The exhibit will close on Sunday, September 8, 2013.  They will be displaying Korean War items from Rowan soldiers and plan to collect oral histories from our veteran during the exhibit. These men and women who served our country from 1950 – 1953 are some of Rowan’s finest. The items displayed are from the museum’s collection as well as private collection on-loan to the museum. The museum is located at 202 North Main Street. Operating hours are from Monday thru Friday 10am – 4 pm and weekends from 1 pm till 4 pm. For more information call 704-633-5946 or email [email protected] .


NASCAR Beginnings: Lakeview Speedway

Tim Coates (WSTP)
May 3, 2013
Someone sent me this picture on Facebook and I was shocked to actually see the

legend I had heard of all of my life.  This track was just north of the Yadkin River in Davidson County.  Back in my childhood some 40 years ago I could see some advertising signs lying beside Hwy 150 just past what was then called Old 29.  Back then you could still see some of the earthworks from the track but the rerouting of Hwy’s 150 and Hwy 29 had obliterated the track and today it is all but gone.

My dad’s family lived within sight of this track and the next door golf course and country club.  About a mile north of the track was an airport owned by the Grubb family.  This was the same family that supplied the bars around Salisbury with bootleg whiskey.  Clay street that crosses Innes was likely named for Clay Grubb.  What is know as the Plaza today began as the Grubb Building, but that is another story.
Hwy 150 in later years cut right through the center of the race track as it does today.  The recent construction has destroyed most of what was left of the remnants.
There were a number of stories in the Churchland community about the track, I believe everybody in the area was there at one time or the other.  The story of its demise was due to nature rather than man.  One Sunday a huge storm came up suddenly producing lightning, rain, and the largest hailstones anyone had seen before.  Of the people I have talked with that was present that day said they ran to the big white house on the top of the hill that had a huge front porch with columns and waited the storm out.  I’ve been told that was the last race that ever ran at the track.

Commissioners to meet in closed session

Commissioners to meet in closed session


Submitted by David Whisenant
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, 8:04am

SALISBURY – Sectarian prayer and the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union will be the topic of a closed meeting of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners tonight.

Commissioners will meet at 6:30 in the J. Newton Board Room of the county administration building.

The ACLU filed suit on behalf of three Rowan County residents to force commissioners to stop praying in Jesus name, or in the name of any specific religion or belief, at the county commission meetings.

Commissioners responded by continuing to pray and hiring a law firm to fight the suit.

Reporter Notebook: Inspiration at the Special Olympics


Reporter Notebook: Inspiration at the Special Olympics
Submitted by David Whisenant
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, 11:38am

SALISBURY – They marched around the track Tuesday morning at Jesse Carson High School and there was pride in every step.

Hundreds of athletes, buddies, and volunteers turned out for the Rowan County Special Olympics 2013 for the track and field events.  Played out under a hot sun and blue skies, these athletes inspired and engaged anyone fortunate to be watching.

I had the honor of emceeing the event and it was very enjoyable.  If you’ve never seen the Special Olympics, let me encourage you to start out by going to watch and event sometime.  I can almost guarantee you that you’ll leave your seat to help an athlete complete a lap, or be there to hug an athlete when the finish line is crossed.

The athletes represent most of the schools in the Rowan-Salisbury system, from elementary to middle, and high schools.  Lots of volunteers from local colleges turn out to help the athletes through the various events.  Organizations like the Salisbury Civitan Club also provide valuable service that allows the games to take place.

I’ve got to say that this is one of the most inspiring and joyful spectacles that you will ever see.  The determination on the faces of the athletes while competing, and the joy at the finish is is enough to tell you that great and wonderful things still happen in the world.  When you watch the news, or report it, you know that you’re going to see a lot of bad things and a lot of things that drain your faith in humanity.  For me, attending the Special Olympics restored that which was lost.