“Most of the time he was drawing, but at the same time he wanted to talk to everyone. So he did a lot of starts and stops. He just liked talking to people.
—Justin Wells who was among the many fans speaking out about the loss of downtown street artist Joe Heilig
“I freaked out for a second there. I thought it was fake or something.
—Stephen Kardos Kannapolis resident who wins $497,073 after buying a $10 lottery ticket
“There are so many ups and downs you go through as a coach, but he was a constant from the first day I met him. He welcomed me from the start. He was always encouraging, still so positive.
—Chris Walsh, South Rowan football coach on the death of longtime Raider fan Joe Lewis Littlejohn
“If you give a young child an instrument, it’s amazing what they could do with that skill.”
—Jody Blackwell, of the Beacon Hall installation takes shape for children to learn to play musical instruments
“It’s been very stressful and frustrating moving forward, but we’re happy to be at the point now where we can see progress.”
—Sandra Toscano, which transforms the Maison Napoléon Bonaparte McCanless into an event venue
“After this walk, I go home, take a cold bath and relax. I will always remember those who couldn’t come home.
—Daniel Lambert, who lost 17 fellow soldiers during his time as a Marine and walked a mile for each one while carrying an American flag on Memorial Day
“Today is not a day of celebration, but a day of remembrance. It is a chance to honor our fallen heroes who did not return home, but sacrificed themselves to give us our freedom today. today.
—Marc Castor outgoing chairman of the Rowan County Veteran Council during events at Salisbury National Cemetery
“I have some things I’m conservative about, but reading isn’t one of them.”
—Whitney Peckman, who read “The Catcher in the Rye” as part of a banned book reading event