Quotes of the week: “It made me nervous, freaked me out a bit” – Salisbury Post

“I knew my start time was very close to the record, so I knew I had a good chance. It made me nervous, freaked me out a bit, but it all went well.

—Cooper Sever Carson senior whose time in the 200m freestyle broke a 10-year-old county record, one of two he set at the Rowan County Swimming Championships

“Like everyone, obviously we have vacancies that we are recruiting for. It is also commonplace throughout the state. There just aren’t enough paramedics and (emergency medical technicians) to fill all the voids.

—TJ Brown, head of the emergency medical services division with the help of two full staff ambulance units provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency

“We always see people all over Charlotte, even in South Carolina, in the Fort Mill area, looking for livability.”

—Matt Roesch Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Tri Pointe for the Carolinas on demand for townhouse community units under construction in Kannapolis

“We’re full steam ahead.”

—Josh Barnhardt, who joined the efforts of Charlotte-based developer Brett Krueger to work on the Empire Hotel redevelopment project

“The weekend was really boring. I was kind of hoping to hit 1000 against West Rowan because I wanted that competition, but I’m happy.

—Rachel McCullough, Salisbury senior whose basketball scoring milestone was delayed by snow until the Hornets could play on Tuesday

“Before, we replaced agents fairly quickly with qualified people. Now we are struggling to find people who want to work.

—Greg Hannold detailing staffing shortages in Rowan County Detention center “Cricket is a good way to make friends.”

— Jaypal Kalagiri on his plans to build cricket grounds on a 35.5 acre plot of land on Glover Road

“She really put us on the map.”

—Kaye Hirst former director of the Rowan Museum speaking about Judy Newman who headed the Rowan County Tourism Development Authority and died last week aged 74

“There is a real pride in continuing the family farm and continuing to work this land that we have owned for a long time.

—David Correll, who left the dairy business but branched out into growing fruit and vegetables to keep the fifth-generation farm running on the same land in Woodleaf

“I would have preferred my staff to get it.”

—Lisa Altman, Director of Rowan-Salisbury Schools Nutrition who was named to the No Kid Hungry Out-of-School Meals Hall of Fame

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