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Virtual Cheerwine Festival

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Cheerwine, the 103-year-old soft drink from Salisbury, N.C., and its hometown will host a Virtual Cheerwine Festival on Saturday, May 16, at 5 p.m. Last month, Cheerwine and the City of Salisbury announced plans to cancel the annual outdoor event that draws tens of thousands of people and instead host a virtual celebration for all to enjoy from the safety of home. Many of the never-before-announced headliners scheduled for the 2020 Festival will perform as part of the Hotwire Communications virtual stage line-up, including The Sugarhill Gang, Tone Loc, Nathan Angelo and ACE Party Band. During the event, fans of the iconic family-owned soft drink can participate in numerous virtual games and contests, including bingo, a scavenger hunt and trivia – all for a chance to win Cheerwine and branded merchandise.

Virtual Festival Is A Big Hit!

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What started as a general discussion about cancelling the annual downtown Cheerwine Festival, grew into an idea of a full-fledged, virtual event complete with shopping, games and music.

Streamed on social media as a live premiere, the fourth annual Cheerwine Festival was created with pre-recorded videos from Mayor Karen Alexander; event emcee, Katie Garner; five musical acts; and Cheerwine, Food Lion and Hotwire commercials interspersed. 

Statement from Salisbury Police Chief 5-29-2020

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Salisbury is a diverse community that respects all people and affords everyone the right to peacefully protest. As protesters prepare to participate in a planned, mobile protest tomorrow, May 30, we would like to inform everyone to be mindful that violence, intimidation and intolerance in any form, shape or fashion will not be permitted. Any deviation from this standard will be addressed accordingly.”

Two arrested following shots fired call during protest

Incident occurred near protestors at Fame statue

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Two people were arrested on Sunday afternoon, May 31, after they reportedly shot near protestors gathered at Church and Innes Streets.

Two separate groups of protestors were gathered near the Fame statue in downtown Salisbury when the shots occurred.

Jeffrey Allan Long, 49, white male, and Brandon M. Walker, 34, black male, are currently in custody. Three handguns were recovered. Charges for both individuals are pending.

No injuries were reported. The investigation is on-going.

Covid-19 for 19 Virtual Run/Walk

19 days to do 19 miles

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You can do it all in one day or do 1 mile each day…you choose when, how and where you run or walk! All participants who complete 19 miles between June 1 and June 19 will get a shirt! Register by May 31st and complete 19 miles at your convenience no later than midnight, June 19th.

Spring Spruce Up Week 2020

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During Spruce Up Weeks, City of Salisbury residents can place items at the curb on their regular collection day before 7:00 a.m.

The City of Salisbury Public Works Department will pick up your old appliances, tires without rims (limit 5 tires or less per location) and extra bagged trash. This is a great time to encourage a neighborhood cleanup!

Update to two arrested following shots fired call during protest

One suspect shot near protestors at Fame statue, one arrested for concealed carry

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As a follow up to the arrest of two people on Sunday, May 31, at a protest on Church and Innes Streets -- Jeffrey Allan Long, 49, white male, of Kernersville, and Brandon M. Walker, 34, black male, of Salisbury, were arrested during the incident. Long has been charged with Discharging of a Firearm in the City, Carry with a Concealed Weapon, and Carry a Weapon at a Parade. Walker has been charged with Carry with a Concealed Weapon.

Budget Workshop for FY2020-2021

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City Council will hold a special budget work session on Monday, June 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. via Zoom. At the session, City Council will have the opportunity to discuss details of the proposed budget with the city manager. This meeting is open to the public and Zoom details will be posted on the city’s website at The meeting can also be viewed via the City’s livestream at or the City’s Twitter account at

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