Briefly, Nov. 6
Sunday, Nov. 03, 2013

Briefly, Nov. 6


New nonprofit: The goal of the newly formed Doris Goedeke Scholarship Foundation is to increase awareness of the financial needs of Hispanic students in Cabarrus County. Scott Pless, co-founder and director of the nonprofit, named the foundation after the longtime director of the Hispanic Learning Center, who died of brain cancer. Throughout the past two years, $2,000 in scholarships has been awarded. 704-788-1634 or

New city hall: The Concord City Council on Oct. 24 selected ADW Architects as the firm to design the new municipal building, which is planned to be built at Cabarrus Avenue West and Market Street Southwest. The council also chose the construction manager at-risk process, by which a selected construction manager delivers the project within a guaranteed maximum price and allows for a more streamlined design and construction process.

Road closed: The N.C. Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to Interstate 85 South in Cabarrus County. It is expected to remain closed through Nov. 11. The closure is part of the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project that will include the building of a new entrance ramp. Visit for detour information.

Singing reindeer: The North Pole’s own “Antler Reign” will perform nightly, Dec. 1-26, as part of the Fantetti family’s synchronized light show, which will have more than 25,000 lights. The holiday light show will be at 263 Palaside Drive, Concord, starting Dec. 1. Portions of the 20-minute sequence pay tribute to past and present military service people from the area. The event also will collect items for care packages to send to deployed troops and K-9 units in service. Monetary donations collected will benefit Nine Line Foundation. Details: 704-701-2171.

Cabarrus County

Online savvy: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College recently became one of only four colleges in the country to achieve a Quality Matters certification for an instructor training course. Among instructor training classes, only four colleges in the country are Quality Matters-certified, and Rowan-Cabarrus is only the second community college in the country to achieve the distinction. RCCC began requiring faculty members to take online training in 2000 before teaching any online courses for the college. The 25-hour course has received a score of 100 percent in the Quality Matters certification process. The college offers 14 associate degrees completely online, as well as 11 diploma courses and 22 certificates. The college is offering more than 250 classes online, its largest number of online classes to date. 704-216-7222 or


Give and receive: Local real estate firm Leigh Brown and Associates has launched a social media campaign called “20 Days of Thankfulness.” It will run through Nov. 27, with daily giveaways from Harrisburg-based businesses that range from Charlotte 49ers basketball tickets and horse riding lessons to other gift certificates. To participate, “like” the real estate firm on Facebook or follow it on Twitter. The grand prize, to be awarded Nov. 28, will include all the items previously given away throughout the campaign.


Transformative grant: The Community Transformation Grant Project, in partnership with local health departments, throughout the past year has worked to make the Charlotte region a healthier place to live. Locally, the Cabarrus Health Alliance has worked to increase access to healthier foods and physical activity opportunities, lower the rate of tobacco use and exposure, and decrease the occurrence of chronic diseases in adults. The Health Alliance in September got a portion of the $2 million grant from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will distribute the money during the next four years. Roughly 1.3 million residents in the surrounding Charlotte region could be affected by this project, according to project organizers. The project serves Alexander, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.

Lukas Johnson

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