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Seasonal lights brighten Concord neighborhoods

Posted at 10:29am on Dec. 19, 2014

For two Concord families, stringing lights and decorating the yard is a form of celebrating that they can share with those who might pass by their homes.

Briefly: Kannapolis offers site improvement grants

Posted at 3:37pm on Dec. 19, 2014

Grants available: The city of Kannapolis is offering facade and site improvement grants to businesses and property owners along Cannon Boulevard between Interstate 85 and First Street. City leaders say the grants will help improve the appearance of the boulevard as well as promote the services and products offered by area businesses throughout the corridor. Grants will cover projects ranging from landscaping, exterior painting, signage and awnings to windows, lighting, sidewalks and parking lot improvements. Applications are due Jan. 31. The city will provide a matching grant for up to half the project cost. Details: 703-933-5999, ext. 112, or 704-920-4326.

Elizabeth Safrit of Kannapolis places third in Miss World

Posted at 10:03am on Dec. 19, 2014

Kannapolis native Elizabeth Safrit took third place in the Miss World competition in London Dec. 14. Before coming back stateside, she answered five questions for Cabarrus News.

Cabarrus commissioners restore multiple budget cuts

Posted at 2:13pm on Dec. 18, 2014

Newly elected board members led a unanimous vote to restore more than $2million in funding for multiple county programs and services cut during the budget process in June.

Religion news

Posted at 10:36am on Dec. 16, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Arts calendar

Posted at 8:29am on Dec. 17, 2014

Youth theater, “On the Worst Day of Christmas”: Final performance 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. Old Courthouse Youth Theatre presents a holiday story by Faye Couch Reeves featuring local young people. Director of a small-town church’s annual Christmas pageant has decided to replace the traditional pageant with an enactment of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Her son and his friends try to save the traditionally simple and beautiful pageant they have grown up performing each year. $12; for tickets, visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

School news

Posted at 3:23pm on Dec. 19, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Concord school’s ‘Wrap-In’ nets 1200 toys for kids in need

Posted at 9:05am on Dec. 17, 2014

For the past seven years, Cannon School has organized Project Wrap-In, a community service event in which all students bring a toy to be wrapped and given to needy children in the community and at one orphanage in India. This year’s Dec. 10 event set a school record of 1,200 gifts.

Nativity comes to life in Concord

Posted at 1:28pm on Dec. 18, 2014

Concord First Assembly has scheduled performances of its free musical live Nativity at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21 in its auditorium, 150 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. N., Concord.

Cabarrus charity, auto dealer join forces to benefit seniors in need of food

Posted at 8:43am on Dec. 12, 2014

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels has teamed up with Subaru Concord to help feed hungry seniors in need this holiday season.