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Posted at 10:13am on Dec. 11, 2014

Speedway Christmas: Staff writer Lukas Johnson (ljohnson@charlotteobserver.com) has uploaded a new video of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 3.1-mile “Speedway Christmas” tour of lights. To see the video, go to http://bit.ly/1zB0xuv.

Concord Downtown Development Corp. launches new branding initiative

Posted at 11:52am on Dec. 5, 2014

The Concord Downtown Development Corp. recently unveiled its new logo and tagline as part of a new branding campaign.

Music hall of fame gets more space

Posted at 12:18pm on Dec. 5, 2014

Eddie Ray was all smiles as he greeted the inductees, family members, sponsors and other guests Dec. 4 who previewed the N.C. Music Hall of Fame.

Decking Concord’s historic halls

Posted at 3:25pm on Nov. 26, 2014

The Aaron Greene Lentz home, at 235 Union St. N., will be one of seven historic buildings featured in the 2014 Holiday Tour of Homes in Historic Concord.

Arts calendar

Posted at 9:30am on Dec. 4, 2014

Sip and Shop for Seagrove Pottery: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 10, The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Extended hours to allow people unable to visit The Galleries during regular hours to shop for Seagrove pottery and other one-of-a-kind gifts as they enjoy complimentary beverages. For information call 704-920-2787 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Kids’ activity relieves adult stress

Posted at 11:20am on Dec. 4, 2014

Many adults are finding that the traditional kids’ activity of coloring in a coloring book relieves adult stress. Some like the order of staying within the lines; others like the freedom of going outside the lines.

Cabarrus Arts Council hosts ‘After School Cookies with Santa’

Posted at 12:37pm on Dec. 4, 2014

Children talked with Santa, played I Spy in the art galleries and ate Christmas cookies custom-made by Judy Mongold at the Cabarrus Arts Council’s “After School Cookies with Santa.”

Cabarrus County Commissioners look to reverse recent budget cuts

Posted at 2:17pm on Dec. 4, 2014

After the Dec. 1 swearing-in ceremony for the three newly elected Cabarrus County commissioners, the new board asked county staff for input on how to restore recent budget cuts, ranging from restoring library hours to investing more in economic development.

Cabarrus high school choral festival premieres commissioned work

Posted at 11:15am on Dec. 3, 2014

At this year’s Cabarrus County Schools High School All-County Choral Festival, the 143-member festival choir premiered a commissioned piece by Kenney Potter, director of choral activities and music education at Wingate University, the festival clinician.

Religion news

Posted at 12:41am on Dec. 2, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

School news

Posted at 3:16pm on Dec. 2, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Walk in Concord and learn about heart problems

Posted at 3:37pm on Dec. 2, 2014

People can learn about heart arrhythmias and get some light exercise during Walk With a Doc on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Cabarrus County homebrewers prepare to launch first local-ingredients, organic beer

Posted at 1:27pm on Dec. 3, 2014

The Cabarrus Homebrewers Society and Charlotte-based Lenny Boy Brewing have partnered to create Cabarrus County’s first commercially available craft beer.

Arts calendar

Posted at 8:45am on Nov. 25, 2014

After-School Cookies with Santa: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 3, The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Children of all ages are invited to have cookies and visit with Santa at this free event amid the artwork in The Galleries. Bring your own camera and get a photo with the Jolly Old Elf. For information call 704-920-2787.

Religion news

Posted at 8:48am on Nov. 25, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Cabarrus County summit topic: education and workforce

Posted at 11:23am on Nov. 25, 2014

On Dec. 5, Cabarrus County and Kannapolis educators will join business professionals and community leaders to discuss economic development and education.

Take a tag from Cabarrus County employees’ wish trees

Posted at 11:41am on Nov. 25, 2014

Through Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands (Ch3), a charitable committee run by county employees, the community is invited to select a tag from a Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree and make a holiday wish a reality.

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway displays 3 million lights

Posted at 12:30pm on Nov. 25, 2014

Concord’s Charlotte Motor Speedway has kicked off its annual Speedway Christmas, an event ranked in the Top 20 by the Southeast Tourism Society. Guests can drive the 3.1-mile park, taking in more than 800 holiday displays and 3million twinkling lights.

Nonprofit searches for missing people

Posted at 4:09pm on Nov. 25, 2014

When someone goes missing, Central Piedmont Search and Rescue, a nonprofit based in Cabarrus and Stanly counties, is ready and eager to help.

School news

Posted at 1:16pm on Nov. 26, 2014

Magnet Fair: The Cabarrus County Schools system will host its third annual Magnet Fair 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Central Cabarrus High School. The Magnet Fair offers an opportunity to learn about all the Cabarrus County Schools’ magnet program offerings, which are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Representatives from each program will be available at the event to answer questions.

Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium names guitarfish after band

Posted at 1:22pm on Nov. 26, 2014

The Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium has a new resident that some say looks like a guitar and carries the name of a nationally known alternative rock band.

‘Nutcracker’ producers embrace diverse cast

Posted at 3:38pm on Nov. 29, 2014

As Piedmont Dance Theatre prepares for its annual performances of “The Nutcracker,” the troupe will feature its most diverse cast in 12 years.


Posted at 3:22pm on Nov. 26, 2014

Give a gift: With the help of a county-employee-run charitable committee called Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands, area residents can help make someone’s holiday wish a reality. Each tag on a Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree represents a local holiday wish from a child, group home, senior adult or military veteran. Volunteers will deliver the gifts before Christmas. Formerly called the Ch3 Helping Hands Trees, the program was renamed in 2011 to honor Wendy Gainey, a longtime county employee who was passionate about giving back. The seven trees are at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center, 65 Church St. S.E., Concord; Cabarrus County Senior Centers at 331 Corban Ave. S.E., Concord, and 8615 Park Drive, Mount Pleasant; and the four branches of the Cabarrus County Public Library: 27 Union St. N. Concord; 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis; 8556 Cook St., Mount Pleasant; and 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg. Take a tag, buy a gift listed on it and deliver unwrapped presents in gift bags back to the same tree the tag came from by 5 p.m. Dec. 10. Details: Call Laura Hatley at 704-920-2568 or visit www.cabarruscounty.us.

Charlotte foundation won’t let theft stop Spirit of Giving

Posted at 6:35pm on Nov. 20, 2014

A Nov. 20 break-in and the theft of new clothing and toys is not dampening the generosity of event organizers who aim to help children. But in spite of the crime, Our Foundation for Children will go ahead with its annual Spirit of Giving event Dec. 13 at 5630 Phillips St. in Charlotte.

American Red Cross service award presented to H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler

Posted at 8:49pm on Nov. 17, 2014

At its fourth annual All American Award Dinner recently, the Cabarrus County Chapter of the American Red Cross presented the 2014 All American Award to H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, recognizing his lifelong accomplishments and his continued commitment to the community.

Arts calendar

Posted at 12:06pm on Nov. 18, 2014

Community theater, ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’: Final performance 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. This off-Broadway musical hit takes the audience to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where they meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. For information or tickets, call 704-788-2405 or visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

Religion news

Posted at 9:22am on Nov. 19, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Doctor’s Rx: Heal thy whole self

Posted at 3:53pm on Nov. 19, 2014

When patients find themselves in the Emergency Department at Carolinas Medical Center – Huntersville, they may end up going home with more than a prescription.

Cabarrus Rowan Community Health Centers offer free help to enroll in ACA health care plans

Posted at 4:37pm on Nov. 19, 2014

Now is the time to enroll for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The deadline is Dec. 15 for coverage to begin Jan. 1. If you enroll after that but by Feb. 15, youf coverage will begin March 1.

School news

Posted at 10:07pm on Nov. 19, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Cabarrus County park named in honor of Vietnam War veterans

Posted at 9:10am on Nov. 20, 2014

About 70 Vietnam War veterans and scores of others gathered at the site formerly known as North Cabarrus Park Nov. 15 to dedicate it under its new name, Vietnam Veterans Park. They were joined by a retired three-star general and a nationally known war correspondent and author in honoring all Vietnam Veterans, living or fallen.


Posted at 6:34pm on Nov. 20, 2014

Food drive: The Concord Fire Department and the Cabarrus County Fireman’s Association are partnering with the Salvation Army on a food drive. Donation barrels have been placed at all Concord fire stations, the Odell Volunteer Fire Department and several schools to collect nonperishable food items. Examples of needed items are dry pastas, boxed meals, dry goods and any canned goods. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15.

Christmas Bowl scores toys for Concord children’s hospital

Posted at 6:35pm on Nov. 20, 2014

The seventh annual Christmas Bowl football game in Concord, pitting the city’s police and fire departments against each other, collected 150 toys for the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center–NorthEast.

Kannapolis’ North Carolina Research Campus foresees growth

Posted at 6:36pm on Nov. 20, 2014

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis celebrated its sixth anniversary earlier this month with a public luncheon, tours and a scientist-led panel that highlighted research projects under way.


Posted at 6:44pm on Nov. 20, 2014

Conservation coordinator: Hannah Hursey is the new resource conservation coordinator with the Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District. A 2014 graduate of Appalachian State University with a major in environmental science and a minor in geology, Hursey is a native of Davie County, where she participated in conservation, 4-H and FFA programs. Her responsibilities with the district include communications and outreach, conservation easement, education and grant programs.

Rein in health-care costs, speakers at Healthcare Summit in Concord say

Posted at 9:36am on Nov. 14, 2014

Most speakers at the recent 2014 Healthcare Summit in Concord discussed ways to make health care more efficient, both in services to patients and by reining in rising costs.

Cabarrus mini-grant program increases number of projects funded

Posted at 9:56am on Nov. 14, 2014

The Cabarrus County Education Foundation’s $18,000 mini-grant program will fund 43 different projects designed to engage 13,000 students throughout Cabarrus County Schools.

Everybody gets a little dirty at The Dirt Track in Concord

Posted at 12:46pm on Nov. 12, 2014

Unless you are in the enclosed suites or the press box on top of the grandstand, if you come to a race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, you will get dirty.

School news

Posted at 9:00am on Nov. 13, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Scott Avett speaks out for Cabarrus County incubator farm

Posted at 3:03pm on Nov. 13, 2014

Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers, recently created a promotional video asking people to pledge their support for the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm Park. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association launched an all-or-nothing fundraiser on Nov. 7.