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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College plans larger role in face of state cuts

Posted at 4:19pm on Sep. 19, 2014

Leaders of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College are seeking to elevate its image and role in the region and assert itself as an economic and cultural resource – all while state support for the college declines.

Cabarrus meat-processing plant caters to farmers throughout 10-county area

Posted at 9:14am on Sep. 22, 2014

A partnership between Cabarrus County and Cruse Meats has helped forge the area’s first large-scale, state-regulated slaughterhouse from modest beginnings as a butcher and retail shop.

School news, Sept. 24: National Merit semifinalists named

Posted at 4:05pm on Sep. 18, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Interstate 485, turbine interchange near completion

Posted at 2:30pm on Sep. 18, 2014

Commuters can expect relief and better connectivity as the N.C. Department of Transportation wraps up construction on the Interstate 485 outer loop and the state’s first interchange in the new turbine design.

Friend’s terminal cancer diagnosis leads to a new charity in Harrisburg

Posted at 2:04pm on Sep. 18, 2014

Meagan Skelton was diagnosed two years ago with terminal cancer. Her friend Gina Percy organized a fundraiser for her medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Friday-only classes lead to degree at RCCC

Posted at 10:54am on Sep. 18, 2014

The Friday-only degree option brings students to campus just one day a week to earn a degree. Students can earn an Associate in Arts degree in as few as 64 Fridays. The two-year degree allows students to transfer to any of the state’s four-year colleges to complete the final two years of a bachelor’s degree.

Kannapolis looks to upgrade its park system

Posted at 10:33am on Sep. 23, 2014

Kannapolis officials have prioritized six park projects that together will cost roughly $15.5million as part of the city’s newly created 10-year parks master plan.

Concord teen’s inspirational story to air Sept. 19 on ‘Today’

Posted at 12:25pm on Sep. 12, 2014

Austin Smith, 13, a student at Harris Road Middle School in Concord, will be featured in the network’s own story after his sister submitted a video to the NFL’s “Together We Make Football” campaign.

Journalist Avett’s fiction draws stems from stories

Posted at 4:53pm on Sep. 11, 2014

Wally Avett will tell how he wove strands from many true stories into his first fictional work, “Murder at Caney Fork,” when he speaks at the Pfeiffer University on Sept. 19.

He tends a sanctuary of nature

Posted at 11:55am on Sep. 10, 2014

Ronnie Goforth, 47, started working at Concord’s Memorial Garden in April 1989. He has not missed the annual mass planting of tulip bulbs in 25 years of service.

Students learn to steer clear of auto car accidents

Posted at 10:02am on Sep. 10, 2014

At Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience on Sept. 5-6, instructors with experience in motor racing or stunt driving shared the common goal of teaching accident avoidance skills to young drivers.

Green Teacher Network blossoms in first year

Posted at 1:17pm on Sep. 9, 2014

A local network of teachers and organizations that hopes to use schoolyard gardens as a way to reach students has grown dramatically during its first year and is looking to expand even more.

Religion news

Posted at 9:20am on Sep. 9, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

School news

Posted at 9:48am on Sep. 9, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Diverging diamond opens on Poplar Tent Road

Posted at 9:20pm on Sep. 8, 2014

The N.C. Department of Transportation said eight diverging diamond interchanges (or DDI’s) are under construction, including four in the Charlotte area.

Concord residents join in Yard Art Day fun

Posted at 2:46pm on Sep. 10, 2014

The woman who created the annual observance of Yard Art Day has seen interest expand rapidly throughout the country since it began in 2012. This year, Concord residents participated.

Religion news: Bethpage will begin ‘The Story’ Bible study

Posted at 10:51am on Sep. 5, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

School news, Sept. 10: ‘Hero’ program honoring teachers begins

Posted at 11:10am on Sep. 5, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Traveling 9/11 exhibit calls Mooresville home

Posted at 2:46pm on Sep. 10, 2014

Mooresville-based Specialized Mobile Exhibits created a nationally touring 9/11 exhibit for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and it will celebrate its one-year anniversary on the road on Sept. 11

Several route changes expected for Concord Kannapolis transit

Posted at 12:20pm on Sep. 5, 2014

Concord Kannapolis Area Transit is looking to implement several route changes geared to improve on-time performance of its buses.

Summit starts move to bring fight against hunger into Cabarrus, Kannapolis schools

Posted at 2:12pm on Sep. 4, 2014

At the Cabarrus Farm and Food Council’s inaugural Hunger Education Summit Sept. 11 in Kannapolis, about 200 people will discuss integrating horticulture into the regular curriculum and using school gardens to help teach students about growing food and fighting hunger.

Supporters save library with ‘book burning party’

Posted at 1:09pm on Sep. 4, 2014

When an anti-tax political group threatened the town library, supporters advertised a book burning event. The campaign drew international attention before the group explained what point they were making: Closing a library is like burning books.

DAR rededicates historical marker

Posted at 11:11am on Sep. 4, 2014

Cameras clicked as traffic whizzed past a landmark on Langtree Road near Herring Way, but no one took photos of passing cars and trucks. Instead, members of the Mary Slocumb Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and interested observers focused on a granite marker.

Arts calendar

Posted at 12:01pm on Sep. 3, 2014

Community theater auditions, ‘The Turn of the Screw’: Sept. 7-8, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. Auditions for the Old Courthouse Theatre’s fourth annual Halloween fundraising performance, “The Turn of the Screw,” a psychological thriller based on the story by Henry James. Roles to be cast are for a woman age 18-30, who will play the governess, and a male, age flexible, who will play three roles: the female housekeeper, a 10-year-old boy and the children’s uncle. 704-788-2405; www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

Guest chef’s meal at Davidson College spiced with perseverence

Posted at 12:33pm on Sep. 3, 2014

When the 1999 Davidson College alum Randall Mardus prepares Italian dishes and speaks to diners as the college’s first guest chef of the school year, he might also serve some humble pie.

Food Truck Friday comes to Concord

Posted at 12:56pm on Sep. 3, 2014

The former owner and chef of Union Street Bistro has turned a gustatory event into a fundraiser for Disabled American Veterans. It all started with his own truck, Master Bacon.

Students to see professional arts performances, thanks to the Cabarrus Arts Council.

Posted at 1:15pm on Sep. 3, 2014

For the 14th consecutive year, Cabarrus school children will experience the joy of seeing a free live, professional arts performance, thanks to the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Students Take Part in the Arts program and its partnerships with the Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school systems and local private schools.

Brand New Opry to open the season for Concord’s Davis Theatre

Posted at 1:19pm on Sep. 3, 2014

Traditional bluegrass band, which features veteran musicians who played with legends of the genre, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the theater, 65 Union St. S., Concord.

Briefly, Sept. 7: Cabarrus County cuts library hours

Posted at 10:36am on Sep. 4, 2014

Main library hours cut: The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 2 cut six hours of operation per week from the Concord main library and four hours per week from the Kannapolis branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library system. The cuts were required in order to standardize operating hours throughout the system.

Poplar Tent Road to close; I-85 interchange opens Monday

Posted at 10:52am on Sep. 4, 2014

The interchange is one of two being built as part of the $125.2 million project to widen I-85 and is among four under construction in the Charlotte area.

Cabarrus seeks vehicle break-in suspect

Posted at 10:05pm on Aug. 30, 2014

Authorities said the crimes took place late Wednesday night and early Thursday in the Midland and Bethel Glen areas.

United Way increases funding to Cabarrus County agencies

Posted at 11:03am on Aug. 29, 2014

United Way of Central Carolinas increased its funding of Cabarrus agencies this year to more than $1.2 million, which was the first increase since 2010.

Tour de Saints raises money, food for ministry

Posted at 10:44am on Aug. 29, 2014

The second annual Tour de Saints, a noncompetitive bicycle ride hosted by All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Concord, was even more successful than last year’s event.

School news

Posted at 8:07am on Aug. 27, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Arts calendar, Aug. 31: Community band seeks new participants

Posted at 10:43am on Aug. 28, 2014

Labor Day closing: The Galleries at the Cabarrus Arts Council, and the Cabarrus Arts Council offices, will be closed Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. The offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 2 and The Galleries at 10 a.m. 704-920-2787; www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

5 generations share love-of-fair in Cabarrus

Posted at 11:13am on Aug. 28, 2014

In the 25 years Linda Kay Bittle has entered her sewing, decorating, photography and cooking in the Cabarrus County Fair, she has accumulated three shoeboxes full of prize ribbons.

Space-themed day camp in Harrisburg builds imaginations

Posted at 11:17am on Aug. 28, 2014

The Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Department hosted a three-hour Star Wars Space Adventures Camp Aug. 4-8. It was offered by Bricks 4 Kidz to enhance learning skills, and it used Star Wars/space themed LEGOs and motors to build models.

Harrisburg’s Caldwell Crossing expected to open in fall 2015

Posted at 1:03pm on Aug. 28, 2014

Harrisburg leaders say construction of a new 85,000-square-foot shopping center, anchored by a Harris Teeter store, will help cater to the town’s rapid growth and create western gateway.

Audition for ‘Turn of the Screw’

Posted at 2:04pm on Aug. 28, 2014

The Old Courthouse Theatre, will have auditions Sept. 7-8 for its fourth annual Halloween fundraising performance, “The Turn of the Screw,” by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the Henry James story. Auditions will be 7-9 p.m. each night at the theater, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord; registration is 7-8 p.m.

Religion news

Posted at 8:01am on Aug. 27, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten