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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

Kannapolis church directs school supplies Wilson Elementary

Posted at 12:15pm on Aug. 26, 2014

The generosity of Memorial United Methodist Church members overwhelmed students and parents from high-poverty Fred L. Wilson Elementary School in Kannapolis when the church invited them at Back to School Blast and gave backpacks loaded with grade-appropriate school supplies for each child.

The Avett Brothers help put Cabarrus incubator farm in national spotlight

Posted at 9:07am on Aug. 22, 2014

When the Avett Brothers promised financial help to keep the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm Park operating after it was cut from the county budget, donations and other offers of came pouring in from Avett fans.

AC Controls to bring jobs to Concord

Posted at 1:02pm on Aug. 21, 2014

Mint Hill-based AC Controls Co. will move 45 positions – and create 15 new jobs – to its planned 60,000-square-foot distribution facility and hangar being built near Concord Regional Airport.

Identical twins share same teaching job at Concord’s Irvin Elementary

Posted at 11:07am on Aug. 21, 2014

Proponents say teacher job-sharing is better for students: They are exposed to two different teaching styles and may learn from one teacher’s explanation better than the other’s. Co-teachers also fill in for each other during illness, creating better continuity of lessons.

School news

Posted at 5:36pm on Aug. 21, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Minnie Mouse painting in Statesville must come down

Posted at 10:01am on Aug. 20, 2014

A painting of the Disney character Minnie Mouse that has graced the south wall of the New South Gallery and Studio on Center Street in Statesville for the past several months must come down.

Religion news

Posted at 12:18pm on Aug. 19, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Concord church marks 25 years of highway cleanup

Posted at 10:34am on Aug. 21, 2014

The state’s Adopt-A-Highway program has been an integral part of Price Memorial AME Zion Church’s community service efforts for a quarter-century.

Midland park on hold after county budget cuts

Posted at 11:02am on Aug. 15, 2014

Officials react after Cabarrus County Commissioners cut funding to Midland’s planned $1.8 million Rob Wallace Park off U.S. 601.

School news, Aug. 20: Northwest Cabarrus to host chicken fundraiser

Posted at 9:54am on Aug. 15, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Sea Life Aquarium guests in Concord give blood during Shark Week

Posted at 11:50am on Aug. 13, 2014

Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills teamed up with the American Red Cross in a blood drive aimed at replenishing the area’s depleted blood supply. To promote the effort, they chose to educate donors about a species that loves blood: sharks.