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Rockets launch creativity of Kannapolis, Cabarrus students

Posted at 11:21am on Oct. 10, 2014

In “Rockets to the Rescue,” an experiment for 4-H National Youth Science Day, young students built rockets and figured out how to launch them so they’d land near an “island marked off on the football field to deliver food to imaginary people stranded there.

Briefly

Posted at 3:12pm on Oct. 9, 2014

Great barbecue: The Odell Lions Club will have its Fall Barbecue starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 18, offering some of the best pork barbecue in the area. This barbecue will be in memory of the club’s last charter member and organizer of its previous barbecues, Lion John Benson, who died this summer. Club members said they hope to continue his dedication and legacy to the event. Plates – either pork barbecue or barbecued chicken, barbecue beans, coleslaw and bread – are $8. Pork sandwiches are $3 or four for $10. Bulk pork barbecue is $8 per pound. Drinks and desserts also will be available. Eat in or take out. The club is near the corner of N.C. 73 West and Odell School Road.

Grant to help Cabarrus County to fight chronic diseases

Posted at 1:49pm on Oct. 9, 2014

The Cabarrus Health Alliance has been awarded a three-year, $2.5million grant focusing on reducing chronic disease among the county’s African-American and Hispanic populations.

Cabarrus County gets its first legal moonshine distillery

Posted at 12:29pm on Oct. 9, 2014

Southern Grace Distilleries Inc. on Oct. 4 became Cabarrus County’s first legal moonshine distillery when Concord’s Mayor Scott Padgett turned on the still in the former Warren C. Coleman Mill.

Concord charter school learns from its past

Posted at 1:57pm on Oct. 9, 2014

The oldest charter school in Cabarrus County weathered past financial troubles and has emerged with a new $10million building, a new headmaster and a cautious approach to growth.

Breast cancer survivor from Concord now gives hope to others

Posted at 12:42pm on Oct. 9, 2014

Laura Blackwell of Concord, a breast cancer survivor, now works at the treatment center in Concord where she underwent double mastectomy and chemotherapy.

Religion news

Posted at 2:18pm on Oct. 9, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

School news

Posted at 2:50pm on Oct. 9, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

NASCAR ‘Trophy Tour’ comes to Concord on Monday

Posted at 8:22am on Oct. 6, 2014

The trophy tour, designed to publicize Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, has been making stops in the Carolinas for several weeks.

Karen Goforth’s cancer-survivor portraits offer comfort

Posted at 1:39pm on Oct. 3, 2014

Kannapolis photographer Karen Goforth has been photographing breast cancer survivors through Focused on a Cure, the charity she created in 2009.

School news, Oct. 8: Cabarrus schools will implement Parent Resource Centers

Posted at 10:02am on Oct. 3, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Briefly, Oct. 8: Giving Guide submissions end Oct. 10

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

Attention nonprofits: To be included in the Observer’s annual Giving Guide, go to www.charlotteobserver.com/giving and click on the submissions link. The once-a-year guide gives readers information about human service nonprofits that need donations and volunteers. The deadline for submissions is noon Oct. 10.

NC Music Hall of Fame preps for ceremony at Curb museum

Posted at 10:48am on Oct. 3, 2014

The N.C. Music Hall of Fame plans its move to a bigger location, donated by Mike Curb, as it prepares to honor its 2014 inductees during its annual public ceremony Oct. 16.

Cabarrus Charter Academy students earn high marks

Posted at 12:08pm on Oct. 2, 2014

In its first year, Cabarrus Charter Academy students exceeded North Carolina state proficiency levels in every category, including the percentage of students scoring “College and Career Ready”–level expectations.

23 arrested in Cabarrus child support crackdown

Posted at 2:09pm on Oct. 1, 2014

Authorities said they checked 110 addresses and arrested 23 suspects on child support-related charges.

Author Melinda Metz helps mold aspiring writers at RCCC

Posted at 10:44am on Sep. 26, 2014

National young-adult author and editor Melinda Metz shares her knowledge with aspiring writers at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in September fiction and October mystery/thriller writing classes.

Briefly, Oct. 1: NC Music Hall of Fame announced 2014 inductees

Posted at 11:05am on Sep. 26, 2014

Attention nonprofits: To be included in the Observer’s annual Giving Guide, go to www.charlotteobserver.com/giving and click on the submissions link. The once-a-year guide gives readers information about human service nonprofits that need donations and volunteers. The deadline for submissions is noon Oct. 10.

Religion news, Oct. 1: Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur held at Temple Or Olam

Posted at 9:40am on Sep. 26, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Charlotte AutoFair revs up antique car collectors

Posted at 12:54pm on Sep. 24, 2014

Organizers expected 80,000 to 100,000 people at the Charlotte Motor Speedway event over the long weekend Sept.18-21.

Golf tournament highlights Cabarrus County school nurse program

Posted at 12:17pm on Sep. 25, 2014

Organizers hope the fundraiser Oct. 13 – part of the Cabarrus Health Alliance’s Nurse in Every School initiative – will raise $35,000 this year to help the health alliance keep a full-time nurse in every public school.

Arts calendar

Posted at 12:23pm on Sep. 25, 2014

Community theater, ‘Noises Off’ comedy: Final performance 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. Called the funniest farce ever written, Craig Spradley’s “Noises Off” presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, on- and off-stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this classically comic play. Information or tickets: 704-788-2405; www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

Cabarrus County school news

Posted at 6:31pm on Sep. 23, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Foundation celebrates building Liberian school

Posted at 12:28pm on Sep. 24, 2014

Since August 2011, the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation has raised $100,000 from the support of 250 people.

Trauma Survivors Network helps survivors adjust to life-changing injuries

Posted at 4:30pm on Sep. 19, 2014

China Grove man, one of the first local volunteers in the program, says examining one’s situation without panic is key to building an altered but fulfilling life.

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.

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.

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.

School news, Sept. 24: National Merit semifinalists named

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

Compiled by Gina Smith

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.