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‘MADD Dash’ to celebrate I-485 completion in northeast Mecklenburg

Posted at 11:53am on Aug. 14, 2014

The final segment of Interstate 485 is scheduled to be complete before the end of the year, and a footrace on the new segment will celebrate it and raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Religion news

Posted at 8:42am on Aug. 13, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Fishing with Gus: Find the bait; bass will be nearby

Posted at 3:31pm on Aug. 12, 2014

Big bass will eat insects, larvae, snakes, worms, frogs, crayfish, grass shrimp, rodents, baby ducks and even their own offspring, as well as bream, crappie and white perch.

Religion news

Posted at 3:17pm on Aug. 12, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

UNC Charlotte Confessions website builds student community

Posted at 12:15pm on Aug. 11, 2014

A website where UNC Charlotte students can make anonymous confessions is building a sense of community among the student body, faculty, alumni and the greater Charlotte area, site administrators say.

Second LKN SEAL Swim raises $57,000

Posted at 9:42am on Aug. 8, 2014

Three former SEALs complete 12.5-mile course to raise money for veterans

North Carolina Research Campus scientists create gold standard for measuring oxidative stress

Posted at 11:01am on Aug. 7, 2014

A team of scientist at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis developed a less-costly, more efficient way to measure free radicals in athletes

Robinson band members take to the field

Posted at 10:32am on Aug. 7, 2014

From 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 4-15 The Pride of Robinson Marching Band are marching and rehearsing. And they’re adding practices, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., each Tuesday and Thursday.

Charlotte community School news

Posted at 3:02pm on Aug. 5, 2014

News from schools in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

RCCC will relocate 3 programs to downtown Kannapolis

Posted at 10:51am on Aug. 7, 2014

In a unique partnership to promote economic growth in downtown Kannapolis, city leaders and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College trustees are taking the college’s cosmetology and related programs downtown.

Midland library effort headed by 3 women

Posted at 11:19am on Aug. 7, 2014

The dream of a library in Midland started its journey toward reality more than a year ago, with a plan to add a second story to the new Midland Town Hall. With that space designated for the library, the Friends of the Midland Library was formed.

Huntersville family raises awareness about Middle East conflict

Posted at 2:17pm on Aug. 7, 2014

A Huntersville family recently learned an exchange student they hosted a couple years ago was forced to flee West Bank territory as the conflict escalates


Posted at 5:18pm on Aug. 7, 2014

Free job help: The R3 Career Center in Kannapolis this month will host the following free health care career development workshops and resume clinics for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Workshops include: Stand out from the competition, 1 p.m. Tuesdays; Interview Techniques, 9 a.m. Tuesdays; Refocus Your Career Options, 11 a.m. Thursdays. New Client Launch orientation appointments are available weekdays by calling 704-216-7201.

Cabarrus County road construction projects will pave the way for smoother commute

Posted at 4:13pm on Aug. 10, 2014

Several road construction projects set to start or wrap up in the coming months will help ease congestion and increase connectivity throughout Cabarrus County.

Loss of Cabarrus health center prompts outcry

Posted at 2:15pm on Aug. 1, 2014

County employees and retirees are scrambling for health care providers after the employee health center was eliminated in the new county budget.

Concord’s Rotary Square and Market scheduled to be finished by late fall

Posted at 1:56pm on Aug. 1, 2014

Construction has started on the Concord Rotary Club’s new $402,000 Rotary Square and Market project. Located on the Corner of Corban Avenue and Union Street, the public space will serve as the permanent site of the downtown Concord farmers market and will include a splash pad.

At 70, Cotton Ketchie is quite the active artist, writer

Posted at 4:32pm on Jul. 29, 2014

Mooresville native Cotton Ketchie claims he doesn’t like change; however, talk to him a few minutes and a different picture emerges. Change drives Cotton.

Soccer stars bring inspiration, team concept

Posted at 10:59am on Jul. 30, 2014

Eight-year-old Brylie Edwards of Charlotte recently got a one-on-one lesson from two-time U.S. gold-medal soccer star Tisha Venturini-Hoch during a passing drill.

Carolinas HealthCare’s ‘Heart of a Champion’ program screens record number of students

Posted at 3:08pm on Jul. 30, 2014

A record number of high school student athletes attended this year’s Heart of a Champion health screenings, the annual event that helps make sure students can safely play sports.

Concord leaders break ground on $20 million municipal building

Posted at 10:36am on Jul. 31, 2014

Opening in late 2015 at the corner of Cabarrus Avenue West and Market Street Southwest, Concord’s $20 million, 76,000-square-foot facility will replace the current municipal building that’s been in use since 1986.

Former members of the San Francisco Ballet perform in Piedmont Dance Theatre’s ‘Cinderella’

Posted at 11:24am on Aug. 7, 2014

Nearly 1,000 people attended Piedmont Dance Theatre’s free outdoor performance of ‘Cinderella.’


Posted at 3:10pm on Jul. 31, 2014

Canoe, kayak: The Riverbend Farm Trail and Canoe and Kayak Launch in Midland opened Aug. 2. The natural surface trail leads to a canoe and kayak launch for the 4.5-mile Rocky River Blueway, which runs from Pharr Family Preserve to Riverbend Farm.


Posted at 2:55pm on Jul. 25, 2014

Virus confirmed: Cabarrus Health Alliance officials on July 22 confirmed the first case of chikungunya virus infection in the Charlotte region. A Cabarrus County resident who traveled to a Caribbean country contracted the virus. There is no treatment or vaccine for chikungunya, and North Carolina has 10 confirmed cases.

Concord teams up with NC Wildlife Federation

Posted at 5:51pm on Jul. 27, 2014

The newly formed Concord Wildlife Alliance is looking for Concord residents willing to help the city earn its wildlife habitat certification from the N.C. Wildlife Federation

Kannapolis pastor trying to provide role models for boys

Posted at 3:06pm on Jul. 21, 2014

Pastor Tony Hall uses the barbecue cooking process to mentor boys, and proceeds from the Heaven’s Best BBQ Wagon have helped start 10 inner-city churches across the country to support world missions and fund a new mentoring academy for boys age 9-15.

Religion news

Posted at 10:18am on Jul. 22, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Arts calendar

Posted at 1:34pm on Jul. 23, 2014

Art camp “Art Sensory”: 1-3 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1, Sundae Art Gallery, 21 Union St. S., Concord. Explore the creation process with the five senses as a guide using traditional and nontraditional media and processes. Led by Jessica Floeter, art teacher at Central Cabarrus High School. Details: www.sundaeartgallery.com or 704-651-4683.

School news

Posted at 8:38am on Jul. 23, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Briefly, July 27: Arts Council to hold annual meeting

Posted at 10:04am on Jul. 24, 2014

Arts Council annual meeting: The public is invited to the Cabarrus Arts Council’s annual meeting Aug. 19 at the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse, 65 Union St. S., Concord, where the council’s offices, galleries and theater are located. The cost is $10 per person. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and desserts in The Galleries. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. upstairs in the Davis Theatre. It will include corporate and government awards; recognition of the 2014-15 board of directors and outgoing board members; and the “State of the Arts Council address.”

Lomax Incubator Farm finds new life after budget cut

Posted at 10:32am on Jul. 24, 2014

Musician Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers has rallied behind the Cabarrus County incubator farm, donating money and inspiring fans to follow suit.

Concord adds Freeport, Bahamas, as 2nd sister city

Posted at 10:52am on Jul. 24, 2014

A group from Freeport, Bahamas, is expected to visit in the near future to sign the agreement as Concord’s new Sister City. It joins Killarney, Ireland, as a sister to Concord.

Long-dead Pillowtex reborn as unlikely issue in U.S. Senate race in Georgia

Posted at 5:52am on Jul. 22, 2014

One of the last CEOs of the doomed company in Kannapolis, David Perdue, is in a runoff to be the GOP candidate for US Senate.

Kannapolis man charged with auto dealer violation

Posted at 7:39am on Jul. 21, 2014

The N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles said Earnest Washington Dixon was arrested July 10 after a three-week undercover investigation.

Opportunity House in Concord offers comforts of home to homeless

Posted at 9:55am on Jul. 9, 2014

Opportunity House, a ministry of Midway United Methodist Church in Kannapolis, serves 100 breakfasts and 100 lunches, provides 25 showers, allows 15 visitors to wash clothing and helps 35 find clothes. It also runs a work program for those who want to escape homelessness.

Surprise Cabarrus budget cuts change county services

Posted at 3:22pm on Jul. 17, 2014

Three Cabarrus County commissioners, voted out of office in May, adopted $3.9million in budget cuts proposed after the public hearing had ended, cutting funding completely to some county programs and jobs.

Aug. 1 deadline to apply for Cabarrus Arts Council grants

Posted at 12:56pm on Jul. 17, 2014

The deadline for community organizations and schools to apply for grants from the Cabarrus Arts Council is Aug. 1.

Videos by Iredell County veterans tell the stories of hometown heroes

Posted at 3:35pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Tommy Rieman speaks calmly and matter-of-factly about his life’s extreme highs and lows since he deployed to Iraq as a 21-year-old in 2003.

Interns rev up career tracks at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted at 4:17pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Unpaid internships for 2015 are available in a number of different departments, including graphic arts, marketing, sales, finance and security.

School news

Posted at 4:27pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Compiled by Gina Smith

Marshmallows fly from kids’ catapults at Concord library

Posted at 11:42am on Jul. 16, 2014

“Catapult Physics!” a teen program of the Concord main library, entertained and educated kids ages 11-14 as they launched mini-marshmallows at foam targets, and at a reporter.