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Wounded Warrior Project sends all-female team

Posted at 12:33pm on Oct. 22, 2014

Mount Pleasant will host a military-style endurance test Oct. 25-26 in which obstacles include plunging through fire and swimming through ice. The Wounded Warrior Project will send its first all-female team to complete the event.

Kaleidoscope Festival helps connect area artists

Posted at 12:45pm on Oct. 21, 2014

Cabarrus artists and performers are preparing for the eighth Kannapolis Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival on Oct. 25.

Cabarrus County’s 18-hole disc golf course spawns league

Posted at 9:17am on Oct. 17, 2014

Cabarrus County’s first 18-hole disc golf course at Frank Liske Park in Concord has attracted more than 12,000 people since opening May 31

Lionel trains opens its first NC retail store

Posted at 8:26am on Oct. 17, 2014

Lionel, a 114-year-old toy train manufacturer that recently moved its headquarters to Concord, will host a grand opening on Oct. 20 for its first retail store in North Carolina.

Service gives help, hope to cancer patients

Posted at 7:52am on Oct. 16, 2014

Gail Harvell figured Sept. 6, 2012, would be a routine day. The retired mother of three from Harrisburg drove to a Charlotte-area hospital for a mammogram, as she had done many times over the years.

Hodges Farm is growing with the times

Posted at 3:53pm on Oct. 15, 2014

There’s a reason Hodges Farm is one of the last farms within the city limits of Charlotte.

Jeff Gordon, Dream On 3 create dream weekend for girl

Posted at 10:06am on Oct. 17, 2014

What started as a request to go to a race and meet Jeff Gordon turned into a three-day whirlwind of racing-related events at the Bank of America 500 and a bedroom makeover for 15-year-old MacKenzie Jamison of Cornelius.

Homestead Heritage Day in Mount Pleasant set for Oct. 25

Posted at 3:12pm on Oct. 14, 2014

Pat Gaddis of Fair Meadow Bakes and Carolyn Davis of Natural Spring farms have planned an event that they say will be “a celebration of the craftsman, artisan and farming methods that were utilized at the founding of our nation.”

Trevor Thomas’ adventurous spirit overcomes lack of sight

Posted at 2:16pm on Oct. 14, 2014

Trevor Thomas hasn’t allowed blindness to dampen his spirit of adventure.

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.

Concord Development Corp. to take over Food Truck Friday

Posted at 4:11pm on Oct. 14, 2014

While the future of Cabarrus County’s Food Truck Friday is a bit unclear, organizers and city leaders want to find an outcome that benefits residents and business owners.


Posted at 2:45pm on Oct. 10, 2014

Sunday service: Rider Transit, which serves Concord and Kannapolis residents, celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Sunday service Oct.5.


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.

School news

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

Compiled by Gina Smith

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.

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.

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.

Religion news

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

Compiled by Erica Batten

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Compiled by Gina Smith

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cabarrus County school news

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

Compiled by Gina Smith

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.

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.

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.