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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

School news

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

Compiled by Gina Smith

Religion news

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

Compiled by Erica Batten

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

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

Compiled by Gina Smith

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.

‘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.

Kannapolis event disperses backpacks, school supplies

Posted at 10:46am on Aug. 14, 2014

Kannapolis city employees on Aug. 12 distributed more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies for children during a community event that allowed residents to engage with each other, city employees and elected officials. The tradition is about 10 years old.

Arts calendar, Aug. 17: Song Writers Circle at Music N’ More in Concords

Posted at 10:27am on Aug. 14, 2014

Exhibition, ‘Into the Woods’: Aug.18-Oct. 9, The Galleries, 65 Union St. S, Concord. The Galleries’ new group exhibition features nature-inspired artworks including woodland animals, works of wood and landscapes by 15 artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. The Galleries also will be open for the downtown Concord Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 22. The Galleries will be closed Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 for Labor Day. 704-920-2787; www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

New creatures debut at Sea Life Aquarium in Concord

Posted at 12:16pm on Aug. 13, 2014

Two new species of shark and one new species of ray have arrived at Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills mall.

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.

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 8:42am on Aug. 13, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

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

Charlotte community School news

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

News from schools in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

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.

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

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

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.’

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


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.

School news

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

Compiled by Gina Smith

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.