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What’s frivolity to the old is a selfie to the young

Posted at 11:33am on Jun. 24, 2014

The young betray all that is bad about their generation with just two annoying habits: The exclamation point and the selfie.

Mount Pleasant does July Fourth its own way

Posted at 10:27am on Jun. 18, 2014

The Miss Mount Pleasant Independence Day pageant on June 26 will open the town’s celebration this year, which will start in earnest with a parade June 28.

Southern accent: Who decided children shouldn’t do chores?

Posted at 8:43am on Jun. 11, 2014

Kids seem to cause more chaos when they’re not doing chores, and they have plenty of time for play even if they do help around the house.

On the track: J.P. Morgan plans K&N Series entry while vying for Pro Cup title

Posted at 10:01am on Jun. 12, 2014

J.P. Morgan was 22 years old before he started driving race cars. Now, he possesses 13 Pro Cup Series victories, two series championships and is planning his entrance into NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East.

Concord grows large but stays small

Posted at 1:38pm on Jun. 11, 2014

When growth was a blessing and a problem here, folks who had lived here for generations did not mince words about the folks like me who were moving here in droves, who were “not from around here.” Twenty-some years later, I find we’ve done pretty well on managing our problems with good will, good spirits and a lot of hopeful dedication to the tasks we face.

New church worships on Saturday evenings

Posted at 2:16pm on Jun. 11, 2014

He’s Alive Church launched in Concord on April 20, attracting close to 700 worshipers to its first official service.

Fishing with Gus: Appeal to what fish want in prey

Posted at 2:19pm on Jun. 4, 2014

To catch a fish, think like a fish; that means catch each species by luring it with bait according to how they catch their food.

Visitors to Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site try their hand at finding a fortune

Posted at 10:42am on Jun. 4, 2014

Panning for gold may be the highlight of most people’s visit to Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site. The site will to stage is annual statewide gold panning competition June 14.

Retiring Mount Pleasant High principal says she will miss coaching teachers

Posted at 11:52pm on May. 27, 2014

Mount Pleasant High’s top administrator, who is leaving after nearly 20 years at the eastern Cabarrus County school, says her final commencement this month will be bittersweet.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: Bass anglers use ‘run and gun’ strategy

Posted at 10:52am on May. 27, 2014

Ever wonder why bass fishermen move around so much? The answer is simple: They’re attempting to catch as many fish as they can in a very short period of time. To do so, they target aggressive bass, the ones that hit as soon as the bait touches the water, and then they move on.

Flowers tell the story: Concord and the Piedmont are now home

Posted at 1:56pm on May. 28, 2014

My childhood in the Midwest is a source of memories and stories to tell, but it is no longer home.

Cabarrus teacher of the year is Central Cabarrus math educator

Posted at 9:26am on May. 21, 2014

Good teaching means building relationships, finding motivators, providing one-on-one help, she says.

Students power Mount Pleasant High School’s clothing drive

Posted at 10:43am on May. 21, 2014

Close-Knit Closet is an apt name for the massive clothing drive going on now at Mount Pleasant High School. The plan is simple: Get gently used clothing to people who need it.

On Common Ground: Teachers matter in students’ lives

Posted at 10:29am on May. 15, 2014

The people I know who teach, care. That’s why they became teachers. But I live in a state where teacher pay is among the worst in the nation.

Mount Pleasant’s Austin Porter reaches for stardom – at age 16

Posted at 12:00pm on May. 15, 2014

The path to stardom that 16-year-old Austin Porter is taking is paved with Tweets, YouTube views and Facebook likes. He’s got an army of fans – called “rePorters” – who connect with him online, and a budding career that keeps him very busy.

Avett Brothers’ mom loves travel, home, but not singing

Posted at 1:53pm on May. 6, 2014

Susie Avett said her life after the Avett Brothers hit the bigtime is much the same as it always was, but ‘it’s more fun.’ She and her husband, singer-guitarist Jim, have lived in the same eastern Cabarrus County house for 34 years.

Mount Pleasant students discover new dimensions in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Posted at 8:59am on Apr. 30, 2014

The Judy Garland film version of “The Wizard of Oz” is a fun and colorful show with great music that everyone knows. That familiarity adds an extra challenge for the Mount Pleasant High School cast: playing characters everyone knows and loves, but in a way that doesn’t copy the movie version.

On common ground: Decades later, our smiles light each other

Posted at 12:55pm on Apr. 29, 2014

After three decades together – and then some – the relationship offers us particular rewards. Miraculously, they transcend the time we give them.

Mount Pleasant masonry: A tradition of excellence

Posted at 10:29am on Apr. 23, 2014

Two from Mount Pleasant finished first at a recent Skills USA North Carolina competition.

Young Concord singer aspires to ‘Idol’

Posted at 3:57pm on Apr. 22, 2014

A 14-year-old Concord girl has passion for music, will be old enough next year to try out for the competitive TV show.

A fourth-grader’s view of Sea Life Aquarium in Concord

Posted at 2:28pm on Apr. 23, 2014

The animals in the aquarium are awesome, and the reviewer learned a lot about them. Workers there also are willing to answer any and all questions.

Volunteers play key roles in Cabarrus schools

Posted at 12:28pm on Apr. 16, 2014

Cabarrus couple got involved in volunteering at Mount Pleasant Elementary School through their granddaughter. Now they’ve made themselves indispensable, working one-on-one with students, correcting papers, making copies and doing anything else the teachers ask.

On Common Ground: When will we leave tolerance for hatred behind?

Posted at 10:30am on Apr. 16, 2014

The killing of three people April 13 at Jewish institutions near Kansas City, Kan., forces us to ask: How can we end acceptance of and indifference toward the 2,000-year-old hatred of Jews?

Bethel Elementary School team heads to state competition

Posted at 12:59pm on Apr. 9, 2014

A team of five fifth-graders from Bethel Elementary School in Midland recently won the Cabarrus County Fire and Life Safety Bowl, a competition of fire knowledge. Now they’re drilling for the state championship competition.

On Common Ground: Let spring bring life, love and hope

Posted at 11:17pm on Mar. 31, 2014

April always brings memories of a lost sister. But now it’s filled with gratitude for all that was best in her.

Church stages drive-through Easter drama

Posted at 2:46pm on Apr. 1, 2014

For the past two years, First Baptist has hosted a drive-through Christmas program. So they’re going to “make a big deal of Easter” and try something similar.

April 15 means more than taxes in Charlotte area

Posted at 10:08am on Apr. 2, 2014

By Tax Day, summer vegetables such as tomatoes, green beans, sweet corn and squash should be safe from a late frost.

Cox Mill High in Concord stages ‘Once upon a Mattress’

Posted at 6:08pm on Apr. 3, 2014

Cox Mill High School students will stage the musical April 10-13. The school’s theater teacher credits her parents with instilling her love of theater. She says theater classes give students confidence, prepare them for job interviews, teach them how to handle mistakes and more.

Spartan Sprint was back for a 5K obstacle race in Georgeville

Posted at 3:00pm on Mar. 25, 2014

Charlotte’s Spartan Sprint obstacle race took place March22-23 at Porter Farms in Georgeville.

Concord woman says diet put MS in remission

Posted at 12:44pm on Mar. 20, 2014

Using what’s known as an antigen leukocyte antibody test, foundation is committed to helping others find their path to wellness through food intolerance testing.

Rescuing daffodils means singing a different song

Posted at 11:52pm on Mar. 18, 2014

With its references to storms and wind, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” apparently wasn’t the right song to sing while trying to protect early blooms from late wintry blasts.

Challenged Mount Pleasant Middle School 7th-grader with a lot of fans takes the court, scores

Posted at 3:01pm on Mar. 11, 2014

A challenged Noah Page helped at practice and served as water boy at home basketball games… then suited up for the final game.

Mount Pleasant teacher, cancer survivor will spend night in school trophy case to raise money for Relay For Life team

Posted at 12:49pm on Mar. 5, 2014

Julie Stephenson hopes to raise money for Mount Pleasant Tigers Relay For Life team – and the fight against cancer – by spending a night in a trophy case at Mount Pleasant Middle School.

Crossroads Church in Concord starts weekend feeding program

Posted at 12:08pm on Feb. 27, 2014

For many children, school is the only source they have for square meals

Blackbeard artifacts on exhibit this month at Reed Gold Mine in Midland

Posted at 9:32am on Feb. 27, 2014

For the next month – until April 5 – the Reed Mine Historical Site is hosting a traveling exhibit called “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718.” It features items recovered from a shipwrecked vessel belonging to Blackbeard the pirate.

Fourth-graders learn about N.C. regions

Posted at 12:23pm on Feb. 18, 2014

Sweet tea, lighthouses, shagging, Native Americans and fish sticks. What’s the common thread?

When Bible study become ‘medium of love’

Posted at 12:46pm on Feb. 18, 2014

In Genesis 27, Jacob is egged on by his mother, Rebecca, to steal Esau’s blessing. He lies to his father, Isaac. Jacob is a liar, a trickster, and a thief.

Take a free taste of Greek food in Concord

Posted at 4:31pm on Feb. 11, 2014

Gateway To Athens restaurant, in Concord’s Afton Village, will offer samples of its scratch-made entrees 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21.

May I ‘woot’ for Maurice Chevalier?

Posted at 3:28pm on Feb. 4, 2014

Times are changing too fast for me – and so is our language.

Kids help the hungry, ‘Souper Bowl’ style

Posted at 3:08pm on Feb. 4, 2014

Football-themed drive at grade school brought in cans for Mount Pleasant Food Ministry.