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On common ground: The 12 days of lemon ginger teabag slogans

Posted at 11:25pm on Dec. 22, 2014

On the first day of sickness, my teabag gave to me …

Gold Hill Christmas dinner celebrates compassion

Posted at 1:42pm on Dec. 16, 2014

Folks who don’t have a place to go for Christmas dinner can once again head out to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church

Girl proves wrestling is a golden chance

Posted at 11:28am on Dec. 12, 2014

My 12-year-old son, Danny, started seventh grade this fall. That meant meant he was old enough to try out for a team sport at his school, Harris Road Middle.

In December, rest, read up after a few chores are done

Posted at 8:30pm on Dec. 9, 2014

December is time to band trees against cankerworms; plant bulbs, trees, shrubs and woody herbs; start early vegetables indoors; and prepare spring beds.

Why can’t we let go of trivial things this time of year?

Posted at 11:39am on Dec. 10, 2014

Every year I ask myself how we can divest. How can we use this time of year to let go of things that don’t matter so we can focus on the things that do?

Mount Pleasant starts holidays with parade, tree display, home tour

Posted at 2:54pm on Dec. 2, 2014

It’s time for some annual traditions, of the happiest kind, in Mount Pleasant.

Cabarrus County commissioners, please restore public library’s reach

Posted at 12:18pm on Nov. 25, 2014

In June, the county commissioners reduced the Cabarrus County Public Library’s staff and hours of operation. They should expand staff and extend hours of this institution, which exemplifies our highest civic standards.

Concord First Assembly to stage “A Christmas Carol”

Posted at 11:54am on Nov. 25, 2014

When we were in the middle of sweltering summer this past August, the last thing on our minds was Christmas.

Successful season for Mount Pleasant band

Posted at 12:08pm on Nov. 25, 2014

The Mount Pleasant High School Marching Band just finished one its most successful seasons in years, capped by an impressive performance at a Bands of America competition in Atlanta.

Thanksgiving begins season of giving

Posted at 4:25pm on Nov. 19, 2014

Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church starts season reaches out to all.

Make Thanksgiving dinner more local, authentic

Posted at 12:38pm on Nov. 20, 2014

Devotees of local food have a tough time at Thanksgiving. The modern Thanksgiving dinner bears almost no resemblance to the simple and unavoidably local fare that probably waas served at the Plymouth colony in 1621.

Gold Hill plans Lighting of the Fall Fires on Nov. 22

Posted at 12:21pm on Nov. 11, 2014

Imagine a quaint setting illuminated with twinkling white lights, the delicious smell of a bonfire in the distance, and a chill in the air encouraging you to seek warmth and fellowship in the village’s unique shops. That’s what awaits Nov. 22 in Gold Hill.

Child’s toys are memento of Nazi persecution

Posted at 2:14pm on Nov. 11, 2014

Joyce Roberts of Concord came to my door just a few days before the anniversary of Kristallnacht – German for “Crystal Night” – when Nazis in 1938 destroyed more than 250 synagogues and countless stores and homes.

Network for moms offers support, friendship

Posted at 9:16pm on Nov. 13, 2014

The Mommies Network was founded in 2005 to meet the strong need for assistance to mothers everywhere. The chapter serving Cabarrus, Rowan and Stanly counties and has close to 400 members.

Mount Pleasant cousins share everything – including kidneys

Posted at 12:23pm on Nov. 6, 2014

The four cousins are very close and see each other often. One organ donor jokes that lately a lot of their get-togethers have been health related, calling them “The One Kidney Club.”

‘Help’ from kids, husband drive mom batty

Posted at 2:44pm on Oct. 28, 2014

They say that nothing brings out your inner control freak better than letting a child “help” you.

November is good for eating, not so much for planting

Posted at 9:33am on Oct. 29, 2014

This month, stay on top of basic garden chores: Clean up summer crop remains, prepare for frost, bring houseplants indoors, hoe and mulch against cool-season weeds. Band trees against cankerworms between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Midland gets it’s first bar and grill

Posted at 9:14am on Oct. 29, 2014

Halligan’s opened Oct. 10 but there’s still work to be done, the owners say.

Odell teacher gets’s Hometown Hero award

Posted at 3:10pm on Oct. 29, 2014

Charles G. Monnett III & Associates launched a new teacher recognition program in August called Hometown Hero.

Locally-owned eateries dot Afton Village in Concord

Posted at 7:23pm on Oct. 7, 2014

Neighborhood’s fare ranges from wine store and restaurant, Asian bistro and tavern food to pizza .

Meet Jackie Mills – Mount Pleasant Public Library’s new manager

Posted at 4:09pm on Oct. 21, 2014

Jackie Mills really is a perfect fit as new branch manager of the Mount Pleasant Public Library.

No joke: Political claims require evidence

Posted at 1:56pm on Oct. 2, 2014

Keeping libraries open and encouraging people to read responsible sources and learn basic facts of arguing any point would reduce blind aceeptance of people’s vulnerability to wild, unverified claims.

Community gardening strong in Charlotte area; Asheville meeting planned Oct. 25

Posted at 8:39am on Oct. 9, 2014

N.C. Community Garden Partners, a statewide nonprofit, will have its popular annual community gardening conference Oct. 25 on the campus of UNCAsheville. It will offer workshops designed to strengthen community gardening skills.

You haven’t heard all Mount Pleasant’s scary stories

Posted at 2:00pm on Oct. 9, 2014

On Oct. 18 the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society will present a “Walking Tour of Haunted Mount Pleasant,” with all-new scary stories.

Fall is time for the bizarre bazaars

Posted at 11:29am on Oct. 2, 2014

Something about yard sales makes us go a little nuts.

Concord principal takes ice-bucket challenge

Posted at 1:13pm on Oct. 2, 2014

Fourth-grade teacher Tiffany Meadows and Principal Lynn Marsh launched the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS at W.R. Odell Elementary School. The cold was a shock, Marsh said, but easier than being a Human Hot Dog for juvenile diabetes research.

Commentary: Century-old oak tree cut down to make way for I-485

Posted at 11:39am on Oct. 1, 2014

A stately willow oak, probably 125 years old, stood in the way of access roads to the final section of Interstate 485. Even the men whose chainsaws did the work felt bad that they had to take it down.

100th birthday party for old harness shop

Posted at 1:48pm on Oct. 2, 2014

For decades, the Lentz Harness Shop, at N.C. 49 and Lentz Harness Shop Road, was the place to go for harnesses, horse collars and perhaps a Coke and a visit with the owners.

Memorial planned for respected Mount Pleasant teacher, coach

Posted at 11:21am on Sep. 24, 2014

Leon Ensley, a coach, teacher and driver’s education instructor at Mount Pleasant High school, was respected by everyone as an ‘encourager.’

Walking across America, Sam Tidwell doesn’t know the story yet

Posted at 10:07am on Sep. 18, 2014

Sam Tidwell said one goal of his cross-country trek is to try to prove that “generosity, trustworthiness and kindness will manifest in every environment.”

Gold Hill’s past glistens on Sept. 27

Posted at 2:35pm on Sep. 18, 2014

Sept. 27 will be the 25th time people have flocked to Gold Hill to remember its history, learn about the past, eat well and have a good time.

Teacher leaves school setting but still teaches at for-profit learning center

Posted at 9:38am on Sep. 10, 2014

David Henderson had planned to teach school his whole life. But a teacher’s salary was inadequate to support his growing family. So he found a way to combine his interests in teaching and in business.

Under discussion: Cemetery history

Posted at 1:55pm on Sep. 9, 2014

“Talking Tombstones” provides information on “Mount Pleasant’s most interesting deceased citizens” and three historic local cemeteries.

Cresses celebrate 100 years of Sunday school teaching

Posted at 1:20pm on Sep. 3, 2014

Lewis and Jane Cress together have led studies at St. John’s Lutheran for a century. They also celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary recently.

Season’s end approaches; it’s too darn hot

Posted at 12:05pm on Sep. 3, 2014

It’s time to prepare your gardens for the new plants you’ll set out next month, to shop for bulbs you’ll be planting in October; and to plant leafy greens that can mature in around 50 days.

Gardening: Final harvest for Organic Gardening magazine

Posted at 10:48am on Aug. 27, 2014

At the beginning of 2015, after 72 years, Organic Gardening magazine will cease publication. Rodale Inc., Organic Gardening’s publisher, says it will rebrand the magazine as Rodale’s Organic Life, offering ‘a fresh spin on food, garden, home and well-being.’

Food Ministry helps hungry Mount Pleasant neighbors

Posted at 2:07pm on Aug. 27, 2014

“There’s no reason for anybody in the Mount Pleasant school district to go hungry,” said Harry Lassiter, founder of the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry.

New Mount Pleasant principals plan to celebrate the positive

Posted at 9:55am on Aug. 21, 2014

Both Mount Pleasant High and Middle schools have new principals, something that hasn’t happened in this small town since the last century. Both new leaders recognize and appreciate the Mount Pleasant schools’ unique ties to the community.

Don’t sacrifice Cabarrus County Public Library for budget savings

Posted at 10:50am on Aug. 21, 2014

The Cabarrus County Public Library welcomes everyone, regardless of class, race, color or religion, treats everyone the same and offers numerous resources with a minimal budget. It shouldn’t be politicized.

Southern accent: Summer vacation can be a pain in the neck

Posted at 3:52pm on Aug. 12, 2014

I may not want to browse the school-supply aisles at Walmart just yet, but I do feel a bit like lying down.