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.
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.
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.’
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted at 10:28am on Aug. 13, 2014
Now that the Mount Pleasant High’s senior kicker and quarterback Austin Parker has verbally committed to play football for the Duke University Blue Devils, he’s a true (royal) blue fan.
Posted at 1:53pm on Aug. 7, 2014
Some of our neighbors probably think we got rid of it.
Posted at 10:44am on Jul. 30, 2014
The bad news is that once we turn that calendar to August, the end of summer is in sight.
Posted at 2:17pm on Jul. 29, 2014
This column attempts to answer some of the questions posed by our readers. Here are a few that might be of interest to everyone.
Posted at 1:59pm on Jul. 22, 2014
Part of my educational philosophy is that atmosphere is crucial. What we read, watch and listen to will become the gallery of our minds. Now Pandora is gumming up the works.
Posted at 1:15pm on Jul. 22, 2014
August is good for sunfish, white perch and channel catfish – which bite throughout the day.
Posted at 1:05pm on Jul. 22, 2014
Presentation by amateur historian Ben Callahan covers “The Town of Mount Pleasant: The Second Fifty Years, 1910-1960.”
Posted at 12:48pm on Jul. 17, 2014
Proceeds from the 5K race and the 1-mile kids run will go to the American Heart Association in memory of Thomas Welch and the Prayers for Elijah Cancer Fund to help cancer patient Elijah Aschbrenner.
Posted at 2:00pm on Jul. 18, 2014
Late blight, the dreaded disease that wiped out the East Coast tomato crop in 2009, has shown up again in North Carolina.
Posted at 3:10pm on Jul. 16, 2014
Daniel Furr became the lastest Mount Pleasant High School product to win the national championship in masonry when he brought home the gold medal from the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City last month.
Posted at 9:30am on Jul. 9, 2014
Antiques dealer bought a tractor-trailer load of cast-iron doorstops, two loads of Coca-Cola crates and 100,000 apothecary bottle stoppers, and they’re all selling. They joined a metal horse and a 10-foot chicken leaning against a barn.
Posted at 9:41am on Jul. 9, 2014
Cabarrus County’s first and only Jewish congregation bows to geographic realities in moving to University City area.
Posted at 9:28am on Jul. 2, 2014
Imagine living in a place where all your meals are prepared and served, your room and clothes are cleaned for you, and all you have to do is wonder what time the entertainment starts.
Posted at 1:21pm on Jun. 26, 2014
If artists were novels, Jazmin Williams wouldn’t be a psychological thriller with strange plot twists and difficult prose. She’s not a pensive, brooding artist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted at 9:26am on May. 21, 2014
Good teaching means building relationships, finding motivators, providing one-on-one help, she says.