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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.

Mount Pleasant’s Austin Parker aims to kick for Duke

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.

Our love for this ’78 Ford defies logic

Posted at 1:53pm on Aug. 7, 2014

Some of our neighbors probably think we got rid of it.

Performance caps summer reading program

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.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: I caught questions; you can catch the answers

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.

Southern accent: Katy Perry, Emily Dickinson compete for memory space

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.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: Try these baits for hot-season fishing

Posted at 1:15pm on Jul. 22, 2014

August is good for sunfish, white perch and channel catfish – which bite throughout the day.

Researcher Ben Callahan tells how Mount Pleasant grew in 1900s

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.”

Late blight threatens Carolinas tomatoes

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.

‘Jungle Run’ will offer surprises on trail

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.

Mount Pleasant High masonry graduate wins national championship

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.

Our heart, history remain in Cabarrus

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.

Mount Pleasant antiques dealer does things on a large scale

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.

Brookdale Place of Concord Assisted Living Center celebrates name change

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.

Mount Pleasant High School artist praised for her work

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.

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.

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.