Speedway employee of the year: Concord native Danny Furr was recently named Charlotte Motor Speedway's 2009 Employee of the Year.
Selected from 12 employee of the month award recipients by the speedway's executive committee, Furr will receive a $1,000 bonus, a reserved parking space and the keys to a Toyota Camry hybrid pace car to use in 2010.
Furr's duties include preparing zMAX Dragway's racing surface and caring for the speedway's landscaping, as well as pressure washing and day-to-day maintenance around the speedway.
Second Chance program: Concord residents who do not want to bag leaves after loose leaf collection ends can pay $75 for a special loose leaf collection that will allow residents to forgo bagging leaves and avoid a fine that may result if leaves are not bagged. The city will schedule a loose leaf collection Feb. 1-5 or Feb. 8-12.
Census bureau opens: The Census Bureau opened a local office Jan. 15 at 280 Executive Park Drive, Suite 160, Concord.
The Concord Local Census Office will field operations for the 2010 census in six counties: Cabarrus, Anson, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly and Union.
The local census office will bring about 1,200 temporary jobs to the Concord area, said Gov. Bev Perdue recently.
Council membership withdrawal: The Harrisburg Town Council voted last week to withdraw its membership from the Centralina Council of Governments, a regional planning organization for the nine counties surrounding Charlotte.
Council member Bill Williams said the town needed to cut costs, and the Council felt that the services offered by the organization could be purchased elsewhere at a lower cost. The town paid the regional council more than $5,000 last year.
The Council plans to withdraw its membership effective June 20, 2011. In December, Cabarrus County commissioners voted to end the county's membership with the organization.