Extended DSS hours: The Cabarrus County Department of Social Services will extend hours on Tuesdays to give greater access for those who work 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Now, DSS will open the first and third Tuesday of each month until 6 p.m. The remaining dates for the trial of extended hours are Feb. 15, March 1, March 15, April 5, April 19. Details: 704-920-1400 or visit www.cabarruscounty.us/social.
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Siren's call: The Concord City council received positive feedback following a test period of sounding the historic diaphone at Fire Station No. 1. The city will resume the tradition of sounding the diaphone at noon Mondays through Saturdays. Beginning May 30, the city will also sound the diaphone on various holidays.
Leaf collection: Residents are required to bag all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf collections. However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays through Feb. 15 for anyone who missed the final collection and is willing to pay $75 for a special collection to avoid penalties. Details: 704-920-5555