Rehab services: A ground-breaking ceremony was Feb. 10 for Carolinas Rehabilitation-NorthEast, a 40-bed rehabilitation hospital at 487 Lake Concord Road in Concord. The joint venture of Carolinas HealthCare System and Stanly Regional Medical Center will create a nearly 70,000-square-foot facility. Rehabilitation services will be for those who have a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological injury or orthopedic injury. The facility will have an indoor therapy gym and an outdoor therapy courtyard, as well as a simulated residential environment. The two-story building is scheduled to open in 2013 with about 90 full-time staff members.
Firefighters honored: More than 150 people attended the Kannapolis Fire Department's recent annual awards and appreciation banquet in downtown Kannapolis. Capt. Brad Jordan received the Larry C. Phillips Fire Officer of the Year Award, and Firefighter Cody McSwain received the Danny E. Scott Firefighter of the Year Award. Kannapolis Fire Department Explorer Hunter Brantley received the Explorer Officer of the Year Award and the Bradley E. Jordan Outstanding Service Award. Explorer Gentry Nesbit received the Explorer of the Year Award.
$25,000 STEM grant: J.N. Fries Magnet School, in collaboration with the Cabarrus County 4-H Foundation, is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the GlaxoSmithKline's Ribbon of Hope Program. The grant will provide 250 students at the school with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math education. The Cabarrus County 4-H program will work with STEM students to present a problem-based curriculum that explores wind power, aerospace travel, solar-powered cars and more.