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Ashley Armstrong
Ashley Armstrong

Fire department promotions: The Kannapolis Fire Department announced several promotions on Aug. 4.

Rick Barnhardt, Division Chief of Emergency Services, was reassigned to division chief of administrative services. He will oversee the department's budget, grant administration, fleet coordination, logistics and facility maintenance. Barnhardt has a combined 29 years of service with the department.

Tracy Winecoff, Division Chief of Technical Services, was named division chief of emergency services. He will coordinate operations including supression, EMS and special operations; and communications/technology. Winecoff also will serve as the departmental emergency preparedness coordinator. He has 24 years of fire service experience, including 16 with Kannapolis.

Battalion Chief Kirk Beard was promoted to division chief of technical services. He will coordinate professional development and training, community outreach and public education and risk reduction. Beard also will oversee the department’s accreditation program. He has 25 years of fire service experience, including 16 with Kannapolis.

Capt. Brad Jordan was promoted to Battalion Chief and assigned to C Shift. He has 22 years of fire service experience, including 11 years with the department.

Engineers Kevin Aube and Drew Barkley were promoted to captain. Aube, who has 14 years of fire experience, including 10 with Kannapolis, is assigned to Engine 11 on A shift. Barkley, who has 10 years of fire experience with eight years in the department, is assigned to Engine 11 B shift.

Firefighters Ashley Armstrong and Darrell Spry were promoted to engineer. Armstrong is assigned to Ladder 14 and has been with the Kannapolis Fire Department for three years. Spry is assigned to Engine 51 and has been with the department for four years.

Discount fair tickets on sale: Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the Cabarrus County Fair, which runs Sept. 11-19 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord.

Advance tickets are $3.25 for ages 6-11, $5.35 for ages 12 and older. Ride wristbands are $15 in advance, a savings of $5.

Discounted advance tickets will be available through Sept. 10 at the arena box office and online at

Community band begins fall season: The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will hold its first rehearsal of the fall season at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. First St. across from A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis.

The band is open to adults with previous high school band experience. For more information, visit or call Nancy Sloop at 980-621-2010.

Upcoming library program: The Concord Public Library at 27 Union St. N. will hold several free events this summer.

▪  Introduction to OneClickdigital eBooks will be offered at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Meeting Room. Participants can learn to use OneClickdigital on a tablet, smartphone or computer by bringing their device. Registration is required by calling 704-920-2054.

▪  REACH IT, an initiative to provide technical training and career coaching to mid-career professionals who are unemployed or underemployed, will hold an information session at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 in the Auditorium. The session will cover each training area and eligibility requirements. To RSVP, call 704-330-4223.

▪  A Welcome to Medicare seminar will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 in the Auditorium. Cabarrus County Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program will give free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and how to prevent billing errors. To register, call the SHIIP program at 704-920-1400.

▪  Children can celebrate the end of summer with a luau at 3 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Children's Program Room. Participants will receive a lei, make instruments and dance to Hawaiian music. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪  Test your creativity and survival skills with others in the world of Minecraft at 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Auditorium. Registration begins Aug. 12 at 704-920-2054.

▪  The Comic Collective will meet to discuss comic books, manga and graphic novels at 4 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Meeting Room. Details: 704-920-2055.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley