Homeless mothers get help in Concord

The Cooperative Christian Ministry is scheduled to open an 18-bed home Tuesday for mothers and their children facing homelessness.

About 200 families a month face a housing crisis in Cabarrus County. Women and children are the most vulnerable, officials of the poverty-fighting nonprofit agency said.

Forest Hill United Methodist Church provided the home at 274 Spring St., and numerous others helped renovate it and develop programming.

The Mothers & Children Housing Ministry will be an emergency and transitional housing program for mothers with preadolescent children who are or are about to become homeless. The goal is to give the mothers stability to make good decisions and become independent, ministry officials said.

A community housewarming will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home. Details: 704-786-4709;

Farmers market offers weekly events

The North Carolina Research Campus Farmers Market opened for its third year May 20 at Main and West B streets, across from Dale Earnhardt Plaza in downtown Kannapolis.

The market is open 4-7 p.m. Thursdays until Sept. 30. It offers weekly educational events as visitors shop for fresh fruits, vegetables and other items.

At this Thursday's special event, "Sensational Seeds," market visitors can watch basil seeds germinate in their hands. They also can make a seed necklace while learning about what seeds need to grow. Sara Drake, a Rowan County 4-H agent, will discuss what 4-H has to offer youth.

For a complete listing of weekly events at the market, visit

No health risks found from plant chemical

A study of whether a chemical used in foam-making plants makes neighbors sick showed no health risks, a state official said.

The chemical, toluene diisocyanate, or TDI, is used to make foam for furniture cushioning. It sometimes causes asthma or other health problems for workers.

Hundreds of pounds of TDI a year also are released in the open air. State and federal officials wanted to learn whether people who live near the plants could be affected. Among TDI sites in the federally funded study was Foamex in Cornelius.

State officials held several meetings last week to inform the public of the study's results, including Wednesday's at Cornelius Town Hall.

Overall, the study showed "no evidence of people being adversely affected to TDI," said Dr. Ricky Langley of the N.C. Division of Public Health.

The full report is at

Builder, real estate firm partner on projects

Landis Reed Homes of Davidson has partnered with Park Avenue Properties of Cornelius to market and sell homes it's building in the Antiquity development in Cornelius and The Farm at Riverpointe community in Cabarrus County near Davidson.

The builder plans to construct 44 homes in Antiquity and 76 homes in The Farm at Riverpointe.

Landis Reed Homes anticipates completing its model home in Antiquity by June 15 and having its first home ready for occupancy by Aug. 15.

The builder's model home in The Farm at Riverpointe is finished, and its first home should be ready for occupancy by June 15.

Details: www.landisreed ; www.parkave . Staff Writer Joe DePriest contributed.