News briefs


Intersection project: Concord officials will host a drop-in session for the public to share comments on a project that will make the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and U.S. 29 a "superstreet," a series of protected U-turns and right turns. The session will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Fire Station 3, 100 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. N., Concord. Details: 704-920-5362.

Cabarrus County

Budget approved: The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 last week to approve a budget for fiscal 2011 that does not include a tax increase for residents. The budget will cut merit pay raises for county employees but will include a 2.5 percent cost of living adjustment. The $350,000 slotted for merit raises will be placed in the commissioners' contingency fund.

Cabarrus County

Blood drives: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host blood drives in July: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at CMC NorthEast, 920 Church St., Concord; 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, 2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis; and 9-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. July 12 at the West Cabarrus Branch YMCA, 5325 Langford Ave., Concord. Details: 704-972-4700 or

Cabarrus County

Seed money: The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for Cabarrus County has up to $149,231 in Federal American Recovery Reinvestment Act dollars to provide transition services to youth who are exiting the Cabarrus Center Youth Development Center. Applications due by 1 p.m. Aug. 10. Details: or call Dianne Pennell. 704-920-3157.