News briefs


Government savvy: The city of Concord is accepting applications for Concord 101, a free, 10-week course where citizens can learn about local government. It will begin Aug. 20 and end in November. Details:

Splish splash: Summer hours for the McInnis Aquatics Center are 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Sundays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; noon-7 p.m. Saturdays. Details:

Concord Book Club: The club will meet on Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Concord Library, 27 Union St., N., to discuss Garth Stein's "The Art of Racing in the Rain." Details: Kris Benshoff: 704-920-2053.

Reward for info: A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the recent death of Nancy Reynolds Allen, found on July 3 in her apartment on Lake Concord Road N.E. Police are seeking help in establishing the date the victim's vehicle was parked at Carolina Mall. Details: 704-920-5000.

Open house: Concord First Assembly will host an Open House for the newly completed expansion of its Crisis Distribution Center 3 p.m. Aug 7. The open house is open to the public. For details or to volunteer at the Crisis Distribution Center contact Pastor Kevin Whidden at 704-793-4740 or email him at


Magnet school grant: Cabarrus County Schools received a $200,000 grant from The Cannon Foundation for the new magnet school programs at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School and J.N. Fries Middle School. The grant will fund technology purchases for the elementary and middle school STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - programs, as well as the middle school international studies program.