Two City of Concord electric systems crews helped restore power last week in Farmville, a Pitt County town near Greenville in Eastern N.C., after Hurricane Irene left many residents without electricity.

David White, Concord electric overhead line crew supervisor and team members Billy Deese, Brenton Jarrett, Chris Aldridge, A.J. Blair and Brandon Moose assisted in the town of 4,600 residents.

Concord tree crew supervisor Bill Leake and team members Marino Perez, Michael Brafford and Eric Pettigrew assisted in tree removal One of Concord's contract tree crews also joined the workers in Farmville.

The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band is accepting new members this month for its 10th fall/Christmas season, with the first rehearsal scheduled for Sept. 15.

The band rehearses at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the family life center of Blackwelder Park Baptist Church, 2299 N. Main St., Kannapolis.

Members must be able to read music, attend rehearsals and play either the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba or percussion. No guitar or keyboard players are needed.

Details: Band director Jon Hutchinson at 704-425-3508; or visit

The Ninth Annual Longaberger Basket Bingo, benefiting the Junior Charity League of Concord and the Mariam C. Schramm Clothing Room, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, 247 Spring St. NW, Concord.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Price includes six bingo cards per game. A buffet will be available at intermission. Additional packs of bingo cards will be available for $5.

Admission and raffle tickets can be purchased by calling 704-652-0669; visiting; or from any JCL member.

The N.C. Music Hall of Fame, 109 West A St., Kannapolis, has assigned QR (Quick Response) bar codes to every exhibit to provide visitors greater access to the music and history of its inductees.

The QR code format enables those with Smart phones to access each inductee's biography and listen to and view their videos and concerts. Smart phones will require downloading the free application, Scan Life Barcode Reader.

The museum also provides laminated sheets with all the exhibit bar codes so visitors can listen to and view the information and music after they've left the museum.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. weekdays, and by appointment on weekends.

Details: Eddie Ray, operations director/vice chair, at 704-934-2320;

Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord, will hold auditions from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 3-4 for December performances of "A Broadway Christmas Carol."


Lake Norman

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Cornelius will provide a legislative update at the Sept. 13 dinner meeting of the North Mecklenburg Republican Women at NorthStone Club, 15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville.

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the buffet dinner at 6:30. Cost is $20, cash or check.

Reservations: Email

The Point community's Advanced U14's tennis team recently won the state championship in Greenville and placed second at regionals in Mobile, Ala., Aug. 17-21.

Coached by Alva Bate, the team will next compete at Nationals in Phoenix Oct. 20-23.

Joe Marusak and Scott Verner