News briefs


Win free water: Through October, residents who sign up for automatic bank draft for their water bill will have a shot at winning free water service for a month. Ten customers will be selected, but each water/sewer household that signs up for automatic bank draft with the town of Harrisburg will receive a $20 credit on their bill. Details: 704-455-5614.

Shine on, girls: Seven Junior Girl Scouts of Harrisburg's Troop 3711 received their Bronze Award Oct. 13 at a special pinning ceremony. Fifth-graders Laura Dotter, Riley Gray, Jaden Grice, Paisley Hojnacki, Amber Lloyd, Emma Schreck and Ramsey Shirley earned the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can receive. Each girl created and executed her own project, which required 15 hours of community service.


Special Olympics: Special Olympics Cabarrus County will offer opportunities for qualified athletes age 8 and older to participate in basketball. Instruction will focus on individual skills, 3-on-3 teams and 5-on-5 teams. New athletes must attend skills assessment 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Send athlete's full name and contact info to Emily Riley by Nov. 7. Details: 704-490-8036 or


Certified: Jeff Young, economic development and sustainability director for the city of Concord, has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer, a national recognition that denotes mastery of principal skills in economic development. Candidates must pass a comprehensive three-part, two-day examination. Young joined the city of Concord in 1985 and directed the city's planning and development efforts for two decades before becoming the city's first business and neighborhood services director.