News briefs


4-H'ers go national: Taylor Furr recently represented Cabarrus County at the 90th annual National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. He was part of a delegation of 14 4-H youth and two adults representing 13 North Carolina counties.

More than 880 people from across the country participated in educational, service and recreational opportunities at the November conference. For information about local 4-H programs, call 704-920-3318.


Scout recognized: Grant Conversano of Boy Scout Troop 128 in Concord received his Eagle Scout rank last month. The sophomore at Concord High School plays varsity soccer, is on the swim team and is a member of the Concord Youth Council.

For his Eagle Scout project, he helped install a flagpole and U.S. and state flags at McGee Park in Concord.


Railroad plans: The N.C. Department of Transportation will host an open-house-style public hearing 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg. Residents can learn about the proposed additional track construction through Harrisburg.

DOT representatives will discuss the Haydock-to-Junker project, how a second rail line will affect crossings and what other changes (bridges, crossing upgrades and safety improvements) can be expected. A second design meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Charlotte Friends Meetinghouse. Details: Eileen Fuchs at 919-707-6067.