Public safety: The 2012 Citizens' Public Safety Academy is set to begin Feb. 13. The free academy provides an opportunity for people to learn about Concord's police, fire and life safety and communications departments. Details: www.concordnc.gov.
New park coming: Concord City Council recently approved a plan to turn property in downtown Concord into a park with a splash pad. The "Rotary Square" concept will include a park at the corner of Corban Avenue and South Union Street. The property is owned by Cabarrus County. Council members approved the proposed plans 7-0 at their meeting Dec. 8.
A first for city: Concord City Council member Ella Mae Small recently was named the first woman elected mayor pro-tem. Small, who will be responsible for conducting meetings in Mayor Scott Padgett's absence, replaced Alfred Brown. Small is a representative of Concord's District 3 and her term expires in December 2013.
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Bulk waste activity: The city of Concord is receiving increasing reports about contractors and others illegally bringing yard waste and bulky waste from outside of Concord and placing it in front of residences. Bulky waste includes tires, furniture, appliances, scrap metal, etc. The city is asking residents to report this illegal behavior.
Girls hoops: Two Harrisburg girls basketball teams will scrimmage 7 p.m. tonight during halftime at the UNC-Charlotte/North Carolina A&T women's basketball game at Halton Arena. A post-game autograph session with the team will follow. The Free Youth Night event is open to 17 and younger. Regular admission is $5 per adult. Bulk tickets (10 or more) are $1 each in advance.