News briefs


Arts education: The Cabarrus Arts Council for the past 11 years has brought professional cultural arts performances to area school children through its Students Take Part in the Arts program. Since August, nearly 14,000 students and teachers have seen performances and the program is about half way through. The partnership with the Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City Schools offers curriculum-related performances to each grade level and schools receive study guides to help teachers incorporate performances into lesson plans.

Road closure: NC DOT has temporarily closed Cal Bost Road over Running Creek in Midland. The closure will allow workers to replace the existing bridge, which is scheduled to be complete in March 2012. Detours are posted for motorist who travel Cal Bost Road, Jim White Road, Flowes Store Road East, Flowes Store Road and Bethel Church Road.


Services needed: The Town of Harrisburg has submitted a Request for Qualifications for On-Call Storm Water Engineering Services and is seeking consultants to provide timely support services on an as-needed basis. Qualifications are due Jan. 4, 2012. Details: 704-455-4758.


GOP meeting: Authors of the upcoming book "Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals at Their Own Game" will speak Jan. 5 during the Cabarrus County GOP meeting. The meeting will be 6:30 p.m. at Paramount Catering, 9 Union St. N., Concord.