Grant awarded: The Catawba Lands Conservancy awarded a grant to the city of Concord that will advance the Carolina Thread Trail in Cabarrus County while conserving local land for outdoor recreation and watershed protection. The Carolina Thread Trail/Clean Water Management Trust Fund sub-grant allowed the city to acquire 29 acres along Rocky River, off Weddington Road. A new trail to be constructed will extend the Carolina Thread Trail Rocky River Greenway underneath I-85. Construction is scheduled to begin late in 2013. Visit www.catawbalands.org for more information about this and other regional projects.
Extended season: The city of Concord will participate in North Carolina's Urban Archery season for the second time in 2012. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission gives municipalities the option of participating in a specified urban archery season by submitting a letter of intent along with a map clearly defining the area to be included in the season. The urban archery season will run through Feb. 18.
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History on display: Harrisburg's Wells Fargo bank on N.C. 49 unveiled a mural inside that pays tribute to the community using images from the town's history. It features pictures of residents, the former Harrisburg School and the Morrison/Sims Store. The mural is at 5075 N.C. 49 S. Business hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.