Concord hospital breaks ground

Carolinas HealthCare System and Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle broke ground Feb. 10 for a 40-bed rehabilitation hospital at 487 Lake Concord Road.

Carolinas Rehabilitation-NorthEast is scheduled to employ about 90 full-time medical, administrative and support staff workers.

The $26.4 million hospital is scheduled to open in mid-2013 with all private rooms for patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, major multiple trauma and other neurological and orthopedic injuries.

Cabarrus community garden planned

Participate in a community garden planned at Cabarrus County's Elma C. Lomax Farm.

Anyone interested in a garden plot is asked to meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the farm office at 3445 Atando Road.

The proposed community garden will have 10-by-10 foot garden plots to grow vegetables for non-commercial production. Lease price will be $32 for 32 weeks, including initial tillage if requested; irrigation, fence for deer protection and opportunities to network with other gardeners.

Details: David Goforth, horticultural extension agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension's Cabarrus Center, 704-920-3320;

See trail plans at meetings this week

Learn about plans for a trail in the Dye Creek and Rocky River corridors at two open houses this week.

The trail will be a part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a network of new and planned greenways and conservation corridors in 15 Carolinas counties.

Iredell County, along with Mooresville and other municipalities, adopted a countywide master plan for The Thread last year.

Eighty-five Carolinas miles of the network are open, and 14 corridors under development.

Consultant LandDesign Inc. is helping plan the Dye Creek-Rocky River trail alignment, from Academy Street Park south to Mecklenburg and Cabarrus on Rocky River.

Open houses are scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media room of South Elementary School, 839 S. Magnolia St., and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2297 Coddle Creek Highway (N.C. 3).

" This is a perfect opportunity for us to engage our community and get feedback on where the trail will go and the amenities that it will include," Mooresville Transportation Planner Neil Burke said.

Burke is project manager for the Dye Creek-Rocky River corridor study. The trail's project team will analyze all public comments before recommending a final, preferred trail alignment, he said.

Once the study is complete, officials will hold another round of public meetings to share that proposed alignment and explain the next steps in getting it built, Burke said.