Briefly, Oct. 1: NC Music Hall of Fame announced 2014 inductees

Giving Guide

Attention nonprofits: To be included in the Observer’s annual Giving Guide, go to and click on the submissions link. The once-a-year guide gives readers information about human service nonprofits that need donations and volunteers. The deadline for submissions is noon Oct. 10.


Meet the inductees: The 2014 N.C. Music Hall of Fame inductees have been announced: Clay Aiken, pop vocalist and 2003 “American Idol” runner-up; Fantasia Barrino, R&B/pop vocalist and 2004 “American Idol” winner; Jimmy Capps, country/bluegrass guitarist and part of The Grand Ole Opry staff band since 1967; The Embers, beach music recording artists that formed in 1958 in Raleigh; Little Eva, pop vocalist known for singing “The Loco-Motion” and “The Turkey Trot”; Lulu Belle and Scotty, known as “The Sweethearts of Country Music” in the 1930s and ’40s; Talmadge “Tab” Smith, a jazz/R&B musician and vocalist who played with Lucky Millinder and Count Basie; Link Wray, a rock ’n’ roll guitarist credited as the creator of the power chord. The Hall of Fame’s annual ceremony will be Oct. 16 at The Gem Theatre, 111 West First St., Kannapolis. The induction program starts at 7:15 p.m. The ceremony will be a historical and educational evening honoring some of North Carolina’s most outstanding music makers with entertainment provided by inductees. Details: 704-934-2320 or

Honor a volunteer: The Kannapolis City Council recently established an Outstanding Volunteer Award meant to recognize people who volunteer and provide services to organizations and residents throughout the city. Anyone can nominate a person for the award by completing a nomination form online at


Fill the Boot: Recently retired Concord Fire Captain R.D. Faggart earlier this year was named North Carolina’s Fill the Boot Coordinator of the Year. Throughout 2014, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and firefighters will celebrate their 60-year partnership. Locally, firefighters each year participate in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. Since 2008, the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety has raised nearly $152,000, including $30,000 in 2014. Learn more or get involved at

Free flu shots: The Community Free Clinic will offer free flu shots 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 1 and 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6. The clinic is at 528 Lake Concord Road NE, Concord. Details: 704-782-0650.


Industry meets workforce: Anna Lu Wilson, Harrisburg’s economic development director, will participate in Gov. Pat McCrory’s “1,000 in 100” statewide initiative. Part of the state’s Department of Commerce, the initiative will bring local workforce partners to visit 1,000 companies in the state’s 100 counties in 100 days. The goal is to allow North Carolina industry a chance to communicate with workforce professionals. The information collected will be combined with other research to form the basis for possible policy, guideline or structural changes on how North Carolina delivers workforce services in preparation for the 2015 legislative session. Details: 704-455-0734.

Lukas Johnson