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Cabarrus cracks down on difficult child support cases

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Cabarrus County officials say they’re working hard to make sure local children get the support they need.

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Friday 08/28/2015
Smoke Shop break-in nets $100
Posted: August 28, 2015

MIDLAND, N.C. -- Deputies are looking for three men they say broke into a smoke shop in Midland last week.

Check out the bigger, better NC Music Hall of Fame
Posted: August 28, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — As the head of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Eddie Ray has seen the Kannapolis music museum grow, collecting so much memorabilia they needed to move to a larger home.

Four sought in Concord jewelry heist
Posted: August 28, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – Concord police are looking for four men they say stole 19 rings from a jewelry store in Concord Mills Mall.

Armed robbery suspects arrested
Posted: August 28, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Kannapolis police have made arrests in two separate armed robbery cases.

Businesses looking at Cabarrus: printing, energy, entertainment
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 10:34 am

CONCORD, N.C. — Real estate brokers are showing more interest in Cabarrus County, reaching out to the Cabarrus Economic Development about large parcels of land that could be developed for industrial use.

Friday fare: Art walk, fine photography and Bueller
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 8:30 am

CONCORD, N.C. -- Don’t miss the downtown Concord Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., this Friday. You will be able to meet New York Photo League member Sonia Handelman Meyer, enjoy visual arts and entertainment and see “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on the big screen.

Murder, child sex charges top grand jury indictments
Posted: August 28, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- A Cabarrus County grand jury has indicted a 38-year-old Concord man on child sex crimes, according to court records.

Wednesday 08/26/2015
Former Concord Alderman Frank Dusch dead at 91
Posted: August 26, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- Former Concord Board of Aldermen member Frank A. Dusch Jr. died Tuesday morning at the age of 91, city officials confirmed Wednesday.

911 calls, search warrants paint details of Locust slaying
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 10:14 am

LOCUST, N.C. – Search warrants and 911 calls reveal more information about the brutal slaying of Donna Marie Helms-Perez last month and the attempted suicide that led to the arrest of Randy Lee “Bubba” Edwards, who is charged with her murder.

Suspect in journalist killings dies after shooting himself
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 2:50 pm

The man connected in the shooting death of two WBDJ journalists in Moneta, Virginia has died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Tuesday 08/25/2015
10,000 cards wished Chris West happy birthday before his passing
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 6:09 pm

CONCORD, N.C. - A four-year battle with cancer came to an end for Chris West Saturday, a few days after he received thousands of birthday cards.

Schools open with excitement -- and a lot more students
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 4:30 pm

School got back in session with a smooth start for most students in Cabarrus County Monday with a lot of excitement and a lot more students, according to the superintendents for both Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City schools.

New salvo fired in battle over Walmart Market store
Posted: August 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – The property owners have fired the latest salvo in the war of words over a proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market at the corner of Branchview Drive and Corban Avenue.

Bird flu keeps fowl from fair
Posted: August 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- In accordance with a state ban of live bird shows because of the avian influenza, the Cabarrus County Fair’s livestock displays and shows will not include poultry.

Monday 08/24/2015
KPD: Kannapolis couple sold drugs out of thrift store
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 5:36 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- A man and woman are in jail after police say they sold heroin and other drugs out of their Kannapolis thrift store.

State Trooper: I-85 pile-up 'could have been a lot worse'
Posted: August 24, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- Two people were injured and nine vehicles damaged in an early morning pile-up that closed the I-85 southbound lane near at Exit 58 in Concord on Monday.

UNC wants to buy downtown Kannapolis apartments for $500K
Posted: August 24, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The UNC Nutrition Institute has approached the City of Kannapolis about purchasing apartments that sit over the downtown Kannapolis stores to have a place for students to stay when they are in town working at the North Carolina Research Campus.

Sunday 08/23/2015
35,000 answer bell for school Monday
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 6:40 pm

CONCORD, N.C. -- Set the alarm clock tonight and get the book bags packed because school starts in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis for more than 35,000 students Monday morning.

Lowder: Slapping the floor at Cabarrus County Schools
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 6:40 pm

I love Duke basketball. I have loved it since the first time I saw Jim Spanarkel play in 1977. Even though I went to UNC Chapel Hill, I pulled for Duke the entire time (and for all the Duke haters, you cannot say anything to me that is as bad as what was said during those four years).

New principals set to open schools
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 6:40 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Concord Middle School opens the new school year with a new principal. That’s not something new with three principals in the last four years.

Horton: Wonders show true essence of rivalry while rocking the bell
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 12:34 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – An hour after North Carolina’s greatest high school football rivalry ended, Kannapolis Memorial Stadium had finally gotten close to empty.

Kannapolis set to pull cork on wine festival
Posted: August 23, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — About 300 people will get a taste of the inaugural Kannapolis Wine Festival in September, and organizers hope that number will grow as the festival expands.

Saturday 08/22/2015
Bruton Smith, battling cancer, is back at the track
Posted: August 22, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Speedway Motorsports Inc. revealed Friday that motorsports magnate Bruton Smith is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but was attending races at Bristol this weekend.

Friday 08/21/2015
Ex-candidate accused of child sex crimes kills himself
Updated: August 21, 2015 - 12:13 pm

CONCORD, N.C. -- A Concord man who was a candidate for county commissioner before being charged with multiple child sex crimes apparently killed himself Thursday after failing to make a court appearance.

Two heroes: Retired canine comes home with his partner
Posted: August 21, 2015

Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Jones and his dog Larry are “two peas in a pod,” Jones’ brother Matthew said.

County funds land purchase at Royal Oaks Elementary
Updated: August 21, 2015 - 12:58 pm

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misidentified the projects that were funded by an Active Living and Parks matching grant program.

New chief on the beat in Concord
Updated: August 21, 2015 - 8:08 am

CONCORD, N.C. -- For Concord’s new chief of police, communication is key.

Thursday 08/20/2015
Police search ends when suspect kills himself
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 9:10 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – A man was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday, ending a search that had police and a helicopter combing an area near Pitts School Road and US 29.

$25,000 reward offered by missing woman’s family
Posted: August 20, 2015

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The family of Crystal Morrison, the Concord woman who vanished three years ago, is offering a $25,000 cash reward for information about her exact location.

Schools still filling vacancies as first bell nears
Posted: August 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – Some school systems across North Carolina are struggling to fill teacher positions with the opening of school just days away.

Wednesday 08/19/2015
Barber-Scotia: ‘alive and in good health’
Updated: August 19, 2015 - 3:46 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Barber-Scotia College issued a press release Wednesday stating that the college “is alive and in good health.”

Cabarrus libraries expanding hours
Posted: August 19, 2015

CONCORD — The Cabarrus County Public Library System is expanding its hours starting Tuesday, Sept. 8.

New Burrage Road bridge opens
Updated: August 19, 2015 - 8:21 am

The Burrage Road bridge replacement is finished and open to traffic. The $2 million bridge replacement has been complete since February, but the $700,000 road project to tear up the concrete south of the bridge and replace it with asphalt was delayed by a gas line replacement. That work is now complete.

Bell rivalry spans generations of players, fans
Posted: August 19, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The annual Concord-Kannapolis showdown has been a part of Newmoon Jung’s life for more than 70 years, first as a player and now as a spectator.

Tuesday 08/18/2015
Kannapolis affordable-housing complexes get federal funding
Posted: August 18, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Federal tax credits and bonds are helping to bring two affordable apartment complexes, with a total 260 units, to Kannapolis, a state agency announced Tuesday.

Monday 08/17/2015
Concord man charged with child sex crimes
Posted: August 17, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- A Concord man was jailed Sunday after police say he sexually abused a child less than 13 years old.

Bond remembered for civil rights work after his death at 75
Updated: August 17, 2015 - 3:10 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Through the tough struggles of the civil rights movement, Julian Bond always kept his sense of humor, and it was his steady demeanor that helped him persist despite the inevitable difficulties involved, his wife recalled.

Concord driver's license office to temporarily close for renovations
Updated: August 17, 2015 - 9:56 am

Concord Driver License Office to Close for Renovations Aug. 20

Worsening drought taking its toll; farmers hit hard
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 10:11 am

It’s dry out there, and despite recent rain, drought conditions are worsening.

Sunday 08/16/2015
July housing permits at $25M; new hotel planned in Concord
Updated: August 16, 2015 - 10:41 am

CONCORD, N.C. – A new hotel on Bruton Smith Boulevard tops building permits in Cabarrus County for July, according to reports in the Cabarrus Construction Standards office.

Local writers at Peachtree Market on Sunday
Posted: August 16, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Best-selling author Nancy B. Brewer will be one of the guests at a local authors day event Saturday at Peachtree Market.

Cabarrus commissioners consider zoning changes
Posted: August 16, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- Cabarrus County Commissioners will hold public hearings on zoning ordinance amendments, a grant application for transportation and other items at their regular meeting on Monday.

Kannapolis project aims to collect downtown memories
Updated: August 17, 2015 - 5:38 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — David Steele was a kid when President George Bush Sr. rolled through the Kannapolis aboard an Amtrak train. To mark the event, Steele and other children placed coins on the rails to get them flattened by the president’s train.

Friday 08/14/2015
Concord moves ahead with airport expansion
Posted: August 14, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- Concord officials made concrete steps Tuesday toward the construction of a new terminal and parking deck at the Concord Regional Airport.

Stuff the buses for CCM at the Bell game
Posted: August 14, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. –Concord and A.L. Brown high schools will play in the 86th Battle For the Bell this Thursday, and one new special competition will be added this year.

Neighbors: Walmart wrong for Corban and Branchview site
Updated: August 14, 2015 - 9:52 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Neighbors to a potential new Walmart Neighborhood Market remain opposed to the latest plans from the discount retailer and say the most recent changes do little to solve the problems with the project.

Big plans in little Midland
Posted: August 14, 2015

MIDLAND, N.C. -- Midland is growing up and growing out, with the potential to become Cabarrus County’s “next big thing.”

Thursday 08/13/2015
Cabarrus students earn $34 million in scholarships
Posted: August 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – Nearly $34.3 million worth of college scholarships were awarded to students graduating from Cabarrus County Schools in 2015, according to a report presented to the Cabarrus County Board of Education.

After 45 years, local veteran gets his Bronze Star
Posted: August 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- Forty-five years ago, at the height of the Vietnam War, Staff Sgt. Randy Brown, of Salisbury, was in charge of crash fire maintenance for his Air Force squadron at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon.