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Friday 07/03/2015
Three finalists in running to fill Hall’s school board seat
Posted: July 03, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – The Kannapolis Board of Education has narrowed the search for a new member to three people who all have close ties to Kannapolis City Schools.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Kannapolis changes dress code
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 1:09 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Students in Kannapolis City Schools see a difference in the dress code in the fall with seventh and eighth graders wearing a specific color of shirt.

RCCC cosmetology center gets major makeover
Posted: July 01, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – More space, state of the art equipment and a convenient location make the new cosmetology center for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College a winning proposition for the college, according staff and college leaders.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
Concord, Kannapolis pass budgets amid uncertainty in Raleigh
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 7:47 am

Likely changes to the state sales tax redistribution plan have local governments riled up, especially Concord, which spent millions to attract Concord Mills Mall and other big revenue sources and now faces uncertain future returns.

Kannapolis passes $60M budget, downtown purchase
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 10:24 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — City council on Monday night unanimously passed the 2015-16 budget and the $7.5 million purchase of downtown properties from David Murdock.

Sunday 06/28/2015
Cannon YMCA plans community garden
Posted: June 28, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A community farm that could yield more than 40,000 pounds of produce to help local people in need is being developed by the Cannon Memorial YMCA, which received $15,000 in funding from the Kannapolis City Council.

Tom Allison leaves lasting legacy in Kannapolis
Posted: June 28, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Back in the day, if you wanted to get elected to public office in Cabarrus County, first you needed to sit down and have a conversation with Thomas E. Allison on his front porch.

Saturday 06/27/2015
Slide show: On the red carpet in Kannapolis
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 8:05 am

The Gem Theatre on Thursday night hosted a pre-release screening of “War Room,” the new movie from Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the creators of “Fireproof” and other popular faith-based films. The Kendrick brothers, along with cast and crew, were on hand for the showing at the historic Kannapolis theater. “War Room,” which is scheduled for release in August, was filmed in North Carolina, including locations in Cabarrus County.

Wednesday 06/24/2015
Kannapolis creates downtown business district
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 7:16 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — City council has approved creating a municipal service district — also known as a business improvement district — to allow officials to pursue special obligation bonds that can be used to pay for revitalization efforts in downtown Kannapolis.

Tuesday 06/23/2015
RCCC cosmetology program opens new downtown center
Updated: June 23, 2015 - 4:11 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College cosmetology, manicuring and esthetic services are now available at a newly renovated center in downtown Kannapolis located at 120 West Avenue.

Monday 06/22/2015
KIS Principal Todd Parker takes the helm at A.L. Brown High School
Updated: June 22, 2015 - 8:29 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Kannapolis Intermediate School principal Todd Parker will become the new leader of A.L. Brown High School beginning July 1.

Sunday 06/21/2015
High winds down trees, slam Kannapolis YMCA
Updated: June 22, 2015 - 8:24 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Powerful storms that rolled across Cabarrus on Saturday afternoon downed trees and caused significant damage to the Kannapolis YMCA.

Saturday 06/20/2015
Kannapolis considers municipal service district
Posted: June 20, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — In an effort to revitalize downtown and attract private investment, Kannapolis City Council is discussing the creation of a municipal service district.

Kannapolis uncorks fall wine festival, plans Halloween events
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 7:16 am

KANNAPOLIS — A wine festival is coming to downtown Kannapolis this fall.

Wednesday 06/17/2015
UPDATE: Kannapolis fire ruled suspicious
Updated: June 18, 2015 - 4:59 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Police say a fire that significantly damaged a Kannapolis home Tuesday was suspicious.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets engaged while on trip to Germany
Posted: June 17, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. asked his longtime girlfriend to marry him while the pair vacationed in Germany to research his family history.

Monday 06/15/2015
Victory Lap celebrates a successful school year in Kannapolis
Posted: June 15, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Kannapolis City Schools teachers and staff celebrated the end of the school year with a Victory Lap on East First Street and around A.L. Brown High School Monday morning.

Friday 06/12/2015
Thief hits Kannapolis jewelry store, takes $12K worth of watches
Posted: June 12, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Police say someone stole more than $12,000 worth of watches from a Kannapolis jewelry store early Friday morning.

Tuesday 06/09/2015
Two people speak at Kannapolis budget hearing
Posted: June 09, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — City council members are still discussing a 3-cent property tax hike to help pay for the purchase of downtown Kannapolis from billionaire David H. Murdock after Monday night’s public hearing on the 2015/2016 fiscal year budget.

Four men sought in Kannapolis home invasion
Posted: June 09, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Police are looking for four men allegedly involved in a home invasion robbery Monday night.

Saturday 06/06/2015
Kannapolis holding hearing on budget, 3-cent tax hike
Posted: June 06, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Kannapolis City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday for the 2015-16 fiscal year budget that includes a 3-cent tax increase.

Wednesday 05/27/2015
Man robs Kannapolis pharmacy, takes $5K worth of pills
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 2:49 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Police say a man stole $5,000 worth of pills from a Kannapolis pharmacy Tuesday before escaping on a moped.

Monday 05/25/2015
Kannapolis gathers to honor veterans lost and living
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 7:25 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Service members come from all walks of life. They didn’t ask to leave their homes to go fight on distant battlefields. They did not go to war because they love to fight.

Sunday 05/24/2015
Veterans Park event to remember those who fought in the ‘Forgotten War’
Posted: May 24, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Many people call the Korean War the “Forgotten War,” but on this Memorial Day Monday area veterans will honor the 36,000 who died in that conflict.

Thursday 05/21/2015
The price of progress: Kannapolis budget calls for 3-cent tax rate hike
Posted: May 21, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – City council is considering a 3-cent tax rate increase to offset the costs of purchasing downtown Kannapolis properties as well as other expenses from recent construction, including the new city hall.

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Kannpolis Police honor two of their finest
Updated: May 20, 2015 - 9:04 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Chris Hamilton, a Kannapolis Police Department officer, has earned this year’s Roger Dale Carter Memorial Service Award with Johnny Caudle receiving the Norma C. Howard Memorial Award.

Friday 05/15/2015
Market study aims to identify best downtown options for Kannapolis
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 7:16 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Development Finance Initiative, the organization guiding the revitalization of downtown Kannapolis, has begun its market analysis study of downtown Kannapolis.

Thursday 05/14/2015
Costa Rica president seals deal with Research Campus
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 7:11 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Costa Rica and the North Carolina Research Campus are signing an education cooperation agreement that will allow training opportunities for Costa Rican scientists in Kannapolis.

Costa Rican President, Murdock sign educational agreement with N.C. Research Campus partners
Updated: May 14, 2015 - 12:15 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Costa Rica and the N.C. Research Campus are signing an education cooperation agreement that will allow training opportunities for Costa Rican scientists in Kannapolis.

Wednesday 05/13/2015
Costa Rican scientists will train at N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis
Updated: May 13, 2015 - 4:56 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - David H. Murdock, NC Research Campus founder, CEO and chairman of Castle & Cooke and Dole Foods, and Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis are set to announce the formation of an international collaboration to advance research in food science.

Monday 05/11/2015
Jiggy with the Piggy winners announced
Updated: May 11, 2015 - 3:28 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- The City of Kannapolis has announced the winners of several competitions in this year's Jiggy with the Piggy event over the weekend.

Saturday 05/09/2015
Kannapolis considers voluntary annexation
Posted: May 09, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Kannapolis City Council is scheduled to discuss approving a voluntary annexation of about 77 acres north of N.C. 73 on Macedonia Church Road that could later be used for mixed-use development.

Friday 05/08/2015
Grilling for glory: Midland team uses secret wood, awesome sauce
Posted: May 08, 2015

MIDLAND, N.C. — Ashley Davis figures he’s spent thousands of dollars trying to come up with the best barbecue sauce, dumping out many concoctions in the backyard of his Midland home.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
Kannapolis man charged with child sex offense
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 10:39 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- A Kannapolis man turned himself in to authorities Monday after police say he committed a sex offense against an 11-year-old girl.

Monday 05/04/2015
Murdock appoints Higgs over Castle & Cooke; Kimes, Cress promoted
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 7:11 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Clyde Higgs is the new executive vice president of operations and business development for Castle & Cooke at the N.C. Research Campus.

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Hinnant tours three states in search of ideas to boost economy
Posted: April 28, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. —  As the city moves to revive its downtown, Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant has been on the road pursuing businesses that could help boost the local economy.

Man gets 33 years for murder of Kannapolis teen
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 4:35 pm

SALISBURY, N.C. -- A Kannapolis man will spend at least 33 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the 2012 death of an A.L. Brown High School student.

Kannapolis spending $24K to design interstate ‘gateway’ signs
Posted: April 28, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — City council approved spending $24,000 for design fees for new gateway signs that will sit along Interstate 85 in an effort to attract people into Kannapolis.

Relax, Kannapolis students – you get Memorial Day off
Posted: April 28, 2015

KANNAPOLIS – Kannapolis City Schools will not be in session Memorial Day, May 25, after a vote by the Kannapolis School Board on Monday.

Sunday 04/26/2015
Rebooting the Research Campus: Is Murdock’s vision set to take off?
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 7:11 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — David Murdock opened the North Carolina Research Campus in 2008 with great fanfare and promise, aiming to foster world-class research and transform this former mill town.

Friday 04/24/2015
Buy me some peanuts and … yogurt snacks? Healthy food at the ballpark
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 9:54 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – It’s not just hot dogs and beer at the ball park these days. CMC-NorthEast Stadium and the Kannapolis Intimidators are offering healthier options.

Thursday 04/23/2015
Viral anti-Hillary obit 'brought a little levity to a very sad situation'
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 9:53 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- When Jill Upright McLain took a jab at presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in her father’s obituary last week, she had no idea it would land her on the national news.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
RCCC leads program to bridge manufacturing skills gap
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 9:33 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – “We can’t find the people we need.”

Monday 04/20/2015
Castle & Cooke president Lynne Safrit steps down after 33 years
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 4:49 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The long-time president of Castle & Cooke, David Murdock’s real estate company, has resigned.

Sunday 04/19/2015
Kannapolis Foundation focused on getting tech into students’ hands
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 9:18 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – #PerfectFit was the theme of Friday’s Kannapolis Education Foundation Breakfast at the North Carolina Research Campus.

Saturday 04/18/2015
Kannapolis educators aiming for doctorates
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 9:38 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Nine educators are well on their way doctoral degrees and advancing their skills in teaching and educating Kannapolis students.

Wednesday 04/15/2015
Woman wanted in Kannapolis shooting
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 1:32 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Kannapolis police are looking for a woman they say was involved in a shooting that left a man seriously injured Monday.

Kannapolis railroad crossing closing Monday for repairs
Posted: April 15, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Beginning Monday, the http://ncdot.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL=9357>&JDG<:5<460@&SDG<90:.&RE=MC&RI=4257275&Preview=False&DistributionActionID=7655&Action=Follow+Link" href="http://NCDOT.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d9357%3e%26JDG%3c%3a5%3c460%40%26SDG%3c90%3a.&RE=MC&RI=4257275&Preview=False&DistributionActionID=7655&Action=Follow+Link">N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close a portion of Old U.S. 29A/Kannapolis Highway/South Main Street just north of Winecoff School Road in Kannapolis to repair a railroad crossing.

Kannapolis council approves buying 2 more properties
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 7:17 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — City council gave the go-ahead Monday to purchase two properties as part of the city’s bid to breathe new life into downtown.