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The Davidson Wildcats, Atlantic 10 champions, have beaten #2 North Carolina and Florida Gulf Coast to advance to the Chapel Hill Regional championship road. Here are some highlights

Jiggy with the Piggy

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Pancake Day!

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The 60th Annual Pancake Day is today, Thursday, March 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. They will be serving until 7:30 p.m. Come out and help a great community organization.

Pancake Day 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County in Concord.

Championship Saturday

Hickory Ridge versus Northern Guilford

Cox Mill versus Eastern Guilford

Radio Free Cabarrus will stream live audio only of the games. Also our friends at Memories 98.3 and WTIX-AM 1410 will have the game on radio.

Complete coverage after the games will be at IndependentTribune.com

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Race Month Is Here

600 Festival brings a month full of activities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 2, 2016) – If you have time on your hands in May and are looking for something to do, the 600 Festival Association™ has got it covered.

From some of the top musical acts in the nation to a family-friendly movie to race cars, drivers and big rigs, the 600 Festival offers up many entertainment opportunities in the Charlotte region during May.

“It is going to be an amazing month of May for everyone in this region,” said Jacqueline Gafrarar, executive director of the 600 Festival. “The 600 Festival has so many events again this year that it’s going to be great for locals and for the thousands of fans who come to town for the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

For more than 31 consecutive years, the 600 Festival has led the area in celebrating the May racing events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 600 Festival kicks off May 6 with Movies on the Campus, a family-friendly, free affair in Kannapolis. The event, in conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy, is featuring Disney’s “Cars 2” on the big screen starting at 8 p.m.

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Two weeks later on May 19, it’s Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest, the annual parade of NASCAR big rigs through downtown Concord on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway. And like any parade, there is much more, including live music from beach music icons The Tams and country music artists Acoustic South, celebrity appearances, mascots, games and show cars.

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The scene shifts to Mooresville and the GoPro Motorplex on May 24 for the ENEOS Little 600 go-kart extravaganza, featuring topNASCAR drivers going head-to-head in go-karts.  The ENEOS Little 600 will have a similar entry list as years prior that included Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Trevor Bayne and many more. There also will be a race between spotters, the eyes-in-the-sky for drivers, as they take the wheel to race peers.

Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola opens its three-day run in Uptown Charlotte May 26 as the streets come alive with NASCAR’s top Sprint Cup drivers such as Joey Logano, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch, show cars, interactive displays, kids’ events, food vendors and much more.

Sol Fusion and the Voltage Brothers will offer up the sounds of rhythm and blues, beach music, soul and funk on the Mello Yello stage Thursday, May 26 for a free concert.

Chris Young, who has seven number-one singles and is currently on the charts in a duet with Cassadee Pope, and country icon Montgomery Gentry will be on the Coca-Cola stage Friday, May 27. Twenty-four hours later, sibling group The Band Perry, owner of a Grammy Award and a multitude of gold and platinum records, will be in the spotlight on the Coca-Cola stage along with North Carolina’s own Kellie Pickler. Tickets for the May 27 and 28 shows are $15 for each night.

Bright and early on Saturday, May 28, runners will hit the streets of Uptown Charlotte for the PNC Speed Street 5K, which begins on Tryon Street and ends at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Remembering Jonathan Thacker

It’s Concord versus Kannapolis in high school baseball from Intimidators Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.

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The Cabarrus Fair is here!

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Fairly big deal

CONCORD, N.C.,  – The Cabarrus County Fair will open its gates for the 2015 season on Friday, September 11, and run through Saturday, September 19, at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Concord, off Hwy 49.

This year’s theme is Share the Fair and there’s good reason why:

  • Have some high-flying fun on the more than 40 rides
  • Squeeze in a little family fun by milking a real cow
  • Log some time at the live chainsaw artist
  • Hoof it to the famous racing pigs
  • Gaze your eyes and feed your mouth on ears of delicious locally grown corn
  • Bark up some fun with the K9’s Take Flight team
  • Mindbend with the Magic of Lance Gifford and Company
  • Have a blast watching a live sand sculptor
  • Bee-have with the Cabarrus County Beekeepers Association
  • And eat deep fried everything…but you don’t really have to share those

Once you’ve checked off your list, take some time to hit the classics. Tour the exhibit hall, create some fun with the kids club activities and compete for prizes. The fair also features local and regional musical acts that represent the ties between our home-grown fair and the heart of our community.

Gate admission to the fair is $7.50 for ages 12-64, $5.35 for ages 65+ and those with military ID, $3.25 for ages 6-11 and ages 5 and younger admitted free. Parking is free. All transactions at the Fair are cash only. ATMs are located at the main gate and throughout the midway, but do carry a surcharge.

2015 Gate Specials (rides not included):

  • Saturday, September 12 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Free General Gate Admission for all from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., only.
  • Sunday, September 13 – Cooperative Christian Ministries Canned Food Drive
    Free General Gate Admission for all from 1-3 p.m. with any brand of four canned food items per adult and two canned food items per child.
  • Tuesday, September 15 – School Education Night
    Receive $1 off General Gate Admission when you show off your school spirit by wearing your favorite grade school to college attire.
  • Thursday, September 17 – Salute to Seniors Night
    Admission price of $4.30 for seniors ages 65 and older from 4-6 p.m., only. Price includes sales tax.
  • Catch the fair for free on Fridays
    Present your high school football ticket stub at the gate after the game on Friday, September 11 and 18, only, and get free gate admission for the corresponding evening.

The fair is open on weekdays from 4-11 p.m.; Saturdays from 1-11 p.m.; and Sunday 1-10 p.m.

Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) provides complimentary parking lot shuttle van service for the satellite parking lots during the weekends. Satellite parking lots are only operational on weekends and CCTS vans run at specified hours.

2015 Shuttle Van Service Schedule:

Saturday, September 12, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Sunday, September 13, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Friday, September 18, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.

Saturday, September 19, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

For more information about the fair, including entertainment, tickets or times, visit www.cabarruscountyfair.com.

Like the fair at www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair for fair trivia, prizes and updates. If you’re tweeting from the fair, remember to tag @cabarrusfair.

Cabarrus community news

Here is wetlands along the new section of the Hector Henry Greenway
Here is wetlands along the new section of the Hector Henry Greenway

Food Truck Friday

Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday behind the Old Creamery and Cougar Run Winery. Here is the line-up for Aug. 14:

DJ Elementz rocking the party.
All-Star Cafe
Mae’s Creole Kitchen
100 Main Beef and Barbeque
Maryland Crab Co. Llc
The Big Woodie
MarlieQ’s Caribbean Queen
Cremoso Cheesecake Company
Papa Robb’s Paradise Ice

Hall of Fame deadline Saturday

CONCORD, N.C. –The deadline for applications and nominations for the Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame isSaturday.

The hall of fame committee will consider the applications and finalize the 2015 induction class in the new few weeks. Already the committee is considering 39 nominations that have been received. It will be the fifth class of inductees.

This year’s class will be inducted in a 7 p.m. ceremony Oct. 22 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. The public is invited to attend the free event.

The Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first members in 2011. The committee considers coaches and athletes who were outstanding in their athletic fields and  as well as their communities.

Nomination forms should be sent to: McClamrock Business Forms, Attention: Tony McClamrock, P.O. Box 58092, Raleigh, N.C. 27658-8092. For more information or for nomination forms ,contact McClamrock at 919-876-4387 or email mbforms@nc.rr.com

96 junior golfers at The Club at Irish Creek next week

KANNAPOLIS, NC- Next week, the sixth-annual IZOD AJGA Championship will feature 26 players from the Charlotte area and throughout North Carolina.  The Club at Irish Creek, 1196 Fairway Drive, Kannapolis, NC 28081, will host the American Junior Golf Association tournament for the second year.

The full field of 96 high school golfers represents some of the best in the United States and internationally. Ten of the golfers are already committed to play at the college level, and others will be in full view of college scouts.

The 54-hole stroke play event will tee off Tuesday, August 18 at 1:30 pm and continue through Thursday, August 20. The schedule of events includes:

  • Monday, August 17: 1:30 pm, shotgun practice round
  • Tuesday, August 18: 7:30 am to 12:40 pm, first round off No. 1 tee
  • Wednesday, August 19: 7:30 am to 12:40 pm, second round off No. 1 tee
  • Thursday, August 20: 7:30 am to 12:40 pm, final round off No. 1 tee
  • Thursday, August 20: 5:30 pm, awards ceremony

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Concord, A.L. Brown high schools stuff the bus for CCM

KANNAPOLIS – Everything about the Battle For the Bell is special – this is the 85th year Concord and A.L. Brown high schools will play for the Victory Bell donated to the schools by Southern Railways in 1950, the rivalry is the longest continuous high school rivalry in North Carolina and 15th longest in the nation.

This year, Cooperative Christian Ministry and both high schools want to make it a little more special for everyone in the community. Each school will have a school bus parked in the horseshoe drive located in front of Bullock Gymnasium at A.L. Brown High School for the duration of the game. Members of the community can pick which school is their favorite and student volunteers will be on-hand to help stuff the buses for CCM.

“These two high schools have never been afraid to leverage their competition to demonstrate the importance of community,” says CCM Executive Director Ed Hosack. “We are extremely proud of how these two schools have responded through their food drives over the years.”

The school with the most food (in weight) will win a prize and CCM will distribute the food collected throughout their network of 10 community food pantries.

“We are extremely grateful and happy that our students are supporting the community with the canned food drive to support CCM,” says A.L. Brown Principal Todd Parker. “It is so important that we teach our students that giving to others is an important part of life and makes it so much more meaningful.”

The Battle For the Bell – traditionally the last game of the regular season for Concord and A.L. Brown high schools – was changed after conference realignment split the schools and the game had to be moved to prior to the first day of school. The game was moved this year from Friday night, Aug. 21, to Thursday night, Aug. 20, and will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable as part of the Great American Rivalry series. North Carolina High School Athletic Association regulations will not allow Friday night high school games to be broadcast live.

Gates open at 5 p.m. at A.L. Brown High School. Students and volunteers will be on-hand beginning at 4:45 p.m. to take donations of nonperishable food items.

ABOUT COOPERATIVE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY: Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) provides immediate assistance to residents of Cabarrus and southern Rowan counties of North Carolina that are experiencing crisis in the areas of food, shelter, or finances while engaging them in a series of actions that will empower them to move beyond crisis. For more information, go to www.cooperativeministry.com.