Cabarrus County

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10:06 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Pigs Race For Oreos At Cabarrus County Fair

Hammy Faye Bacon won a full Oreo cookie after winning first place in the Robinson's Racing Pigs event at the Cabarrus County Fair.
Tasnim Shamma

More than 80,000 visitors are expected to visit the Cabarrus County Fair this week. It's been an attraction in the county for more than 60 years. 

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Local News
3:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Courts Statewide Deal With Shortage Of Court Reporters

Carolyn Kostecki has been a private court reporter for more than 28 years. She says this the first time she was asked to replace a state court reporter to cover a trial at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

This summer, lawmakers cut more than $3.5 million from the state court system. Since 2009, more than $133 million has been cut from the judicial branch and more than 600 positions have been eliminated.

These cuts mean local courthouses are underfunded and overworked, says Todd Nuccio. He's the trial court administrator for Mecklenburg County: 

"Yes, the work gets done. But the question is: could we be doing so much more? Could we be doing so much better? And the answer is clearly yes."

But sometimes, the work doesn’t get done. Trials across the state are being canceled or postponed because of a shortage of court reporters caused by those budget cuts.


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Local News
8:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Teaching Farmers How To Farm In Concord

Joe Rowland joined Lomax as a farmer-in-training in 2010. He now owns an 18-acre poultry and produce farm in Gold Hill.
Tasnim Shamma

Say you want to become a farmer. If you didn't grow up on a farm, where do you start? In Cabarrus County, you can go to farm school.

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was launched in 2009 to give first-generation farmers an opportunity to learn the trade.

And earlier this month, it was the subject of a funding controversy that led to the organic farm being shut down for a week in the middle of the growing season.

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Local News
10:28 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Cabarrus County Unexpectedly Cuts $3 Million From Budget

The Cabarrus County Commission unexpectedly made $3 million in cuts to the county budget Monday night. The cuts eliminate several jobs and all county funding for an economic development agency.


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Transportation
4:41 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

McCrory Calls For Better Design, Planning Of Roads

Governor Pat McCrory was a keynote speaker at that opening session for the Highway Safety Symposium in Concord. He says the Concord Mills Mall exit on I-85 is an example of a poorly designed exit.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory called for the state's department of transportation to implement better design and planning of roads and highways during the Highway Safety Symposium Monday in Concord. He says the Concord Mills Mall exit on I-85 is an example of a poorly designed interchange. It's also the busiest corridor in all of Cabarrus County.

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Transportation
10:10 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Concord Seeks Overpass To Concord Mills Mall

The interchange near Concord Mills mall is the most congested section of highway in Cabarrus County, according to the city's transportation department.
Credit Simon Property Group

If you've ever visited the Concord Mills mall, you've probably had to sit in traffic for at least a few minutes. That's because Exit 49 off I-85 is the most congested interchange in Cabarrus County.

Last month, the city of Concord passed a resolution endorsing the construction of an overpass between I-85 and the mall and sidewalks to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

Concord's transportation director Joe Wilson says it's critical to ease congestion for all the visitors to the Concord Mills Mall. Forty-two thousand cars pass through Concord Mills Boulevard every day.

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Local News
9:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Cabarrus Looks To Arm Social Workers With iPads

Todd Shanley, Cabarrus County Information Technology Services manager and Derrick Heath, director of Child Protective Services advocate for the pilot program during a Cabarrus County Commissioners work session on Monday.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Social workers across the country are trading in their notepads for tablets. A handful of the state's counties have gone digital and now Cabarrus County is looking to join their ranks.  

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners is considering a proposal to give county social workers iPads so that they can quickly access case and client information from the field.


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Local News
12:13 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Cabarrus, Other Counties Shorten Food Stamp Delays

Mollie Parris helps Cabarrus County get through its backlog for food stamp renewals.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Low-income families in Cabarrus County still face long delays before getting food stamps, although those delays are getting shorter.

They're tied to a new online system the state is making counties use for applications for food stamps. Cabarrus and Mecklenburg were among several counties the state called "code red" last month because of how much they struggled with the new system.

WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the progress those counties have made.   


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Local News
8:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Cabarrus County Bows Out Of 'Incentives Game'

Cabarrus Couny Commissioners (clockwise from back left) Steve Morris, Jason Oesterreich, Larry Burrage, Chris Measmer, Liz Poole.
Credit cabarruscounty.us

Elected officials across the country will tell you they dislike the practice of handing out economic incentives to lure businesses to their communities. But they hold their noses and do it anyway, because "that's the way things work."

Well, officials in Cabarrus County have made the risky decision of saying "No more."


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Local News
9:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Cabarrus Among Nine 'Code Red' Counties With Food Stamp Delays

A vintage food stamp.
Credit pengrin / Flickr

In Cabarrus County, low-income families are having to wait more than two months on average to get food stamps. The delays are tied to a new system the state has made all counties use since March. Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union are among nine counties the state says have struggled the most with it.


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