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Cabarrus Hazardous Waste Center to expand hours

Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste Center to expand hours
CONCORD ó Beginning Aug. 1, the self-service Recycling Convenience Center at the Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility will expand its hours from two days a week to five days a week.
New hours will be weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The following household recyclables are accepted at the self-service center: bottles and cans, paper, batteries, motor oil, oil filters and antifreeze.
Residents that need to recycle large items or hazardous materials should bring these items on the HHW collection days the first Wednesday of each month from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Items such as paint, gasoline, lawn and pool chemicals, cleaners, polishes, fluorescent lights, televisions and computers only are accepted on these two days.
The HHW Facility is located at 246 General Services Drive in Concord (off Highway 49 near Highway 601). For additional information, please call 704-920-3278 or log on to www.cabarruscounty.us/waste/recycling.
Cabarrus County Commissioners to meet Monday
CONCORD ó The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and the Cabarrus Board of Education will hold a joint meeting 6 p.m. Monday at the schools’ Education Center, 4401 Old Airport Road. They are meeting to discuss Qualified Zone Academy Bonds and Qualified School Construction Bonds.
Kannapolis Rotary Club to host golf tournament
KANNAPOLIS ó The Kannapolis Rotary Club is holding a golf tournament Aug. 17 to benefit Cooperative Christian Ministry in Concord and Rowan Helping Ministries in Salisbury.
The registration deadline is Aug. 3.
The tournament at The Club at Irish Creek will start with registration, lunch and range practice at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
A $500 sponsorship includes registration for four golfers, your company information on tournament publications, company name and logo on golf cart and on a course hold sponsor sign.
Other contributions can sponsor a golf hole for $100 or co-sponsor lunch for $200.
Prizes will be awarded to teams finishing first, second and third; closest to the pin on all par 3 holes; and longest drive on three holes.
For more information, call 704-932-1854.
Property owners urged to attend railroad workshop
County leaders are urging all property owners along the railroad from south of Salisbury to North Kannapolis to attend a workshop on planned changes in the tracks.
The N.C. Railroad Co. will discuss plans to add a second railroad track during an informational workshop Tuesday at the China Grove Community Building, 412 S. Myrtle St. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Talk of restoring the second set of tracks the full length between Salisbury and Kannapolis has gained momentum over the past decade.
The purpose of the additional track is to improve train travel and minimize congestion on the existing rail line between Greensboro and Charlotte.
Rep. Fred Steen and Carl Ford, chairman of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, said all property owners should attend the workshop.
Steen, who serves on a legislative committee dealing with the N.C. Railroad, said the double track installation won’t happen unless the federal government puts up 80 percent or more of the funding.
Steen said he has been contacted by property owners who are concerned about their businesses and the close proximity of a second set of tracks.
“We need to find the best solution to the business owners’ concerns all along the corridor,” Steen said. He has talked with railroad company officials on behalf of some business owners who have contacted him.
While some areas still have two sets of tracks, the railroad company took up large sections several decades ago as train usage declined.
The restoration of the second set of tracks could affect some businesses and municipalities along the rail line.
Ford said he has heard from several businessmen who may lose their buildings as a result of the addition or realignment of tracks.
The N.C. Railroad Co.’s position is that it will buy buildings, but not land. The company contends it owns a wide swath of right of way along the track.
Ford urged all property owners to attend the workshop to get information and express their opinions.
According to an announcement from state highway officials, the proposed improvements begin approximately one-half mile north of Peach Orchard Road and extend to just south of East 22nd Street in Kannapolis.
Officials also note that minor railroad alignment changes and safety improvements are also being considered.
Red Cross holds fundraiser Friday
Livingstone College and the Hanford Dole chapter of the American Red Cross in Rowan County are joining forces this Friday to hold a Red Cross fundraiser.
The college and community volunteers will sell Port-a-Pitt lunches from 11 a.m. until every meal is gone.
Tickets are $8, and group deliveries can be arranged.
Call the college at 704-216-6152 for information, tickets, and to make orders.
“This is a strategic partnership today that is expected to keep the two organizations collaborating for a long time,” said Livingstone College’s President Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr.
Jenkins said he is excited about this partnership.
“We are seeking to expand our alliances with the Red Cross and other community organizations. We understand the important role that they fill and our role as a corporate citizen,” he said.
Officials at the college say this one of several events carried out to help an organization which works alongside fire and emergency first responders at the scene of a catastrophic event with welcomed relief.

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