People & Places Sunday, Oct. 16

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 16, 2016

KAA-MaCC celebrates third anniversary

Submitted by Jacqueline Anthony

The Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. (KAA-MaCC) celebrated its third anniversary on October 1, 2016 in downtown Kannapolis at the Laureate Center, located at 401 Laureate Way.  There were over 200 guests present who were welcomed by KAA-MaCC’s President & CEO, Jacqueline Anthony.  She also introduced the mistress of ceremony, Ms. Meloney M. Miller, a native of Kannapolis and educated at A. L. Brown High School and North Carolina Central University.  Ms. Miller is a Career Coach with WRAL, a NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The evening started with the mistress of ceremony engaging the audience to gleefully take a “selfie’’  An invocation, led by Reverend Donald Anthony, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Concord, and introduction of the guest speaker, Dr. Kerry L. Haynie, Associate Professor of Political Science of African and African American Studies, Duke University.  Dr. Haynie used as a topic, “The importance of recognizing and preserving local African American history”.  Musical selections were provided by Rebecca Stinson.

The highlight of the evening was the KAA-MaCC Legacy Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Five former and current Cabarrus and Rowan County residents were presented for their lifetime achievements in education, civic leadership, community activism, and the military.  Recipients of the awards included Mr. C. C. Griffin (deceased), educator and Cabarrus County civic leader; Mrs. Corine L. Cannon, Cabarrus County civic leader and community activist; Mr. George C. Knox, educator and Rowan County Commissioner; Mr. Milton L. Taylor, educator and Cabarrus and Rowan County civic leader; and Mr. John R. Thompson, a ‘Montford Point’ trailblazer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The program concluded with remarks from the KAA-MaCC Founder and Board Chairman, Dr. Ruby L. Anthony-White and Jacqueline anthony.  Both thanked the guests for the great attendance and public support.  KAA-MaCC is seeking further public support to build upon the organization’s great foundation and realization of the dream for the museum and cultural center.

Lyerly reunion

Submitted by Gaynelle Morgan

Descendants of the late Adolphus and Minnie Morgan Lyerly gathered together on Saturday, Sept. 10 at blue Bay Restuarant, Salisbury, for their annual reunion.

Wes Fulk, president, welcomed everyone and presided over the family business. The following were changes in the family history since last year:

Births: Declan Ross Anthony, born Sept. 29, 2015 to Jon and Kaylee Anthony; Elise Marie Benfild. born Feb. 18, 2016 to Dan and Leah Caskey Benfield.

Marriages: Jon Anthony to Kaylee Killian on Feb. 7, 2016; Clark Morgan to Sandie Chippewa on Feb. 7, 2016; and Jarrett caskey to Abigail Seamon on Apirl 30. 2016.

Attending from out of state were Bill and Sandra Jarrett of Orange Lake, Fla. and Gene and Carol Autry of Midlothian, Va.

Officers for next year are Wesley Fulk, president; Tim Lyerly, vice president; and Gaynelle Morgan, secretary/treasurer.

The next reunion will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14. 2017.


South Salisbury Fire Department Open House Event

2-5- p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16. Fire Station, 3207 Old Concord Road.

The community is cordially invited to attend an open house event at South Salisbury Fire Department to be held on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 5 p.m. This event is in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Don’t Wait – Check The Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” We will be offering station tours, fire truck demonstrations, children’s activities, educational booths and light refreshments during the event. We hope you and your family will plan to attend.


AL. Brown Class of 1963 Fall Cookout Reunion

A.L. Brown Class of 1963 will be having their Fall Reunion Cookout on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the Kannapolis Village Park Multi-Purpose Building near the YMCA at 700 West C St. Hot dogs, hamburgers, all the trimmings and desserts will be provided. The cost is $10 at the door. Please contact a committee member no later than Oct. 20 if you will be attending. RSVP to: Joyce E. Bost 704-224-3776, Linda L. Turner 828-230-1750 or Brenda L. Hodgens 704-467-5708.



Linda Jones, Executive Director, Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society Inc.

David Hagy and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra are thrilled to announce the “surprise” guest artist who will be performing on the Family Concert next February.  Here’s a hint:  he is a race car driver and son of Richard and Lynda Petty!

Did you know Kyle Petty plays a guitar?  Did you know he composes his own music?  Now you do!  Kyle Petty is a race car driver turned racing analyst who has always carried a passion for music.  A traveling preacher at the race track gave Petty his very first guitar at age twelve.  Petty began writing his own music in high school and found creative influences in such country artists as Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard and singer-songwriters Carole King, James Taylor, Harry Chapin and Jim Croce.  Throughout the ‘80s, Kyle was an opening act for various bands, and now enjoys open-mic night at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC.  When not onstage, he can be found on NBC Sports network’s daily NASCAR America show, and beginning in July, on pre- and post-race NASCAR Spring Cup shows on NBC and NBCSN.  Petty lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Morgan.  This will be his FIRST performance with a symphony orchestra!

The Family Concert is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, February 4, at 4 PM in Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College.  Other special performers with the orchestra for this concert are the Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus, members of the Rowan All-County Band, and the Rowan Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are available on line at  Tickets will be available at ticket outlets around the county beginning in January 2017.  For more information, visit or call 704-637-4314.


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