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For years, people in Concord have heard tale that the city is built on a volcano. An ancient volcano, actually, that once spewed molten lava across the prehistoric piedmont.

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A second teenager has been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Avenanna Propst at Concord Mills Mall on Dec. 28, police said.

Concord Police

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in Concord last week, police said.

Concord Police Department

Concord Police said Thursday that skeletal remains found in a wooded area near the intersection of Davidson Highway and Winecoff School Road are Crystal Dawn Morrison, who has been missing since 2012.

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A Concord woman was charged with felony death by motor vehicle after Concord police said the car she was driving struck four construction workers early Saturday morning, killing one.

The old Philip Morris cigarette plant, covering 500 acres of the 2,000 acre site. The plant was torn down in 2019.
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The owners of the former Philip Morris plant in Concord have decided to demolish the old plant in hopes of attracting developers to the 2,000-acre site. 

Concord Police Investigating 'Suspicious' Death

Jul 13, 2018
Concord Police Department

Concord Police Department is investigating a “suspicious death” of a man at a home in southwest Concord.

Duncan McFadyen

A bankruptcy court filing shows that a high-tech battery maker in Concord has found a buyer for most of its assets. The filing by Alevo Manufacturing Inc. says an unidentified bidder has contracted to buy most of the equipment, raw materials and other assets for $5 million.

Alevo CEO Jostein Eikeland unveiled the company's plans for the old Philip Morris plant in October 2014.
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An industrial battery company that took over the former Philip Morris plant in Concord three years ago is going out of business. Nearly 300 people are losing their jobs.

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The stories of our region’s larger mills from the early 20th century and their redevelopment are well documented—the Atherton Mill in south Charlotte; the Loray Mill in Gastonia; the Cannon Mills in Kannapolis.

But the history of Concord’s Warren Clay Coleman Mill is not so well known. It was one of the most significant because it was the nation’s first African-American owned and operated textile mill and this year it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pigs Race For Oreos At Cabarrus County Fair

Sep 8, 2014
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. 

Teaching Farmers How To Farm In Concord

Jul 14, 2014
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.

Philip Morris Sells Concord Plant

Apr 11, 2014
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The former Philip Morris plant in Concord has a new owner after sitting vacant for 5 years. It’s a company called Victory Industrial Park, LLC. But what that company plans to do with the property is less clear. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports.


Sea Life Aquarium Opens At Concord Mills

Feb 20, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

The Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium in the Concord Mills Mall is now open to the public. A couple hundred people gathered for the opening ceremonies on Thursday morning, including nine-year-old Aditi Sengupta. She's been to lots of larger aquariums – including the Georgia aquarium – but she's really excited about Sea Life.

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  A truckload of sharks just got to the Charlotte area. The delivery from the Florida Keys pulled up to a soon-to-be open aquarium at Concord Mills Thursday morning.

The creature transport truck had three black nose sharks, cow nose rays, jewel damselfish, French angelfish, upside down jellyfish and venomous lion fish. They were among more than 30 species of fish and invertebrates on this trip.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium's marketing director, Jack Stevenson, says the animals are very happy. 

A federal judge has ruled the North Carolina Department of Transportation illegally seized and destroyed private property in Concord. The judge ordered the agency to pay more than $20,000 in fines. 


McCrory Calls For Better Design, Planning Of Roads

Jan 13, 2014
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.

Concord Seeks Overpass To Concord Mills Mall

Jan 5, 2014
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.

Cabarrus Looks To Arm Social Workers With iPads

Dec 6, 2013
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.


Julie Rose

TSA screening and general passenger traffic are coming to the small, city-owned Concord airport.  It's a major step for an airport that has been, to this point, frequented mainly by NASCAR teams on private planes.


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