MeCKA matchup: Hough battles J.M. Robinson

Cream of Cabarrus #1 Robinson hosts Hough

Here is the Independent Tribune’s game preview:

Robinson takes on Hough, Maye


Changes: Business is booming around Concord

 Old WEGO-AM building comes down

Crews demolished the old WEGO-AM building on Cabarrus Avenue last week
Crews demolished the old WEGO-AM building on Cabarrus Avenue last week

Crews tore down the small strip center at the corner of Cabarrus Avenue West and Yorktown in Downtown Concord last week.

The building had been an insurance office, barber shops and a tax office over the years. It also had been the studio and offices for WEGO-AM 1410 for many years.

As many of you know, Radio Free Cabarrus grew from the “ashes” left when the local AM station abandoned Cabarrus County to be simulcast programming from a Charlotte radio station.

Speculation is that the City of Concord may be buying the now vacant lot and turn it into a parking lot. There has also been speculation that one of the neighboring houses on Cabarrus Avenue might be bought by the city to expand the lot.

The location is just down the street from the new Concord City Municipal Building that is under construction.

Zaxby’s and fast food expanding

Zaxby’s, the chicken restaurant, is expanding in Cabarrus County with at least two new locations underway. The first is on Concord Parkway near the Walmart Neighborhood Market. There is a Taco Bell under construction beside it.

The other Zaxby’s is under construction at Afton Ridge off Kannapolis Parkway.

Chipotle, across from Carolina Mall, should open soon. It appears the building is just about complete including the interior.

That’s great news for fans of the burrito restaurant, but it might be bad news with increased the traffic it will create.

Housing boom

Grading is underway off Poplar Tent Road for another apartment complex (hundreds of units) near the charter school and Goodwill. Another complex is expected further down Poplar Tent near the former softball field across from Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church.

Several other housing projects are either on the drawing board or in the early talks. At least two of the projects look to be mixed use, like Afton Village or even Birkdale.

The Independent Tribune reported on two developments in Harrisburg this past week:

700 houses proposed in Harrisburg

 What’s going on?

We’ve got a lot of questions about other projects underway or that will shortly be underway.  A lot dirt is moving and buildings are going up.

We’re told that surveyors were at the old Quaker Steak and Lube property off Bruton Smith Boulevard and across the street this week. Drop us a line if you know anything about that project or others.

Does anybody know what is going on in front of CMC-NorthEast’s parking deck? Water has been running onto Concord Parkway for months.

There are orange cones and a weathering piece of plywood covering the apparent work site. It sure seems wasteful to run water into the street for so long, not to mention when it freezes.

Changes in the Concord Mills area and AMC 24

AMC has also added new Coca-Cola Free Style soda machine at the concession stand.

AMC 24 Theaters at Concord Mills has added a new bar, MacGuffins, and switched to Coca-Cola Free Style soda machines.

Hundreds of different flavors are available in the drink machine at AMC
Hundreds of different flavors are available in the drink machine at AMC

It’s just one of many changes at Concord Mills and along Concord Mills Boulevard. New buildings are going up in front of Lowe’s. Right now it looks like one will be occupied by a mattress store.

Grading is under way for Christenbury Corners shopping center across the corner of the intersection at Derita Road.

Bulldogs battle Spiders at Charles E. Rimer Gym

J.M. Robinson at Concord in non-conference basketball

SPC doubleheader: Hickory Ridge-Concord, East Rowan-Cox Mill

Concord at Hickory Ridge

East Rowan at Cox Mill

Independent Tribune Cream of Cabarrus Rankings

The complete Cream of Cabarrus Rankings, conference standings and statistical leaders for Cabarrus County basketball players are published each Friday in the Independent Tribune.

Seager makes his mark with Seattle Mariners; brothers on the way?

Kyle Seager signs long-term deal with Seattle

Former Northwest Cabarrus Trojan Kyle Seager officially signed a multi-year contract with the Seattle Mariners in December.
In 2014, he batted .268 with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs, while scoring 71 runs. He also had a .981 fielding percentage at third base, committing only eight errors in 422 chances.

Right now he is only Cabarrus County player in Major League Baseball, but he has two brothers who hope to join him.

Dodgers high on Corey Seager

Corey Seager, a number one draft pick in 2012, is one of the top prospects in the Dodgers’ organization and Dodgers observers think he will be the team’s shortstop some time in the 2015 season.

In 2014, Corey Seager, 20, split time between Advanced A and AA ball, batting .349 with 20 home runs and 97 RBIs.
The Dodgers think so much of him that they turned down trade offers that might have brought David Price or Jon Lester to the LA starting rotation.

Justin Seager getting his feet wet in the minors

Justin Seager, a former Atlantic 10 Player of the Year for the Charlotte 49ers, played A ball with the Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings in 2014, his first full pro season in the Mariners minor league system. He batted .240 with three home runs and 37 RBIs.