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After serving the people of Kannapolis for 37 years, Police Chief Woody Chavis has announced his retirement. A native of Kannapolis, Woody says his childhood dream was to be a police officer. “I can remember being a small child and walking downtown with my mother. I would always stop and talk to any police officer. I knew at that age, that being a police officer, was all I wanted to do,” he said. “I have never regretted my decision to be a police officer. I have accomplished ...

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Terry Spry has been named Interim Police Chief of the Kannapolis Police Department. He will serve as interim chief while the process of finding a new chief is conducted. This appointment was made following the retirement of current Police Chief Woody Chavis.  The City Manager will begin the search process in January. Terry Spry joined the Kannapolis Police Department in 1994. He has worked as a patrol officer, traffic officer, criminal investigator, and patrol supervisor. He was promoted ...

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Kannapolis City Council Members Ryan Dayvault and Tom Kincaid were sworn in to serve new terms on Monday night. Darrell Jackson was also sworn in to serve a term on the council. Superior Court Judge Martin McGee administered the oath of office for the council members. This is the third term for Council Members Dayvault and Kincaid. Darrell Jackson was elected in November. He previously served one term of office from 2013-2017. During the meeting, Van Rowell was selected to serve as Mayor P...

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Kannapolis Mayor Pro Tem Roger Haas was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at Monday’s City Council Meeting. Haas is retiring from his city council position after not seeking reelection this Fall. He has served as a Kannapolis City Council for 16 nonconsecutive years. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest honors a citizen of North Carolina can receive. Haas was honored for his 30 years of service to the City of Kannapolis both as a city council member and as a ...

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Today, crews laid the final rolls of sod transforming the Kannapolis Sports and Entertainment Venue (SEV) from a construction zone into a green oasis where the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers will play their first game on April 16, 2020. The City of Kannapolis began construction of the SEV in October of 2018. It is an economic development anchor for the revitalization of downtown and has already resulted in over $60 million in private investments. “The addition of the natural grass surface is...

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Construction of the first phase of the Irish Buffalo Creek Greenway is underway. This first phase is 2.5 miles and will run along a sewer easement from Orphanage Road to Rogers Lake Road. The greenway will be ten feet wide and paved. It is expected to be completed in 2020. The public will be able to access the greenway at three locations: Oakwood Avenue (across from the Lantern Green and Stonewyck neighborhood), Vietnam Veterans Park and Rogers Lake Road. Vehicle parking will only be availabl...

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College held the official ribbon-cutting Tuesday evening for its new Advanced Technology Center (ATC), which prepares students for competitive, high-skilled technological jobs. The College also celebrated its award-winning partnership with the City of Kannapolis and Castle & Cooke North Carolina and honored Rowan-Cabarrus Community College President Dr. Carol S. Spalding as the 2019 N.C. Community College President of the Year. “For more than 10 years, Dr...

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Nineteen people have completed the Resident Session of Kannapolis 101. Kannapolis 101 is held once a year and focuses on educating residents about the City and its services and operations. For eight weeks, participants visit each of the City departments such as police, fire, planning, public works, etc., and are to see firsthand how each department meets the needs of residents. The class completes many hands-on exercises to give them an appreciation for the various jobs and functions of city ...

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Fifteen employees have completed the employee session of Kannapolis 101. Kannapolis 101 is held once a year and focuses on educating employees about the City and its services. For eight weeks, participants visit each of the City departments such as police, fire, planning, public works, etc., and are able to hear firsthand how each department meets the needs of residents. The class helps employees understand the role they and their department plays in the everyday lives of residents. Comple...

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The Kannapolis Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m., on December 14, in downtown Kannapolis. Outgoing City Council Member Roger Haas will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal. This year the parade will follow a new route thru downtown Kannapolis. City Council Member Roger Haas has a 30-year legacy of community service. He decided to not seek reelection this year after serving on the City Council for four nonconsecutive terms. Haas is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a deg...

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