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The restoration of the Gem Theatre Marquee is in its final stages as the theatre prepares for the return of summer blockbusters in downtown Kannapolis.   The iconic Gem Theatre marquee was originally constructed in 1936. Its historic blue hues had faded, and the neon lighting was not operable in some areas. It was time for a facelift. The City of Kannapolis, who owns the theatre, worked with Clearscapes and RiteLite Signs, on a plan to gingerly remove the marquee panels, restore them ...

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Jerome Blakeney, Jr. has been named Director of General Services and Jenny Johnson has been selected as the Director of Customer Service.   Jerome has worked for the City of Kannapolis since 2007 when he began working in the Public Works Department. He performed a variety of tasks in the streets and stormwater divisions. In 2010 he was named the Facilities Manager. As Facilities Manager he has worked closely with staff to oversee the fleet maintenance of the City, the warehousing of s...

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The City of Kannapolis officially opened the Irish Buffalo Creek Greenway yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and members of the Kannapolis City Council and guests taking a walk along the City’s newest healthy amenity.   This first phase of the greenway is 2.7 miles and runs along a creek from Orphanage Road to Rogers Lake Road. The greenway is ten feet wide and paved and features three pedestrian bridges.  The steel and wood bridges are installed along the portions of th...

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Cabarrus County and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis have announced the winners of the Fair Housing Month TikTok Contest. Winning videos were selected based on the use of the theme “Home Sweet Home.” The videos also needed to educate people on the Fair Housing Act and how it protects people from discrimination when purchasing or renting a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities.   Taylor Maddox, a ninth grade...

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A.L. Brown hosts Northwest Cabarrus on April 26th at 6:00 p.m.  City of Kannapolis high school baseballers will make history as the first scholastic teams to play a competitive game at the home of the Cannon Ballers on opening night of N.C. high school baseball, Monday evening, April 26th. The Trojans and Wonders represent the two public high schools located within the Kannapolis city limits and enjoy strong local support in and around downtown.    A.L. Brown’s head...

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The Kannapolis City Council recently approved an additional $264,857 in non-profit grants for six local organizations.  The funds are to be used for preparing, preventing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds must be used to benefit the residents of Kannapolis.   Grants were awarded to:   Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) - $150,000 to assist clients with utilities and rental payments. AYA House Inc - $32,000 to purchase PPE supplies ...

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Construction of Pennant Square Townhomes is now underway. The project broke ground today with a short ceremony. The City of Kannapolis sold nine acres located off Main Street near the intersection of West F Street where the townhomes will be built. The property was formerly the site of Cannon Mills’ Plant 4. The builder, TriPointe Homes, will construct 120 townhomes on the site.   “A major component of the City’s revitalization is to have more people living in the downto...

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The City of Kannapolis has received a donation of 18 parcels of property from Castle & Cooke North Carolina, LLC and Atlantic American Properties. The City Council accepted the donation of the parcels at their meeting on Monday night. The 18 parcels of property are located primarily in the heart of the City and total 68.2 acres valued at $3,146,331. All of the land parcels are undeveloped and vacant. The parcels include what is fondly called, the “horseshoe” on the North Carol...

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Are you interested in knowing more about the N. C. Fair Housing Act and your rights regarding equal housing opportunities? A virtual Fair Housing seminar will be held from 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22, via Zoom. Fair housing refers to what you need to know when you are renting or buying a home. Learn about Fair Housing laws and what they mean for you with keynote speaker, Mr. James Perry, President and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League. Winners of the “Home Sweet Ho...

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Kannapolis Police Department is proud to announce that Officer Matthew Hoehman has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to Patrol Squad B.  Hoehman began his career with Kannapolis Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 2014. His most recent assignment was in the Traffic Enforcement Division. He was designated as Police Officer I in 2017 and Police Officer II in 2020. He also serves as a Field Training Officer for the department. Hoehman received a Police Commendation in 2...

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