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Cabarrus This Week: Bridge Builders: The legacy of Allen T. and Ella Mae Small

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Bridge Builders: The legacy of Allen T. and Ella Mae Small

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Bridge Builders: The legacy of Allen T. and Ella Mae Small

Mr. Allen T. Small's vision for Cabarrus youth was inspired by the W.A. Dromgoole poem, "The Bridge Builder." When the City of Concord built a bridge over Cabarrus Ave. W, the community called for naming it in memory of the educator and City Council member, who passed in 2006. It's one of many prominent historical landmarks in Concord that honor the contributions of African-Americans.

Allen's wife, Ms. Elma Mae Small, is also an accomplished educator. Fulfilling her husband's wish, she applied for his seat on Concord City Council. Ella Mae continues to serve as a representative of her community, guided by the virtues she and Allen shared.

In the video below, Ella Mae shares the family story and tells why it's important to lift the black community through representation and participation.

COVID-19 Resources

Governor Cooper announces easing of COVID-19 restrictions
State trends moving in the right direction according to key indicators

Information on Executive Order 195

As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26 at 5 p.m. and will expire March 26 at 5 p.m.

“Today’s action is a show of confidence and trust, but we must remain cautious. People are losing their loved ones each day,” said Governor Cooper. “We must keep up our guard. Many of us are weary, but we cannot let the weariness win. Now is the time to put our strength and resilience to work so that we can continue to turn the corner and get through this.”

The Executive Order lifts the Modified Stay-at-Home Order, which required people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Other changes include:
• The number of people who may gather indoors increases from 10 to 25, while outdoor gatherings remain at the 50-person limit
• Curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption changes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, can now be open for patrons indoors under new occupancy restrictions
• Many businesses, venues and arenas have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors

Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30% occupancy category may not exceed 250 people per indoor room or indoor space.

Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats may exceed the 250 person limit (up to 15% capacity) by following additional safety measures.

Residents (including those who have received their first and second vaccine) are encouraged to continue practicing the 3W's:
• Wear a mask
• Wait 6 feet apart
• Wash your hands often

For more information, visit Find My Vaccine Group (

CHA vaccination update

Cabarrus Health Alliance COVID-19 vaccine groups -- Current as of 2/27/21

As distribution is made available locally, Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), our local public health authority, is working to vaccinate individuals that identify as Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 child care/school workers. Definitions below.


  • Healthcare workers with in-person patient contact
  • Long-term care staff and residents, people in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and continuing care retirement communities


  • Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation


  • Frontline essential workers (ONLY child care and school workers at this time)

As vaccines are made available, qualified individuals can schedule an appointment at

Hearts & Heroes Survivor Story

Each year, Cabarrus County Emergency Medical Services hosts the Hearts and Heroes celebration, which reunites out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors with the medical professionals that helped save them.

While COVID-19 prevents an in-person program this year, you can still experience an amazing story about the medical team that helped save a Mt. Pleasant man’s life.

Here's a preview of this year's virtual recognition. Catch the rebroadcast at or in next week's newsletter.

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