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Weddington kicker to participate in USA Football National Team Development Games

Posted at 3:07pm on Jul. 10, 2014

Weddington rising junior kicker and punter Keith Duncan will participate in the USA Football National Team Development Games with more than 180 other high school athletes July 14-19 in College Station, Texas.

Union roundabout construction on 5-point crossing starts Monday

Posted at 5:52pm on Jul. 13, 2014

The five-way crossing near Unionville is about to become history. A roundabout will bring together Sikes Mill, Tom Helms, Love Mill and East Lawyers roads.

Union County DSS fires 2 more workers, demotes a top manager

Posted at 2:18pm on Jul. 11, 2014

It’s the latest shakeup for an agency that has undertaken a major overhaul following last November’s arrest of a child protective services supervisor on child abuse charges. Wanda Larson was fired after an 11-year-old boy she was the guardian of was found handcuffed to her Monroe-area porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck.

Union school board defends revisions to redistricting maps

Posted at 12:00pm on Jul. 9, 2014

Union County school officials on Wednesday defended their revisions to maps used in redistricting and dismissed claims by parents that the changes were improper.

Weddington

Posted at 12:07pm on Jul. 3, 2014

Weddington United Methodist Church leaders should find out soon if their plans for soccer and softball fields behind the church’s family life center on Providence Road will become a reality.

Local divers named All-Americans

Posted at 9:58am on Jul. 3, 2014

Four local divers were named 2014 NISCA/Speedo Girls’ One Meter Diving All-Americans.

Former wrestlers hope to spread the impact of the sport to Charlotte-area athletes

Posted at 2:10pm on Jul. 2, 2014

Daniel Healy, Tim Hennessey and Vas Lahanas founded Commitment to Excellence Wrestling Academy in Fort Mill to share their passion for the sport.

Carolinas HealthCare System plays key role in community

Posted at 1:45pm on Jul. 3, 2014

As Union County has grown, so has Carolinas HealthCare System. Two recent stories illustrate how much.

Monroe selects Whiteville manager to head city

Posted at 12:05pm on Jul. 7, 2014

Faison was city manager in Whiteville for more than four years.

Closures Monday on 2 Union County roads

Posted at 8:41pm on Jul. 6, 2014

Consstruction work will close a portion of N.C. 200 through mid-October, and a part of Fincher Road for two weeks.

YMCA exercise class moves to oldies, not hip-hop

Posted at 3:13pm on Jun. 17, 2014

When Joe Fronsee, 67, moved to Charlotte 16 years ago, he immediately joined the Siskey YMCA. The only problem was that he hated the hip-hop and remix music in the background.

Butler graduate Zach Bevilacqua wants to keep Porter Ridge on a winning track

Posted at 9:37am on Jun. 26, 2014

New Porter Ridge coach Zach Bevilacqua takes over a Pirates program that is 48-10 in the past four seasons.

Waxhaw will notch another year with Fourth of July tradition

Posted at 12:53pm on Jun. 27, 2014

For seven years, I’ve extolled the joy and nostalgic warmth the Waxhaw annual Fourth of July celebration brings. This year, I’ve called in reinforcements.

Volunteers pitch in to establish Wesley Chapel park

Posted at 1:21pm on Jun. 27, 2014

Hundreds of volunteers have logged thousands of hours to get Wesley Chapel’s Dogwood Park ready to open. Their work will pay off July 12 when the village hosts an opening-day celebration.

Union County commissioners OK 15.4% tax hike

Posted at 6:57am on Jul. 1, 2014

Union County commissioners approved a 15.4 percent tax increase Monday night to cover school district expenses, which will add about $200 to the bill for a typical taxpayer.

Charlotte-area Independence Day celebrations

Posted at 9:32pm on Jul. 4, 2014

With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, many of the events marking Independence Day are scheduled for a day early this year.

After Union County chase, suspect found hiding under a deck

Posted at 10:47am on Jun. 26, 2014

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Gabriel Martinez Castro, 21, of Monroe was arrested about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and faces multiple charges.

Sun Valley softball makes a championship their destiny

Posted at 11:09am on Jun. 20, 2014

Sun Valley softball team wins first NCHSAA state title since 1997.

Students produce a piece of commissioned art

Posted at 11:37am on Jun. 20, 2014

A visit to Hook Tire in Waxhaw just got a little more interesting, thanks to Larry and Diane Hook’s ongoing commitment to the arts.

Chandler continues her life of service

Posted at 12:30pm on Jun. 20, 2014

Barbara Chandler served in the military for 22 years, retired and now continues to serve others.

Hemby Road will be site of water tower

Posted at 4:49pm on Jun. 19, 2014

The battle over a water tower in Weddington ended June 16 at the Union County Board of Commissioner’s meeting. Now, tower construction could begin in the next three months.

Water line work to affect 2 Monroe streets

Posted at 4:35pm on Jun. 22, 2014

City officials say the work will affect McIntyre and Polk streets between Steele Street and Jones Street. Crews will be installing a new water main, to replace a cast iron line nearing the end of its service life.

Waxhaw brothers bring international touch to lcoal go-kart racing

Posted at 4:30pm on Jun. 17, 2014

Bjorn and Michael Bovim‘s sport of choice means driving 60mph around a track in a karting suit, helmet and neck brace.

Search continues for teen who drowned in Monroe lake

Posted at 2:52pm on Jun. 20, 2014

Authorities said the 18-year-old apparently suffered a seizure and fell out of the boat.

Deputies: Wake County woman leads police on23-mile chase, with 3 kids in car

Posted at 1:55pm on Jun. 19, 2014

The chase wound through Union and Anson counties and ended after police put down spike strips to deflate the car’s tires. The children were turned over to Anson County Department of Social Services.

Monroe police seek robbery suspect

Posted at 11:56am on Jun. 18, 2014

Police said the man jumped over the counter and stole money when the employee opened the cash register.

Marvin Ridge wins 3A Wells Fargo Cup

Posted at 2:23pm on Jun. 17, 2014

Marvin Ridge won the 2013-14 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A Wells Fargo Cup for overall athletic achievement.

Officials seek to solve Waxhaw skate park woes

Posted at 2:18pm on Jun. 13, 2014

Waxhaw Sk8 Park officially opened in November 2006. Since then, it’s had some less-than-festive openings after unscheduled closings prompted by excessive litter, vandalism and other problems.

Piedmont baseball proves to be a championship contender again

Posted at 12:48pm on Jun. 13, 2014

Piedmont baseball is 51-13 over the past two seasons with two straight appearances in the state championship series.

Flowering bridge has touch of Waxhaw resident

Posted at 11:49am on Jun. 13, 2014

Kathy Turner has spent much of the past three years creating a garden paradise on a defunct highway bridge that was going to be destroyed near the Rocky Broad River. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge has become a major attraction to visitors to the Hickory Nut Gorge in western North Carolina.

Little public comment on controversial Union County budget

Posted at 6:35am on Jun. 17, 2014

Despite the potential for a tax increase to pay for Union County school district expenses, only one resident weighed in on the county’s proposed budget at a public hearing Monday night – but she did so in song.

Marvin Ridge senior continues to overcome obstacles

Posted at 5:24pm on Jun. 10, 2014

Hanging out with his buddies at Cracker Barrel. Ice skating at a nearby rink then back to a friend’s house. His friend jumped in the pool. Then Corsi dove in head first, not realizing how shallow that end of the pool was.

ASAP offers opportunities for those with disabilities

Posted at 2:48pm on Jun. 6, 2014

Carolinas HealthCare System impacts the community on many levels. But one program that is of particular prominence is the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program, which offers adults and young people with disabilities the chance to develop skills that can lead to an active and productive lifestyle.

Weddington girls’ soccer falls in state title game

Posted at 1:15pm on Jun. 6, 2014

The Weddington girls’ soccer team lost to Chapel Hill 2-1 in the N.C. 3A state title match May 31 at N.C. State.

CATA runner Elijah Inuwa strives to ‘win the day’

Posted at 1:29pm on Jun. 6, 2014

Central Academy of Technology and Arts junior Elijah Inuwa had his best season for the Cougars, winning 2A state titles, three Midwest Regional championships, three Union County crowns and four Rocky River Conference titles.

Union County commissioners restore education funding

Posted at 6:00pm on Jun. 5, 2014

Union County commissioners are struggling to resolve the schools budget and figure out how to pay for it.

Gilliard named Monroe police chief

Posted at 11:12am on Jun. 3, 2014

Bryan Gilliard is an 18-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department and was assistant chief for three years before becoming interim chief last September.

Monroe High girls’ track climbs to 2A state champs

Posted at 11:43am on May. 30, 2014

All-state senior Reneazia Collins and her sister, junior Akeyra Hailey, led Monroe girls’ track and field to a 2A state title.

‘Jammin by the Tracks’ returns to Waxhaw

Posted at 3:12pm on May. 30, 2014

The Town of Waxhaw will bring that to all attendees when they once again sponsor the “Jammin by the Tracks” free summer concert series. The 2014 series runs every Friday night from the first one in June through the last one in August.

Coyotes fears rising in Weddington

Posted at 2:52pm on May. 30, 2014

The problem Eric Anderson brought before the Weddington Town Council on May 12 might seem unusual for this this suburban town. Anderson talked about coyotes.