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Judge rejects Union parents’ latest move to stop redistricting

Posted at 2:22pm on Jul. 23, 2014

A judge in Union County rejected on Wednesday the latest effort by parents to stop the school district’s controversial redistricting plan, and one of the parents said he expects his group will now drop its lawsuit.

Storm causes sewage spill in Monroe

Posted at 10:23am on Jul. 23, 2014

About 8,700 gallons of sewage spilled into a branch of Richardson Creek during the storm, said city spokesman Peter Hovanec.

Union County baseball players named all-state

Posted at 10:10am on Jul. 14, 2014

Several Union County baseball players were selected to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association 2014 All-State teams.

CJ and Brother Max jammin’ to help veterans

Posted at 6:14pm on Jul. 17, 2014

On a recent night at Mac’s Speed Shop on South Boulevard, patrons were greeted by live, classic rock music that resonated with the part-biker bar’s regulars.

John Anderson: Special delivery to Waxhaw all the way from Wheaton, Ill.

Posted at 10:09am on Jul. 18, 2014

This is the story of a packet of letters from musicians in a middle school orchestra that made the journey from Wheaton, Ill., to Waxhaw on their way to Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jane Duckwall: Others have shared my steak sales experience

Posted at 11:21am on Jul. 18, 2014

I survived eating some of the steak I told you about last week. But it didn’t taste good (though the dog didn’t complain). And, as it turns out, I’m not the only person who’s recently been visited by shady steak-sellers.

Builders pact will complete pathway

Posted at 11:53am on Jul. 18, 2014

An agreement between the developers of the Eden Hall subdivision, off Marion Drive, and ACTS/Plantation Estates, both in Matthews, will complete a three-and-a-half mile pedestrian/bike trail network between N.C. 51 and East John Street.

Rushing reclaims seat on Union board

Posted at 9:48pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Stony Rushing beat Tracy Kuehler for a seat on the Union County Board of Commissioners.

Union County Legion team finds its stride late, makes playoff run

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

Unionville American Legion Post 535 brings players from different Union County baseball teams together. The 17 players from Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge, Piedmont, Sun Valley and Weddington high schools won eight of their last 13 games.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.