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Man gets life for Monroe store owner’s 2000 death

Posted at 11:47am on Apr. 8, 2014

John Joseph Carvalho II, 57, was convicted by a Union County jury after two hours of deliberation, authorities said.

Plan for water tower headed to mediation

Posted at 11:00am on Apr. 4, 2014

Three parties locked in a dispute over a proposed water tower in Weddington will sit down April 10 in a court-ordered mediation to see if they can resolve their differences.

Parkwood High School student Gabbie Hubert leads Day of Silence

Posted at 12:01pm on Apr. 4, 2014

The Day of Silence is an anti-bullying, anti-hate event designed to demonstrate support for anyone being harassed because of their actual or perceived sexual preference, identity, or expression, and a day of reflection and remembrance of victims, said founder and Parkwood High School student Gabbie Hubert.

Two Union County schools in top 10 of Wells Fargo Cup rankings

Posted at 12:39pm on Apr. 4, 2014

Two Union County schools are in the top 10 of the state Wells Fargo Cup 3A rankings after the winter sports season.

Weddington senior Chenyenne Burnam is inspired by family and cultural history

Posted at 12:41pm on Apr. 4, 2014

Inspired by her family and heritage, Weddington’s Cheyenne Burnam has made a name for herself on the lacrosse field.

Young Waxhaw racer has quickly moved to the front of the pack

Posted at 3:27pm on Mar. 27, 2014

Devin O’Connell was in kindergarten in Chatham, Mass., when he noticed a girl around his age involved in go-kart racing. Her dad owned his own full-sized modified car. At the age of 5, O’Connell was hooked.

State awards contracts for 2 new Union County bridges

Posted at 2:35pm on Apr. 2, 2014

The N.C. Department of Transportation said the new bridges will be on Poplin Road over the South Fork of Crooked Creek and on N.C. 200 over Chinkapin Creek.

CATA, Weddington lead Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings

Posted at 9:56am on Mar. 28, 2014

Central Academy of Technology and Arts leads the Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings for the Rocky River 2A after the winter sports season.

Marvin Ridge’s junior Wotell looks to make his best pitch

Posted at 2:46pm on Mar. 26, 2014

With a fastball that has hit 91 miles per hour, a change-up in the low 80s and a slider with great movement, junior Max Wotell has a rare combination of talent and attitude, according to Marvin Ridge baseball coach Mark Mennitt.

Speeding Porsche in Weddington causes concern

Posted at 12:22pm on Mar. 28, 2014

Motorists say they have seen a Porsche being driven at more than 100 mph on Weddington-area roads.

Museum of Waxhaws creates cemetery to commemorate Civil War anniversary

Posted at 12:12pm on Mar. 21, 2014

The Museum of the Waxhaws will hold a special event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5 entitled “Swords and Crosses” in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Union County Master Gardeners event set for April 5

Posted at 2:22pm on Mar. 21, 2014

“Down to Earth Day,” a blend of education and entertainment that translates into fun for the whole family, will take place April 5 at the Union County Agricultural &Conference Center.

Union Co. judge rejects temporary restraining order in redistricting case

Posted at 9:15am on Mar. 25, 2014

A judge rejected a temporary restraining order request Monday for Union County parents trying to stop the school board’s redistricting plan.

Part of Union County road closed by flood damage

Posted at 1:27pm on Mar. 24, 2014

Flooding damaged the CSX rail crossing on Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road, between U.S. 74 and Old Monroe Road.

Monroe woman charged in man’s stabbing death

Posted at 1:10pm on Mar. 19, 2014

A Monroe woman has been accused of fatally stabbing a man Tuesday afternoon in her home, police say.

Man charged with shooting at officers in Indian Trail

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

The shooting was reported about 4:15 a.m. on Chestnut Lane near Potter Road. That is near the Indian Trail-Stallings town line.

Wingate swimmer wins national title

Posted at 12:30pm on Mar. 14, 2014

Senior Wingate men’s swimmer Marko Blazevski won his third NCAA Division II national championship in the 400-yard individual medley March 13.

Piedmont’s Sikes hopes this year has a familiar ring to it

Posted at 5:13pm on Mar. 13, 2014

Piedmont all-state pitcher Corey Sikes wants another state championship ring after going 11-0 on the mound with a 1.17 ERA on last year’s state title team.

Union County parents sue school board to try to stop redistricting

Posted at 6:10pm on Mar. 17, 2014

Union County parents sued the school board Monday to try to thwart a redistricting plan, claiming the plan was developed in secret and illegally approved.

Union Co. parents to delay redistricting lawsuit until next week

Posted at 10:12am on Mar. 12, 2014

The move was made “out of respect” for funeral of school board member this week

Funeral plans set for Union Co. school board member

Posted at 9:42am on Mar. 11, 2014

Funeral arrangements have been set for John Crowder, a longtime Union County school board member, who died Sunday.

17 Wingate track and field athletes named All-Region

Posted at 2:35pm on Mar. 7, 2014

Seventeen Wingate indoor track and field athletes earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Coaches Association Division II All-Region honors.

Short plays and a birthday event lights on Waxhaw

Posted at 3:38pm on Mar. 7, 2014

There are at least two options in the Waxhaw area to add some interest to the weekend of March 15-16: a group of short plays and a celebration for former-President Andrew Jackson’s birthday.

Juwan Crowder is following his family sprinting tradition

Posted at 1:56pm on Mar. 7, 2014

It was no real surprise to Forest Hills track coach Harold Crowder when his son, Juwan, decided to get serious about running track as a freshman at the school about three years ago. Juwan was following in family’s footsteps.

Marvin Ridge senior golfer has one more goal: Win a state title

Posted at 1:36pm on Mar. 7, 2014

There’s just one more goal left to check off Dong-Jun Kim’s high school bucket list: Win a state championship with his Maverick teammates.

Republican voters’ choices abound for May primary

Posted at 12:14pm on Mar. 6, 2014

Registered Republicans will have nearly four times the number of candidates to choose from than their Democratic counterparts during the May 6 primary in Union County. Out of a dozen partisan races, 30 of the candidates are Republican, eight are Democrats and two are Libertarians.

Unexpected school board vote leaves emotions running high

Posted at 2:12pm on Mar. 7, 2014

Wesley Chapel resident Mary Beth Riney was in the audience at Porter Ridge High School on March4 when the Union County Board of Education unexpectedly voted to proceed with school redistricting.

Union County unveils new superhero library card

Posted at 3:48pm on Mar. 4, 2014

It’s not your typical mild-mannered library card.

3 hurt in Union, Rowan school bus collisions

Posted at 12:16pm on Mar. 4, 2014

One person was hurt in the Union County collision and two in Rowan County, authorities said.

Cuthbertson girls’ soccer hopes to continue success in new class, conference

Posted at 12:37pm on Feb. 28, 2014

Cuthbertson girls’ soccer wants to prove it can hang with teams in the Southern Carolina Conference and class 3A.

Waxhaw preps to celebrate anniversary, birthday

Posted at 1:55pm on Feb. 28, 2014

March will include the celebration of an anniversary and birthdays related to the rich history of Waxhaw and its famous citizen, Andrew Jackson.

Union County ministry wants to help families recover from abuse

Posted at 2:16pm on Feb. 28, 2014

Rose Belcher-West started an organization to bring hope and healing to Union County families that have been impacted by domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Victory Riders speed toward alleviating child hunger

Posted at 7:30pm on Mar. 7, 2014

Jeff Mangum worries about kids who aren’t getting enough to eat. So he and other motorcycle enthusiasts are planning to help alleviate that problem in Union County.

Weddington teammates have helped each other through the years

Posted at 3:18pm on Feb. 27, 2014

Sahil Vasa and Jackson Plyler will sit No. 1 and 2 in Weddington High’s tennis lineup this season, bringing with them experience that belies their years.

Former Charlottean is front-runner for Oscar for ‘Let It Go”

Posted at 3:58pm on Feb. 28, 2014

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, co-composer of Oscar-nominated ‘Let It Go,’ stands at the peak of her career.

Maverick trio wants to lead lacrosse team to best season yet

Posted at 2:07pm on Feb. 21, 2014

Senior tri-captains Reilly McDermott and fraternal twin brothers Jason and Jonah Moore hope to lead Marvin Ridge to its best season to date.

Marshville man made cotton history; now he’s making an impact

Posted at 11:21am on Feb. 21, 2014

Some people are defeated by obstacles. Others, like 69-year-old Olin Marsh, are stronger because of them. He wants his experience to serve as a lesson to Marshville’s young people, including the students he mentors at East Union Middle School.

Union board of education seeks more answers

Posted at 2:56pm on Feb. 21, 2014

Union County School Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis and her staff have a lot of homework. At its recent work session, the board of education asked Ellis to research four topics.

Maverick girls’ lacrosse thinks they can make championship run

Posted at 2:31pm on Feb. 21, 2014

The Marvin Ridge girls’ lacrosse team has gone 33-7 over the past two years. Last year, Marvin Ridge went 16-4 – including 8-0 in Conference 9 play – before running into Catholic again in the state quarterfinals.

Young talent has chance to board ‘Aladdin’s’ magic carpet

Posted at 12:17pm on Feb. 21, 2014

There is a magic carpet awaiting kids in grades K-6 this June when the Union County Community Arts Council and the Central Academy of Technology and Arts team up to present Disney’s “Aladdin” as the featured play for 2014 at the Summer Performing Arts Camp.