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Firing up the gridiron

Posted at 11:09am on Aug. 13, 2014

The landscape of Union County football changed dramatically this offseason, as five of the area’s 12 head-coaching positions were filled by new faces.

Southern accent: Summer vacation can be a pain in the neck

Posted at 3:52pm on Aug. 12, 2014

I may not want to browse the school-supply aisles at Walmart just yet, but I do feel a bit like lying down.

Forgotten WWI soldiers from Union Co. poised to get recognition

Posted at 2:58pm on Aug. 16, 2014

Two forgotten soldiers from Union County who fought in World War I are finally poised to get long-overdue recognition this week.

More details emerge in Union, Anson killings 24 years apart

Posted at 2:22pm on Aug. 16, 2014

On the eve of his killing, Charles Godwin attended Wednesday night church services in the Marshville area, then lingered to chat in the parking lot with other parishioners.

Suspect in 2 killings has first court appearance

Posted at 2:30pm on Aug. 13, 2014

The Union County man charged with committing two murders 24 years apart had his first appearance in county court Wednesday and will continue to be held in jail without bond.

Marvin Ridge’s Lexi King hopes to improve on freshman cross country season

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

Marvin Ridge sophomore Lexi King has already emerged as one of the states’ best runners.

12 seek spot on school board

Posted at 3:14pm on Aug. 7, 2014

Union County’s recent school redistricting may be an issue that drives voters to the polls on Nov. 4, but it may not be a topic the new board will have to address anytime soon.

Union County couple in child abuse case facing possible foreclosure

Posted at 4:57pm on Aug. 8, 2014

The Union County couple charged with child abuse after a boy was found handcuffed to their porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck are facing possible foreclosure proceedings.

Ex-councilman who quit in Klingon running for U.S. Senate

Posted at 10:02am on Aug. 8, 2014

The Indian Trail councilman who wrote his resignation letter in Klingon wants to beam up to Capitol Hill. David Waddell is running as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate.

Talented Indian Trail ballet center paves dancers’ way to NYC

Posted at 2:35pm on Aug. 1, 2014

Harmony Dance Center in Indian Trial raised funds to send 14 students for professional instruction in New York City.

Brad Hoover looks to prove himself again at Marvin Ridge

Posted at 1:16pm on Aug. 1, 2014

Former Carolina Panthers star looks to re-energize Mavericks’ football program, which went 2-9 last season after winning 41 games from 2008-2012.

Monroe’s new city manager to start by October

Posted at 9:36am on Jul. 31, 2014

Monroe’s new city manager is expected to start work by Oct. 10, city spokesman Pete Hovanec said Thursday.

Pharmaceutical company plans to invest $17 million in new Union County plant

Posted at 3:13pm on Jul. 30, 2014

An Indian pharmaceutical company plans to invest $17 million and open its first North American manufacturing facility in Monroe.

Roundabout work begins Wednesday in Union

Posted at 1:53pm on Jul. 29, 2014

The N.C. Department of Transportation said crews will close the intersection of N.C. 84 (Weddington Road) and Airport Road at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

‘Rustic & Refined’ event will dispense history, activities

Posted at 11:41am on Jul. 25, 2014

The dog days of August are nearly upon us, and here are some activities planned for the first weekend of the month that you might enjoy.

Sun Valley’s Pickett named 3A West softball pitcher of the year

Posted at 11:08am on Jul. 25, 2014

Sun Valley pitcher Brittany Pickett was named the 3A West Pitcher of the Year by the N.C. Softball Coaches Association.

Weddington Middle football produced college, NFL players

Posted at 4:37pm on Jul. 24, 2014

More than a decade later, eight players from the 2003-2005 Weddington Middle School football team have proven to be Division I talents.

Your trip to the beach: Sunset, peaches and peach ice cream

Posted at 2:35pm on Jul. 24, 2014

One of the easiest beaches to get to from the Charlotte area is also one of the most appealing: Sunset Beach in southeastern North Carolina, just across the state line from much better-known Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

Southern accent: Katy Perry, Emily Dickinson compete for memory space

Posted at 1:59pm on Jul. 22, 2014

Part of my educational philosophy is that atmosphere is crucial. What we read, watch and listen to will become the gallery of our minds. Now Pandora is gumming up the works.

S.C. county hires assistant county manager in Union

Posted at 9:00pm on Jul. 26, 2014

Matthew Delk, Union County’s assistant county manager since 2007, has been named county administrator of Pickens County, S.C.

Forgotten NC soldiers are focus of 100th anniversary of World War I

Posted at 12:21pm on Jul. 27, 2014

When Union County erected a marker in 1996 to the local men who died in World War I, the names of soldiers James Floyd Staton and Roy Perry were inadvertently left off.

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.