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School gear needed

Want to help needy schoolchildren? The Union County Department of Social Services is raising money to provide school supplies and uniforms for students from needy families.

Salsarita's restaurant in Monroe recently donated money to pay for 140 uniforms, but hundreds are needed. If you'd like to donate, please make checks payable to Union County DSS – donation fund.

You can send it to the department at 1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, 28110. Details: Gloria Haney, 704-296-4312.

Mike Torralba

Indian Trail's image

Indian Trail is looking for a fresh new image, and wants your input.

Indian Trail officials will host public meetings to gather information from residents about their views on Indian Trail. A consultant is handling the process, and town officials said they hope for high attendance.

During the meetings, participants will look at Indian Trail's downtown area, destinations and amenities, businesses, neighborhoods and historic sites. Information will be used to create a brand for Indian Trail.

The meetings will be at 6 p.m. Monday and Aug. 18. The brand will be unveiled at a 6 p.m. meeting on Aug. 20. All meetings will be held at the town's civic building behind the town hall on Indian Trail Road.

Marty Minchin

Rogers to retire

Ken Rogers, director of Union County Veterans Services, is retiring.

Rogers, 61, has served in that position since 1996. His last day is Sept. 1.

Rogers assisted veterans with their military benefits, from pensions to health care to education, and helped them file for injury and disability compensation. A 24-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served at bases from Germany to Taiwan to Texas.

His successor will be Michelle Marcano. She brings nine years' experience as a program manager for the U.S. Army Career and Alumni Program, which helps service members ease back into civilian life.

Mike Torralba

Chamber wins award

The Union County Chamber of Commerce was a recipient at the 24th annual Awards for Excellence program of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Winners were honored July 30 during the ACCE Convention Pittsburgh.

The Chamber's entry, Annual Year in Review, received an award of merit. The Union County Chamber has now garnered awards for three consecutive years.

The Awards for Communications Excellence (ACE) is an annual competition that recognizes excellence in all areas of chamber of commerce communications. The ACE competition drew entries from chambers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Esther Robards-Forbes

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