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The town council did not make a decision Thursday after a third night of hearings on a proposed private sewer treatment plant for The Woods subdivision.

The hearing was recessed until 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weddington High School.

On Thursday, IB Development presented testimony about reclaimed water from the plant, which would be used to irrigate lawns.

Its witnesses said it would be safer than septic systems and discharge cleaner water than Union County's sewage treatment plant at Twelve Mile Creek.

Witnesses also said property values around similar plants, as well as Union's Twelve Mile Creek plant, have not gone down.

The legal representative for the opposition began presenting witnesses.

Esther Robards-Forbes


The League of Women Voters is hosting a dinner on Tuesday, Women's Equality Day. It will honor local women elected to public office. Reservations may be made through Lois Johnson at 704-282-0028 or Bernie Parker at 704-846-1459. Cost is $35, with no charge to the honorees. The event will be at the Victorian Crow's Nest in Monroe.


The Union County Community Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its 2008 Grants Program.

Applications can be downloaded from (click on Regional Affiliates, then Union). Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 29. Questions: Call 704-973-4559 or email

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