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Class required for convicted drivers

People convicted of drinking and driving in Union County soon will have to attend a class designed to halt repeat offenses, according to District Attorney John Snyder.

Anyone under age 21 convicted of driving while impaired or driving after consuming will have to attend a one-hour Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact program. Chief District Court Judge Chris Bragg has agreed to add the program to future sentences, Snyder said.

Last year, 1,132 people were charged with alcohol- and drug-related driving offenses in Union County. “If a person goes through this program and it makes a difference, then it's worth it,” Snyder said.

Esther Robards-Forbes

Sharpton to speak

The Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to speak in Monroe today at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church. Sharpton, who will speak at the 8 a.m. service, is urging people to register to vote. He also wants to draw attention to possible election fraud.

Esther Robards-Forbes

Lions host Golf Classic

The Indian Trail Lions Club will host the Fred Kirby Golf Classic at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Divide Golf Club, 6803 Stevens Mill Road, Matthews. The Fred Kirby Golf Classic is played annually in honor of the late Kirby, a club member and WBTV children's program star. Registration for individual players is $85, teams $340. Information: 704-821-7531 or 704-377-9171.

Cancer survivors party

The Edwards Cancer Center at Carolinas Medical Center-Union will host its third annual “Cancer Survivors' Day” celebration on Saturday at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3320-D Presson Road, Monroe.

It honors cancer patients and their families and features live music, bingo, children's activities, food and prize drawings. At 6 p.m., actress and cancer survivor Barbara Bates Smith will present “The C-Word: A Life-Meets-Art Cancer Story.” Admission and parking are free. Reservations are requested: 704-993-2265.

Water rules change

Union County has loosened its water restrictions to allow customers to wash their cars on days other than their assigned irrigation days. Customers may now wash their vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as their assigned irrigation days. Details: Union County Public Works, 704-296-4210 or visit

Mike Torralba

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