Excellence award: The Union County Health Department is the recipient of the 2011 Samuel L. Katz Excellence in Immunization Award for the Union County School Employees' Immunization Initiative.
The award is presented by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Immunization Branch to an agency that has developed innovative strategies, projects or programs to increase childhood, adolescent or adult immunization coverage rates. It is named in honor of Dr. Samuel L. Katz, the Wilburt Cornell Davison Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Pediatrics at Duke University.
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An article about McAlpine Park in the July 31 edition of South Charlotte News incorrectly attributed changes to the park's trails to Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities.
The department also plans to explore options such as building a soft-surface trail in another location and using a type of rubberized surface.
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department estimated the annual cost of replacing washed-away pit gravel is $30,000-$140,000.
Sidewalk dedication: A new sidewalk is open along Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road.
Indian Trail recently dedicated two-thirds of a mile of sidewalk from Colton Ridge Drive to Coventry Drive.
The section is part of a larger project along Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road that includes sidewalks from Colton Ridge Drive to Old Monroe Road and from the Food Lion Shopping Center entrance to Coventry Drive.
Citizens academy: Monroe is providing an informative service to residents through the Citizens Academy.
Participants will begin the eight-week session Sept. 12 and continue each Monday starting at 5:30 p.m., with dinner included. The academy will focus on the inner workings of Monroe services, such as planning, fire, police, streets, solid waste, water, sewer and more.