Arts & Entertainment
Judy Cook: Her Storefront Theatre, launched its 12th season.
Edna Drakeford: Warms up veterans through Waxhaw Quilts of Valor.
Anthony Hamilton: Waxhaw resident joined So So Def tour in the fall.
Landon Knestrick: Kid was in Emmy-nominated ad with WWII vet.
Patti Price: Price launched KP Films production company in Monroe.
Joyce Rentschler: Organized Downtown Monroe Art Walk for the 11th year.
Calvin Richardson: Monroe native added to N.C. Music Hall of Fame.
Janet & Kyle Baker: Sospeso Coffee became 4th Corner Bakehouse.
Holly Bennett: She opened The Rage Room for people to break stuff.
Judy Chapman: Real estate owner got Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Paul Collins: Broke seal on Doodle Sasser Distillery in Indian Trail.
Fred Edwards: Goulston Technologies broke ground on an expansion.
Scott Fisher: Fisher Textiles broke ground on a $4.5M headquarters.
Patrick Garrivier & Bryan St. Clair: Opened Le Cochon D’Or in Waxhaw.
Dustin Gatliff: Turned tractor dealership into Southern Range Brewing.
Pat Kahl: Kahl’s chamber of commerce unveiled a new logo.
Chris Plate: Convinced Monroe to buy 155.9 acres for a business park.
Leslie Schlappich: Raises alpacas & llamas on her farm off U.S. 200.
Tim Starnes: His Ethereal Crack launched afternoon teas in Waxhaw.
Ian Steedman: Announced plans for Strikers Soccer Center in IT.
Beth Tourtellot: Cancer fight fueled opening of Peddler’s Paradise.
Carol Alley: UCPS honored Parkwood’s Alley as top principal.
Gina Chisum: Principal was grand marshal of IT Christmas Parade.
Ashley Erb: UCPS honored Western Union’s Erb as top teacher.
Andrew Houlihan: Superintendent pushed for security & mental health.
Jerry McGee: Earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the chamber.
Melissa Merrell: The school board realigned districts in March.
Maria Pharr: SPCC broke ground on a new building in November.
Eva Vega: Vega, of Marvin Ridge, was in national spelling bee.
Ann Walters: Union Academy headmaster opened a new building.
Keith Adams: His agency, Common Heart, gave out tax help & turkeys.
Kathy Bragg: Rebranded Community Shelter of Union County.
David Broadie: Founded the N.C. Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Gordon: Moved waterfowl Rescue to S.C. after a hurricane.
Brooke Hudson: 18-year-old got hooked on mission trips to Jamaica.
Nicole Jordan: Picked as grand marshal of Waxhaw Christmas Parade.
John McGill: Pastors Waxhaw UMC, which celebrated 130 years.
Alayah Nguyen: Miss Teen NC US rallied around various causes.
Simran Bhargava: Helped promote hygiene in India through charity.
Harry Watkins & Larry Berg: Built camaraderie with veteran coffees.
Christina Alphin: Began as Marvin administrator amid a shutdown.
Richard Baker: Honored for years of shaping Stallings planning.
Brian Borne: Discussed Center Theatre & Science Center projects.
Eddie Cathey: The sheriff won re-election.
Scott Cole: NCDOT engineer didn’t budge on superstreet.
Cindy Coto: County manager retired this year without a farewell tour.
Warren Cooksey: Spread gospel about express lanes through the region.
Donnie Gay: Wingate Police Chief lets off steam through crafts.
Lynn Keziah: Monroe councilman earned Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Michelle Lancaster: Formed collaborative on youth’s mental health.
Trey Robison: District attorney shed light on opioids & got re-elected.
Dean Sabinske: Waxhaw parks & rec head sought new park master plan.
Patrick Sadek: IT town manager unveiled plans for a veterans memorial.
Alex Sewell: Stallings appointed Sewell as town manager.
Jay Tryon: Opened inclusive playground & splash pad in Indian Trail.
Mark Watson: Longtime HR director promoted to county manager.
Curt White: Waxhaw downtown manager hoisted Great Places Award.
Frank Aikmus: Voted no on adding $51.9M in bonds to election ballot.
Michael Alvarez: IT mayor advocated for victim’s rights & mental health.
Dean Arp, Mark Brody & Craig Horn: Re-elected to N.C. House seats.
Dan Barry: Union GOP chair won volunteer of year honors from the state.
Frank Deese: Marshville mayor saw potential in ABC store & bypass.
Mark Harris: Lara Trump & Mike Huckabee campaigned here for him.
Barbara Harrison. The retired exec filled in as county commissioner.
Richard Helms: Still among most vocal county commissioners.
Brad Horvath: Wesley Chapel mayor raised concerns about development.
Todd Johnson & Paul Newton: Elected to N.C. Senate seats.
Marcus McIntyre: Analyst filled a vacancy on Indian Trail Town Council.
Dennis Rape: School board member elected to the county commission.
Tommy Tucker: Senator didn’t run again & wrote a de-annexation bill.
Caroline Walker: Talked about past alcoholism during N.C. Senate run.
Andy Capone: Coaching debut netted Weddington a state football title.
Cindy Song: Teen qualified for Drive, Chip and Putt Championships.
Brook Hammers: Coached Marvin Ridge volleyball to US ranking & title.
Sam Howell: Area’s best QB changed mind to attend UNC.
Meryl Johnson: Weddington lacrosse star broke state assist record.
Vic Johnson: Coached Union Academy to girls soccer title.
Michael Macchiavello: Earned NCAA Championship in wrestling.
James Shipley: Weddington athlete excelled in football & lacrosse.
Sarah LaTour: Cuthbertson star won many track titles.
Britton Short: Prepared Weddington boys lacrosse for a state title.
Steve Smith Sr.: Retired NFL star continued to give back to youth.
Rick Spencer: Trained Weddington cross country team to a title.
Kirk Walsh: Coached Cuthbertson girls cross country to a state title.
Tamya Austin: Won Youth of the Year from Boys & Girls Clubs.
Mackenzie Barron: 3-year-old became a princess for a day in Waxhaw.
Douglas Colson: Arrested on charges of killing a man on Facebook Live.
Carolyn Eberly: Her anti-Trump group made the cover of Time magazine.
RebeccaAnne Edelman: Lobbied for more health resources for schools.
Gladys Kerr: Named Union County Woman of the Year for 2018.
Dazia Lee: Arrested after son, 1, died in hurricane floodwaters.
Rachel Lucenius-Schick: Parents started a charity in late student’s honor.
Mickalina Pfund: Receptionist delivered a baby in a parking garage.
Jody Sitton: Chose Mondays for chemo so she wouldn’t miss work at the salon.