Filing coming in July for Stallings and Weddington elections
Candidates for office in the towns of Stallings and Weddington can file beginning on Monday, July 25 at noon. The filing will run until noon on August 12. Filing for the two towns opens almost a month after the rest of the county. Fairview, Hemby Bridge, Indian Trail, Lake Park, Marshville, Marvin, Mineral Springs, Unionville, Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel and Wingate candiates can all officially file during a period beginning at noon on July 1 and ending July 15. Filing is held at the Union County Board of Elections, 316-B East Windsor Street in Monroe. The cost to file is $5 by either cash or check.
Red Cross names new leader
Union County’s Red Cross chapter has a new leader. Shelia Crunkleton was appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as the chapter’s executive.
“I am honored to be asked to lead the Union County Chapter, an organization that has been an integral part of serving Union and Anson counties,” Crunkleton said in a release.
Crunkleton replaces Kathy Bragg, who left year position as director earlier this year. Before being appointed director, Crunkleton served with the chapter for more than three years. Before that, she also served on the Board of Directors.
“Sheila’s work with this region has been invaluable,” Angela A. Broome, Red Cross regional chief, said. “She has a strong connection with the community in Union and Anson, and we are excited to have her take the helm of this chapter.”
In addition to working with the Red Cross, Crunkleton serves as the chair for the city of Monroe’s Downtown Committee and on the city’s tourism board. She is also involved with the Union County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Union, Youth Leadership Union and Leadership Union Alumni Association.
Union County launches YouTube channel
Residents can now watch meetings on the internet, after Union County launched their own YouTube channel.
“Local and state governments across the country are using social media as a way to reach more of the citizens they serve,” Union County Public Information Officer Brett Vines said. “Facebook has allowed us to provide citizens with the most up-to-date information about Union County government, and the YouTube channel will feature videos of County meetings and videos promoting County programs and services that many of our residents aren’t able to see.”
County commissioner meeting videos are available on the County’s website. In addition, meetings can be seen live at www.co.union.nc.us:8080/sirepub/meet.aspx.
“Many residents of Union County don’t have cable access to UCTV 16, and view county commissioner meetings on our website,” Vines said. “However, without access to UCTV 16, they can’t view Planning Board and Board of Adjustment meetings, videos promoting County services and programs. Now all they have to do is go to our YouTube channel to view these videos.”
To start viewing Union County videos on YouTube, visit the channel at www.youtube.com/unioncountync. If you are already using Facebook, become a fan of Union County government by visiting www.co.union.nc.us and clicking on the Facebook icon.
Union County students awarded scholarships
Six Union County residents received collage scholarships this year through the Ronald McDonald House. Overall in the Charlotte region, fifty one students were given $1,000 scholarships from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina.
“McDonald’s is committed to higher education, and as local business owners, it’s an honor to help send these students to college,” said McDonald’s owner/operator Gordon Thornton. “Each year we look forward to this program and the opportunity to see promising students reach their goals.”
RMHC scholarship recipients were chosen based on their leadership skills, academic success, community involvement, financial need and a personal essay describing how they intend to make a difference in society.
Union County students receiving scholarships including Waxhaw’s Joel Friesen and Wingate’s Erika Rape.
In addition to the RMHC Scholars, 13 local McDonald’s employees were awarded with $1,000 Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to McDonald’s employees who are continuing their college education and have made significant contributions to their communities and achieved academic success.
Union County residents receiving Ray Kroc scholarships include Veronica Dayton from Indian Trail, Amanda Laney from Waxhaw, Joseph Jordan and Samantha Crawford from Monroe.