Union County towns get federal grants
Two Union County towns will receive federal dollars this year, to make their operations more energy efficient.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans Aug. 18 to pay out more than $660,000 in grants for 68 businesses, towns and agricultural producers. Included in those grants was $18,169 for projects in the town of Marshville and $11,250 for solar projects in Monroe.
“Investment in energy initiatives means investment in jobs for North Carolinians,” U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said in a news release. “When unemployment unemployment in some rural areas of North Carolina tops 17 percent, common sense measures can have a significant impact. Funding of each award is based on the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant, which can help finance up to 25 percent of a project’s cost.
Union Toastmasters elect new officers
The Union County Toastmasters Club elected new officers for the current year. Jan Furr takes over as president, with Anne Cullip stepping in as vice president for education. Cynthia Reid will take over as vice president for membership, with Barb Menzel serving as vice president for public relations. The club will celebrate the election with a pinning ceremony Sept. 28. The club meets at the Union County Chamber of Commerce every Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. For more information, residents can email Jan Furr at Janice.Furr@goodrich.com.
Monroe Crossing to host police training
Emergency responders from across the Union County area will take part in a training program Sunday, Aug. 28 at Monroe Crossing. Each year, the mall opens its doors to local law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, to train for a disaster.
“This year’s exercise is based on the California scenario where an individual barricaded himself in a store stating he had a gun and then proceeded to set fires throughout the mall,” Tedd Hamilton, Security Director of Andrews International Security, said in a press release.
Participants for the scenario include Monroe Police Department, Monroe Fire Department, EMS, Andrews International Security, Union County Red Cross, Union County Emergency Management and Carolinas Medical Center-Union. The training exercise will be conducted as a “real life scenario” in order to offer local agencies the opportunity to work together in response to an emergency situation.
“In light of the upcoming Democratic Convention in Charlotte it is important that we attend exercises like this to be better prepared in a real situation involving high public volume,” Hamilton said.
The exercise is set to begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. During the training exercise the public will not be allowed inside the center.
Monroe Citizens Academy to Start Sept. 12
Residents of Monroe will have a chance to learn more about the inner workings of the city, when the Citizens Academy starts back up Sept. 12. The eight week session will be held each Monday at 5:30 p.m., with dinner provided. This year, the Academy will focus on how services such as fire, police, streets, solid waste, water, sewer and planning work.
“We started this academy to give our residents an opportunity to get an inside look as to how the City of Monroe provides services and what is involved in providing those services to the community,” said Debra Chestnut Reed, Monroe human resources director. “This is our third year and we are reaching our goal of educating, informing, and involving our residents in municipal government.”
In exchange for their commitment of time and energy, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with community service, the chance to network with other civic-minded residents, the knowledge and personal contact to be an effective leader in their neighborhood, and will gain a clear understanding of the city’s operation and how those operations have a direct affect on the community.
“Our goal is to have better informed residents and improve communications with the leaders in the community,” said Reed. “And hopefully those leaders will pass on the information they gathered with other residents, further strengthening communications and understanding of how the city operates with their neighbors and friends.”
Reed said the city hopes to gain a better public perception of the city and its services as well as offer the opportunity for key staff members to have open interactions with the Academy members. Additionally, city leaders hope to cultivate the relationship with the Academy participants to develop a ready source of qualified and motivated applicants for appointed city boards and commissions.
For more information on the Citizens Academy, contact the City of Monroe’s Human Resources Department at (704) 282-4506.
Wesley Chapel Animal Hospital earns accreditation
The American Animal Hospital Association approved Wesley Chapel’s Carolina Pets, 5922 Weddington Monroe Road, after an evaluation of the facility. AAHA’s accreditation process examined the hospital’s practices, medical equipment, client service and overall facility.
“I would like to congratulate Carolina Pets Animal Hospital on achieving accreditation,” AAHA executive director Michael Cavanaugh said. “They are clearly committed to doing their very best as evidenced by the hard work and effort they put into this voluntary process.”
Accreditation is a voluntary commitment practices make to their clients and patients. The AAHA Standards of Accreditation contain more than 900 individual standards, divided into 18 major sections. These areas of focus include: patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.
Only 15 percent of all small animal hospitals in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the Association.
Wingate University to host Strongest Man competition
Thirty-two competitors from across the globe will meet at Wingate University starting Sept. 10 for the World’s Strongest Man competition. Events will take place all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Qualifiers will feature a loading race and keg toss on the sand volleyball court at Wingate University’s Jefferson Clubhouse. After traveling to Rockingham race track Sept. 11 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame Sept. 12, contestants return to Wingate on Sept. 13 for the last day of qualifying events where they will compete in the dumbbell press, metal block press and atlas stones in front of the Stegall Administration Building.
“As our students begin this fall semester they can be part of an international event that enriches the educational experience, particularly for those interested in our athletic training, sport science and communication programs,” said Dr. Jerry E. McGee, president of Wingate University. “We are proud to host this premier event in strength athletics and we invite spectators from our community and around the world to our beautiful campus.”