Monroe shutting down parts of Steele Street
Monroe will close down a portion of Steele Street starting Aug. 8 in order to do some utility upgrades. A new water main will be installed along Sutherland Avenue from Walkup Avenue to Morgan Mill Road, forcing the portion of Steele Street from Sutherland to McIntyre Street to be closed Aug. 8 to 19.
Anyone with questions can call Monroe’s Water Resources Department at 704-282-4601.
New principal at Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge Elementary will have a new principal when class starts in a few weeks.
District Superintendent Ed Davis informed the school board Tuesday, Aug. 2, that the school’s assistant principal, Lisa Taylor, will serve as interim principal following the retirement of Wanda Stegall.
Taylor’s appointment takes effect immediately.
Kohl’s hiring 150 positions
Kohl’s will hold a job fair starting this weekend in anticipation of opening their new Union County location.
The fair, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7, to Thursday, Aug. 11, will be held at Pineville’s Hilton Garden Inn, at 425 Towne Centre Blvd. The event runs Sunday and Monday from 10:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; Tuesday from 12:15 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. People should call 877-639-5645 to schedule an interview.
The store, which will open at the corner of Tom Short and Rea roads, is looking for register operators, department associates, customer service representatives, freight unloaders and evening ad set associates.
Tucker appointed to oversight committee
Union County state Sen. Tommy Tucker was named Wednesday, Aug 3, to serve on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, along with the Joint Legislative Economic Development Oversight Committee.
“These committees will examine the programs and issues facing Health and Human Services and economic development, unencumbered by the other issues we face during session,” Tucker said in a press release. “I greatly appreciate the confidence placed in me and look forward to serving during the interim.”
New art program launches in Waxhaw
Bean and Belle, a children’s arts studio, will hold a grand opening celebration Aug. 13 in downtown Waxhaw.
The studio, at 103 W. South Main St., was the brainchild of licensed art teacher Jen Williams, who moved to the area in 2010.
Williams’ goal is to step in where schools have left off.
“So many programs are being deleted due to current public school budget restraints,” Williams said. “For me, this is a dream scenario. I get to teach what I love to a group of amazing children, in a wonderfully inspiring environment.”
The studio will to provide students with instruction, incorporating famous artists, art theories and a variety of materials.
“I truly believe every child is an artist and it is a privilege (to get) the opportunity to help foster that growth,” Williams said.
CMC-Union employees raise cash for tornado victims
Carolinas Medical Center-Union employees raised $2,650 for the American Red Cross in support of tornado relief efforts under way in the Southeast and Midwest.
Funds were raised via personal donations made by employees and an employee-organized bake sale held June 16 at the hospital. CMC-Union President Michael Lutes presented the check to local American Red Cross Executive Director Sheila Crunkleton during a short presentation July 25 at CMC-Union.
“Our employees’ commitment to helping others extends far beyond our hospital walls or the county line,” Lutes said. “I’m extremely proud of our employees and know the funds raised will help to rebuild what so many lost during the devastating storms.”
“CMC-Union employees are very generous and among the first to step in when help is needed,” Crunkleton added. “Those affected by the spring tornadoes and storms need the support of the country to help them recover. The American Red Cross is grateful for the support of CMC-Union and their employees.”