County financial director resigns
Union County financial director David Cannon will step down from his job this month. Cannon took over from Kai Nelson in June 2010, coming to Union from Delaware County, Ohio, where he served as county administrator. Union County Public Information Officer Brett Vines said that Wes Baker will serve as interim director, while the county searches for a replacement.
Another candidate announces for 8th District
The latest candidate in the Republican bid to win the Eighth Congressional District announced his plans this week, as neurosurgeon Dr. John Whitley declared. The Kannapolis based Whitley is also a farmer who owns and operates All Creatures Animal Sanctuary, an animal rescue group.
“As your next congressman, my top priority will be to promote economic growth and private sector job creation throughout the district by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and freeing them from oppressive and unnecessary regulations,” Whitley said in a press release. “Under Larry Kissell’s watch unemployment in the 8th District has skyrocketed, and the only thing Obama and Kissell’s stimulus package has stimulated is our national debt.
The 8th congressional district includes parts of Cabarrus, Union, Rowan, Davidson, Mecklenburg Randolph and Robeson Counties and all of Stanly, Montgomery, Anson, Scotland and Richmond Counties.
Whitley joins Weddington mayor pro tem Dan Barry, former Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle and former Winston Salem City Council member Vernon Robinson in vying for the seat.
Wingate holds free concert
Wingate University’s Wind Ensemble will hold a free concert on Oct. 3 to honor the military. The concert will be held on campus in the Batte Center’s McGee Theatre.
The band will perform music written in honor of major events and people in U.S. history, such as the Kennedy assassination, the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia tragedies, and 9-11.
“One way we as Americans pay tribute to these types of events is expressing ourselves through music, and the ensemble will be performing pieces inspired by these events and more,” Dr. Dawn A. Perry said. Perry serves as assistant professor of music and director of bands. “We invite all military and veterans in the community to attend and be recognized for their service to our country.” q
County to auction surplus vehicles
Union County will hold a surplus vehicle auction Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at 610 Patton Avenue in Monroe. All vehicles will be sold “as is” and “where is” with no warranty. Sale will go to the highest bidder. Purchasers will bear sole risk of loss for all vehicles remaining on the premises after five businesses days from the day of the sale. Payment must be made by cash, money order, cashier’s check or credit card. No checks will be accepted.
To view a list of vehicles being auctioned, visit www.co.union.nc.us.
Stallings police hunt for robber
Stallings police are searching for a suspect in the robbery of the VIP Mart, 2700 Old Monroe Road. The incident happened Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9:45 p.m., when a witness says a black male entered the store. He then approached the clerk, asking to buy a cigar. Once the clerk turned to get the cigar, the suspect pulled out a silver handgun and demanded money. The clerk took the money from the register and put it in a paper bag, as requested by the suspect.
The suspect then fled the scene, heading in what witnesses say was a northerly direction to a parking lot across the highway, where he got into a small white car.
A vehicle matching that description was located in the woods across from 1700 CPCC Lane, with Matthews police assisting in the search by providing a K-9 unit to track the suspect.
The suspect is described as a black male approximately 5’11” 180 lbs with dreadlocks wearing black jeans and a black jacket. Stalling police ask anyone with information to call 704-821-0301.
Rob Jackson honored by Sen. Hagan
Cuthbertson High principal Rob Jackson took a trip to Se. Kay Hagan’s office Thursday, Sept. 22, where he was honored as North Carolina’s Principal of the Year.
“Mr. Jackson’s commitment to academic excellence and dedication to his students and staff has led Cuthbertson High School to unprecedented success,” Hagan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said. ”
Jackson is the founding principal of Cuthbertson High School, which opened its doors in August of 2009. Under his leadership, the school earned the state’s highest academic designation, “North Carolina Honor School of Excellence,” and was named an “International School” by Union County Public Schools for its globally rich curriculum and emphasis on cultural awareness after only a single year of operation.
County financial director resigns