News Briefs: June 26 to July 2

Candidate filing opens Friday

MONROE – Candidates can file to run for the Union County Board of Education starting Friday, June 27, at noon.

Filing will be available at the Union County Board of Elections, 316 E. Windsor St. in Monroe, until July 25, a Friday, at noon. Positions in this year’s election include Districts 3, 4 and 6, an at-large seat and a two-year unexpired term for District 1. Candidates must live in the district they seek to represent, unless they file for the at-large position. Find more information about filing and districts by calling the board of elections at 704-283-3809.


Early voting for commissioner primary starts next week

MONROE – People can start voting in the second primary for the Union County Board of County Commissioners July 3, a Thursday, at the Union County Public Library at 316 E. Windsor St. in Monroe.

Stony Rushing beat out Tracy Kuehler for the third spot on November’s county commissioner ballot, but did not secure enough votes to prohibit Kuehler from calling for a second primary. The winner of the second primary will join Jerry Simpson and Lance Simpson as the Republican Party candidates on the ballot, with no other party candidates filed to run against them.

Early voting will run through July 12, a Saturday. Voting day for the second primary is July 15, a Tuesday.

Call the Union County Board of Elections at 704-283-3809 for more information.


Bridge replacement postponed

STALLINGS – The North Carolina Department of Transportation has postponed scheduled work on the Steven’s Mill Road bridge over North Fork Crooked Creek tributary.

Work was expected to start Monday, June 23. A reason for postponing the project was not given in a news release about the project.

NCDOT has posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles and trucks weighing more than 15 tons from using the bridge, according to the release. The bridge was constructed in 1958 and “is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete,” the release said.


County warns of deed scam

MONROE – Union County Register of Deeds Crystal Crump recently said a deed scam is taking place in parts of North Carolina and local residents should be aware.

A company identified as Record Transfer Services offers to get a homeowner a current grant deed and property assessment profile for a $83 fee, according to a county news release. That information is available through the Union County Register of Deeds office by calling 704-283-3797.

Anyone contacted by the scam mailings can call the North Carolina Department of Justice Consumer Protection Division’s Julie Daniel at 919-716-6000.


Family Dollar to host job fair on Thursday

MATTHEWS – Family Dollar will host a job fair Thursday, June 26, to hire warehouse order fillers for its North Carolina Distribution Center in Matthews.

The fair will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the center, at 10401 Monroe Road. Attendees should enter using the white skywalk, according to a news release.

An additional job fair is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1, from 8 a.m. to noon.


Habitat to dedicate two homes this weekend

MONROE – The Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity will dedicate two new Habitat for Humanity houses on Griffith Road this weekend.

The homes will be dedicated Saturday, June 28, followed by the families receiving the keys to their new homes. The two families have completed between 350 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” during construction of the homes, according to a news release.

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Reminder: USA Weekend no longer running in Weekly

This week will mark the final time USA Weekend is included in Union County Weekly, as USA Weekend has decided to change its “marketing and distribution operations,” according to a letter sent to the paper’s parent company, Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group.

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