News Briefs: Aug. 7 to 13

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Local Scouts attempt Art Loeb Trail climb

INDIAN TRAIL – Members of Boy Scout Troop 276 in Indian Trail recently attempted to complete the full Art Loeb Trail, at more than 30 miles, in Shining Rock Wilderness.

Three Scouts and two adults finished the trail, including reaching the summit of Cold Mountain, in what is considered the second most difficult trail in the Southeast, according to a news release. Completing a trip of more than 30 miles is one of the requirements for obtaining the Backpacking Merit Badge.

Rep. Pittenger to honor Kilah Davenport

WEDDINGTON – U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger will present the family of Kilah Davenport with a signed copy of the national Kilah’s Law at a special ceremony Thursday night, Aug. 7, at Weddington’s Club at Longview.

Kilah Davenport

Kilah Davenport

The law, recently approved by Congress, is focused on toughening punishments for convicted child abusers. It will require all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to report sentencing guidelines for felony child abusers to the U.S. attorney general within 180 days.

Kilah, an Indian Trail girl, died earlier this year after she was severely beaten in 2012. Her stepfather, Joshua Houser, was convicted of child abuse in the case.

Thursday’s presentation, starting at 6 p.m., will include a copy of the law, a proclamation signed by Pittenger and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and a U.S. flag which was flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., in Kilah’s honor. There also will be a performance by Trey Healy, who was Kilah’s favorite musician. 

Barrington Block Party to support two causes

WAXHAW – The Barrington neighborhood will host a block party next weekend to raise funds for the Levine Children’s Hospital and Teen Health Connection.

The event, on Aug. 16, a Saturday, at 5 p.m., will include children’s activities such as a pet and bike parade, bounce house, face painting, a fire truck visit and more. There also will be activities for adults, including a sponsored wine tasting and a live band. 

The event will take place along Fairgreen Avenue in Waxhaw. Find more information at

Christmas Bureau needs new home

MONROE – The Union County Christmas Bureau, which helps people in need around the holidays, needs a new location for this year.

The bureau needs about 20,000 square feet of space, centrally located in Monroe and preferably rent-free for October, November and December, according to a news release. The owner of the site can use the rent as a charitable deduction.

“We have tried to get most of the obvious locations that are currently empty,” Union County Volunteer Services Coordinator Gloria Haney said in a news release. “So while we appreciate ideas, we are at a critical point and need resources. We are looking for individuals with contacts and resources that can utilize them to obtain the space as the Christmas season quickly approaches.”

Anyone who can help can call Haney at 704-296-4312.

Hospice medical director announces retirement

Dr. Paul Johnson, the medical director for Hospice of Union County, will retire soon after 20 years of service to the organization, according to a news release.

“Dr. Johnson has treated our patients and their families with dignity and compassion,” read the release. “He has made himself available to our team to better serve our patients and promote our mission. Hospice could not have a bigger supporter or better friend.”

Johnson will retire Friday, Aug. 8. 

Cane Creek Park to host Sprint Triathlon

WAXHAW – The Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s Sprint Triathlon will take place Aug. 19, a Tuesday, at Cane Creek Park. 

The swimming and running portions of the event will take place at the park’s day use area, which will close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 19 to prepare for the event. 

People can take part by visiting, or watch the event for the park’s standard $4 vehicle charge.

The park is located at 5213 Harkey Road.

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