Correction: Cane Creek Park fees
WAXHAW – A chart showing pricing rates for different Cane Creek uses in the News Briefs section of last week’s Union County Weekly was inaccurate in some parts.
The annual entrance fee for a vehicle with a trailer was listed as $60 for residents, but is actually an $80 fee. Also, fees for residents and for non-residents were switched around under “Year-Round Campground Fees.”
For a complete list of fees, visit www.co.union.nc.us/Portals/0/Parks/Fees/CCpricesheet122014.pdf.
All boat, fishing and trail access will be free through February. However, when Union County Weekly went to press, the park was closed indefinitely while crews search for a man believed to have drowned while fishing at the park on Friday, Jan. 9.
Stallings, Waxhaw make “safest cities” list
An annual list of the safest cities in North Carolina, as released by real estate firm and blog Movoto, includes two western Union County municipalities in the Top Ten.
Stallings was listed as the fifth safest city, and Waxhaw as the seventh, according to the report.
The list is compiled based on the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report, which uses recent data on murders, violent crime, property crime and other crimes. The list refers to the towns in which residents or visitors are least likely to fall victim to a crime.
This marked the second year in a row that Stallings made the Top 10 in North Carolina, although the town did fall from third place to fifth place.
Waxhaw debuted on the list at number seven due to the low number of crimes per person, according to the report. In 2013, this Union County town had a total of just 176 crimes. With its population of 10,481 residents, this gave Waxhaw the sixth fewest crimes per person, according to the report.
More specifically, these crimes were made up of 161 property crimes, with only 15 violent crimes.
The Town of Pinehurst, about 80 miles northeast of Union County, was listed as the safest town in North Carolina for the second straight year.
Two arrested in Indian Trail armed robbery
INDIAN TRAIL – On Jan. 8, Union County Sheriff Ed Cathey announced that two arrests had been made in relation to the armed robbery of a man near the Crismark subdivision in Indian Trail on Dec. 20, 2014.
According to a press release announcing the arrests, the victim told officers that he received a ride from the suspects, who told him they were attending a party. When the suspects’ car pulled into the neighborhood, one suspect brandished a firearm and demanded the victim’s money and cellphone. The victim was then pistol-whipped and left lying on the side of the road.
On Dec. 31, 2014, police arrested Basil Brandon Blake, 31, and charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury. He is currently being held in Union County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond.
On Jan. 7, 2015, police arrested Janet Ward Nance, 40, in connection with the robbery. She was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. She was also served with several warrants for unrelated crimes in the past. She is currently being held in Union County Jail under a $65,000 secured bond.
Both suspects are scheduled for a first appearance in court on Feb. 3.
Waxhaw author to release book in February
WAXHAW – GreenCastle Publishing has announced that its newest title to hit stores nationally will be “Corporate Cure: How to Build a High-Engagement, High-Performance Company That Will Last,” written by Waxhaw resident John Owens.
The book, which will hit shelves in February, is Owens’ first. The book “brings a combination of personal reflection, straight-forward storytelling and practical guidance for CEOs around the world to put into immediate action,” according to a press release.
Owens is an entrepreneur who founded the Owens Management Group (OMG) in 2009, to help share the business secrets that helped him serve successfully as founder and CEO of Ameritrust Mortgage Inc. since 1998.
Visit www.greencastlepublishing.com for more information about the book.