Weddington High promotes football coach
WEDDINGTON – Weddington High didn’t have to look far for its next head football coach.
Weddington announced this week that current offensive coordinator Andy Capone would be the Warriors’ new head football coach. Capone, who has been an assistant football coach at the school for the past five seasons, replaces Tim Carson, who announced his retirement last month.
Capone is a physical education teacher at the school, and he is also the Warriors’ assistant baseball coach. He is a graduate of Sun Valley High School and Appalachian State University.
“Coach Capone exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated teacher and coach and is committed to the success of his student-athletes on and off of the field,” Weddington High athletic director Michael Hart said. “Coach Capone holds a true passion for football and will continue to build strong relationships with his players and the community.”
Weddington won the 2016 Class 3AA state championship and the Warriors finished 10-4 while advancing to the third round of the 2017 Class 3A playoffs.
New charter school meets with prospective parents
MONROE – Representatives from Monroe Charter Academy will be on hand at a parent interest meeting to talk to parents about enrolling at the city’s newest charter school.
The meeting takes place 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Monroe Library.
MCA is a tuition-free, K-5 charter opening in August with 216 students in grades K-2. The location for the school has not yet been announced.
MCA’s mission is to “develop each child into an academically thriving citizen, by partnering with parents and the community, utilizing high expectations and a rigorous classical education, delivered with purposeful and spirited devotion.”
Enrollment begins Jan. 15 at www.monro echarteracademy.org or by a paper application, obtained online or by request, by calling 704-236-1234. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.
Waterfowl rescue group raising money for heaters
INDIAN TRAIIL – The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is trying to raise $7,600 to buy ductless and externally mounted heaters for its four buildings.
The charity last more than 40 animals after a fire. The charity doesn’t want to sue the same heaters that started the fire.
The charity has raised nearly $2,000 toward the goal.
Visit https://cwr.networkforgood.com/ for details.
Esposito trains to hit hard
INDIAN TRAIL – 4M Fitness’s Adam Esposito won 2017 Trainer of the Year with the 2017 cboxinginfo.com North Carolina Boxing Awards.
The organization noted how Esposito has trained three fighters nominated for the 2017 Boxing Awards.
Esposito leads a cardio boxing class at noon Wednesdays, as well as offer one-on-one sessions.
The fitness center, located at 2021 Van Buren Ave., recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.
Visit www.4mfit.com or call 704-248-1529 for details.
5K nets nearly $20K for middle school athletics
CHARLOTTE – The Big South Conference will distribute nearly $20,000 to middle school athletic programs in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Union and York/Rock Hill school districts from the proceeds of its Eighth Annual Big South 5K Road Race on Oct. 21 at Blakeney Shopping Center.
The event has raised close to $159,000 for middle school athletics since 2010.
More than 1,000 registrants took part in the event, including 80 from Marvin Ridge Middle.
“The Big South Conference is an important partner to the Union County Public Schools’ system,” UCPS Director of Athletics Doug Jones said. “Over the years, the Big South 5K run has provided much needed funds for middle school athletics.”
County offices closed Jan. 15
MONROE – Union County government offices, including the divisions of Social Services and Public Health, all county libraries and the animal shelter will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Cane Creek Park will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Union County Solid Waste Management Facility will open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Union County Board of Commissioners normally meets the first and third Monday of each month. Due to the holiday, the board will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 16.
H&R Block arms accountants for tax filing season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – H&R Block has opened 10,000 offices nationwide to serve taxpayers during the upcoming filing season.
H&R Block has an office located within five miles of 95 percent of Americans, including Indian Trail (4405 Old Monroe Road), Matthews (10046 E Independence Blvd. and 3116 Weddington Road), Monroe (1774 Roosevelt Blvd. W.) and Waxhaw (1201 N. Broome St.) residents.
Offices help with filing 2017 returns, W-4 planning for 2018, or dealing with IRS-mandated refund delays.
H&R Block’s free Federal 1040EZ offer will allow approximately 23 million taxpayers to file a Federal 1040EZ for free for a limited time at participating offices.
Visit www.hrblock.com for details.
Democrats to meet Jan. 18
MONROE – The Union County Democratic Party executive committee will meet Jan. 18.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Old Armory Community Center, 500 S. Johnson St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
A quorum is required to elect a Union County Democrat to fill a vacancy on the NC State Executive Committee. Send a proxy if you are unable to attend.
Precinct packets for precinct organization will be handed out and explained.
All Union County Democrats are invited.
Call Chairwoman Nancy Rorie at 704-219-8821 for details.