Union County celebrates telecommunicators
MONROE – Union County is celebrating April 9-16 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Union County Emergency Communications employs a staff of more than 40 people to answer, respond to, and dispatch assistance for emergencies and incidents.
C-COM serves the Union County Sheriff’s Department and police departments of Monroe, Waxhaw, Marshville, Wingate and Stallings, Union EMS, Monroe City Fire/First Responders, 18 county volunteer fire departments/first responders, Union County Emergency Management, public works and Union County Animal Control. C-COM also answers the after-hours lines for Mental Health, Rape Crisis and Hospice.
It is an approved Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence and Emergency Fire Dispatch Center of Excellence by the Board of Accreditation of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.
Waxhaw golfer competes in Drive, Chip & Putt
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Cindy Song, of Waxhaw, placed fifth among girls ages 12-13 at the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals on April 1 at Augusta National Golf Club.
Eighty winners across the four age divisions earned a trip to Augusta National Golf Club to participate in the national finals on the eve of the Masters Tournament. The competition aired live on the Golf Channel.
“All of us at Augusta National are focused on the future of golf, and this event remains one of the most meaningful endeavors in the history of our club,” said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “Our goal here is to inspire a lifelong passion for the game of golf, and if our participation helps, then we’ve accomplished our mission.”
Former Cutty star to try NBA
WAXHAW — Clemson junior point guard Shelton Mitchell, who played three seasons at Cuthbertson High, has filed the necessary paperwork to become eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft. Mitchell does not plan to sign with an agent, which means he could return to Clemson if he were to change his mind.
Mitchell started 32 of 35 games this past season, and he averaged 12.2 points and 3.6 assists a game for a Clemson team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.qw
Mitchell, of Waxhaw, played three seasons at Cuthbertson High before transferring to Oak Hill Academy as a senior, where he suffered an injury-plagued senior season. Mitchell scored over 1,400 career points at Cuthbertson, averaging 19.2 points and 4.5 assists per game while being named the NCPreps.com Class 2A Player of the Year as a junior in 2012-13. He signed with Vanderbilt before transferring to Clemson after his freshman year in Nashville.
Plan focuses on U.S. 74 through Marshville
MARSHVILLE – Union County and Marshville will collect input at an open house for its corridor study of U.S. 74 through the town.
The plan will identify intersection, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, as well as what roadway may be needed for a proposed bypass of Marshville.
The drop-in event takes place 6 to 8 p.m. April 19 at the Marshville Community Center, 118 E. Union St.
Historical society looks back at desegregation
MONROE – The Union County Historical Society will discuss the history of school desegregation in Monroe City Schools and Union County.
The presentation will be based on archival work of Joseph Ellis, an associate professor of political science at Wingate University.
The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. April 15 in the Union County Library’s Griffin Room, 316 E. Windsor St.
The society asks attendees who graduated from Union County or Monroe schools to bring a class picture or yearbook with them. The group will save time for fellowship and reminiscing.
Eagle Scout appointed to Air Force Academy
WASHINGTON – Weddington High School senior Luke Hardy has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, according to Congressman Robert Pittenger.
The Eagle Scout, the son of Gail Hardy and Elton Hardy, is a member of three distinct honor societies. He volunteers for programs that provide sports opportunities for children with disabilities.
Hardy is one of 11 local students to receive a United States Service Academy appointment for 2017-18.
Pittenger takes next step in I-74 initiative
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger has requested a comprehensive study of all interstate conversion projects completed nationwide within the past five years along with an analysis of the economic impact on surrounding counties.
The request is part of his efforts to upgrade U.S. 74 into an interstate to connect Charlotte with Wilmington. He said this would spark economic development throughout the region, including Monroe.
“Many Southeastern North Carolina communities have been hit hard by poorly negotiated foreign trade agreements and the loss of traditional industries,” Pittenger said. “Industry is responsive to major road systems and transportation access.”
Litter Busters tackle Monroe
MONROE – Litter Busters, a group of concerned citizens, is organizing three Saturday events during this April’s Litter Sweep (April 14, 21 and 28) to pick up on state maintained highways in Union County around Monroe.
The April 14 event will focus on the Olive Branch and Austin Chaney Road area. The April 21 event will center in Marshville and April 28 in Monroe’s Franklin Street area. All equipment will be provided.
Contact Loretta at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text the Litter Queen at 501-515-0125 to be placed on the schedule and for information regarding the events.
Farm show raises serious money for community
MONROE – The Union County Farm Show & Festival will showcase antique tractor and farm equipment, as well as offer a variety of craft and flea market vendors.
The Union County Antique and Power Club is organizing the ninth annual event. Over the years, the club has awarded $34,000 in scholarships, donated more than 9,400 pounds and $1,800 in cash to food banks and made at least $17,000 in benevolent contributions.
The Union County Farm Show & Festival takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3220 Presson Road.
Adults get in by bringing nonperishable food items for Loaves and Fishes, while children get in free.
Children can bounce around in inflatables, ride trains and shuck and shell corn, among other activities.
Visit www.unioncountytractorsnc.com for details.
Student gets double service academy appointment
CHARLOTTE – Sun Valley High School senior Roy Artolozaga has received Congressional appointments to West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, according to Congressman Robert Pittenger.
Artolozaga is the starting middle linebacker and captain of the Sun Valley varsity football team, works part-time for his family business and is a member of the National Honor Society.
He will be required to choose between West Point and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Rodrigo Artolozaga and Gloria Colin.
“Receiving just one appointment to a United States Service Academy is the honor of a lifetime. To receive two Congressional appointments is a testament to remarkable character and commitment,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Roy wants to serve his country, serve his family, and honor the sacrifices of his parents. We are mighty proud of him.”