Truxx provides city with truck-sharing platform
CHARLOTTE – Carlos Suarez found himself in the parking lot of a large home improvement retailer after he bought a box too big to fit in his car. Suarez looked around at the large pickups and vans, wondering if he can use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft to get himself home, why not do the same for his large purchase?
Since Suarez developed Truxx, people have used the free app for everything from moves across town to large purchases at retail stores.
Truxx enables users to schedule and rate drivers and make cash-free payments. Rates start at $25 per half hour. With TruxxMe, users save money by loading and unloading. For $35 per half hour, users get TruxxHelp, in which drivers offer an extra set of hands.
“With Truxx, drivers get real money for their time,” Suarez said. “In addition, it gives everyone access to a large network of drivers. It is a perfect marriage and a solution to a common problem.”
Truxx is available for free download from the AppStore and Google Play. It serves Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas.
Visit www.TruxxIt.com for details.
Shelter appoints chief financial officer
MONROE – Union County Community Shelter has named George Sarno as chief financial officer.
Prior to leaving The Hearst Corporation in Charlotte for the newly created position, Sarno was deputy director of financial planning, with responsibility of a $300 million capital budget and the overseeing of annual profit and five-year plans with $10 billion in revenue.
“As our non-profit organization has grown in the number of services offered and clients served, our budget has also grown exponentially through the number of grants written and received, full-time and part-time staff, plus fundraising events,” CEO Kathy Bragg said. “We need a strong financial person on site every day. When we move into our new facility, which is being built now, our need for a facilities manager will be even greater.”
The nonprofit operates with a $1.2 million budget and provides services to more than 3,500 residents.
Last year, the shelter provided 10,930 total stays to single adults and families and served 54,591 prepared meals in the soup kitchen.
Over the past five years, the overnight stays totaled 42,948 nights for single adults and 23,794 nights for family members and the soup kitchen served 240,001 meals. Additionally, 484 homeless households were rehoused through shelter services.
Visit www.unionshelter.org/donate to make donations.
David Weekley Homes offers incentives to build
CHARLOTTE – David Weekley Homes is offering incentives for homebuyers who build from the ground up in the area between June 1 and July 31.
The “Start Packing” promotion allows homebuyers to unbox a $10,000 home discount; an appliance package, valued up to $3,200; and up to 1 percent of their loan amount – up to $10,000 – to be used toward closing costs in select communities.
Call 704-817-0030 for details.
Trucker earns Driver of the Month honors
VAN BUREN, Ark. – USA Truck recognized Indian Trail resident Michael McDermet as Driver of the Month for April.
McDermet has driven for USA Truck since August 2010. He was nominated by coworkers.
The monthly recognition is based on safety, DOT compliance, customer service, appropriate use of available hours and other factors such as community service, leadership, mentorship of other drivers and company involvement.
“Michael is an exceptional representation of USA Truck,” Fleet Manager Jason Oxford said. “He is always courteous and professional, he runs on time safely and communicates any issues to us as soon as he sees an issue so that we can get ahead of it before it becomes a problem.”
Public urged to design logo for Heritage Festival
MONROE – The Union County Heritage Festival Committee is accepting submissions for the fourth annual T-shirt logo design contest.
The winning design will be used on the front of the Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run and Walk race T-shirt and the Heritage Festival T-shirt worn by festival volunteers.
The contest is open to everyone who lives, works, attends school, or is a member of an art association in Union County.
The design must include the text: Union County Heritage Festival Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run/Walk Sept. 22 and include a fun, animated illustration of a wild turkey.
Submissions are due by July 30.
Visit www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org/heritage-festival for rules.
Master Gardeners earn honor for Heritage Festival
MONROE – The Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association placed second in the Innovative Project category of the 2018 NC Extension Master Gardener Search for Excellence.
The award recognizes outstanding educational, group projects that result in significant learning.
The association won for the Union County Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run/Walk. The team that reviewed applications felt the festival was an ambitious project that brought together many local resources and attracted a wide audience beyond extension’s typical clientele.
The recognition includes a $100 award.
The festival take place annually at the Union County Agricultural Center. The next one is set for Sept. 22
Visit www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org/heritage-festival for details.
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