Parkwood students create bags for foster children
MONROE – Occupational Course of Study students from Parkwood High School recently created and donated more than 100 bags to Union County Division of Social Services Child Welfare Services to be used by children in foster care.
Donna Thompson challenged her students to create a business enterprise that would teach them math skills, how to create and reproduce a profitable item, and polish their customer service skills.
“The initial idea to create drawstring bags came from a news report I saw about foster children who had to carry their clothing in trash bags,” Thompson said. “I wanted the first batch of bags to be donated to Union County DSS to ensure all foster children had an appropriate bag to carry their personal belongings.”
Thompson said the enterprise will continue next year with hopes the business will become profitable for students.
Artists can design heritage festival T-shirt logo
MONROE – The Union County Heritage Festival is seeking submissions for the fourth annual T-shirt logo design contest.
The winning design will be used on the Wild Turkey 5K race shirt and the festival shirt worn by 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. There is no cost to enter. Only one submission per artist.
The deadline for submissions is July 30.
Visit www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org/heritage-festival for rules.
Town leaders honor two departing staffers
WAXHAW – Town leaders thanked two resigning employees last month.
Former town engineer and development services director Dennis Rorie has been hired by the facilities department planning at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
“Back a few years ago, we really had no growth management approach in place,” Mayor Steve Maher said. “We had no real transportation plan. We did not know what we had in terms of inventory. Since that time, [Rorie has] done a yeoman’s job of getting that foundation established … We have a lot of work to do, but we have a strong foundation thanks to [his] leadership and hard work.”
Former geographic information systems administrator Maxx Oliver is returning to school to pursue an advanced degree.
“He’s been described as the most dependable – most unflappable,” Maher said. “[He’s] been a very stable part of our development services organization.”
Wingate named ‘Great College to Work’
WINGATE – The Chronicle of Higher Education released its Great Colleges to Work For survey, showing Wingate University excelled in four categories.
They were collaborative governance, confidence in senior leadership, supervisor/department chair relationship, and work/life balance.
“We like to think of Wingate University as a school of opportunity, and that goes for employees, as well,” President Rhett Brown said. “Our focus is on making sure our students succeed, but because we provide a supportive environment in which everyone is working toward that common goal, ample opportunities present themselves for faculty and staff members alike: opportunities to have their voices heard, to grow professionally and to learn.”
Examples include a new faculty governance structure, a Sharing and Learning Day in the spring and a monthly Professional Advancement Workshop Series.
Wingate University employs more than 700 people on campuses in Wingate, Ballantyne and Hendersonville.
Waxhaw students win National Merit Scholarship
EVANSTON, Ill. – Two Marvin Ridge High School graduates are among 550 additional winners announced this month of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.
Alexander Augenstein will attend Purdue University, while Joseph Hussey is headed to the University of Maryland.
Each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. Awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergrad study.
Father-son golfers have good showing in Pinehurst
PINEHURST – James and Alexander Murphy, of Monroe, won a division in the 52nd Carolinas Father-Son Championship on July 20 at Pinewild Country Club.
The pair matched par at 72 in the Under 13 & Pro Division.
The Carolinas Father-Son Championship format is modified alternate shot where both team members play from each teeing ground, select a ball, then play alternate shots until the ball is holed.
Gathering on the Hill draws a crowd on Charles Street
MONROE – More than 50 people attended Heart for Monroe’s “Gathering on the Hill” on July 21.
Tim Trew, contemporary worship leader at First Presbyterian Church, provided Christian music, while Pastor Darrin Deese, of Invitation Baptist Church, presented the message of hope.
Attendees ate free hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, drinks, cookies and chips.
The “Hill” is located on Charles Street, next to the National Guard Armory. It is owned by Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.
Heart for Monroe is a nonprofit that inspires and mobilizes churches, community organizations and individuals to address homelessness, hunger, education and relationships in the community.
Village holding public hearings at town hall
WESLEY CHAPEL – The Village of Wesley Chapel holds two public hearings at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at town hall.
The hearings are as follows:
A. Consider text amendments to the zoning ordinance to allow conservation subdivisions as a conditional use in R-40 and RA-40 zoning districts.
B. Hear comments and consider the conversion of 0.742 acres at Dogwood Park purchased with PARTF funds due to the NCDOT project U-3467, which widens NC 84 from two to four lanes.
Library discusses Nazi POWs
MONROE – The Union County Public Library, in partnership with the North Carolina Humanities Council, will welcome author and historian Dr. Robert Billinger at 2 p.m. July 28 to discuss the period during World War II when German POWs were held in camps around North Carolina.
Using interviews with former prisoners and their guards, Red Cross and U.S. military reports, German-language camp newspapers, local print media, letters, memoirs, and other archival sources, Billinger has chronicled the German POW experience in North Carolina during the war.
The free program will include a lecture and presentation of photos, maps and documents revealing the POW program.
Contact Chris Michaelson at 704-283-8184 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.