Monroe searches for answers in shooting
MONROE – The Monroe Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting Aug. 5 at the 1100 block of LaSalle Street.
Officers discovered Adrian McManus, 32, of Pageland, S.C., face down in the roadway with a gunshot wound to the head. EMS found a faint pulse on McManus and transported him to CMC-Main.
Investigators believe the victim was attending a party at the American Legion, where the majority of the guests were from Pageland, S.C. Police said there appeared to be no witnesses. They have no suspects.
They are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Clean Commute Challenge aims to help environment
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte Air Awareness and Sustain Charlotte are teaming up to host a month-long Clean Commute Challenge.
The challenge encourages the community to use alternative methods to get to work rather than driving alone. It is designed to reduce the number of miles driven by commuters through clean commuting options, such as taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking and telecommuting.
Residents can log their clean commutes Aug. 1 to 31 using www.Way2GoCLT.com or the Commute Tracker App.
Anyone who works or lives within the Charlotte ozone maintenance area, including Mecklenburg and Union counties, is eligible to win weekly prizes.
Poll workers needed for early voting
MONROE – Poll workers are needed to work early voting sites this fall.
Poll workers are paid $10.81 per hour for attending training and working during the early voting period.
Early voting takes place Oct. 17 to Nov. 3 at seven locations in Union County. Weekday hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workers will be scheduled in shifts and will not be required to work 12-hour days.
Poll workers must be Union County residents and Union County registered voters. They cannot be a candidate, relative of a candidate on the ballot, elected government official, political party office-holder or treasurer for a candidate or political party. They should be computer proficient.
Call the elections board at 704-283-3809 or email union.boe@ncsbe to register.
Roundabout construction continues
WAXHAW – The next phase of building a roundabout at the intersection of Providence Road South and N.C. 200 south of Waxhaw will start Aug. 13.
Providence Road South has been closed since May 30 when a contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation started the construction.
This next phase requires closing N.C. 200 on Aug. 13 for approximately three weeks, during which drivers will use a marked detour.
Motorists traveling south on Providence Road South will continue using the existing detour along Brady Road, Potter Road and Harkey Road. Northbound traffic will follow the detour in reverse.
Motorists traveling south on N.C. 200 will be detoured along Potter Road, Harkey Road, Providence Road South, Bud Huey Road and Simpson Road. Northbound traffic will reverse the detour.
A separate detour will be posted for trucks from N.C. 200 to N.C. 522 and Shiloh Unity Road, returning to N.C. 200.
Segment of Indian Trail-Fairview Road closed
INDIAN TRAIL – Contract crews working on the Monroe Expressway project have temporarily closed Indian Trail-Fairview Road between Stinson Hartis and Secrest Shortcut roads for one week to continue paving and grading operations.
The road will reopen by 6 a.m. Aug. 13, weather permitting. Local traffic will have access to the road during the closure.
Northbound traffic on Indian Trail-Fairview Road will be detoured along Stinson Harris Road, Oakspring Road and Stevens Mill Road, returning to Secrest Shortcut Road.
Southbound traffic will follow the detour from Secrest Shortcut Road to Stevens Mill Road and Oaksprings Road, back to Stinson Hartis Road.
Visit www.DriveNC.gov for real-time travel information.
Waxhaw earns Great Places Award
WAXHAW – The American Planning Association recognized the Town of Waxhaw with the 2018 Great Places Award.
The APA recognizes Great Places in North Carolina in various categories. Waxhaw was recognized for the Great Main Street category for its downtown businesses, events and amenities.
Waxhaw’s downtown area was recognized for the historic buildings and form-code that ensures further development maintains the town’s historic elements. The award also recognized the town’s pedestrian and bicycle improvement project.
“The small business owners who bring life and vibrancy to downtown, the volunteers with the Town of Waxhaw Main Street Program and the residents who help us celebrate the history and character of Waxhaw are all part of this,” Downtown Development Manager Curt White said. “The Town of Waxhaw is proud to support our thriving downtown’s small businesses, and to continue to implement plans that preserve the historic context that helps underpin their success.”
County to fund two positions in DA’s office
MONROE – Commissioners on Aug. 6 approved an agreement to fund two assistant district attorney positions in the Union County District Attorney’s Office.
In the county’s adopted 2019 fiscal year operating and capital budget, commissioners provided $147,153 to fund the salaries and benefits for two assistant district attorney positions. These positions serve in the District Court and prosecute Union County Jail cases.
The goal of these positions is to reduce the pre-trial population at the county’s jail, reducing costs to taxpayers.
Heritage Food chef has new vision
WAXHAW – Chef Paul Verica’s decision to close Heritage Food & Drink in fall 2017 was a difficult one; however, the Waxhaw restaurant’s small size and distance from many Charlotte neighborhoods necessitated a change.
Verica’s new concept, The Stanley, embraces the farm to table movement with seasonal, market-driven and locally sourced menu. The focus is on flavor and technique.
The Stanley is housed in a 1937 building (1961 E. 7th St.) in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood, formerly known as “Stanleyville.”
Visit www.thestanleyclt.com for details.
Singh’s Mart becomes U-Haul dealer
MONROE – Singh’s Mart has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.
Store partners Dhruv and Ashokkumar Bhatt are proud to team with the do-it-yourself moving and self-storage company.
The store will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.
Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, as well as 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 715 E. Franklin St.
Call 704-288-3965 or visit www.uhaul.com for details.
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