Marvin Ridge students earn top honors during Manufacturing Week
WAXHAW – Six Marvin Ridge High School Marketing Education students were named as county finalists in the Make it in Union County Manufacturing Week contest.
First-place winners were Morgan Finlay (graphic category) and Melissa Starr (presentation). They each received a $100 BB&T gift card.
Ishan Dalsania placed second in the video category. Sebastian Havala placed third in presentation. Dylan Macleod and Sophia Freeman were named top five finalists in the presentation category.
The contest encourages students to research and better understand the manufacturing industry, with particular focus on the high-tech processes and equipment used in producing products sold throughout America and used on a daily basis.
Public can get updates on water project
MONROE – Union County invites the public to meetings this month on the Yadkin Regional Water Supply Project.
The open-house style meetings will summarize progress and share next steps on the project, which recently entered its design-build phase. Project design is expected to near completion by summer 2019. Construction could begin in fall 2019.
Drop in from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the following dates and venues:
• Oct. 23, Unionville Community Center, 1004 E. Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Monroe.
• Oct. 24, Norwood Community Building, 247 W. Turner St., Norwood.
• Oct. 25, Long Street Community Building, 519 N. Long St., Oakboro.
Visit www.yadkinwater.com for details.
Powderpuff football game to help hurricane relief
WAXHAW – Female staff members from the Marvin Ridge, Cuthbertson and Weddington school clusters are competing in a Powderpuff Football game Oct. 16 to raise awareness, money and donations for local victims of Hurricane Florence.
The game starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Cuthbertson High School football field.
A portion of proceeds will go to the Community Shelter of Union County, which is helping residents affected by Hurricane Florence to start over.
Money, Walmart or Target gift cards, socks, shoes, underwear, sleeping bags and blankets will be accepted at the game. Local businesses are being encouraged to help support the event.
Any businesses interested in participating can email Lisa Hall at email@example.com or Mari McTamney at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
NC Quick Pass centers open
RALEIGH – NC Quick Pass opened two customer service centers Oct. 2 in advance of the opening of the Mornoe Expressway and I-77 Express Lanes projects.
NC Quick Pass offers drivers two ways to pay for tolls: a prepaid transponder account or the postpaid Bill by Mail program.
Transponder accounts allow tolls to be automatically deducted from a prepaid balance and provide drivers up to 35 percent off tolls in North Carolina. The Bill by Mail allows the registered owner of a vehicle to receive an invoice after traveling.
Customer service centers are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in Monroe (3034 Winston Ave.) and Charlotte (8015 W. W.T. Harris Blvd.). Visit www.ncquick pass.com for details.
County celebrates heritage with festival
MONROE – The Union County Heritage Festival was held in conjunction with the 4-H Expo on Sept. 22 at the Union County Agricultural Center.
The events drew almost 1,800 attendees.
“What a great day we had for the first day of fall,” said Debbie Dillion, Union County horticultural extension agent. “Working with the 4-H program was a great benefit to both of our programs. Folks who were not familiar with 4-H or the Extension Master Gardener program had the opportunity to learn about both and what we do.”
The festival was free to the public.
Road closure coming for water main project
MONROE – The City of Monroe has contracted with KRG Utility for the replacement of approximately 2,350 linear feet of existing six-inch cast iron water main on North Charlotte Avenue between Engleside and Walnut streets.
Construction activities are scheduled to start Oct. 15 and end on or about Dec. 15. There will be a temporary road closure between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
All damaged/disturbed items will be restored or replaced at the end of the project, according to the city.
Call the City of Monroe Water Resources Department at 704-282-4601.
Stallings UMC preps for BBQ
STALLINGS – Stallings United Methodist Church will host a barbecue.
Eat in or carry out 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the church, 1115 Stallings Road. $10 gets you a barbecue plate (chicken or pork, slaw, roll, beans, dessert and drink), three barbecue sandwiches or bulk barbecue.
Call 704-821-8820 for details.
Lions Club holding screenings
WAXHAW – Waxhaw Lions Club hosts its annual free vision and hearing screening event.
The organization is also doing a Kids Sight vision screening event at the same time.
The event takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 in the parking lot at CHS Waxhaw, 2700 Providence Road S., Waxhaw. No appointment or insurance is necessary.
Contact Wil Dees at 704-770-6699 for details.