Veterans celebrate one year of camaraderie
MONROE – Harry Watkins and Larry Berg started the Waxhaw Baptist Church Veterans Coffee House one year ago with a desire to give veterans a place where they could feel safe to share their experiences.
They took their idea to Pastor Chris Whittaker and his wife, Laura. The Whittakers supported the idea, as their fathers are both veterans, and offered the church as a gathering place.
Watkins and Berg were joined by Marshall Boston and Bill Ruehle, who assist each month. All four are veterans.
Twenty people attended the first coffee in December 2017. The crowd has grown to 70 veterans and spouses.
The coffee takes place 9 to 11 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the church, 8213 Old Waxhaw Monroe Road.
Speakers have included Anthony Parker, of the Union County Veteran Services Office; Waxhaw Police Chief Michael Eiss; Waxhaw Mayor Stephen Maher; and Lance Nelson, of the Vet Center, a counseling center for combat veterans.
Watkins said he loves seeing veterans laughing, talking and enjoying the camaraderie.
Forum focuses on oncology skin care
MATTHEWS – Jon’Ric International Massage & Wellness & Salt Spa presents a discussion of compromised skin conditions and oncology skin care.
Participants learn what happens to the skin during and after cancer treatments, as well as how to overcome concerns with keeping it healthy and hydrated. They’ll also discuss healthy and unhealthy ingredients.
Each hour-long session will include a drawing for a free Green Tea Facial.
Discussions take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 and 29 at Jon’Ric International Massage & Wellness & Salt Spa, 2935 Matthews-Weddington Road, Suite 300, Matthews.
RSVP is required for the free event. Call 704-708-4165 for details.
Transportation facility gets bid out
MONROE – The lowest bid for a transportation facility came in higher than Union County Public Schools had budgeted, requiring the district to slightly scale back the very last 2016 bond project.
The low bid was $13.3 million, but UCPS has a $12.5 million construction budget. The district decided to ask the county to tap into $685,266 in carryover funding from last year.
The district is also scaling the project back by initially eliminating an equipment shelter and light duty asphalt paving. UCPS could add back the shelter depending on how much contingency funding is used over the course of the project.
Police recover two stolen vehicles, arrest three people
MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people Nov. 28 as deputies recovered two stolen vehicles.
A sheriff’s deputy, assisted by Marshville Police, initiated a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle.
James Ernest Lowery III, 26, of Wingate, was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and driving while license revoked.
Narcotics detectives, responding to a citizen tip, encountered two people in a stolen vehicle at the Relax Inn in Monroe.
They arrested Jody Allen Tarlton, 44, of Monroe and Stacy Amanda Manis, 41, of Polkton, on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Tarlton faces additional charges related to fentanyl laced heroin and marijuana that detectives found, officials said.
Sheriff: Gun dispute happened in front of child
MONROE – A child opened a bedroom door to find a man on top of a woman while pointing a handgun toward her head after 11 p.m. Nov. 19 at 5000 block of Pageland Highway, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office reported the man fired a round into the wall over her head, turned the gun to his own head and fired a round into the ceiling before falling to the ground. No injuries were reported.
Deputies arrested David Allen Myers on charges of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and misdemeanor child abuse.
His next court date is Jan. 8.
UCPS buying real estate
MONROE – Union County Public Schools plans to buy 17.4 acres next to Piedmont High School.
The school board approved the purchase price of $191,400 during a Dec. 3 meeting.
The district is using remaining funding out of its 2015-16 Capital Improvement Program, specifically, savings recouped from 24 roofing projects, to make the purchase.
Monroe intersection closing for water main work
MONROE – The City of Monroe will be closing the intersection of North Charlotte Avenue and Concord Avenue/Walnut Street to construct a new water main.
This will take place on Dec. 9, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.
Call the City of Monroe Water Resources Department at 704-282-4601 with any questions or concerns.
Carolers visit Carillon Assisted Living
INDIAN TRAIL – The Holiday Singers, a Victorian Christmas caroling group, performed free concerts Dec. 1 at several Carillon Assisted Living communities, including the Indian Trail location on Secrest Short Cut Road.
Donations were raised during the events to benefit local charities, including Union County Christmas Bureau.
The caroling concerts are part of a companywide effort to welcome families and friends to Carillon’s communities for a fun, festive celebration featuring Christmas traditions.
“Our Carillon Christmas concert is a way to bring people together around the very traditions that unite us at the holiday season, and in effect, all year long,” President and CEO Karen Moriarty said. “And it is so important to center those festivities around our seniors, because they are the ones who taught us to honor those Christmas traditions and to pass them on to our children.”