Golf tourney raises money for Common Heart
MARVIN – Common Heart is raising money for its Common Cupboard food pantries with a golf tournament.
The ninth annual Common Cupboard Golf Classic takes place April 29 at Firethorne Country Club, 1108 Firethorne Club Drive. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:50 a.m.; shotgun start at noon and putting contest finals, awards and dinner at 4:45 p.m.
Registration costs $150 for individuals and $550 for foursomes through April 1. Prices increase $25 for individuals and $50 for foursomes through April 29. Register at www.CommonCupboardGolfClassic.com.
Police: 13-year-old boy was struck by train
MONROE – The Monroe Police Department continues to conduct interviews with potential witnesses as they piece together the circumstances behind the death of 13-year-old Carlos Rodriguez.
Police were called out at 8 p.m. March 5 near the 1400 block of Walkup Avenue. They found his body on the railroad tracks. They learned he was struck by a train, but not at a specific train crossing.
Carlos was a student at Monroe Middle School who reportedly left his home at 5:40 p.m. He was later reported missing
“This is a very sad situation,” Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family, friends and classmates during this very difficult time.”
Aldi robbed at gunpoint
INDIAN TRIAL – The Union County Sheriff’s Office is looking for leads regarding the robbery of the Aldi Foods at 7:20 a.m. March 9.
The suspect, armed with a handgun, gained entry through the rear delivery door, led employees to the safe and took an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect fled through the same rear door. No injuries were reported.
The suspect wore a mask, gloves, dark clothing and a traffic safety vest. He carried a red duffel bag.
Detectives are searching for surveillance camera footage or witnesses.
Car chase ends in crash
MONROE – A silver Nissan Altima displaying a fictitious tag failed to stop for the Monroe Police Department around 9 a.m. March 11 on MLK Boulevard, leading to a chase that ended in a crash on I-485 near Johnston Road.
The passenger, Yuyang Fan, 28, of Matthews, fled from the vehicle on foot but was captured a short time later. Officers discovered Fan was wanted on two counts of failure to appear.
The driver began traveling west on U.S. 74 toward Indian Trail. The vehicle avoided a set of stop sticks, ran a red light and struck construction barrels on his way to the inner belt of I-485, according to the sheriff’s office.
The vehicle slowed down, veered right across several lanes of traffic and crashed near the woodline near Johnston Road.
The driver, idenitified as 30-year-old Minh Quang Thai, faces driving-related charges, including felony fleeing to elude, reckless driving to endanger and injury to real property. He was treated at Atrium-Union before getting booked into jail.
Starlite Speedway memories to re-emerge at library event
MONROE – A little over 40 years ago, the last race was run at the Starlite Motor Speedway just off Old Charlotte Highway.
The red dirt track, long since built over, brings smiles to those who remember its Friday night races. Those times will be remembered again from 1 to 5 p.m. March 16 at the Monroe Library.
Starlite driver Doug Aldridge will be on hand with his car and memories. Aldridge, along with Dub Simpson and Larry Wallace, will be part of a panel interview at 2 p.m. Others on the panel will be Gary Hargett, a builder of race cars, and dirt-track racing historian Bruce Keply.
Several cars will be displayed in the parking lot, including a dirt-track racer owned and driven by Kenneth Deese. Some racing memorabilia will be in the Griffin Room.
The Sandbox supports kids through Cereal With CC
CHARLOTTE – The Sandbox, a nonprofit supporting the families of children diagnosed with life-altering illnesses, is holding its second annual Cereal With CC Breakfast and Workshop on March 15 at Carmel Country Club.
“Our vision for this event, in the beginning, was to create a legacy event for The Casey Family, whose 5-year-old daughter, CC, has MLD, a terminal diagnosis,” Executive Director Mara Campolungo said. “This year, it’s been bigger and better, and we are looking forward to the best Cereal With CC yet. Our reward is garnering the support of our community and in turn, being able to support hundreds of other families in our community whose child is walking out a diagnosis.”
The Sandbox is hosting a second 2019 Cereal With CC in October at the Embassy Suites in Concord.
Visit www.GotSandbox.org/CerealWithCC for details.
Tenants are open at Reafield
CHARLOTTE – Several new businesses have opened at Reafield, a new retail and office center located near Rea and Tom Short roads.
Novant Health Psychiatry, Novant Health Primary Care Marvin Creek, Rockbox Fitness, Reafield Dental and America’s Mattress are open for business.
Ultra Nail Bar, Barre 3, Rosati’s Pizza and Andy’s Frozen Custard are under construction.
In addition to developing Reafield, MPV Properties leases and manages the center. Robert Johnson Architects is the architect, and Shelco is the general contractor.
Weddington student serves as N.C. Senate page
RALEIGH – Kiana Mai-Ling Linehan, a student at Weddington High School, not only served as a page in the N.C. Senate, but she also earned recognition as Senate Page of the Week.
Kiana, who is the daughter of Jeremiah and Lidia Linehan, was sponsored by Sen. Todd Johnson and appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger.
High school students serve as pages when the General Assembly is in session.
They perform valuable duties for the senators and their office staff. They attend daily Senate sessions and committee meetings, as well as assist staff members with office duties.
New driver license examiners help improve service at DMV
CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is adding 15 driver license examiner graduates to 10 offices, including Monroe.
The new employees graduated March 8 from the DMV’s Basic Examiner Training School and started work March 11.
DMV is working to improve customer service with more examiners, express lines, dedicated road test teams and the use of customer service representatives to help people in line ensure they have the appropriate documents.
Examiners graduated after four weeks at the Examiner Training Facility in Huntersville.
New examiners at the Monroe station are Constance François, Kevin O’Malley and Terlys Yandle.