Marvin Ridge DECA earns international honors
WAXHAW – The Marvin Ridge High School DECA had its best showing ever at the DECA International Career Development Conference last month in Orlando, Florida.
Marvin Ridge DECA was one of 10 high school chapters in the state to earn Thrive chapter status, meaning the club met national guidelines for membership, community service and promotional campaigns. As a result, six students were selected to attend the Thrive Leadership Academy during the event.
Freshman Sophia Freeman was recognized as one of the top 10 written test competitors internationally in marketing communications.
Junior Jack Stephen was also recognized as one of the Top 10 role play competitors in personal financial literacy. He was one of five competitors from the state to be recognized as an overall top 10 international competitor in the personal financial literacy.
Schools help Community Shelter of Union County
MONROE – The Community Shelter of Union County honored two schools for supporting Souper Bowl of Caring.
Souper Bowl is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their communities. The local campaign benefits clients served through the Community Shelter.
This year’s campaign, sponsored by Birdseye Renewable Energy, raised more than $46,787 for the shelter.
Weddington High School was the top fundraising school for the fifth consecutive year. The school raised more than $3,400, resulting in a combined $17,157 contribution since 2015.
Central Academy of Technology and Arts achieved the largest increase – 965 percent over last year.
Union County Public Schools’ combined donations through individual school campaigns totaled $28,238, an achievement Shelter CEO Kathy Bragg called “amazing.”
“Each year, the schools work hard to raise funds to fight hunger and homelessness in Union County,” she said. “We are so proud of the students and administration for participating in this fight that impacts every corner of our county.”
Faith-based contributions totaled more than $13,000 and other contributions totaled more than $5,200.
Cross, Garcia named top telecommunicators
MONROE – Union County Emergency Communications telecommunicators Jessica Cross and Megan Garcia have received the Sandy Marsh Award as Union County Telecommunicator of the Year.
The award is given in memory of former Union County dispatcher Sandy Marsh who lost her battle with cancer in 2013.
Determined by peer votes, the award goes to a telecommunicator who has shown commitment to excellence in service throughout the year.
“Jessica is passionate about her position and she constantly strives for self-improvement as well as doing anything she can to make our department more successful,” Emergency Communications Operations Manager Susan Furr said. “She is proactive and motivates all those around her.”
“Megan is a great team player and she has a strong desire to assist our citizens in the best way possible,” Furr added. “She has a positive outlook and truly cares about each employee and responder.
Optimist Club celebrates 100 years of parent group
WEDDINGTON – The Weddington Optimist Club will observe Optimist International’s 100-year anniversary with a celebration that includes food and raffles.
The event takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at Optimist Park, 5211 Weddington Road.
Refreshments of a hot dog, a bag of potato chips and bottled water will be available for $1.00. The club will sell raffle tickets for a $1,000 laptop computer. Tickets cost $5 each or $10 for three.
Profits from the raffle and food sales will be used to renovate and support the park playground.
Barrington holds yard sale
WAXHAW – Neighbors in the Barrington community will host the Blue Balloon Community Yard Sale.
Shoppers can expect deals on clothing, toys, books, furniture, tools, sports equipment and household items.
The Barrington neighborhood of 207 homes by Shea Homes features newly completed tennis and basketball courts, walking trails, playground, pool and a Little Book Box.
The event takes place May 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enter on Barrington Ridge Drive off Bonds Grove Church Road.
County simplifies yard irrigation schedule
MONROE – The county has eliminated the irrigation schedule based on billing cycles in favor of a more straightforward one based on customers’ addresses.
The mandatory outdoor irrigation schedule applies to all spray irrigation systems and allows customers to irrigate according to the following schedule:
Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Odd-numbered addresses may water on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
No customers are permitted to water on Mondays.
Drip irrigation and hand watering (hose, watering can, etc.) is allowed any day.
Residential customers who violate the watering schedule will receive a warning. Repeat violations can lead to fines or loss of service.
Visit www.UnionConserves.com for water-saving tips and best practices for landscaping.
NCDMV to issue IDs for revoked driver licenses
RALEIGH – Residents whose driver licenses or permits are suspended or revoked will now receive a state-issued identification card from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles.
The DMV will mail the ID card to an individual after the DMV receives the seized or surrendered license. The ID card is free of charge and people do not need to apply to receive it. DMV will mail the ID card to the person’s address on file.
The ID card is valid until the suspended or revoked driver license is reinstated or reissued by the NCDMV. The ID card issuance applies to driver licenses that were surrendered starting May 1.
Gas prices fluctuate
CHARLOTTE – For the first time in months, gas prices averages are down on the week across the Carolinas.
Gas prices in Charlotte averaged $2.66 on May 6, $2.67 on April 29 and $2.58 on April 6. Prices were $2.66 on May 6, 2018.
North Carolina’s $2.70 average is down three cents on the week, up nine cents on the month and is two cents more than it was this time last year.
“Motorists across the Carolinas are likely to continue to see prices fluctuate through this month, potentially going up and down as demand remains high and inventories work to catch up,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson.