Road rage leads to gunfire
MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify the driver of a black Ford F350 pickup truck involved in an altercation with another motorist July 25 near Wesley Chapel.
The victim told deputies that he was crossing Old Charlotte Highway on Wesley Chapel Road around 7 p.m. when the driver of the truck behind him began blowing the horn and following him down the road.
As the two vehicles approached the roundabout at Goldmine Road, the driver of the truck passed his vehicle and abruptly stopped in the road. The driver exited the truck, pointed a handgun toward the victim, threatened to kill the victim, and fired a round to the right of the victim’s car before driving away.
The suspect was described as a thin white male in his late 20s or early 30s with blond receding hair. The vehicle is possibly displaying a sticker in the rear window with an advertisement for a construction business.
The reporting person lost sight of the truck in the Mineral Springs area.
Benchmark Physical Therapy opens outpatient clinic
WAXHAW – BenchMark Physical Therapy recently opened an outpatient clinic at 8121 Kensington Drive, suite E, its 13th location in the greater Charlotte region.
The new clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and can be reached at 704-256-5115. The clinic offers outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, including manual therapy, injury prevention, return to performance and total joint replacement programs.
Clinic director Ashley Danehy earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is certified in integrative dry needling, LSVT BIG therapy for Parkinson’s disease, ASTYM treatment and functional capacity evaluations and has orthopedic clinical specialist certification.
BenchMark (BenchMarkPT.com), part of the Upstream Rehabilitation family of clinical care, offers access to care within 24 hours and works with all insurance types.
Precinct moved to church
MONROE – The Union County Board of Elections has moved Precinct #030 polling site to Cornerstone Community Church, 2707 Secrest Short Cut Road. The site was formerly located at Grace United Methodist Church, 3522 Secrest Short Cut Road.
Dentist joins Monroe office
CHARLOTTE – Dentistry of the Carolinas has added Dr. Ljijana Karan to its team of dentists.
Karan works in DOC’s Monroe office located at 2258-A West Roosevelt Blvd.
She specializes in general dentistry with interests in oral surgery and fixed and removable prosthetics.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Doctor of Dental Medicine from East Carolina School of Dental Medicine.
MSA SWIM expands with new locations
CHARLOTTE – Year-round competitive swim team Mecklenburg Swim Association will open two new locations in fall 2019.
Earlier this year, MSA began construction of a new 50-meter pool in Indian Trail. This MSA-owned facility will include two pools, one designated for swim team practices and one designated for swim school lessons. The primary pool is an Olympic-sized, 50-meter pool and will be especially beneficial when training in the long-course season. The new facility is on schedule to open in September. With this new location, MSA plans to serve more swimmers in the greater Charlotte area.
MSA also is opening a new location in the Moss Creek neighborhood in the Huntersville/Concord area in September.
MSA is a year-round competitive swim team that offers programs for people of all ages and skill levels.
Poor leads Union golfers in Junior Boys Championship
WALLACE – Chris Poor, of Marvin, tied for 74th place at the 70th Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship with a 21-over-par, 237, making him the highest finishing player from Union County.
Dozens of players competed in the Carolinas Golf Association championship July 23 to 25 at the River Landing Country Club.
Other players competing were Luke Cashion and Karsten Shields, of Monroe; Ian Podziewski and Collin Welborn, of Waxhaw; and Thomas Maye, of Weddington.
Lonestar to perform at Matthews Alive
MATTHEWS – Country music band Lonestar will headline the 27th annual Matthews Alive Labor Day Weekend festival.
Lonestar is known for hits like “Amazed,” “No News” and “Come Crying to Me.” The band has been traveling the country for its 2019 Hits and More Hit Tour.
Matthews Alive spans Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Stumptown Park. Lonestar will perform from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 1 on the main stage.
Other highlights include Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30, The Tams at 8:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30 and Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31.
Each full-day of the festival will feature a different genre on the main stage, including pop/rock on Aug. 31, country rock/harmonies on Sept. 1 and indie/folk on Sept. 2.
Crowds can enjoy jazz and R&B on the indoor stage Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Other attractions include the parade at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 31, three stages of entertainment, arts, crafts, amusement rides and food.
Visit www.matthewsalive.org for details.
NCDOT seeks input on drones
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the use of drones.
NCDOT’s Division of Aviation launched a survey at www.ncdot.publicinput.com/3139 to gather peoples’ comments on drones.
NCDOT has used drones to inspect bridges, monitor storm damage and deliver life-saving medical supplies.
The survey will ask peoples’ thoughts and concerns about the current and future applications of drones.
It will include questions on noise, privacy and safety issues, and the way drones can improve peoples’ lives through the delivery of medical supplies and assistance with search and rescue operations.
Biteline enters Charlotte market
CHARLOTTE – Biteline, a hiring platform for dental professionals, has launched in Charlotte.
Professionals seeking employment can upload credentials and find jobs that match their style, skills and experience. Offices have access to a network of potential employees with reviews and bios to make the decision-making process easier.
“Not only does it help offices find more reliable fill-in work, but it also helps workers make additional income during off days,” Biteline CEO Will Naso said. This free app really does have the ability to change the way people find work, make money and reach their career goals in the dental industry.”
The free app is available for download at http://bit.ly/Biteline.
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