N.C. Sen. Todd Johnson takes oath of office in Raleigh
RALEIGH – Todd Johnson took the oath of office to represent District 35 in the N.C. Senate.
“In recent years, North Carolina has brought fiscal stability to its budget process, provided tax relief for working families, increased teacher pay and overall education spending – a great record worth continuing,” Johnson said. “I look forward to joining Senator Newton and Representatives Arp, Brody and Horn in furthering the goals of Union County and its families.“
Johnson served on the Union County Board of Commissioners from 2010 to 2014.
He recently served on the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges, Union County 4-H Foundation Board and Monroe-Union County Economic Development Board. He is on the Jesse Helms Center Board and Monroe Rotary Club.
Fowler earns important parks & rec certification
MONROE – Lindsey Fowler, office manager for Union County Parks & Recreation, was recently named a Certified Park and Recreation Professional by the National Certification Board and the National Recreation and Park Association.
The certification is granted to people employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services professions who meet the eligibility requirements, including an examination testing knowledge in administration, programming and operations.
“While this certification is not a requirement of her employment with Union County, she took it upon herself to study for this examination and receive the certification,” Director of Parks & Recreation Jim Chaffin said. “This certification will only help Lindsey and our department in the future.”
Broome takes on human resources vacancy
MONROE – Julie Broome has been promoted to executive director of Union County Human Resources.
Broome has served as assistant human resources director since 2006. She replaces Mark Watson, who assumed the role of county manager.
The Union County native graduated from Sun Valley High School and UNC Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has more than 24 years of experience in human resources.
She joined Union County in 2003 as an human resources generalist. Since then, she’s worked to build professional and collaborative relationships with managers and employees.
Wingate football recruit dies
WINGATE – A Spartanburg, S.C. high school football player who had committed to play football at Wingate University died Jan. 11 from complications during knee surgery.
Nick Dixon, a senior at Spartanburg High School, died while having ACL surgery. Dixon played linebacker, defensive lineman and running back at Spartanburg High. The 18-year-old also recently competed in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, which features the best high school seniors in the Carolinas.
Spartanburg School District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker told WSPA 7News that Dixon had verbally committed to Wingate the day before he died.
Hamilton pops up in music video for ‘hOme’
LOS ANGELES – Omari Hardwick has released his new single, “hOme,” featuring Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum-selling R&B singer, songwriter and producer Anthony Hamilton.
Omari spent two years in the studio fusing his poetic pen with hip-hop and R&B.
A Brave Life Film in association with Thunderous Genius presents “hOme” by Omari featuring Hamilton.
Hamilton, of Waxhaw, also performs Jan. 19 at the Kings Theatre in New York for a night of soul and R&B.
Monroe’s water dept. to smoke test sewer system
MONROE – The City of Monroe Water Resources Department is conducting sewer system smoke testing at various locations throughout Monroe until mid-March.
Smoke testing involves blowing a harmless smoke product into sewer manholes to find defects in sewer pipes and other system components. Repairing defects protects the system from excessive rainfall, preventing overflows and overloading at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
There is typically no risk or impact to homes or businesses. Smoke entering a residence or business can be dispersed by opening a door or window for a few minutes.
Call the water resources department at 704-282-4601 for details.
Water main work will start Jan. 22 in Monroe
MONROE – The City of Monroe has contracted with Classic City Mechanical to replace 6,500 feet of existing six-inch cast iron water main on East Franklin Street, between East Sunset Drive and 5 Points Intersection.
Construction is scheduled to start Jan. 22 and anticipated to conclude Sept. 15.
The water main will be installed in four phases, with a separate traffic control plan associated with each phase. They are broken down into the following:
• East Sunset Drive to Circle Drive, Circle Drive to Thompson Street, and Thompson Street to Morgan Mill Road. Auxiliary lanes (turning) and outbound lanes (toward U.S. 74) will be closed. Inbound lanes (toward downtown) will remain open to traffic.
• Morgan Mill Road to 5 Points Intersection: The auxiliary lane (turning) and inbound lane (toward downtown) will be closed. The outbound lane (toward U.S. 74) will remain open to traffic.
The contractor will install the new water main beginning at East Sunset Drive.
Annual food fight showcases senior living tastes
MONROE – Council on Aging in Union County will hosts its third annual food fight, allowing the community to sample gourmet dishes and choose which senior living community has the best food.
The event includes a silent auction, in which people can bid on items donated to Council on Aging.
The event takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Union County Agricultural Center. Tickets cost $20. Buy them at the Council on Aging in Union County, 1401 Skyway Drive, Monroe.