Division of Public Health recognized for administering child immunizations
MONROE — The Union County Division of Public Health received recognition during the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services Annual Immunization Assessment site visit for fiscal year 2018-19.
Health departments are evaluated based on set benchmarks for children birth to 24 months being up to date on recommended vaccines. The division attained 90 percent for the benchmark goal, exceeding the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent and last year’s met goal of 87 percent. The division provided 6,362 vaccines.
The statewide average is 85 percent, ranking the division 36th out of the 100 departments.
Library holds art reception for Black History Month
MONROE – Monroe Library will host an art reception in honor of Black History Month with Amun Ra Art featuring Union County resident Ryan Emil Cureton.
The mixed media artist loves to share his art with the public.
“It is great when members of our local community contribute their talents to the library and its patrons,” Library Specialist Gypsy Houston said. “We are very excited to showcase the work of this phenomenal artist with the citizens of Union County.”
The free event starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at 316 E. Windsor St. It will include music, refreshments and time to mingle.
The reception is one of many Black History Month-themed events the library is hosting in February.
Visit www.unioncountync.gov/library for programs.
Sodoma Law attorneys earn awards from magazine
CHARLOTTE – Five attorneys from Sodoma Law received awards from Super Lawyers Magazine for 2019, including Penelope Hefner, principal and attorney for Sodoma Law Union.
Rising Stars were Hefner and Theresa Viera (family law), John Woodman (business law) and Russ Brinson (employment litigation). Managing Principal Nicole Sodoma was named a Super Lawyer 2019 in family law.
“The extraordinary advocacy that we exhibit every day for our clients and communities is part of our fiber,” Sodoma said. “It’s simply who we are.”
Super Lawyers is a rating service based on a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research and peer reviews.
Library explores oral history
MONROE – Gene Stowe, author of “Inherit the Land,” will explain the how-to’s of interviewing family members and share tips on crafting a compelling family narrative.
“Facts do not have meaning in themselves. They may answer who, what, when and where, but they cannot answer why or how,” Stowe said. “The meaning appears in the narrative arrangement of facts.”
Reservations are suggested for the workshop at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Monroe Library.
Contact Patricia Poland by calling 704-283-8184 x5236 or emailing Patricia.Poland@unioncountync.gov.
Human Services offers tax preparation assistance
MONROE – The Union County Department of Human Services is scheduling appointments to assist taxpayers with filing their federal and state income tax returns.
Its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free tax preparation to individuals with an annual income of $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance.
Beginning Jan. 28, taxpayers will be served by volunteers who are certified through the Internal Revenue Service. Preparers electronically file each tax return. Refunds are usually direct deposited in the taxpayer’s banking institution within 10 days.
The VITA site is located at the Department of Human Services, 2330 Concord Ave. Appointments are available each weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call 704-296-4312 to schedule an appointment.
Council on Aging shows off group respite program
MONROE – Council on Aging in Union County invites the community to tour its new Next Door Group Respite Program.
The open house takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22. Call 704-292-1797 for details.
Council on Aging renovated the building at 104 Lydia St. to offer a day program for older adults with memory loss. Participants are able to do meaningful and stimulating activities while their family caregivers get a break from caregiving.
Council on Aging offers resources, classes and supplies to assist family caring for a loved-one with memory loss.
Next Door Group Respite is a new resource to assist caregivers in Union County. This program is the first group respite program offered in the region. It is located next door to Council on Aging’s office on Skyway Drive.
The program is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It includes lunch, snacks and activities.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue breaks in new location
INDIAN TRAIL – Carolina Waterfowl Rescue will have its first official event at its new Crooked Creek Wildlife Sanctuary on Jan. 22 in Bennettsville, S.C.
The event includes a presentation from Duke Energy at 11:15 a.m. and tours at 11:30 a.m. The property is located at 1250 Airport Road.
Jennifer Gordon founded the Indian Trail-based charity out of her home in 2003. It provides rescue and rehabilitation for sick, injured and orphaned birds.
Visit www.cwrescue.org for details.
Meetings guru sells out chamber event
MONROE – Two weeks after promoting his latest book on “CBS This Morning,” Steven Rogelberg will serve as keynote speaker of the Union County Chamber of Commerce’s January business networking luncheon.
Rogelberg, a professor at UNC Charlotte, wrote “The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance.” The book includes many tips on how companies can schedule more productive meetings.
The chamber luncheon has sold out more than a week before the event.
Carolina Farm Credit accepts grant applications
STATESVILLE – Carolina Farm Credit is accepting grant applications for the Corporate Mission Fund program.
Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per year to promote agriculture, as well as stimulate the agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. Applications will be accepted through July 31.
Project proposals will be reviewed. Grants will be awarded later in 2019.
Heating assistance still available through LIEAP
MONROE – The Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services, continues to accept applications for citizens interested in receiving assistance with their heating costs during the cold-weather months.
Initially, potential recipients of a one-time benefit from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program had to be at least 60 years old or disabled and receiving services from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. Now, households without a member in the specified target groups may apply.
Applications are being taken from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until March 31 at 2330 Concord Ave. Call DSS at 704-296-4300 for details on information to bring.