Common Heart offers free tax service to residents
INDIAN TRAIL – Volunteers with Common Heart will again offer its free income tax service to residents.
Individuals and families with an annual household income of $55,000 or less are eligible for the free assistance. Residents don’t have to live in Union County.
Call 704-761-8482 to make an appointment. They are available 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April 13, at its office, 116 Business Park Drive, suite A.
Last year, volunteers filed 527 income tax returns. The free service, which saw a record number of residents for the second year in a row, got residents almost $500,000 in total refunds.
Moroe Firefighter presented Hero of the Month award
WAXHAW – Abernethy Properties awarded Monroe firefighter Bryan Kindley with its Hero of the Month award.
Kindley was nominated three times for his service and commitment to the community, according to Sarah Abernethy.
He received gifts from 701 Main, Provisions, Stacks, Emmet’s Social Table, Mary O’Neills, Winning Awards, Fox’s Pizza Den and Don Juilo’s.
NAACP chapter leader wins Citizen of the Year
MONROE – A Few Good Men Inc. selected Nathel Hailey Sr. as Citizen of the Year for 2018.
Hailey believes in the basic principles of the organization’s mission to influence the educational, political and socio-economic climate in Union County.
He has served as president of the Union County Branch NAACP for nine years.
He’s also a member of Marshville Masonic Lodge #270, Hope Lodge #455B Order of Eastern Star, as well as Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Wadesboro. Hailey is the co-owner of Hailey’s Tax Service in Wadesboro.
The Citizen of the Year Banquet will be held March 16 at the Old Armory Community Center, 500 S. Johnson St., Monroe, Tickets cost $30 or $240 for a table of eight. Contact Robert Heath at 704-882-5651 or email@example.com for details.
Traffic shift coming to U.S. 74 intersection
INDIAN TRAIL – Drivers on U.S. 74 will encounter new traffic patterns at the intersection with Unionville-Indian Trail Road as part of a $9.5 million project to convert four full-movement, signalized intersections to superstreets.
On Feb. 13, contract crews will make the permanent traffic shift needed to complete the superstreet conversion on U.S. 74. Changes to the traffic pattern will begin at 9 p.m. and be complete by 6 a.m. the next day.
U.S. 74 drivers wanting to turn left to the side roads will also need to use the U-turn locations for up to 60 days while work at the intersection is completed. When the project is done, U.S. 74 drivers will be able to turn left onto the side roads.
UCPS wins 22 state awards
MONROE – Union County Public Schools won 20 Blue Ribbon Awards. as well as two Best of the Best Awards, from the North Carolina School Public Relations Association.
UCPS’s communications team received Best of the Best awards in marketing for communications about realignment, as well as in the digital media engagement for the back-to-school Facebook Live session.
UCPS was the only school district in the state to win more than one Best of the Best award at the ceremony.
The team won also won awards for electronic media, writing, photography, publications, graphic design and special events.
Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day
MONROE – More than 300 Girl Scouts of Union County celebrated World Thinking Day on Jan. 27 at the Union County Agricultural Center.
World Thinking Day promotes changing the world for the better. Girl Scouts represented 40 countries, showcasing cultural facts, foods, dances and songs.
Union County has three service units of Girl Scouts. This year’s World Thinking Day brought them together under the theme of leadership.