SPCC, Common Heart partner on poverty simulation
INDIAN TRAIL – Could you survive one month living in poverty?
South Piedmont Community College and Common Heart’s Advocates for Change program presents a Community Action Poverty Simulation from 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 8 at SPCC, 4209 Old Charlotte Hwy., Monroe.
The Missouri Community Action Network developed the simulation to break down stereotypes by allowing participants to step into the real-life situations of others.
Participants will spend a simulated month in poverty. The interactive event allows individuals to walk a month in the shoes of someone who is facing poverty and realize how complex and interconnected the issues of poverty really are.
Families currently living in poverty or have experienced poverty are also encouraged to attend and share their experiences.
Students are welcome to the free event.
Register at www.Poverty.CommonHeart.org or call Corey Tossas at 704-218-9060.
Pennsylvania man jailed on exploitation charges
MONROE – A Pennsylvania man faces local charges of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and disseminating obscenity to a minor.
In late June 2018, deputies with the sheriff’s office were notified that a man was having inappropriate communications with a Union County teen. Detectives determined the offender and teen exchanged several sexually explicit messages with one another, and he sent nude images of himself to the victim and solicited images from her, according to the sheriff’s office.
Detectives identified the suspect as Christian Winterhalter, 45, of Rochester, Penn. He was listed on Pennsylvania’s sex offender registry. Winterhalter was arrested with the assistance of Homeland Security agents and local police.
“This case is a perfect example of how modern technology provides predators opportunities to exploit children but thankfully we have resources to bring them to justice,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey said.
Drug trafficking investigation concludes with two arrests
MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office finished a heroin trafficking investigation with the arrests of two men.
Jason Wayne Pendry, 42, of Ruben Road, was arrested on charges of trafficking in opium or heroin resulting from a search of his home in December 2018.
Joshua Ray Lilly, 28, of Monroe, was arrested on charges of trafficking in opium or heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin.
Pendry and Lilly are scheduled to appear in court March 26.
Jersey Mike’s helps Isabella Santos Foundation
CHARLOTTE – The Isabella Santos Foundation is joining forces with 39 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the greater Charlotte area for the ninth annual Month of Giving campaign.
During March, customers can make a donation to the Isabella Santos Foundation. Proceeds from cookie sales will also go to the foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research.
The campaign culminates with Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on March 27, when restaurants give 100 percent of the day’s sales to the foundation.
Last year’s campaign raised more than $6 million for 170 charities nationwide, including more than $135,000 in the Greater Charlotte area.
Participating restaurants are located in Indian Trail (6580 Old Monroe Road), Matthews (3116 Weddington Road & 2332 Matthews Township Pkwy.), Waxhaw (8121 Kensington Drive) and Weddington (13651 Providence Road).
Visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog for details.
Kansas student gets honor roll
LAWRENCE – Madison Cundiff, of Waxhaw, was among more than 6,100 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas to earn an honor roll distinction for the fall 2018 semester.
Cundiff is enrolled in the School of Education.
Honor roll criteria vary among the university’s academic units. Some schools honor the top 10 percent of students enrolled, some establish a minimum grade-point average, and others raise the minimum GPA for each year students are in school.
Gas prices skyrocket across Carolinas, says AAA
CHARLOTTE – Gas prices are on the rise in the Carolinas and across the country, according to AAA.
The Charlotte average was $2.03 on Jan. 20, $2.09 on Feb. 13 and $2.21 on Feb. 20. The rise was also noticeable in Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hickory and Raleigh.
“Oil and wholesale gasoline prices have surged and that’s driving prices higher at the pump,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “OPEC is fulfilling its promise to cut production and there have been reports of refinery problems in the Northeast. Supply will most likely continue to tighten and keep gas prices higher through the end of the month.”
Another key factor was refineries entering maintenance season, Wright added.
Twenty-eight states saw gas price averages increase by at least a nickel this week, pushing the national average to $2.36 – the largest one-week increase seen at the national level this year.