Student art on display at town hall
INDIAN TRAIL – The Town of Indian Trail will showcase elementary school artwork at the new exhibit, “Your Art, Your Story.”
The show opens to the public 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 21 and 22, as well as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at town hall, 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road.
Submissions range from elementary schools across town, including Antioch, Hemby Bridge, Indian Trail, Poplin, Porter Ridge, Sardis, Shiloh, Stallings and Sun Valley, as well as Metrolina Christian and Union Preparatory academies.
Each school was asked to hand-pick 12 special pieces for the show.
“It is always truly inspiring for us to see all the amazing art our local student artists create each year,” said Susan Didier, Indian Trail Arts & Culture program coordinator. “We are honored to be able to host this exhibit for them, their families and their wonderful teachers, and we know one day we will be able to say that the Indian Trail Town Hall was the very first public exhibit for some very famous artists when they were first getting started.”
Union County seeks input on intersection improvements
MONROE – The Union County Planning Department, in coordination with 14 municipalities, is collecting input from March 18 to April 18 on the development of a critical intersection list.
The list will guide local efforts in securing grants and coordinate efforts between the municipalities, county and the N.C. Department of Transportation in improving the county’s transportation system.
Two public meetings will be held to solicit comments on the proposed improvements to address safety and congestion concerns.
The first meeting will be held 5 to 7 p.m. March 26 at Lake Park Community Center, 3801 Lake Park Road.
The second meeting will be held 5 to 7 March 28 at the Waxhaw Police Department (community room), 3620 Providence Road.
Both meetings are drop-in style with no formal presentations. Representatives from municipalities and NCDOT will be available to discuss the initiative and answer questions.
Congressional race heats up
RALEIGH – Thirteen people are running for the 9th District Congressional seat, and the race is already getting interesting.
Former Congressman Robert Pittenger caused a stir March 19 when he endorsed Matthew Ridenhour, a former Mecklenburg County commissioner, and made accusations about N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop. Bishop threatened to sue, which prompted Pittenger to retract his statements.
Those running are as follows:
• Republicans: Chris Anglin, Dan Bishop, Leigh Brown, Kathie Day, Gary Dunn, Matthew Ridenhour, Stevie Rivenbark Hull, Stony Rushing, Fern Shubert, Albert Wiley Jr.
• Democrats: Dan McCready
• Green Party: Allen Smith
• Libertarians: Jeff Scott.
The Republican primary election will be held May 14. A second primary will be held Sept. 10 if necessary. The general election will be held Sept. 10 if there’s no second primary and Nov. 5 if there is a second primary.
Rocky River Elementary becomes a ‘Leader in Me Lighthouse School’
MONROE – Rocky River Elementary has been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.
Rocky River is one of 417 schools in the world and the second in Union County to earn the certification, according to Union County Public Schools. Indian Trail Elementary earned its status in 2016.
“While the Lighthouse recognition is wonderful and affirming, the reward is coming to work every day and being part of the Rocky River family,” Principal Sherry Richardson said.
Leader in Me empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. FranklinCovey Education awards the designation to schools with a proven, well-rounded leadership model.
Stallings 101 to create more connected citizens
STALLINGS – The Town of Stallings has launched a citizens’ academy with presentations that will explore the town’s history, government, police, fire and transportation projects.
Stallings 101 offers residents the opportunity to meet and talk with key players, like the town council, five living mayors, police and fire chiefs, school board chair and NCDOT planners.
The academy will meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays, April 9 to May 21. It culminates with a certificate awards dinner served by the Porter Ridge Culinary School. The academy is free for Stallings residents.
Registration is required and limited to 25 participants. Call or email Erinn Nichols at 704-821-8557 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.
Indian Town ready to show off future Main Street
INDIAN TRAIL – The Town of Indian Trail Engineering Department is ready to present plans for the future of Main Street. Residents are invited to hear about the Indian Trail Complete Street project from 5 to 7 p.m. March 28 at town hall.
The effort is a key part of Indian Trail’s Downtown Revitalization project, which aims to make the corridor more pedestrian friendly as new developments come to downtown.
In addition to adding wide multi-use sidewalks with a delineated bike path and removing ditches alongside the roadway, the project will also add new lighting, pedestrian crosswalks, landscaping with planters and on-street parking within the growing business district. It will tie in with a new 150-spot parking lot coming to Blythe Drive, and a future roundabout at the Indian Trail and Gribble intersection.
“The Indian Trail Complete Street will go a long way toward supporting the businesses in our downtown and will make this area a much more attractive destination for residents and visitors alike,” Town Manager Patrick Sadek said.