Niland named assistant county manager
MONROE – Union County Manager Mark Watson has appointed Patrick Niland to serve as assistant county manager.
Niland will begin his new position on April 29.
For the past eight years, Niland has served as the town administrator for the Town of Wingate. Prior to his position with Wingate, he provided local government management consulting services through All American Associates.
He served as manager for the Town of Claremont from 2007 to 2009.
Niland will oversee Union County’s resident services departments, including the public library, parks and recreation, cooperative extension, soil and water conservation, 911 communications, emergency management and the fire marshal’s office.
“Patrick brings a strong commitment to public service and knowledge of Union County to our organization,” Watson said.
County to host Science Explorers Expo
WAXHAW – Union County will host its Science Explorers Expo on April 27 at Cane Creek Park’s festival area.
The City Nature Challenge’s Mini- Bio-Blitz will kick off this event from 2 to 4 p.m. Vendors with STEAM-related activities and games, inflatables, music and food trucks will be on-site from 4 to 8:30 p.m.
An outdoor movie, “Meet the Robinsons,” will begin around 8:30 p.m. on a 30-foot screen. Bring your blanket, chairs and an appetite for s’mores.
“Community enrichment is a huge part of our mission,” Parks and Recreation Director Jim Chaffin said. “The Science Explorers Expo will showcase an amazing experience for the citizens of Union County.”
Parks leaving Indian Trail for Harrisonburg, Va.
INDIAN TRAIL – Union County Weekly wishes former editor Mike Parks well as he heads to his new job as communications director for the City of Harrisonburg, Va.
Parks has served as communications director for the Town of Indian Trail since August 2015.
Before that, he worked with the Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group from February 2010 to August 2014, serving as editor of a few publications, including Union County Weekly.
County offices, facilities closed for Easter
MONROE – Union County government offices, including the divisions of social services and public health, county libraries and the animal shelter will close April 19 to 21 in observance of Good Friday and Easter.
Cane Creek Park will open all weekend from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The County’s Solid Waste Management Center (landfill) will operate on a normal schedule on April 19.
Call 704-283-3500 for details.
Museum holds event on native artifacts
WAXHAW – Take a step back in time and see early Native American artifacts.
The Museum of the Waxhaws holds a meet-and-greet with Chris Hendrix who is the vice president of the Piedmont Archaeological Society of NC, SC and Virginia. He will display his collection of local artifacts.
Bring in your point or collection and let him discuss with you what treasures you might have.
The event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the museum, 8215 Waxhaw Hwy.
Regular admission fees apply: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children ages 6 to 12.