Tewolde wins Beginning Teacher of the Year
WEDDINGTON – Union County Public Schools recognized Weddington High chemistry teacher Ben Tewolde as the district’s 2019-20 Beginning Teacher of the Year.
The award recognizes teachers in their first three years of employment who demonstrate excellence in the classroom. Tewolde was picked from a pool of nominations provided by principals.
Prior to joining UCPS, Tewolde worked as a pharmacist for more than 20 years. As a first-year lateral entry teacher, Tewolde was praised for seeking training opportunities and finding ways to increase rigor and student engagement.
Watson targets May 20 for budget presentation
MONROE – Mark Watson plans to present his first annual budget proposal since becoming county manager on May 20.
“Staff has been hard at work over the last several months,” Watson told county commissioners April 15. “That work is now coming to an end with a budget presentation on May 20.”
A large chunk of that includes the budget of Union County Public Schools. Commissioners will hold a joint meeting with the school board on April 29 to talk about the district’s budget.
Felony suspect captured after pursuit down MLK Blvd.
MONROE – A Charlotte man led Monroe Police officers on a 4.8-mile chase April 18 down Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Police were chasing the truck because the owner reported it stolen. The owner was tracking it via GPS and updating dispatchers on its location.
The truck left the roadway to avoid spike strips and tried to drive through a field where he got stuck.
Chad Stephen Groves, 31, of Charlotte, was served with two orders for arrest from Gaston County for probation violations, felony flee to elude arrest, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and traffic-related charges.
Museum to house WWII encampment, artifacts
WAXHAW – A group of World War II re-enactors will set up a replica camp with command and communication centers May 4 at the Museum of the Waxhaws.
Military historian Jack Clay will have artifacts on display in the main museum while World War II veterans are encouraged to attend and share their experiences from the war.
The museum, located at 8215 Waxhaw Hwy., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission fees apply: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children (6-12). The museum will waive admission for WWII vets and one guest.
Call 704-843-1832 or visit www.museumoft hewaxhaws.org for details.
Commissioners recognize service, retirements
MONROE – Union County commissioners recognized eight employees for service and four March retirees during their April 15 meeting.
Employees logging five years of service were Carolyn Kubisz (library), Candace Lopez (board of elections), Mary Causebrook, Lisa Delair-Birch, Crystal Harris, Katherine Lindsey-McIntyre and Stephanie Rivers (human services).
Keith Rorie, of human services, celebrated 20 years of service.
Staffers who retired in March were Diana Figueroa (public health), Theresa Medlin (tax assessment), Kevin Plyler (sheriff’s office) and Robin Vanderburg (social services).
Food trucks returning to Weddington
WEDDINGTON – The Town of Weddington will host Food Truck Fridays on May 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Enjoy good food, children’s games and music by DJ Fannie Mae each week from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
The event will be held at Weddington Town Hall, 1924 Weddington Road.
Airman graduates from military training
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – US Air Force Airman Basic David Parker Howard graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base.
The airman completed an 8 1/2 week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles.
Howard is the son of David Howard and Valerie Preston; stepson to Anna Howard and David Preston; and brother to Rebecca Howard, Amelia and Amanda Brumwell and Bowie Preston.
He’ll continue his training at another US Air Force Base and move onto a job as crew chief. Howard is a 2018 graduate of Hargrave Military Academy.