Weddington Optimist Club awards laptop computer scholarships
WEDDINGTON – The Optimist Club of Weddington announced winners of its computer laptop scholarship program.
Students wrote essays on why they deserved the award and how the laptop would help them. Club members judged the essays.
“All of the winners did a wonderful job with their essays,” President Mary Ann Maxson said. “All of these students have a bright future ahead of them and we wish them much success.”
The club launched the scholarship program 20 years ago with a single laptop awarded to a Sun Valley High School senior. The program has grown to include every high school in Union County.
Winners were Shawn Armstrong, of Forest Hills; Autumn Frank, of Piedmont; Elizabeth Ann Golobish, of Porter Ridge; Simon Jenkins, of Weddington; William Kennelly, of Cuthbertson; Monekka Cheyanne Norwood, of Monroe; Gabriel Ottey, of Sun Valley; Ashton Petty, of CATA; Amya Walls, of Parkwood; and Sarah Yumet, of Union Academy.
The club has been active in the community since 1980. It is also involved in an oratorical contest, essay contest, breakfast with Santa and improved students party.
Carrying the motto, “Friend of Youth,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. Call Mike at 980-328-5700 or visit www.weddington-optimist.org to learn more about the club.
School board extends superintendent’s contract
MONROE – The Union County Board of Education voted to extend Superintendent Andrew Houlihan’s contract through June 30, 2023.
The board approved a three-year contract extension on May 7. The original contract approved in August 2016 ended June 2020.
Under Dr. Houlihan’s leadership, Union County Public Schools has received several accolades for work around high-quality instruction, literacy support, college and career readiness initiatives, school safety/social and emotional learning plans and community partnership expansion.
“Union County Public Schools is an incredible school system, and I want to thank the Board of Education, staff, students, teachers, parents and our community for their continued support,” Houlihan said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the best educators in North Carolina, and I am looking forward to building on our successes and staying the course on a model of continuous improvement.”
Charter Communications leader joins state board
RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Jonathon Holt, of Indian Trail, to the Underground Damage Prevention Review Board.
Holt is senior director of regional construction for Charter Communications. He previously was the regional director of commercial construction for Time Warner Cable.
Union West Library to host health, fitness fair
INDIAN TRAIL – The Union West Regional Library will host a health and fitness fair.
The family event starts at 2 p.m. May 18 at the library, 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road.
Dennis Joyner, the county’s public health director, said the library’s initiative is “a good opportunity to raise public awareness about the various aspects of maintaining healthy lifestyles.”
Luis Pérez, a certified personal trainer with LTP, will bring information on fitness, CBD oil benefits, flu prevention and general wellness to those in attendance. He’ll conduct a seminar at 2 p.m. on how to maximize time and results by working out at home with minimum equipment.
Carolina Pharmacy will answer questions about the flu and how to prevent it from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Maureen, from Your Wellness Coach, will talk about self-care general tips, better eating and achieving life-work balance at 3:30 pm.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to obtain a free body composition test sponsored by Partner MD or a complimentary chair massage from Duncan Massage.
Along with raffling activity trackers by Whoop.com and one gift card for five meals by 212 Meals, a representative from ArchitecSports will be on site answering questions about physical therapy.
CLT Nutrition will provide free samples of shakes and teas.
Call 704-821-7475, ext. 3 or email oscar.or email@example.com for details.
Union County receives safety awards from labor dept.
MONROE – The N.C. Department of Labor presented Union County with a Gold Award and Silver Award on May 9 during the Union County Chamber of Commerce’s annual safety awards luncheon.
The county won gold for the fifth consecutive year and silver for the third consecutive year.
NCDOL’s awards program recognizes firms that achieve and maintain good safety records. The program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and promote safety in the workplace.
Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry presents awards annually to employers who have had no fatalities and have maintained an incident rate at least 50 percent below the average for its industry group.
Radio show broadcasting from open house
INDIAN TRAIL – M/I Homes will hold an open house at Heritage–Traditions that includes a live radio broadcast with Ramona Holloway from 107.9 The Link’s “Matt & Ramona Show.”
The event also offers games, food from Something Classic, portraits from a caricature artist and tours. Heritages-Tradition is offering ranch and two-story homes from 1,970 to 3,271 square feet.
The free event takes place noon to 3 pm May 18 at 1002 Heritage Point. RSVP by May 17 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-916-8785. Visit www.mihomes.com/heritagetraditions for details.