Monroe man dies in shooting
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting involving a Monroe man at the Paces Pointe Apartments.
Officers arrived at the complex after 1:10 a.m. July 6 to find an unresponsive male suffering from a gunshot wound. Medic later pronounced Jonathan Troy Swierski, 20, of Monroe, deceased on the scene.
Police described this as an isolated incident stemming from a dispute by known parties. No charges have been filed.
The Matthews Police Department encourages the public to contact Detective Danielle Helms at email@example.com or 704-847-5555 with any details regarding the case.
Teens try to rob 7-Eleven
INDIAN TRAIL – The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested three teenagers suspected of robbing a 7-Eleven.
A store employee noticed three males entering the store at 2:40 a.m. June 21. One of them went behind the counter and started taking cigars. The clerk tried to stop him, but one suspect pulled a knife.
The teens ran toward Younts Road. Deputies found three teens matching the suspects’ description at the park, as well as a backpack, BB guns, knives, pellets and cigars.
The teens face charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor larceny.
Union County upgraded to AAA rating
MONROE – Union County recently received the AAA rating and stable outlook designation, the highest a county can achieve, from Standard & Poor’s Global Rating.
“The upgrade to the AAA bond rating by S&P is confirmation of the extremely strong fiscal policy and financial management practices that have been put in place through the diligent efforts of Union County elected officials and staff,” County Manager Mark Watson said. “We are now positioned to access and benefit from lower rates of interest on any general obligation debt issued. This is a major milestone for Union County.”
Union County is one of only six counties in North Carolina to achieve the AAA bond rating from all three major rating agencies.
“I’m proud to be part of the board during this time of great progress for the county,” Chairman Richard Helms said. “Our management team has done a tremendous job balancing the needs that come from our growth with being fiscally responsible.”
County seeks input on transportation plan changes
MONROE – Union County, in coordination with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, is opening a comment period on a series of 13 amendments to the Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
The plan identifies transportation system improvements necessary to meet future mobility demands within the region.
Union County is proposing to amend the network to remove or modify new road segments to incorporate environmental and community constraints, as well as to reflect network modifications due to the Monroe Expressway.
The comment period ends July 21. Amendments are available for review at https://arcg.is/1niGby as well as at the Union County Planning Department offices, located at 500 N. Main St., suite 70, Monroe.
County commissioners will consider formally requesting the changes after comments have been addressed. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization will consider amending the plan later in 2019 based on the request.
Contact Bjorn Hansen at 704-283-3690 or firstname.lastname@example.org to provide comments or ask questions.
County commissioners adopt 2020 budget
MONROE – The Union County Board of County Commissioners on June 17 adopted the fiscal year 2020 operating budget of $443.95 million and 2020 capital funding of $364.16 million.
“We are confident this budget is fiscally responsible and invests in our core services, enabling us to continue serving our residents while not raising taxes,” Chairman Richard Helms said.
The budget includes a countywide tax rate of 73.09 cents per $100 of assessed value, made up of 21.63 cents for general county operations, 44.50 cents for schools, 2.33 for countywide EMS, 1.33 cents for countywide fire and 3.30 cents for voter-approved debt.
County Manager Mark Watson’s recommendation was focused on maintaining fiscal discipline, investing in core services and implementing a strategic framework for internal business processes.
The adopted budget provides $123.9 million for Union County Public Schools’ current expense funding, pay-go capital funding, debt services and other related costs.
See the budget at http://unioncountync.gov/departments/budget-management.
Marvin Ridge student serves as Senate page
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Senate was honored recently to have Shriya Madhavaram, a student at Marvin Ridge High School, serve as a page for the N.C. Senate.
She is the daughter of Mahendar and Anitha Madhavaram, of Waxhaw.
Shriya was sponsored by N.C. Sen. Todd Johnson and appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger.
Statewide, high school students serve as pages when the N.C. General Assembly is in session. They attend daily sessions and committee meetings, and assist staff members with office duties during the week they serve.
Organization will pick up your donated furniture
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Driven by the need for a simple way to donate large items like couches and dining room suites, PickUpMyDonation.com was born.
Donors can use a computer, tablet or smart phone to request a pick up from a participating nonprofit in less than two minutes through the cloud-based platform.
Since PickUpMyDonation.com launched in the fall of 2012, the network has grown to over 160 pick-up providers nationwide with over 5,000 donation requests each month. It’s exceeded $50 million in total requests.
To request a donation pick up, go to Pick UpMyDonation.com, key in your zip code, and follow the instructions. The exclusive pick-up provider in Union County is Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity.
Stallings preschool named ‘Center of Excellence’
RALEIGH – The Learning Experience announced three of its North Carolina centers are the recipients of its “Center of Excellence” Award, including the one at 15055 Idlewild Road in Stallings.
The recognition is bestowed upon the top 10% of The Learning Experience centers nationwide that have scored 95% or higher on annual evaluations.
Each year, centers are evaluated on customer service, student retention, curriculum delivery, branding and overall performance.
“Their drive for excellence can be easily traced back to the loyal owners and staff who enthusiastically challenge themselves each year to remain top performers and educators,” CEO Richard Weissman said.
Visit www.thelearningexperience.com for details.