McCready caps off affordable healthcare tour
MINT HILL – Dan McCready recently concluded his eight-county affordable healthcare tour with a fish fry in Wadesboro.
Other stops included speaking with voters about lowering healthcare costs at Mt. Calvary AME Church in Monroe and Mint Hill Roasting Company in Mint Hill.
“This week, we visited all eight counties to hear directly from voters about the issues most on their mind, specifically healthcare. No matter where I am in the district, affordable healthcare is the top issue,” said McCready. “Our campaign is working hard to talk to as many voters as possible in every county in this district about our plans to lower healthcare costs, strengthen public schools and cut taxes for the middle class.”
Mother killed in Monroe home invasion
MONROE – The Monroe Police Department is investigating a home invasion involving the death of Lucero Sosa Capote.
Police said two males forcibly entered the residence of 1603 Tower Court at 4:40 a.m. July 12 to commit a robbery. During the robbery, Capote was killed from a gunshot wound.
Her five children were home at the time. Two were treated with minor injuries that occurred during the altercation.
Police described the suspects as one black male and one white male. Both wore gray jogging pants and some type of cover over their faces. The black male wore a black hoodie. The white male wore a green hoodie.
Contact the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4700 or the Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600. Information will remain confidential and callers may be eligible for a reward up to $5,000.
Union among top digital counties in U.S.
MONROE – Union County is being recognized as a national leader in implementing the best technology practices among more than 3,000 U.S. counties.
The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties awarded Union County 10th place in its population category in the 17th annual Digital Counties Survey.
The survey analyzes innovative initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response recovery efforts.
“Our team has worked hard to constantly evolve Union County’s technology programs and plans; enabling us to continue providing residents exceptional access to important services,” said Carl Lucas, director of information systems.
Contributing factors for the county receiving this award include upgrading audio and video systems for livestreaming commission meetings and plans for an analytics program that will store more documents digitally.
In similar cost-saving measures, moving to paperless systems has saved up to $15,000.
“Union County will continue implementing strategies that improve transparency and boost resident engagement,” County Manager Mark Watson said. “These technologies improve our efficiency and lower the cost of providing public services.”
Bishop responds to president impeachment talk
CHARLOTTE – N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop described attempts by House Democrats to move to consider articles of impeachment against President Trump as a “disgraceful political stunt.”
Bishop called on Dan McCready, his Democratic opponent in the N.C. 9 congressional race, to join him in condemning the actions.
“While President Trump will be in North Carolina touting our nation’s great economic success story, House Democrats will be busy in the Washington swamp with their political agenda trying to baselessly impeach him,” Bishop said.“Congressional Democrats are engaged in full-blown presidential harassment and it needs to stop..”
County reports sanitary sewer overflow
MONROE – A sanitary sewer overflow occurred within the Union County sanitary sewer system on July 14 as a result of construction debris accumulated in the pipes.
The overflow was not of the magnitude to cause immediate danger to human health or the environment. All pipes, pumps, and equipment were operating properly prior to the overflow.
The overflow of 8,500 gallons occurred behind 5012 Lydgate Drive out of a sanitary sewer manhole at 9:20 p.m., lasting until 3 a.m. July 15.
The overflow has been reported to the North Carolina Division of Water Quality.
Call the public works department at 704-296-4210 for details.
Stallings resident goes to space camp
HUNTSVILLE, AL – Jacob Crowley, of Stallings, recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem-solving.
This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration.
Jacob spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity or spacewalk.
Jacob and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.