Optimist Club partners with Monroe Middle school
WEDDINGTON – Monroe Middle School nurse Kathie Fenner saw many students who were not adequately dressing for colder weather. She reached out to the Weddington Optimist Cub seeking donations of sweatshirts.
“Ms. Fenner was very sincere and concerned about her middles school students when she contacted me,” said Bill Deter, Optimist Club president. “I told her I would get with our membership and see what we could do”.
Within 10 days, Optimists put together a plan, reached out to their contacts and provided 132 sweatshirts of assorted sizes and colors to meet the needs of students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
“We are a service organization serving our community and our motto is ‘Friend of Youth,’” Deter said.
The Weddington Optimist Club has been active in the community since 1980. Members have held essay and oratorical contests, computer scholarships, Breakfast with Santa and a Most Improved Student party.
On the web: www.weddington-optimist.org
Monroe Expressway celebrates one year
CHARLOTTE –The Monroe Expressway celebrated its first anniversary Nov. 27.
The expressway has seen over 25 million transactions, which are calculated every time a vehicle drives under a toll gantry. Officials say traffic continues to improve quarter over quarter.
“We intend to serve the people traveling in the Charlotte region for many years to come, and we are grateful for a successful first year in the area,” said J.J. Eden, executive director of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. “We are hearing from customers who say they are making it to appointments and home from work faster and can spend more time with family and loved ones. That is why we do this work.”
The toll collection program, managed by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority and NC Quick Pass, opened customer service centers ahead of the Monroe Expressway in Monroe and Charlotte.
More than 33,000 people have visited a customer service center in the region.
Customers are routinely saving over 25 minutes in one trip. NC Quick Pass customers also save 35% on tolls in North Carolina.
Visit www.ncdot.gov/turnpike or www.nc quickpass.com for details.
Four suspects facing charges in car burglaries
MONROE – Sheriff’s detectives have filed charges against four suspects in connection with several recent motor vehicle breaking, entering and larceny cases reported in the subdivisions of St. John’s Forest, Villages of Wesley Chapel, Wensley Park and Bonterra.
The Bonterra incidents occurred Nov. 18. The other cases happened Nov. 15.
Orlando Trimel Montgomery II, 20; Jordan Edward Thomas, 19; and Joshua Omar Mungo, 16, face 11 counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, one count of attempted breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, one count of larceny of a firearm, one count of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny.
All of these charges are in association with St. John’s Forest, the Villages of Wesley Chapel and Wensley Park.
Montgomery, Thomas and Robert Lee Ashcraft III, 20, all face similar charges associated with the Bonterra incidents. Those charges include 11 counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, one count of felony larceny, one count of financial card theft and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.
Since early September, the sheriff’s office has investigated more than 200 cases of breaking, entering and larceny from a vehicle. The majority of the incidents occurred overnight while vehicles were parked in the driveways.
Union Academy soccer champs sign college deals
MONROE – Union Academy celebrated three of its female soccer players who signed to play at the collegiate level.
The three seniors, coached by Vic Johnson, are members of the 2018 and 2019 state 1A championship teams. They helped lead their team to establish a NCHSAA state record for most consecutive wins, which stands at 44.
Midfielder Sarah Brown signed with the Charlotte 49ers. She was named MVP of the 2019 state championship 1A game, as well as all-state in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Forward Kelsey Havican signed to play with Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. Havican was named all-conference and all-region in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Goalie Chiara Coppin has signed to play at UNC Pembroke. Coppin, who is ranked eighth in the state and 69th in the nation for high school goalkeepers, earned PAC-7 Goalie of the Year. She was named to the all-region team 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the all-state team 2018 and 2019.
All three are NCHSAA scholar-athletes.
NCSCA selects all-state soccer teams
CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association announced its annual all-state teams.
Twelve players from schools in the coverage area of our three newspapers received the honor, including: Ryan Bayadi, Charlotte Catholic; Patrick Fenton, Charlotte Catholic; John Paul Escobar, Parkwood; Grant Sutherland, Marvin Ridge; and Fedrico Shannon, Cuthbertson.