As word started to spread that Charlotte Media Group was launching two new weekly newspapers in Union County, I received some feedback from folks wondering what exactly would go on the front page of a Waxhaw newspaper.
Some genuinely wanted to know what the issues are in Waxhaw. Others wondered if the town could generate enough news to fill a newspaper. It’s easy for people to think that if the news they consume comes solely from large metropolitan newspapers or television stations in Charlotte.
The recent opening of the ALDI store in Waxhaw or the work Olya and Leon Banchik do to help people fighting breast cancer may not lead the evening newscasts, but they are everything to us and the people of this community.
Growing up, I wanted to become a daily newspaper reporter. I never really gave much thought to working for a weekly newspaper until my job laying out newspapers was relocated to a design center in a city I didn’t want to live.
Fortunately, I found a job close to home writing for weekly newspapers in the Lake Norman area. Readers were much more invested in these newspapers and I found the work to be extremely satisfying.
The best experience of my career was launching a weekly newspaper 10 years ago in Mooresville, the same community Interim Town Manager Erskine Smith oversaw for many years. I really enjoyed building something from the ground up.
I’m looking forward to developing this newspaper here in Waxhaw. We have a great team that’s full of ideas.
We resolve to strengthen connections that residents have with the town. We intend on following the people, places and events that shape this community.
Want to get involved? You can send me submissions or story ideas at email@example.com. You can also follow us at @weeklywaxhaw on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. We’ll pop up on more platforms, too.
You can find news online from The Weekly Waxhaw, Union County Weekly and Indian Trail Weekly at www.unioncountyweekly.com.
Connecting older adults
Charlotte Media Group is registering people and vendors for our next Thrive Over 55 Senior Expo, which is scheduled for the morning of March 20 at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews.
The expo is an opportunity for residents to connect with companies, nonprofits and agencies that serve older adults in Mecklenburg and Union counties. In addition to dozens of booths, we’ll have breakout sessions in which seniors can get more in-depth information about topics such as finances, health or travel.
We have attendees register for the free event so we can order enough food for breakfast and lunch. We like to feed expo-goers. Email rjensen@cmgweekly or call 704-849-2261 to register.
We’ll publish a special edition on the same day as the expo with content focused on older adult issues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if your company or organization would like to advertise in that edition or have an expo booth.
A few issues ago in Union County Weekly, we profiled several finalists from our company’s 2019 Small Business Person of the Year campaign. Finalists span the region, but Waxhaw has a few in Dr. Susan Bonilla of Passionate Paws, Nikki Bourgeault of Brush’d Salon and Dr. Shane Markey of Three Leaf Orthodontics.
We’ll be selecting a winner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Hampton Inn and Suites – SouthPark at Phillips Place in Charlotte. The public is invited to attend the informal celebration. Tickets are still available by calling 704-849-2261.