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MONROE — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 120,958 residents of Union County have been at least partially vaccinated under all programs as of Sept. 24. The roughly 50% compares to 57% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated.

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MONROE — Union County Water is accepting applications for the Short Water Line Extension Program, according to Union County Government’s (UCG) communications department. The program “provides Union County property owners with an opportunity to apply for connection to the County water system …

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MONROE — Lee Park Church held a prayer vigil for healthcare workers, people suffering from COVID, families who have lost loved ones to COVID, the community’s well being and for community leaders on Wednesday night (Sept. 22). The outdoor event was held in front of Atrium Health Union (600 Ho…

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At a time when COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to put a strain on health care systems across the country, Novant Health has announced the implementation of a new digital health program designed to help relieve the pressure on acute care facilities, prevent or earlier detect the need for r…

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MONROE — Monroe Police Narcotics Unit arrested Michael Rushing (AKA: “Black Mike ‘’) for six counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule two controlled substance, or crack cocaine; Rushing was also charged with three counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for…

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MONROE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce held a municipality update presentation last week where mayors of Marvin and Weddington shared what was happening in their communities.

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WINSTON-SALEM — Novant Health has suspended “approximately 375 team members” across its 15 hospitals, 800 clinics and hundreds of outpatient facilities due to a lack of compliance regarding COVID-19 vaccination, according to a release from the organization on Tuesday (Sept. 21).

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MONROE — There were nine COVID-related deaths reported in Union County for the week of Sept. 10-17, according to the Union County COVID-19 Dashboard.

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MONROE — The Union County Education Foundation continues to supplement the learning experience by issuing grants to teachers through the LIFT program, which stands for Leadership and Innovation Funding for Teachers.

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MONROE — The Union County Board of Education held a special called meeting on Monday (Sept. 20) morning, and afterward released details on how Union County Public Schools (UCPS) will handle COVID-19 cases.

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CHARLOTTE — Residential home sales across the 16-county Charlotte region rose 3.5% year-over-year as 5,356 homes sold compared to sales in August a year ago, according to a report from Canopy MLS. Closed sales, which reflect single-family, condo and townhome data only, increased 3.2% month-o…

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MONROE — Body camera footage from the Monroe Police Department involving incidents with City Councilwoman Angelia James last week was made public by the City of Monroe on Thursday (Sept. 16). The footage captures what transpired between James and law enforcement the night James was asked to …

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MONROE — The Union County Board of Education (BOE) has gone against the guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19; the Board continues to make mask-wearing optional, while more than 90% of public schools in the state are requiring masks on campus, according to N.C. Governor Roy Cooper.

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MONROE — The National Association of Counties, also known as NACo, has awarded Union County Government (UCG) three Achievement Awards for “innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents,” according to a report from UCG’s communications department.

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MONROE — More than 32,000 residents of Union County have caught the potentially-deadly COVID-19 virus over the past 18 months, and roughly 270 citizens of the county have died from it, according to Union County Government’s COVID-19 Dashboard. There’s a vaccine available for anyone 12-and-ov…

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MARSHVILLE — The Randy Travis Music Festival, which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, starting at 11 a.m., hosted by the Marshville Chamber of Commerce. The annual event is held on Main Street in downtown Marshville and is free to attend.

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MONROE — Candidates for City of Monroe Mayor participated in a meet and greet event at Courthouse Self-Pour on Franklin Street on Monday night. The event was co-hosted by Dean Stump of Courthouse Self-Pour and Beth Tourtellot of Peddlers Paradise.

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MONROE — City of Monroe Councilwoman Angelia James was transported to Atrium Health last Thursday night (Sept. 9) following an incident where staff at the Fairfield Inn (1825 Williams Road) asked police to remove her from the property, according to a report from Peter Hovanec, the City of Mo…

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MONROE — Union County Public Health (Public Health) Director Dennis Joyner wrote an open letter to Union County Public Schools (UCPS) explaining why he believes that 14 days of quarantine is the optimal way to reduce spreading COVID-19.

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MONROE — Union County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in the Hemby Acres neighborhood of Indian Trail on Friday (Sept. 10) at approximately 10:44 a.m. after a caller reported a man running down the street shooting at a vehicle in the 8000 block of Teakwood Drive, according to a report…

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MONROE — The Union County Board of Education voted to halt all staff responsibilities regarding COVID-19 contact tracing and quarantining for students and staff, effective immediately, except as required by law, at its Sept. 13 special called meeting.

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The Waxhaw Fire Department and local residents joined together early on Saturday morning to honor Patriot Day and remember the roughly 3,000 lives that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

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MONROE — Union County Public Schools’ (UCPS) weekly COVID-19 dashboard report, which shows the number of positive and quarantined cases for students and staff, revealed a dramatic jump in cases last week.

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UNION COUNTY — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 118,909 residents in the county have been partially vaccinated under all programs. The 50% compares to 56% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated.

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UNION COUNTY — Is it safe to keep face masks optional for students and staff in the county’s public school system during the height of a deadly pandemic?

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MONROE— The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports 118,321 in Union County have been partially vaccinated under all programs. The 49% compares to 56% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated.

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MONROE — City of Monroe Councilman Franco McGee successfully completed the Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) training offered annually to select local-elected officials by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to a report from the City’s communi…

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MONROE — As of Wednesday (Sept. 8), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 117,685 residents in Union County have been partially vaccinated under all programs. The 49% compares to 55% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated.

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MONROE — Rehab Development Inc., hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday morning (Sept. 8) to celebrate construction starting in and around the former Piedmont Buggy Works Factory at 514 Miller Street behind the Community Shelter of Union County.

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MONROE — City of Monroe Council Member Surluta Anthony successfully completed the Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) training offered annually to select local elected officials by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to a report from the City’s …

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UNION COUNTY — The Board of Union County Commissioners (BOCC) will discuss adopting project 853 West Zone Transmission Project (West Zone) to address critical water supply needs, according to their meeting agenda for Tuesday, Sept. 7.

MONROE — The spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, which has been haunting Union County since March of 2020, is worse than ever. The 30 COVID-related deaths confirmed in Union County from Aug. 2 to Sept. 2 of 2021 is the most of any month since the pandemic reached the County roughly 18 mo…

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UNION COUNTY — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) COVID-19 dashboard shows the number of positive and quarantined COVID-19 cases for students and staff was over 5,000 at the end of last week. UCPS reports having roughly 41,000 students.

UNION COUNTY — While the number of individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Union County continues to increase, the county lags behind the state as a percentage of total population. As of Friday, Sept. 3, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) repor…

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Partners Health Management, a local managed-care organization, announced it is now managing intellectual/developmental disability, mental health and substance use care for residents in Union County who receive specialized Medicaid and State-funded services.

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MONROE — “This is a building for the people by the people,” City of Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said about the new station being built in the heart of downtown.

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MONROE — Residents of Union County are dying from COVID-19 at a faster pace than ever recently, with 8 deaths reported already this week since Monday (Aug. 30), according to government officials. There have now been 255 cumulative COVID deaths confirmed in the County since the first one was …