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Ellen Zoodsma has worked as a nurse in Monroe since 1987 and over the past 6 years she has played an important role in helping bring robotic-assisted surgery to the area. “Six years ago we got a robot from Maine,” said Zoodsma, and because she was the urology coordinator, she “was sent to At…

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MONROE — At the Jan. 27 special called meeting, the Union County Board of Education voted to rescind the 2023-2024 traditional academic calendar that was approved on Dec. 13, 2022, according to a report from Union County Public Schools’ communications department.

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MONROE — Over the span of less than a week, Deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) apprehended three suspects after three non-related motor vehicle pursuits.

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MONROE — The City of Monroe Water Resources Department responded a sanitary sewer spill on Wednesday, Jan. 25, following heavy rains in the region. The overflows entered Richardson Creek, and there was no risk to the City of Monroe water supply, according to the City’s communications department.

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WAXHAW — Always curious as a youngster, Kemp Heinbaugh became a handyman as he grew up in Waxhaw. He discovered a fascination with clocks. He loves to repair clocks and sometimes installs musical gadgets.

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MONROE — The Carolina Green Industry Network presented an annual trade show and pesticide seminar at the Union County Agricultural Center on Tuesday (Jan. 24).

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Community transmission of the COVID-19 virus has been downgraded to “low” in Union County (UC), according to UC’s online government Dashboard; the County’s transmission level was at “medium” entering the 2023 calendar year.

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MONROE — Joshua O. Mungo, 19, and 23-year-old Tyler Sturdivant have been charged with more than 20 separate criminal offenses related to a series of motor vehicle break-ins, according to a report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO).

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MONROE — The crowd attending the 31st annual Union County Crime Stoppers BBQ filled the event hall at the Union County Agricultural Center on Friday, and a line of cars picking up barbeque and turkey take out plates wrapped around the building and down the length of the drive to Highway 74.

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The 7-Eleven, located at 8313 New Town Road in Waxhaw, offered the cheapest price for a gallon of gasoline in Union County as of Monday (Jan. 23) at $2.99 per gallon, according to a GasBuddy.com report.

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The City of Monroe Water Resources Department will be doing routine maintenance repairs to the dam at Lake Lee in the coming weeks. Lake Lee will be lowered temporarily to allow for these repairs, which should be complete by mid-February.

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A 41-year-old Monroe woman was arrested on Jan. 18 and charged with Voluntary Manslaughter. Peter Hovanec, City of Monroe Communications and Tourism Director, confirmed Melissa Annette Chambers was charged after Monroe Police responded to Atrium Union regarding a gunshot wound victim.

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The Monroe City Council strategic planning meeting, held on Jan. 10, opened with a presentation for 2023 budget request from Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard. He gave an update on the progress on construction of the new police department located at 450 W. Crowell St. “We are looking at a s…

INDIAN TRAIL– Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 31, volunteers with the local nonprofit Common Heart will once again offer a free income tax service to local residents.

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MONROE — The Union County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new smartphone application which is free to all users. It will allow the Union County Sheriff’s Office to connect with residents, providing information more quickly and efficiently for anyone with a smartphone.

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Costco is looking at coming to Indian Land, S.C, according to preliminary scoping documents filed with the S.C. Department of Transportation and Lancaster County.

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When Kara Lopp first began working with Common Heart eight years ago, the food pantry nonprofit was serving about 450 families per month and now the average has swelled to more than 1,600 families. The organization has two locations, one in Indian Trail and the other in Marshville.

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Students representing Innovation Drama Academy in Indian Trail, Spotlight Players in Mint Hill, Academy Team Rock Hill (S.C.) and Showtime Theatre Company in Rock Hill and Legacy Theater and Music Company in Stallings won national awards and earned other recognition at the 2023 Junior Theate…

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CHARLOTTE — Construction of the medical school near Uptown Charlotte broke ground on Tuesday morning (Jan. 17). Charlotte is the nation’s largest city without a 4-year medical school, according to a report from Atrium Health. The non-profit health system employs more than 70,000 across 40 ho…

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MONROE — The Union County Playmakers are preparing to perform “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Benton Heights Elementary School of Performing Arts (1200 Concord Ave.). Opening night is Jan. 27, starting at 8 p.m., with another show at the same time on the 28th. On S…

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INDIAN TRAIL — Allen Perry, a junior at Sun Valley High School, discovered his love for aviation at a young age. He went into the school’s drone technology class confident he could take his engineering to another level.

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WAXHAW — The Marvin Ridge High School Career Research and Observation Club partnered with the school’s FFA Club and the Circle K Southeast Division to help give back to local homeless children this holiday season. Holiday toy drives were hosted at the school and at Circle K’s Southeast Corpo…

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CHARLOTTE — United Way of Greater Charlotte announced on Thursday (Jan. 12) its new name and its 2023 investment of $16 million in communities across the Charlotte region — awarding $9 million in grants to 132 neighborhood and grassroots organizations working to lift families out of poverty …

RALEIGH – Know a high school girl interested in public service and a future career in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics? The NC Department of Administration (DOA) is accepting applications for the summer Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program. This four-week, paid annual mentors…

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MONROE — Union County Public Schools will announce its first ever high school coach of the year in the spring. “The athletic history in this county is tremendous, we have won a considerable number of championships,” said UCSP Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan. He said ‘given the great athle…

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INDIAN TRAIL — “Why don’t you just come over to my place?,” was the question that Brittney Klaus remembers hearing from her beloved friend, Kimberli Lynn, who taught at Union County Public Schools and had a passion for photography.

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WAXHAW — Bill Moloney was 11 years old when his father, Thomas, first started teaching him to carve wooden birds. Bill doesn’t know how his father learned the skill, but perhaps overseas, when Thomas served in WWI. Bill was 13 years old when he lost his father. On Jan. 2, Bill turned 89, and…

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MONROE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce will present the 2023 Legislative Agenda on Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 at the Union County Agricultural Center (3230-D Presson Rd. In Monroe). The Chamber Member rate is $10 and the Public rate is $15. In the past 30 years Union County has…

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RALEIGH. — North Carolina Senator Todd Johnson received committee assignments for the 2023-24 legislative session on Monday (Jan. 9), according to a release from his Office.

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MONROE — Union County Sheriff’s Charlie Squad patrol deputies assisted the Monroe Police Department in the investigation of a felony assault that occurred at the Quick Stop Pantry on North Rocky River Road over the weekend. Assisting deputies reported the suspect, 24-year-old Makayla Gathing…

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MONROE — Charlotte-Monroe Executive (CME), one of 62 general aviation airports in North Carolina, reported more than $14 million in personal income in 2021 and employed 320, according to a report the N.C. Department of Transportation.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 72 publicly owned airports contribute more than $72 billion to the state’s economy each year — 11% of the state’s gross domestic product, or total economic output — and support nearly 333,000 jobs, according to a report released by the N.C. Department of Transporta…

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Tony Helms was introduced to blacksmithing by father-in-law Karl Helms. “I got my start at his house, using his forge and from then on out I’ve been hooked,” Tony said.

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WAXHAW — Elizabeth Climer, owner of Tangles Knitting on Main, was convinced to try knitting in 1998 after hanging out with friends at a Tuesday lunch gathering. Twenty-five years later, she still knits and has turned it into a business.

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RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper announced 28,690 new jobs in North Carolina in 2022, representing 182 business recruitment, expansion or rural development projects that engaged with the North Carolina Department of Commerce or its team at the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. in 2022. T…

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The cheapest price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Union County is up 8 cents since last week and 25 cents over the past two weeks, according to GasBuddy.com. The lowest price available is $2.89 per gallon at Sunny Food Store (1800 Walkup Ave.) in Monroe as of Monday (Jan. 9).