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The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the precedent surrounding abortion law in the United States that guaranteed women access to abortions through a constitutional right to privacy. Both the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 and the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case of 1992 were overturned.

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A large internet company has announced significant investments into Union County. Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, which is based in Charlotte, recently announced it will invest an initial $9.6 million to bring a high-speed, broadband fiber network to Union County, with an additional $12.7…

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MONROE — The Union County Board of County Commissioners adopted the Operating and Capital Budget Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2022-23 during their June 13 meeting.

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The City of Monroe Water Resources Department has completed the annual Water Quality Report as required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and the State of North Carolina.

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MONROE — The Union County Animal Shelter (3340 Presson Rd.), located at the Sheriff’s Office, provides temporary housing and care for stray, unwanted and owner-relinquished animals including dogs and cats in Union County, according to countyoffice.org.

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Drama surrounding school funding has come to the forefront in Union County recently.

Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity will begin to disburse and accept applications for the Critical Home Repair Program for the City of Monroe from July 5 until July 25. Applications will be accepted through August 5, 2022.

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MONROE — Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory presented Turning Point with a check for $1,000 this week. Through a process which started in late 2021, Turning Point applied for a grant from Matthews Children’s Foundation. The grant was recommended by Gordon Funeral Service through its casket…

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RALEIGH — Andrew Scarcella of Mint Hill tried his luck on a $5 scratch-off and won a $200,000 prize, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.

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The N.C. State Bureau of investigation’s file involving a deadly shooting by a deputy of the Union County Sheriff’s Office has been “turned over to the Union County District Attorney’s Office for review,” The Enquirer-Journal learned from the Sheriff’s Public Information Officer James Maye o…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the second part of a series on the growing problem of drug overdoses in Union County. The first part of the series, focused on the impact of Fentanyl, appeared in the June 18 print edition.

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Downtown Waxhaw has been designated as an Affiliate Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Affiliate programs to recognize their commitment to create meaningful improvements to their downto…

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After a string of attacks on pro-life pregnancy-support centers across the country, seven Republican members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the attacks as domestic terrorism. U.S. Reps. Ted Budd, Patrick Mc…

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The Town of Marshville was one of 19 rural communities selected in North Carolina for the Rural Community Capacity Program.

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The new Phil Bazemore Active Adult Center continues to progress with the renovations at the former Enquirer-Journal newspaper building on W. Jefferson Street. The City’s communications department reports the opening will likely be in the Fall of this year; however, an official date has not b…

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Preseason high school football practice begins in six weeks on Aug. 2, and most teams will begin the 10-game regular season on Aug. 19, according to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May 2022 unemployment rate was 3.4%, remaining unchanged from April’s revised rate, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Commerce. The national rate remained unchanged at 3.6%.

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Fatal drug overdoses are plaguing North Carolina and many other states. From 2000-2020, more than 28,000 North Carolinians lost their lives to a drug overdose, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS).

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Opioid addiction and overdoses have been an increasing national problem for the better part of the last decade, and the effects impact every community, including Union County.

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At a Union County Board of County Commissioners special meeting on Monday (June 13), the BOCC and the Water and Sewer District Board of Governors voted to support increased investments for the county’s water and sewage infrastructure.

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JenCon Builders, LLC, a Monroe-based general contractor, has acquired SEC General Contractors, according to a release from the business. The purchase of SEC is part of the firm’s “strategic plan for expansion and adds a team well versed in construction of office, retail, and industrial space…

CHARLOTTE — The warm days of summer are here, which means it is a prime time for a combination of outdoor activities and the cool comfort of indoors. Duke Energy is offering a wide array of programs and plans to help customers reduce energy usage and manage their bills.

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On Sunday June 12, Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut announced that a group of U.S. senators had reached agreement on a package of gun reforms. Both of North Carolina’s senators, Republicans Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, were part of this bipartisan working group.

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The City of Monroe officially opened its Monroe Social District downtown on June 10.

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The Town of Waxhaw has proposed its budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23. The Town has until June 30 to adopt the proposal for the upcoming year.

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MONROE — A 5-year-old child has remained in critical condition for nearly a week after being found in the pool unresponsive at the Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center Outdoor Water Park on June 9, according to the City of Monroe’s communications department.

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STALLINGS — Eunice McSwain has been hired as the Town of Stallings Parks and Recreation Director. McSwain, formerly the Event Coordinator for the Town, has been promoted to lead the department.

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The May and June John H. Crowder Award was presented to a graduate from Central Academy of Technology and Arts and to a graduate from Cuthbertson High during the June 9 Board of Education meeting. Students who receive this award are academically successful and have an established history of …