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RALEIGH — In the wake of the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the N.C. Health and Human Services is following Tuesday’s recommendations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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WAXHAW — In early January, the Enquirer-Journal interviewed “The Baker,” Michael Pappas about his bakery which offers 14 artisan breads and pastries that are examples of centuries old, European techniques.

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MONROE — A newly-qualified swift water rescue team is the result of a collaboration between Union County Emergency Management and the Monroe Fire Department. The Monroe Swiftwater Rescue Team is qualified to respond to flooding emergencies throughout the state, according to a joint news rele…

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The City of Monroe announced the naming of Sarah McAllister as the new Director of Engineering on Monday (Apr.12). The announcement follows the retirement of Jim Loyd, the former director, which created a vacancy in the Monroe management team.

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MONROE – The City of Monroe announced its construction division will be replacing approximately 975 linear feet of existing eight-inch cast iron water main along Miller Street between E. Phifer and Cedar Streets to enhance water service in that area.

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UNION COUNTY — New home sales for the Charlotte region increased 4.5% this March, when compared to the same period last year, according to released data from Canopy MLS. Year-to-date, sales in the region rose 9.5%. Union County is included in what Canopy defines as the 16-county Charlotte region.

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UNION COUNTY — Sister Randall and Sister Wentz are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church or the LDS Church. The pair is in Union County for an extended stay as missionaries of the church.

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UNION COUNTY — Through April 11, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 49,621 in the county have been partially vaccinated and 40,839 are now fully vaccinated. This represents 20.7 and 17% of the entire population in Union County.

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UNION COUNTY — A traffic stop in Stallings Friday (April 9) netted an arrest and seizure of heroin and methamphetamine.

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Lebanon Valley College recognizes student-athletes

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MONROE — Two and a half months after middle school teacher Ken Stanley passed away on Jan. 30, Union Academy is mourning the loss of a second teacher, Barney Harris who died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 8. An announcement about Harris was posted to the school’s Facebook page on Saturday, …

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UNION COUNTY — A Waxhaw man, currently serving jail time for felony related drug charges, now faces additional charges in connection with the December 1, 2020 drug overdose of 34 year old Thomas Lee Howell, according to a statement from the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) released on Friday.

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WAXHAW — What started as a beautiful Saturday afternoon on April 3 at Cane Creek Park ended in a violent encounter between two animals and a carriage driver.

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MONROE — Vax Clinic is hosting a Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine event on Saturday, April 10 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m, with the assistance of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy.

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Under a new program, administered by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), residents who paid for funeral expenses of a loved one who died from COVID-19 may qualify for funeral assistance.

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RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper joined bipartisan legislative leaders to release a public service announcement (PSA) urging North Carolinians to get COVID vaccines now that all adults are eligible for vaccinations.

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UNION COUNTY — Through April 8, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 47,474 in the county have been partially vaccinated and 38,676 are now fully vaccinated. This represents 19.8 and 16.1% of the entire population in Union County. Governor Roy Cooper a…

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A pair of contracts, worth nearly $5.8 million, awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation will bring improvements to more than 25 miles of state roads in Union County.

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Carolina Farm Credit, a stockholder-owned cooperative who provides financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural related businesses, announced on Thursday (Apr. 8) a cash dividend of over $27 million will be distributed to its members in April. Carolina Farm Credit said the distri…

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UNION COUNTY — As of April 6, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports just over 46,000 in the county have been partially vaccinated and nearly 37,000 are now fully vaccinated. This represents 19.2 and 15.3% of the entire population in Union County. Govern…

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MONROE — Common Heart, a local nonprofit serving Union County residents, is expanding into Monroe. They are adding another traditional food pantry at Benton Heights Presbyterian (2701 Concord Highway). Every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. a drive-thru pantry will be held at the church.

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Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members

UNION COUNTY — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today that Group 5 would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Wednesday (Apr. 7). Group 5 includes all adults ages 16 and older.

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MONROE — A man was gunned down in his driveway early Monday morning following a pair of altercations with the eventual shooter.

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Whether North Carolina gains a congressional seat because of population growth will be determined by numbers being crunched now by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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2020 was a hard year for young people. In March, 4-H youth transitioned from face-to-face to virtual programming. While the 4-H year presented itself with some adversity, 4-Hers continued to participate in different virtual activities and opportunities throughout the year. Union County 4-H r…

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UNION COUNTY — Throughout Union County there have been 22,597 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) reported since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 dasboard. Cumulative cases indicate …

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WINGATE — Leads about who killed Joshua Tramaine Allen have been scarce. Authorities are hoping an increased reward of $10,000 will entice someone to come forward with more information.

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MONROE — Congressman Dan Bishop and Dave Machado, director of North Carolina Charter Schools visited Union Academy on Wednesday, Mar. 31 to learn about the school and to help it celebrate 20 years.

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A South Carolina man pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy on April 1 for his role in a scheme that defrauded Lowe’s Companies Inc. of more than $450,000, announced William T. Stetzer, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

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Phi Kappa Phi inducts local residents

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Rhett Brown, president of Wingate University, has been elected secretary of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Board of Directors. Brown, who previously served as a member at-large of the organization’s board, was elected at its annual meeting.

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MATTHEWS — The Town of Matthews is a little sweeter thanks to Crumbl Cookies opening a new store in Sycamore Commons.

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Union County — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard reported 63 new cases of COVID-19 in Union County on Thursday (April 1). Due to the state holiday, no updates were reported on Friday.

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T3 Grading Period5th Grade A Honor Roll: Hannah Deese, Brandon Dopkowski, Mariana Gamez, Brooklyn Gordon, Ada Helms, Austin Helms, Kaelyn Laney, Anna Osborne, Jacob Saunders, Luka Seibert, Darren Spurlock, Kathryn Stamey, Izabell Whitener, Olivia Yannett

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Just over a year ago, when college students across the nation were headed home to weather the pandemic, several Wingate pharmacy students were manning the state’s coronavirus hotline, trying to arm the public with information. This spring, Wingate’s future pharmacists, working alongside phys…

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Union County — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard is showing 43,120 Union County residents have been partially vaccinated against the coronavirus. This represents 18% of the total population of the county. In comparison, the state is repor…

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Work continued this week on the Historic Union County Courthouse. The restoration of the iconic clock tower is part of Phase 1 of the Union County Restoration and Renovation project. Located at 300 N. Main Street, the structure was built in 1886 and went on to be designated a museum of Union…

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RALEIGH — On Tuesday (March 30), Governor Roy Copper signed three executive orders he said would help boost the economy and help struggling North Carolinians during the pandemic.

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Five local students named to Dean’s List at Wofford College

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Use caution when hiring a home improvement contractor. Scams abound, especially following a major storm, flood, or other weather event when many homeowners are trying to repair their houses, according to the Better Business Bureau.

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CHARLOTTE — U.S. Senator Thom Tillis announced on Monday that he will undergo surgery to treat prostate cancer. He said the cancer was “detected early” and is expected to make a “full recovery.”

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For a second year, Easter may look a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While restrictions may not be as limiting as last year and progress has been made through vaccinations, traditional Easter plans may still change as a result of the health crisis.