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INDIAN TRAIL — Former town leader, Shirley Howe, passed away at 81 years of age from COVID-related pneumonia and Lewy body dementia on Thursday (Jan. 14), according to members of her family.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Congressman Dan Bishop (NC-09) explained why he voted “NO” on an article of impeachment against out-going President Donald Trump in a statement released on Wednesday (Jan. 13).

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MONROE — Hospitalizations in North Carolina related to the coronavirus pandemic have been hovering around 4,000 over the past week, which is an increase of nearly 40% in the span of a month, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

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Union County — There have been 15,368 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and 124 virus-related deaths throughout the county, as of Wednesday (Jan. 13) at 11:40 a.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative c…

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MONROE — Shelby Adams received the John H. Crowder Service Award during the Union County Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday (Jan. 12) for “making a difference” at her school and in her community.

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MONROE — The City of Monroe Water Resources Construction Division will is replacing approximately 614 linear feet of existing two-inch steel water main on Harley Street from West Franklin Street to the end, according to a report from the City’s communications department.

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UNION COUNTY — More than 15,000 Union County residents have caught COVID-19 and more than 100 have died from it within the past 9 months; it has also been hard on commerce, taking away jobs and local businesses.

Union County -- There have been 15,191 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Tuesday (Jan. 12) at 11:40 a.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who h…

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The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reopened on Monday (Jan. 11) for select borrowers and lenders, according to the Small Business Administration and Treasury. Loan applications are being accepted for both first time PPP borrowers and second time borrowers.

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Union County — There was a record 311 new COVID-19 cases reported in Union County on Sunday (Jan. 10), according to NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS). Combined with 141 new cases on Monday (Jan. 11), the County has now confirmed 15,016 COVID cases.

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UNION COUNTY — ASSA ABLOY (ASSA), a manufacturer with three locations in the county, has experienced an increase in demand of their products because of COVID-19.

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WAXHAW — SCORE Charlotte awarded its highest honor, the prestigious “Dick O’ Brien Award” for 2020 to Jim Weiland in recognition of his nearly 10 years of exemplary volunteer service since joining SCORE Charlotte in 2011, including two years as Chapter President from from 2016-2018, Chapter …

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WAXHAW — The McCall family, of Waxhaw, appeared on national television on Monday morning as part of NBC’s The Today Show on the network’s “Home Plaza Cam.”

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MONROE — Novant Health will focus on health and wellness topics, including COVID-19 and the COVID vaccine, heart health and stroke education during a virtual event on Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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WAXHAW — What if you could travel the world and back in time on the same trip for less than $20? You can vicariously take such a journey with a loaf of bread or a croissant from The Baker.

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Union County — There was a record 311 new COVID-19 cases reported in Union County on Sunday (Jan. 10), according to NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), bringing the total number of cases to 14,875 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county. Cumulat…

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MONROE — State Senator Todd Johnson, who represents the majority of Union County, will co-chair two committees and serve on four others; he was appointed by N.C. State President Pro Temper Phil Berger for the current biennium (Long and Short sessions).

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Marshville town manager Franklin Deese recently reached out to South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) to discuss potential opportunities to collaborate with Monroe-Union County Economic Development and the college. These opportunities focused on incorporating the Monroe Expressway, business…

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RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen shared an update on Wednesday (Jan. 6) on North Carolina’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support the vaccination effort. Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modifie…

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MONROE — The annual CrimeStoppers Barbecue usually attracts about one thousand people on the third Friday in January; however, this year it has to yield to the coronavirus pandemic and serve patrons via curbside service at the Union County Agricultural Center. The fundraiser will be held on …

Union County -- There have been 13,755 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Wednesday (Jan. 6) at 12 p.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who hav…

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MONROE — Thirty-nine percent of the hospital beds in Union County were occupied by COVID-19 patients as of last Monday (Jan. 4), according to a report by National Public Radio (NPR).

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MONROE — Graduation rates in North Carolina were up for the Class of 2020 when compared to the year before, according to a report from dpi.nc.gov. The graduation rate across the state among four-year high schools was 87.6% in 2020, an increase of 1.2% over the year before.

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Atrium Health, which was reported to be the first health system in North Carolina to administer a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 14, is now one of the first in the region to begin offering vaccinations to the community.

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Union County — There have been 13,554 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Tuesday (Jan.5) at 1 p.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who have tes…

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MONROE — The City of Monroe Water Resources Maintenance Division will be replacing two sanitary sewer mains within the right-of-way on Morrow Avenue East between Church Street and Blair Street starting next week, according to a report from the City’s communications department.

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WAXHAW — Known since 2011 as a “Smart Fitness Studio” franchise due to its bio-adaptive, robotic exercise equipment providing a customized workout, The Exercise Coach is now a “smart” fitness studio for yet another reason: its value in the time of the Coronavirus.

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MONROE — At a time when most are making plans for the new year, two local families are suffering due to a fatal crash that took the lives of two young men on New Year’s Day. Shadd Little, 21, of Monroe and Garrison Smith, 19, of Monroe, died in a motor vehicle accident on New Year’s Day.

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Union County — There have been 13,382 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Monday (Jan. 4) at 12:30 p.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who have…

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Union County — There have been 13,215 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Sunday (Jan. 3) at 1:30 p.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who have …

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MONROE — Two Union County Sheriff’s Detention Officers were processing inmate mail on Tuesday (Dec. 29) morning when one officer realized a Christmas card addressed to an inmate appeared to have been altered, according to a report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO).

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MONROE — The Union County Board of Education held an emergency meeting Wednesday (Dec. 30) to receive a return to school/work update. Senior leaders discussed a plan to proactively assess COVID-19 data that was reported during winter break.

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Union County — There have been 12,505 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Thursday (Dec. 31) at 1:30 p.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who ha…

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman Dan Bishop (NC-09) stood with President Trump on his veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2021, voting no on the override.

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UNION COUNTY — Coronavirus vaccines arrived in Union County last week, according to Union County Public Health (UCPH) Director Dennis Joyner.

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MONROE — City of Monroe councilwoman Angelia James is leading a donation drive to give back to local teachers. The drive began a couple of weeks ago and will continue through Jan 15.

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Union County — There have been 12,034 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Tuesday (Dec. 29) at 12 p.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who have …

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WINSTON-SALEM — Novant Health announced an online COVID-19 vaccine virtual assistant tool that will allow the community to directly access vaccine resources or ask vaccine-related questions on Dec. 22. The tool will utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning to seamlessly provide i…

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MONROE — A couple million Americans have received the coronavirus vaccine since it was rolled out earlier this month, according to CNBC.com, with priority being given to medical professionals on the front lines.

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MONROE — At the age of 27, Jamison Crowder has already made more money as a professional than any athlete in Union County history. He reminded the NFL of his value on Sunday, when he caught a touchdown pass and threw for another in the New York Jets’ 23-16 home win over Cleveland.

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MONROE — Kimberly Robinson, a second-year teacher at Monroe High School, is a finalist for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) 2020 Prudential NC Beginning Teacher of the Year Award, according to a report from Union County Public Schools.