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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 — 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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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 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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UNION COUNTY — Since 2007, the N.C. Department of Commerce has implemented a three-tier system to determine the economic health of all 100 counties in the state. For at least half of those years, Union County has remained a tier three county, making it is one of the 20 most economically-stab…

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RALEIGH — Five area residents were among the 117 individuals who were recently approved by the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners for CPA licensure.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced on Tuesday (Dec. 8) it is contributing $50,000 to the Town of Marshville to build an outdoor fitness area that will be free for the community. The outdoor fitness center will be linked to the Carolina Thread Trail and is expected to be complete in March 2021.

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MONROE — Downtown Monroe has been a popular filming location the past few weeks. A web series called “Funny for the Life of Me” was shot in downtown last week, and this week a $12 million, five-season, 65-episode television show called “Queue” is being filmed. Both productions used the stree…

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MONROE — Does your family have a secret recipe for a well-loved dish or dessert? Maybe it’s your mother’s five-flavored pound cake or the handcrafted sauce your dad makes to pour on pulled pork barbeque.

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MONROE — Lorayn DeLuca, local actress and producer, loves Monroe. She says it’s the “perfect backdrop” for projects she has been involved in.

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MARSHVILLE — Larry Stinson, a recently retired principal living in Marshville, has produced a book, “Teachers’ Devotionals: Godly Principles from Principal Stinson.” He told The Enquirer-Journal it is the first volume of several he plans to have published.

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During their annual awards ceremony on Nov. 14, the Carolina Beach Music Awards (cammy.org) recognized local, community radio station, 99.1 the Fun One as their 2020 Radio Station of the Year. Members of the Carolina Beach Music Academy voted and selected “The Fun One” from a field of seven …

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CHARLOTTE — With its expansion of renewable energy and significant reduction in carbon emissions, combined with its continued focus on social responsibility, Duke Energy was recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America for the 15th consecutive year.

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MONROE — The FM radio station 99.1, THE FUN ONE is partnering with the Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry to present the FUN ONE FOOD DRIVE on Friday, Nov. 20 from 12 — 7 p.m. Listeners and members of the community are invited to attend and encouraged to drop off non-perishable food (ca…

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MONROE — “It’s a big shoe to fill,” Amy Vasquez said about becoming the new co-owner of The Derby Restaurant and Bar off of Skyway Drive.

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The Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new City Edition uniform to be worn during the 2020-21 NBA season on Wednesday. The uniform, which celebrates Charlotte’s history as home of the first U.S. Branch Mint and the Carolina Gold Rush of the early 1800s, is mint with gold and granite accents. G…

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UNION COUNTY — In a virtual State of Union address, County Manager Mark Watson and Chris Platé, executive director of economic development, provided viewers with a report on the health of the county.

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WEDDINGTON — Donna Goscicki had no intentions of becoming an author; however, she had a nudging feeling telling her to write about being a grandmother. Two years later, that feeling came into fruition in the form of “Go to Grandma’s?” — Goscicki’s first children’s book.

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MONROE — A Public Policy Luncheon titled “The 2020 State of Union County” will be held as a Virtual Event featuring a panel discussion about economic development, infrastructure, planning for growth in Union County and COVID-19’s impact on economic development in our community on Thursday, N…

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RALEIGH — Three locals were among the 91 North Carolinians who recently passed the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners test, according to a report from the organization.

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Commerce (NC DOC) released the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment figures on Tuesday (Oct. 20). NC DOC reports the adjusted rate for September was 7.3%, increasing 0.8 of a percentage point from the August revised rate. The national rate decre…

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners announced last week that five area residents were among 99 North Carolina candidates who recently passed the Uniform CPA Examination between July 1 and Aug. 31.

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CHARLOTTE — Canopy Realtors Association, an organization that provides monthly reports on residential real estate activity for the Charlotte Metro region based on data from Canopy MLS, released new data last week that shows a significant increase in home sales when compared to last year.

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MONROE — Hamilton Drywall Products, a manufacturer of drywall finishing products, will create 34 new jobs in Union County, Governor Roy Cooper has announced. The company will invest $5 million to locate a regional headquarters and production facility in Monroe, according to the report.

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MONROE — Jimmy Cleans Express Car Wash started in Monroe a decade ago and has expanded over years, adding locations in Salisbury and High Point.

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STALLINGS — Atrium Health hoped to pass out 10,000 two-ply, reusable masks during a giveaway at Stallings Municipal Park on Tuesday (Oct. 6). Those who wanted a mask could either drive through the parking lot in a single-file line or walk up to volunteers and request one.

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CHARLOTTE — On Friday, Oct. 9, Mecklenburg and Union County residents alike will be able to watch a film at a movie theater again. Theaters have been closed most of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Atrium Health is celebrating a milestone of caring for patients throughout the Carolinas and Southeast region. Sept. 24 marked the official groundbreaking of the new Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation hospital, in Charlotte.

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CHARLOTTE — A new vaccine research program, “STRIVE for Healthier Futures,” has been developed at Atrium Health with a goal of identifying a vaccine that safely and effectively prevents the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a report from the communications department.

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MARSHVILLE — The Town of Marshville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of a new business, JL Elite Feed and Seed, LLC, on Friday (Sept. 18) at the feed store, located at 202 E. Union Street. The store officially opened on Sept. 14.

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WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Dan Bishop (R-NC), announced on Friday (Sept. 18) that they secured a $13.1 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant award fr…

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MONROE — Debuting as a children’s author, Rich Scalea is publishing “Relish” this month — a short story about a Dachshund that encourages young children to not only savor happy moments, but to find ways to make others smile and relish good times in their lives.

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CHARLOTTE — For the second straight week both North and South Carolina are among the nation’s top 10 least expensive markets with gasoline demand plummeting to its lowest level in almost three months, according to a report from the American Automobile Association on Monday (Sept. 14).

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RALEIGH — Participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations in North Carolina owned by Coastal Franchising raised over $45,000 through its Community Cups fundraising campaign August 9-23 in support of Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC). Customers were asked to make donations during the two-week cam…

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RALEIGH — Two local residents have been approved for Certified Public Account (CPA) licensure, according to a press release from the North Carolina State CPA Examiners office.

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MONROE — While some 2019 Sun Valley High School graduates are starting another year of college, 19-year-old Natalie Fritz is starting her first dance season at Tenth Talent Dance and Photography — a dance studio and photography business she created.