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MARSHVILLE — In February of this year, a North Carolina artist proposed the idea of painting a mural of Randy Travis in Marshville as a way to honor the eight-time Grammy award winning country music performer. The Marshville Town Council approved the proposal about a month ago.

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CHARLOTTE — Charter Communications, Inc., announced on Wednesday, July 22, the opening of a new Spectrum Store in Monroe.

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RALEIGH — Agricultural producers in North Carolina can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of…

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INDIAN TRAIL — Union County has developed into a hotbed for baseball talent, with local high schools combining to win five state championships in the past eight years. Since 2015, seven pitchers from the County have been drafted by Major League Baseball.

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UNION COUNTY — On July 1, Union County Residential Services was acquired by InReach, which became the largest provider of services for adults with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in the county.

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Hi everyone, this is Rachael Holzman, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Union County Center Local Foods Intern. I am a local to Union County, growing up in the Waxhaw area. My love for the local food system began to develop when I was little. Every year, my mom would take me and my broth…

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MONROE — The Community Shelter of Union County has received a $2,000 grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to keep locals in need fed. The Shelter reports it will use the gift to purchase food for its pantry and also for prepared meals programs.

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CHARLOTTE — Atrium Health opened a freestanding emergency department on Tuesday (June 23). Atrium-Health — Providence, located at 11516 Providence Road, will serve southern Mecklenburg County and Union County.

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MONROE — South Piedmont Community College and The Ironpeddlers are partnering to offer training through a new Heavy Equipment Operator Academy starting in July, according to SPCC’s communications department.

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MONROE — Union Diversified Industries (UDI) provides employment opportunities for around 85 adults with intellectual development disabilities. They have been unable to go to work since COIV-19 quarantine started in mid-March but some have returned to UDI — those who live at home or in an alt…

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Craft Brewers Guild is among those, including Carolina Journal, seeking clarification from Gov. Roy Cooper about the fate of breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

INDIAN TRAIL — As a high school student, if someone offered you a chance to get a free college education and a job while you were in school, and promised that you could keep the same job through college, would you have accepted their offer?

The first North Carolinian tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 3, 2020, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Since then, 19,023 laboratory-confirmed cases have been identified in the state with 661 deaths reported, according …

Dentists are beginning to reopen across the state, and the NC Dental Society has information for patients. According to a statement submitted by the society’s president, L’Tanya Bailey, the number one priority is patient safety. Bailey notes dentists are following protocols from the CDC, ADA…

CHARLOTTE — Canopy Real Estate Association announced April housing figures for the Charlotte region this week. The industry association said in a May 11 press release that COVID-19 and the economic crisis had an impact on residential real estate in the Charlotte region, where sales fell 20.8…

RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and N.C. Farm Bureau President Shawn Hardin recently discussed the importance of agriculture and agribusiness, President Trump’s executive order of the Defense Production Act for meat processors, the food supply and North Carolina’s important …

Local small businesses who were hoping to receive federal aid through the Paycheck Protection Program will have another opportunity to receive assistance after the program ran out of its first wave of funding last week.

The Small Business Administration announced last week that it had hit its $350 billion ceiling for its loan program — which was designed to help businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak — just two weeks after applications opened.

NORTH CAROLINA — U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has announced the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $238.7 million to North Carolina’s airports to assist continued operations and save workers’ jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Reli…

Recent rankings released by WalletHub, a company that offers individuals free credit scores and full credit reports, on Thursday showed that unemployment in North Carolina has increased dramatically because of the coronavirus outbreak.

RALEIGH — Expect Gov. Roy Cooper to set new limits on shopping alongside new benefits for child care centers serving health care and other “essential” workers.

Charlotte-based supermarket chain Harris Teeter, which has locations in Indian Trail and Wesley Chapel, has made changes to their stores in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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MONROE — Goulston Technologies, located on North Johnson Street, donated 5,000 surgical masks to two local hospitals on Friday (April 2), according to a report from the surface modification technologies company. The masks were evenly divided between Atrium Health in Monroe and Novant Health …

MONROE — On March 17, the Union County Chamber of Commerce sent out a survey to all of its 725 members asking how they anticipated the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting their business.

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) has announced that they will extend the April 15 tax filing deadline to July 15 for individual, corporate, and franchise taxes to mirror the announced deadline change from the Internal Revenue Service, according to a report from the …

RALEIGH — The U.S. Small Business Administration granted N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Governor’s Office.

Gas prices are falling quickly, hitting a 3-year low in the Charlotte area, according to Gasbuddy.com.

The Matthews Heritage Museum (232 N. Trade Street) will offer a new exhibit opening on March 19. My Favorite Things: Ladies Accessories will feature favorite items that woman from the early 20th century to the fifties treasured.

MONROE — With the novel coronavirus spreading throughout the world and no vaccine available for at least a year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some citizens aren’t sure if they should be mingling in public or sheltering at home. The second case of coronavi…

MONROE — Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are an increasingly popular tool for state and local public safety agencies, as well as many private businesses, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

April Purser, Senior Account Executive for The Enquirer-Journal, won second place for her Monroe Aquatics and Fitness advertisement “Self on a Shelf” at the N.C. Press Association Convention, held Feb. 27-29 in Raleigh.

Atrium Health Virtual Visits will now be available for patients of all ages — from birth through adulthood. Virtual visits are fast and convenient options for care, available 24 hours a day, and accessible from a tablet or smartphone.

The Enquirer-Journal newspaper brought home four state awards from the 2020 N.C. Press Association Convention awards banquet, which was held at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley on Thursday night.

MONROE — 1991 was the last year anyone attended an event at the Center Theatre, that is until Wednesday (Feb. 26), when the Union County Arts Council invited local children to a performance of “Balloonacy” — a comedic story about a balloon and a curmudgeon that teaches about the importance o…

MONROE — The Union County Community Arts Council has announced that the Children’s Theater of Charlotte will present “Balloonacy” for Union County preschool children on Feb. 26 and March 12 at the new Dowd Center Theatre in downtown Monroe. This is the first event scheduled for the theatre, …

As a teen John Morgan says he “detested” pimento cheese. Today, he’s the creator of Queen Charlotte Pimento Royale, which is sold in groceries and specialty markets across several Southern states.

MONROE — Though the health benefits of Canabidiol (CBD) are touted among those interested in homeopathic remedies, some users may not realize they can lose their jobs if a random drug test is positive.

INDIAN TRAIL — A class of sixth graders at Porter Ridge Middle School heard from John Crocker and Ron Snell from Caterpillar (CAT) construction equipment company on Thursday, and their presentation was aimed at getting the students to begin thinking about their future careers.

MONROE — The Hidden Treasure in downtown is like a “variety store,” in the eyes of Scott Ely, owner and founder. On March 1, The Hidden Treasure will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

MONROE — President Donald Trump signed the USMCA agreement into law on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Union County was a hot spot while the USMCA traveled through the legislature, with Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Thom Tillis visiting the county to share why they thought the USMCA agreement sh…

MONROE — Shannon Mckohnle’s love of art and animals is felt 9,429 miles away in Australia when she donates money from her paint class to Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services Inc. — a volunteer-led charity that rehabilitates for sick, injured and/or orphaned native animals as well while educ…

MONROE — Seats were installed this week at the Dowd Center Theatre on Main Street. It’s one of the last details before officials comb through a punch list on this thoroughly-remodeled and upgraded centerpiece in the heart of downtown; it reopens next month after sitting dormant for nearly th…

MONROE — At the East Frank Candidate Forum on Sept. 30, 2019, some residents expressed an interest in seeing a city owned and operated public transportation system. There are towns and cities in the region similar to Monroe’s size that have a public transportation system, including: Forrest …