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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.

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MONROE — Scooter’s Coffee, best known for its convenient drive-thru specialty coffee and baked-from-scratch pastries, has added its first location in North Carolina, according to a spokesman for the company. The store opened in Monroe at 1306 West Roosevelt Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 21.

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CHARLOTTE — Atrium Health has announced it will begin to eliminate single-use plastic from key areas inside its North Carolina facilities. According to a statement, the decision is based on its continuing commitment to greater sustainability.

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MARSHVILLE — Community, Katheryn Davis said, is what she loves about her hometown of Marshville. She said neighbors come together to support each other and the local businesses.

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As part of a recent study on property taxes, SmartAsset, a financial technology company, has ranked the places where home values have risen the most throughout a five-year period. The rankings were one of three factors in the property tax study, which also included metrics on school ratings …

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CHARLOTTE — Canopy Realtor Association released data on Tuesday (August 11) showing an increase in home sales in July compared to the previous year for the 16-county Charlotte region. Canopy reports an 11.4% increase compared to last July for the region; it follows three consecutive months o…

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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…