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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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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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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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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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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.

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UNION COUNTY — Applications for the Grow Grant given by the Union County Education Foundation are open now through January 29, 2021 at midnight.

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UNION COUNTY — Union County Board of Education Chairwoman Melissa Merrell said she and the Board were shocked to find out bus transportation hourly staff and safety assistants were the only employees within Union County Public Schools who did not receive a salary bonus, and they did somethin…

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INDIAN TRAIL — Eleven% of the overall population of Union County is food insecure, according to a 2015 report from the University of North Carolina’s School of Government. That’s more than 22,000 people.

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MONROE — Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) hosted a holiday-themed parade for graduating seniors, who were escorted by Monroe Police officers drove as they drove around the campus parking lot on Thursday afternoon.

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WAXHAW — Ivan Cheah, a seventh grade student at Cuthbertson Elementary, has been named the winner of the Union County Public Schools (UCPS) Holiday Card Contest, according to a report from the UCPS communications department.

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UNION COUNTY — County Commissioners Jerry Simpson and Richard Helms, Sr. along with County Manager Mark Watson, recognized seven Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from high schools across the county on Nov 16 at the Union County Government plaza in downtown Monroe.

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UNION COUNTY — Eight elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one charter school were selected to receive Arts in Schools grants given by the Union County Arts Council.

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On Thanksgiving Day, families all over America sit down to dinner at the same time — halftime.

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UNION COUNTY — High school students at Piedmont and Porter Ridge have raised $4,438 for Operation Decisive Victory, a 501©(3) non-profit that supports military veterans nationwide. The donation was presented to the CEO of the organization on Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

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MONROE — Three students at Wesley Chapel Elementary have tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result, several students and staff members may have been exposed to the virus, according to a report from the Union County Public Schools (UCPS) communications department.

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MONROE — With COVID-19 cases climbing to record highs across the country and the state, and out of an abundance of caution, South Piedmont Community College will be closing to the public, effective Monday, Nov. 16, according to a report from the school.

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RALEIGH — The Union Academy Charter School 4-H Livestock Skillathon Teams competed recently at the State 4-H Livestock Skillathon Competition and returned home with two state championships. Union Academy sent two senior teams, one middle school team and one 5th grade student who competed as …

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UNION COUNTY — By creating the Public Education Summit, Amy Sperry hopes to humanize the public education officials who are the voices on the other side of the phone, or the face behind the email address communicating with families of students.

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MONROE — When Union County residents have an emergency, it’s a good bet the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) first responder was trained at South Piedmont Community College. Thanks to an ambulance donation by Union EMS and Atrium Health, SPCC’s EMS program will allow students real-world train…

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PARKWOOD — If approved at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, Parkwood High School’s mascot will change from the “Rebels” to the “Wolf Pack.”

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INDIAN TRAIL — The way Sun Valley High School Principal Dr. Michael Harvey sees it, students’ grades are not as important as their personal development.

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MONROE — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) will celebrate the opening of its new transportation facility with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Oct. 29, starting at 1:30 p.m. at 3319 Gold Mine Rd., according to a report from the UCPS communications department. The new facility, which will accom…

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MONROE — Unionville Elementary School will be closed to the public for two weeks, from Oct. 26 through Nov. 6, after a student and a staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from Union County Public Schools’ communications department.

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WINGATE — For many years, studies have shown that one way to decrease prejudice is to have members of different groups work together, especially toward shared goals. “If I interact with people that are in different social groups from me,” said Wingate University professor Dr. Candace Lapan, …

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WINGATE — According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, more than 53,000 students applied to medical schools last year, but fewer than 22,000 were accepted. Wingate University and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine signed an affiliation agreement last week (Oct. 13) …

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MONROE — A staff member at East Union Middle has tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result, several students and staff members may have been exposed to the virus, according to a report from Union County Public Schools’ communications department.

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Is your child safe at college? It’s normal for parents who send their kids off to college to worry about their well being, but during a pandemic, health becomes an even bigger concern.

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MONROE — Students at East Elementary School squealed at the sight of an adult pig heart presented by Michelle Hage, Atrium Health liaison.

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Union County Public Schools is finding creative ways to help students gain access to Wi-Fi during the pandemic, allowing them to participate in online learning. UCPS is parking 15 Wi-Fi enabled buses in designated locations and creating community hotspots, which allow a maximum of 50 student…

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MONROE — For the 12th year in a row, Union Academy Charter School’s business office has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from both the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and …

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INDIAN TRAIL — Four years after a $54 million bond referendum passed in Union County, the largest project funded by the bond is nearly complete.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the need to be as self-sufficient as possible, and that includes the ability to grow food. At Western Union Elementary School in Waxhaw, the outdoor learning lab exposes students to preparing the soil, planting a garden and maintaining it. B…

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County Board of Education (BOE) has voted 8-1 to maintain their current plan to add a second day of in-person instruction for Pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade. The vote was taken during a special called meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 22).

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MONROE — Four positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in association with South Providence School in Waxhaw, according to a report from Union County Public Schools’ communications department. As a result, several students and staff members may have been exposed to the virus.

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MONROE — Class is in session for parents of students at East Elementary. The public school has formed the Eagle Collaborative Academy (ECA) as an instructional guide for parents to assist in reinforcing the education children receive from the school.

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RALEIGH — N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced that students at public elementary schools have the option to return for in-person, full-time instruction under Plan A starting on Oct. 5. The decision to allow students and schools to operate under Plan A, he said, is backed up by science and dat…

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MONROE — Some working parents struggle with child care for their school-aged children due to the limitations put on society by COVID-19 and the Union County Public Schools remote learning requirement. Having few child care options for K-5 students puts stress on families.

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MONROE — Teachers from across the 53 Union County Public Schools are submitting their LIFT grant applications. The proposed project must include a budget that ranges between $750 and $1,500, and the deadline for submitting a LIFT grant application is Friday, Sept. 11, at midnight.

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Union County Public Schools students in the Class of 2021 are customizing their parking spaces. The creativity and attention to detail give them a diversion to focus on while they endure the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic.