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WAXHAW — Fourth grade students at Waxhaw Elementary were given an assignment in which they composed “tweets” from the perspective of people from the Civil War era. The assignment was given last Wednesday (Mar. 10) and has drawn criticism from the public.

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Weddington — The Weddington Optimist Club is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic “Healing the world with optimism” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2020-2021 school year. This year’s club contest will be held virtually on April 3rd at 4pm.

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WINGATE — Fourteen students from Union County earned their undergraduate degrees from Wingate University in December of 2020, according to the school’s communications department.

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WINGATE — Twelve students from Union County earned graduate degrees at Wingate University in December 2020, according to an announcement from the communications department.

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MONROE — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) has teaching positions available for this school year and the upcoming year, according to the UCPS communications department.

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MONROE — Superintendent of Union County Public Schools, Dr. Andrew Houlihan, took questions from the media on Friday afternoon at Monroe Health Sciences Academy.

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MONROE — The North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) has honored Union Academy Charter School for excellence in communications. Communications Director Jennifer Sutton Smith earned a total of 11 Blue Ribbon Awards for outstanding and effective communication. NCSPRA presen…

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MONROE — South Piedmont Community College has added the new role of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. After a national search, Brandon Dyer has been appointed to the position, according to a report from the school.

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UNION COUNTY — Thirty-one% of middle school students are failing one or more of their courses, according to a mid-year update from the Union County Board of Education (BOE) and 21% of high school students are failing one or more courses.

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INDIAN TRAIL — Kathryn (Kate) Earp, principal at Poplin Elementary School, was arrested for simple assault on Jan. 3 in Asheville, according to a police report.

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MONROE — The City of Monroe has 42 residents on the President’s List at Wingate University for the fall semester of 2020, according to the school’s communications department; it’s the most of any municipality in Union County. Undergraduate students who make the President’s List must achieve …

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RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. have outlined a timeline for Group 3 frontline workers becoming eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, beginning with anyone working in child care or in PreK — 12 school…

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MONROE — Each year, Union County Public Schools (UCPS) recognizes a teacher who “has not only shown dedication and capacity to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, but also establishes an environment that is in line with the pursuit and achievement of academic excellen…

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The North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) has awarded Union County Public Schools (UCPS) communications team with eight Blue Ribbon Awards for “outstanding and effective communication,” according to a report from UCPS.

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Jennifer L Stephenson, a first grade teacher at Waxhaw Elementary School, is among a group of thousands of teachers across the United States to renew their certification as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

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MONROE — The Union County Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 academic, Wolfe School and Union County Early College calendars during its Feb. 2 meeting.

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RALEIGH — N.C. lawmakers have sent a bill to reopen schools for K-12 students to the Senate floor. Under the bill, schools must offer K-12 students in-person learning at least part of the week. Special needs kids would regain full-time, in-person learning. The Senate Rules Committee unanimou…

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MONROE — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) kindergarten registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year. Union County parents of children who will be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2021, can enroll students through Scribbles, the district’s online enrollment portal. Families ca…

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MONROE — Weddington Elementary School is the first of 53 Union County Public Schools (UCPS) to close down in-person learning a second time this academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Five Weddington Elementary students have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week, and as a resul…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the third and final installment in a series of stories on healthcare students who are graduating and entering their field during a time when the spread of COVID-19 has multiplied in a matter of a couple months, both locally and beyond.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the second in a series of stories on healthcare students who are graduating and entering the field during a time when the spread of COVID-19 has multiplied in a matter of a couple months, both locally and beyond.

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Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, replacing one-term President Donald J. Trump as the occupant of the White House.

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MONROE — Four students at Stallings 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 the Union County Public Schools communications department.

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MONROE — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) has announced its 2021 graduation schedule for traditional-calendar high schools in football stadiums. The graduations will be held between May 28 and June 4, and they will be live-streamed for public viewing, according to the school district’s web…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the first in a series of stories on nursing students who are graduating and entering the health care field during a time when the spread of COVID-19 has multiplied in a matter of a couple months, both locally and beyond.

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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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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.