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Super Team Nick Sutton among region’s best in golf, 1B

Victims’ rights Mayor urges voter support for bill, 6A

Night out Indian Trail hosts safety-themed event, 2A

WEEKLY PICKS Contract crews working on the Monroe Expressway project will temporarily close Indian Trail-Fairview Road between Stinson Hartis and Secrest Shortcut roads for one week to continue paving and grading operations. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 6. The road will reopen by 6 a.m. Aug. 13, weather permitting. Local traffic will have access to the road during the closure.

Food Subway in Indian Trail and The Spot in Monroe were among the highest -scoring restaurants this week when it came to health inspections. Eat with peace of mind.

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Movies Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon are dropped into the flashy, high-stakes world of espionage in “The Spy Who Dumped Me.” Yuk it up while they save the world on Aug. 3.

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NCDOT isn't yielding to superstreet criticism by Yustin Riopko Contributor

INDIAN TRAIL – The state is determined to turn Old Monroe Road into a superstreet. Scott Cole, an engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation, delivered an update to the Indian Trail Town Council on July 24 about the state’s plans to widen the highway. The superstreet design faces strong opposition from citizens. The NCOT conducted a traffic forecast that accounted for population growth, planned land use and road projects like those on I-485 and U.S.74. That study saw traffic volumes on the

“We believe that because of the safe aspects of the route, and the ability to get through the route efficiently, that we’re moving with the right thing for all the people involved.” • Scott Cole, NCDOT engineer

corridor dropping by 3 percent from the 2035 forecast. NCDOT’s analysis also determined that a superstreet and a traditional four-lane street with standard intersections would “operate comparably,” according to Cole. Cole insisted the superstreet model is safer, reducing the number of crashes by 46 percent and limiting the amount of dangerous T-type crashes. He said superstreets also better accommodate pe-

destrians and cyclists. “We understand that we have to balance not only the needs of Indian Trail, but the needs of the folks on either side,” Cole said. “There are 20,000-plus cars a day on this route, so we recognize what we’re hearing from some of the constituents of the town. But we believe that because of

Thirsty for more Southern Range experiences more demand for its beer


Storefront Theatre adds depth to arts scene

by Lee Noles

by Lee Noles



MONROE – A little more than six months ago, Dustin Gatliff began thinking about taking his homemade beer from Southern Range Brewing Company and distributing it throughout Charlotte. He quickly realized he needed to adjust his thinking. “(The distributors) started to get a lot of requests from cities in other parts of the state,” said Gaitliff, who opened Southern Range with his wife, Elise, more than two years ago. “It’s pretty awesome when people want to drink the beer you make.” Southern Range’s signature, Hopsequences, can now be found from one side of North Carolina to the other. It’s sold in Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham. Gatliff said he recently sent out 64 cases of the brewery’s New England IPA to bottle shops and specialty stores around the state with more requests made just a week after the initial order. “The distributors are having a hard time keeping it in stock,” Gatliff said of Hopsequences. The demand has Gatliff having to reconfigure the brewery. He installed a canning line a few months ago while also switching from 12-barrel tanks to two tanks each containing 20 barrels. Gatliff said the additional size of the tanks has cut down on time for beer production from 20 hours to seven. “We can do bigger batches quicker,” Gatliff said. “It allows

work on the building himself. When it came to distributing beer, Gatliff said he wasn’t much of a salesperson, so he hired someone to get the product out to the public. Things were going well until March, when Gatliff’s salesperson left for another business opportunity. The vacancy allowed Gatliff to hire Artisan Beverage out of Charlotte to handle sales for Southern

WAXHAW – The summer blockbusters are starting to wrap up their run at the box office, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on quality performances. Plenty can be watched right here in the area, including the Storefront Theatre, which is kicking off its 12th season with four 10-minute comedies on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Waxhaw Entrepreneurs, 216 W. N. Main St. “It’s summer and it’s hot, and people like to laugh, instead of going home thinking ‘woe as me,’” said Cook Storefront founder Judy Simpson Cook. “We just want to be lighthearted about it.” The theater is the brainchild of Cook, a Union County native who’s appeared in several Hollywood and television productions. She’s portrayed the iconic Blanche Dubois from “A Streetcar Named Desire” on stage and acted as Brad Pitt’s mother in a made-for-TV movie from the 1980s. “Very serious about his work… but sweet,” Cook said of Pitt. The theater is where Cook has spent most of her professional writing and acting career. She started writing in the 1970s and has since created nine full-length plays, including “Nuptials,” which had its professional premier at the state’s official theater, The Flat

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Dustin Gatliff's new canning line helps him distribute his homemade beer to many of North Carolina's bigger cities. Lee Noles/UCW photo

us to play with different styles and flavors. We can still do the same favorites, but we also can try new things. It’s way more efficient.” The changes are a far cry from five years ago, when Gatliff made beer as a hobby in his garage. The idea of opening a brewery was just a conversation starter while sitting with friends. He opened Southern Range without the aid of loans and financial assistance. He did much of the

$25,000 reward offered for fatal hit and run MONROE – Union County Crime Stoppers and Cyril Bath have partnered to bring awareness to an unsolved case regarding the hit-and-run death of cyclist Jeff Masingill. Masingill was killed July 21 while riding his bike on Rocky River Road, near Newtown Road. He was an executive at Cyril Bath, a leader in forming technologies for the commercial and military aerospace industry, located on Airport Road. Cyril Bath's ownership and management team is offering a $20,000 reward that leads to the arrest of the driver responsible for the death. “Jeff was a dynamic leader of our company, whose impact will be ongoing,” said Jeff Mitteer, spokesman for Cyril Bath. “We just want to help bring some closure to this tragedy for

his family, as well as the Cyril Bath family.” Union County Crime Stoppers is chipping in an additional $5,000 for the arrest, bringing the total up to a potential $25,000. “We are thrilled to be working with Cyril Bath and amazed at their generous financial contribution toward helping solve this crime,” Crime Stoppers President Reid Helms said. “We are hoping this reward brings someone forward.” The N.C. Highway Patrol has no leads, evidence or witnesses in the case. Union County Crime Stoppers is asking for help from the community. Someone may know who did this or notice recent damage to a vehicle. People can remain anonymous when calling the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-2835600.

Jeff Masingill's company hopes to encourage people to come forward with information about what led to his death by offering a reward. Photo courtesy of Union County Crime Stoppers

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Indian Trail holds National Night Out festivities

Heritage Festival extends logo deadline


INDIAN TRAIL – Law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency responders and others who put their lives on the line every day to protect Indian Trail’s residents will gather for National Night Out. The festival takes place 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 at Chestnut Square Park. It includes free food, giant yard games, numerous vendors, a bounce house and dunk tank. It gives the community an opportunity to meet emergency services personnel in a comfortable and friendly setting. It will also allow residents to check out fire trucks, sheriff’s office cruisers, K9 units and SWAT vehicles, capped off with a helicopter landing of Med Center Air on the multipurpose field. “A lot of times when a family interacts with a deputy or firefighter, it’s because something has gone wrong in their lives and they are in need,” said Mike Parks, communications director. “And that’s why National Night Out is so important. It is all about bringing us all together in a positive, comfortable setting so we can create these relationships in our neighborhoods and strengthen our communities.” Visit for details.

MONROE – The Union County Heritage Festival Committee has extended the deadline for submissions for the fourth annual T-shirt logo design contest to Aug. 6. The winning design will be used on the front of the Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run and Walk race T-shirt and the Heritage Festival T-shirt. The winner will be notified the week of Aug. 13. Visit www.mastergardenersunioncountync. org/heritage-festival for details.


SAVE THE DATE September is for Seniors Expo will have dozens of vendors, informative break-out sessions, raffles, breakfast and lunch – all for free. Circle your calendars for 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. People interested in attending have to register (so we can plan for food) by calling 704-849-2261 or emailing

This year's National Night Out will include a helicopter landing at Chestnut Square Park. Photo courtesy of Indian Trail

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Man dies in jail custody MONROE – Someone died in custody July 29 at Union County Jail, prompting Sheriff Eddie Cathey to request the State Bureau of Investigation lead an independence investigation. Cathey suspects no foul play and the SBI's involvement is standard protocol involving death in custody, officials said. Dustin Kemp Medlin, 29, of Wingate, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Officials said Medlin appeared sick and Medlin lethargic when in his single observation cell. A jail nurse saw him and jail staff requested EMS visit Medlin at 6:15 a.m. He was taken to CMC-Union, where he was pronounced dead.

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MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office found human remains July 27 officials believed to be part of a Charlotte homicide. The office closed Newtown Road, between Cuthbertson and Twelve Mile Creek as investigators processed the scene for evidence.

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Police investigate shooting death, seek public’s help MONROE – The Monroe Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that may have stemmed from an argument at a store at Fairly Avenue and Morgan Mill Road. Officers responded to a call in reference to a shooting at 4 p.m. July 28 on the 600 block of First Street. They found Jarellia Montgomery, 38, of Monroe, to be breathing. EMS transported him to the hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. Police are looking for 23-year-old Demaurea Leon Grant, as well as three additional black males for questioning in connection with the shooting. They were last seen in what appears to be a gold 1999 Buick Regal fourdoor sedan. The suspects are believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information should contact Det. Sgt. Steve Morton at 704-282-5769 or Union County Crimestoppers at 704-2835600.

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MONROE – The Union County Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 grant program. Priority will be given to requests for projects and programs that support: • Broad charitable purposes. • Professional development for Union County public school teachers. • The mentally disadvantaged or physically handicapped as a result of visual or hearing impairments. Applicants must be eligible organizations including 501(c)(3) nonprofits, congregations, governmental or educational institutions serving Union County residents. The foundation awarded over $88,800 in grant funding to 20 organizations last year. Grants ranged from $500 to $15,000. Grant-seekers are invited to visit the Online Grants Center at https://fftcgrants.communi and search for the Union County see NEWS, Page 3A

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Help – I’m an HOA board president

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Tony Marciano Reverend


any years ago, when George H.W. Bush was running for President, he uttered these famous words in a debate, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” It won him the presidency. It cost him the re-election. Try being a homeowners association board president when you are trying to raise the dues. No one rises and calls you blessed. No one thanks you for your volunteer leadership and sacrifice. No one is grateful that you are looking out for the best interests of the community. What I learned is that they “smear” you on Facebook. When the newsletter came out asking for the homeowners to vote to raise dues, the social media ranting began. It was similar to being on the editorial page of the local newspaper. You can’t do anything right. One homeowner not only said “evil” about me on Facebook, she emailed our property management company. I captured her address and decided to pay her a surprise visit. I stopped at her house, rang the bell and asked for her. When she came to the door I greeted her by saying, “I heard I’m graying your hair for free.” She looked at me very puzzled. My next sentence was “Do you know who I am?” Silence. I continued with, “We met 10 years ago.” Silence. I said, “I’m your HOA president.” We had the best conversation. I let her talk as she shared with me her frustrations about the neighborhood. I let her know I shared most of her frustrations. I showed her how I was planning to improve the board and the community. I left her house, having made a friend. Why are we so terrified of conflict? There are so many reasons. One reason is

that we want people to like us. Therefore, we don’t confront people. We hope the problem just goes away. It doesn’t. I have a friend who, I think, has a codependent relationship with God. When she gets into a difficult situation, she doesn’t address it. Rather, she prays and asks God to change the situation. Yes, I believe in prayer. I also believe that God will give us the strength to address difficult situations. Remember, Jesus called the religious leaders of his day a bunch of blood-sucking vipers. Not exactly a page out of the book by Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” There is a Scripture verse that says, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” It’s interesting that it says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you.” Conflict is inevitable. We think we should skip through the fields, pick daisies and never disagree with anyone. That’s not what this Scripture is saying. It is telling us conflict will come. What will you do? I will confess to you I wanted to write a very nasty Facebook response to my neighbor. I’m glad I didn’t. I took the high road and made a friend, instead of an enemy. I’ll be back soon. Until then, live well my friend. The Rev. Tony Marciano is the executive director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission. Visit for details.


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Sheriff: Man shot his son UNIONVILLE – A shooting put one man in critical condition and his father in custody. Deputies were dispatched around 1 a.m. July 25 in the 700 block of Baucom Road. Initial reports indicated a domestic situation between the victim and his wife when the Purser victim’s father intervened with a handgun, according to the sheriff’s office.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting remain under investigation. Bobby Junior Purser, 62, of Unionville, was arrested on charges of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Purser’s 38-year-old son was in critical yet stable condition.

Sheriff's office has a new K-9 MONROE – The Union County Sheriff's Office has a 12-week-old bloodhound. The sheriff's office held a contest to name the dog, drawing names like Copper, Shadow, Rusty, Opie and Makita. But Justice was by far the most popular name. Deputy William Walden is Justice's handler. Walden took him to WCNC on July 27 to interact with the morning crew. WCNC meteorologist Larry Sprinkle held Justice while he gave the weather report, while anchor Rachel Rollar described Justice as a “little muffin of love.”

CRIME SCENE The Union County Sheriff's Office reported these incidents July 20 to 27:

Fairview Animal Call Bite 10100 block of Mill Grove Road Break-Ins 6300 block of Helms Belk Road DWI 1600 block of West N.C. 218

Indian Trail Blackmail 4000 block of Tremont Drive Break-Ins 3800 block of Red Robin Court 13800 block of East Independence Boulevard Break-Ins, Vehicles 1800 block of Nikkie Place 3400 block of Brooktree Lane Consume Alcohol Underage 6400 block of Old Monroe Road Credit Card Fraud 300 block of Unionville-Indian Trail Road 2100 block of Younts Road Driving While Impaired 6400 block of Old Monroe Road Drunk & Disruptive 3400 block of Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road Obtain Property by False Pretenses 4000 block of Colton Ridge Drive Possess Marijuana 6000 block of Houndscroft Road 6500 block of Old Monroe Road Property Damage 500 block of Red Barn Trail 2000 block of Farmingham Lane Thefts 2100 block of Younts Road (2 cases) 6400 block of Old Monroe Road (2 cases) Thefts, Vehicles 5500 block of West U.S. 74

Lake Park Break-Ins, Vehicles 3300 block of Faith Church Road 3900 block of Brittany Court Forgeries 6200 block of Creft Circle

Mineral Springs Driving While Impaired 5800 block of Waxhaw Highway Possess Marijuana 5800 block of Waxhaw Highway

Monroe Break-Ins 100 block of South Branch Street (2 cases) 400 block of Miller Street 1500 block of Dorver Street 1600 block of Icemorlee Street 1700 block of Icemorlee Street Break-Ins, Vehicles

600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 800 block of Creekridge Drive (2 cases) 1000 block of Keith Drive (3 cases) 1600 block of Skyway Drive 2800 block of Arrowhead Court 3100 block of Persing Court 3400 block of Antler View Court 4500 block of Red Hook Road 6700 block of Prospect Pointe Drive 6800 block of Prospect Pointe Drive (2 cases) 7200 block of Carl Polk Road Burglaries 1000 block of Keith Drive Counterfeiting Coin 3600 block of West U.S. 74 Driving While Impaired 6600 block of Pageland Highway Drug Paraphernalia 200 block of B Shive Drive 1000 block of Keith Drive Forgeries 2100 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard Going Armed to the Terror of People 300 block of Kerr Street Harassing Phone Call 300 block of Annaberg Lane Hit & Run 2500 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard Identity Theft 700 block of South Potter Road Kidnapping 1200 block of Winchester Avenue Misuse of 911 System 1500 block of Iceman Street Obtain Property By False Pretenses 500 block of Crow Street 3800 block of Waxhaw Highway Possess Cocaine 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard Possess Drug Paraphernalia 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard Possess Schedule VI Controlled Substances 2000 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 4100 block of West U.S. 74 Possess Controlled Substance in Jail 3300 block of Presson Road Possess Marijuana 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 2700 block of East U.S. 74 Possess Methamphetamine 700 block of Patton Avenue Possess Schedule II Controlled Substances 1600 block of West Franklin Street Property Damage 100 block of East Morrow Avenue 300 block of East Green Street 400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 600 block of John Street 600 block of North Church

Street 600 block of South Hayne Street 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 1200 block of Boyte Street (2 cases) 1200 block of East Sunset Drive 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 3200 block of Walkup Avenue 4300 block of Mary's Point Road Resist, Delay, Obstruct 1800 block of Williams Road Robberies 500 block of Fincher Street (2 cases) Thefts 300 block of Annaberg Lane 600 block of Roberts Street 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard (3 cases) 800 block of East Sunset Drive 1000 block of Keith Drive 1100 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 1300 block of Lucille Avenue 1600 block of West Franklin Street 2100 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 2600 block of Medlin Road Thefts, Firearm 1000 block of Keith Drive 2200 block of Lancaster Avenue Thefts, Vehicle Parts 1700 block of Icemorlee Street Thefts, Vehicles 1600 block of Skyway Drive 3900 block of Eastridge Court Unauthorized Use of Vehicle 1000 block of Kennedy Street

Stallings Animal Call Bite 4000 block of Campus Ridge Road Speeding to Elude Arrest 12700 block of East Independence Boulevard

Waxhaw DWI 7700 block of Pine Oak Road 9200 block of Rea Road Littering 5700 block of McWhorter Road Thefts 600 block of Sherman Place 2200 block of Porter Drive Thefts, Vehicles 5600 block of Harkey Road 8800 block of Simpson Road Underage Alcohol Consumption 1400 block of Lonan Drive

Weddington Possess Marijuana 5300 block of Hemby Road

Wesley Chapel Thefts 6300 block of Weddington Road

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Former stuntman finds CALENDAR calling as toymaker Aug. 2

Five ways ingenuity can fuel your business REIDSVILLE – People often find themselves in jobs where they don’t want to be for years to come. Yet many of those people are unsure what to do about it to move forward in the direction of a career of their dreams. For one former stuntman, he didn’t sit idly by and wish for a position he would be passionate about. Combining his passion for car shows that stemmed from his childhood with his ingenuity, he was able to create a career path that led to him having a hit television show building unique custom hot rods and cars for adults. “I had to realize that being a stuntman wasn’t a long-term career. It was too hard on my body,” says David Ankin, inventor and star of the hit show “ToyMakerz.” “I decided to turn my passion into a career that I could grow in and others could also enjoy. Creativity is something that helped me get started in this field and remains a constant. Now the challenge is constantly coming up with something new and unique.” Ingenuity, which is having the ability to be clever, original or inventive, is what has propelled Ankin to the top of his field. But it’s not something that came to him overnight. In fact, he has been on the path since he was a child. Growing up without a lot of money, he wasn’t able to go out and buy the latest toy or car. But he also didn’t want his vehicles to look just like everyone else’s. That motivated him to learn to build his own. With his father as his inspiration, he hung out at his shop and watched in awe at the things that his dad could do. As a child, Ankin also spent a lot of time being dedicated to bike and car shows. In fact, his idea of a vacation was working late into the night for six weeks to get ready for a bike or car show, then traveling halfway across the country and meeting up with other fabricators. When he wasn’t doing that, he was struggling to get his car or bike ready to win a race. At the end of the day, the factors that really influenced him on his journey were the industry itself and all the people and fabricators who no one will ever meet. Today, his ingenuity has led to his company, ToyMakerz, where the toys are made, and has also been turned into a hit television show, where people can tune in and see him work his magic. Here are five ways that ingenuity can help fuel your business: 1. Gets you noticed. With your busi-

ness being set apart by originality, it will help get you noticed. People have become immune to everything being the same and they crave things that are different or stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s a restaurant, clothing line or something else, being different will open the doors to a whole new audience. 2. Helps with longevity. Those business leaders who are unique will be in a better position to roll with the punches. They don’t mind adapting and changing as the market demands. Rather than close up, they will be able to keep re-inventing themselves in order to keep thriving. 3. Fuels decision making. Being able to come up with creative solutions to problems will help take a business to the next level. Those with ingenuity are not afraid to put their ideas out there, no matter how out of the box they may seem. Ultimately, that’s exactly what is needed to help grow their business. 4. Offers drive. Business leaders with initiative have drive and determination. They are not afraid to take risks and they don’t wait around for someone else to make something happen. They come up with their own unique plans and put them in action to keep moving forward. 5. Helps carve out opportunity. Whether fueled by your childhood passions or noticing what is missing in your city and wanting to make improvements, those with new ideas will create their own opportunity. They find a way to make things happen in the business world. “The journey hasn’t been short or easy,” Ankin said. “It started as a childhood dream and has evolved over time. I happened to come across the right location to set up shop in Reidsville, where the town and the people have been so supportive. Then, using ingenuity, I started assembling my team to help me grow my vision of ToyMakerz, and it’s still evolving today.” ToyMakerz partnered with Source Digital to develop an app, which is helping fans connect with the show. Enhancing the viewer experience with new digital brand integrations, the ToyMakerz app lets fans connect with the cast, score exclusive deals on anything they see on the screen while they are watching the show live, and share pictures of their own rides! The ToyMakerz TV show, which is just weeks away from a major announcement, is currently re-airing episodes from season 2 On Demand on Velocity. “ToyMakerz” season one is also available on iTunes and Amazon. Visit for details.

United Way chief Garrett headed to Chicago CHARLOTTE – Sean Garrett is leaving United Way of Central Carolinas to become CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago. Garrett joined UWCC as executive director in March 2015. He will remain in Charlotte through early September. During his time with UWCC, Garrett oversaw change of its community impact strategy and funding process. Focusing on improving education, health and financial stability, the impact strategy works to boost economic mobility across the region, while providing a safety net for people in need. UWCC recently announced the investment of $24.5 million into the community, with $16.3 million going toward its community impact strategy and $8.2 million in donor-directed funding. UWCC launched three major initiatives last year: United Neighborhoods to revitalize

neighborhoods, Unite Charlotte to improve racial equity and increase social capital, and Tutor Charlotte to provide reading mentors for students in grades K-3. “He has worked tirelessly to connect donors, volunteers and partners to the impact work needed in our community,” said Wes Beckner, board chair and BB&T regional president. Garrett spent five years in fundraising roles with Metro Chicago from 2005 to 2010. He said the new job will allow his family to return to where his wife’s professional career is based, while letting him continue his work with the United Way. “Charlotte welcomed me with open arms and afforded me the opportunity to work on our community’s most pressing issues,” he said. “It has been the privilege of my career to be part of our community’s efforts to drive opportunity for all.”

Girls Night The Silver Lining holds Sip N Shop Girls Night Out. The event features drinks, snacks and door prizes. Call 704-2832125 or www.silverliningstyle. com for details. 4 to 8 p.m.; 109 N. Hayne St., Monroe Soap Making The Faded Rose hosts a soap making demonstration. The class costs $15. Register in advance. Call 704-776-2114 for details. 6 p.m.; 134 S. Main St., Monroe

homegrown food from farms. Visit waxhawfarmersmarket. org for details. 9 a.m. to noon; North Church and Price streets, Waxhaw

Cruz In Classic Cruisers holds its Wednesday Nite Cruz In at Poplin Place. 6 to 9 p.m.; 2889 W. U.S. 74, Monroe

Summer Fun Antioch United Methodist Church hosts the third annual Summer Fun Day. The free event includes a giant waterslide, carnival-style games, SnoCones, popcorn and hot dog lunch. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 3502 Antioch Church Road, Matthews

Brewery Yoga Meghan Helms leads Yoga at the Brewery on Wednesdays at Sweet Union Brewing. The class costs $8 which includes a beer. Call 704-6285211 for details. 7 to 8 p.m.; 13717 E. Independence Blvd., Indian Trail

Fairy Garden Peddler's Paradise presents a class on how to create a fairy garden. Bring a 12-inch pot with a hole in the bottom. The class costs $38. Visit www.peddlersparadisemon for details. 6 to 8 p.m.; 105 W. Franklin St., Monroe

Boxer Rescue The Carolina Boxer Rescue holds a charity event at The DreamChaser's Brewery. Learn about adopting or fostering a dog. $1 for every beer bought goes to the charity. Call 704-843-7326 or visit www.dreamchasersbrewery. com for details. 2 to 6 p.m.; 115 E. N. Main St., Waxhaw

TV Trivia Growler USA invites you to play Parks and Recreation Trivia while enjoying food and drink. The event is free but people need to get tickets from 7 to 9 p.m.; 6443 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail

Anniversary Party Echo Nail Spa celebrates its first-year anniversary of its current location at Tyson Center Plaza. Visit www. or call 704289-1110 for details. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; 2300 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe

Park Concert The Hatley Family headlines the Unionville Lions Club's Concerts in the Park series at the Unionville Community Center. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs. 7 to 9 p.m.; 1004 E. Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Monroe

Theater Show Storefront Theatre presents four 10-minute plays at Waxhaw Entrepreneurs. Call 704-243-7283 for details. 6 to 7:30 p.m.; 216 W. N. Main St., Waxhaw

Music Bingo Test your knowledge with Music Bingo while taking on food and drink specials at The Trail House. Call 704776-4655 or visit www.thet for details. 8 to 10 p.m.; 6751 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail

Aug. 3 Anniversary Party Simpson's Bridal and Formal Wear celebrates its 40year anniversary with a 40 percent off sale. Call 704289-2000 for details. 10 a.m.; 138 S. Main St., Monroe Art Rally Rally in the Art Alley resumes for an open mic, as well as artist demonstrations and other activities in the Waxhaw Entrepreneurs Art Alley. The series takes place on the first and third Fridays. Visit for details. 6 to 8 p.m.; 216 W. N. Main St., Waxhaw Outdoor Music Radio Jacks perform at Waxhaw's Jammin' by the Tracks series. Bring a lawn chair. Visit for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; Under the tower in Waxhaw Comedy Show DT Owens headlines Comedy Cabernet at Treehouse Vineyards. Owens has previously performed on “BET Comic View.” Admission costs $10 per person and $7 for wine club members. Reservations are required. Call 704283-4208 or www.treehouse for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 301 Bay St., Monroe Movie Night First Baptist Church in Monroe screens Disney's “Moana” as part of a free outdoor movie night on the church lawn. Guests can munch on popcorn and drinks. Bring a chair or blanket. 8 to 10 p.m.; 109 Morrow Ave., Monroe

Aug. 4 Park Yoga The Village of Lake Park presents Yoga in the Park at Mathisen Square. Classes cost $5. Bring a towel or mat. Call 704-882-8657 for details. 9 to 10 a.m.; 3801 Lake Park Road, Indian Trail

Farmer's Market The Waxhaw Farmer's Market showcases the best

Grand Opening The Rage Room celebrates its grand opening. The company allows people to release some steam through break-up parties and wrecking office space. Visit www. for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 14200 E. Independence Blvd., Indian Trail

Aug. 5 Cruise In SideWinders Car Club hosts a cruise in at Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries. Call 704-774-1798 for details. 2 to 5 p.m.; 6640 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail

Aug. 6 Pub Poker Growler USA holds a Monday Night Pub Poker promotion. It is free to play, but get tickets on www.eventbrite. com. Call 704-494-9445 for details. 7 to 9:30 p.m.; 6443 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail

Aug. 7 Night Out The Village of Marvin holds National Night Out at Marvin Efird Park. The event features food and police exhibits 6 to 8 p.m. The village screens “Cars 3” at dusk. 6 to 11 p.m.; 8909 New Town Road, Marvin Music Bingo The DreamChaser's Brewery tests patrons' musical knowledge in Music Bingo. Visit www.dreamchasers or call 704-8437326 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 115 E. N. Main St., Waxhaw

Aug. 8

Pro Soccer Charlotte Independence plays the Bethlehem Steel FC in United Soccer League action at Matthews Sportsplex. Ticket prices vary. Visit www. for details. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews

Aug. 9 Grand Opening Haven Creative celebrates its membership in the Union County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting. Jeni Bukolt leads the marketing and design firm. 4 to 4:30 p.m.; 400 E. S. Main St., Waxhaw Hunting Night Monroe Southern State hosts a Hunter's Night Out event that includes advice on hunting seed, feed and pots. Call 704-283-2712 or visit monroe for details. 6 to 7:30 p.m.; 1620 E. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe Harry Potter Fans of “Harry Potter” books test their knowledge in a trivia competition at Growler USA. Reserve your spot on Call 704-4949445 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 6443 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail Park Concert A Deeper Shade of Blue headlines the Unionville Lions Club's Concerts in the Park series at the Unionville Community Center. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs. 7 to 9 p.m.; 1004 E. Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Monroe

Aug. 10 Cruise-In The Downtown Monroe Classic Car Cruise-In showcases Jeeps. The cruise-ins take place on the second Friday of the month through Oct. 12. Visit www.monroenc. org for details. 6 to 8 p.m.; Downtown Monroe

Aug. 14 Ribbon Cutting WoodmenLife celebrates its membership in the Union County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting. Visit for details. 903 Skyway Drive

Aug. 16 Outdoor Concert The Castaways perform at the Third Thursday series at Crossing Paths Park. Visit for details. 6 to 9 p.m.; 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail

Playground Opening Waxhaw Parks & Recreation breaks in the Town Creek Park Shelter and Playground with a grand opening. Visit for details. 10 a.m. to noon; 4240 Waxhaw-Marvin Road, Waxhaw

Aug. 23

Teen Movie Union West Regional Library screens the PG-13-rated film “Ready Player One” for children in grades six through 12. Bring a blanket. Enjoy free snacks. 4 to 6:30 p.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road W., Indian Trail

Aug. 24

Food Truck Cousins Maine Lobster visits Tyson Center for a block party. The concept was part of an episode of “Shark Tank.” 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; 2300 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe

Outdoor Music Legacy Motown Revue headline the Music on Main series. Visit www.monroenc. org for details. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Downtown Monroe

Outdoor Movie Indian Trail screens “The Lion King” as part of the Friday Flicks series at Crossing Path Park. Visit www.indian for details. 6 to 10 p.m.; 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail

Sept. 7 Outdoor Music Glen Shelton perform at Waxhaw's Jammin' by the Tracks series. Visit www.wax for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; Under the tower in Waxhaw

Union County Weekly • Aug. 3, 2018 • Page 5A

New ordinances aim to keep streets clear WAXHAW – Town commissioners voted July 24 to approve two new amendments to the town’s code of ordinances. The first requires that trash containers not be rolled out until the day before trash collection and be rolled back in before noon the day after collection, with an associated fine of $25 for noncompliance. This amendment only applies to multifamily developments and businesses. The second amendment prevents citizens from parking or storing recreational vehicles, trailers and boats stored on trailers on the road for extended periods of time, with exceptions up to 12 hours for vehicles being used, loaded or unloaded. The associated fine will start at $100 and increase daily. According to Downtown Development Manager Curt White, the point of these amendments is to keep streets looking good and to keep the rights of way clear for drivers and pedestrians.

Interim attorney commends town leaders WAXHAW – Charles Buckley delivered a 60-day observation to commissioners July 24. “I had no idea how many days it’s been,” Buckley said. “I must be having fun though because it passed quickly.” Buckley, attorney for the Town of Matthews, has been filling in as interim town attorney for Waxhaw since May. He called Waxhaw leaders and staff “professional and competent.” “I think everybody knows their roles. I think everybody understands their role,” Buckley told commissioners. “And I think that the way you do things – I don’t have any suggestions to correct it. The first time I came, I thought ‘Gosh, this is just too cumbersome.’ But now that I’ve been here, I have fallen into the pattern of how you do things, and I’m not gonna make any recommendations.”

The Sandbox inspires people to use their gifts where they can by Justin Vick

CHARLOTTE – Mara Campolungo felt called to honor the legacy of her late brother, a doctor who worked tirelessly to help everyone he met. Campolungo Campolungo and her husband, Neil, decided to adopt a family at Levine’s Children’s Hospital. But when Campolungo visited the hospital, she learned a sobering truth. “I don’t want your teddy bears,” a tired mother told her. Stunned, Campolungo asked what her family actually needed. The answer proved to be as simple as picking up lotion and household supplies at Walmart. “This woman taught me how to be an executive director,” Campolungo said. “What I realized was that I was going to start using my gifts and talents in a different way.” This experience evolved into what is now known as The Sandbox, a charity that helps families cope with their children’s life-changing illnesses. At the charity’s core is CARRE – Caring About Real Relationships Empathetically. Campolungo believes anyone can use their gifts and talents to impact the world, or at the very least, their community. Jacinda Jacobs learned about The Sandbox at a time in her life when she questioned her calling. A television reporter at the time, Jacobs wanted to focus on stories that were meaningful. She met Campolun-

Abby Wright gives back to The Sandbox, a charity that has helped her cope with hardship. Photo courtesy of The Sandbox

go through her work. Jacobs has since become an author, public speaker and loyal volunteer at The Sandbox. She recently talked about meeting one special girl at The Sandbox that changed her life. Her name was Abby Wright. Abby, who is now 18, was diagnosed in utero with a rare form of dwarfism. Doctors didn’t think she’d live past 3. Jacobs was inspired to see a young girl go through so much, yet smile through it all and still want to help other children. “Her family still has so much love and compassion to serve other people,” Jacobs said. “It just rearranges your life to what’s important and what matters.” Abby became a youth mentor at The Sandbox. She’s also helped with marketing, selling raffle tickets and serving as an ambassador for the charity that has helped her through the years. “She gives in a way that is authentic to her,” Campolungo said. “We take our workshop anywhere and everywhere people will hear our message, and I’m grateful because Abby has given her life and service to The Sandbox.” Independence High School student Caroline Backus is another example of someone using her gifts to influence the community despite medical hardship. Backus received the Dr. Timothy J Nugent NWBA High School Academic-All American Honorable Mention for her role with the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets wheelchair basketball team. She also surfs, water-skis and runs track. “She happens to have cerebral palsy but she doesn’t realize it,” Campolungo quipped. Not only that, but she also mentors chil-

dren at The Sandbox. “I wanted to be a youth mentor because I got to experience fun,” Backus said, noting how she went on trips to the beach and became friends with her mentors. “I want to be able to create that bond with another family and help them out and always be there for them.” Campolungo met the Kelsin family around Christmas more than five years ago, when Grace was brought home from the hospital. Grace was diagnosed with a heart condition that requires a lot of surgery and physical therapy. “The medical odds have been constantly against Grace, but their family’s faith, Grace’s tenacity and their love has overcome so much,” Campolungo said. “Amidst all of this, this family uses their gifts and talents of unconditional love, compassion and empathy and they serve on The Sandbox as the family liaison to our families.” The Kelsins attended Charlotte Media Group’s Women@Work Luncheon in May, which benefited The Sandbox. During the luncheon, the charity’s volunteers asked attendees to brainstorm ways in which they could give back to this family. After five minutes, tables generated more than a dozen ways in which they could help the family, ranging from providing free babysitting to taking Grace’s sister, Wisdom, on a girl’s day out. The exercise was designed to show everyone how easy it is to “give where you live.”

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Jacinda Jacobs talks about her experiences working with The Sandbox at the Women@Work Luncheon on May 11 at Waverly Hilton Garden Inn. UCW file photo

DINING SCORES Health departments in Mecklenburg and Union inspected these restaurants July 20 to 26:

Indian Trail

• Bojangles, 13812 E. Independence Blvd. – 93.5 • Great China, 610 S. Indian Trail Road – 97.5 • Subway, 6751 Old Monroe Road – 99 • The Trail House, 6751 Old Monroe Road – 96


• Cafe 157, 157 N. Trade St. – 99 • Chick-fil-A, 6390 Weddington Road – 95.5 • Food Lion (deli/bakery), 3609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road – 99 • Food Lion (market), 3609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road – 100 • Food Lion (produce), 3609 Mat-

thews-Mint Hill Road – 998.5 • Genghis Grill, 9727 E. Independence Blvd. – 98 • Sante, 165 N. Trade St. – 95 • The Belle Grille, 3022 Weddington Road – 96 • Wendy's, 11145 E. Independence Blvd. – 97.5


• Bi-Lo (deli), 1642 Dickerson Blvd. – 97.5 • Bi-Lo (meat market), 1642 Dickerson Blvd. – 99 • Bi-Lo (produce), 1642 Dickerson Blvd. – 99 • Bi-Lo (seafood), 1642 Dickerson Blvd. – 98 • Compare Foods (deli), 1600 Skyway Drive – 100 • East Coast Wings and Grill, 5140 Old Charlotte Hwy. – 95.5 • Fill Good, 4102 U.S. 74 W. – 96 • Food Lion (deli), 801 E. Roos-

evelt Blvd. – 96.5 • Food Lion (meat market), 801 E. Roosevelt Blvd. – 99 • Food Lion (produce), 801 E. Roosevelt Blvd. – 100 • Food Lion (deli), 100 E. Sunset Drive – 99 • Food Lion (produce), 100 E. Sunset Drive – 99 • Food Lion (meat market), 100 E. Sunset Drive – 98.5 • Market Express, 600 W. Roosevelt Blvd. – 96 • Monroe Country Club Snack Bar, 1680 Pageland Hwy. – 94.5 • O'Charley's, 2412 W. Roosevelt Blvd. – 93.5 • Taqueria Morelia Restaurant, 1300 Skyway Drive – 92.5 • The Roasted Bone, 350 E. Franklin St. – 94 • The Spot, 1513 Concord Ave. – 99

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N.C. 16 superstreet will include a ‘Michigan Left’ by Yustin Riopko

WAXHAW – N.C. 16, from Rea Road to the Kensington/Cuthbertson intersection, is getting the superstreet treatment. But NCDOT wants to do something a little different at the final intersection. Waxhaw commissioners voted July 24 to approve a ‘Michigan Left’ design at the intersection of Kensington Drive/Cuthbertson Road and N.C. 16. “[A superstreet] provides superior benefits to conventional intersection designs in order to improve the safety, travel time and capacity as we project future traffic volumes,” Waxhaw engineer Matt Hubert said. “This area is more open to future development and provides the room to facilitate that kind of construction. South of Kensington, we see reduced volumes and the construction impacts by existing developments don’t really allow for any major improvements that require additional right of way.” Superstreets are usually built on ‘superior’ roads, where intersecting roads carry less traffic. A standard superstreet design forces all drivers on the ‘inferior’ road to turn right onto the bigger one. The difference between a standard superstreet and a Michigan Left is that instead of being forced into a right turn, drivers on the inferior road can go straight through as long as their light is green.

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the safe aspects of the route, and the ability to get through the route efficiently, that we’re moving with the right thing for all the people involved.” Town council voted July 10 to extend a $10 million bond that may go to NCDOT for the superstreet. The bond money was originally meant to help speed up the widening of Old Monroe Road, before the superstreet entered the equation. Council members were hoping to use the bond money as leverage to change the state’s mind about the superstreet. Now that it’s been seven years and no progress has been made, council members aren’t sure what to do with the money. Some think issuing the bond could still help. “There’s some things we can control,” Councilman Jerry Morse said. “Maybe if we do decide to fund it, or contribute to it, then maybe we can encourage them to mitigate some of the issues that are being brought up by some of the residents.” Others think the town should keep the money for now. “Your best bet is to do another bond ref-

“Because Kensington Drive and Cuthbertson Road experience traffic volumes that sometimes equal N.C. 16’s volumes, or sometimes can exceed them, there’s really a necessity to provide this Michigan Left style,” Hubert said. Left turners will still have to turn right, then make a U-turn and continue straight through the intersection in order to make a ‘net left.’ This decision comes as Indian Trail and Stallings fight NCDOT on the specifics of the superstreet design at Old Monroe Road. “This is not a new or experimental design,” NCDOT engineer Scott Cole told Indian Trail town council July 24. “This is something we’ve implemented in hundreds of intersections and locations throughout the state and is quickly becoming our default design for North Carolina, because of the benefits to operations and safety.” Initial plans for the NC 16 superstreet included pedestrian and bicycle paths. Hubert said those elements are still included in this plan. “This specifically addresses the vehicular traffic movement,” Hubert said. “It will affect how pedestrians are crossing, but it will actually improve those crossings, as well. But there will be a sidewalk on one side and a multimodal path on the other. That will remain.”

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Rock Playhouse, in 1992 and won The Thompson Award from North Carolina State University. Several years ago, she was asked to come to Charlotte to participate in a readers theater. Following the performance, she heard one of the audience members mention how much they enjoyed the style. “It was kind of like a light bulb,” said Cook of opening the Storefront Theatre. “I thought about readers theater. It’s on a small stage and it’s really inexpensive.” Readers theater doesn’t involve props or costumes and has the actors standing in front of the audience reading from the script. Cook describes it like going back to the 1930s and 1940s when the golden age of radio featured scripted productions that left a lot of the visualization to the imagination of the listener. The theater brings together veterans who have participated in the region’s theatrical community for more than 20 years, as well as newcomers to the area acting scene. Catherine Smith has been in several productions for Storefront Theatre and was a founding member of the Charlotte Shakespeare Company.

Mayor Alvarez encourages voters to approve Marsy's Law by Michael Alvarez Mayor of Indian Trail

North Carolina voters will have several constitutional amendments presented for their consideration this election day (Nov. 6, 2018). You will see a barrage of partisan propaganda lumping these amendments together, either supporting or demonizing each one. I urge you to do your due diligence on each item presented to you as you vote this year. One of these amendments is “Marsy's Law,” which will provide needed protections for victims of violent crimes. More information can be found at https://www. Far too often, victims of crimes are forgotten and left without a voice once the assailant has been arrested and sentenced. One specific protection Marsy's Law will provide is to mandate victims of violent crimes are given a voice throughout the parole process. I assure you no one wants to be at their local grocery store and come face to face with their assailant, never knowing they were even up for parole. As the first mayor in North Carolina to endorse and support Marsy's Law, I am proud to advocate for this constitutional amendment. Please do not only take my word for this legislation. Do your research and go to the link I provided above. The time is long overdue for us to give victims the rights they deserve. When it

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Michael Alvarez was among the first leaders in the state to endorse Marsy’s Law. UCW file photo

comes to protecting those who have been a victim of a violent crime, we owe them to remove the partisan politics that has plagued us for so long. Vote in favor of Marsy's Law this November. Michael Alvarez serves as mayor of Indian Trail. He submitted this as a letter to the editor.

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erendum to allow the voters to speak as we did in 2011,” resident Michael Faulkenberry told the council. “Because things have changed in the last several years. There was no superstreet mentioned in 2011 or 2013 when I attended the first community meeting with DOT. Your best bet is to let the voters decide if they want to spend that $10 million or not in 2019 before the construction starts for this project. Take the responsibility out of the council. As everyone agrees, the residents have the voice.” Superstreet intersections prohibit drivers on a minor road from driving straight across or making a standard left turn. Instead, they have to perform a U-turn into a “bulb,” and yield before merging back into traffic. Cole called these turns “net lefts” and “net throughs.” He said they reduced the amount of conflict points at an intersection from 32 to 14. NCDOT has modified the width of the landscaped medians to reduce bulb size into residents’ yards. They are also delivering on the following requests by Indian Trail: a 35 mile per hour posted speed, protected left-turn lane and gutter, 6-foot sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian refuge islands, ADA ramps with truncated domes and multi-use trail. “It’s fast and easy,” Smith said of working with Storefront. “With a (normal) production, you can spend months getting it on its feet and running through the shows. With this, you literally rehearse it Saturday afternoon and then perform it Saturday evening… It allows you a chance to be creative without spending months getting it up and going.” Smith said she usually gets her script a week or two in advance to learn her lines and stage direction, but the actors don’t rehearse together until the day of the production. A situation which can get the adrenaline flowing. “It’s just the pure joy of the words and the audience and the other actors on stage,” Smith said. Cook didn’t want to give too much away on the plays being performed on Aug.4, but said one comedy, ‘I was fine until you came into the room,’ is about a couple going through the ups and downs of marriage in a lighthearted way. Storefront Theatre’s season runs from September to April, with the performances being held at the Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, 8100 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road. Visit or call 704243-7283 to find out more about Storefront Theatre. other popular beer from the brewery known as Blood Orange. “We are trying to do it all for the cans,” said Gatliff of distribution. One of the neat things for Gatliff is keeping up with who is having a beer from Southern Range through Instagram. Gatliff said patrons take photos of beer cans from his brewery and leave comments about where they drink it around the state. “It’s amazing,” Gatliff said. “It’s a dream come true. There is such a demand for our beer. I guess it can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good that we are selling out, but kind of bad in trying to keep up with the demand.”

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Ruff has banner Summer Shootout season INDIAN TRAIL – Having competed in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout for more than four years, Bryson Ruff knows how challenging racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be. The 13-year-old Indian Trail native has plenty of experience on Charlotte’s front-stretch quarter-mile oval. Since 2014, Ruff has registered 10 victories at Charlotte across Legend Car and Bandolero competition. “Everybody comes down (to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout) from other places around the country,” Ruff said. “They’re all good driv-

ers, so it’s competitive.” Ruff, who drives a red-and-yellow No. 24 Bojangles’-sponsored Legend Car, has figured out the key to pulling it into victory lane on Tuesday nights. He’s won two of the last three K1 Speed Young Lions division features and entered the final two rounds trailing points leader Isaak Love by 28 points heading into the July 30 finale. “You’ve just got to avoid any wrecks and stay up front,” Ruff said. “If you’re not in the front when you start, it takes a while to get there.”

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Boys Golf Super Team Tyler Haines, Marvin Ridge Haines had a great season as one of the Mavs top golfers. This year, he tied for sixth in the 3A Midwestern region with a score of 79. The following weekend, he led the Mavs with a two-day score of 158 (77, 81), good enough for him to tie for 27th. Wes Helms, Cuthbertson Helms was the Cavs top golfer and most even-keeled performer all season long. He carded a 74 at the Midwestern Regional to tie for third place. At the state championship, he led Cuthbertson by finishing tied for 41st with rounds of 79 and 82 for a two-day total of 161. Joe O'Callaghan, Marvin Ridge One of four Mavs to make the first team, O’Callaghan proved he belonged at the postseason matches. At the regional championship, he tied for 14th with a round of 80. The following week at states he tied for 32nd with a total of 159 (80, 79). Zach Pardoll, Marvin Ridge Pardoll had a fantastic showing at the 3A Midwestern regional and consistently scored low for the Mavs. He shot a 74 to tie for third place in the region, as well as shot rounds of 78 and 82 for a two-day 160 that was good for a tie for 35th in the state. Chris Poor, Marvin Ridge Another of the talented Marvin Ridge golfers, Poor had a standout season for the Mavs. He carded a 79, which was good enough to tie for ninth at the regional match. He followed that up with rounds of 77 and 81 to post a two-day score of 158, good for a tie for 27th. Karsten Shields, Metrolina Christian The county’s top private-school golfer, Shields ended his season on a high note with a strong performance at the NCISAA 3A championship. There,

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Shields shot rounds of 75 and 77 for a two-day total of 152 that was good for a tie for 13th place. Matt Song, Central Academy One half of an exciting brother duo for the Cougars, Song had a fantastic season. At the regional championship, he fired a 74 to place second and just one shot off the leader. Song also tied for 15th at the state meet with rounds of 85 and 80 on a tough course.

by Andrew Stark

INDIAN TRAIL – Nick Sutton tried football in the Pop Warner leagues for a few seasons, but he decided to concentrate on golf full time by the time he was 9 years old. Part of the reason was his love of the game. The other is a home-field advantage of sorts he has with his father, Jason, in his corner. The elder Sutton starred as a prep in West Virginia. Since graduating in 1991 from Glenville State, Jason Sutton worked as an assistant PGA professional at a couple of country clubs be- Porter Ridge junior Nick Sutton tied for the conference and regional championships. He fore becoming the head at then tied for 11th in the state meet this season. Andrew Stark/UCW photo NorthStone Country Club in 1999. He’s currently the young age,” Sutton said. to improve his chipping ten a lot better,” he said. “I “He New has York worked with me game around the green, a was always a good putter director of instruction at The Times Syndication Sales Corporation part of my game atNewflaw thatN.Y. used10018 to hinder his and a ball striker, but when Carmel Country Club in on every 620 Eighth Avenue, York, one point another.” Call: 1-800-972-3550 game. Charlotte. FororInformation Release Tuesday, January 30, 2018 PartFor of that was working “My short game has got“He got me started at a see GOLF, Page 2B

Nick Song, Central Academy The other half of the Song duo, Nick was fantastic all season in leading the Cougars. He shot an 80 at the regional championship, but turned in a top-10 performance at the state meet, placing ninth with a two-day score of 162 (75, 87). Nick Sutton, Porter Ridge Sutton led the Pirates to a third-place finish in the region with a great performance. The Union County Weekly Golfer of the Year fired a round of 72 to tied for first place. The following week, he led the Pirates by tying for 16th in the state with a two-day score of 151 (76, 75).


Travon Willis, Porter Ridge Willis was one half of a power hitting crew that led the Pirates to a great season on the links. He shot a 77 at the 4A Midwestern Regional championship to tie for 13th, and shot a pair of 76s to finish with a two-day 152 that was good enough to tie for 16th at states.

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He’s working hard all of the time. He’s one of the hardest working golfers I know. An off day for him is probably cutting it back from four hours to an hour. He’s always working on something.” • Coach David Scholl Porter Ridge High School

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I got around the greens, I couldn’t chip. I would miss greens, not chip it close or something. That put a lot of pressure on my long game, too. But I worked so hard on it, and it’s probably the best part of my game now.” That kind of hard work and dedication is what stood out to Pirate coach David Scholl, who has seen Sutton play since his time at Porter Ridge Middle and has been his coach for three years on the varsity team. With Sutton as a three-year standout, the Pirates have twice qualified for the state meet as a team and this year placed third in the region. “He’s working hard all of the time,” Scholl said. “He’s one of the hardest working golfers I know. An off day for him is probably cutting it back from four hours to an hour. He’s always working on something. And this year, he connected with everybody and is always so positive. If someone has a bad round, he’s always telling them to have a better round next time out.” His hard work and level head are certainly starting to pay off. As a freshman, Sutton began of series of three seasons where his stroke average hovered around 37.6 shots per nine holes or a handicap of 3.2 shots over par. That year, he tied for 51st at the state tournament with a two-day score of 159, which was 15 strokes above par. Since, Sutton said he’s learned to stay in the moment and not let his thoughts or emotions get the best of him. “I have a lot of trust in what I’ve been doing and what I’ve been working on,” Sutton said. “And I think confidence is a big part of it. If you don’t play well and you get down about it, that’s going to lead to bad scores, so I have to trust in myself. It all works out in the end.” Sutton followed that advice well as the season wore down and the pressure of the season’s biggest rounds loomed.

But that’s where he shined. Behind a cast of six new freshman, and with Sutton leading the way, the Pirates won the Union County High School Invitational at Rolling Hills Country Club by 10 strokes, but their star was just getting started. Sutton, who is the 2018 Union County Weekly Boys Golfer of the Year, was the team’s scoring leader all season long with a 37.7 scoring average. He tied for the lead at the Southwestern 4A championship, but lost in a playoff. At the regional championship, he went into the match with momentum and the voice of his biggest fan echoing inside his head. “I knew that even par was going to be a good score because that was a tough course,” he said. “I played against what my dad calls the old man – ‘Old Man Par’ – and didn’t worry about anyone else. I knew shooting even would help the team and I’d be around the lead.” His round of even par at Pinehurst No. 5 tied with two other golfers for the 4A Midwestern Regional championship. The following week he went into Pinehurst No.6 having never seen the course aside from a practice round the day before, but had a lot of confidence in his swing. “I knew I had to keep it in play and give myself some chances, but I didn’t play particularly good,” he said. He carded rounds of 76 and 75 to shoot seven over par and tie for 11th in the state. It could have been better, but four double boyes cost him eight strokes and what could have been a two-shot lead. But Sutton said he wouldn’t change a thing about his season. “I’m going to go out there next year and do the exact same thing,” he said. “I know we are going to have to play well to make states, but I think we’re going to be pretty deep. I want to play well and help them get back to states once again. “If I do that, everything will take care of itself.”

The Charlotte Independence has generated good crowds this season. They will host an international squad for the first time at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Independence

Independence to host 2018 Liga MX Champions CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence pro soccer team will face off with the current Liga MX Champions Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V. in an international friendly match on Sept. 5 at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Santos Laguna is reigning Champions of Liga MX Clausura in the top division of the Mexican Football Federation. A six-time League Champion, Santos Laguna is based out of Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico and plays home matches at Territorio Santos Modelo, home to Estadio Corona. Not only does the team average a league title once every five years – the most of any Mexican club – Santos Laguna holds the record for most goals scored in CONCACAF Champions League with 120. “This game is a great opportunity for players to play a game against a top International club,” said Independence head coach Mike Jeffries. “I am really happy for the organization and our players. It will be a day where we hope to get an incredible turnout and make it a really fun evening.” “We’re looking forward to knowing Charlotte, which is a new territory for us, and using the international break to keep our competition level high by playing against the Charlotte Independence,” said Santos Laguna, vice

president of football, Jose Riestra. “I have no doubt that we will return to Torreon with nothing but a positive experience.” Beyond the first-team’s on-field success, Santos Laguna is the only club in Mexico as a two-time U17 and U20 title champion in the same tournament. Additionally, the club is celebrating 11 years of a social responsibility program called Guerreros de Corazón, which involves weekly community engagement of the first-team and youth teams within their communities. Since 2015, Santos has held 20 charitable activities in the United States. “Santos Laguna is a highly respected club for both their work on and off the field. A game like this is important to us as we expand our profile in the community,” said Independence General Manager Tom Engstrom. This will be the second international friendly match hosted by the Independence after setting a franchise attendance record vs Swansea City AFC of the English Premier League in front of a sold-out crowd in July 2016. The match will be the first International match hosted at the newly expanded Sportsplex at Matthews stadium. Buy tickets at www.charlotteindependence. com or call the front office at 704-206-1515.

NFL team's sale prompts $30M charitable gift CHARLOTTE – Foundation For The Carolinas has announced a $30 million contribution by Derick Springsteen Close to the Springsteen Foundation, a donor-advised fund held at FFTC. The gift follows the sale of the Carolina Panthers to David Tepper for a record $2.275 billion. The initial $30 million gift represents a sizeable percentage of the total proceeds that Close, a limited partner in the team, realized from the sale. “Derick Close is a generous philanthropist who is making a significant impact on our region through both lifetime and legacy gifts,” said Michael Marsicano, president and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas. “We are grateful for Derick’s magnanimity. His gift will benefit our community for many years to come. He joins a national movement of select philanthropists in America who are making substantial giving pledges, setting new and higher standards of generosity.” Close, on behalf of DSC Football LLC, was among an 11-member group of limited partners at the time of the sale. Close was an

initial investor when the NFL approved the team’s entry into the league in 1993. “The success of both the team and the initial investment is a result of this community,” Close said. “We are committed to investing in local nonprofits serving those in need throughout the Carolinas.” The Springsteen Foundation will formalize Close’s family philanthropy and include participation by his three children, Baxter Petrone, Claude Close and Craddock Close. Its inaugural grant cycle will begin in early 2019. “We will focus our philanthropy on improving lives for those in our community, with an emphasis on human services, health and education,” Close said. “Giving back to the community is very important to me and my family. This gift will allow us to continue the legacy of philanthropy started by my grandfather, Colonel Elliott White Springs, in 1942 and continued by The Springs Close Foundation led by my mother, Anne Springs Close.”

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Independence leaves with draw, raises money for charity MATTHEWS – The Charlotte Independence played out a draw with Penn FC on July 28 at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Forward Eamon Zayed scored his fourth goal of the season when he got on the end of an Alex Martinez cross at the back post. Penn FC answered with a goal from Aaron Dennis. Perhaps the brightest spot of the night was the Independence raising $3,418 for Wounded Warrior Project on Military Appreciation Night by auctioning off limited edition, game-worn jerseys. Charlotte ranks eighth in the United Soccer League's Eastern Conference standings with seven wins, eight losses and seven draws. The team has won once in its last five games. The Independence will return to action Aug. 8 when they take on Bethlehem Steel FC at the Sportsplex at Matthews.

Lacrosse players excel in Israel NENTANYA, Israel – The Charlotte Hounds represented well in the 2018 FIL World Champions in Nentanya, Isreal. Not only did Ryan Brown, Michael Ehrhardt, Will Haus, John Haus, Kevin Crowley and Jake Withers led their respective nations to the World Championship Game, but Brown and Ehrhardt earned All-World recognition after capturing gold.

Both players were named to the All-World Team while Ehrhardt was named Tournament MVP. “Michael, I am guessing is one of the only defenseman to win a World’s MVP," teammate Tom Schreiber said. "And, I think everyone on our team would agree 1,000 percent he was our MVP.” Ehrahrdt, a longstick midfielder, became the first defender to earn MVP honors since Hall of Famer Dave Pietramala in 1990. He helped Team USA establish the best defense in the tournament with a 5.3 goals against per game average. Brown, led Team USA with 25 goals, the second most ever for a United States player in a Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship and good enough for fourthbest in the tournament.

Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center offers various classes and camps. Paul Nielsen/UCW photo

Hounds down, but not out of playoff picture

Dance center offers aerial twist

BOSTON – The Charlotte Hounds may have dropped to .500 with a loss to the Boston Cannons on July 28, but the Major League Lacrosse franchise still has a chance of reaching the postseason for the third time. The Hounds (7-7) are clinging to the final playoff spot in the standings. Charlotte needs New York and Atlanta to drop their final two regular season games, positioning the Hounds in fourth place. Charlotte had its lowest scoring game in a 14-7 loss to Boston to end its regular season.

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CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center has been a beehive of activity this summer, hosting classes and camps. But then again, the center is always pretty busy. The center specializes in aerial silks, contemporary dance, lyra, trapeze, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, Spanish web, hand balancing and ballet, to name a few. It offers classes for youth and adults. Classes range from a more structured schedule to an unlimited op-

tion, which is like belonging to a gym where people can take unlimited classes. The center also hosts week-long summer camps. But as the school summer break wound down in late July, the Summer Intensive class had Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center director Caroline Calouche’s full attention. Students were on the go, working on trapezes and performing dance routines. “Summer Intensive is geared towards youth, teens, those 12-and-up, but we have some college kids, as well,” Calouche said. “They

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are interested in doing dance and circus arts as a profession. We give them extra push. There are a lot of dances ranging from musical theater, to silks, to trapeze, to ballet, both classical ballet and contemporary.” There are also classes and camps for students who want to learn routines while having fun. “We have a range for all expertise levels and desires,” Calouche said. “We range from novice to professionals.” The center’s teaching philosophy values creativity, support, understanding and community. The staff teaches skills and technique and the faculty also focuses on helping students see dance as a form of expression and an

art form. This involves having a student problem-solve how to use their body, mind and soul to convey meaning. Teachers have college degrees in dance or certificates in aerial arts or fitness techniques like Pilates. Calouche chooses faculty members who will support the growth of students through positive teaching methods and focused on the art of dance. “We have a very diverse staff,” Calouche said.

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Much has changed in movie-going experience by Riley McCrossan Contributor

CHARLOTTE – Two years ago, Regal Stonecrest underwent renovations, including adding king-size recliners in all 22 theaters, switching from celluloid film to digital cinema and ridding the front entrance of ticket booths. These dramatic changes have altered the way one sees a movie at Stonecrest. Before the renovations, you would walk into the theater and stand in a line to speak to the employee behind the ticket booth glass. The employee behind the window would double check the availability of the movie and then charge you the correct amount. Two tickets would be printed and passed through the cut-out at the bottom of their glass window, completing the transac-

tion. From there, you would enter from one of the sides and a second employee would tell you right or left, based on which theater your movie would be showing in. A third employee would be standing at the entrance to one of the theater halls and would rip off half of your ticket, confirming your theater once again. In between the second and third employee, you would have the chance to visit the concession stand. Finally, you would enter the theater, walk down the dark-lit side hall toward the screen, turn the corner and face the stadium seating. You and whoever you were with would then scan the audience and choose whichever seats you fancied the most. The movie commenced. Not anymore. Since the renovation, the movie-going process has changed completely. Instead of two employees standing

behind glass windows giving you tickets, you enter the building to see a line of machines ready to facilitate your transaction. On these machines, you select which movie you wish to see at what time and then choose specific seats from the theater layout image the machine produces. These machines coordinate with online sales as well, meaning that customers can pre-order their tickets in designated seats from a computer at home, holding priority over the seats bought at the theater. After choosing your tickets and seats, a receipt is emailed to you. This receipt holds a QR code that acts as your ticket. With that email, you enter to the back of the theater entrance through one of the sides, and the first employee you interact with scans the QR code with a camera-equipped machine. He or she tells you which side of the building

your movie is on and you’re in. From there, you have the option to visit concessions before searching for your row and seat. Each theater’s stadium seating is broken up by lettered rows and numbered seats. Once you find yours, you settle in and sit back in the king-size recliners. The movie commences. The upgrades that Regal Stonecrest underwent make it feel as though you’re laid back and watching a movie in your living room and provide just one example of how technology is truly integrating its way into our daily lives.

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5 tips to help adult kids start planning for retirement It’s a whole new world for recent college graduates entering the workforce. Their priorities have changed – now bills, rent and student loans lead their monthly list. Retirement planning ranks low as a priority for many young people in the early stages of their careers. About two-thirds of Millennials have nothing saved for retirement, according to a report by the National Institute on Retirement Security, and financial specialists say waiting to save could end up significantly delaying their retirement. This is when parents can step in and advise their young adult kids on how and why to start a retirement plan now – before too many years roll by. “Many people early in their work life figure retirement isn’t worth thinking about because it’s so far down the road, and they’ve got other

obligations,” said Mark Henry, an estate planner, investment advisor and founder/ CEO of Alloy Wealth Management. “But getting a late start is a big mistake. First of all, they’re missing out on valuable years of compounding returns. “Mom and dad are near or in retirement now and know the importance of saving as much as you can as soon as you can, especially in today’s world. They can be huge assets of knowledge and wisdom for their grown children right now. Henry offers five tips that parents can pass on to their young-adult children to help them start planning for retirement: • Don’t wait. Explain to them the importance of beginning retirement savings just as that new job starts. “While they reason that their salary is low as they start out

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and they have bills, they need to make saving a disciplined habit, starting with just a little,” Henry said. “It’s not going to be easy to start saving later; you make more money, but then you’ve got more expenses. So start the important life habit now, and it will be easier then.” • Learn the basics. Retirement planning can be a boring topic to some young people, but Henry said tying its importance to a new job that gives them a big opportunity to get ahead financially can instill pride in learning some of the retirement basics. “Young workers should at least understand the purpose of target-date funds,” Henry said. “Many plans offer these funds, which automatically adjust how a person’s money is invested based on their age and how close they are to retirement.” • Capitalize on the 401(k). Their parents’ generation profited from this. “Throw in the fact that pensions are gone for the most part – and their parents’ generation felt the brunt of this fall-off – and

the kids should pay heed to a great way to save,” Henry said. “And the percentage a company matches the 401(k) is an important consideration.” • Increase contributions over time. Financial advisors generally recommend that you save between 10 percent and 15 percent of your pay for retirement. That’s usually too high for someone in their 20s, but Henry said, “You can work toward that goal by increasing your contribution by one or two percentage points every time you get a raise.” • Stick to an honest budget. “Help them learn to budget money with three simple categories: give, save and spend,” Henry said. “With this foundation, they’ll learn how rewarding it is to set a savings goal and regularly put aside money to reach it, which is the basis for successful retirement investing.” “Parents today know the younger you are when you begin retirement investing, the more money you can have when it’s time to retire,”

Financial Advice For Gen Z: Avoid Mortgages, College Debt, Start Saving Now The oldest members of Generation Z have recently left college and entered the workforce. For some, learning how to handle their new money and expenses will be an education unto itself. They can start by learning from the money-managing mistakes of previous generations, said financial management coach Tom Graneau, author of “Pennies to Power” ( He points out that most millennials, for example, aren’t doing a great job of saving money. About two-thirds of them, according to the National Institute on

Senior program addresses how to safely select dietary supplements MONROE – The Union County Council on Aging will host a program this month focusing on how to safely select appropriate dietary supplements. Dr. Cortney Mospan and Dr. Geoffrey Mospan, clinical pharmacists at Wingate University, will discuss common dietary supplement uses and interactions with medications. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about their own dietary supplement use. Seminars will take place at the following dates, times and venues: Aug 7, 10 a.m. at Waxhaw Community Room at Atrium, 2700 Providence Road S., Waxhaw. Aug 14, 10:30 a.m. at Langford Chapel, 113 S. Johnson St., Monroe. Aug 21, 10 a.m. at Indian Trail Town Hall, 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. Aug 28, 10 a.m. at Wingate United Methodist Church, 111 Hinson St., Wingate. There is no cost and registration is not required. Call 704-292-1797 for details.

Henry said. “They need to emphasize that to their kids, and they can teach them by starting with simple concepts and building on them over time.” About Mark Henry Mark Henry is a certified estate planner and founder/ CEO of Alloy Wealth Man-

Retirement Security, have nothing saved toward retirement. As a Baby Boomer who once went bust, Graneau said his past financial challenges are a reason he wants to help educate young people now on the pitfalls of over-extending financially. The worst financial mistake Graneau believes a young adult can make – and one he made – is buying a home. “The last thing you want to do is get into home ownership; I see home ownership as the No. 1 factor leading to financial negatives in our country,” Graneau said. “You have a country where the banking system, real estate system and government tells us to buy homes, yet most can’t really afford the mortgage

agement (www.alloywealth. com). Known as “Charlotte’s Premier Wealth Coach” as a radio host on WBT News Talk 1110 AM/99.3 FM, Henry has more than 30 years of experience in business and finance. He is also an investment advisor representative.

long-term. “Most of your mortgage payment goes only to interest the first few years. What they will pay in interest over the long run is mind-boggling, and it often dwarfs any equity they have in the home.” Many millennials, however, buried in student loan debt – another thing Graneau said younger folks and families should avoid “at all costs” – are finding they can’t afford to be homeowners. Forty-five percent of millennials’ income is spent on rent before they reach the age of 30, according to a study by Rent Cafe. “That’s fine; they should rent as long as possible,” Graneau said. “You will never spend as much in rent as you will buying a house.”


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Traveling solo? Consider these four tips NEW YORK, N.Y. – Solo travel will always represent one of the largest segments of the travel market. As intrepid lone travelers hit the road this year, TravelInsurance. com recommends some special planning tips to help them travel safely. “Traveling alone can be an exciting, enlightening and personally rewarding adventure, however it's important to be extra vigilant, as traveling solo is not without its own considerations,” said Stan Sandberg, travel expert and co-founder of “While getting off the grid is part of the appeal, sharing your travel plans and checking in with someone at home on a regular basis is important. Equally important, investing in an emergency travel medical and evacuation plan may just save your life. Travel medical and emergency evacuation coverage can be inexpensive and are included in many travel insurance plans.” Here are four things solo travelers can do to minimize risks and ensure a smooth adventure, from • Purchase travel insurance. If something goes wrong on your trip, travel insurance can be almost as good as having a travel companion. Comprehensive travel insurance plans typically include trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel medical, and emergency evacuation coverages, as well as 24/7 global travel assistance. If cash or credit cards are stolen, travel insurance can help you get back on track. If you get sick or injured, a travel insurance plan's global medical assistance services can help navigate a foreign hospital system for you. A comprehensive travel insurance plan with trip cancellation coverage will typically range from 4 to 8 percent of the total trip costs. A plan with just medical and emergency evacuation can cost considerably less. By purchasing an insurance plan, it is almost as if you have someone on your side without having to argue over where to eat each night. • Let someone know where you are going and how to contact you. Designate at least one emergency contact and share your itinerary and any updates with that person. Make a general rule that you update your contact, even briefly, every time you hit an internet cafe or get decent wi-fi coverage on your phone or tablet. Better yet, publish a travel blog along the way or update all of your friends and family with frequent social media posts. But remember, keep your social media profiles private so strangers can't track you down. • Prepare with a Traveler's Checklist. The U.S. State Department has a great Traveler's Checklist which recommends travelers: get informed, get required documents, get enrolled and get insured. Registering with the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program provides travel advisory updates on your destination and gives the U.S. embassy a way to reach you. Also, keep a list of your emergency contacts handy, including U.S. embassies or consulates, hotels, and 24/7 Global Assistance phone numbers found in your travel insurance plan. Many of the U.S. embassies and consulates use social media to provide information, so that's another way to stay connected. • Memorialize the adventure. Keeping a travel journal is a great way to reflect on what you are seeing, learning and experiencing. Sharing your travel experiences can be rewarding for both you and your audience. In addition, keep all receipts and documentation for any expenses associated with the trip before and during the vacation. In the event you would need to file a travel insurance claim, receipts and other proof of loss will be needed to receive reimbursements. Visit for more information and travel tips.

Couple travels to 31 countries in nine months with toddler in tow by Paul Nielsen

CHARLOTTE – After 12 years with Red Ventures and rising to president and chief technology officer of the company, Abhishek (A.J.) Ratani decided it was time for he and his wife, Natasha Sandhir, to cross a few items off their bucket list. It turned out to be a long list. And the couple had to pack for three as they took their 2-year-old son, Aarav, along for the ride that would have them gone from their home in Charlotte for almost nine months. The first bucket list item – a cruise to Alaska – was checked off in July 2017 and the last item, at least on this first bucket list – was checked off this past April. Along the way, the family visited six continents and 31 countries and took almost 40 flights and three cruises. A.J. gave Red Ventures a two-year notice of his departure and that is when the couple started to think about what their trip would look like. “We started thinking about the trip years ago,” said A.J., who is a 2002 graduate of the University of Arkansas. “I was working at Red Ventures and things were going really well and we decided it was time for me to leave. We started talking about what we would do after I left and one of the things I always wanted to do is travel. I thought it was time to take a break and do something crazy.” So, the couple started thinking about spots they would like to visit as A.J. prepared for his departure from Red Ventures. “The first conversation we had was when I was pregnant,” Natasha said. “I thought he was bluffing. I set it aside until things became more concrete.” Things got pretty solid as A.J. entered his finals months of work. Planning on the fly Remarkably, the nuts and bolts of planning the trip didn’t start until a few months before their departure. They only planned the first part of the trip, and ended up flying by the seats of their pants for the rest of it. “We had a basic outline, but what we thought we would do and what we ended up doing was completely different,” A.J. said. “We planned the first 30 days and I booked a couple of the cruises, but everything else we planned on the fly. I was booking flights maybe three days before we took the flight. We were not stuck on a schedule. If we liked something, we could stay longer.” “We did check (lodging) inventory beforehand to see what was available,” Natasha said. “Trans-Atlantic flights and cruises are what we did try to book in advance.” But one thing that was set in stone was they would visit countries during the warmer months, which made packing a little easier. “Our strategy was we wanted to see summer basically the whole trip,” A.J. said. “We started in the Northern Hemisphere and then visited the Southern Hemisphere.” “We never saw winter, but we did see cold,” Natasha said. “China was cold. Japan was cold.” The family had just two large checked bags and some carry-on items. They only bought new clothes when needed. And of course, they had a car seat and a stroller, and one bag of toys for Aarav. The only souvenirs they bought on the trip are magnets that nearly cover the couple’s refrigerator in their Charlotte home. The family

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The family saw the great geyser explode in Geysir, Iceland. Photos courtesy of A.J. Ratani

also has around 20,000 photos and 1,000 videos from the trip. “We did not add to the suitcases,” Natasha said. “There was no shopping, and that was hard. The magnets are a memento.” Stops in Australia, India and Dubai to visit family provided a break for the couple and some downtime from the rigors of international travel. “We had fun with them,” A.J. said. Favorite Spots Spain would be one place the couple would return to for an extended visit. “The people are so nice and the people are amazing,” A.J. said. “I just love the laid-back lifestyle.” Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands and China were among the family’s top spots they visited but it was Iceland that really caught their eye. “Iceland is the best place for natural beauty,” A.J said. “We only spent five nights in Iceland, and I wish it was more. What we saw was beautiful. Iceland was unbelievable. The Galapagos Islands were amazing, especially the things we saw underwater.” But where was the best food? “The Chinese food is so different than the Chinese food here. It was unbelievable,” A.J said. “The food is nothing like you taste in the U.S.” Looking back, the couple is glad they traveled the world with their infant son. “We learned so much on this trip, and it wasn’t a piece of cake for sure, but it was so worth it,” A.J. said. “Life is short and you have to take advantage of it.” “It is so amazing to experience it with your child,” Natasha said. “It wasn’t a sprint. It was more like a marathon. We paced ourselves.” Both A.J. and Natasha said they would like to take a similar trip every five to seven years. “We actually have a list for our next trip,” A.J said. “We only did the east coast of China and there is so much more to see in China. We want to work hard for five to seven years, then take a year off to recharge our batteries.” Before the family embarks on its next trip, they have decided to provide advice to other couples thinking about traveling the world with young children with a blog on Facebook and an Instagram account. The Facebook blog is titled: The 2 Idiots Blog. During their trip, the family used the

A.J. Ratani and Natasha Sandhir carry their son in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

hashtag #2idiots1baby on their social media posts. “Many people would say we wouldn’t last and they asked if we were two idiots,” A.J. said with a laugh. “We had so many people ask us, ‘what stroller do you recommend.’ Things like that. We want to let people know you can do this with young children. So, we kept that hashtag for the blog.” “We had so many people ask us about our experience,” Natasha said. Before leaving, the couple shifted all their bills to online payments and they had neighbors check on their house and check the mail just in case something important arrived. They also had to choose a wireless carrier carefully. “T-Mobile has free data in 140 countries and that really helped,” A.J. said. “We had access the whole time, even China.” It looks like that T-Mobile plan is going to come in handy in the future.

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