SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2009
Edwards pleads not guilty
Waxhaw man accused of wife’s murder, may be tried in January BY JASON deBRUYN
Check out our breakdown of candidates from Marvin, Mineral Springs, Waxhaw, Weddington and Wesley Chapel before Tuesday’s elections. See 8
MONROE A man who police said admitted to killing his wife last year entered a not-guilty plea Monday. Dan Warren Edwards, 59, formerly of 3204 Collaroy Road in Waxhaw, was charged with first-degree murder after police said he killed his wife, Logan Drake Edwards.
Logan Edwards disappeared on Oct. 31, 2008. Her body was found in a river two weeks later. Logan Edwards was last seen Oct. 31, 2008, and had been missing for almost two weeks before
Dan Edwards, 59, of Waxhaw, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder this week. investigators found her body in the Congaree River near Santee, S.C.
Dan Edwards initially told detectives he and his wife had had an argument and she decided to drive to her family’s home in Charleston, S.C. Instead, police said, the argument Halloween night escalated and ended with Edwards killing his 54-year-old wife. Reports showed there had been a history of domestic violence in the mar-
The war of the words
Parkwood drags Marvin Ridge out of first place in the SCC with a 21-20 upset. See 19
riage and police said at the time that Edwards admitted killing her. Edwards appeared in court Monday wearing a yellow shirt and khaki pants. His attorney, Richard Culler, told Superior Court Judge David Lee that “there are additional discovery issues” and
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Which jobs will grow? Bureau of Labor Statistics to offer new projections
By David Sentendrey
Warriors and Warbirds Air Show, and 1940s hangar dance are back. See 17
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Marvin Ridge freshman Mitchell Nally rehearses his lines and choreography from the children’s book “Nate the Great,” in preparation for his presentation in the storytelling competition Saturday at Marvin Ridge High School’s second tournament.
Three-year-old MRHS debate team makes its mark BY TIFFANY LANE
After she was laid off in 2008, freshly minted MBA Patty Hamilton began volunteering to keep her skills sharp. See 18
No, it’s not Joe, but a plumber offers lessons for local politics. See 4
MARVIN Marvin Ridge senior Brendan Nally was in over his head the first year he joined the speech and debate team. “I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he said. “I was blown away by how many people in the state are fantastic speakers.” This is Nally’s third year on the team and the second year his school
Gun range neighbors open fire BY JASON deBRUYN
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WESLEY CHAPEL Union County’s prosecutor decided this week that a much-challenged gun owner is legally allowed to own and use all his weapons, disappointing neighbors who asked for an investigation. A group of Wesley Chapel residents, “Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods,” asked District Attorney John Snyder to investigate the legal ownership of weapons, especially the automatic weapons, Michael Land fires on a gun range near the Stonegate neighborhood.
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hosted a tournament — The Maverick Invitational on Saturday. Nally said he is far more prepared this time around. Event coordinator Julie Gersfeld expected about 150 students to attend. Ten schools are involved, but Marvin Ridge had the largest contingent, with around 35 competitors and another 15 helping out. Marvin Ridge is the only Union County school
represented in the tournament. Other competitors came from Calvary Baptist Day School, Cary Academy, Charlotte Latin, Chase High, Harding University High, Hopewell High, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg High and Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. “We’re just trying to grow the program,” said Gersfeld, who started it three years ago. The push for the program came
from a freshman whose friends were involved in something similar at Myers Park High School in Charlotte. Since then, coaches from outside Union County have helped Marvin Ridge get going, offering time and advice for various tournaments. The Marvin Ridge team began with about a dozen members the first
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No money for roof Museum of the Waxhaws seeks donor BY ELISABETH ARRIERO
firstname.lastname@example.org WAXHAW Rainstorms and persistent leaks are threatening exhibits, but The Museum of the WaxEd Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange haws can’t afford a new The Museum of the Waxhaws has patched its leaking roof, but roof. Roof leaks at the Mu- the museum director says a new roof, which will cost between seum of the Waxhaws $35,000 and $80,000, is needed to protect the exhibits. have been getting worse over the last year, to the keep it at the right temshe said. point where museum Murrer added that perature,” she said. “And director Sharon Murrer museums try to keep the structurally it can’t be has had to set up several rooms at a constant tem- that good if it’s leaking buckets inside. perature and humidity so badly.” “Carpets are buckling Estimates for a new to protect artifacts. in some areas and in the “When you start get- roof range from $35,000 gift shops, the covers of ting leaking problems some of the books are like that, it’s hard to MUSEUM / 15 getting water damage,”
News Correspondent WAXHAW With an economy in shambles, the United States Department of Labor will be revising 20082018 employment projections, set for release on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. Inside The Bureau of Union Labor Stacompanies tistics is rethat have s p o n s i bl e received for projecwork force tions that training predict argrants. eas of job See 16 growth in
10-year increments, as well as changes in the job market. The last set of projections, which were released in 2006 and offered the BLS’s snapshot of the 2016 job market, projected an increase of 15.6 million jobs. BLS officials said they cannot comment about the new projections, which will factor in the post-recession landscape. On Oct. 2, the agency’s statisticians reported that “since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 7.6 million to 15.1 million, and the unemployment rate has doubled to 9.8 percent.” South Piedmont Community College’s Director of Human Resource Development, Linda Kappauf, has projections of her own after dealing with the unemployed on a daily basis. Kappauf helps run a set of free human resource development classes at SPCC available to anyone unemployed or underemployed. The classes count as a continuing education credit. Over the past year, Kappauf and SPCC have seen a dramatic drop in employment in Union County.
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UCPS surveys students’ drug, alcohol use Schools release Red Ribbon Week data; average child had first alcoholic beverage at age 12 BY TIFFANY LANE
Drug use in Union County
MONROE Forget 21; the average child in Union County has had his first drink of alcohol before the age of 13. There are other signs that addictive behaviors are increasing in this year’s drug and school safety report, which surveyed 3,000 middle and high school students. Alcohol is the drug of choice for local students, Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator Denise Cavoly said, but marijuana and prescription drug use are also rising. Union County Public Schools spent Monday through Friday celebrating Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program. A one-week anti-drug campaign isn’t that effective on its own, Cavoly said, but can have a long-term impact when problems are addressed throughout the year. This year, for example,
There are about 19,000 middle and high school students in UCPS; 3,000 were surveyed for the 2009 UCPS drug and school safety report. Of those surveyed, sixth-, eighth-, ninth-, 11thand 12th-graders were represented. Because of the caffeine they contain, energy drinks are considered drugs, even though they are legal, Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator Denise Cavoly said. It is the amount and speed at which people drink energy drinks that can make them dangerous, she said. In the past 30 days: 42.8 percent of high schoolers drank at least one energy drink 30 percent of middle schoolers drank at least one energy drink 15.3 percent of all students drank alcohol 15 percent of all students used some kind of tobacco product; 11.6 percent smoked cigarettes 7.6 percent of all students used marijuana 5.9 percent of all students took pain pills
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Sun Valley High School students planted red tulip bulbs and pansies during Red Ribbon Week. From left are Igor Popowich, Kayla Theriault (background), Liz Keech, horticulture teacher Amanda Price, and Derrick Streater. schools are attempting to send the “consistent message” of drugs’ harm-
ful effects by integrating campaign lessons across the curriculum, she said.
Drama classes might write and perform plays about the physical and emotional disadvantages of drugs, while social studies classes focus on
the social norms. Each day across the nation, Cavoly said, 7,800 children ages 12 to 17 take their first drink of alcohol. In a sample of Union County middle and high school students, 15.3 percent of them drank alcohol in the past 30 days, up from 14.2 percent in 2006. The average student has had alcohol a few months after his 12th birthday. Another 7.6 percent used
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marijuana, also up from 6.2 percent in 2006. Cavoly pointed out that drug use might stem from other “poor choices” that students make. The first national Red Ribbon Week was held in 1988. Red Ribbon Week tries to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs. Fewer schools planted red tulips this year because of budget cuts.
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Coach battles on, despite aggressive cancer Parkwood High School honors PMS football Coach Danny Shelton during Friday’s victory By David Sentendrey
News Correspondent WAXHAW Parkwood’s huge upset against the Marvin Ridge High School football team was made even sweeter by a special guest – an honorary coach — on the sidelines Friday. Danny Shelton, a 32-year-old Waxhaw resident, is the head coach of the fourth and fifth grade Parkwood Middle School football team. Shelton was diagnosed with non-small cell stagefour lung cancer on Sept. 4. Doctors told Shelton that the average life expectancy from the time of his diagnosis is one year without treatment and two years with treatment. “Of course that blew me away,” Shelton said. “But we’re optimistic
that we’re going to be able to fight this, ‘cause of course, you know everything that they’re basing this off of is older people – and I’m only 32-years old.” The aggressive cancer has yet to keep him away from football. “I can’t express enough how much fun [coaching] is for me,” Shelton said. “Especially with these young boys, to get out there and coach them and teach them what’s going on and just seeing the light in their eyes when they do well – and just all the things that go along with coaching.” Shelton attended high schools in Greenville, S.C., Wilmington and Austin, Ala. Moving frequently, football remained constant in his life as he played linebacker, run-
ning back and even longsnapper. Shelton and his wife, Maranda, and their three children, Dakota, 11, Devlin, 9, and Cheyenne, 7, moved to Waxhaw two years ago when Shelton took a job with the Public Works office in Union County. “Waxhaw reminded us a lot of where we moved from,” Shelton said. “And the people in this area, they reminded us a lot of the people back home and we really enjoy being around the people and the community of the Parkwood area.” Shelton has the opportunity to coach his oldest, Dakota, as the quarterback and running back for Parkwood Middle. After undergoing two rounds of chemotherapy, Shelton says he has been
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blessed not to be physically beaten down to the point where he cannot coach – something that the Parkwood community has appreciated and supported. “Parkwood has been real supportive,” Shelton said. “A lot of programs want to kind of treat you like an invalid and want to shy away from letting you do things and this and that, but they let me stay coaching.” Parkwood High head coach Nelson Rowell and middle school booster club commissioner Rick Eason recently approached Shelton with the idea of becoming an honorary high school football coach.
“I guess it was their way of saying thanks, I guess for coaching and staying with it,” Shelton said. “Even though I’m sick, I hate to feel like somebody is moping over me or something, I’m not that type of person, but like I said, the support and everything that we’ve gotten from the football booster club and the whole Waxhaw family has just been really, really, really good.” “The doctors and the people at my oncology group, they keep telling me things are going to get worse and that eventually I’m going to get tired. I’ve been to work and still coach and do everything
throughout this. They still talk about how I’m going to hurt and I’m still going to get down – but I’m trying to be as optimistic as I can for my kids and for everyone else around that I’m not going to get that way.” Shelton will receive further testing this November to see how the chemotherapy has worked. For now, Shelton and his family encourage people to check out his Web site (www.caringbridge.org/ visit/danielshelton) to stay updated with his progress and treatment. “Hopefully next year I’ll be out there with the sixth grade team,” Shelton said.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The Waxhaw Exchange
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t starts out no bigger than a little, skinny hair,” David Jordan said to me. “Just a small root.” Mr, Jordan and I were standing in my front yard, gravely contemplating the hole where my azalea bushes had been two hours before and the 4-foot length of sewer pipe that had just been chopped out of the line. Mr. Jordan, who is my plumber (and a damn good one), was explaining the origins of my $850 plumbing problem, which manifested when clods of dirt showed up in my bathtub while I was draining my washing machine. The problem is that water and sewer lines are, obviously, like a standing buffet for trees, and trees are persistent. A tiny, micro-hair of a root finds the smallest crack in a joint. Attracted and nourished by the water, the rootlet grows and splits and sprawls, picking up debris in the line until it has created such a snarl that a good flush (or drain of the washing machine) backs up your whole system. And, as Mr. Jordan would say, there’s your trouble. It’s not elegant, but it’s kind of fascinating. And, speaking of insidious logjams, we’re about to elect new mayors, commissioners and council members from Marshville to Marvin this week. I had the honor of moderating a candidates’ forum hosted by the Marvin Ridge High School PTSO last week. It was particularly interesting because audience members were invited to submit questions after I asked the excellent ones posed by the MRHS Debate Club. The audience questions ranged from the benign (“What distinguishes you from the other candidates?”) to the razor-tipped (“Are any of the candidates running for Council developing subdivisions inside Marvin, or working for companies that are? If so, do you consider this a conflict of interest?”). In fact, two of the candidates — Robert Epps and Richard Keagy — fielded a series of sharp questions. Mr. Epps, who developed the Elysian Fields subdivision, was queried about a zoning battle with the Planning Board. Mr. Keagy, a civil engineer who was hired as a consultant for Longview South, argues that his experience will help the village as it rewrites its land use plan, perhaps adding small sections of retail. One mistake is assuming that it’s the developer and engineer that pose the primary danger. Voters should think long and hard about whether they prefer
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someone with a professional expertise in development and how developers think and work, or someone who is untainted by any prodevelopment sympathies, but has less insight. Most of the candidates voiced some degree of interest in light retail, and it’s a sure bet that Marvin will be redrafting its land use plan in the next year. Wouldn’t it be nice, Mr. Epps said, to be able to ride bikes with your kids around the Marvin loop, maybe go get an ice cream cone or a haircut? There were nods up and down the table, and throughout the audience. This is the other mistake: Thinking that “redrafting the land use plan” will be anything but a knock-down, drag-out fight, for all that it comes topped with a scoop of mint chocolate chip. There are at least a few village residents who see the ice cream shops and hair salons that Mr. Epps evoked as the questing rootlet that presages an expensive, messy and mystifying correction further down the road. It’s a legitimate concern. It carries weight because it’s voiced by residents who have engaged in tireless fights with strip mall and megastore developers since Marvin was chartered 15 years ago. Their vigilance is why Marvin has horse farms instead of high-end retail clutter, and their absolute opposition to commercial zoning makes a certain kind of sense. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible to draft land use rules that are specific enough to keep out a biker bar while allowing a corner coffee house, or permit a book store but ban a head shop. I would say that there’s a trade-off, and it requires wise, cautious leadership. And maybe a plumber. — Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at 704-261-2223 or email@example.com.
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The right call
Last week’s decision by the Waxhaw board of commissioners to reject the development of the proposed Historic Ventures by developer Bransen Patch was the right one for Waxhaw. Not only was it noncompliant with Waxhaw’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), but the resulting uncontrolled traffic would have undermined efforts firmly underway to revitalize Main Street and preserve Waxhaw’s historic character through the town’s approved 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the recently awarded Small Town Main Street grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. While more than 20 engaged citizens registered to speak in opposition of the proposal, the carefully researched presentations of two in particular stand out. They are Erin Kirkpatrick and Brett Diller, both candidates for Waxhaw’s board of commissioners. Among the facts presented by Ms. Kirkpatrick is that the scale of the project, which included up to 94 multifamily residential units that stood three-stories high, was inconsistent with both the guidelines of the Comprehensive Plan and UDO. Those cap multi-family structure density at twelve and eight units per acre, respectively. This project would have exceeded those restrictions by nearly three times the allowable density. Mr. Diller, a longtime resident, put the project in perspective graphically. He pointed out that its size was 56 percent that of Stonecrest Shopping Center on 22 percent of the property. In regard to impact on traffic, he noted that Stonecrest is
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bordered by Rea Road, Ballantyne Commons, and Route 485, whereas Historic Ventures would have been bordered by Broome Street and residential side streets. Erin Kirkpatrick and Brett Diller clearly understand the difference between smart development and opportunistic development. They possess the passion and vision to imagine Waxhaw’s potential as a vibrant, forward-moving community as well as the intellect, stamina and skills to accomplish that while making sure the town retains its historic nature. They deserve a chance to put their ideas and energy to work. Susan Messina Waxhaw
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In response to a letter from Weddington resident Walter Staton: Perhaps Mr. Staton should follow his own advice and do a little research himself. I am, in fact, running for re-election. It is true I was appointed to fill the unexpired term of a previous council member. But that same year, an election was held in which I ran unopposed. Thus I am currently seeking my second full term in office. My source of inspiration is our past – what brought
us here, what we love about Weddington. That does not mean clinging to the past; clinging means complacency which is why we now find our town severed by seas of asphalt. Now, more than ever, is the time to take control of what happens to us and around us. Focusing on what’s behind us will blind us to what’s ahead of us. So I want to look forward and plan for the future. That is why I am running for re-election – yes, reelection. My years of service is such a simplistic fact of record – how could Mr. Staton have gotten it wrong? If he can’t be trusted with this most basic information, how can we trust him with significantly more complicated matters like transportation and budget issues? And this is my opponent’s most trusted and closest advisor?! Enough said. L.A. Smith Weddington Editor’s note: Ms. Smith is running for Weddington Town Council in District 1.
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Making his case
Once every two years you have the opportunity to vote for the mayoral candidate that you feel will best serve your interests in matters considered by the Weddington Town Council. I would like to quickly share with you my interests as a resident of Weddington and as a candidate for mayor. My primary interest is to keep Weddington a safe and peaceful residential community. I believe most of us moved to Weddington because these neighborhoods provide a great place to live our lives and raise our families. Residential community towns such as Weddington are becoming scarce. I am interested in making sure that our fire stations and our emergency services have what they need to properly serve our families when we need help. I am interested
in keeping the roads within Weddington safe. I am interested in keeping taxes low. Tax dollars should be spent on goods and services that benefit all taxpayers. I would also like to tell you what I
am not interested in. I am not interested in expanding commercial growth in Weddington. I am happy using the existing commercial base of the greater Charlotte area. I am not interested in tell-
ing you where you should shop. The idea that shopping in Weddington, as opposed to any other place in Union County, somehow helps you as a taxpayer is a myth. You should determine how
retailers earn your business. I am not interested in taking your tax dollars and deciding what charities you ought to give to with these dollars. I am not interested in a town park in Weddington. Our town cannot support the costs of a park without increased tax revenues from homeowners or without a larger commercial tax base. I am not interested in a public walking trail system. I do not want a public walking trail next to my property and I would not ask any of my fellow residents to allow one next to their property. If your interests are similar to my interests, then please vote for Walker Davidson for Mayor of Weddington. I strongly encourage you to vote because voter participation rates in previous Weddington elections have been very low. The current mayor won in 2007 with just 841 votes. There are current-
ly over 7,000 registered voters in Weddington. Elections matter! For more information on my campaign, please send an e-mail to: walkerdavidsonformayor@carolina. rr.com Thank you Walker Davidson Weddington
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Three months later, settled into new schools Reassigned students say life in middle and high schools has changed little, despite moves Editor’s note: This is part three in a five-part series about how school reassignment affects students. BY TIFFANY LANE
email@example.com MONROE Six students said the school year was off to a good start last month when they summed up first impressions of their new schools. All six are affected by reassignments from Union County Public Schools to fill new schools and relieve overcrowded ones. Poplin Elementary, Cuthbertson middle and high opened in August. Last month, students said they still spend time with their old friends, but have made new ones as well. Some were already involved in clubs and sports; others were waiting for tryouts. Sixth graders said they were enjoying the freedom of middle school. Some had pinpointed their least favorite subjects (and have since changed their minds), and a couple were steering clear of cafeteria food.
6th grade, reassigned from Rocky River Elementary and the Sun Valley school cluster to Monroe Middle Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yeah. ... There are a lot of people like me that act like me. I feel comfortable at the school.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “The personalities, yeah. ... You’re in middle school; you feel like they’re grown and more mature.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “It’s a little challenging ‘cause I’m in all AIG classes. ... It’s different work and a little bit more frustrating and more homework. I don’t understand as much as last year. Last year, I’d have homework every other day. This year, it’s every day (and) a lot more reading.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “Draw in my little design book, ... talk to my
Ashley Dixon has transferred from the Sun Valley cluster to Monroe Middle School.
Teal Brooks the moved to Porter Ridge middle, the second time he has been reassigned.
friends on the phone. And I like going outside on my bike.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “No. ... I’m still working on trying to get into band. I know next year I’m going to sign up for it. ... I got understudy (in a play).” Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Probably social studies because we do a lot of cool projects. ... That and gym. ... We have a lot of fun there.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Math ‘cause I just feel like it’s too complicated. I’m in AIG math and I feel like I should know it, but I don’t. It’s a little more challenging.”
6th grade, reassigned from the Piedmont cluster to Porter Ridge Middle Note: Teal lives closer to Hemby Bridge Elementary, but attended Fairview Elementary due to a previous reassignment. Fairview is a split feeder to Porter Ridge and Piedmont middle schools. Teal will go to Porter Ridge Middle, which is closer to where he lives and the school that most of his neighborhood’s students attend. Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yeah.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “A little bit. Some of them are more mature than they used to be.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy?
Jessica Sheehan moved from Sun Valley Middle to Monroe Middle for sixth grade.
Lamar Patton moved from Sun Valley Middle to Monroe High School this week.
A: “It’s kind of in between ‘cause some of the tests are kind of hard and some of them are fairly easy.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “I usually play baseball and play with my friends. We usually play football in the yard.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “Not really.” Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Science. That’s the thing I’m most best at and it’s my favorite subject.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Spanish. We didn’t learn a lot of Spanish at our old school and it’s really hard to understand what the teacher is saying.”
6th grade, reassigned from Sun Valley Middle to Monroe Middle Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yes, I do.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “Not really. Most of them act the same and look the same.” Q: Is your school
Kayla Taylor was reassigned from the Marvin Ridge cluster to Cuthbertson High School.
Amanda Sica will spend her junior and senior years at Cuthbertson High School.
work challenging, or is it easy? A: “It’s easy.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “I hang out with friends.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “No. Cheerleading hasn’t started yet.” Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Gym to hang out with my friends.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Computer (class). You have to look at the computer and you can’t look at the keyboard.”
9th grade, reassigned from the Sun Valley cluster to Monroe High Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yeah, I do.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “Not really ‘cause some of them from Sun Valley are at Monroe.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “Kind of still the same. The work doesn’t seem difficult, but it doesn’t seem easy.”
9th grade, reassigned from Marvin Ridge cluster to Cuthbertson High Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yes, I do. ... There’s a lot of different types of people. ... I think everyone feels welcome at that school.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “No, I don’t think so. I think they’re the same because I’m not going to change my personality just to make friends.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “Some classes, it could be easy, and then other classes, they just give us a lot of work. And plus I had volleyball on top of it, but now that the season is over I think it’ll be easier.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “Now that volleyball is over, I’ll be focusing on my studies and spending time with friends.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “Sports wise, I don’t think it was. For volley-
11th grade, reassigned from Weddington High to Cuthbertson High Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yeah, definitely.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “Not really. It’s all the same personalities.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “This semester it’s pretty easy for me, but I think next semester it’ll be harder. My classes are just harder. I have more core classes.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “I have softball conditioning. ... I’ll go to the soccer games or football games.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “Not really. It’s actually ... easier because everything is new and you can pretty much sign up what you want.” Sica is involved in SADD, photography club, spirit club and the superintendent’s student advisory council. Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Probably friends.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Tests.” — Tiffany Lane can be reached at 704-261-2229.
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Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “I’m usually either at football practice or the house trying to relax.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “Not really because I just told my mom (about football) in the beginning and she helped me sign up for it.” Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: ”Football practice ‘cause it’s fun.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Math.”
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Marvin Mayor Joe Barbara
Age: 39 Birthplace: Corning, NY Education: B.A. Political Science/International Relations – North Carolina State
University, 1993 Occupation: Southeast Region Manager, Nestlé Waters North America Years in Union County: 4 ½ Party affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: None Civic activity: Active in Bridle Path Estates HOA, National Rifle Association (Lifetime Member), Member of American Culinary Federation (Charlotte Chapter), Parishioner at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church. Spouse/children: Wife, Jennifer, and son Benjamin (3) 1. Why are you seeking office? To bring much needed vision and focus to what should be the Village’s top priorities, which include sound fiscal management, increased safety, smart growth/development that generates revenue, and revise certain ordinances that infringe upon individual property rights. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? Marvin needs to get its financial priorities straight so we can afford initiatives like more deputies. Safety is the #1 concern among Marvin neighborhood HOA representatives at all of the Marvin Safety meetings this year. Marvin has only 1 deputy sheriff for more 4000 citizens. The national average ratio of citizens to police officers is 2.3 officers per thousand. I’m not implying we need 4 in Marvin at this time, but we need at least 2-3 full-time. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? I am the only Marvin candidate for Mayor or Council combined that believes the Marvin tax rate is too high for what we get as taxpayers. Marvin is an incorporated municipality within Union County, and that comes at a cost, but not at $.05 per $100 of property. By comparison to our neighbor villages and towns in Union County for what services are offered, Marvin has the highest tax rate according to 2008-2009 Union County tax rates. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? I believe can do much more for our citizens with wise fiscal management, and planning. One is to add more law enforcement, and secondly, to add a recreation area or park as well, that could be integrated with commercial development. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Marvin is a breath of fresh air, beautiful and picturesque. It’s a wonderful place to raise children. My family love calling Marvin home.
John Ciaramella Jr.
Age: 41 Birthplace: Staten Island, NY Education: CUNY - Hunter College Occupation: Partner – Deloitte Consulting Years in Union County: 10 Party affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: 2002 – 2004 Canterfield Creek HOA; 2003 – 2007 Councilman Village of Marvin; 2006 – 2007 Mayor Pro-Tem Village of Marvin 2007 – 2009 Mayor Village of Marvin Spouse/children: Wife, Kelly, and children Bailey (14), Caitlin (12) and JC (10) 1. Why are you seeking office? In my 6 years of service to the Village of Marvin we have accomplished a great deal including: Revised Marvin Zoning ordinances to promote Marvin’s rural and equestrian heritage; Hired a Union County Deputy Sheriff dedicated to the Village of Marvin; Created several miles
of Greenways and Trails that will eventually connect most of Marvin; Reduced Marvin Taxes While these are significant accomplishments that I am very proud to have participated in or lead, there is still work to be done. I am running for re-election because I love the Village of Marvin and believe our best years are still ahead of us. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? Marvin does not have one, single issue that will define our future, but rather a series of concerns that the council needs to focus on. Marvin needs to continue to improving the quality of life for our residents. Over the past several years Marvin has accomplished a great deal and improved the quality of life for our residents. However, there is still work that needs to be accomplished in areas including ordinances updates, continued progress of parks and greenways, and enhancing a sense of community with our residents and surrounding neighbors. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Our municipal tax rate of .05 cents is adequate and does not need to be raised. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? I feel the services Marvin currently provides are sufficient and we need to keep government small. We should not overburden or intrude on our residents private lives by forcing unnecessary services on them. Marvin should look to provide additional items such as parks and greenways in a fiscally responsible manner. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Marvin is a wonderful place to live with a rich rural and equestrian heritage providing a friendly atmosphere with active citizens both young and old.
Marvin Village Council
Age: 21 Birthplace: New Jersey Education: Communication Studies Major at University of North Carolina
at Charlotte Occupation: Sales AssociateCharlotte Lighting & Interiors Years in Union County: 7 Party affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Elected Precinct 28Y&Z ViceChairman for Republican Party Civic activity: Marvin Planning Board, Marvin Annexation Study Group, Marvin Bike Lane Study Group, Weddington Chase Landscape Committee, Library Association of Waxhaw, Friends of UC Public Libraries, Greenway Trail building, National Night Out, Sandy Ridge Book & Toy Drive Spouse/children: Single 1. Why are you seeking office? I have always wanted to serve my community and my fellow citizens. I currently serve on various advisory boards for the village; but on those boards you can only do so much for village residents. Marvin is still growing, and we need leaders who recognize the diverse population we have in our village. I am proud to say that if elected, I will have no conflicts of interest or any business dealings with the village. I have never had to recuse myself and I never will. I am not running for myself or my personal business interests. I am running for the citizens of our village. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I would propose a Code of Ethics/ Conduct Policy for all board members of the village that would include business and financial disclosure statements. While on the Planning Board, I served on a sub-committee that drafted an Ethics/Conduct
Policy in October 2008. When presented to the Village Council, the initiative was not supported. My number one issue is making Marvin more transparent, and this type of policy would assure that everyone representing the citizens is doing so for the right reasons, not because of personal or business interests. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? The $.05 tax rate in Marvin is higher than several other municipalities in Union County. For Marvin, I believe that the $.05 tax rate is adequate and sufficient. I absolutely will not raise taxes if elected. We need something to show for our tax dollars, such as a park for recreation. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? For the size of Marvin, I believe our services are sufficient. I would like to explore adding an additional Sheriff Deputy. I believe that Marvin does not need additional services as much as we need amenities, such as a park and a community center where the residents can gather. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Our population is made up of the long-time residents and newer residents in subdivisions. Their needs are different and it is important that we have a council that recognizes those needs and addresses them.
Age: 43 Birthplace: California Education: University of New Hampshire, Business Degree Occupation:
Builder Years in Union County: 10 Previous elected offices: None listed Civic activity: None listed Spouse/children: Wife, Marisa, and daughters Helaina (9) and Illeana (6) 1. Why are you seeking office? I am running for Marvin Council for my children, your children and our families. Our decisions as families and as a Village will always be easiest to make, when we keep our core values in front of us at all times. Not politics. Every decision should be prefaced with “What does this mean for our children and their future.” I also feel that too often in our Village, only a small group of people dictate policy. There needs to be a balance on Council. This will ensure better representation of all residents. I feel that I will help to provide that balance. I want all voices to be heard. I want our children to be represented. I want the democratic process to thrive in Marvin. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? If I could make any reform in Marvin, but was limited to only one, it would be one that gives Marvin Residents the power to remove a Council member who is not serving Marvin in the way that we deserve. This would ensure that every decision is made with Marvin’s best interest in mind. Any Council person that acts improperly or selfishly could be removed. Right now there is no way to remove a Council member. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Our tax rate is fair for a municipality our size. We have a terrific Village Staff and Sheriff Deputy that just needs our support to stretch our tax dollars. Volunteerism is a great way to help. Making yourself heard at meetings is another. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Police Protection is the only service that I feel needs improved right now. I recently showed the Village how we could have another Sheriff Deputy. I found a way to save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next several years. $100,000 this year alone. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Our Village is a great place to live because of our residents. We are diverse, energetic and giving.
We just need to keep working together to achieve our goals.
Age: 40 Birthplace: Youngstown, OH Education: BS Civil Engineering; University of Akron Occupation: Vice President of Civil Engineering for the East Coast; Stantec Consulting Services Years in Union County: 3 years in Marvin Party affiliation: Democrat Previous elected offices: City of Charlotte Storm Water Advisory Committee Civic activity: Professional Engineer in North and South Carolina, 2001 Young Engineer of the Year - NC National Society of Professional Engineers, 20012004 Professional Engineers of NC South Piedmont Chapter President, Leadership Charlotte Class of 24 - 2003, 2002-2005 Charlotte Storm Water Advisory Committee - Mayor’s appointtee, 2004-2006 Charlotte Storm Water Quality Ordinance Stake Holders Committee, 2007 Charlotte Mayor’s International Community Awards Recipient, Adopt a stream - Little Sugar Creek 2000-present, 2000-2005 Mathcounts director for PENC, 2009 Breast Cancer walk, Classroom Central Volunteer - 2009, Marvin Elementary Beautification Committee - 2009, Steele Creek YMCA Board of Directors 2007- 2009, 2008, 2009 YMCA Community Outreach Fundraising Chair Steele Creek YMCA Spouse/children: Wife, Christie and three daughters (2, 5 and 7) 1. Why are you seeking office? I am pursuing the seat on Marvin Council because I love the Village we live in and I want to make it an even more special place. I believe my background with land use, engineering, and overall business strategies will be a valuable attribute to the Village citizens and to the council. For over 15 years, I have been working with communities throughout the United States on land use issues. Working with both communities and private clients, I have learned and come to appreciate the many ways a community can develop over time; both good and bad. If elected, I would use this knowledge yet act ethically and ensure any client connections are not a conflict with any decision made in regard to the Village of Marvin business. Through my years of engineering experience, I have worked on and managed projects that included community development, storm drainage, water, sewer, and transportation engineering. I believe this experience would be a positive asset to the Village of Marvin. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? There are many current policies and ordinances in place that are creating inefficiencies within the Villages day to day operations. Having worked with the Village staff for many years as a consultant, I am aware of many of those inefficiencies. These areas of uncertainty are regularly questioned by the council, planning board and those that try to do business with the Village. If elected, I will work with staff and council to ensure the Village has efficient operating policies and practices to keep taxes as low as possible and ensure the staff is focused on progressing the Village to a positive future. This will also reduce the amount of money spent on attorneys when issues arise due to the areas of uncertainty in ordinances. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Although Marvin is somewhat of a small community, it has one of the highest tax rates among the other towns in Union County and other areas around Charlotte. If elected, I will ensure the staff is accountable to ensure fiscal responsibility and the policies that are creating excess spending are changed in a short period of time. Excess spending on attorneys, outside consul-
tants and other cost that aren’t necessary should be stopped. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? I believe that he public services are adequate in the Villlage. I do believe that another deputy may be necessary on a full or part time basis as the Village grows and as budget allows. I do not believe trash service or other similar services should be provided that are provided in other large cities. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. The Village of Marvin is a diverse population of both folks that have lived here for a long time as well as those that are new comers. The citizens are well educated and are very passionate about their town and have a lot of pride in the areas heritage.
Age: 47 Birthplace: Gainesville, Georgia Education: BS in Business Administration and ProfessionalCertification from UCLA Graduate Business Program Occupation: Sr. HR Partner, IBM Corporation - Global Business Services, 23 years. Years in Union County: 11+ years Party affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Marvin Village Council (4 yrs), Marvin Board of Adjustments (2 yrs), HOA Board & President (8 yrs), Various Civic and NonProfit Boards. Civic activity: Board of Directors - Child Care Center (4 yrs), Former President for a Union County Non-Profit org (6 yrs), Active volunteer in Union County 4-H Club (8 yrs). Spouse/children: Daughter, Amanda, age 17, Senior at Marvin Ridge High School 1. Why are you seeking office? I am passionate about keeping the Marvin community a special place to live. My vision for the Village is to preserve our rural heritage and to protect our unique charm by only promoting development (residential & commercial) that will enhance our quality of life, to be fiscally responsible with tax payers dollars and to ensure that all current and future Marvin citizens have a voice in how we grow as a community. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what reform, change or ordinance would you propose? More community outreach so that our citizens will know they have a voice in their local government. I would like the Council to consider forming a Community Involvement Board, similar to our other boards, that’s sole purpose is to strengthen the lines of communication between Council and residents. I believe there are many residents in our community that would welcome and appreciate the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on building a better community. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? I believe the current tax rate of 5 cents per $100 valuation is appropriate given our size and the level of services provided. I do not support a tax increase. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Yes, at this time I do feel the services provided to our residents is sufficient. As we continue to grow as a community or in the event crime increases, I would support hiring additional deputies. I am not in favor of adding more services if it results in higher taxes or creates conflict with what the majority of residents want in the way of services. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Marvin is a special place with beautiful open spaces, scenic vistas, quality development, great schools and a wealth of residents who volunteer their time.
Age: 59 Birthplace: Philadelphia, Penn. Education: B.S., Penn State; MBA, La Sale University
Occupation: Retired Years in Union County: 8 Years Party affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Marvin Planning Board Civic activity: Member of Weddington Chase HOA Spouse/children: Barbara and an adult son 1. Why are you seeking office? My wife Barbara and I moved to Marvin 8 years ago because we liked the rural feel of the Village. As Chairman of the Planning Board, I believe in protecting our heritage. I want to contribute my time and energy to make Marvin a great place to live. We need a council that is in touch with our citizens’ needs. I understand the issues of all our citizens. I am happy to say I have visited over 1000 homes, received over 500 hits on my web page and communicated by phone and email to our citizens. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? We must demand accountability for our tax dollars; therefore, the Council must be made accountable for how our tax revenue is spent and the few assets that the Village of Marvin has to date. Marvin was established in 1994, and our village still does not have a Village Hall or park even though our taxes are higher than most towns our size in Union County. It has taken too long for leadership to corral support on these issues and provide residents with substantial assets for their tax dollars. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? I believe the current tax rate of 5 cents per $100 valuation is appropriate and that the Village can provide services to our residents without having to raise taxes. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Many residences have expressed concerns about safety issues in the village. I believe we need to assure that we have enough Deputies to stay ahead of any increase in crime that may occur. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Marvin is a suburb of Charlotte. Our village has been a quiet community rich with agriculture and horse farms since the 1800s.
Mineral Springs Mayor Rick Becker
Age: 55 Birthplace: Union County, N.J. Education: BS Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Occupation: Self-employed specialty woodworker Years in Union County: 22 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Mineral Springs Mayor, 1999-present Civic activity: None listed Spouse/children: None 1. Why are you seeking office? When I first ran for office in 1999, it was in response to the horrible overdevelopment that was already taking place in the county around us; I believed that our community should become a town so that residents could have some say on important issues. Now, I am running again to continue to serve Mineral Springs, where our town council and staff operate at an extraordinary level of professionalism. Contrary to
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Guide Continued from 8 false claims made by another candidate, our town council is extremely well-informed, and “stretches” a taxpayer dollar further than probably any governing board in the area, through careful oversight and attention to detail. It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated public servants. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? Such an issue would have to be a big one, with several parts. I wish the council could, in a single vote, have Union County deliver water and sewer service to our downtown and have the downtown property owners all simultaneously redevelop our business district into a Main-Street-based town center with storefronts, mixed uses, and activities for everybody; I wish that vote could include sidewalks extending at least one mile in every direction from the town center so that many of our families could walk or bike to their downtown, and that it could include the completion of our network of greenway trails to connect all the further-out neighborhoods to each other and to the town center. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? I believe in keeping the tax rate as low as possible; the current 2.5-cent rate has been sufficient to fund all town operations - including purchase and renovation of our town hall without debt and I would encourgage council to keep it that way. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Yes. According to resident surveys, only one in five residents would be willing to pay more taxes for additional services, and council and I are very responsive to such resident input. The Parkwood dropoff point is convenient for those who don’t purchase trash pickup, and the Sheriff’s Office provides an excellent level of police protection. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Mineral Springs is a true rural community, with a diverse population, a wide variety of housing choices, and a unique commitment to conservation of our natural heritage.
Mineral Springs Council Editor’s note: Mineral Springs Council candidate Jerry Countryman did not return his survey in time to be included in the voters’ guide.
Age: 62 Birthplace: Monroe Education: Associate Degree Central Piedmont Community College 1972; Attended NC State University School of Forestry - 1965; Graduate Basic Law Enforcement Training – CPCC- 1976; Stanly County Community College-1982; U. S. Army Signal Corps 1968-1970/ US Army Reserve 1970-1974; graduate, Parkwood High School – 1965 Occupation: Small Business Owner-1994-present; Southern Bell/BellSouth Telecommunication- 1972-1995 Years in Union County: 62 years (two years out of the country in military service) Political affiliation: Unaffiliated/Independent Previous elected offices: None Civic activity: None listed Spouse/children: None 1. Why are you seeking office? I am a candidate because Mayor Becker and his group continue to intimidate, demonize and punish anyone who disagrees with their, liberal/ socialist agenda, which caters to a small group of elitists, who have taken advantage of the hard working people of this community, for personal gain. The threat of physical harm that was made, toward myself, on 10/27/09, by a Becker supporter, who has a financial interest in protecting Becker is indicative,of Becker’s supporters, and only inspires me to work harder to expose the corruption that has
Sunday, November 1, 2009 crept into this community, like a burglar in the night. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what reform, change or ordinance would you propose? I would propose making it unlawful for an elected official to be a paid employee. Mayor Becker who is also employed as the Finance officer was able to use his office, as mayor, to increase his salary, as finance officer, by more than 200% in May of this year for a part time salary of approximately $30,553/yr. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? The tax rate has been kept low, for political purposes, made possible by hidden taxes, predominately, paid by, Parkdale Mills, and the lack of services, provided by the town. With the volatile international business climate, Parkdale, may close or relocate, the Mineral Springs facility, resulting in an immediate need, for a large tax increase, to pay, operating costs, of the town. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? No. The town hall, which cost the taxpayers, almost $800,000, is open to the public from 10am-2:00pm, three days a week, which makes it difficult for working residents to conduct any business, with their town. The town hall should be open and staffed a normal work day, from 8am-5pm, at least three days a week, and all paid employees, including the mayor should keep regular hours. The town council caters, to the desires, of the mayor and employees, and not the needs of the residents, who elected them. The tax collector, who stays in South Carolina, most of the time, has her office in a house, she owns, across the street, from the town hall, and works, as she pleases, when the county has offered to collect taxes at a lower cost. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. After ten years, Mineral Springs, remains, “a paper town”, with a deteriorating business district, and soaring crime rate, which are directly related to the policies established by a narcissistic, secretive mayor and subservient, liberal, town council. Unfortunately, too many residents act like victims, instead of outraged citizens, of a free country, and as long as they do not feel the immediate impact, of bad policies, they tend to be passive, which is exactly, what their elected officials and their cronies want.
Age: 52 Birthplace: High Point Education: High School, 2 years college, 2 years Nursing School Occupation:
Housewife Years in Union County: 23 Political affiliation: Republican, however, our council seats are nonpartisan Previous elected offices: Mineral Springs Town Council, this will be my 3rd term Civic activity: I attend Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, I speak to groups at several of the nonprofit organization in the county, I have a personal ministry with women and children with special needs. Spouse/children: Husband of 29 years is Jimmy Critz, and three grown children James, 27, John, 24, and Janna, 21. 1. Why are you seeking office? I am running for office so that I can continue to serve my community and protect the rural character that makes Mineral Springs special. I have served the past 8 years and wish to see all that we have accomplished stay intact and keep building on the principles that our council has set for continued growth and protection of our community. Good growth comes from good planning! I am proud to be a part of a council who strives to serve the needs of our community with integrity and personal involvement. I believe that all of us have a responsibility to give back to communities that we call home and I find that serving on the town council is one of my opportunities to just that! 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I feel that the direction our council is currently going in reflects the desires of the community and is right on target to achieve those goals. If I wished
to do anything it would be to strengthen the principles and mandates that are already in place. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Our tax rate is very low and with guidance from Mayor Becker we have kept it low, and managed to have a new town hall with no debt or additional taxes. Keeping taxes low and spending wisely will always be a top priority to me! 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? We do not provide services other than our zoning and conservation projects to protect the rural integrity of our town. Our citizens have made it clear that they do not want services at the cost of additional taxes, but are deeply concerned with protecting our character and resources. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Mineral Springs is the only place I have lived that truly felt like home to me. Its greatest resource is its people! I feel blessed to call this my home and honored to serve this wonderful community!
Age: 47 Birthplace: Fort Totten, N.Y. (Military base in Queens). Educational background: Business and
Finance Occupation: Global Account Manager Years in Union County: 4 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Past elected positions limited to professional associations, or academic areas. Civic activity: Serve as Mineral Springs liaison to the Centralina Council of Governments, Member of: Calvary Church (Charlotte), Volunteers on Board of Brantley Oaks Homeowners Association Spouse/children: Husband, Michael S. LaMonica, Jr. 1. Why are you seeking office? Public service is both an opportunity to give back to the community in which you live and also to help further the quality of life for all residents. That can be done through preserving what is cherished, improving on what isn’t and having a clear understanding of the vision of our residents. Needless to say, it is very rewarding. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? We are actively seeking support through the Centrolina Council of Governments, (COG), for participation in the Engage program. The program will enable us to use up to 15 hours of their professional services for support on an initiative of our choosing. Their time is provided at no cost to our community if our application is approved. Our goal would be to use COG’s services to help with securing sewer lines into the downtown corridor of our community. Today, the sewer lines stop just a few miles away. (Our application for sewer lines was submitted several years ago. We have a vision and financing in place for the development of our downtown corridor but continue to be hampered by the sewer line delay. In the current economy it would be terrific to have new development and new jobs coming into the community.) We will be presenting the Engage project to the Town Council for approval shortly. It is my hope that we will get agreement to move this initiative forward, through the use of COG’s skills and experience in this area. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? In Mineral Springs, we have a very practical approach to taxes, we treat the town’s revenue stream with tremendous respect. We are creative, (applying for grants for infrastructure and conservation goals), we truly stretch our budget dollars, (as evidenced by our beautiful Town Hall which was a renovation of a 40 year old building, carefully furnished with overstock or discontinued furniture.) By being creative, we are able to maintain a low tax rate and still move forward to deliver on the vision that our residents have asked for. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? The balance between services and the tax rate is an important one. Today, we
enjoy terrific support from both the fire and sheriff’s departments. As a norm, we listen to feedback from our residents, monitor growth rates and the changing needs of our community. At this time, all indications are that we do not need to revisit our current approach. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Mineral Springs is the epitome of the American experience. People from all walks of life, with family histories that stretch from many areas of the globe are able to live in mutual appreciation and respect for the land and daily experience that we have been given.
Waxhaw Board of Commissioners Editor’s note: Incumbent Waxhaw Commissioner Joyce Blythe did not return her survey in time to be included in the voters’ guide.
Age: 49 Birthplace: Oneonta, N.Y. Education: Associates degree in automotive technology from CPCC Occupation: Program chair for CPCC automotive program Years in Union County: 17 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: None Civic activity: Past & Present: Volunteer for a Closet ministry from Southbrook, chairman of board of adjustments for town of Waxhaw for last 7 years Spouse/children: Wife, Debbie, and daughter, Tyler, 14 1. Why are you seeking office? I would like to see the town of Waxhaw keep its historic uniqueness. Feel from last couple years, they’ve kind of strayed away from that. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I’m trying to reform zoning so Waxhaw can keep the uniqueness of the historic part of Waxhaw. Instead f the strip malls, making it look more like downtown Waxhaw. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? I would like to keep it where it’s at. I don’t want to raise it. I don’t think there’s much chance in lowering it. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Waxhaw’s got good services. It’s got a good garbage pick up. Public works do a good job. All that’s fine. Mainly it’s zoning issue. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Small town atmosphere with a historic background, and I believe the residents are pretty much all friendly residents who really have the same wants and ideas as what I’m trying to project. Stallings is an All American town with young families with children and seniors who love their homes, schools and community. Identity crisis being close to Mecklenburg County.
Brett R. Diller
Age: 41 Birthplace: River Falls, Wis. Education: High SchoolBeaufort Academy, College - Winthrop University Occupation: Insurance Agent Years in Union County: 17 Political affiliation: Republican Party Previous elected offices: Founding member and Treasurer of Waxhaw-Weddington Rotary Club Civic activity: Waxhaw Business Association, Waxhaw United Methodist Church, Coach with Waxhaw Athletic Association, Former member of the Waxhaw Lions Club Spouse/children: Married for 17 Years to Gay Mcgee Diller, Sons Charlie (13), Brett Henry (11) 1. Why are you seeking office? I am running for Waxhaw Commissioner so I can try and preserve the quality of life my family has enjoyed over the last 17 years. I would like to see the future growth of Waxhaw enhance the historic character, not take away.
2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I would like to see the BOC put mandates on any new development(residential or commercial) such as strict penalties for violating the tree ordinances and reinvest a certain percentage into Waxhaw’s deteriorating infrastructure (roads and sewer). 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Of course no one likes to see taxes go up but, I think more importantly, we as a town need to make sure the money is being used appropriately. If the people who are paying the taxes do not see a return, you are going to have problems. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? There is always going to be room for improvement in our town services. I have heard many people voice their concern about our police department. That department’s efficiency needs to be addressed so there is not so much animosity. It is hard to put a price on the safety of our citizens. A holding cell in town would be one change I would like to see. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Waxhaw is more diverse than anyone could have imagined 20 or more years ago. There have been a lot of great people who have moved their families here because of the wonderful quality of life. We need to all work together in keeping that quality lifestyle as we grow.
Age: 34 Birthplace: Elmira, N.Y. Education: Walnut Hill School and New York School of Interior Design Occupation: Medical Office Manager Years in Union County: 8 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: None Civic activity: President Library Association of Waxhaw, Church at Charlotte, Waxhaw Garden Club Spouse/children: Husband, Phillip Kirkpatrick (Waxhaw Local Business Owner) and Graeme Steele Kirkpatrick, 2 1. Why are you seeking office? I love Waxhaw and believe in the power of community action and engagement of involved citizens. Waxhaw is a place where its residents are an intrinsic part of its value and future. I will actively solicit and encourage committed citizen involvement in planning for the town’s future. My experience in business and design are an asset in determining feasible solutions to town challenges. I can help bring the people’s vision into reality while retaining the spirit of Waxhaw. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I will work for a community area plan which details zoning specifically by mapping. A plan which enables our council to act proactively versus defensively. I will strive for a sensible plan which outlines our current districts, green ways, and needed amenities for our future. We need to focus on our needs and recruit developers who meet them. I will work for a win-win symbiotic relationship for our community quality of life and future development. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Waxhaw’s current tax rate is $.33 on the dollar and should not be raised. We must maintain positive cash flow and savings. We must consider the impact of increasing residential density before giving a project a favorable recommendation. Growth needs to pay for itself. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Waxhaw has wonderful police, fire, first responder, town, and trash disposal services to name a few. It is important we continue to accommodate our ever increasing population needs as we evaluate future growth and transportation infrastructure. We must continue our diligence in evaluating needs such as canines, bicycle patrol, and a hook and ladder truck and budget accordingly. Our families must remain safe. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Waxhaw is a charming place with a historical town center. It
is a close knit community and a classic American place to work, play, and live.
Age: 71 Birthplace: Forest City Educational background: Cool Springs High School diploma Occupation: retired from Sears Roebuck company Years in Union County: 33 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Waxhaw Board of Commissioners since 2005 Civic activity: Two masonic lodges, was Master of the lodge twice, belongs to Scottish Rite of of Free Masonry, member of Oasis shrine temple in Charlotte, two district offices for grand lodge of North Carolina Spouse/children: Wife, Joyce, and adult daughter, Leigh. 1. Why are you seeking office? To try to help growth and make Waxhaw a better place to live. Hopefully to reduce taxes. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? My main thing would be the district representation within Waxhaw. The people who live on North Side of 12 Mile Creek have no one on the board, no representation whatsoever. Which I think is wrong, really. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? We could probably reduce them two or three cents. I think we can do that. I proposed a two cent, two or three years ago, and no body would agree. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? I think our town services are excellent. We offer everything but water and sewage and that is owned by the county. We have a great public works department. We have fantastic people working here, very smart. We have a lot to offer. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. We’ve got good people living here. We’ve got a good mix. We’ve got high income, middle income. The older people who have lived here a long time, they’re some of the greatest people I’ve ever known. It’s a fantastic place to live.
Weddington Mayor Nancy D. Anderson
Age: 55 Birthplace: Charlotte Education: Graduate of Sun Valley HS, Bachelo’sr Degree in Nursing from UNCC, Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College. Occupation: Farming, RN currently work part time at Charlotte Rehabilitation Hospital, USAFR, LT. Colonel, Retired. Years in Union County: Fourth generation native of Weddington. Returned to Weddington in 1991, following my military service. Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Three terms as Mayor of Weddington Civic activity: Member, CMC-Union Community Trustee Council for 7 years, Former Homeland Security Volunteer Co-ordinator, former Red Cross Chairman and Instructor Trainer, Member Ladies Aux VFW, Post 2324, Member WUMC. Member Finance Committee for Congresswoman Sue Myrick. Spouse/Children: Husband, Phillip Anderson (Andy) of 30 years, and four adult children, Eric, 28, Anne Marie, 26, Rebecca, 22, and Philip, 20 1. Why are you seeking office? I am running for reelection to remain focused on the citizens number 1 quality of life issue. Traffic congestion. We have made great progress in the last few months, but there is more to do. We need to push, and push hard, for the construction of Phase I of Rea Road. I desperately want to bring a library to Weddington.
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Guide Continued from 9 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I will ask the council to address the resident’s number 1 concern: Traffic congestion. We need to implement some of the recommendations of the local area transportation plan for intersection improvements and design. NCDOT helps those who help themselves. Weddington can better position itself to receive road funding by working with DOT and bearing a portion of the cost for roadway design. Rea Road should be “shovel ready” so when funds become available, we will be ready to go. We can do this without raising taxes. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Our current tax rate is adequate to fund town needs. However, the county finds itself in financial difficulty. At the last MayorsCommissioner meeting, commissioners indicated they may ask towns to step up and share more expenses. The state budget may also implode and municipalities may forfeit revenue. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? No. We need water and sewer, a library, and more athletic fields for kids and adults. All of these are best accomplished through partnering with the county, non-profits and the private sector. It is the role of the Mayor to facilitate these partnerships. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Sometimes I feel like Weddington looks more like an HOA than a town, but when I listen quietly, I still hear the heartbeat of a vibrant busy community that focuses on Faith, Family and profession. 6. Home is where our hearts are. At the kitchen table we share meals and our dreams, do spelling home work, prepare for board meetings and Bible study.
Age: 43 Birthplace: WinstonSalem Education: B.A. Economics, Elon College; MBA Wake Forest University Occupation: Financial Advisor Years in Union County: 10 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: None Civic activity: Providence Presbyterian Church Spouse/children: Wife, Sally, children Rebecca, Michael, and Charlie 1. Why are you seeking office? The Weddington town council has made decisions over the years that seem to be inconsistent with the opinions of the majority of Weddington residents. However, voter participation rates have remained low, which may be due to a lack of choice in elections. Citizens only have the freedom to choose when they are provided with at least two significantly different options in an election. I am running for mayor to provide the citizens of Weddington with a choice in the election. My beliefs concerning the role and direction of the Weddington town council are significantly different from those of the current mayor. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? The promotion of private businesses is not a municipal responsibility. I’d like to end the town council’s practice of promoting private businesses. Candidates Gregg Wyant and Barbara Harrison also promote private businesses by suggesting that shopping at businesses in Weddington increases the amount of sales tax that Weddington receives. Weddington receives its portion of the sales tax based on property values, not based on where the sale took place. Weddington receives the same amount of sales tax revenue whether residents shop at a store in Weddington or in Wesley Chapel. Residents should make there own decisions about where they shop. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? The re-assessment of property values and a large annexation that nets $80,000/yr to the town’s revenues has allowed the town
to accumulate $2.25 million in the fund balance. That’s enough money to meet town expenses for three years without charging property owners any ad valorem taxes. Weddington’s tax rate should be lowered. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Weddington’s primary services are land use regulations, additional coverage from the sheriff’s department, and support of the fire stations. I want to keep the land use regulations consistent with the wishes of the majority of residents. I want to address the Providence Fire Department’s problems with its coverage area and financing. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Weddington is a residential neighborhood community. Most of the residents chose Weddington because its neighborhoods provide a great place to live and raise a family.
Age: 60 Birthplace: York, Penn. Education: B.A. in Mathematics, minor in Computer Science from Kean University (NJ) Occupation: Retired Johnson & Johnson Executive Years in Union County: 5 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: I was elected the Republican Chairperson for district 41. Previously President of Stratford on Providence HOA for 2 years, currently Secretary/Treasurer for the HOA. Civic activity: I am on the board of directors for Christ Our Shepherd’s Ministry and on the Client Advisory Council for American Prosperity Group in Matthews. I also was a member of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. I attend Weddington United Methodist Church Spouse/children: Husband, Pat; a son, James, daughter-inlaw, Jody and grandson, Zachary live in Marietta, Ga. 1. Why are you seeking office? Weddington needs leadership! It is time for Weddington to have a responsive, responsible and most important, transparent leadership. For the past year the Town Council cannot agree on any items that are being discussed and there appears to be discord among the members. Weddington citizens can’t continue to have a government whose every action is tainted by questions concerning the personal gains or interests of individual council members. The “voice of the people” seems to be falling on deaf ears. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? The single most important issue facing Weddington is the lack of infrastructure. With the private sewer plant fight last year and my walking door to door to meet my neighbors over the last 9 weeks, Weddington residents have spoken to me about the lack of infrastructure. Weddington’s Land Use Plan states we will support only public utilities. We need a mayor and town council that will champion that effort and will work with Union County officials to make it a future reality. Currently we are still supported 80% with well water: few neighborhoods have sewer, county water, and gas lines. I want to work with the county every month to make this a reality for our current town citizens. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? The municipal tax rate should remain low and we should be good stewards with our town revenues. Weddington needs to ensure the existing commercial businesses can prosper which adds revenue and helps to keep the tax rate low. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Currently Weddington contracts with Union County Sheriff’s office for our safety. I would like to see the coverage go 24 by 7 with more patrols at night for our neighborhoods and the downtown businesses. I want to work with Union County to ensure that Weddington’s residents have adequate fire, EMS and police protection. I would also like to see Town Hall open more than a few hours 3 days a week. 5. Please describe your town and its residents.
Waxhaw Exchange Weddington is a unique rural, but now, blended community. We have families that have owned property for generations and love the heritage of their hometown, and we also have new neighbors and new comers to the south. Weddington is a great mix of people from all over the country who love our town for its rural character, its educational facilities, and its family atmosphere. It’s our home.
Age: 61 Birthplace: Murrells Inlet, SC Education: West Mecklenburg H.S., Central Piedmont Comm. Col., Hudson Studio and School of Photography, and currently taking Law Classes online. Occupation: Semi-retired, after 39+years with The Charlotte Observer Years in Union County: 29 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices : Weddington Town Council, and Union County Commissioner, and past President of Union County Republican Men’s Club. Civic activity: Weddington United Methodist Church, Lead Usher for Sunday Services. Also served as representative to M.U.M.P.O: Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization, C.C.O.G.- Centralina Council of Governments, Criminal Justice Partnership Program, Union County Board of Health, Library Trustee, and Library Foundation. Former member of: Professional Photographers of N.C., Weddington Photographers International, Metrolina Artisans Society, and previous Corporate and Team sponsor for W.C.W.A.A.-Wesley ChapelWeddington Athletic Assoc. Spouse/children: Divorced, three children, ages 38, 36, 31, and five grandchildren. 1. What are you seeking office? Restore honest and responsive government back to the citizens of Weddington, and eliminate the ongoing issues, controversies, and abuses that are problematic for our current mayor and town council. This will be accomplished by avoiding; the perception and appearance of conflicts of interest, financial benefits with self serving road projects, commercial development initiatives, and all other decisions that are inconsistent with the repeated priorities and wishes of the citizens of Weddington. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would propose? As mayor, I will initiate and support an ordinance prohibiting any future consideration of a private sewer plant anywhere in Weddington. After more than a year, there has been no effort, no formal request, and no initiative from the mayor, town council or the Friends of Weddington proposing such an ordinance that would preclude the shameful spectacle of last year’s conditional use hearings from ever happening again. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? The current tax rate in Weddington of 3% is sufficient for all of our town’s needs, and I will oppose any attempt to increase it. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Please explain any changes you would like to institute. The services we have in Weddington are consistent with our tax rate, and provide the best return to its citizens of any municipality in Union County with regards to: public safety, fire protection, emergency technicians, first responders, and ambulance service. No more tax dollars allocated for weight rooms, athletics, or anything else that doesn’t meet the “Public Purpose” standard. 5. Please describe your town and its residents? Weddington is unique in its location, proximity to Charlotte, its strict zoning, and its importance to Union County and our region. However, its greatest asset are the talented and generous people who choose to live in Weddington, and the quality of life that brings to them and their families.
Weddington Council District 1 L.A. Smith
Age: 51 Birthplace: Atlanta, Ga. Education: B.A. English: NC State University; M.A. Mass Communications: University of
South Carolina Occupation: Work in family business established in 1969 Years in Union County: 10 years in April Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Weddington Town Council Civic activity: Weddington Town Core Committee; Weddington Parks & Recreation Committee; Union Co. Advisory Committee: Catawba Lands Conservancy: Delegate: Centralina Council of Governments; Weddington Middle School PTA Member; attend Weddington United Methodist Church. Spouse/children: MacKenzie Patterson, 18: Alec Patterson, 12; Nick Patterson, 11 1. Why are you seeking office? The Town of Weddington faces many pressures. Growing traffic problems. Ugly state road widening projects. Shrinking green spaces. The need for a library. These are just a few of the issues we face as a community. Your town government has been actively addressing these concerns and is on the threshold of implementing solutions: Improvements to the ‘improvements’ of Highways 16 and 84; safety improvements at town intersections; pushing Rea Rd. Extension project forward; crafting a town center; and planning for a town library. Several years ago, the political mind set of Council was ‘do nothing.’ Leave things as they are. But look around. Things are not close to the way they were even then. But the will of council has shifted. The current majority aims to protect what we have and make it better. Thus now is the time when experience counts. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I would put in place a town center (not to be read as commercial) which would be unique and aesthetically pleasing. The widening of Highways 16 and 84 has drastically altered what has traditionally been considered our town center. By taking what’s left and crafting a viable town center, we protect our existing businesses and property values. Many citizens have told me they’d like to see green space, perhaps a water feature, amphitheater, pedestrian/ bike friendly, a library, etc. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Our tax rate is fine as is. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? The Town of Weddington currently provides no services except through contract such as police protection via the Union Co. Sheriff’s Department. We are able to maintain a low tax rate in Weddington because we operate via contract as opposed to directly providing services. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Weddington is a beautiful, quiet town of gently rolling hills where folks still know one another. It’s still a place where a quick trip to the grocery store turns into an hour after chatting with folks you run into in the aisle. It’s a place with beautiful homes nestled among stately trees. Our town is full of warm, caring people who, even in a disagreement, exhibit good manners and charm. It’s a place I am proud to call home.
Age: 71 Birthplace: New York City, N.Y. Education: Graduated with B.S. in Business Administration, The Citadel,
Charleston, S.C. Occupation: Retired Regional Sales Manager, with 28 years service from The Dow Chemical Company; served in the U.S. Marine Corps (discharged as a 1st lieutenant) Years in Union County: 7 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices:
Weddington Town Council Civic activity: By working with The Weddington Town Council, Union County Board of Commissioners, NCDOT, Union County EMS, Providence VFD and the Union County Sheriff’s Department, I have demonstrated my ability to work ethically and systematically for the enrichment of Weddington residents’ quality of life. Spouse/children: Wife, Mary, and two adult children, Steve and Cara, three granchildren, Abby, William and Henry 1. Why are you seeking office? I am running for Town Council because the current council has lost focus on the town’s top priorities, settling instead for special-interest projects 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I would propose and encourage the passage of an ordinance prohibiting any future consideration for a private sewer plant in Weddington. The health and maintenance of high property values is paramount to Weddington residents 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? The current tax rate in Weddington of three(3) cents is sufficient for our current needs, and I will oppose any attempt to increase or change the tax rate in any way 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? First, Providence Volunteer Fire Department needs a $42,000 upgrade on its rescue truck to meet state specifications and they need to pay off the fire engine they bought in 2006. Second, 60 percent of residents would like a library in Weddington. We need to secure land so that Union County can build it within the town limits. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Weddington is unique and the majority of it’s residents want to maintain it’s rural character. Weddington has all the commercial development it needs at the present time, as indicated by 72% of the town’s residents who oppose any further commercial development.
Weddington Council District 3 Daniel Barry
Age: 44 Birthplace: Charlotte Education: The Asheville School 1984, The College of Charleston 1988, Major in Political Science with Minors in International Economics and International Studies Occupation: Regional VicePresident, Nonqualified Plans, Principal Financial Group Years in Union County: 5 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Current Treasurer, Lake Providence Home Owners Association; Chairman Siler Presbyterian Church Pastoral Deacons; Past Chairman, Push American Board of Directors (National Service Project of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity); Current Trustee, Pi Kappa Phi Foundation Civic activity: Pastoral Deacon and Adult Sunday School Teacher at Siler Presbyterian Church; Member and supporter of the Weddington High School Booster Club. Spouse/children: Leslie and I have three children, Jill 16, Ford 16, and William 14 1. Why are you seeking office? My family moved to Weddington for four basic reasons, and they serve as a catalyst for my pursuit of public office. Families choose to live in Weddington for its Great Schools, Low Taxes, High Property Values, and Low Density Development. I will hold the line to protect what we all love about Weddington. It’s these reasons, and our rural character that make the Town of Weddington a choice location to raise a family. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? Strengthen the land use plan to prevent the current commercial district from expanding beyond its current borders and maintaining the practice of low density residential development. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? The
Town of Weddington’s tax rate is low, and the Council should maintain a disciplined approach to spending to assure that we maintain it. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Yes, I believe that the services are sufficient. However, I do believe that we need to consider increasing our financial support to the Volunteer Fire Departments which service Weddington. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. The face of Weddington has changed from its farming roots to a neighborhood community in the suburbs of Charlotte. Because of our low taxes, great schools, and low density residential development families make Weddington the location of choice.
Age: 53 Birthplace: Charlotte, NC Education: BS in Criminal Justice from UNCC Occupation: Small Business Owner Semi Retired Years in Union County: 1988 Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Previous President of the Weddington Optimist Civic activity: PTA in Weddington Schools (Active Parent, 1993-2007), Union County Meals on Wheels, and past coach at Optimist Park, Finance Chair 2008-2009 Weddington UMC, Church’s Kenya Mission Chair, Sunday School Teacher, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Spouse/children: Wife, Carol Wyant, and boys, Chris (26), Ryan (24), Logan (22) and Carter (18) 1. Why are you seeking office? I have volunteered in different capacities more than 20 years in Weddington and love the people of this community. We will have some major choices to make in the next few years. We may choose to do nothing and that would be a major mistake. Whether we like it or not the area around us is growing. The secret of our schools and quality of life are secrets no longer. If we are to maintain our charm as a community, a good plan today will make for a great community tomorrow. After being encouraged by many of you to run for Council to bring honesty, integrity and common sense business strategies to the local government, I have humbly accepted the challenge and would consider it an honor to serve. 2. If you were assured council would vote your way on one single issue, what would you propose? The Town of Weddington has been going through the process of developing a downtown master plan. It has been interesting to watch as we the citizens of this community come to those meetings and contemplate both what we want and what we do not want. Some want the present town core redeveloped with sit down restaurants and green spaces. Some want a regional library. Some would like to see housing for retirees all in a central area of the town. Many would like walking and/or bicycle trails. We have indicated we do not want big box stores or high density residential. It is my hope that council will hear the people and vote on what the majority of the citizens want. We must plan for 10 years to 20 years from now or be at the mercy of the future. Having a vision is only wise. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? Simply, I am for a low tax rate. Weddington has achieved this in the past. I am not for raising property taxes. Low taxes are why many of us came here and/ or stay here. 4. Do you feel your municipality’s services are sufficient? We desperately need water and sewer services. We also need a long term transportation plan. In addition, the Fire Department and the Police must be adequately funded. So the answer is NO. We have a lot of work to do. We can no longer sit on the sideline. That is not an adequate strategy. 5. Describe your Town and the residents. My experience is not unique. When my wife Cindy was sick with breast cancer this community reached out and embraced us. When I remarried and brought Carol and the boys here, this community welcomed them. Weddington is a community that clings to the traditional values that make this country great.
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Wesley Chapel Mayor Brad S. Horvath
Age: 54 Birthplace: New York Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Occupation: Financial Services, Wholesale Risk Mgmt/ Business Continuity Years in Union County: 5 Political affiliation: NonAffiliated Previous elected offices: Wesley Chapel Village Council (4 years) Civic activity: St. Matthews RC Church: Small Christian Community Facilitator (3 years); Habitat for Humanity (Participated in the Building of a Home for 3 days) Spouse/children: Wife, Karen, and six adult children 1. Why are you seeking office? To represent the desires of the residents of the community in a way that reflects the values of the majority of our citizens while ensuring our Village lives up to its motto of being “A Great Place to Live and Raise a Family.” I have been a Council Member for the last 4 years and have decided to run for the office of Mayor to continue the implementation of the initiatives that we have spent considerable time in planning and getting input from our community as well as from acknowledged
Sunday, November 1, 2009 experts. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I believe that Wesley Chapel must consider contracting with the Sheriff’s office for deputy(ies) to improve the safety of our community. We now have three major stores open with other smaller stores, including some junior anchor stores, yet to be built or open. We have seen what appears to be an increase in crime in some of the communities around us and within our own over the past few months. While our residents already pay taxes to the County for this service, it is simply not enough with a single deputy from the Sheriff’s office covering a large geographic area. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? I believe in keeping our tax rate as low as possible while providing the services that our residents have indicated they are interested in and believe we should be providing. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? Wesley Chapel desires to provide only the services people are interested in their local government providing, such as Parks & Recreation, a Town Hall and Safety Services. The County and State are receiving tax dollars from our citizens for services already provided which they deem largely sufficient. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. The residents of Wesley Chapel are a blend of a farming community with newer subdivisions that recognize we are a suburb of
Charlotte but still enjoy retaining that rural feel.
Wesley Chapel Council Editor’s note: Wesley Chapel Village Council candidate Chuck Rohland did not return his survey in time to be included in the voters’ guide.
Age: 37 Birthplace: New York City, N.Y. Education: International Business Degree from UNCC. Occupation: VP of Customer Relations for TIVA Software Years in Union County: 7 years, 4 months Political affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Potters Trace Homeowners Association 3 years, WC Board of Adjustments 3 years Civic activity: I am a 19 year member of St. Matthews Catholic Church, I volunteer at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, Chair of the Community Watch Program for Potters Trace and chair of the Hearing Committee. Spouse/children: Husband, John Ormiston, and daughters Abigail (7) and Kelsey (3) 1. Why are you seeking of-
fice? I care about what happens in Wesley Chapel, and I feel it is my duty as a citizen to be active in my community and give of my talents and abilities to make a difference. Along with many residents, I do not want to see high density housing around our downtown area, and I want to make sure that our voices are heard when, and if, any action is taken regarding this issue. I also want to make securing a police presence a priority, and I will voice the need to the council as well as the community. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? We can expect to see continued residential and commercial growth in our community. This is good for our Village, and we need to recognize that along with our growth, there will be an increase in crime. A personal goal of mine is to see that we have a permanent police presence within the Village. Residents want to feel safe and know that they can count on responsive service to protect their most important assets - their families and their homes. Over the next 3 to 5 years, we need to be proactive and prepare for this growth. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? WC’s tax rate has been a significant factor in attracting new residents to our community. My position is to examine every expenditure to ensure that it is justified and the lowest cost alternative so that we can maintain the lowest tax rate we can for our citizens. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are
sufficient? No. We must secure a permanent police presence and we need to build a new fire station to accomodate the unprecedented growth that had occurred, and which will continue to occur, in Wesley Chapel. We must act proactively to serve our citizens and to offer top-notch services in a cost effective manner. 5. Please describe your town and its residents. Wesley Chapel is a mix of the “new” and the “old”, yet a family oriented community which desires to maintain its rural feel. We’re proud to call it home!
Howard Brotton Jr. Age: 35 Birthplace: Philadelphia, Penn. Education: Penn State University, CCP, ASQ Certified Greenbelt,
NASD Series 7 Occupation: AVP, Strategic Planning and Projects-Metrics and Finance Years in Union County: 3.5 Affiliation: Republican Previous elected offices: Potters Trace HOA Civic activity: US Navy- Operations Specialist aboard CV-67, USS John F. Kennedy Spouse/children: Wife, Heather, and daughters Isabella (6), Sabrina (4), Bianca (2) 1. Why are you seeking office? My Obligation to serve my community. To ensure that Wesley Chapel remains a great place to live and raise a family for genera-
tions to come. I will accomplish this by applying my proven leadership, business acumen and prudence to all matters. 2. If you were assured that the council would vote your way on a single issue, what would you propose? I would propose the establishment of a reserve or volunteer police force for Wesley Chapel. Similar to the reserve force currently being utilized in Durham, Caldwell, Greensboro and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina. These officers would require the same certification and training as a Deputy but receive no compensation. I would work to introduce and coordinate this program with the Union County Sheriff’s office and our Safety Committee. This would potentially provide the much needed coverage, while not incurring additional costs. 3. What is your position on the municipal tax rate? I will continue the work of the past councils in maintaining a low and enticing tax rate. This will be accomplished through thoughtful, prudent capital spending plans and decisions. 4. Do you feel that your municipality’s services are sufficient? I believe that our Fire Department needs a new fire house to not only meet, but get ahead of the growing challenges of a rapidly developing community. The same can be said for a need of a greater police presence. 5. Please describe your town and its residents.“A diamond in the rough”. - One having exceptional qualities or potential but lacking the refinement or polish. - Merriam -Webster
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Precinct Location 1 Benton Heights Church of God 2 Monroe Middle School 3 St. Lukes Lutheran Church 4 Sutton Park Recreation Center 5 SPCC Conference Center 6 Benton Heights Presbyterian Church 7 Mt. Carmel Methodist Church 8 Wingate Community Center 9 Beaver Lane VFD 10 Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center 11 Euto Baptist Church 12 Bethlehem Presbyterian Church 13 Unionville VFD 14 Indian Trail Library 15 Stallings United Methodist Church 16 Hemby Bridge Elementary School 17A Wesley Chapel Elementary Sch. Gym 17B Siler Presbyterian Church 18 Providence VFD 19 Mineral Springs VFD 20A Waxhaw VFD 20B Waxhaw Bible Church 21 Walkersville Presbyterian Church 22 Tirzah Presbyterian Church 23 Griffith Road VFD 24 Prospect Elementary Gym 25 Rock Rest Elementary School Gym 26 Union Baptist Church 27 Allens Crossroads VFD 28Y Sandy Ridge Elementary Gym 28Z Marvin Elementary School Gym 29A Shiloh Elementary School Gym 29B Brandon Oaks Clubhouse 29C Stallings VFD 30 Grace United Methodist Church 31 Grace Baptist Church 32 Fairview Elementary School Gym 33 Waxhaw Elementary School Gym 34 Midway Baptist Church 35 Rock Hill AME Zion Church 36 Crossroads AME Zion Church 37A Next Level Church 37B Lifeline Community Church 38A Sardis Elementary School Gym 38B Lake Park Community Center 39 Porter Ridge Elementary School Gym 40 Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church 41 Weddington Elementary School Gym 42 New Salem Baptist Church 43 The Bazemore Center
Address 1111 Concord Ave. 601 E Sunset Dr. 909 Circle Dr 2303 Brooks St Bldg. A 4209 Old Charlotte Hwy. at the corner of Old Charlotte/Rogers Rd 2701 Concord Hwy. 1712 Carmel Church Rd between Plyler Mill & 200 S 315 West Elm Street, Wingate, N.C. 28174 310 Olive Branch Ext behind the Post Office 327 South Hayne Street 6019 Hwy. 205 7608 Concord Hwy 4919 Unionville Rd 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Rd. 1115 Stallings Rd. 6701 Indian Trail Fairview Road 110 Potter Road South 6301 Weddington Monroe Rd. Driveway is on Waxhaw Indian Trail Rd. 5025 Hemby Rd At corner of Weddington-Matthews Rd Hwy 75 - downtown Mineral Springs 115 East North Main St. 6810 Pleasant Grove Rd. At corner of Waxhaw-Indian Trail Rd. 6204 Brady Rd - off Hwy 200 S 7507 Tirzah Church Rd At corner of Waxhaw Creek Rd 3310 Griffith Rd Near Richardson Creek 3005 Ruben Road 814 Old Pageland-Monroe Hwy, Monroe 4608 Old Pageland-Monroe Rd 5408 White Store Rd 10101 Waxhaw Manor Dr, Waxhaw 9700 Marvin Weddington Road 5210 Rogers Road 2333 Brandon Oaks Parkway In Brandon Oaks Subdivision 4616 Old Monroe Rd. in Indian Trail 3522 Secrest Shortcut Road 3411 Weddington Rd 110 Clontz Rd 1101 Old Providence Rd 4615 Olive Branch Rd At corner of Austin Chaney Rd 2723 Lawyers Rd. W. At corner of Rock Hill Church Road 7110 Old Goldmine Rd At corner of Marshville-Olive Branch Rd 4317 Stevens Mill Rd Near Stallings Rd 6800 Stevens Mill Road 4416 Sardis Church Rd At corner of Unionville-Indian Trl 3801 Lake Park Rd 2843 Ridge Rd. 8600 Potter Rd. N. 3927 Twelve Mile Creek Road 2915 Goldmine Rd, east of Rocky River Rd 1001 Winchester Ave.
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year, Gersfeld said, and had around 20 last year. This year, the team has 56 members. “It’s my last year, unfortunately,” Nally said. Nally serves as team president, as well as the senior class president. He is a member of the student council and DECA. Nally said he has come a long way in the past few years, and received first runner-up in a National Forensic League qualifying tournament in South Carolina last year. The team was nominated and accepted into the National Forensic League Honor Society this spring. As the nation’s oldest and largest speech and debate honor society, the NFL accepts applicants based on student success in tournaments. “That’s a great honor to be recognized, especially as such a young team,” said Gersfeld. Nally also competed in the National Catholic Forensic League tournament in Albany, N.Y. Other tournaments
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Marvin Ridge freshman Matt Roper practices his story telling routine for Mitchell Nally, classmate and fellow storytelling competitor. Roper competed in two categories, storytelling and radio announcing. have yielded no such luck, but Nally said that motivates him to try harder. He has also competed with his brother, freshman Mitchell Nally. The pair competes in duo interpretation, in which they choose a piece of literature to interpret as a speech. Nally said they
have done well together, and placed sixth in a national tournament at Wake Forest in September. Brendan Nally said he might become a lawyer. Some students choose to write their own speeches. One might be comical; another, political. A “radio announc-
er” competition judges students based solely on their voices. Because the event is on Halloween, Nally said students considered dressing up, but decided it should remain formal. Saturday’s tournament was for practice; it does not qualify students for future tournaments.
Snyder reported that all the guns were owned legally and that Land fires the guns legally. “I looked at everything they asked me to he is as legal as can be,” Snyder said. “He has followed the letter of the law.” Surrounding property owners saw it differently. “I’m very disappointed that the D.A. doesn’t look at the whole law,” Kathy Patterson, with the citizens for safer neighborhoods group, said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has also approved every weapon Land owns and fires; it has also approved Land’s gun range in Wesley Chapel. The specific North Carolina statute the safer neighborhoods group wanted inspected was N.C. General Statute 14409 which regulates machine guns. The law allows automatic weapons if they are registered with the
sheriff and used in conjunction with a business. Patterson said Land has no business at the Wesley Chapel address. “I want a tax I.D. number. I want a document that shows me there is a business down there,” she said. In response, Snyder simply reiterated that Land has fully complied with all the laws and meets all the criteria of statute 14-409. In an e-mail, Land said he had no comment. Patterson did not know what the next step for the group would be, but that they would continue to fight Land and his use of the high-powered weapons. “It’s very discouraging,” she said about Snyder’s ruling. “We are in danger. “It’s not about the noise, it’s about the danger. ... These are our homes. This is where we raise our families. We’ll pursue this until justice is done.” — Do you have a story idea or a news tip? Contact Jason deBruyn at 704261-2243 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Movie filming around Union BY ELISABETH ARRIERO
firstname.lastname@example.org MONROE Union County will be getting a little glimpse of Hollywood this week as movie crews film a courtroom drama due out next fall. Actor Matthew Modine, who appeared in “Transporter 2” and “Full Metal Jacket,” is acting in “The Trial,” based on the novel by Charlotte lawyer Robert Whitlow. The movie, which is budgeted for less than $10 million, follows a man who becomes reclusive after losing his family in a tragic accident. But when a capital murder trial is almost moved out of town, he takes on the case. Location manager Ja-
son King said Monroe is an ideal location for the film because of its density and variety of locations. “It’s the perfect midsize middle America town with its Main Street, its courthouse and you go outside of that and there’s great farmland, beautiful little churches,” he said. Within an area of a few blocks, the movie will shoot in several locations: Mucci’s Italian Bistro, the courthouse, the Allen Overall building and an office by Blu Moon Café. Filming will last through this week and next week. To apply to become an extra in the movie, e-mail Thetrialextras@gmail.com.
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MONROE The Union County Christmas Bureau is accepting applications from families in need of assistance. The bureau opened Monday. “We’ve never seen this many (people) the first couple of days,” Christmas Bureau coordinator Gloria Haney said. “We’ve seen probably twice as many in the first two days as we normally do.” On opening day, Haney said, the line of applicants was so long that volunteers could accept only the first 150 and asked the others to come back. Tuesday, the first 130 applicants were accepted.
Wesley Chapel sets meeting dates WESLEY CHAPEL The village of Wesley Chapel will have the fol-
lowing meetings in November at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 120 Potter Road. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. • Nov. 9, Town Council and public hearing on text amendment for RUC zoning district. • Nov. 12, Safety Committee. • Nov. 17, Town Council and public hearing on subdivision modification request by Trinity LLC on Billy Howie Road. • Nov. 23, Planning Board. The following meetings will be held at the town office at 4107 New Town Road: • Monday, 7 p.m., Downtown Committee. • Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., Ordinance Review Committee. • Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Parks and Recreation Committee. Anyone who needs an interpreter or other auxiliary aids or services for this meeting should call
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contact the American Red Cross, Union County chapter, at 704-283-7402.
MONROE The following public American Red Cross blood drives are scheduled in western Union County during November. Appointments are not required, but are recommended to your donation time quicker. • Nov. 8, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Stonegate Community, 1700 Crestgate Drive, Waxhaw. • Nov. 10, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. • Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hermon Baptist Church, 9713 Lancaster Highway, Waxhaw. • Nov. 20, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Weddington High School, 4901 Weddington Road, Weddington. — For information,
MOnroe Local fire departments are urging local families to participate in the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery campaign. “This weekend is the end of Daylight Saving Time and is a great opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when you change the time on your clocks,” according to a Monroe Fire Department press release. Fire kills more Americans each year than all natural 80 combined and over eighty percent of these deaths occur in homes.While 96 percent of homes have smoke alarms, approximately 19 percent of these do not work due to worn out or missing batteries.
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MATTHEWS — Susan Mary Aukamp, 60, died Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2009) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Funeral was Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail. Burial will be private. Born Aug. 7, 1949, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Jackie Rupert and was married to the late Stanley Aukamp Sr. Survivors include two daughters, Amy Gill, Angela Mumma; four sons, Stan Aukamp Jr., Steven Blair Aukamp, Adam Aukamp, Shaun Aukamp; and 11 grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral.net.
Ollie Helms MONROE Ollie Ann Braswell Helms, 89, died Oct. 25, 2009, at Hospice House No. 2.
Obituaries are published weekly and include name, age, address, place of death, occupation, military service, spouse, parents, childre, immediate family survivors, number of grandchildre and great-grandchildren, funeral arrangements and memorials. Obituaries containing additional information may be purchased. Obituaries, whether free or paid, are accepted only from funeral homes. Funeral was Tuesday at McEwen Funeral Home, with burial in the Hopewell United Methodist Church cemetery in Peachland. Born July 16, 1920, in Anson County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Henry and Elizabeth Ann Kiker Braswell and was married to the late James Thomas Helms. She was also preceded in death by three sons, Donald Helms, Larry Wayne Helms and an infant. and (3) sons, Donald, Larry Wayne and infant boy Helms. Survivors include two sons, Thomas Helms of Waxhaw, Joe Helms of
Charlotte; three daughters, Delores Dulin of Mint Hill, Mary Edwards of Monroe, Geraldine Lefler of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.
Chandler Pressley MARSHVILLE Chandler Bryce Pressley, infant, died Oct. 22, 2009, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Funeral was Wednesday at Davis Funeral Home in Monroe, with burial in
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INDIAN TRAIL David Charles Shively, 55, died Oct. 25, 2009, at home. Funeral was Friday at Heritage Funeral Home of Weddington. Born May 28, 1954, in May 28, 1954, in Massillion, Ohio, he was a son of the late Paul and Margaret Miller Shively. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Griffith
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WAXHAW Benjamin Blair Smith, 53, died Oct. 25, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Burial was Friday in the Rehobeth Presbyterian Church cemetery and memorial service was Friday in the Townsend Building at JAARS. Born in Peru, he was a son of Don Smith of Waxhaw. He was an avionics technician with US Airways in Charlotte. Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Faith Bartholomew Smith; three daughters, Katy Smith, Krista Smith, Heather Smith; one son, Jeremiah Smith; one sister, Susan Harris; and three brothers, Scott Smith, Mark Smith and Tim Smith.
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Museum gets $12,000 from town, county Exhibits at the museum capture the area’s history ‘back to 1600,’ museum director Sharon Murrer said. The exhibits are threatened by leaks.
Museum from 1 to $80,000. As a privately funded building, the museum receives limited funds from the county and town: about $5,000 and $7,000, respectively, each year. The nonprofit museum primarily relies on fieldtrip revenue, Murrer said, but with the economic downturn, that revenue is no longer consistent. Within the last month, the museum’s board of directors sent letters to area residents asking for donations to help fund a new roof. Murrer said that although there are state grants for museums, most of them go toward funding programs, not capital improvement projects. The museum received $50,000 last year from the
county — a decision that was hotly debated by Commissioner Allan Baucom, who questioned whether county funds should support the private museum. Baucom also argued that such requests should be submitted during the county’s budget meetings in May. The donation was approved on a 4-1 vote, and the money helped fund an
outdoor walking museum that captures life in colonial Waxhaw. “I prefer to see it come from the citizenry, from contribution,” Baucom said of the possibility of the county providing funding for a new roof. “Every organization in existence can make a valid case that it has value to the community but at
some point, you have to take and put a limit on how far you can go.” Baucom added that the “the financial condition of the citizens in the county would need to change” before he would support funding a new roof. County Commissioner Parker Mills, who advocated the county’s $50,000 gift on Jan. 7, 2008, said,
“The museum is an asset to the county and if I could help out I would.” But he, too, cited the current economic climate as a reason why extra funding for the museum’s new roof is unlikely. Museum board member Jack Linker said the museum invested a couple of hundred dollars to make roof repairs a few weeks ago but that the roof would ultimately need to be replaced. “Holes appear and when that happens, you patch up the holes,” he said. “But, then, once you walk on a roof that is a wooden roof, you can cause another leak.” Murrer said she is hoping the public pulls through to help offset the cost of replacing the roof. “We have a history that dates back to 1600 with the Waxhaw Indians. If we would lose the roof, we might lose a lot of the history,” she said.
Plea from 1 asked Lee to delay the arraignment. District Attorney John Snyder said he intended to move forward and said he wanted to start the trial as early as Jan. 5. “Well, ‘not guilty’ would be the answer to the question,” Culler said. Culler told Lee that he has another murder trial likely to begin in late November in Anson County and would not have time to prepare Edwards’ defense. Lee scheduled the trial for Jan. 19, but told Culler it was a tentative date. Two rows of people sat behind Edwards. When the court proceedings ended, Edwards turned and raised his arms toward them. One man raised his arms back at Edwards.
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Grants for retraining The Incumbent Workforce Development Training Program offers grants to North Carolina businesses to train and educate workers, upgrade skills, increase wages and provide training in transferable skills. For more information about IWDP grants and eligibility, visit http://tiny.cc/eEY5S. The following Union County business have received IWDP funds: Business Allvac GM Nameplate Ownova Solutions, Inc. Vanguard Supreme Windsor Windows & Doors, Inc. Sunshine Station Child Development Center, Inc. Parkdale Mills Union Regional Medical Goulston Technologies, Inc. Berry Tri-Plas Corporation Radiator Specialty Company-Indian Trail Facility Perfect Fit Industries Stanley Works QEMS, Inc. Standard Register Palm Harbor Homes Opto-Alignment Technology, Inc. (OATI)
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but it’s hard to get people to leave what they are doing and train people,” Kappauf said. Health care is another hot field that has increased enrollment at SPCC. Kappauf said new students are pursuing nursing, medical technologists, and even massage therapy. Many therapists, such as physical, speech and occupational are expected to be on the rise. “Think about the baby boomers,” Kappauf said. “As we’re getting older and we might have a stroke, might have a heart attack, might break a hip or something, these are all people that help you rehab and get back.” Post-secondary teaching positions were expected to grow 22.86 per-
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curriculum and continuing education,” Kappauf said, “Because we are the ones who are most likely to work with the unemployed right now to get them through retraining. “Also look at some of the adults who have children that are college age, that maybe wanted to go to [The University of North Carolina at] Chapel Hill or [North Carolina State University], that now that they’ve lost a job, at least community college is an affordable option for some of these people ... and then they can transfer to those four year colleges.” — Have a story idea about western Union County? News correspondent David Sentendery can be reached at 704-2612252.
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Warriors and Warbirds Air Show returns On Veterans Day weekend, airport will host hangar dance and classics of military aviation MONROE The dancers may jump, jive and swing, but it’s the planes that will perform the real acrobatics on Veterans Day weekend. The Warriors and Warbirds Air Show is back for its third year, and will bring a hangar dance, pyrotechnic display and classic military aircraft to the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport on Nov. 7 and 8. “This show will have a little bit of everything for everybody,” city spokesman Pete Hovanec said in the release “We have every flagship aircraft of the World War II era as well as a huge children’s area, great food vendors and so many true American heroes that have proudly served our country.” The event started in 2006, when a group of concerned residents got together to figure out how to best honor and pay tribute to area veterans. Unsure of exactly where to begin, the group decided to organize a World War II-themed hangar dance at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive
At the 2008 Warriors and Warbirds show, four Japanese bombers were featured in ‘Tora, Tora, Tora,’ a reenactment of bombing runs, complete with pyrotechnic explosions on the ground. Rick Crider / Waxhaw Exchange file
Airport. And while the hangar dance has continued to grow each year, the group began adding on other aviation elements to the celebration, which has led to the evolution of the Warriors and Warbirds Air Show. On Nov. 7-8, 70,000 people are expected to con-
verge on Monroe’s airport. “We are so proud to be able to put on this show not only for fans of air shows, but in honor of the veterans who have served this country,” event co-organizer Bob Russell said in a press release. “We really want families to
come out to learn a little history by seeing the displays and performers as well as talking to the pilots and veterans.” Scheduled to fly during this year’s show is the Flying Fortress B-17 Bomber “The Memphis Belle.” It will be accompanied by three B-25 bomb-
ers. This year’s show will also feature pyrotechnics throughout the performances by Tora! Tora! Tora! team that reenacted Japanese bombing raids at last year’s show. In addition to the bombers, this year’s slate of performers includes the Trojan Horseman’s group of aerial acrobatics, the C-54 Spirit of Freedom, an A-26, a C-47, a B-25, a P-51, a Stearman, a FW149, a Helldiver, P-3s, T-28s, TBM Avenger/Dauntless, skydivers and flag presentations and more. Aside from the performers, the weekend event will feature an original Tuskegee Airman, vintage static planes and vehicles, a JROTC drill competition, helicopter rides, food concessions and entertainment. There will also be Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) on hand to share their military experiences. The hangar dance, the backbone of the event, is also bigger this year. The Reflection Band will play swing music and Eric and Stephanie Simpson with Lovin’ Lindy will provide free swing dance lessons
Saturday night. Astronaut Joe Edwards will once again be the guest speaker for the event. He piloted the last American crew member to the Russian Mir space station and holds world records for flying the greatest mass in earth orbit and for flying the most humans in space simultaneously. Visitors to the show will be able to park in the parking lots of businesses along Airport Road, at SPCC, along Capitol Drive, as well as in the grass lot at the corner of Old Charlotte Highway and Airport Road, and on the grass lot at Rocky River Road at the AeroPoint Industrial Centre. There will be several buses picking spectators up at the various locations to make it easier for people to get in and out. Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport will open at 9 a.m. each day with performers hitting the skies at noon. Smoking, pets and coolers will not be allowed. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for veterans. Children under 18 will be admitted free.
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Plenty of work to be done ... but no paycheck BY TIFFANY LANE
firstname.lastname@example.org MONROE Patty Hamilton was used to breaking the bad news when laying off employees, but in Sept. 2008, the business operations manager for Johnson Controls was on the receiving end. The paychecks stopped just months before she earned her master’s in business administration from Wake Forest University, but she has still found a way to use the degree. “It seems like you have either time or money,” she said. Although unemployed, Hamilton, 50, has used the free time to her advantage, benefiting other job seekers at the same time. The Weddington resident spends 12 hours a week offering job skills and finance training through Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “I felt like it was better than sitting at home, waiting for the phone to ring,” she said.
To keep with the routine she had while employed, Hamilton makes a point to be up by 6 a.m. during the week. She makes coffee, takes time for prayer and resumes the job hunt. “My days are completely different,” she said. “I don’t feel like I’m rushing everywhere. At the same time, you have to get very focused.” Hamilton said it can be easy for those out of a job to become lazy and “end up doing things that don’t serve their best interest,” like sitting in a coffee shop for an hour or waking up late every morning. Shortly after losing her job, she saw a commercial for job training through Goodwill. She applied to help out and said she gets just as much out of it as the people she teaches. It also takes her mind off of her own situation. When some students come in, she said, their heads are down and they have no idea what to do after losing their jobs. Af-
Goodwill volunteer Patty Hamilton leads a personal finance class through a budget exercise. Hamilton, a Weddington resident with a high schoolaged son and a master’s degree, has volunteered for 12 hours a week since she was laid off in 2008. Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange
ter volunteering for more than six months, though, Hamilton has seen some of them graduate, heads held high. “That’s the level of confidence that comes across to an employer. ... I’ve hired people based on that.” Hamilton also volun-
teers with Habitat for Humanity, “even though I’m not that handy.” She has worked on four houses. Jobs come and go, she said, but with Habitat, she enjoys “putting your stamp on something that is going to be there for years.” She has also spent more
time with her 17-year-old son, who will be leaving for college next year. They have taken several college tours — something Hamilton isn’t sure she could have done while working nine to 10 hours a day. Hamilton’s mother, who lives in Virginia, has had more opportunities to visit as well. Hamilton has even had more time for cooking. “There’s absolutely nothing I’ve gotten good at making,” she said. “Although my hamburgers do rival McDonald’s.” She doubts anyone will miss her meals when she finds another job, but relishes in the opportunity to cook anyway. The layoff has also given her a chance to find her passion. “This is the second half of my career coming up
and you want to be doing something you really love doing with a company that you really enjoy being with.” That doesn’t mean she never gets discouraged. “I’ve got this new MBA and what’s it doing for me? I go through that.” After dozens of applications and follow-ups, she said it is hard not to see “the ideal fit.” Hamilton said she knows what it is like to work at a job she hates and wants to avoid that, but also needs an income before she goes through all of her hardwon savings. It is disheartening to hear the constant focus from media, “especially national media,” on unemployment, or to have people feel sorry for her. “I don’t feel sorry for me,” she said. And while she considers her free time a “blessing,” the strain on finances is not. Hamilton draws unemployment and has savings to dip into, she said, but would rather have a paycheck. “At some point, you want to think about retirement, but I guess I can’t think about that right now.” At the same time, she said she can only move forward and “make some lemonade” out of her situation. Hamilton’s advice to other job seekers: get involved, “whether driving a nail or conducting an interview.” “That’s what you do,” she said. “Give back.”
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Cavs win RCC soccer title Mavs First-year school clinches crown with 1-1 tie against West Stanly SOCCER
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Sports Correspondent Marvin The Marvin Ridge High boys soccer team locked up its second straight outright conference championship with a dominating 10-2 win over Sun Valley on Senior Night Wednesday. The Mavericks (15-2-1, 9-0 Southern Carolina Conference) came out firing and never let up. Matt Risher cleaned up a missed shot by Nick Mills to give the Mavs an early 1-0 lead. Kyle Parker then made the score 2-0 with a shot off an assist from Garrett Condon in the 17th minute. Condon then recorded his first of three goals when Risher found him with a cross in the 27th minute. Just a few minutes later, Risher put in his second goal of the night, scoring off a pass from JD Kahn. The Mavericks finished off a 5-0 first half with Nick Cevallos pounding in a shot past the SV goalie. Mills was credited with the assist. Marvin Ridge outshot Sun valley 13-1 in the first half. Marvin Ridge quickly killed any chance of a comeback by the Spartans by scoring three times in the first 10 minutes of the second half to push the advantage to 8-0. Risher found Condon for the first goal, then with 32 minutes left in the match, Condon completed his hat trick when he fired a corner kick to the front of the goal, where the ball bounced off the goalie’s chest and into the net. A minute later, Risher found Andres Cevallos to cap off the quick barrage. “We took the tension out of the game early,” said Marvin Ridge coach Ray Fumo, “I think in the second half (Sun Valley) wanted to push forward a little bit more and it allowed us to get into their end a little bit more. In the first half they defended a little bit tougher.” Drew Gallowitch finally got the Spartans on the board with just over 25 minutes left in the game when his penalty kick rebounded off the Mavs goalie and he was able to just chip the ball into the net. Tucker Axhoj put the Mavs back ahead by eight when he scored his first goal of the year off a pass from Kahn. Sun Valley’s last goal came with 11 minutes left when Adam Griffin found the back of the net. The 10th and final goal of the night for the Mavs came when Zach Young passed to Kahn, who easily got it by the diving hands of the Sun Valley goalie. The Mavericks finished with 25 shots on goal.
from staff reports
OAKBORO Cuthbertson High clinched their first ever conference championship in soccer after escaping with a 1-1 tie against West Stanly. Trent Johnson had nine saves in goal, in-
cluding stopping a penalty kick. John Lewthwaite the Cavs’ lone goal, putting in a pass from Dannon Fields. As a first-year school, Cuthbertson has no senior class and surprised even their coach, Nelson Garner.
“I’m extremely proud of these kids, they worked their tails off this year and they exceeded most people’s expectations, including mine,” said Garner. “They came together and gelled quickly. They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them. They
are young and small but they have a great work ethic. I would describe them as overachievers that worked very hard.” The Cavs finished the regular season 14-4-1 overall and 13-2-1 in the Rocky River Conference, one-half game ahead of Piedmont and Monroe
(both went 13-3). Cuthbertson will play at home in the first round of the 2A soccer playoffs against a wildcard team yet to be determined. The county should have eight teams make the playoffs automatically and up to two more as wildcards.
Rebels edge Mavericks Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange
Seniors, including Amy Schwart, helped WHS put together its ninth 20-win season.
Iredell ends WHS march Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange
Parkwood senior tailback Kemp Lotharp (34) uses a stiff arm to shrug off Marin Ridge defensive tackle Raheem McKinney during Friday’s game. Lotharp had 87 rushing yards and a touchdown on Senior Night, when the Rebels honored Parkwood Middle School Coach Danny Shelton, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. (Full story on Shelton, Page 3)
Parkwood carries 21-20 win on Senior Night By JERRY SNOW
email@example.com ROUGHEDGE Coming off an ankle injury that’s been hampering him for more than a month, Parkwood High junior receiver Marcus Leak finally felt healthy again Friday night. His play midway through the fourth quarter left many from Marvin Ridge feeling sick, after watching Leak catch a fade pass and outrun the secondary for a 74-yard touchdown in a 2120 home win that knocked the Mavs out of first place in the conference. Leak finished with six catches for 132 yards, including a 13-yard reception on a fourth-and-5 with less than two minutes left that allowed the Rebels to run out the clock.
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Parkwood safeties Andrey Solana (4) and Andrew Jauch (3) bring down the Mavericks’ J.C. Howze en route to the Rebels’ 21-20 win over Marvin Ridge. With the score tied at 14 entering the fourth quarter, Marvin Ridge got a 65-yard run from
Kolly Ogar down to the Parkwood 3. Dylan Williams plowed in on the next play to put the Mavs
ahead 20-14, but the extra point was no good with 8:17 remaining. The Rebels struck back quickly, with Leak scoring on the second play of the drive. “I knew (the cornerback) was going to try to put his hands on me,” Leak said about the touchdown play. “I got my arm under him and made a swim move and just ran by him.” Leak caught the ball without breaking stride from his older brother, senior QB Maurice Leak. Kicker Dylan Hunter followed with the decisive extra point. “It was a good pass,” Marcus said. “We’ve been working on that play since my freshman year.” Parkwood (4-7) broke a
PARKWOOD / 20
Warriors drop in third round of state tourney from staff reports
STATESVILLE West Iredell High led nearly the entire way on Thursday, ending Weddington’s volleyball season in the third round of the 3A state playoffs. West, which advances to the state quarterfinals with a 22-1 record, won in straight sets: 25-20, 25-19, 25-20. “They didn’t make many errors,” said Weddington coach Carrie Powell. “They don’t have a lot of height, but they have a lot of control. They were very good.” Weddington finished the season 21-5, reaching 20 wins for the ninth consecutive year. WHS has won six conference titles over that span, and has reached the third round of the playoffs nine straight times — twice going as deep as the state
VOLLEYBALL / 20
Warriors fall to hard-charging SVHS Spartans posted 35 points in second half BY JUSTIN MURDOCK
firstname.lastname@example.org WEDDINGTON Behind a stellar performance from sophomore tailback Jadarrius Williams, the Sun Valley High football team exploded for 35 second-half points on its way to a 49-24 road win over Weddington (5-5, 2-2 SCC) on Friday. Williams rushed 23 times for a career-high 294 yards to go along with
four touchdowns. He did most of his damage in the second half, carrying 12 times for 209 yards and three scores. Williams had eight runs that went for 10 or more yards, including TD runs of 65, 45, 44 and 38 yards. He now has 1,217 yards and 15 touchdowns for the season. “My (offensive) line was doing a great job blocking and I just kept making cut-
backs and getting into the open field,” said Williams. “Our defense shut them down in the second half and we just kept rolling on offense. We were playing great out there.” Trailing 17-14 at the break, the Spartans (73, 2-2 SCC) took the lead for good on their first possession of the second
WEDDINGTON / 20
Wide receiver Christian Glackin (24) pulled down five catches for 133 yards Friday, including an 81-yard touchdown from QB Anthony Boone. Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange
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Win at Anson Friday would send Rebels to playoffs
Parkwood from 19 three-game losing streak with easily its marquee win of the season. Maurice Leak completed his last four attempts for a combined 118 yards and finished 8-of-13 for 163 yards. Perhaps most significant was the turnover battle, which Parkwood won 3-0. Junior linebacker Chase Plyler had two takeaways for the Rebels, including an interception that set up a touchdown in the second quarter and a fumble recovery on the Mavs’ final possession. Maurice Leak, playing safety, added an interception late in the second quarter that helped his team carry a 14-7 lead into halftime. “Our defense, I thought, played pretty good tonight,” said Rebels coach Nelson Rowell. “Chase had
I’m proud of our kids for this win. They might not have been tonight, but I still think Marvin Ridge has the best team in our conference. — Parkwood Coach Nelson Rowell
Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange
Parkwood senior Maurice Leak (12) played safety Friday, adding a late interception in the second quarter that put Parkwood up 14-7 at the half. a huge game for us. For the first time all year I thought we played inspired football and that’s a knock on me because it’s my job to get
them ready. “But I’m proud of our kids for this win. They might not have been tonight, but I still think Mar-
vin Ridge has the best team in our conference.” The Mavs fell to 8-2 overall and 2-2 in the SCC. Porter Ridge (3-1, 7-3) is alone in first place while the Mavs share second with Anson, Sun Valley and Weddington — next week’s opponent. Parkwood maintains last at 1-3 in the league, but has something to play for next week — a win at Anson
would secure a playoff spot for the Rebels. Marcus Leak said the victory will help the team’s confidence. “We’ve been playing good in the first half of games but in the second half we were losing our tempo and going down,” he said. “But this game we played all four quarters and got the win. It’s a good win for us because they’re probably the best team in our conference.” Marvin Ridge drove 85 yards with the first possession of the game, using 14 plays and chewing up just over 7 minutes of game clock before Williams punched it in from 2 yards out. Parkwood came right back with a 13-play drive spanning 80 yards and 6 clock minutes, with Maurice Leak slipping through the line for a 2-yard QB sneak that tied the game with 10:45 left in the half. Plyler’s interception, a diving catch at the Mavs’ 34
on the ensuing possession, set up the only other score of the half. The Rebels used 14 plays to go 34 yards — converting on three fourth downs along the way. Senior tailback Kemp Lotharp scored standing over the left side on a fourth-and-goal at the 1 with 2:18 to play in the first half. The Mavericks evened the score with yet another long drive — this one covering 11 plays — on their first possession of the third quarter. Ogar did most of the damage on the drive, carrying five times for 33 yards, but the big play was a thirdand-11 scramble by Mavs QB Chandler LeDoyen that netted 19 yards down to the Parkwood 9. Three plays later, on third-and-goal, Williams slammed up the middle for a TD from 2 yards out to tie it up at 14. Williams scored three times and now has 13 TDs on the season.
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half when junior Robert Viehmeyer hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Smith. Viehmeyer’s score was the first of three TDs in a crucial four-minute stretch in the third quarter. Less than two minutes after the first score, Williams found the end zone from 44 yards out for his second TD of the night. Then, on the Spartans’ next offensive possession, Smith hit junior receiver Steven Cole for a 10-yard TD pass to make the score 35-17 with 5:06 left in the third. Cole’s TD was set up by an interception return down to the WHS 10-yard line by junior cornerback Aaron Hancock. “Our kids came out, got caught a little off guard and just didn’t come out playing well,” said SV coach Scott Stein. “But the one thing about this team is we’ve been behind, so that’s not something we are going to panic about. We knew we had the ball to start the second half and knew we had an opportunity to go back
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Sun Valley QB Jadarrius Williams ran 65 yards in the first play of the fourth quarter, putting the game out of reach for the Warriors. up, so we really stressed coming out and making a statement in the first few minutes of the third quarter.” Williams reached the end zone on a 65-yard scamper on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. His last score came from 45 yards out just three minutes later. WHS senior QB Anthony Boone threw for 195 yards, including an 81-yard TD pass to senior Christian Glackin
(5 catches, 133 yards) in the fourth quarter. Boone also rushed for 97 yards and a TD. WHS senior Domonique Ardrey scored on an 80-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, but later left with an injury and did not return to the game. Smith finished 14-of-21 for 154 yards and three scores. SV can clinch a share of the Southern Carolina Conference title with a win over Porter Ridge next Friday.
Mavericks finish 10-0 MARVIN The boys soccer team completed its perfect run through the Southern Carolina Conference with a 1-0 home win over Weddington on Friday. Garrett Condon had the game-deciding goal, taking a pass from Matt Risher for the score late in the first half.
Mavericks goalie Danny Cooper had five saves while the Weddington goalie, Ryan Burns, had seven saves. Marvin Ridge finishes the season 16-2-1 and 10-0 in the conference while Weddington falls to 10-6-3 and 7-3. Both teams will be in next week’s playoffs.
semifinal round. The Warriors, who won the Southern Carolina Conference without a loss, was the last of 10 Union County teams eliminated from the postseason. Senior Amy Schwartz had 11 kills and 17 assists during Thursday’s loss, senior Allison Rickher had eight kills and 10 blocks and senior Alex Kachulis added 36 digs. WHS will also lose senior Kaitlyn Duckworth, a two-year starter. “We had a good season and I credit my seniors for getting those underclassmen to play and get us to another 20-win season,” Powell said.
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704-261-2214 020 Cemeteries & Plots Lakeland Memorial Park Veterans Section 2 spaces together. $4000 for both (803)929-1071
BUSINESS SERVICES EMPLOYMENT 040 Help Wanted Avon- Do you need an extra $200-500? Act now! Ft/Pt. Free gift. Medical Ins. avail. 704/821-7398 Expressions Clothing Outlet is seeking FT/PT sales associates. If you like to work with public apply in person 2021 E. Roosevelt Blvd. btw 10am6pm. Hickory Farms Christmas Gift Center Monroe Mall hiring Mrgs/Staff top pay, flex hrs, discounts 1-800888-8140
Quality Control Operator Greiner Bio-One has an immediate opening for a Quality Control Operator. In this role you will perform daily QC inspections, carry out incoming goods inspection, prepare chemical solutions, equipment calibrations, testing non conforming product and cleaning and sanitizing the QC/Laboratory areas. Available position will be 2nd or 3rd shift. Top candidate must have 12 years QC experience, high school diploma or equivalent with sufficient communication and writing skills. Position requires basic understanding of Microsoft Office computer systems and must pass a pre-employment test. Please forward resume: Lewis Floyd Human Resource Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 704-261-7896
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Tutors wanted for afterschool programs. $12$20/hr. Apply www.mastermindprep.com/jobs
043 Truck Drivers INDEPENDENT LANDSTAR AGENT NEEDS OWNER OPERATORS CARGO/SPRINTER VANS TEAMS PREFERRED 6 MOS OTR/HAZMAT REQ GARY @ 704-424-9912
044 Sales Auto Sales Manager Position open for proven closer. Must have auto sales experience and ability to take control of and close auto sales deals. We sell used cars and trucks with financing available. Full benefits package. Excellent compensation plan for the person who can produce results. References required. Fax resume to 704-238-0637. Our employees are aware of this ad. Industrial Sales Industrial & Commercial Sale Position No Travel, High Repeat Business & Training call Mike 888-819-2137
046 Medical/Dental Carolina Clinic looking to hire CMA’s, FT Medical Biller, CDE & Ultrasound Tech, PT Medical Transcriptionist. Please fax all resume to attn: Michelle 704-296-2743
PETS & LIVESTOCK 056 Livestock 2
Registered Miniature Wht spotted donkeys call for infor (704)3859422 leave message
060 Pets & Supplies
Goats for sale call for information (704)2891262 Metal Roofing 3ft wide $1.40 LF 1-803-789-5500
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3 Chihuahua puppies full blooded 7 wks, male choc/tan, fem. grey/wht, fem. bk/tan parents on site (704)624-2901
Seasoned Firewood $65 a load delivered (704)821-8395
AKC Miniature Dachshund 5 males 3mo $300ea (704)233-4132
104 Bus. Opportunities
ESTATE TAG SALE Doris Sparks (living) home 111 Faculty Dr. Wingate NC Sat.-Sun. 11/7, 11/8 See Wed. paper for details
126 Houses For Sale $8,000 Tax Credit to buy your first home Call to see if you may qualify New Homes Available from $129,900 Leon 704607-2602
2br 1ba duplex, S. Main St. Wingate no pets $600mo +dep. ref’s/credit report req’d (704)296-0211
114 Houses For Rent $200/mo! 4 bed 2 ba! 5% dn, 15 yrs @ 8%! For Listings 800-749-8106 x H611 3809 Fincher Rd. Indian Trail area, 3br 2ba $750mo. + dep, (704)821-8577
$500.00 DN moves you in. Call and ask me how. 704-225-8850
3400sf dropped price 50K, 704-507-0492
REDUCED! 3 bd 2bt den w/ fp, dlbl carport, det. shop near Wingate $129,900
Heritage Realty (704)289-5596
MOBILE HOMES 138 Mobile Homes - Rent 2br 2ba MH near Monroe ref +dep $550mo no pets (704)282-6317
3br home 1 mile west of Monroe on Waxhaw Rd. no pets, AC ref’s & dep. $650mo. (512)771-9113
Wingate: 2 mo free rent 3BR 2BA $600 Cent H/A. No pets. 704-451-8408
Matthews area 3br 2ba no pets, 1750sf, cent H/A, garage +extras $870mo (704)847-6561
140 Mobile Homes - Sale
Land Owners Wanted Zero Down call for details FSBO Lets Make A Deal! (704)225-8850 new home Unionville
3br 3ba beautifully updated no inside pets, cable, alarm/laundry, $1000mo +dep (704)254-2723
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Midland/Standfield area, 30 min from Monroe 3br 2ba extremely nice, $750mo w/out building (704)641-5898
Get Dec & Jan FREE Owner financing 3br 2.5ba Beautiful & quiet town home. $149,900.00 paid water owner financing available. 704-289-5949 4005 F Christine Lane
069 Appliances Refrigerator & Stoves $99.99 Washers & Dryers $79.99 704-649-3821
113 Duplexes 2br 1ba 900sf $595mo. 3br 1.5ba 1050 sf $695mo. both, great location in Wingate cul de sac dep & ref’s req’d (704)283-6490
2br 1.5ba Condo very quiet Nearly new 4br 2ba on S lawn maintenance inChurch St, Monroe, clude $600mo+dep $950mo. (704)289-5410 (704)507-0722 Need to rebuild your credit? Let us build your new ★ Monroe Apt. ★ home while you build your Special 2br 2ba credit Call to see if you Move in by Nov. 1st. qualify? 704-233-0236
$3.85 / Bale. Free Delivery (704)291-7149
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Warehouse/office with 4’ dock door. 2400 sf. Old Charlotte Hwy. $600/Mo. (704)283-4697
50 lb bag Fescue Grass Seed, 98.5% germ. $25Ea. 704-254-7775
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Happy Jack mange medicine promotes healing and hairgrowth to any mange, hot spot, ringworm on dogs and horses. Warner Feed & Tack (243-3011) www.happyjackinc.com
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CKC Black Teacup Poodle 7wks female $395 1st shots, dewormed 704-292-8777
Square diamond cluster ring appraised value $800 will sell for $550, call (704)282-8209
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★★★★★★★★★★★ 1/2 off 1st mo. rent !! Ask about other specials Completely Remodeled 2br, 1.5ba Townhouse Small pets allowed Shown by appt only 704-283-1912 ★★★★★★★★★★★ Monroe 2br apt all appliances, cent A/H, $650mo. +$650dep. 704-283-4712 leave message Newly Remodeled Townhouse 2bd/1.5 ba $600mo. 704-283-3097
Waxhaw NC (Alma Village) Call 704-609-5463
Waxhaw 3br 2.5ba kit, dining, den w/fp, all appliances & yard maintenance include $1195mo. Sherin Realty (704)882-1634 WAXHAW small brick ranch near Cane Creek Park, $700mo+dep (704)8431676
REAL ESTATE - SALE 126 Houses For Sale 3 Bd 2 ba only $24,900! Priced to Sell! For Listings 800-749-8106 x B002
2003 Cadillac Seville STS Loaded, like new, new M ichelin tires. 41,000 M iles.
$14,500 704-608-4748 9A-9P
1988 PETERBUILT (379)
C at. M otor, 15 S peed W ith O verdrive, 411 R ear E nd, N ew P arts, 63” F lat Top S leeper, R ebuilt E ngine and Transm ission.
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REDU LEASE TO OWN!! 2322 Lexington Ave. (Near New Walter Bickett Elem.) 2224 heated sq. ft. Built in 2004. Like new inside and out 3-4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, stone and vinyl exterior, new appliances.
$169,900 to buy or lease to purchase. Call 704-488-7722
Attention Golfers FOR SALE BY OWNER 2731 Rolling Hills Drive 704-283-6519 or 704-242-1303 Brick home w/approx. 3200 sq. ft. w/4 large BDs, 3 Full BAs, 2 half BAs, GR room w/rock fireplace w/gas logs. Formal dining room, Bkfst room & kitchen w/pantry. Rear deck overlooking large yard w/garden spot. Oversized garage. Porter Ridge School District.
Enjoy entertaining in this wonderful Marshville home: over 3500 sq. ft. on 2 acres. Holiday dinners a breeze to prepare in the spacious kitchen. Grand living and dining rooms. 5 bedrooms; 5 fireplaces; den; screeened porch. Call Elsie: 704-363-8815 PRUDENTIAL CAROLINAS REALTY
FOR SALE BY OWNER, NORTH MYRTLE BEACH HOUSE $725,000
5 BD, 4 BTH, ON CHANNEL, TWO BLOCKS FROM BEACH WWW.NORTHMYRTLEBEACHTRAVEL.COM, RENTAL HOUSE NAME, AQUAVIEW, 704-975-5996,WCMMCLEOD@CS.COM
Call 704-488-5869 Terri Purser Re/Max Steeplechase Monroe
.87 ac cul-de-sac lot. Gated Community with full amenities; Swim,Tennis, Club House. $189,000. MLS#850338.
4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage. Over 2000 square feet. Near Waxhaw. 704-621-7799
NEW SALEM/POLK MTN.
2200 HSF, cedar ext. w/ALL NEW paint, roofing, windows, air. 2-1/2 BA, 3 BR + bonus room over dbl. gar. Custom oak cabinets. Covered back porch overlooking nice 24’x40’ shop/office. 5 acs. in great location.
MLS 810187 $348,000 FSBO 704-694-8271 704-385-9294
$500,000 Call day 704-291-1061 or night 704-289-1734
Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell email@example.com
Hamilton Place • 2808 Arrowhead Ct. $172,500 3 Bed/2 1/2 Bath/+Bonus Room, 1760 sq. ft. / .39 acre premium lot, 2 Car Garage, Gas FP, New Paint, Carpet, ceramic tile, counter tops & gutters. Master suite w/trey ceiling. Contact Perkins Properties, 704-579-1364 MLS 717444
For Sale by Owner, 50 acres Piedmont schools, well installed perk permitted. Mostly wooded, some grass.
5930 Timbertop Lane Charlotte, NC 28215
Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor
Michael Calabrese 704-231-7750
New 2007, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car garage, rec room, s/s appliances, ceramic tile, 1 ac lot, lots of extras. Must see! $167,400 CALL 704-243-4656
3BR 2B home on 1.23 acres Pageland SC. home has sheetrock walls, new laminate floors, berber carpet, front and rear decks, septic tank, Pela storm doors, counter tops, whirlpool tub with jets. heat pump is 2 yrs old. Refri, stove and dishwasher and gas logs to remain. This home is top of the line. Home can be seen on my web site : terripurser.remax-carolina.com list price $79,500.
881 Clonmel Drive • Desired Shannamara Golf Community Breathtaking brick home w/open floor plan. Master on main. Gourmet kitchen w/extras. Oversize bedrooms & Loft. Beautiful landscape w/deck, & in-ground pool. Fenced yard w/ mature trees behind for privacy. For more information and virtual tour visit http://www.MyRealtorMichael.com/ Offered at $399,900
3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops/ hardwoods and ceramic tile/jacuzzi jet master bath. Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Ranch home with all new tile flooring/all new neutral carpet thru out/Master bath has dual sinks/garden tubshower. Kitchen has new installed oven.
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